(SPOT.ph) With its five large zones and constant upgrades and renovations, Glorietta can get quite confusing—even to regular visitors! The shopping center is known as the location of the largest Uniqlo global flagship store, but it also offers a wide selection of restaurants and cuisines for discerning foodies. We give you the best places to eat no matter which part of the mall you find yourself in.
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Here are restaurants to check out when in Glorietta:
Regular or spicy? Whichever way you like it, Rico’s Lechon serves tasty roast pork from the lechon capital of the Philippines. Since opening its doors at Glorietta 1’s Top of the Glo roof deck, the restaurant has been offering platters of their lip-smacking Lechon with crackling golden-brown skin and juicy meat seasoned with herbs and spices (P250/250 grams of Regular Lechon; P290/250 grams of Spicy Lechon). Feast like a king by pairing it with Baked Scallops (P290) and Fried Rice Trio Platter with danggit, daing, and tuyo (P260)—no special occasion necessary!
Rico’s Lechon is at Top of the Glo, 4/F Glorietta 1, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Step inside this modern Japanese joint and instantly get transported to Akihabara, Tokyo’s infamous otaku (diehard fan) district. Check out the intricate details of their colorful illustrated murals as you savor a comforting bowl of their signature Ton-ichi Ramen (P180) served with tender chashu pork, onion leeks, kikurage mushrooms, and tamago. Complement your ramen with a side of Hakata Karaage (P250) or Gyoza (P150), and you’ll have enough energy to shop till closing time. For people with bigger appetites, they offer the Hakata King’s Set (P500) which allows you to choose the ramen, salad or sushi, and side dish.
Hakata Ton-ichi is at Top of the Glo, 4/F Glorietta 1, Ayala Center, Makati City.
The katsu craze lives on with Yabu’s recipe of soft pork enveloped in crunchy panko. You can never go wrong with their classic Katsu Sets with pork (starts at P355), chicken (starts at P340) or premium kurobuta (starts at P580) with miso soup, sliced fruits, and unlimited rice and shredded cabbage on the side. Adventurous foodies can opt to try their katsu innovations such as the full-bodied, spicy Kazuya Katsu Curry (starting at P450) or the Katsu Burger Set (starting at P285). We recommend ordering the seaweed-flavored Furikake Fries to go with your hire or ebi burger!
Yabu is at G/F Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City.
With “comfort food done right” as Nono's tagline, you can expect only the best heartwarming dishes from Chef Baba Benedicto who first gained popularity by whipping up cakes at Classic Confections. Start with the highly addicting Fried Truffle Cheese Wonton (P165) then follow it up with nourishing plates such as the creamy Mac ‘n Cheese (P395) and Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken (P595) that’s ideal for sharing. It’s so good that you might not want to split it with anyone! Save some room for dessert so you can get a slice of their bestselling Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion (P175).
Nono’s is at L/G Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City.
Shaburi and Kintan Buffet
Have all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu or yakiniku at this two-in-one restaurant. Choose which buffet you like and have your fill of the accompanying salads, side dishes, dipping sauces, and non-alcoholic beverages for the next 90 minutes. Go big with Kintan’s Special Wagyu Buffet (P1,899 for lunch; P1,999 for dinner), which lets you sample slices of Wagyu beef, Kobe beef, and other delectable options. On the flipside, the Shaburi Special Wagyu Set (P1,599 for lunch; P1,699 for dinner) will warm your belly with its unlimited Wagyu beef cooked in any of their five signature broths.
Shaburi and Kintan Buffet is at 4/F Glorietta 2, Ayala Center, Makati City.
From flavorful shorbas (soups) to tandoori specialties, New Bombay is the go-to place for Indian cuisine in Glorietta. Whether it’s your first time or nth time visiting, the fried Samosas (P165) and crispy Pappadum (P55) are amazing starters. Order a hearty platter of their Biryani (P335) paired with chicken, egg, shrimp, paneer, mutton, fish, mushroom, chicken, or veggies. Challenge your taste buds to go for their medium or hot options for the boneless Chicken Tikka Masala (P295) dunked in rich tomato-gravy sauce. Down some plain or flavored Lassi (starting at P85) to quench the burning sensation on your tongue.
New Bombay is at G/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.
You don’t need to fly to Singapore to try this Michelin-starred hawker stall-turned-restaurant. Just head to Glorietta 3 to get a view of Hawker Chan'sbiggest stars—the soya sauce chicken and barbecued pork—hanging in plain sight like modern works of art, then see what tempts you. If you’re dining solo, the Thai Style Tofu (P160) and Soya Sauce Chicken Rice (P128) may be enough for one. But if there are more hungry mouths to feed, consider the Mixed Roast combinations (P208 for two viands; P298 for 3 Meat Platter) so you can sample different meats.
Hawker Chan is at G/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.
With a comprehensive 40-page menu, there’s something for everyone at Katherine’s Café. Affordable must-tries include the cream and white sauce-based Seafood Pot Pie (P318) that’s served with a side salad, the Stuffed Pork Chop (P368) that has an indulgent bacon spinach and white-cheese filling, and the Waffles and Chicken (P398) that’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Baked cakes and pastries are also staples at the café, with their Banana Chocolate Pudding (P238) and Molten Chocolate Cookie Skillet (P248) as two of the sweetest ways to cap off your meal.
Katherine’s Café is at 2/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati.
With 23 years of experience under its belt, this Philippine dining institution is famous for the hefty portions it serves. From the complimentary fresh bread dipped in vinegar olive oil to their Grilled Pork Chop Au Poivre (P495/P765), eating these dishes will make you feel like you’re getting a comforting hug from an old friend. Though you might be tempted to settle with your favorites, their relatively new Artisan Pizzas—Coppa Ham with Arugula Pizza (P645), Sardines and Peppers Pizza (P625), or Frutti De Mare Pizza (P645)—deserve a try!
Italianni’s is at 2/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.
This highly efficient, cafeteria-style establishment offers 12 udon choices for diners to choose from (starting as low as P95 for a regular Kake Udon bowl). The Beef Ontama Bukkake Udon (P210, regular/P260, large) is a crowd favorite thanks to the savory gyudon strips topped over the chewy udon noodles and heavy broth. If you want something more filling, go for their Curry Rice (P160), or add sides to your order like Ebi Ten (P60) and Chicken Karaage (P60). The queue outside can get long, but for the price and quality of the dishes, it's worth the wait!
Marugame Udon is at 3/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City.