CHECK IT OUT: Borough at The Podium Mall

A 24-hour spot inspired by the city that never sleeps opens in Ortigas Center.


Ground Floor, The Podium Mall (beside Gloria Maris)
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Tel. No. 570-8906

Borough’s interiors are inspired by the lofts in Brooklyn, New York

Open 24/7, Borough takes American comfort food favorites and serves them in a laid-back, loft-style space inspired by New York’s artsy Brooklyn neighborhood. Wood surfaces, communal tables for large groups, and floral prints on stools and dining chairs lend a warm, eclectic vibe to the restaurant. References to New York City are strewn all over the place, including subway signs, snapshots of Manhattan life on the walls, and subway maps printed on the restaurant’s paper liners.

Borough’s New York Strip Steak (P680 ). Click for more photos.

The menu lists familiar American favorites but the Chocolate Chicken Wings (P280) might catch the adventurous eater’s eyes. Borough’s spicy wings are lightly flavored with cocoa powder and cinnamon, and served with a sour cream with cilantro dipping sauce. In the few weeks that they’ve been open, menu hits have been the Sole Anandine (P410), seasoned fish fillet with capers and almonds served on top of a bed of rice; Rothko Caesar Salad (P200) a mix of Rothko egg, Romaine lettuce and roasted tomatoes; and Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (P240), with cheddar and mozzarella cheese in grilled homemade brioche bread served with tomato soup. If you can’t finish a meal without dessert, go for the Milk and Cookies (P170)--soft, freshly-baked peanut, ginger and chocolate chip cookies are served with a bottle of fresh milk.

Borough also serves all-day breakfast meals, cocktails, and beer for the after-office crowd. On weekends, come for the brunch-only menu available from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with unlimited refills on coffee and free-flowing mimosas for only P550.

Photographs by Pocholo Mendoza (Borough interiors) and from Borough (food shots)

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