(SPOT.ph) Even for its seasoned dwellers, Bonifacio Global City always seems to have something fresh to offer. With new places popping up every few months, there’s just no getting bored at this financial and lifestyle district. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re looking to expand your go-to list or looking for an excuse to go back to BGC, with these 10 tasty reasons.
Here are 10 new dining spots to check out in BGC:
Not all ramen has to be heavy—and just because it isn’t heavy, doesn’t mean it can’t be good. That much, Shiroi Daichi proves and more. Taking from the Sapporo style of ramen, Shiroi Daichi touts a ramen broth that’s on the lighter side yet is no less tasty than its fattier counterparts. For a full-bodied yet refreshing slurp, try their Miso Ramen (P450), which carries the full flavor you’d expect from a good miso ramen sans the heft. You’ll also want to try their Vegetable Shoyu Ramen (P400)—don’t let the name scare you away, the soy-sauce base here brings out the best of the veggies’ earthiness. If you’re really looking to fill up, go for the Maze Men (P480), a dry ramen dish packed with tons of rich umami from chashu, seaweed, bamboo shoots, and a soft-boiled egg.
Shiroi Daichi is at Twenty-Five Seven McKinley, 7th Avenue corner 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
George Town Super Steak
Brought in by the same man who brought us Rico’s Lechon and K-Pub BBQ, this steakhouse uses a Mibrasa charcoal oven brought in from Spain, which gives their steaks (and other eats) a distinctive smokiness at a fraction of the time it takes for other charcoal grills. They’ve got a complete array of steaks on the menu, including a good-for-sharing, 800-gram Porter House (P4,350) and a juicy 375-gram Ribeye (P2,329). Want something other than beef? You can alternatively tuck into their Fire-Grill Baby Back Ribs (P650/half, P1,245/full), Norwegian Salmon Fillet (P710), or Vegetable Platter (P465).
George Town Super Steak is at 3/F One Bonifacio High Street, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
This milk-tea place hailing from Thailand makes their organic boba in-house—and their lineup includes a collagen bubble you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Their Royal Premium Milk Tea (P85/cup) is a standout drink with a mix of different kinds of tea (including Assam black tea), while the Thai Tea (P85/cup, P100/bottle) is at par with anything you’d find from Thailand. Don’t miss their Philippine exclusives, including the Ube Latte (P125/cup) with purple yam and strawberry bubbles, and their Cocoa Latte (P125/cup) made with cocoa powder from Davao.
Brown Café is at G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City.
The Empress Dining Palace
This relatively swanky establishment located at Bonifacio High Street puts the spotlight on Cantonese cuisine, with Cantonese Chef Lam Pui Hung at the helm of the kitchen. Bring the family along for a feast as you’ll want to try a little of everything. Their 41-page menu includes an extensive lineup of appetizers, roasts, soups, live seafood, meat, and more. Start your meal with The Empress Selection (P1,800), a combination of their best-selling roast meats; or get your appetite going with Szechuan Hot & Sour Seafood Soup (P320/person). Go all-out with dishes like The Empress Pork Belly in Special Sauce (P350/person) or the Steamed Clam in Egg Custard (P550/small, P825/medium, P1,100/large). If you’re looking for a treat, you can try Live Lobster Served Two ways (seasonal price), Satay Braised Crab & Vermicelli Served in Claypot (seasonal price), or their classic take on Peking Duck (P1,800/half and P3,200/whole, plus P300 for the second serving and P600 for the third serving).
The Empress Dining Palace is at 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Harlan + Holden Coffee
Consistent with the eponymous fashion brand, Harlan + Holden Coffee fronts an elegant yet minimalist interior design that puts the eyes at ease—and that’s before you even get your cup of coffee. Unlike other cafes that can induce feelings of work-related frenzy, Harlan + Holden Coffee invites you to take it slow, employing a cashless pay system via an app connected to your credit card. Their house blend—a mix of Brazilian and Ethiopian beans roasted on-site—taste great pretty much any way you take it, but we especially recommend the Cream Latte (P150/short, P170/tall or cold), which can be had with either cow’s or almond milk.
Harlan + Holden Coffee is at G/F One Bonifacio High, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
It’s not easy balancing fine dining with a laid-back atmosphere, but Pinot achieves both with great ease. Think juicy steaks, fine wine, and other modern European eats served with all the flavor—but none of the fuss. CAV’s Chef Markus Gfeller runs the kitchen, and you can go for the tasting menu (P2,600), which includes Grilled Black Cod and Maple Leaf Duck Breast in its courses. Alternatively, you can try one of their 2-course (P1,500), 3-Course (P1,900) or 4-Course (P2,300) prix fixe options—starters include the Lobster and Crabmeat salad and the Goat Cheese Mousse, while mains include the Warm Toothfish Carpaccio and the Rack of Bobby Veal.
Pinot is at The Spa Wellness Building, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Fukuhachi Japanese Dining
Inspired by konbini (a.k.a. convenience stores), this Japanese grocery-slash-eatery offers a variety of snacks, drinks, and light Japanese meals at reasonable prices. If you get hungry while browsing their store aisles, take comfort in their Oyako Don (P288) or Ten Don (P328). You can also slurp away with their Fukuhachi Ramen (P388), which comes complete with chicken karaage in a hearty soy-sauce broth.
Fukuhachi Japanese Dining is at G/F Central Park West, 36th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Melonpan Ice (SM Aura)
Hailing from Japan, Melonpan Ice is the Philippine outpost of the World’s Second Best Freshly Baked Melon-Pan Ice Cream—a melonpan ice cream shop from Japan, deemed "second best" only to give way to the master who taught them to make the sandwich in the first place—and it’s made its way from its original Eastwood outpost over to SM Aura. The concept is simple: house-made gelato in a variety of flavors, sandwiched between freshly-baked melonpan (Japanese sweet buns) with a crisp exterior and fluffy interior. Aside from their signature Vanilla, Matcha, Chocolate, and Strawberry however, the SM Aura branch also carries an exclusive Lavender gelato variant (P140/one scoop with Gelato Rusk, P250/two scoops with Gelato Rusk, P220/in a Melonpan sandwich, P235/in a flavored Melonpan sandwich)—so yes, it’s worth the visit.
Melonpan Ice is at 5/F SM Aura Premier, C5 Road corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
This Taiwanese beverage shop boasts more than just milk tea. They’ve got fresh fruit shakes, fruity bubble sodas, “lava” hot drinks, a black sugar series, and a charcoal series—there’s definitely something for everyone. If you like it nutty, try the Black Sugar Healthy Grain (P140), which blends the rich taste of black sugar with crushed nuts and seeds on top. For a refreshing sip, try their Signature Fruit Tea (P130), which blends watermelon, lemon, calamansi, and pineapple, or the Luscious Pineapple Bubble Soda (P130), a fizzy drink given the tropical fruitiness of the eponymous fruit. For a dessert drink, try the sweet and creamy Black Dew Charcoal Macchiato (P130), or the warm Black Sugar Choco Dirty Milk (P130).
Black Sugar is at AsiaTown, West Campus, McKinley West, Taguig City.
Food District Signatures on 5th
Food hall-type establishments are all the rage these days, and for good reason. You’ve got a plethora of choices all under one roof, so there’s something for pretty much everyone. This food hall is brought to us by the Foodee Global Concepts, the same brains behind Tim Ho Wan, Mesa Filipino Moderne, and others—so you can expect great, tasty eats at price points that allow you to treat yourself every day. You’ll find an eclectic mix of stalls offering all kinds of food, from snackables like Potato Corner and Mama Empanada, to heavier mains from Zark’s Burgers and Hawker Chan, and even to desserts from Avocadoria.ph and Llaollao.
Food District Signatures on 5th is at One Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.