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Skippy’s knows how it’s like to Party Down Under 

There’s hundreds of bars and restaurants in Metro Manila but how do you find one that’s so chill – without any air or pretense? 

Try going to Skippy’s Bar and Grill, conveniently located at the BGC Forum, right across the new MCDonald’s Cafe in BGC. They know how to unwind just right. 


I was fortunate to be one of the invited bloggers as the bar celebrated Aussie Day. Since the establishment was owned by a Filipino-Australian couple, the chill party vibe of the Land Down Under was alive and well. 

As I got older, I noticed that I started to shun bars and even restos where you had to put in an effort to feel welcome. You know, gotta have the flashy clothes and the swag, but none of that is needed when you’re at Skippy’s – just bring a healthy appetite and a very chill vibe and you’re all set for a fun evening. 

Let’s talk about the food: 

We began the evening with a good serving of Cajun Pizza, served on a round block of wood,  its melted gooey cheese complemented the generous toppings heaped piping hot: fat, juicy prawns, green and red bell pepper, Cajun sauce and tomatoes. Then we were served with Buffalo Wings topped with fries. The Wings were just right, a bit spicy for my liking but very soft and juicy. 

Cajun Pizza
Buffalo Wings with Fries


Then someone in the group had the brilliant idea of getting Skippy’s version of the good ‘ol Sisig. It. Was. Heavenly. Prolly one of the best sisigs in town. The combination of the meat and the selection of veggies was brilliant, with the meet having that melt-in-your-mouth, cheesy feel. I take sucky photos but I can assure you that the photo above will not do justice to the masterpiece that was Skippy’s Sisig. 


Beef Pot Pie
Crispy Pata

Salpicao

Then, the Beef Pot Pie I ordered finally came. I had high expectations but a bit disappointed on the heartiness and the size of the servings. Nonetheless, the come-off-the-bone goodness of the Crispy Pata and the garlicky-salty yumminess of Salpicao easily made up for my heartbreak over my Beef Pot Pie. 

From the bar: 


WaZZup Pilipinas founder Ross del Rosario and one huge cocktail

My drink of choice – Iced Tea

Skippy’s had a collection of local, international and artisanal/craft beer, as well as a long list of cocktails/mocktails – whatever floats your boat. 

The bar also also stocks wine and other hard drinks including Vodka, Tequila, Rhums, Whisky, Cognac and Brandy. For those looking for a long night of drinking with the barkada, a bucket of San Miguel Premium or Cervesa Negra is only PHP540, while a bucket of San Miguel Pale Pilsen is PHP480. 

The entertainment: 

There’s a band (so a lot of singing and dancing) on some nights; otherwise you can go for a game of pool in one of the pool tables inside. Dancing is heavily encouraged. 

The servers are friendly and efficient, though it can get a bit slow during busy nights. There’s a welcoming and happy atmosphere – people chat and often times spill outside, nursing a beer while chatting or just hanging out. 

Check out Skippy’s at The Forum, BGC. 
Disclosure: I was part of a blogger group treated by Skippy’s for a night of dining and drinking. Nonetheless, the views expressed in this article are entirely my own. 

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YAKIMIX: Glutton’s paradise!

I am not the the type who likes “eat-all-you-can gimmicks” often plied by restaurants. I personally feel like its a waste of money, especially if you’re the type who doesn’t eat like as if we are in the midst of severe hunger. I feel that in one way or the other, it’s the consumers who often get the shorter end of the stick than the restaurants.

However, there’s one eat-all-you-can resto that I like above any other restaurants in Manila (yes! even more than Kamayan or Dad’s!). It’s YAKIMIX!!! I’ve eaten in this resto twice this month. First (and also my first time eating there) was when I had dinner with the Meanies and then I came back a few weeks after with the hubby in tow. He simply can’t get over the fact that he has access to all types of meat and grill it to his heart’s content. Wow, it was love at first sight–a delectable mixture of Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese/Chinese dishes, plus a wide array of meat and veggies and CORN (!) that one can grill to her heart’s content. I love the fact that we can grill our favorite meat (chicken!) right at our own table:

Yakimix MOA!
grilling sensation 🙂

I seriously love the food selection there , especially the bacon wrapped asparagus and mushrooms! The selection is a choice of some of the fresh meats and seafood. A separate area is also designated for desserts–chestful of ice cream, an assortment of cake and pastries and ice cream toppers (gummy bears!) and all the things that make kids happy. And oh, ice pops too!

Aside from the meat selection for the grilling, there’s a selection of Korean, Chinese and Japanese dishes that you can try like salads, soups, different kinds of viands and of course, rice. One part was also designated for a wide array of sushi and sashimi, which during my second visit–was one of the reasons why the hubby enjoyed eating there.

One of the reasons why I came back was because I love the customer service at their MOA branch. The servers assigned to this particular branch made the (excruciating) almost two-hour wait worth it. That’s why I was a bit disappointed on how things were ran at the Greenbelt branch–it requires utmost patience calling the server for drink refills, inquiries etc., or just jostling against 200 people waiting for their own taste of this Glutton’s paradise. The MOA branch was more exciting and the servers seemed more alive and accommodating, at Greenbelt–the servers are indifferent. They’re doing their job, period.

That’s why when I come back (with the whole family in tow), I might as well bring them to MOA–even if it’s too far from my place. I suggest that when you suddenly had the craving for Yakimix, come early so that you can register your name early in case. The dinner with the Meanies was scheduled at a very busy time so you can just imagine the agonizing wait.

Christmas Dinner Dilemma

One of the traditions we had as a family is to go out and celebrate Christmas somewhere nice.
We have been doing this since we were kids–and back then, it was a simple dinner to fast food joints, a quick round of games to Timezone and then we go home. Somehow, the simple budget my parents had back then was enough to make us kids very happy every single time.

Now that we are all earning good salaries, we wanted to return the favor. So when I finally discovered Newport Mall and Resorts World earlier this week and was blown away with the beauty and grandeur of the place, it is only natural that Unnie and I plotted to have our Christmas dinner in any of the chi-chi restaurants littering the mall. (Incidentally, I also have this mad, mad thing for malls that have little foot traffic and super expensive retailers- cos I hate crowds and I have this weird belief that being in a mall where I can’t afford anything saves me money, but that’s another blog post)

Anyway, after searching the net and reading favorable reviews, the unnie and I decided on The Old Penang Hill –oh, boy…we should have gone to McDo instead and maybe had a good Christmas dinner instead of the crappiest dinner experience of my entire life.

You have to know one thing about Penang Hill, the food is not cheap…majority are priced at PHP200plus and they have minuscule servings…as in MINUSCULE. We wouldn’t have mind paying premium price for good food, but it’s not exactly what we experienced. It’s the complete effing opposite.

thanks for the Christmas dinner *smirks*
the sorriest looking char kway teow I've ever seen -- here or abroad

We ordered quite a lot–excited on the prospect of eating “somewhere nice”, as one journalist put it but when 20 minutes after we’ve ordered and the drinks (which is not so complicated really) wasn’t yet served, we knew that we are in for a horrible dinner service. After another 10 minutes, 4 glasses of complimentary water was served (we were six), 5 pairs of forks and spoons were placed in the table and 4 plates. The char kway teow arrived, which was not even steaming hot (if it was freshly-cooked) and tasted like it was burnt. Never mind that the pictures in the menu looked like the serving was good to share, but it was so few that it made miss my Lucky Me noodles. Then the famed hainanese chicken rice was served and yes, it tasted good yet the problem was that it was as cold as a cat’s nose when served to us–expecting a steaming bowl of rice. It came with a complimentary plate of rice which looked like it was haphazardly placed on the plate.

We asked for two more plates and oh, another pairs of cutlery please…and oh, yes our drinks please. The servers just nodded then left. Still no drinks. Note that we were six people sharing four glasses of water. I had to ask The Hubby to invite my dad to smoke cos my dad was starting to get pissed at that point. Did the drinks arrived? Nope. What about the additional cutlery, plate and complimentary water? No dice.

this would have tasted great but it was as cold as a cat's nose...

At this point, I was already pissed. Plus, I lost my mood for a happy Christmas dinner.

And then, the sorriest looking plate of fried rice arrived:

Here’s the thing: I really don’t mind spending my hard-earned bucks if its worth it. But with what happened, we should have our dinner at McDo! At least we would have our fun, our Christmas dinner wouldn’t be ruined and I wouldn’t be hungry. And yes, if you are interested to know–45 minutes into dinner and without even a single drink in sight, I decided t0 cancel the rest of the order, paid for what was served to us and just leave.

What makes me annoyed more than anything is the crappy service we got, which made my parents really annoyed. You see, we were not born rich, so we tend to make a big deal out of splurges and things like these–cos this would have made our parents happy. For those born with a silver spoon in their mouth, it may not be a big deal to afford nice clothes and to eat at nice restaurants–but for us who works hard for the money, it really is. It was an opportunity for my parents to see that the investment they made to make sure we get good education (thus leading to great jobs and a comfortable life) was not for naught. But instead, what we got is my dad pissed and hungry, and the baby brother wanting to get home cos we were served crappy food and given crappy service.

It’s not a big deal for some (as in: “pshew, a crappy dinner. so effing what”) But it is a rare time for us to take our parents somewhere nice. Cos they deserve it. What they don’t deserve is to sit in an awful dinner service and share glasses of complimentary water with their children.