Half Saints is a small restaurant tucked away at Sergeant Esguerra Avenue in Quezon City. If I’m not mistaken, it opened early last year, and it has been enjoying a steady stream of regulars and curious souls. I say this because sometimes it’s hard to immediately get a table when you come here. I’m not really going to complain about the size of the restaurant though. The inside of Half Saints gives off a cozy and intimate feel, and in fact I think it’s quite nicely decorated. They were obviously inspired by the Japanese minimalist style.
Trying out Sizzling Ramen at Kureji Vertis North
The name Kureji doesn’t make it immediately clear what this restaurant specializes on. In fact, it took me a good minute to realize that it’s actually the Japan-ized way of saying ‘crazy’. I was ready to pass it by as my family and I were looking around for a place to eat in Vertis North, but then I heard two words that captured my interest: Sizzling. Ramen.
NEW FAVORITE ALERT: Gata Restaurant Flavors of Bicolandia Atbp.
Have I ever mentioned that I absolutely love spicy food? I’m not talking about Samyang nuclear spicy, where you suffer through the heat. In fact, I’m talking about spicy that is artfully done to increase the experience of consuming a dish; the sort that makes your mouth water and crave for more rice. Because that is precisely what Gata Restaurant has done so perfectly well.
Back at the new and improved Mantaro in Quezon City
The last time I ate at Mantaro, they were still located at their tiny restaurant along Scout Tobias– just a street away from where they are now. This new location is certainly more spacious, with way more parking space to boot. Just like before, the décor is simple. Warm colors are on the walls, with an Aztec mural at one end of the restaurant the only highlight. No extra frills but it is cozy in any case.