Ice Castle Menu Cover

Ice Castle Menu Cover

Ice Castle by far is one of the halo-halo bar I grew up with until it became as a restaurant. Their specialty is mainly on the unbeatable halo-halo. Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert made up of shaved ice, topped with tropical fruits (banana, coconut meat, ube halaya, red beans, nata de coco, kaong, mango, peaches, jackfruit and etc.), poured with evaporated milk and finished off with a luscious ube or mango ice cream and is very common during summer time in beating the heat (yum!).

Going back, one time my mom and my little brother asked me to dine out after hearing a mass because they were starving. I bought them to a restaurant beside Ice Castle in JCentre Mall Cebu as it is just one cab ride from our house. After dinner, I asked them if they'd like to grab some desserts specifically halo-halo since my sweet tooth is almost on the loose (haha). My mom said yes and demanded to eat halo-halo at Ice Castle, so I granted her wish. We ordered just a regular sized halo-halo with one scoop of ice cream (we chose ube). It's around 70Php or more and my little brother ordered an Oreo Smoothie which costs at around 120Php or less. The ambience is quite good because the tables and chairs are neatly arranged, they play mellow music on the radio which adds coolness to the place. The service would only take less than 10-15mins. for the halo-halo (depending on the number of orders and customers during the visit though). I highly recommend the place if you're looking for something that is worth your money and your time chilling out reminiscing summer's great memories.

Main Course (set meals)

Main Course (set meals)

Specials

Specials

Smoothies, Parfaits and Splits

Smoothies, Parfaits and Splits

Burgers, Snacks and Drinks

Burgers, Snacks and Drinks

inside Ice Castle

inside Ice Castle

Halo-halo (top view)

Halo-halo (top view)

Halo- halo (side view)

Halo- halo (side view)

Food: 10/10
Place: 10/10
Price: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Overall Experience: 10/10

Mooshi's Malunggay Shot

Mooshi's Malunggay Shot

Malunggay or Moringa oleifera is a green leafy vegetable widely known for its numerous nutritional benefits either being eaten or to simply heal wounds. One time my boyfie asked me if we could drop by at Mooshi to grab some malunnggay shot since he wasn't feeling good at that time. We bought this shot for only 50Php (same with Wheatgrass shot) and just like any shots, it is served with oranges to neutralize the strong taste of the cold-pressed malunggay leaves. The extract of the leaves tastes a bit bitter, earthy and once it runs through your throat, it leaves a sensational cooling minty flavor. Personally, it would be helpful to sustain the strong flavor of it by adding some citrus extracts like orange, lemon or other fruits that would make the whole malunggay shot experience tolerable.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Goldilocks' Ube Hopia

Goldilocks' Ube Hopia

Purple yam or locally called in the Philippines as Ube (pronounced as "oobe") is a divine flavor that graces the devouring world of Filipino desserts. It is basically a root crop that can be used in main dishes or better yet for sweets. The ube crop is harvested almost all year round. When peeled, it is usually being boiled first, mashed and then placed back into the pan and being continuously stirred through while adding sugar or condensed milk. Once it has achieved its mashy, fine and sweet texture it is called ube halaya (I could eat it alone haha).

Ube Hopia (filling)

Ube Hopia (filling)

A lot of variations of ube has been derived and one famous delicacy is the hopia aside from halo-halo. Hopia has different fillings but one favorite of mine is ube and monggo. I once bought this ube hopia from Goldilocks because a friend referred it to me. Upon tasting it, it is a buttery, flaky dough and it is not overpowering the flavor of the hopia itself which is a very good thing in comparison to a (80% dough 20% filling) combo. The price is around 50Php more or less and the size of one hopia is reasonable already. On the filling, the ube is well and good and it matches perfectly with the dough. The medley of flavors from the buttery dough and the soft ube halaya will dance in your palate. Definitely my favorite and I highly recommend this as a merienda/ snack paired with your favorite hot/ cold drink.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Baked Scallops

Baked Scallops

Sweet, buttery, tender scallops are such a heaven in my palate. They may be tiny white meat from the sea but their taste is humungous. One of my favorite baked scallops here in Cebu is the one from STK ta Bay! though other restaurants also offer that dish. Baked scallops are cooked with butter on top, baked and garnished. Priced at around more or less 150Php per serving (approx. 8 pieces in a plate) you can already enjoy that delightful taste it gives in your tastebuds. I usually enjoy this with warm rice but sometimes I prefer to eat it just the way it is. This seafood dish is originally an appetizer that evolved as a main course over time.

Overall Rating: 10/10

ELF's Beauty Must Haves

ELF's Beauty Must Haves

To be fierce and fab, that's what girls usually aim for. So they start in eye make-up makeover. One time me and my lovey strolled in the mall to check for make-ups as I was filling out my tools to help me hone my skills on this craft. A sales lady from Watsons Ayala offered then to me this new product from Elf called Beauty Book. It costs at around 500-600Php and you can have this lovely set of eye shadows in different shades perfect for practicing and creating those smizey smokey eyes. This comes in handy with a small mirror on top of it and it sticks to the skin longer than any local make-up brands. I recommend this product to starters since they can blend the colors much easier depending on their clothes and their styling. And oh, by the way I got a lip gloss for free when I purchased it so you might want to drop by to any Watsons outlet to check this out.

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Overall Rating: 8/10

Lansiao

Lansiao

I have always been a great try-er when it comes to food. I am not picky so whatever that comes to the table I eat it. My father and my uncle influenced me a lot in food- exotic food, until it became my fascination. There's this famous dish in Cebu that the penis of the cow or horse are being made into a nice, warm soup called Lansiao. The older ones say it is a perfect aphrodisiac because of the heat it leaves once you try it (there's still no scientific explanation for that though). It is made up of the private part of a male cow or horse, boiled, mixed with selected spices. In my memory, I think I tried it thrice or more in my lifetime. The soup tastes heavy, starchy and a bit spicy. It has a bit of an after taste but not that strong, maybe because that's the taste of a real genital when turned into soup (haha). The meat on it looks kinda weird for some but it is tender to chew in your mouth and mind you it tastes just like an intestine.

Overall Rating: 9/10

Gyoza

Gyoza

Gyoza in Soy Sauce Dip

Gyoza in Soy Sauce Dip

Japanese version of a Chinese dumpling. This little fella is a small but terrible one (in a good way). I am still figuring out what the meat inside is but based on my research it is ground pork seasoned with a lot of secret spices which contributes greatly to the taste it gives once you have a bite. It is wrapped in a wanton wrapper then steamed, it will be fried only on one side once it is being served. I was a bit familiar on the taste of the sauce because it reminds me on the kick of the Kikkoman Soy Sauce (an old Japanese soy sauce). Me and my lovey ate this more than twice already simply because we love the taste of the gyoza and the magic it brings once it's in your mouth already. A must- try.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Vegetable Ramen

Vegetable Ramen

Vegetables are sinless and so as this noodle soup. Served with numerous veggies (carrots, cabbage, petchay, bell peppers, etc.), fish cakes and squid balls make a perfect combination with the noodles. The broth tastes light with the ingredients, it didn't overpower the vegetables on it. The balance of Go, Grow and Glow on this dish makes it perfect. Highly recommended for health conscious folks who would want to indulge in a sinless way.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Batchoy Ramen

Batchoy Ramen

Best served when hot, batchoy ramen is absolutely one of my favorites when it comes to noodles. I am not quite sure of other Japanese restaurants though but this dish is an infusion of Filipino- Japanese native favorites offered by Rai-Rai Ken. Batchoy is a Filipino noodle soup that has pork stock, chicharon bits, onions, pork meat, intestines and an egg drop, while Ramen is a diverse Japanese noodle soup that had evolved to many variations over time. The taste of this is not overwhelming rather it is just right. A bit salty like a ramen and appetizing like batchoy. The broth is blended creatively, the noodle is well-cooked, and there's generous serving of meat including intestines with an egg in a bowl. Umami!

Overall Rating: 10/10

Rai- Rai Ken

Rai- Rai Ken

Japan is just a drive away from where you are through Rai Rai Ken. Me and my lovey were so hungry that night after a whole afternoon spent in fixing my broken heart, ah I mean my laptop and looking for some high quality power cords. My stomach was rumbling and asked for ramen, some good good ramen so I asked lovey if he'd like to have one as well and voila!

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Our first visit to Rai Rai Ken was in SM Consolacion and it left us good ramen-mories. We haven't tried other Japanese restaurants just yet but this I could definitely recommend because it is affordable. This time we tried the one in SM City Cebu at the 3rd level. The place was a bit crowded at that time since it was dinner time however we were able to find a table immediately with the help of their Kimono wearing waiters/ waitresses. The ambience was perfect for a Japanese dinner, with their table set-up, cozy seats, sushi and sashimi station, painted and decorated walls and more of it.

Japanese lamp

Japanese lamp

sushi and sashimi bar with a waiter wearing a kimono

sushi and sashimi bar with a waiter wearing a kimono

lovely view

lovely view

ramenu

ramenu

menu

menu

menu

menu

menu

menu

Food on the menu consists mainly of ramen and other popular Japanese dishes. The prices are reasonable, enough already to compensate the quality of their food. After we ordered our personal choice of batchoy ramen, vegetable ramen and gyoza, they didn't take that long to serve us our food (we only waited for approx. 5-10mins.) which is impressive. Food are served hot and fresh so you get to enjoy the umami taste of what you paid for.

Batchoy Ramen

Batchoy Ramen

Vegetable Ramen

Vegetable Ramen

Gyoza

Gyoza

Food: 10/10
Place: 9/10
Price: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Overall Experience: 9/10