Staycation

The Sphere Manila x Little Flour Makati Staycation!

The Sphere Serviced Residences is a cool place to stay at the heart of Salcedo Village for your next family staycation in Makati. The rooms are bigger with a chic modern fit-out and a fully equipped kitchen to enjoy nice meals in the room.

Breakfast is served at the Little Four Cafe for an awesome morning start, and you can enjoy the cafe during lunch, dinner and dessert sessions. It’s a central place where you can have your business meetings around Makati, while your family enjoys the room and dining at Little Flour.

Check out our The Sphere Manila x Little flour staycation with the family.


First Things First

The 120-room serviced residences, owned by Singapore-based Six Stratos, is located on the 21st-26th floors of The Stratosphere.

The Sphere Serviced Residences
The Stratosphere 136 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
Operated and managed by Hospitality Innovators, Inc. (HII)
Telephone: +632 8635-7288
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: The Sphere Serviced Residences
Instagram: @thespheremanila
Website: www.thespheremanila.com

Check out low The Sphere Manila rates and availability from Booking.com.

(L-R) Lisa Zakharka (Group Director), Alec Yatco (The Sphere Operations Manager), Luis C. Monserrat (HII Founder and CEO), Mitzi Gonzales, Agnes A. Luna (HII Executive Vice President and CFO)

There are 20 well-appointed studio and one-bedroom suites per floor, all managed by Hospitality Innovators, Inc. (HII).

The Stratosphere lobby, sandwiched by Starbucks and Little Flour Cafe, also serves as the check-in counter of The Sphere.

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10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!

Here are the 10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!


1. Elephant Grounds

Elephant Grounds Manila is the Hongkong third-wave coffee franchise concept by The Standard Group (of Yabu and Ippudo fame) with the dynamic chef duo of Nicco Santos (executive chef) and Quenee Villar (formerly of Hey Handsome).

In Manila, it’s known more as an all-day brunch One Bonifacio restaurant, noted for its food more than its coffee. As the opening hype and queuing lines die down, here’s what we think of Elephant Grounds in Manila.

blog: Elephant Grounds Manila (A Review)

Verdict

Overall, you’ll love meeting up at Elephant Grounds because you can feel the creative energy from the people, the service and the food. Excellence attracts excellence; I do hope they maintain this culture and quality of the food and drinks.

It’s like a Chef Nicco restaurant with a third wave cafe hip vibe. Don’t miss the Duck & Waffle, Sourdough Toasts, Duck Krapow and Toasted Rice Ice Cream. Budget about ₱500/head.

Congratulations to Chef Nicco Santos and Quenee Villar for a job well done with the food and execution of the cafe concept at Elephant Grounds!

 

ELEPHANT GROUNDS MANILA
Independent micro-roaster and café concept from Hong Kong
Lower Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Mobile: +63 999 887-1417
Facebook: Elephant Grounds Manila
Instagram: @elephantgroundsph

 


2. La Picara

First, La Pícara, pronounced as la pí-cara (with emphasis on the pi), means the mischievious or naughty.

It’s a Spanish restaurant with Tropical Cuban/Central American-inspired design that transports you from the city into an oasis in the center of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

The food was surprisingly very good, Spanish food with a naughty playful twist of Filipino ingredients or Asian interpretation but still classy elegant Spanish food.

We tried it three times in the last few weeks before their grand opening. Here’s what we loved that you should try:

blog: LA PICARA: This Awesome Spanish Restaurant at One Bonifacio High Street

Verdict

Honestly, we initially thought this was just-another-resto-riding-the-Spanish-wave in Manila, but it turned out to be one of the best restaurant concepts at One Bonifacio High Street Stock Exchange Mall.

We recommend starting with the Sangria Picara and tapas of Kimchi Croquettas plus Sisig Tacos and the Burrata Salad, ordering the Chili Crab Paella and Beef Cheeks for the main course and ending with Puto Flan de Queso for dessert. Budget about ₱1,000/head for a full meal + drinks.

Best to go with a group of 4-6 so that you can really enjoy the paella. Best to reserve the round or group tables inside because this area is where you get transported into a tropical oasis with a relaxing view after a hard day’s work.

Congratulations to Isabel and Felipe for the awesome Spanish restaurant concept. Welcome to the vibrant restaurant dining scene of Manila!

 

LA PICARA MANILA
High Street corner 5th Avenue, 2Floor, Exchange Stock Market Mall, BGC, Taguig
Mobile: +63 927 172 4480
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: La Picara Manila
Instagram: La Picara PH
Website: http://lapicara.ph

 


3. George Town Super Steak

George Town Super Steak is a steak house specializing in steaks and seafood cooked in the Spanish Mibrasa closed charcoal grill oven. The Mibrasa-cooked meats have a nice sear and are not dry because the oven keeps the juice sealed into the meat. Once you’ve tried it, it would be hard to appreciate other meats cooked on a normal grill.

La Cabrera, the Argentinian steak house, uses their own charcoal grill oven, and the steak houses in hotels often use a similar Josper grill to cook their steaks. George Town SS aims to make higher quality Mibrasa-cooked steak more accessible with better value for money in a mall setting.

We visited Super Steak with the family and here are some tips to make your visit memorable…

blog: George Town SUPER STEAK: How Mibrasa-Cooked Meats Ruined the Steak Experience Anywhere Else

Verdict

Overall, after enjoying the Mibrasa-cooked meats, it’s hard to enjoy other grilled meats in other places because you’ll look for that seared tight juiciness in your meat. I love that the ambiance is down-to-earth but with high quality of steaks you can only taste at steak houses in hotels.

Our favorites include Triple Cheese Potato Skins for the appetizer; Super Steak Signature Burger, Fire-Grill Baby Back Ribs, Dry-Aged Ribeye 700 grams, Norwegian Salmon Fillet Skin-On for the meats; and the Strawberry Pretzel Mousse for dessert. Budget about ₱1,500/head. Best to go with a group to share and try more dishes.

Congratulations to George Pua and the No Limits Food, Inc. team for an awesome home-grown steak house concept!

 

George Town Super Steak (Meat and Seafood)
3rd Level, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday (7.00 am – 10.00 pm)
Friday – Saturday (7.00 am – 11.00 pm)
Telephone: +632 8363-1447, 8361-3937, 8293-5562
Mobile: +63 917 532-0000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: George Town Super Steak
Instagram: @georgetownsupersteak

 

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Malongo Barista Atelier in Manila (Review)

As featured in 10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!

Malongo Barista Atelier is a French specialty coffee studio featuring premium and organic coffees and teas plus a coffee roasting facility inside the workshop.  The chain’s first branch outside of Paris, the BGC store also serves authentic French crepes with savory versions by Chef Alain Llorca and sweet versions by Chef Jean-Michel Llorca.

 

Malongo Barista Atelier Philippines
Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 7.00am to 10.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 7.00am to 11.00pm
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @malongoph
Facebook: Malongo Atelier Barista Philippines

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Staycation

SEDA Residences: Best New Family Staycation Experience in Makati!

The 293-room SEDA Residences in Makati quietly opened its doors at Ayala North Exchange (beside Makati Med) and quickly became the preferred 4-star hotel among those working in offices and embassies around the area. Though quite busy on weekdays, it becomes a haven for those looking for an intimate staycation with the family on weekends.

Here are some tips and secrets for your next family staycation in Makati…

SEDA Residences Makati
Ayala North Exchange, Ayala Avenue Corner Amorsolo and Salcedo Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati
Telephone: +632 7756 9288
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Seda Hotels
Instagram: @sedahotels
Website: https://residencesmakati.sedahotels.com/

Check out low SEDA Residences rates and availability 

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PIN WEI: Seda’s Most Anticipated Chinese Restaurant in Vertis North! (Review)

PIN WEI is the first specialty Chinese restaurant of the SEDA Hotels group with the flagship branch at SEDA Vertis North. Its promise of “good taste” is assured by the Chinese culinary team headed by Executive Chinese Chef Hann Furn Chen of Tin Hau fame.

We celebrated Ama’s birthday here with the family, and here are some a la carte and Sunday buffet tips…

PIN WEI
2nd Level, Seda Vertis North, Vertis North Estate, Sola Corner Lux Drives, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City
Open Daily 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Telephone: +632 7739-8888, 89814100
Facebook: Seda Vertis North
Instagram: @sedahotels
Website: http://www.sedahotels.com/vertis/


First Things First

Located on the 2nd level of Seda Vertis North, Pin Wei is a 130-seater restaurant offering traditional Cantonese specialties.

Executive Chinese Chef Chen, with international hotel experience in Indonesia, Singapore and Dubai, is the former executive chef of Tin Hau.

It highlights natural lighting from floor-to-ceiling windows, bleached wooden panels and seats with woven rattan backrests.

Pin Wei Menu: Rice Roll, Steamed Dim Sum | Deep-fried Dim Sum, Congee | Roasted Chinese Meats | Appetizers, Soup | Abalone and Dried Seafood, Fresh Seafood | Lobster and Crab Delight | Seafood | Beef, and Pork | Poultry, Vegetarian | Vegetarian and Bean Curd | Noodles & Rice, Hand Pull Noodles | Desserts |

Drinks: House Wine | White Wine, Red Wine | Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Spirits | Whiskey, Single Malt | Cocktails, Beverages | Juices

They are known for their a la carte Cantonese specialties (and Sunday Brunch, until the promotion lasts).

Lauriat Set Menu: Set Menu A | Set Menu B | Set Menu C | Set Menu D | Set Menu E

Reserve the special lauriat rooms to celebrate your family’s special celebration!

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Test Kitchen 2.0 by Chef Josh Boutwood in Rockwell

The Test Kitchen 2.0 moved from the actual test kitchen of the Bistro Academy in Kamagong to the posh neighborhood of Rockwell with bigger space, a la carte versions (vs tasting menu) and the cool kitchen lab playground of Chef Josh Boutwood.

We tried most of the items in the menu and here’s what to expect and what to order at the new Test Kitchen in Rockwell…

The Test Kitchen 2.0 by Chef Josh Boutwood
G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mobile: +63927-958-9727
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @thetestkitchenmnl

Related post: THE TEST KITCHEN By Chef Josh Boutwood! @thebistrogroup (Photo Essay)


Prelude

The Test Kitchen Menu: Snacks, First | Second, Third | Beverage Menu | Wine by the Glass

The menu is now completely a la carte and divided into 4 courses, changing based on season and what’s freshly available.

Drink Menu: Red Wine (France) | (Italy, Spanish) | (USA, South Africa, South America) | White Wine (France, Italy) | (Spain) | Rose Wine (France, Italy), Dessert Wine/ Port, Sparkling Wines/ Champagne

The open kitchen from the original Test Kitchen was recreated and there are bar counters if you want to watch the action.

Make sure to go on a tour of the second floor where they age the meats, ferment the ingredients and store the spices.

The tables upstairs are bigger, for groups of 8-10 people because the tables downstairs have smaller fixed 2-6 configurations.

They now have a proper aging room for meats aged 6, 3 or 2 months and their own Jamon aged for 3 years.

This is where you can geek out on the fermented fruits and ingredients, house-made garum (fish sauce) and special spices.

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George Town SUPER STEAK: How Mibrasa-Cooked Meats Ruined the Steak Experience Anywhere Else

As featured in 10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!

George Town Super Steak is a steak house specializing in steaks and seafood cooked in the Spanish Mibrasa closed charcoal grill oven. The Mibrasa-cooked meats have a nice sear and are not dry because the oven keeps the juice sealed into the meat. Once you’ve tried it, it would be hard to appreciate other meats cooked on a normal grill.

La Cabrera, the Argentinian steak house, uses their own charcoal grill oven, and the steak houses in hotels often use a similar Josper grill to cook their steaks. George Town SS aims to make higher quality Mibrasa-cooked steak more accessible with better value for money in a mall setting.

We visited Super Steak with the family and here are some tips to make your visit memorable…


First Things First

The flagship Super Steak store is located in the prestigious One Bonifacio High Street Mall (Philippine Stock Exchange).

George Town Super Steak (Meat and Seafood)
3rd Level, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday (7.00 am – 10.00 pm)
Friday – Saturday (7.00 am – 11.00 pm)
Telephone: +632 8363-1447, 8361-3937, 8293-5562
Mobile: +63 917 532-0000
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: George Town Super Steak
Instagram: @georgetownsupersteak

George Town Super Steak Menu: Appetizer, Soup | Salad, Flat Bread | From the Fire | Mibrasa Mains | Burgers & Sandwiches, Pasta, Sides, Fries | Desserts & Sweets | Drink List | Beer by the Bottle, Hot Beverages | House Pour | What’s your Cocktail?

The ambience is casual, and the story of the fire mural on your right greets you as you enter.

Don’t miss the Mibrasa oven in the open kitchen on your left, cooking meats, seafood and vegetables over an enclosed charcoal grill.

An alfresco area overlooks the Fort Strip where George Pua’s other restaurants are located: K-Pub, Thai BBQ and Ogawa.

You can reserve the private room for an intimate steak session with the family.

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Nature Escape – Coron: Emerging Trend in Exploring the Philippines! @ Discovery Fleet

Finally, you can now cruise from Manila to Coron on Discovery Fleet’s live aboard boat designed with the lifestyle non-diver market. Cruisin’ with your friends and family is the best way to travel around the Philippine archipelago—exploring islands by day, traveling by sea by night.

Watch the Manila-Coron cruise: Emerging Trend to Travel the Philippines: Nature Escape – Coron!

We experienced the inaugural trip of Nature Escape – Coron onboard My Discovery Palawan with the following route: Batangas – Apo Reef – Calumbuyan Island – Culion – Coron Bay – Siete Pecados – Busuanga.

 

NATURE ESCAPE – CORON

Take the route less traveled and explore the Philippines’ immaculate island destinations.
Discover stunning marine sanctuaries and unspoiled islands. By escaping the crowds, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty around you even more and experience nature at its best. Our unique and exclusive itinerary takes us around Apo Reef, Calumbuyan Reef and the picturesque Siete Pecados. The gorgeous panoramic views are like no other, and the experience will always be etched in your memory.

Join us on our next voyage! Starts at US$ 1,200 (₱55,000+ per person + 12% VAT).

Inclusions:
5-day/4-night accommodation
Air-conditioned Regular Cabin (twin occupancy) with private toilet and shower
Full board buffet meals (excluding drinks)
Welcome drinks
One (1) Complimentary Massage
Snorkeling and island-hopping activities
*Unless otherwise indicated, lunch and dinner will be served on board.

For more information, visit https://discoveryfleet.com/nature-escape-coron/.

 


Discovery Fleet Philippines

Discovery Fleet is the Live-a-Board Cruise service of the Discovery Hospitality group.

Discovery Fleet
4th Floor JTKC Centre 2159 Chino Roces Ave. (former Pasong Tamo), Makati City, Metro Manila
Office Hours: 7:30am – 4pm (Monday – Friday), 9am – 12nn (Saturday)
Telephone:+63 2 8 5195674 – 76 ext. 328, +63 2 8 4031999
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://discoveryfleet.com/

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PUTIEN: What to Expect at 1-Michelin-Starred Fujian Cuisine now in Manila

One-Michelin-starred Singapore-based restaurant PUTIEN is now finally here in Manila, thanks to the Vikings Group. Its name is a tribute to owner Mr. Fong Chi Chung’s hometown Putian City, a coastal suburb in the province of Fujian in China.

Putien is known for its light, down-to-earth and flavorful food with emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients and a healthier take on Chinese cuisine. It’s also known for its seafood with limited pork options but no beef due to religious beliefs.

Their food looks exotic Chinese food compared to the Cantonese comfort food we are used to in Manila, but for Chinese families with roots in Fujian province, this is the food—cooked by Ama—they grew up with.

PUTIEN

PUTIEN, a restaurant serving Singaporean-Fujian cuisine, was established in 2000 at Kitchener Road. It has been awarded a Michelin star since 2016.

Level 5, The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 8282-1888/ 8282-6888
Mobile: +63 918 9193888
Facebook: PUTIEN Philippines
Instagram: @putien.ph
Email: [email protected]


First Things First

About PUTIEN
PUTIEN restaurant began as a coffee shop in Singapore’s Kitchener Road in 2000 and has since grown into a popular chain with 65 outlets in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, HongKong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan. PUTIEN serves cuisine from the Fujian Province in China, characteristically light, down-to-earth and flavourful food with emphasis on fresh ingredients.

PUTIEN has received numerous dining and business awards, including the Michelin Guide Singapore 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019 MICHELIN ONE-STAR RESTAURANT Award (Kitchener Road Outlet), Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019 BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANT Award (Causeway Bay Outlet), Influential Brands Top Brand in Chinese Restaurant Category in 2015, 5S Excellence Award by RAS, Epicurean Star Award 2012, 2010 Overall Champion of The Restaurant Association Singapore’s Tasty Chef Award and Singapore Prestige Brand Award in 2009.

The ambiance was bright and classy but a bit noisy with all the chatter bouncing from wall to wall.

Putien Menu: Michelin One-Star Restaurant | Classic Treasures of Fujian | 10 Signature Dishes of Putien | Uniquely Singapore | Starters | Starters 2 | Starters 3 |Starters Platter | Seafood | Seafood 2 | Seafood 3 | Seafood 4 | Seafood 5 | Meat | Meat 2 | Meat 3 | Beancurd and Vegetables | Vegetables 2 | Vegetables 3 | Vegetables 4 | Soup |Soup 2 | Main Course | Main Course 2 | Main Course 3 | Main Course 4 | Dessert | Dessert 2 | Dessert 3 | Sides

Drink Menu: Tea 1 | Tea 2 | Juice 1 | Juice 2 | Juice 3 | Wines | Alcohol

You can start with the 10 signature dishes or the uniquely Singaporean dishes, but I would dare you to try the following dishes…

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a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!

Located at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall in Makati, a mano is a modern Italian restaurant by Amado Fores—son of Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Fores—that promises faithful and fresh Italian food. a mano means “by hand,” pertaining to the handcrafted quality of the ingredients, the food and the service.

2019 witnessed the osteria battle of new Modern Italian concepts in Manila and, for us, a mano is the winner in that battle in terms of high quality of pizza, pasta, steaks and overall vibe. Ang galing!

You have to reserve a table in advance. Best to know what to order before going, too. Here are our favorites at a mano:

 

a mano by amado fores
R1 Level (Stall 144), Lopez Drive, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Mobile: +63 917 552 6266
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: a mano
Instagram: @amano.ph

Osteria Battle in Manila (2019):

a mano: Best New Italian Restaurant in Manila!
Wild Flour Italian: Best of Italian Flavors in BGC!
Osteria Daniele BGC: Kicking Off the Osteria Game in Manila
Single Origin Osteria: Your Friendly Neighborhood Italian Resto in Salcedo

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