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Most Filipino travelers would go to nearby countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau (Visa free country) but very few would go to Indonesia. Most Filipinos would only know Bali and Jakarta but little did we know that Indonesia has so much to offer for all types of travelers.
In July 2016, I got invited by the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia together with 50+ other South East Asian bloggers and influencers to travel around Indonesia for 12 days. I extended my trip to Jakarta for 3 days and was not able to do so much because of the traffic jam. Few from our batch went to Yogyakarta and seeing their amazing photos made me want and eager to go back to Indonesia and visit Yogyakarta.
Luckily Last January 2018, I was able to go back in Indonesia, had a 4-day trip to Jakarta with AirAsia and finally extended my trip for another 4 days just to see the wonders of Yogyakarta. I always wanted to visit temples and palaces in this region and finally, I did. Let me share you where we s…

Dinner Feast at The Nest - Vivere Hotel Alabang

The Nest at Vivere Alabang is now in its 2nd year and bringing you Filipino comfort food. The restaurant is located on the 31st floor of the lavish 5-star hotel, Vivere Hotel in Alabang Muntinlupa. They have an outside area for smokers and who just want to view the Alabang skyline. The Nest has a spacious dining space and a private room that can accommodate 30 to 50 pax, good for private meetings and seminars.

The restaurant offers Filipino comfort food and some fusion dishes to cater to foreign tourists who are in the area and those who checked in at the Vivere Hotel. 

Grill Platter (1,3320 php), Filipinos love all kinds of food to be grilled. Fish, Squid or anything seafood, Pork and Chicken. I like all dishes on this platter especially the chicken and fish which is really tasty and it doesn't need any soy sauce for dipping. 

Pork Binagoongan (730 php), Crispy pork with Okra, Tomatoes, Sour Mango and Bagoong (fermented small fish or shrimp). As a person who doesn't eat Bagoong, I was able to eat a little of this dish and surprisingly, it's not fishy at all and I didn't smell the pungent, foul smell of the Bagoong. 

Crispy Catfish Salad (505 php), a delightful green mango salad topped with crispy fried flaked catfish meat, onions, peanuts and cilantro leaves. I love catfish and my only concern on this dish is that, it has small portions of catfish meat but, the overall taste is good!

Greek Goddess Salad (400 php), with caramelized walnuts and shaved fresh Parmesan cheese on mixed salad greens with Arugula, tossed in Strawberry vinaigrette, and served with slices of grilled chicken.

Chorizo and Shrimp Pasta with red sauce (495 php). I'm a big fan of pasta, topped with red or white cream sauce, mixed with shrimp, pork or beef meat or even tuna is all good for me. I didn't taste the chorizo on this dish, however the shrimp is really tasty and not fishy at all.

Bistecca with mixed green salad (1,910 php). A 400 gram imported boneless slab of ribeye steak Served with your choice of sauce, Creamy mushroom and peppercorn Demiglace Sauceor Gongonzola Sauce. Ribeye steak is cooked to perfection (medium rare).

Bacon Coffee Salted Caramel with Choco fudge brownies. This is a heavenly desert with a twist of bacon mixed in the coffee ice cream.

Mango Creme Brulee (300 php). How can you go wrong with this sweet mango with cream and roasted sugar on top? This is a must try desert!

Cocktail mix's are also available here and they have a promo every Wednesday.

If you want to have a special dinner with your partner or just to have lunch and dinner with your friends and family, come and visit The Nest at Vivere Hotel Alabang to experience their great food and chic ambiance. 


  1. Very nice selections! I will definitely try this out and bring the family too. The steak and the grilled platter looks like heaven!

  2. Wow, the food look absolutely scrumptious! I want to try the Chorizo and Shrimp Pasta plus the Ribeye! Hope to visit Nest soon!

  3. How much do I need to shell out so I can dine in this place? You see, restaurants are mushrooming all over town and sometimes we need to find a place that's consumer friendly. What I mean by being consumer friendly is that they offer prices that are within reach by us - ordinary citizens.

  4. I love to try new things and the food looks delicious. I would love to try the Grill Platter as well as the Chorizo and Shrimp Pasta with red sauce. I'm a big pasta fan and i'm always looking for new ways to create delicious pasta dishes. Thank you for this post it was great.

  5. Now, you're making me hungry! Those food look delicious. I've been to Vivere before but it's a bit far. I hope my friends and I will be able to dine here one of these days.

  6. Another great food find at the South. That Grilled Platter looks super yummy. Although it looks pricey since it's at a hotel.

  7. This is one of my favorite dining spots in the South. I have always loved the view and it never disappoints whenever I bring North friends and balikbayan relatives there.

  8. The grilled platter look good... and the Mango Creme Brûlée looks like Malay Curry! Haha... Will love to find out how it taste!

  9. the crispy pork really does look crispy! not a big fan of pork, but i wouldn't mind trying that. and one thing i cannot understand is mashing fish into flakes to cook it. i'll rather eat them whole....

  10. Oh wow all of the food looks and sounds really awesome! Especially the Chorizo and Shrimp Pasta with red sauce!

  11. Looks like a good place to check out for a special occasion. Wish you had included the prices though, since that is a factor when making decisions about where to eat.

  12. i am eyeing on that thick rib eye steak. I wanna have a taste of that delicious dishes offered in this resto. Will drop by soon.What a Yummy adventure.

  13. For me , the grilled platter and the shrimp pasta are the standout dishes - they look yummy. How's the price point though?

  14. I love the food at Vivere Hotel. More than the food though, I like the ambiance of the place.

  15. omg that brownie looks so delicious. Can I have some =p

  16. Vivere is just near our place . The foods look yummy but a little bit expensive.

  17. Some very different fooods there to what i would tuck into in the UK, however i would of like to try the salad with the walnuts, looks delicious.

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