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Nueve Cafe’s Extra Super Jumbo Croc in a Bun

Lately, I’ve been frequenting home depots to get factory deals on home improvement materials and various home stuff. One of those I recently visited is Wilcon Builders in Makati and inside the depot is where I found a little corner eatery called Nueve Cafe. I’ve made the rounds in different warehouses in Makati, Alabang, and Taguig and from those I visited, none of them had anything as classy as Nueve. As soon as my home depot shopping list was done, the hungry boyfriend/bag carrier and I made a beeline for the pastel themed cafe to see what nomz they had to offer.

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The cute pastel themed decor of Nueve Cafe

Judging by the look Nueve Cafe went for (pastels made of cute), I was already expecting to see ridiculously-priced coffee and cupcakes pastries on the menu. I was nearly ready to ignore my hunger pangs and head to the nearest fast food or convenience store to get something to tide myself over until dinnertime. Looking over their menu, I saw that they had pastas, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee at fairly decent prices. The menu looked alright but what made me decide to stay and have a quick snack is their crocodile menu.

It is said that crocodile meat is healthier than other meats because they are generally leaner. While that’s good to know, it’s hardly useful because for a country that has crocodile farms, the meat isn’t exactly easily acquired in the city. It’s still pretty rare to find places that serves crocodile these days. The only ones I know that do serve this wild meat are Riverwalk Grill in Crocodile Park, Davao and for a limited time, at Krazy Garlik in Greenbelt 3.

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Extra Super Jumbo Dundee Hungarian Croc in a Bun (p170)

Nueve Cafe has a bunch of crocodile dishes on their menu including the Croc Wali (no idea what this is), Croc Tapa, Croc Sisig, Dundee Burger, Croc Arrabiata, and Croc in a Bun that go for a fair 100-200 bucks. I decided to go for the Croc in a Bun. It’s basically a hotdog sandwich, but with crocodile sausage in it. You can choose between Dundee Australian Cheese or Dundee Hungarian (spicy) as your sausage and whether to get the Jumbo and Extra Super Jumbo for a mere forty peso difference. Obvs, the glutton in me got the bigger one (in my defense, I gave Bim half of it).

The Extra Super Jumbo Dundee Hungarian Croc in a bun was a huge sonuvabitch. The meal came with a side of potato chips and the sausage was garnished generously with fresh vegetables and mayonnaise. The sausage itself was juicy, plump, and was packed full of crocodile meat and flavor. It would honestly have been impossible for me to finish it in just one sitting.

Besides the cooked stuff, they also have a freezer full of for-sale frozen processed crocodile meat in full display. Imagine that, you can buy a pack of Dundee Hungarian and hold a crocodile sausagefest for your buddies, like a TNL!

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There’s your crocodile meat!

The good

  • Crocodile sausages are tasty and filling, and comes in a variety of flavors (and even sizes!).
  • Easily accessible cooked and uncooked crocodile meat in the city. And inside a home depot!
  • Cute ambiance helps you ignore that you’re surrounded by piles of tiles, toilet bowls, shower heads, and various raw materials.

The bad

  • The only server was on the phone for the entire time we spent there, affecting her work (she did give us the incorrect order and change).
  • You’re surrounded by home improvement stuff and the flurry of sales activities as you eat.
  • Cute pastel ambiance isn’t the kind of place you’d think would serve wild meat.

The bacon

4 out of 5 bacons! For a cafe inside a home depot, Nueve Cafe does a fine job of changing the feel from warehouse to a cute little cafe in their tiny little corner of the store. They are probably the only place you’d find serving crocodile meat, both cooked and frozen (for takeout), that’s easily accessible within the city. The food is pretty nice, they have various pastas, sandwiches, and pastries, and the crododile sausages in particular are good, packed with meat and flavor and are available in several varieties.

Nueve Cafe

(inside Wilcon Builders Depot)
2212 Pasong Tamo, Makati City

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BaconTunaMelt Gets A Makeover!

Hi guys! If you noticed, BaconTunaMelt has been going through a mini makeover and now has a new look. The theme is now a darker shade of orange highlighted by yellow, grey, and white tones. The code is clean and simple and I’m actually happy that it’s much less toxic than the last time I did this a couple of years ago (I still hate CSS, beeteedubs). I hope you guys like it! I’m no great shakes at either PHP and CSS and this revamp has cost me quite a few hours of stress (and if I’m being honest, several strands of hair).

BTM_screenshot_2014In case you’re interested, the base theme I used is the the fantastic free WordPress theme Point (thanksabunch~) and tweaked it a tiny little bit to my fit the theme of the blog.

I’m actually still undecided if this is the final look we’re going for (I’m fickle like that) and it’s highly likely that you’d  see changes throughout the course of the next couple of weeks. So if you have constructive criticisms and useful suggestions, just leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do to not pull out your hair (I kid!). In the meantime, I’m happy to present to you this current new look of BaconTunaMelt!

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Hai Chix & Steaks Over At Jazz Mall

On the ground floor of Jazz Residences is a grocery, a small cluster of stores, and a number of restaurants all collectively called Jazz Mall. Although the mall is part of Jazz Residences, it’s not exclusive to residents of the building (just awesomely convenient for them). The grocery, various stores, and restaurants are happily open for all.

One of the restaurants in the mall is this glossy little place called Hai Chix & Steaks. Technically, the restaurant is not in the mall. Instead, Hai Chix & Steaks is located in one corner of the building and can be accessed from outside. From the name alone, derived from both American and Asian classics (and not chicken on drugs), you’d be right to guess that their noms are a mix of specialties from both cultures.

Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken Rice (p245)

One such specialty, which the restaurant is partially named after, is the Hainanese Chicken Rice. This classic Asian dish boasts of flavorful chicken that is mild and tasty at the same time (dontaskmehowbutitis) and is eaten together with a steaming cup of just-as-tasty rice. Hai Chix & Steaks version did not disappoint.

Their melt-in-your mouth Hainanese chicken comes with a cupful of (super delicious) Hainanese rice and three sauces- sweet, ginger, and hell.  The red sauce is crazy-lava-hot spiceh, as you may have already deduced. These are all served in a very rustic solid slab of wood which seems to be the trend in many restaurants these days.

Citrus Honey Garlic Pork

Citrus Honey Garlic Pork (p225)

I got the Citrus Honey Garlic Pork which has a healthy portion of fried pork drizzled with a sweet and mildly tangy sauce and a cupful of their Hainanese rice. The meal is actually pretty good, but I got tired of the sweet sauce halfway through the meal. In hindsight, it would have been more enjoyable if the sauce was served on the side. What actually kept me nomming was the rice. The cup of (super delicious) Hainanese rice was so tasty that I could’ve eaten it all on its own (heh, I actually did).

Other noms

BBQ Baby Back Ribs (p400/half rack)

Hot Chix & Steaks’ BBQ Baby Back Ribs is a half slab of soft ribs slathered in barbecue sauce and served with a bowl of fries and a side of shredded corn. It’s a bit pricey at 400 bucks per order, imo. You can get as much for less from other restaurants without compromising the taste.

Pinkerton Red Velvet Ice Cream (p120)

They also have a nice selection of desserts, particularly homemade ice cream made by Pinkerton (whattacutename) and we tried the Red Velvet one. It was meh.

The good

  • Ultra delicious Hainanese rice!
  • Classy ambiance without being overpriced.

The bad

  • Not the most convenient place to get to (unless you live in Jazz Residences).

The bacon

3 out of 5 bacons! Hai Chix & Steaks is a little out of the way (for me at least) but is an excellent resto option for when you’re not in the mood for crowded, rowdy dining. They’ve got fabulous rice, okay nomz and not-bad prices.

Hai Chix & Steaks

Address: Jazz Mall, Jupiter cor. N. Garcia St., Makati
Contact details: (+632) 986-0143
Others: Hai Chix & Steaks Facebook page