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 Bellini himself for entertaining all of his customers but the place is very outdated.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

Create your own pizza at Fratini’s Restaurant, SM Jazz recidences

I was not prepared to get my hands dirty today. What I expected to be a food tasting event for bloggers turned out to be one of the coolest experiences ever. In Fratini’s they actually allow you to make your own pizza for 225 pesos. This is usually done for children above the age of 10 years old. However they do allow us curious adults who are looking for something to do around Manila to try this.

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The dough prepared for us to roll. I really was not expecting this.

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Ready to make my own pizza!!

Fratini’s is a Brunei based Italian restaurant. Nothing new in their menu from our typical Italian restaurants here in Manila, but as in Brunei they do not serve pork here since they are not allowed to eat pork. So if you’re vegan I think you might love the place, the dishes are very healthy and have a lot of vegetables as sides. They also have the most accommodating manager and staff.

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Antipasto Appetizer, Php 475. Kind of a sampler kinda dish. 6 different kinds of Appetizer. Crispy Prawns, Tomato Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushroom, Mussels Gratin, Cheese and Zucchini Salad and Ceasar Salad. This dish is not on the menu but it is the perfect appetizer for you if you want to try a little bit of everything.

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Supreme Pizza, Half topped with cream sauce, mozzarella cheese, tuna, prawn tails, onion, chili, capsicum. And the other half with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken breast, onion, capsicum and pineapple. PHP 495 (Regular 12 inches) PHP815.00 (Jumbo 187 inches)

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Trio Pasta,PHP 755.00. This is another dish that is not on the menu. It is supposed to look like the italian flag. Hence the red, white and green. A combinations of their 3 best seller pasta. Spaghetti Alla Pugliese, Fettuccine Carbonara and Lunguine al Fruiti di mare.

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Mixed grilled meat, A combinations of Lamb, Tenderloin and Chicken Breast in black pepper sauce served with mashed potato and sautéed market vegetables. PHP 1,455.00

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Tiramisu, Traditional Italian cheesecake layered with lady finger soaked in espresso coffee topped with creamy mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. PHP 205.00

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Chocolate Pudding, Fratinis classic dessert of fresh home-made chocolate pudding. PHP 175.00

We had a lot of fun with the pizza making. It’s something that I would love to do with my friends and my sister. Like a cross off the bucket list kinda thing. There is really a lack of things to do around in this city, and this should be top on your list. Plus points since they have really fast wifi. (Sounds shallow but I know we Manila people cannot live without it)

I’m sorry if I do not have much pictures of the pizza making but I shall try to post the video here soon!

Fratini’s Restaurant

contact them: 02 8915555
Delivery: 02 2121212 ( They also do catering )

SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia Corner Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City ( Right cross Mapua Makati )
Fratini’s Makati Facebook page

Grace Park, One Rockwell Makati

SONY DSCA friend of mine wanted to try out this place last week, and so I did some research before coming here. I found out from my research that it was a restaurant put up by Margarita Fores.  The same person who manages Cibo. (another one of my favorite restaurants) The restaurant has been said to have been inspired by the home of her grandparents.

We went straight here after dance class. Hopefully we had burned enough calories for the amount of food that we were about to eat tonight. The place had a very rustic and homey interior which I loved very much, and upon the recommendation of the waiter we chose to try their two best selling dishes. We also decided to try two of their dishes from the “menu of the day”. Most of our orders were based on whatever everyone else was ordering around us.

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Fried Squash Flowers Mascarfone Wrapped Prosciutto

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Muscovado Beef Belly

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Fettuccine Truffle Cream Organic Egg

We did not know what squash flowers were but they definitely tasted good. The Muscovado beef belly had that perfect sweetness and softness that matched to it. The Fettuccine Truffle Cream Organic Egg was my favorite among the two main dishes. I could smell how great it tasted even before we ate it. Everything we ate tonight here had a certain “Grace” to its flavor and presentation. I would not have spent the night eating anything else. These dishes were all very simple and rich in flavor but at the same time elegant. Just as the ambiance of the restaurant that complimented well to the taste of its food. I would definitely love to try more of their dishes the next time I come here. The last thing we tried here was the Eton Mess. I normally do not like to eat meringue and I really do not like whipped cream either, but I read about this in one of the blogs that it was one of the best desserts to try. IT MOST DEFINITELY WAS.

SONY DSCBUDGET PER PERSON: We spent  about 1800 pesos in total of what we shared. I would recommend at least (500-1000 pesos) budget per person when coming here.

GRACE PARK
G/F One Rockwell West Tower,
Rockwell Drive
Makati, Metro Manila
0939-934-223 (02) 843-7275
Grace Park Facebook

Do not forget to check out their special Menu of the day!