The kids and I have been hanging out of late in Mall of Asia, or MOA in local parlance. Unlike before, I have finally mastered the in’s and out’s of this gigantic place… but one wing only 😛 Eating out in any of the restaurants facing the bay is simply superb, parking is free on the boulevard and you will never run out of shops to choose from. There will surely be more people when SM opens its convention center on the other end which is three or four times the size of Makati’s World Trade Center. Then, am also excited what the science discovery centrum has to offer to the children, soon to be unveiled too. It is great that this mall has something for everyone and being the refreshing open-air complex in the somewhat congested eyesore that is Manila.
With the wide array of dining options, a walk in MOA is also equivalent to a food trip. First on the agenda was Bizu, by all means a pretty patisserie with all those colorful French cakes and pastries on display. I absolutely dig the interiors, particularly those purple chairs!! and their Afternoon Tea is a must, especially if most us can’t have high tea in Hong Kong’s Mandarin. Feel absolutely English as you sip tea with a selection of sweets daintily served on a three-tiered tray. Among these are scones, eccles cake, petit sandwiches, lemon tart, macaron de Paris, chocolate truffles and other hors d’ ouevres. I can’t pronounce French for the life of me but I do like the refined taste of French food amid all the wine-sipping …
social climber no?
I noticed that Bizu serves Lavazza coffee and for coffee addicts like me, their endless refills look like a nice treat 😛
Afternoon Tea at Bizu happens from 3 to 5:30 p.m. daily, P425+++ for two persons.
The China Palace is another great restaurant to try. The exclusive Tagaytay Highlands group did well in deciding to opening this to the public, along with the Highlands Steakhouse also found in the second floor of MOA’s bayside eating row. In a recent outing at the Palace, we had assorted cold cuts, noodles with seafood, beef tenderloin Chinese-style, dimsum and other treats. Expect to shell out at least P500 per person but not if you order the more pricey Chinese specialties like roast Peking duck, braised shark’s fin, abalone, fish and seafood which cost P1,000 and up. Great ambiance but something should be done with the clueless waiters.
We ate at K.K.K. (short for Kainan sa Kalye Kanluran) because I was craving for Filipino food and this resto has a lot of fusion varieties. Menu entries like sisig vegetarian, kaldereta San Miguel (cooked in beer), maquezong lumpiang Shanghai and tinapa pasta certainly got me curious. In the end, I went for sinigang na lechon and the lechon manok na niluto sa gata which turned out to be so-so. The chicken particuarly looked like it was suffering from anorexia. Something should be done with the size of this resto’s servings. Our dessert turned out to be fantastic though and it was your plain old turon topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream… in more classy terms called the banana fritters a la mode.
Cheapest breakfast buffet at Gram’s Diner