Top 15 Biggest Restaurant Openings in Manila 2014
The year 2014 has been a fast-paced year for all of us. There’s hardly enough time queueing for a new restaurant, securing reservations, finding parking spaces — then another big brand opens in the city. You may not be aware, but our consumer habits are shaping the food and beverage industry, from customization to global specialty cuisine. The trend will continue throughout 2015, with restaurant entrepreneurs learning from their mistakes from 2014.
Here’s a list to the Biggest Restaurant Openings in Manila this 2014. How many can you tick off this list?
1. Tim Ho Wan
Locations: Upper Ground, SM Mega Fashion Hall; SM Mall of Asia; Glorietta; SM North Edsa (Opening soon)
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Official Website: www.timhowan.com
Facebook: Tim Ho Wan
Candid Cuisine Review: Tim Ho Wan Philippines
Tim Ho Wan’s legendary queues have been sweeping Asia from Hong Kong to Singapore and recently in Malaysia. It’s a no-brainer that Tim Ho Wan continues to bedazzle Manila with its iconic barbecued pork buns and dimsum worth lining up for. My picks? Try the Steamed Spinach and Shrimp Dumpling and Beancurd Roll for a change in palate.
2. Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Location: G/F Finman Building Tordesillas Street Corner Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; 2/F Katipunan Avenue Loyola Heights, Quezon City; 3rd Floor Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas (beside Shi Lin)
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm; Fri – Sat: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm; Sun: 10:30 am – 10:00 pm
Facebook: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Phone: 632 225 7462; 63 917 964 5339 (For Deliveries within the vicinity)
Candid Cuisine Review: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza recently won Best Pizzeria award at Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets (MBKRS) Awards 2014. It’s amazing how far this humble pizzeria has gone, with local ingredients coming from the Philippine Carabao Center and the burrata that’s anything but mediocre — ask the expatriates in Makati.
3. Blackbird, Nielson Tower
Location: Nielson Tower Ayala Triangle Makati
Telephone Number: 0917 8892782; 828-4888
Official Website: www.blackbird.com.ph
Chef Colin McKay’s culinary prowess lies in the heart of Makati. Blackbird becomes the battleground for fusion, international cuisine and executive meetings. The place is an instant powerhouse attracting social classes from different parts of the metro. Blackbird recently won Best Newcomer Award in Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards 2014.
Duck and Buvette has been integral in the growth of third wave coffee shops in Manila. What used to be the beloved, seasoned Cafe Provencal, the now Duck and Buvette brings Intelligentsia Coffee, one of the Big Three coffee roasters in the third wave coffee movement. Duck and Buvette marries the concept of French dishes starting with the monster Duck Confit and the love for coffee manifested in The Black Cat.
5. Ippudo Manila
Location: 3rd Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City
Telephone Number: 632-470-1837
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Best time to queue: Before 11:00am
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Ippudo Philippines
Ippudo Manila Menu
Candid Cuisine Review: Ippudo Manila vs. Ramen Nagi Manila
Who could forget the opening of Ippudo, concluding the ramen trend that has swept the year 2013 and 2014, before it becomes mainstream? Ippudo’s best Shiromaru Motoaji and Akamaru Tamago ramen continuously gathers quite a crowd, even before the opening of mall hours. There is no doubt that Ippudo is one of the biggest restaurant brands to open in the year 2014.
6. TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie
Location: 3rd Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City (Beside IPPUDO)
Telephone Number: (02) 570 9011
Facebook: Tuan Tuan Manila
Candid Cuisine Review: TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie
TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie surprises everyone with its Jack of All Trades concept in popular cuisine. If you enjoy pork buns, coffee, milk tea, and the noodle trend, stop by TuanTuan Chinese Brasserie to get a taste of everything in one place. The half-Canadian restaurant should entice you with its winning curry, Macanese dishes and Black and White Milk milk bread that you won’t find anywhere else.
7. La Cabrera Manila
Reservations: +63905 290 0703
Location: 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch); 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Dinner)
Facebook: La Cabrera Manila
Candid Cuisine Review: La Cabrera Manila
Chef Gaston Riviera’s La Cabrera needs no further introduction. This Argentinian parilla holds #17 spot of the World’s 50 Best Latin American restaurants. At time of writing, La Cabrera has no other branches outside Palermo apart form Manila, and that in itself is huge for the metro. Make sure you don’t miss out their Provoleta and that Rogel Dulce De Leche that’s an excellent ending to a perfect steak dinner.
8. Toby’s Estate
Location: 3rd floor Century City Mall; V Corporate Center 125 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village; G/F EcoTower
32nd St. cor 9th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Official Website: www.tobysestate.com
Facebook: Toby’s Estate
Candid Cuisine Review: Toby’s Estate Manila
The opening of Toby’s Estate poses a threat to second wave coffee shops including Starbucks, and obviously it’s because it has the potential to become mainstream, like it already did in Singapore. Toby’s Estate has already stolen the hearts of many as its go-to coffee shop. We can only hope it opens more branches for northeners and continue its success.
9. Saint Marc Cafe of Tokyo
Location: Ground Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall; Greenbelt 3 (Soon to Open)
Official Website: www.saint-marc-sg.com
Facebook: Saint Marc Cafe Philippines
Candid Cuisine Review: Saint Marc Cafe Tokyo
This list is filled with coffee shops, particularly because 2014 has been big when it comes to third wave coffee shops. But Saint Marc Cafe isn’t only largely responsibly for making the Mount Fuji dessert the new ice cream. Tokyo’s iconic Chococro lands in Manila as the most promising dessert slash breakfast croissant. Set to open another branch in Greenbelt soon, there’s no need for you to head to Tokyo just to taste Chococro.
10. Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall
Location: 4th Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Facebook: Hole in the Wall
It’s like the biggest thing that opened since SM Mega Fashion Hall. Not really. Hole in the Wall is anything but flashy, yet it captures many foodies in the metro. Eleven hole-in-a-wall stations fill up this 400 seater glorified food court, and its unique food propositions such as Bad Bird, Phobobo, and Mr. Delicious should enough to get your wheels going for a food trip. Bad Bird sounds eerily like Senor Pollo though.
11. Mecha Uma
Location: 25th St, between 5th and 6th avenue, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, Bonifacio South, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Reservations: 02-8012770 (1pm – 5pm Daily, except Tuesdays)
Opening Hours: 6pm – 11pm daily (except Tuesday)
Official Website: www.mechauma.ph
Manila’s Best Emerging Talent Bruce Ricketts focused all of his Japanese fusion knowledge in a beautiful mess — everyone’s just gushing about how amazing Mecha Uma is. The waiting line in Mecha Uma’s degustation mirrors that of restaurants in Tokyo. You absolutely need a reservation before you can dine at Mecha Uma.
12. Teddys Bigger Burgers
Location: 3rd Floor Greenbelt 3, Makati City
Official Website: www.teddysbiggerburgers.com/
Candid Cuisine Review: Teddys Bigger Burgers Manila
Though they opened with a bang, CaliBurger and Triple O’s were quite a disappointment, but we’re definitely glad Hawaii’s Teddy’s Bigger Burgers took advantage, vying for the “Best Burger in Manila” crown. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers caused quite a stir, offering one year supply of burgers to a handful of customers eager to try out their monster 10oz burgers on the first day of opening. It certainly is one of the biggest brands to open this year.
13. Senor Pollo
Location: F7 Building, Scout Rallos, Tomas Morato, Quezon City; Makati Avenue (Opening end of October 2014)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 12:00am
Facebook: Senor Pollo
Candid Cuisine Review: Senor Pollo
This humble rotisserie is the brainchild of El Chupacabra, and while shabby on the outside, Senor Pollo draws a crowd of those who want to go on a bender night. Being a late night eating spot is not the only reason why people keep coming back for Senor Pollo. Their stellar side dishes from Patatas Bravas to plantain is a dead giveaway that the “Side Dishes are King” trend will continue this coming 2015.
14. Todd English Food Hall
Location: 5th Floor, Skypark, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway Taguig City
For Reservations: 632-621-4002
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 11:00am – 10:00pm
Official Website: www.theplazany.com
Facebook: Todd English Food Hall Manila
Candid Cuisine Review: Todd English Food Hall
Aren’t we glad New York’s Todd English Food Hall has opened in Manila? Its opening helms the beginning of the food hall trend that’s already widespread in New York, Chicago and Boston. Olive’s Todd English brings the best in flatbread pizzas, pasta, and that OMG dessert that’s the key to unlocking your sweet tooth.
15. Nobu, City of Dreams Manila
Location: Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy. Tambo, Paranaque City
Telephone Number: +632 662 1900
Facebook: City of Dreams Manila
We’ll end 2014 with a bang as Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu opens at the City of Dreams Manila. Expect a wide variety of cocktails and Japanese fusion dishes such as Black Cod Miso and the Kanji dessert especially made for Nobu Manila restaurant.
We’re definitely got our hands full.
What do you think of the restaurants that opened this year 2014? Do you think they’ll last longer than IHOP’s hype? Share your thoughts on Candid Cuisine!
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