Sunday, June 06, 2010

Friday Night Cookout

There are times that employees of our company are required to be on standby inside the company provided housing compound over the weekend in case of any emergencies. Sometimes a group of my colleagues and I would have a pot luck dinner (at least for those of us who can cook) on a Friday night.

A few weeks back, we had this potluck dinner. A Malaysian colleague prepared Nasi Lemak, Sambal and fried chicken, another colleague prepared Pan Fried Dory Fillets in Blackbean and Young Corn Sauce, and 2 other joined forces in making some Thai Style Mango Sticky Rice dessert. I experimented a bit and prepared Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed with Roasted Eggplant and Sauteed Button Mushrooms topped with Crumbled Spicy Feta Cheese.

Sambal with Egg

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert

Roasted Bell Peppers stuffed with roasted eggplant and sauteed mushrooms topped with spicy crumbled feta cheese

Pan fried creme Dory in black bean sauce

Thursday, February 18, 2010

[Review] El Toro Restaurant

El Toro Restaurant
Originally uploaded by Jepster
This restaurant is a recent discovery for me and my friends. This is somewhat unusual considering that the restaurant isn't even new and it is very near where we stay. We have always complained about the very limited restaurant choices here in Batangas City and discovering this really nice place right in our neighborhood is a pleasant surprise. It is very easy to miss the sign and the location is a bit secluded (we came in at night and when we were entering the small dark street leading to the restaurant I was having serious doubts whether there is a restaurant located there at all).

Very cool and airy ambiance (the dining area is open air). Wide variety of dishes (German, Thai, Filipino, Mexican). Friendly staff and owner (he surprised me first by delivering some of the dishes personally to our table and then by talking to me in tagalog why I was taking pictures of the food - "startled" would be a better word to use). Reasonably priced. Big portions.

Must try is the appetizer shown which are actually deep fried long chillis with seeds taken out wrapped in meat and "lumpia" wrapper served with salsa. I'm not usually a huge fan of spicy food but I really liked it.

Try the different sausages with a cold glass of beer.

Located in Batangas City along the diversion road from Balagtas (end portion of Star Tollway) to the Batangas Pier. Going to the pier, the road is to your right near Honda Batangas.

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El Toro Restaurant
El Toro Restaurant
El Toro Restaurant
El Toro Restaurant