272 – On Post-Lockdown Lunches: Triptych 47

Now that Metro Manila is on a second general community quarantine from mid-August until the end of the year as per the president's Nov. 30 announcement, I have had the chance to return to places I formerly tried out before the pandemic struck. I frequently feature some of these spots here at The Monching's Guide … Continue reading 272 – On Post-Lockdown Lunches: Triptych 47

256 – On A Curry Commemoration: A CoCo Ichibanya Retrospective

Japanese curry joint CoCo Ichibanya has been my go-to restaurant ever since writing about its flagship branch in 2015. Another branch opened at Eastwood Mall (near my workplace) years later. All I had to do whenever I wanted to binge out after a stressful week, celebrate a milestone, or simply splurge on pay days was … Continue reading 256 – On A Curry Commemoration: A CoCo Ichibanya Retrospective

174 – On Closures And Consistency: CoCo Ichibanya, Eastwood Mall

I have seen a lot of establishments in Eastwood Mall open and close – from my initial stint in 2012 up until my return in 2016. A lot of restaurants and retail shops set up shop here, only to shutter after two or three years in business. Closures here can either be caused by the … Continue reading 174 – On Closures And Consistency: CoCo Ichibanya, Eastwood Mall