Borough is an interesting restaurant that offers a slice of New York, serving up the very best of comfort food in the metro. New Yorkers now based in Manila are raving about the food. We tried it, and we agree with them.

The food is exciting and the presentation is not run-of-the-mill (ex. using a brown bag to “present” the fries). Borough seems to be out-of-place at the Podium mall, though. It should have opened in Bonifacio Global City, where it would have been an instant hit even on opening day.


The interiors are slightly confusing with the mix of floral seats, spotlights and a tavern-ish aura. It’s been years since I last hung out in New York, so I’m not sure if this really represents a typical NYC hangout.

The restaurant got its name from New York, which is composed of five boroughs — Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

The second floor has a smoking ledge section with mafia-inspired seats.

It was a bold move for them to open 24×7 — yes, a restaurant inside a mall is open 24 hours!

There is a secret door at the side of Podium where you can enter Borough. They plan to place a curtain to conceal the entrance to the mall, so that it would really look like a hole-in-the-mall. Imagine, you can find very good comfort food at 12 midnight in the Ortigas area! Let’s keep it a secret, ok? 🙂

New Yorker Chef Cuit Kaufman is the man behind the good food in Borough. We took a photo of him with Raphael to be included in our collection of great chefs. 🙂

Borough Menu: Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Mains | Pasta, Sandwiches, All Day Breakfast, Dessert, Sides | Beer & Drinks | Borough Brunch Special | Borough Brunch Ala Carte

  • According to the owners, the best sellers are the Portobello Pita Pocket, BBQ Pulled Pork, Baked Mac and Cheese, NY Strip Steak, and Milk and Cookies.
  • San Mig Light is interestingly at P60 only for a place like this.
  • What I’m excited about is the Borough Brunch Special Menu, where you pay P550. It includes a choice of a brunch dish and unlimited servings of mimosa and sparkling wine every weekend!

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (P240 +10% service charge). Grilled Cheese in Homemade Brioche Bread, served with Creamy Tomato Soup.

We love this! The soup had deep tones of roasted tomatoes with cream. It also had just the right sweetness and was served hot. The bread with mozzarella and cheddar was good, too. (Doesn’t it resemble french toast?)

Cheese-Injected Portobello Pita Pocket
(P230 +10% service charge)
. Portobello Mushroom oozing with Monterey Jack in a Pita Pocket.

A nice and unique idea. The portobello was good, but it was not served hot. It seemed like the cheese-injected portobello was defrosted rather than made from scratch. The chips were thin and crispy indeed, but had the aftertaste of overused oil.

All Beef Cheeseburger
(P400 +10% service charge). All Beef Burger topped with Cheddar Cheese in a Homemade Brioche Bun.

I find this burger quite unique after having tasted all (or most of) the best burgers in Manila. The portioning and presentation were very good!  I liked having the Brioche Bun for my burger. The beef was served medium rare, with blood oozing out of the meat. It was good — very soft and tasty — but maybe you can ask it to be cooked medium-well if you don’t like it rare.

At P400, though, the burger is overpriced since you only get tiny sliced onions (not even the caramelized ones), a tired piece of lettuce and tomato slices with it. I guess you are also paying for the effort to present the fries in a stylized brown bag…

Sole Amandine
(P410 +10% service charge)
. Sauteed in Brown Butter. Spritzed with Lemon Juice, Capers and Sliced Almonds. Served with Green Beans and Jasmine Rice.

We often order meals with rice as our comfort food, and the sole with Jasmine rice did not disappoint. Its saltiness was at the right level and went well with the lemon twist. Eating the fish with  bits and pieces of almonds and capers also made it a flavorful experience.

Although it is a bit on the expensive side, Borough’s food is really good and worth checking out. This would be a hit among foodies, especially for the 24/7 crowd.

GF, Unit 107A, The Podium Mall,
12 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
For reservations, call: +632 570-8906.

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Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for all the food and we are NOT connected in any way with the owner or the chef.

P.S. For New Yorker foodies out there, check out Borough and share your thoughts in the comments section…