Good Eats: New Finds and Exciting News in the City, From an Edgy Donut Shop that Serves Ube Baterol to Vinyl on Vinyl Teaming Up with Poblacion - LA Wine & Dine

That Ube Baterol is always sold out due to high popularity, we hear.

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These eclectic donuts are creating a buzz

When asked why their flavors are unapologetically Filipino, Rogue Doughnuts’ Josser Quillendrino says it is by design. “It is through this limitation that our creativity thrives,” he says. “When you obsess yourself with a singular thing, it becomes more than just passion, it becomes artistry.” He and co-founder Ralph Montejo express this in their 11 donuts (which are all made by hand) and their drinks list.

“We first look at what’s available, what ingredients can we locally source, and how we can present them in a different light,” Quillendrino explains. “Much of it is nostalgia, most of our flavors are things you’ve probably enjoyed growing up—dilis, lemon square, chocnut, burong kamias.”

He says that they always want to capture the things we collectively enjoyed and present them in a different way. When you find the edge in local ingredients, he explains, it is when they take on a different meaning altogether.

Complementing their donut line—which has unusual or regionally-inspired flavors like Patis Honey Glazed, Peanut Kisses Crunch, White Chocolate Malunggay, Dayap Cheesecake Crumble, and Spicy Dilis—is their beverage line. These include the Pili Nut Latte, Kamias Panucha, Sagada Coffee Kombucha, and their hit drink Ube Baterol, which constantly draws a long line when available.

Rogue Donuts is Lane O of Bonigacio High Street in BGC, Taguig. They will soon open in Podium in Ortigas. For more information, visit

Raging Bull is now in Makati

Raging Bull Burges opened its newest bull pen in Makati on October 21. A flavor-forward, offbeat local burger joint with a conscience and attitude of a rock star, Raging Bull Burgers takes its rockin’ lineup that packs a punch in every bite to L1 of Assembly Grounds at The Rise. The burger place boasts of sustainable dining with nose-to-tail butchery with cuts of brisket, rump, and wagyu marinated in the bull’s signature seasoning mix.

The Adobro

Some favorites include the Adobro, which is grilled adobo marinated pork belly, guacamole, baked beans, fried egg, crispy chicken skin, and adobo barbecue sauce on toasted corn buns; Kickass, a 1/3 pounder Angus beef patty married with iceberg lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and Raging bull Barbecue; and the Raging Wagyu, which is 1/3 pounder of Australian Wagyu beef with braised onions, sweet chili chutney, lettuce, tomato, dill pickle, and their signature sauce.

The Clean Slate

Those off red meat can try the Kickin’ Chicken, which 1/3 pounder of grilled chicken thigh; Naked Fish, which is a crispy fried grouper filled stacked with criolla, romaine lettuce, and Nikkei tartar sauce; and The Clean Slate, a vegetarian option that makes use of a crispy squash patty with kidney beans, iceberg lettuce, cauliflower parsley tabbouleh, and vegan barbecue sauce.

For more information, contact 0917-624-3820, or email [email protected].

Favorites from The Pen make a comeback

Possible one of the most elegant Asian restaurants in the city, Spices is making a comeback by offering a 45th anniversary á la carte menu. This will include eat-all-you-can classics that will have lovers of Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore traveling back in time, enjoying endless servings of Spices Timeless Classics.

Spices is back

Groups can reserve a table to eat endless platters of Seafood Laksa (Malaysian shrimp, egg noodles, seafood, and coconut soup), Gha Gio (Vietnamese fried spring rolls with pork, shrimp, and mushrooms), Green Chicken Curry (Thai boneless chicken thigh, eggplant, long beans, and coriander), Chili Crabs (Singaporean curacha crab in spicy scallion sauce, scallions), and more, all served for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.

…and so is Escolta

The buffet is of the hotel’s beloved Escolta has also reopened, serving everything from fresh pasta and frilled specialities to pizzas and cheese spreads. It is open for lunch and dinner only from Wednesday through Saturday, with brunch served on Sunday.

Both deals are worth P1,976 for adults. For more information, you can email [email protected] or go through PenChat here.

Monkey Shoulder has a holiday pop-up

Malt whisky brand Monkey Shoulder is inviting all cocktail lovers to #MakeItMonkey to their recently launched festive pop-up bar. Located by the Monkey Shoulder Giving Tree along C1 in Bonifacio Global City, the pop-up bar will be run in partnership with a lineup of your favorite watering holes.

The Giving Tree

After initial weekeds with 205 and iDarts DASH, the pop-up will next work with Skye from November 26 to 27, Fireside from December 3 to 4, and then Boozy from December 24 and 25. Both the Giving Tree and bar will be there until December 31, 2021.

The Christmas Pop-up

At the Monkey Shoulder Giving Tree and festive pop-up bar, Monkey Shoulder is committed to ensuring the safety of guests and staff. All event personnel are fully vaccinated, and have been trained to observe and ensure health and safety protocols. This includes the regular disinfection of hands and high touchpoint areas, ensuring physical distancing, and masking it up with a face mask and face shield.

For more information, follow Monkey Shoulder on Facebook and Instagram

Art and food combine at SM Aura Premier

SM Aura Premier recently launched The Vinyl on Vinyl x Re: Poblacion Market Day which brings the two back from the “old world” and into the “new normal.. In collaboration with Vinyl on Vinyl art gallery and a select group of pubs and restaurants from the Poblacion area, SM Aura Premier showcases a pop-up art, food and drink festival at the mall’s Skypark.

From left: Guilt dishes available include freshly-baked oysters and Tuna Temaki

The malls brings back for the first time Vinyl on Vinyl Art Gallery which features artists seeking a venue to explore their crafts amidst the surplus of conventional art forms, and the group from Poblacion (via RestoPH) are practically filling the entirety of the mall’s Skypark with a visual and gastronomic feast.

From left: Tacos from El Chupacabra; cookies from Moloko

These include pop-up versions of restaurants and pubs from the Poblacion area: El Chupacabra the hottest tacos place in Poblacion, Agimat, the foraging bar and kitchen and one of the legends of Poblacion, Cantina, with well-crafted Mexican comfort food, A Toda Madre, the first tequila bar in Metro Manila, Café Fleur, a quaint little restaurant cafe that offers avant-garde Kapampangan dishes, Easy as Pie Piece of Cake, the Detroit-style pizza, Kali Burger, the famous burger place in Poblacion, Moloko with handcrafted cookies, and Kite Kebab Bar with Mediterranean street food.

Vinyl on Vinyl x Re:Poblacion will be on November 27 to 28 and December 4 to 5 at SM Aura Premier’s rooftop outdoor area. For more information, visit @SMAuraPremier on Facebook and Instagram.

Banner: Raging Bull’s Raging Wagyu

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