10 Exciting Restaurant Openings to Look Forward to in 2018
Lots of tasty eats to look forward to!
(SPOT.ph) No matter your opinion on the year that was 2017, we can all agree that it was a great year for food. From international franchises to homegrown eateries, we were spoiled with tasty choices. 2018 is shaping up to be no different: Here are some of the exciting openings to look forward to this year, from Michelin-starred restaurants to new concepts by some celebrated chefs.
Chef Josh Boutwood's Pasture from The Test Kitchen
After the success of The Test Kitchen, The Bistro Group’s executive chef Josh Boutwood is ready to go back to basics at Savage, opening in early February at Arya Residences in BGC. At Savage, Chef Josh will only be using two kinds of cooking fuels, wood and charcoal, focusing mainly on roasting or grilling meat, vegetables, and seafood while also promising exciting new flavors by pairing these with more out-of-the-box ingredients. The menu is set to change quarterly, with Chef Josh also introducing daily specials.
Opening in the first quarter of 2018 is Liao Fan Hawker Chan by Chef Chan Hong Meng, whose original hawker stall in Singapore won a Michelin star—making their signature soy-sauce chicken the cheapest meal you can get at a Michelin-starred restaurant. In a SPOT.ph interview with Chef Chan, he shares that he’ll be bringing in the same options he has in Hong Kong and Singapore, but “there’ll be additional new menu [options] coming up, too.”
Kam’s Roast Goose
Hawker Chan isn’t the only Asian restaurant with a Michelin star that is set to open in Manila in the first quarter of 2018. Kam’s Roast Goose is a family-grown restaurant now owned by the third generation Kam family, and is, of course, famous for their namesake: The roast goose. They serve up the succulent bird with a tangy plum sauce, plus other roasts like suckling pig, pork ribs, and crispy roast pork.
Chef Josh Boutwood's Farm from The Test Kitchen
For more intimate gatherings, Helm is a 12-seater restaurant opening in early March at Arya Residences in BGC. Chef Josh Boutwood and his culinary team will be in charge of the kitchen. There’s not much information yet on what the menu will be exactly, except for that it will change quarterly, but anyone who’s familiar with Chef Josh knows to only expect the best.
After a shortlived Manila stay that started at Greenbelt 3 in 2003, PizzaExpress is back, this time at Uptown Mall. Since opening its first branch in Wardour Street in London back in 1965, PizzaExpress has grown to over 470 branches across the U.K., and more than 100 all over the world. Aside from their full menu of starters, pizza, and pasta, PizzaExpress also offers the Leggera, or a special pizza with less than 600 calories. Now you don’t have to sacrifice pizza for your fitness goals!
A new concept to watch for from Tasteless (the restaurant group behind for Le Petit Souffle, Bad Bird, and many more) is Cuba Libre, opening by the end of January in Serendra. The menu will feature filling Cuban-inspired plates with a main, your choice of rice (like the traditional rice and beans), and your choice of starch, at budget-friendly prices. With the vibrant, highly saturated interiors by Ivan and Pauline Despi of Acid House, Cuba Libre looks ready to make a splash in the food scene this 2018.
Scout’s Honor is branching out of their first home at Hole In The Wall with a standalone branch opening at Ayala Vertis North, with the launch tentatively set for January. Their line of Girl-Scout-cookies-with-a-twist will be at their new, expanded space, as well as the cookie bar where you can customize your cookies from dough to toppings. Chef Miko Aspiras will also be introducing a savory menu, which he calls “comfort canned food,” like corned beef, tuna, and sausages.
French fry fans have a new place to look forward to for their fried potato fix with Pompoms, currently on soft opening at Robinsons Place Manila. Pompoms specializes in thick-cut potatoes that are double-fried for extra crispiness, then flavored with a wide variety of sauces and seasonings.
Ooma Aburi Bar
If you love Ooma’s crazy maki creations, you’re sure to fall for Ooma Aburi Bar, opening in 2018 at a yet undisclosed location (though The Moment Group PR Head Maita Quesada promises that it’s at the center of “a fun neighborhood,”). Given the name, expect a menu that centers on sushi, especially aburi, with your old Ooma favorites and new exciting combinations, too.
A new kind of food hall is opening at the newly renovated Podium this January. Corner Market Food Hall is a farmers market-inspired indoor food destination, with a produce vendor selling fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices you can either take home or have prepared as a salad, a butcher where you can either buy meat to take home or have them grilled on site, a stall for fresh fish and seafood you can also bring home or have cooked on the spot, and more. The food hall will also house stalls, which will be a mix of new concepts and old favorites, like El Chupacabra, Birdhouse, Calderon, and more.