Eastern Metro Manila (Marikina, Mandaluyong, Pasig) always has something new to offer when it comes to restaurants and cafes. Kapitolyo in Pasig, Lilac Street in Marikina, and Capitol Commons in Mandaluyong serve as home to a lot of dining establishments, offering a wide array of cuisines appealing to almost any palate. Shopping malls in the Mandaluyong area also have a long list of bars and coffee shops. But new restaurants and other dining establishments just keep coming—we’re not complaining, though.
This list features some of the newest additions to the restaurants in Eastern Manila for you to try if you are looking for a new and different dining experience:
1. Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse
Photo courtesy of Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is a restaurant that features southern USA-inspired dishes, barbeque, and comfort food that can satisfy your craving. It opened just March of 2015, but recently had to go on a two-week shutdown to give way for some renovation. It reopened last October 27 to once again offer their specialty dishes such as Smoked Beef Brisket (Php320), Smoked US Pork Spare Ribs (Php320/Php620), and Triple Death Burger (Php280). They also serve desserts such as Salted Nutella and Oreo Delight (Php150 each).
171 Dao Street corner East Drive, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday
Photo courtesy of Nori
Nori is one of the newest restaurants to open in Kapitolyo. It offers a wide range of sushi burritos, including their signature dish Umami Chicken Burrito (Php159), Beef Bulgogi (Php169), and Miso-glazed Salmon (Php189). Rice bowls priced at Php119 to 129 and Yakitori at Php39 per stick are also available.
No. 1 Unit A, 1st Street, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City
11:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Daily
3. Vine Cafe by Fns
Photo courtesy of Vine Cafe by Fns
Opened just last October 8, 2015, Vine Cafe by Fns (Fat and Skinny Desserts) specializes in cakes, pastries, pasta, sandwiches, and coffee. Their dishes also have interesting names like Buffalove (very spicy buffalo wings, Php150), Eat Me If You Kare (kare-kare pasta, Php150), and I Cream For You (Carbonara, Php150). Desserts include S’mores Roll (Php125), Calamansi Cupcake (Php50), and Banofit (banofee pie, Php130).
4A P. Burgos Street, Brgy. San Jose, Pasig City
2:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Tuesday to Saturday; 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Sunday
4. The Halal Guys
Photo courtesy of The Halal Guys
The most popular street food concept in New York is now in Manila! The Halal Guys Philippines opened its doors to the Filipino market just last October 2015 at SM Megamall—its first international branch. The Halal Guys is well known for offerings such as Chicken and Gyro Combo over Rice (Php469, New York size) and Gyro Sandwich (Php225, small).
5th level, SM Mega Food Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Monday to Sunday
Photo courtesy of Wishbone
Offering New American cuisine with Filipino, Asian, and South American flavors, Wishbone serves freshly cooked wings that come in a variety of flavors, including Salted Egg (Php209, 6 pcs.), Chef Curry (Php209), and Srirachamansi (Php209). Louisiana Rice (Php55) is a good complement to the flavored wings.
Wishbone also serves burgers and Cuban sandwiches. If you’re in the Kapitolyo area, they deliver for free.
56-B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
11:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Monday to Thursday; 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Friday to Sunday
6. 8 & Company
Photo courtesy of 8 & Company
Home-style dining is what you will find at 8 & Company. Relax in a comfortable ambiance while enjoying rice dishes such as Grilled Chicken in Turmeric Rice with Coriander Sauce (Php330), Lemon Baked Fish (Php350), and Smothered Pork Chops (Php385). A wide range of pasta dishes is also served, including Pasta a la Gen (Php290) and Tomato Basil Spaghetti (Php 280). Soups, salads, and different appetizers are also available.
8B Socorro Fernandez Street, Mandaluyong City
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Monday to Sunday
7. The Food Cathedral
Photo courtesy of The Food Cathedral
The Food Cathedral is a new food hall or food market in Mandaluyong. Opened last May 2015, this vast dining establishment is home to a slew of food concessionaires offering a wide variety of dishes at affordable prices: Akita Ramenya, serving different kinds of ramen; Bad Boy Tikboy, offering barbeque and grilled pizza; and BangBas or Bangus ni Basti, among others.
664 Sgt. Bumatay Street,Mandaluyong City
2:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Monday to Friday; 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Saturday
8. Joseph's Craft Ice Cream
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If you’re looking for a different kind of ice cream experience, head to Joseph’s Craft Ice Cream at Shangri-La Plaza Mall. There they use liquid nitrogen to prepare their ice cream. Since October 2015, they have been offering a wide range of nitrogen ice cream creations, including Hershey’s Chocolate with Malt Chocolate Balls and Mango Basil.
4th Floor, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
Mall Hours / 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM