By MJ Cordova
Everyday Fun at Aguirre Street
My “South” friends have been inviting me to check out Aguirre Street in BF Homes, Paranaque for the longest time. They talk of a long stretch, just like Tomas Morato in Q.C. or Jupiter Street in Makati, lined with countless restaurants, bars, shops, salons, and spas. It is a street that they themselves have not fully explored yet even if they’ve lived in BF. There’s always something new to discover, something fun to do every day. Good thing I had a Nokia Lumia 710 on hand and with the superior Nokia maps, I was able to take the route traversing the South and find my destination right away. Plus with the Nokia Lumia 710 innovative features, taking quality snapshots and sharing my experiences online was a breeze.
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If you have a craving for steak, there’s no other place for you but Grandad’s Grill and Deli. Owned by TV host Mariel Rodriguez and her grandparents, Grandad’s is a cozy restaurant with ambient lighting and moody interiors. Whether you opt for the Rib-eye, Prime rib, or T-bone, they sell it at P1 per gram making every bite superb. Plus it comes with your choice of mashed potato, french fries or green rice. How awesome is that?
Grandad’s Grill and Deli, Aguirre Avenue corner Vinzon Street (514.00.36)
For the more adventurous, try Raaz Mahal and get a taste of the cuisine from the Punjabi regions of northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. The mix of onions, garlic, ginger and tomatoes make each dish distinctly Punjabi. Surrounded by rich and colorful interiors, Raaz Mahal will transport you to India while dining on their best sellers such as Goat Korma (P340) with Naan (P80), and Vegetable Samosa (P120). They also have quite a menu for vegetarians.
Raaz Mahal Punjabi Cuisine, 107 Aguirre Avenue (846.57.83)
Each of Tinette Villanueva-Miciano’s Twenty One dishes is a must-try but crowd favourites include the Kimchi Rolls (P300), Spaghetti with Sundried Tomatoes and Chorizo (P320), and Bo’s Kaldereta (P450). Twenty one dishes may be too few for you but many will attest that it is good selection enough. You’ll definitely want to come back and try all the other dishes but, keep in mind she introduces new dishes three times a year!
Twenty One Plates, 205 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes Paranaque (825.73.48)
Find the largest pizza deliverable in the Philippines at El Buono. Famous for its 36-inch and 65-inch pizza, El Buono has been a family, barkada, and party favourite in the South. Try 5-Stars (P2,488), a 36-inch pizza mix of their best sellers: El Buono Special, La Carne, Il Italiano, and Il Salami Picante. Sit back and enjoy the company of friends while playing Beer Pong and chowing on a huge slice of pizza.
El Buono Pizza, 154 Aguirre Avenue (519.11.11/519.22.22)
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Hookahs and cocktail towers in every table and a vibrant club ambiance meet all first-timers at VHL. There aren’t that much good sheesha places in the metro but this is definitely one. First, take your pick on their wide array of original (P200) and mix flavoured (P280) hookahs. Try Sweet Love (rose, honey, and peach) or Tootsie Pop (cappuccino and pomegranate). Then get yourself a cocktail tower such as The Ultimate Cosmo (P500) or The Waterfalls (400) and you’re off to a long night of revelry.
Vapor Hookah Lounge, G1 Center, Aguirre Avenue (0920.928.01.91)
Recreating an Irish pub fare, Mulligan’s offers a wide selection of imported beers, delicious local and European cuisine, and fine house wines. Round up the boys and catch sports events on wide screen TVs while downing a pint of Guinness for that total Irish pub experience. The ladies will also enjoy the Margarita Night Special every Wednesday where their favorite margarita is at buy one take one for only P100.
Mulligan’s Irish Gastro, 61 Aguirre cor. Luz, B.F. Homes (807.31.28)
Spicy noodles, creamy ice cream, and packed gyoza and kimchi are only some of the things you’ll find in this 24-hour grocery store. Just go inside and you’ll surely discover something yummy. Don’t be intimidated by the packaging, the friendly attendants are always willing to help out.
Korean-Japanese Grocery, Aguirre St BF Homes Ph. 3(820.20.92)
Get yourself primed and rejuvenated with pretty hands and feet. Ask for the Jennifer Lynn’s No Chip UV Gel Polish service, a manicure/pedicure process where they use a special nail polish whose formula requires UV light to dry. The result is a gel-like coating on the nail, which can last up to two to three weeks without chipping. Come on a Thursday and avail of their 20% discount on the service.
You’ve Got Nail Spa and Studio, 2F Omega Star Bldg. Aguirre Ave. corner Elizalde St. (0917. 838.2328)
Known as the house that second-hand bags built, Leilanie’s House of Bags carries pre-loved and brand new bags and accessories. They have a rack for Hermes, Chanel, Goyard, Prada, Marc Jacobs and many other designer labels. A mansion exterior with even more ostentatious white and gold interiors, Leilanie’s House of Bags is a must-visit in this side of town, whether you’re up for some shopping or just simple ogling.
Leilanie’s House of Bags, 191 Aguirre St. Phase 2 (975.93.01)
Photo credits: Raaz Mahal’s Goat Korma (goodlivingbf.weebly.com), Twenty One Plate’s Sundried Tomatoes and Chorizo (www.abuggedlife.com), Korean Japanese Grocery Photo 1 (cherrypatter.com), Korean Japanese Grocery Photo 2 ( http://www.kitchenetteboss.com)