I will start this post with a sort of rant. I really hate how X-deals work with some bloggers. X-deals are not really a surprising concept in life but what I really hate about this practice is when bloggers would post a lengthy and rave review of a restaurant or whatever; telling everyone how much they love the food, ambiance and all that jazz. You see, the problem with this practice is that readers like you and me will believe the blogger and actually try out the food or whatever they are promoting.
This actually happened to me and my friend, Mark after we have read a “great” review of a certain pasta dish that we love. This may have happened a year ago so y’all probably think that my rant is really outdated. Nevertheless, we tried the dish and we were extremely disappointed. It wasn’t the pasta of your dreams, as what a blog post has declared. I really don’t want to go on with the negatives because I still would like to think that maybe the chef was just having a bad day; thus the atrocious pasta dish.
So anyway, that rant is basically just a prelude to a food review which means that I did not take any x-deals with the establishment. I would have posted this blog a couple of weeks ago but life took hold and all that adulting had to be done first before I could spare a few minutes to blog.
So a few weeks ago, we were able to (finally!) check out Pasta Bella in Kasambagan. This restaurant has received a lot of positive reviews which of course made us very eager to try out their signature dishes. Although I was still a bit skeptical with all the reviews but I trusted my guts this time. We have always been planning to visit the restaurant since they started out but we never had the time.
Pasta Bella is located at the rooftop level of Kima Glass Supply building which is right across Castle Peak Hotel. Look out for the bright yellow door and one of Pasta Bella’s crew will assist you. Brace yourself for a short cardio so you will have to burn a few calories and fats before gaining them back in tenfold. Don’t worry, one of the staff will greet you at the top of the stairs and will offer you a glass of water. Hahahhaa!!! Seriously, if you are out of shape then you will surely feel your fats melting off the stairs.
Now, I am not the type of blogger who takes a lot of pictures because I am lazy AF and I don’t want to spend a lot of time taking pictures like a millennial who’s hungry for Facebook likes. But I was able to take pictures of our food since I had to send the pic to a friend who did not come with us for dinner.
Pasta Bella may not have an extensive menu which is actually a good thing because that means you will not have to go through a lot of selections, half of which you really do not care for or haven’t heard of. We chose their bestseller chicken and spinach lasagna, Penne Arrabiata, Spaghetti with meatballs, Carbonara, rice dish (I forgot the name but it was good,really good!), pizza and strawberry ice cream cake for dessert.
It may seemed like we ordered a lot but trust me, we always eat like overworked construction workers so don’t be shocked! The food was heavenly and I may have never been to Italy but Pasta Bella’s creations seems so Italian to me. With every bite, I was beginning to realize that the reviews were authentic; no possible X-deals involved there. We will definitely go back to Pasta Bella and try out their other dishes. And oh by the way, if you are within the Cebu city area then you can also contact them for deliveries.
Now back to x-deals. I really hope that bloggers will be more honest and even ethical with their posts. I know how x-deals work which is of course very beneficial for both sides but this practice is very misleading especially if bloggers will not dish out the truth. But who cares about what I think, right? I do not even have a lot of readers or blog followers but I still hope that I get this message across.
So to end this post, I encourage everyone to go with their guts and try out a restaurant or any establishment regardless of the reviews that they get. Keep in mind that some of these reviews are sponsored while some are really from customers themselves. Go check out a new resto especially homegrown businesses and if you plan to leave out a review or blog about it, then always be honest and make constructive points.