Casa Verde at UP Town Center

I’ve been hearing about the new restaurants that opened along Katipunan Ave. at the new UP Town Center. We decided to have lunch there today. It was our first time there. Upon our arrival, the first thing we noticed was a line of cars. It turns out that they were in line to enter the parking area. We were disheartened at the prospect of having to wait to get a parking slot when the guard told us that there were more parking spaces just a little further down, in the old UPIS grounds.

After securing our parking spot, we headed to the row of restaurants. This being a new place, there were still some empty stalls and most of the restaurants had signs saying they are not yet able to process credit cards so only cash payments will be accepted. All the restaurants seemed to be appetizing. But we decided to go to Casa Verde. We were asked to wait for a table. Luckily for us, we were seated after just a couple of minutes.

The menu was fairly diverse. For the main course, there were ribs, steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta. Our server, Edwin, warned us that the servings were big so we might want to share. Good thing we listened to him. Their specialty, Brian’s Ribs, was good for two. The kids had the spaghetti and burger bites. Food was good, serving size was generous, and the price was reasonable. I can imagine a lot of the students in and around Katipunan spending a lot of their lunch breaks there.

We were happy with our lunch choices. And we made a note of which restaurant we want to visit next. It looks like we will be back at the UP Town Center soon.

Bibimbap For Dinner

One dish that we discovered from our food court experiment was Bibimbap. I had always been curious about it but never got around to actually ordering it. It became one of Trixi’s favorite dishes once she had tried it. I figured it was an excellent way to get the kids to eat their vegetables and it seemed easy enough to do. So I tried to make Bibimbap for dinner.

Bibimbap is a Korean dish which means “mixed rice”. It is served on a hot plate, with hot steamed rice in the middle, topped by a sunny-side up egg. The meat and the vegetables are arranged separately around the rice. When ready to be consumed, everything is mixed together, hence the name. A spicy orange-colored sauce may be added to it.

My version of bibimbap

My version of bibimbap

This was dinner tonight. Everyone enjoyed it and the kids ate their fair share of veggies!