5 Loaves and 2 Fish: Comfort Food for the Soul

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Discovering different dishes in a neighborhood restaurant is a great way to spend an afternoon and that’s just what I did. 5 Loaves and 2 Fish serves home cooked meals restaurant style in the bustling suburb of Holy Spirit Drive in Commonwealth, Quezon City. As explained by proprietor, Ms Dinah Miro their restaurant is an extension of her home kitchen serving up comfort food for the soul.

The restaurant name is quite unique and its origins are from the bible:

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” 16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” 17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

It was quite timely that the name that they had intended for their restaurant wasn’t available when they applied at Department of Trade and Industry. It lead them to this unique name and has been a blessing.

The interior design focuses on family, comfort and bible inspiration sprinkled all around the restaurant. Seating is good for up to 60-65 people and they can cater to intimate events.

Chef Jay executes the menu that’s comprised of dishes Ms Dinah cooks for her own family.

It was quite a spread and it did not disappoint. I was introduced to Lengua (Yes! I haven’t tried it before!) and Lavosh, 2 new dishes to my palate. There was also salad, pasta, fish and ribs served for us to try and savor.

As much as possible all the ingredients used in the dishes were sourced locally. Ms. Dinah supports the local communities and has tried to be an advocate for supporting local and homegrown products.

Lavosh (Php195)

Lavosh has a Turkish Mediterranean origin. It’s a large, thin, soft or crisp flatbread with a rough surface created from air bubbles. The Lavosh showcased at Mercato Centrale in 2011 and also won an award at the Ultimate Taste Test 2011.

Ms Dinah was inspired to give more color to the Lavosh and used carrots, spinach and other vegetables to give it coloring.

Their dips include Chicken Liver Pate, Pesto Brulee, Dulong and Fresh Tomato Coriander Salsa. Individually dipped or combined, the Lavosh with a generous slather of these dips can be a meal in itself.

Balayan Salad

Honeyed balayan dressing with pickled mangoes is the focus of this salad.

High 5 Salad – To Share (Php265)

This is their bestseller salad served with guava vinaigrette.

Salpicao (Php235)

The Salpicao was tender and tasty having been seasoned with their house blend seasoning.

Vongole (Php248)


I was hesitant to eat this after I was told it was made of ox tongue! The adventurous side of me said to hell with it and went for it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted delicious. The meat wasn’t at all tough and it actually tasted like beef. The ox tongue is slow cooked and served with mashed potatoes.

Salmon with Four Cheese (Php350)

Salmon served with 4 kinds of cheese.

Spaghetti with Chicken Parmesan (Php240)

Spaghetti with house blend rich tomato sauce topped with chicken and served with a side of bread.

BBQ Spareribs (Php255)

The BBQ Spareribs is baked for 4 hours slathered with house blend BBQ sauce. Served with a side of rice and coleslaw.

Another specialty at 5 Loaves and 2 Fish are their delectable cakes. I was able to try their Tablea Cake and Classic Dulce de Leche.

Tablea Cake

The cacao comes straight from Davao. The usual gritty texture of cacao is not at all noticeable in this very rich slice of cake.

Classic Dulce de Leche – Salted Caramel (Php140)

How lucky was I to win this whole cake of Classic Dulce de Leche? I was excited to bring it home and the verdict on this is 2 thumbs and 2 toes up!

If you’re in search of a family inspired, cozy environment and home-cooked meals then 5 Loaves and 2 Fish is just the restaurant for you! Bring your family for lunch and dinner or friends for a catch up. It won’t disappoint!


Fathers Day- free single glass of wine with every Php1500 purchase (June 16-18)

G/F The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City Metro Manila
(02) 366-5375

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International Buffet Cuisine at Latitude Hotel Jen Manila

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Since I’ve been watching my weight I’ve had to drastically cut down on food and eat smaller portions. So far it’s been working for me as I have lost some weight. I HAD to break this though when we had brunch at Latitude during my Mother’s Day staycation at Hotel Jen Manila. I’m pretty good at controlling myself from overeating now but I just had to give in. One look at the buffet spread and I told myself it’s Cheat Day.

Latitude is open day and night and offers a wide variety of Asian and international buffet selections. Brunch is served at 11am and runs until 2:30pm. You can also bring the kids and they can play in the Kids Zone in the lobby while you relax and dine at the restaurant.

Sunday Brunch Feast for Moms at Latitude!

Hotel Jen Manila is celebrating Mother’s Day with an indulgent buffet brunch spread that includes a salad bar, fresh seafood station, hot items (seafood thermidor, Singaporean chicken wings and pan seared salmon belly), a live cooking station (pasta) and slices of roast prime rib of beef at the carving station. All that for only Php1200 nett per person. Includes access to Kids Zone, swimming pool, complimentary parking and valet services and unlimited WiFi access. Kids aged 11 and below get a 50% discount when accompanied by one paying adult. Pair it with your favorite wine from their wine buffet at only Php485 nett per person.

Kids have their very own buffet at the Kids Station offering mini burgers, mini pizzas, Filipino -style spaghetti, fried chicken and ice cream for dessert.

For the whole month of May, every Php5000 spend on a lunch or dinner buffet gets you a complimentary gift certificate.

Php1000 buffet credits at Latitude | Php500 worth of food and rinks at Windows by the Bay | 1 hour in room massage for 2 | Overnight stay on a Deluxe Room with buffet breakfast for 2 at Latitude

All GCs are valid for 1 year. Promo period is from May 1 to 31, 2017.

Make your reservations and call (02) 795-8888 or 09178062017.

Buffet Spread

Green Apple and Mango Parsley Shooters | Mulabal and Naan | Shrimp with Mango Salsa

Corn and Apple Salad | Beef with Blue Cheese Salad | Beetroot and Orange Salad

Prawns | Clams |Mussels

Cold Cuts

Kare Kare (Ox Tail Ox Tripe)

Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Baked Bangus Ala Pobre

Lechon Kawali

Buttered Kaylan Leaves

Roasted Potatoes

Sushi and Maki Station

Oreo Green Tea Mousse

Mango Mousse

Strawberry Shortcake

Fruit Terrine

Chocnut Mousse

Standard policy for children dining at Latitude:

0 to 5 years old – Free | 6 to 11 years old – 50% off  | 12 years old and above – Full charge

Phone: +63 2 795 8888 ext. 2402
Location: Lobby Level
Operating Hours:
6am – 10.30am
11.30am – 2.30pm
6pm – 10pm
Dresscode: Smart Casual
Smoking Policy: Smoking is not permitted in Latitude.

Children’s Meal Plan: Children of registered hotel guests under the age of 6 can enjoy *buffet meals at no extra cost in the All Day Dining venue when accompanied by a paying adult; up to 2 children. For more than 2 children under the age of 6 or children who are 6 years and above but under the age of 12, a 50% discount on the buffet price will be given. *Buffet is subject to availability.


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Authentic Japanese Cuisine at Kitsho Hotel Jen Manila

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Our perfect weekend stay at Hotel Jen Manila included lunch at Kitsho Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar. For authentic Japanese cuisine, Kitsho offers a wide range of sushi, sashimi, tempura and more. Sake lovers will be in for a treat at Kitsho’s cozy bar that features an extensive sake list.

The modern and contemporary designed restaurant can accommodate 92 people. There are four private rooms which are ideal for intimate gatherings that can seat up to 20 people.

Japanese Executive Chef Masahiro Mizumoto(水本 晶弘 brings 30 years of experience and shares his expertise in Japanese cuisine.

Lunch was filling with an option to order from the menu or choose from the buffet.





Chicken Teriyaki

Tuna Teppan

Fried Rice with Fish Flakes

Get in touch with Kitsho Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar at Hotel Jen Manila:

Phone: +63 2 795 8888 ext 2312 or 2313
Location: Lobby Level
Operating Hours:
11.30am – 2.30pm (Monday to Sunday)
6pm – 10.30pm (Monday to Sunday)
Dress Code: Smart casual

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