Sweet Escapes with the Kitchen Diaries Café

Lately, I’ve come to discover the hustle and bustle of restaurants and cafes opening along the Kapitolyo area.  Dropped by this quaint coffee shop named Kitchen Diaries Café along First Street located in Pasig City. Opened its doors last August with a neighborhood cafe concept in mind. So it’s not only for those who live around the vicinity that would want a sweet dessert with their coffee or  breakfast all-day meal in the middle of the day but also aspire their customers to experience and share stories.


The Kitchen Diaries Café, also has a nickname, which is  KiD, a shortened version of the restaurant’s name. Very true to their sweet  nickname, KiD offers a list of ranging from desserts, all-day breakfast meals to interesting hot and cold coffee concoctions.



Once stepped into the cafe, I was endeared with all these pretty interiors and decor. KiD wanted to have this feel to their shop as if it were a place one can call it a momentary sweet escape from the everyday routine of school or work wherein you can unwind and feel like a kid as you enjoy some known childhood sweet treats.


We were welcomed by the owners along with this massive table of lovely sweets arranged for us to try.



But first, let’s begin with some starters.


Buffalo Wings with Nachos. Never thought they’d make a combo as such. They actually go very well, what we liked about this was the sauce. Which is a secret recipe they cannot disclose. 😉


Next were their rice bowls, Mongolian stir fry and their Mexican stir fry. If you prefer your meal a bit spicy, try the Mexican bowl.


Their bestseller the Roasted Angus Corned Beef, paired with English Style Scrambled Eggs and Fried Rice is a must try from their all-day breakfast menu.

Now onto dessert!


Their No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake was a surprise, it wasn’t overwhelmingly rich it just gave the right texture and it was light to the bite.


Their other coffee concoctions served were Frozen Espresso shots and the coffee shake, this one was the Nutella Ferrerro Frappe. Yes. Nutella. 😉


A favorite drink of the young and the young at heart, the Milo Bomb.


And their specialty the Frozen KiD, coffee iced cubes separately served with another glass of milk and a spoon of whipped cream for a sweeter thought you can measure or not. 😉 Presentation wise, this wins for me. I’ve been pouring myself with all these Pinterest pretty photos of coffee iced cubes and a tall glass of milk for quite sometime. KiD made my wish come true. Definitely, sweet dreams are made of these. Haha.

To get to know more about this neighborhood cafe,  Kitchen Diaries Café
Unit 1E, 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

To know more about Kitchen Diaries, please check their Facebook page.
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Itadakimasu! with RYU Ramen & Curry Tantanmen 5

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The Japanese is famous for its culinary arts. One of its well-known “artwork” is ramen and a new Japanese gastronomical gallery is cooking up a flavorful masterpiece – RYU Ramen & Curry, The Art of Tantanmen and Curry.

You see, sometime ago me and a couple friends were in search for some ramen shops around the metro after getting hooked. No thanks to a certain friend to kept posting those sabbatical trips for the tastiest ramen haunts around town. Hence, followed suit… in a way.

We’ve searched high and low. Then by a stroke of luck, chanced an Open Rice Philippines event at the latest branch of Ryu Ramen located at Jazz Residences in the Makati area to experience their fabulous five dishes.


This special treat for the day was Ryu Ramen & Curry‘s Tantanmen 5 which is basically composed of five Tantanmen dishes namely the Yaki Buta, the Gyu, the Ebi, the Karaage and the Classic. The people of Ryu Ramen & Curry gave a short overview of the company, and introduced us to the Tantanmen 5 dishes.

But before anything else, what is Tanta~? Tantanmen is a popular noodle dish inspired by “dandanmian”, a spicy noodle dish which contains preserved vegetables hailing from the Szechuan Province in China. While the sesame, the renowned flavor is dominant in both, but unlike “dandanmian,” our Japanese variant is served as soup.

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Classic Tantanmen Php 360

Classic Tantanmen, a rich miso-based broth infused with ground pork and egg. The spice level was just right (for me, hehe have a higher tolerance for the spicy) Wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought.

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Karaage Tantanmen Php 380

With deep-fried boneless chicken and shiitake mushrooms and a few other vegetables. The chicken in Karaage Tantamen is surpringly not as greasy as expected and also crispy .

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Ebi Tantanmen Php 430

Random piece of information, Ryu (correctly pronounced as rye-yoo) actually means dragon in Japanese. The marketing team shared that four of the owners were born in the year of the Dragon thus the name Ryu was chosen. Nice way to zero in the common denominator. And just like the legendary creature, Ryu captures the imagination and gastronomical experience of those who gets to enjoy its dishes. Also no Gyu Tantanmen was available that day. I will head off again to Ryu for that.

A pleasant thanks to both Open Rice Philippines and Ryu Ramen & Curry for a sharing that gastronomic surprise that is Tantanmen.

Visit RYU Ramen & Curry at the following branches:

  • Tomas Morato cor Sct. Lazcano, Quezon City
  • U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
  • SM Jazz Residences, Jupiter St. cor N. Garcia, Makati City

To know more about Ryu Ramen & Curry, please check their Facebook page.

And to enjoy more photo sharing & food reviews, check out the Open Rice app Open Snap, available on iOS & Android.