CHECK IT OUT: An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour at Tuscany, McKinley Hill

An all-in-one food tour, happening this weekend.


( Tuscany at McKinley Hill has become home to some of the metro's favorite eateries. Classic standards (such as Milky Way) proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with cult favorites (Ukkokei Ramen Ron) and trendsetting establishments (Serenitea). Under the lush greens and peaceful facade of Italian-inspired exteriors, Tuscany gives off a calming, laidback vibe highly conducive for those looking for some quiet time and, of course, good eats.


The concierge for An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour

Tasting all those restaurants, however, requires time, effort, and a lot of funds, especially if you’re not from the area. Bonifacio Global City's best-kept gustatory secrets can now be enjoyed in one indulgent but rewarding gastronomic adventure called "An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour," a 20-course degustacion that offers a sampling of eight restaurants. Here are just some of the restaurants participating in the food trip:



The wine vending machine


Planet Grapes

Wine is something that was not originally part of Philippine culture.  However, it is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, appreciated by a wide demographic. Planet Grapes is a modern wine bar that caters to those who have just started to appreciate wine or would want to get into it-"Wine without the drama," they say. Their selection is not something to scoff at though, as they offer an extensive roster from all over the world. Can’t decide on a bottle? Check out their cool "vending machine" that allows you to try some of their most popular selections while ensuring  the freshness of every bottle.

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Main Street’s Poutine


Main Street

What cuisine lurks in a restaurant called Main Street? Restauranteur Adam Tacderas-Tan explains that it was inspired by the French-Canadian food he was exposed to in Vancouver. A quintessential Canadian comfort food is the Poutine-crispy fries swimming in luscious brown gravy and topped with creamy, gooey cheese curds. Like the Philippines, Canada enjoys an abundance of seafood, and this is clearly reflected on Main Street's bestsellers. Both their Moules Frites (Mussels cooked in wine and served with fries) and Crab Cakes with Mango Salsa were both perfectly executed and delicious.



A fitting trattoria in "Tuscany"


Trattoria Poggio Antico

Instigated by what must have been a remarkable trip to Italy, owner Roland Lorilla came home to Manila and decided he wanted to bring back all the gastronomic delights he enjoyed. He found a Filipino chef with 15 years of experience in cooking Italian cuisine and opened a classic trattoria in what must be the most ideal location in the city. Their kitchen uses all organic ingredients and makes homemade bread and fresh pasta. Try their crisp, Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh tagliatelle with truffle cream, and tender ribeye steak. They also have a wide selection of wines that can complement your meal.



L.E.S. Bagels’ selection of cream cheese


Lower East Side (L.E.S.) Bagels

This little bakery whips up probably the best bagels and most fun assortment of flavored cream cheese on this side of the world. One of the owners is Jewish-American who grew up in his family's New York deli, and what he has on offer is as authentic as it gets. All the baked goods come out fresh each morning, including the gourmet desserts like their super-sized Fudge Brownies, Homemade Oreo Cookies, and glazed donuts. Pumpernickel bagels are also a treat and here, you can get them smothered with their scallion cream cheese, among other things. For dessert, the white chocolate brownies will have you coming back for more. (Read our feature of L.E.S. Bagels here.)


Ticket prices go for P1,000 per head. Participants may choose their preferred date for An Awesome Secret Foodies Tour on a first come, first served basis. Available dates are on December  14 and 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are no rebooking of tours and no ticket reservations will be entertained over the phone. Tickets must be claimed in person at the designated redemption booth. For inquiries, call 709-0888, 709-9888, or 0917-838-0111.

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