RED ONION CAFE (红葱头 Hong Cong Tou) is a Taiwanese Restaurant specializing in Taiwanese Beef Noodles (the Ramen of Taiwan), Crispy Dumplings, and Taiwanese comfort food favorites like Lu Rou Rice and dumplings, or chicken with Sichuan Mala Chili Oil.
The name is a tribute to Red Onions or Shallots -- the ingredient that gives flavor and is present in most Taiwanese food. It is proudly conceptualized here in Manila by Taiwanese Wen-Szu Lin and local partner Mark Endaya, who plan to expand the concept both locally and the rest of South East Asia.
We tried Red Onion Cafe with my YoYo Master friend, Pat Cuartero -- who gave a YoYo exhibition at the end of our meal. :) Check this out!
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MAGNUM MANILA is a Pop-up Pleasure Store featuring the Make Your Own Magnum Dessert Bar. It is designed as a pop-up store because the SM Aura Location would only be open for a year. This is also the only Magnum Store that features savory dishes crafted by Chef Him Uy de Baron and signature desserts by Chef Miko Aspiras.
Here are some tips to help plan out your own Magnum Manila Pleasure Store experience ...
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ALLIUM is the restaurant reincarnation in Makati of our favorite Studio Kitchen in Alabang, by Filipino-American Chef Mark Tan. Its name is inspired by the genus of plants that include onions, garlics, chives, and leeks and responsible for the flavors we enjoy in our food.
We tried the degustation sampler and grilled meat selections prepared by Chef Mark during one of our Mercato partners' meeting. His specialty is contemporary American cooking using fresh local ingredients and good quality imported meats.
Related Blog Post: STUDIO KITCHEN (ALABANG) of Chef Mark Tan!
Check out Allium in Makati...
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TODD ENGLISH FOOD HALL is officially Manila's first Celebrity Chef Restaurant opening at the SM Aura Premier! It is also the first restaurant that sets the trend for the Food Hall concept in Manila.
A Food Hall is a communal dining space with well-curated stalls or food stations. It is NOT a buffet, because you can order from one or any of the stations. It is NOT a food court, because the food is typically handmade, with a cohesive theme.
Todd English Food Hall is all about quality of food with provenance, and a mix of cuisine that is eclectic and inspired across 9 food stations.
Here's what you need to know about Todd English Food Hall in Manila...
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GINO's BRICK OVEN PIZZA is a Neapolitan-style Pizzeria originally from Katipunan, by passionate Filipino food entreprenuers Jutes & Cello Templo (of Cello's Donuts fame). The name of the resto is a tribute to their son, Gino.
The Makati branch is the Gino's 2.0 version. The taste is so authentic, some people think it's owned by Italians.
We loved their Burratta, homemade pasta, and Neapolitan pizza! Check out Gino's...
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