My city on a plate: Jin Perez, 34

Ever wondered who Jin is from from the popular food blog Jin Loves To Eat? Well, that’s her above. Her last name is Perez, she lives in the Pasay/Parañaque area, and she’s 34 years old. Jin has been blogging since since May 2009, and has since, become a good sounding board to what’s new and what’s good to eat around Manila. Here, she shares her staples in her ‘hood.

BEST THING ABOUT YOUR LOCAL: I love that it’s so near the three airports! I leave home at exactly two hours before my flight out, and I am always back in the comforts of my room within one hour of arrival. It’s a big thing because I love to travel!


BRUNCH: Aristocrat (432 San Andres St cor Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila; +63 2 5247671 to 80). Actually, I love Aristocrat at any time of the day, and it’s really perfect because the place is open 24/7. Staples are the Flying Saucer  a bread pocket filled with tender and tasty adobo, boneless chicken barbecue with lots of Java rice drizzled generously with sweet Java sauce. And to end my meal, a tall glass of special halo-halo. PHP400 for everything.

COFFEEThe Cake Club at Diamond Hotel (Roxas Boulevard corner J. Quintos Street, Manila; +63 2 5283000). I always order the charcoal-roasted sumibi and take my coffee straight, without cream and sugar, only because I like my cream and sugar in another form: DESSERT!!! The Le Royale, Supermoist Chocolate Cake, and Diamond Hotel’s Ube Ensaymada are the perfect accompaniments to a good cup of joe.


LUNCH: Li Li (5/F Hyatt Regency Casino & Hotel Manila, 1588 Pedro Gil corner M.H. del Pilar Sts, Manila; +63 2 2451234). The eat-all-you-can dimsum is really the best in the city. They cook the little babies as you order so you are guaranteed freshness in every bite. My favorites are the baked barbecued pork puffs, steamed chicken feet, and glutinous rice in lotus leaf. All that unlimited dimsum goodness and more (roasted meats, main dishes, noodles and desserts) for PHP1,650.


DINNER: Impressions (3/F Maxims Tower, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City; +63 2 9088883). The food, ambiance, and service at this French fine-dining restaurant will keep you coming back for more. For appetizer, I highly recommend the tartine Iodee of sea urchin, scallop and oyster, assorted cress with sea urchin parfait in cucumber. For mains, my favorite fresh herbs-roasted lamb rack, lamb shoulder confit coated with pistachio and dry apricot. And for dessert, the most important part of the meal, the tentation du chocolat or seven deadly sins. Enough said. This unforgettable dinner will set you back PHP3,500.

DRINKS: I am more a hot chocolate kinda girl and don’t really go out for drinks, but if I do, then it would be at Impressions again for its wine-pairing nights. They hold Wine and Cheese Nights, Wine and Foie Gras Nights, Wine and Seafood Nights on different Tuesdays of the month.


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