#FoodTrip: Variety, affordability at Market! Market!
MANILA, Philippines - A trip to the mall is not complete without a good meal - or two. Especially after walking for hours and shopping, you'll need a filling meal to replenish your energy.
It's a good thing that most malls in the metro have a good selection of restaurants and food chains where shoppers can dine after a long shopping day.
Bonifacio Global City is a place better known for bargains because of its indoor bazaar - Market! Market! Ayala Land opened this mall in 2003. However, not known to many is that it's also a gastronomic hub filled with affordable food choices from numerous restaurants and food kiosks.
If you're spending a day to shop in Market! Market!, here are our recommendations:
For Filipino food cravings: Oriang
Considered as the new kid on the block, Oriang is a restaurant in the Fiesta Market area of the mall that offers classic Filipino dishes such as bulalo and sinigang.
It opened last January and is sandwiched between familiar restaurants like Gerry's Grill and Seafood Island, but Oriang is already making a buzz in the area,
The restaurant, owned by the same people behind Cafe de Bonifacio in the Podium, is named after Andres Bonifacio's wife, Gregoria de Jesus.
Oriang's operations director, Mok Olarte, said they want to keep Filipino food in its classic taste but they make it unique by adding their personal touch.
Olarte, who has been in the food business for years, said eating Filipino food is often an adventure.
"When you eat adobo from Laguna, it tastes different from the adobo from Ilocos," he said. "There's over 7,000 islands, and there's just so much in so many versions. It makes Filipino food unique."
Business hours: 11am-11pm, Sunday to Thursday; 11 am-12 midnight, Friday to Saturday
Phone: (02) 869 8967
Facebook page: facebook.com/OriangRestaurant
For a quick, hearty meal: Moshi Koshi
Koshi is the Japanese version of Italy's "al dente." Their three noodle varieties and their gyoza wrappers are made fresh in the store everyday.
Folks in Moshi Koshi, however, say that to enjoy the noodles in their Koshi-ness, you must eat them within minutes of being served - 5 minutes for Soba, 7 for Ramen, and 8 for Udon. Don't worry - slurping is encouraged.
You are given the liberty to choose the type of noodle, the broth, and the toppings you want in your bowl.
Business hours: 10am-11pm, daily
Phone: (02) 816 6744
For affordable, fresh seafood dishes: Isdang Pulo
Every now and then, we find ourselves craving for seafood. Sure, there are many seafood restaurants in the metro, but not all serve fresh, well-cooked seafood at affordable prices too.
Isdang Pulo may just remind you of a better looking and tasting carinderia, with home-cooked, familiar meals right smack in the middle of a mall's outdoor area.
Business hours: 7am to 10pm, daily
For desserts (and more): Banapple
Stepping into any of Banapple's branches (which started at Katipunan in Quezon City) is like going inside a country home.
With its rustic feel and homey decor, Bannaple is a very relaxing place to fill your belly and forget about the busy world outside.
Banapple's branch in Market! Market! also has a small kiosk for its little brother - Sandwicheese. You can enjoy dishes from both restaurants.
All dishes in Sandwicheese are made with cheese-based sauces from Miradips which you can also purchase to bring home.
And, of course, a meal at Banapple is incomplete without dessert.
Business hours: 8am-9pm, daily
Phone: (02) 519-5270
For coffee and people-watching: Cafe de Lipa
Drinking coffee has become either a social or people-watching activity in Manila. Cafe de Lipa, situated at the corner of the mall facing Serendra, is a good location for both.
Cafe de Lipa may be considered a local and more affordable alternative to Starbucks.
Business hours: 7am-12 midnight, daily
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