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February 13, 2022
Batangas, Philippines

I was so happy being in the city again. My favorite grocery store, cafes, shopping centers are just around the corner. Starbucks are everywhere just like fast food! haha.

I explored cafes and restaurants near me – from Vietnamese to Chinese. I have to admit, I did not like most of them and only had few favorites.

I tried cafes in Westgate and Alabang Town Center.

Westgate Alabang is a kaleidoscope choices of al fresco cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s like a small version of Clarke Quay in Singapore but in a more relaxed way as there are limited people and less noise. 😉

UCC Cafe
Westgate Alabang
Price Php250-2,000
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards

I was having problem with my Internet connection at my place and I thought I could work in coffee shops like Starbucks but they also have limited Internet connection, I can’t get a good connection in my phone as well. However, UCC was a savior! They had 5G connection but I could not charge my laptop there haha. So, the coffee in UCC was just okay, I ordered iced caramel latte. To be honest, when you have tried the best coffee in Batangas, all of a sudden all the cafes you visited can’t even match it anymore. Nevertheless, I still would visit UCC to try their Japanese inspired dishes.

Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant
Westgate Alabang
Price: Php250-2,000
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards

This was my favorite restaurant that I have tried in Westgate. I also love that they have healthy dishes to choose from so I ordered spinach lasagna. It is layered with spinach as meat and baked with mixed cheeses. It was surprisingly creamy and appetizing. They also have ranges of dessert to choose from. My favorite will always be mango bravo. It is a frozen cake with layers of cashew meringue wafers, chocolate mousse, cream and mango cubes, drizzled with chocolate syrup. So yum!

Cafe Breton
Westgate Alabang
Price Php250-2,000
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards

This cafe serves variety of crepes and coffees. I like the ambiance and service of this place. The first time I tried here was 7 years ago and it still did not disappoint. After all those years, they still serve heart warming crepes but this time I drank coffee. 🙂 I ordered excalibur for my breakfast – it has ham, cheese, asparagus sautéed with mushroom and onions and creamy fresh cream. How can a crepe tastes so good in the morning while you dipped it in a hot sauce?

Alabang Town Center Food Eats

It is a shopping mall owned by Ayala. The mall’s architecture was inspired by villages in the Mediterranean. Here are my finds in Alabang Town Center short for ATC.

Dohtonbori Philippines
Price: Php250-1,500
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards

This is a Japanese restaurant that they said served authentic okonomiyaki experience. Me and my sissy in law went here, I liked that they have zashiki style seating where you leave your foot wear and eat in low traditional table with seat cushion. In this way, you get to experience Japanese culture. We ordered chicken karage bento, ramen and green apple chu-hi. I did not like their beer apple chu-hi, it was too sweet and no kick of alcohol. The tonkatsu ramen was just fine for me, not savory and the meat was not melt in your mouth experience. I have had better ramen in Batangas to be honest. Maybe, I can try other dishes here but not my go to place in ATC.

Northpark
Price: Php250-2,000
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards


This is a Chinese restaurant that caters to mostly soup and noodles. I ordered beef wanton but the only think I liked was the wantons and not the beef as it was not tender. I tried to convince my sis in law and tried their siomai and their rice dishes but we were disappointed. The taste was really bland, maybe it was because my expectations for Chinese dishes are high.

Pho Hoa
Price: Php250-1,000
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards


This is a Vietnamese restaurant in a mall. I ordered their steak and meatball pho and of course Vietnamese coffee. The pho was decent to my taste, not the best but not that bad. I loved the mint complimenting their soup. However, the coffee was a disappointment. It’s so bland without any kick of the coffee. I’d probably try other pho in the restaurant but never the coffee again.

Samgyupsalamat
Price: Php355-500
Only accepts cash

This is a unlimited charcoal Korean bbq restaurant that serves Korean beef and pork with side dishes such as kimchi and lettuce. This is by far one of the restaurants I’d try again in ATC because it’s decent price, delicious kimchi, various beef and pork to choose from. I truly enjoyed dining in here.

Popeye’s
Price: Php250-500
Only accepts cash

Popeye’s is a fast food joint with Louisiana flavor which is also known for serving trans-fat free biscuit on the sides. The first time I tried Popeye’s was in Singapore, they serve large chicken breasts/wings etc and crunchy flavorful biscuit. The expectation when I first ordered in the Philippines was of course the same but it was such a disappointment with them serving small chicken and without the signature biscuit. This is a really no for me.

Shake Shack
Price: 250-1000
Accepts cash, debit and credit cards

It is an American fast food joint originated in New York. There was a craze when they opened their store in Singapore when I was still there. I really liked the angus burgers here when I first tried it in Changi Airport. However, when I ordered this in the Philippines, I had the same expectations but it’s a no for me too. The angus beef was a bit dry, the bun was not tasty and soft. I’d rather have a Hungry Hippo – a local burger joint in Lipa than spend a lot of money in a burger not worth deserving of another bite.

There are still other cafes that I’d love to try in Alabang. The choices are enormous and can’t wait to explore the other city side of the Philippines.


Love,
Maria, sometimes Niskie