Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ayala Triangle Gardens


Ayala Avenue + Makati Avenue + Paseo de Roxas = Ayala Triangle

The last time my shoes stepped on the grass of the Ayala Triangle was in 1997 while I was attending seminars at the head office of China Banking Corporation. Last night, my husband had a basketball match at the gym of Makati Stock Exchange. I have read about the developments made at the Triangle we decided to take a walk after the match. 


We couldn't help but marvel at the sight that greeted us. This used to be a boring lonely park. 


One of the attractions is the  strip of restaurants opened during the last quarter of 2010. I was surprised with the volume of people dining here last night. Restaurants at the strip are Amici, Cara Mia, Banapple, Bon Chon, CBD, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Golden Spoon, Kanin Club, MoMo Cafe, Omakase, Pho 24 and Wee Nam Kee. 


I really wanted a Tutta Carne from Amici but because it was dinner time, so many diners are already waiting in line outside.  C.B.D. is one of the few restaurants that has a lot of empty tables so we just went here for a quick meal. 


C.B.D. or Cheesesteaks, Burgers and Drinks by Tender Bob's has a relaxed atmosphere where you can simply enjoy your food. There are three LCD televisions on the wall and clocks with different time zones. I've read that the cheesesteaks are good.


I ordered  the Pure Beef Burger Steak. For the price of P175, I think there should be some sort of presentation. I can make this look better had I prepared this at home. I'm also disappointed with the burger steak. The texture is rubbery. Not the pure grilled beef patty I was expecting. Red Ribbon's Salisbury Steak is so much better! 


My husband's Teriyaki Burger looks better except that the tomato and the onions are mainly for presentation purposes. Also, it would have been better if they gave him an extra serving of teriyaki sauce instead of gravy.


The "Manila Special" is interesting. You can have rice instead of buns to go with your burger.


I really should have tried the burger or the cheesesteak. They look so yummy.  May be next time. If ever I'll convince myself to give C.B.D. a second chance. 


I had my picture taken with the giant tree for my background. I just think the tree will make me look thinner than I really am.


The streets of Makati Business District are festively adorned with lights. This is Makati Avenue at around 930pm. Traffic is not so bad.

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