Bellini’s, Cubao eXpo

Bellinis opened in 1999 and is located at the Cubao eXpo. Known as a famous/secret Italian restaurant around Metro Manila is also known for being featured in one of the Filipino favorite, John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo movie ( One more chance ) probably the only reason why I really wanted to try it out because I love John Lloyd.

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The area we stayed at was not so bad. Except for that fake door.

I found our experience here as so so. I will commend Mr. Bellini himself for entertaining all of his customers but the place is very outdated. Also the walls were very dirty. When we walked in the first  thing we thought of was “Is the place closed?” who would want to walk into a restaurant with closed lights? It was very dark and hot. Only one part of the restaurant was open and it wasn’t very cold either.

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Focacia bread with dip, Php 110. I was a bit surprised that it was so expensive. At Itallianis they serve this for free with the oil and balsamic vinegar. It was expensive for me and we found it a little bit too moist for our taste.

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Carbonara, Php 300 for this small amount of serving I was expecting something very good. It was alright, but for the price I was expecting special. Especially since it is an Italian restaurant and I had read great reviews on their pasta.

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Ravioli al Tartufo (Spinach and ham ravioli a truffle sauce) Php 330. I was a bit disappointed especially since the waiter recommended this to us. The color was very unappetizing and I tasted more of dough than filling. I get that it is Spinach but must it be this color too?

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Saltimbocca alla Romana, Php 460. (Tenderloin with cheese and parmaham) The most expensive on the meat menu as recommended by the waiter, was also just okay.

It seemed like the place was still stuck in the year 1999. When it is already the year 2014. Their menu was so confusing with so many items on it that I just had to ask the waiter most of the time about which dishes were their bestsellers. And on top of that I was told that taking pictures of the menu was not allowed, which i will respect but I am still wondering why? Service was also very slow as it took us so long to call the waiters and because they had not informed us earlier before the meal that their credit card payment was not available my boyfriend had to run all the way to the nearest ATM to withdraw money and come back.

In the end we were served with sweet wine which was good and kind of tasted like jelly ace. I don’t think that the place deserves the hype it receives. Maybe if they renovate or cut the size of their menu I might come back for more.

Amount spent: We spent a total of Php 1300

Bellini’s Italian Restaurant
Roberto & Ma. Luisa Bellini
Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Telephone: +(632) 913-2550

Facebook them at: Bellini’s Italian Restaurant

Brasserie CiCou, Annapolis San Juan

Its really hard to come by good authentic French restaurants in Manila and this is one place you could try if you are a fan of good and healthy French food. I absolutely loved their menu and the ambiance of their restaurant. You can call me biased because this restaurant is ran by my friends family. (HAHA)

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Kouign Amann S’Mores Php 220 MY FAVORITE DESSERT!

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Egg Meurette

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Le Boeuf Bourguignon, The beef was so soft it really did melt in my mouth

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Cheese Ravioli

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Eggs Benedict

If my opinion will help, although I have not been to France, I really do trust my friends family’s taste in food. Her father being French and all, and I do see a lot of people coming to eat here. I love that there are a lot of vegetables on their menu and if you love the feel good kind of simple restaurants then this is definitely a place you could try to come to together with your Friends and Family.  The ambiance of the restaurant is very homey and welcoming. Something you might want to experience.

 Budget per person is about Php 1000 pesos if you also would like to try dessert. But believe me when I say I definitely got my moneys worth for everything I tried today.

http://restaurantcicou.com