I call SM Megamall my home base because I'm there almost every day. Aside from its proximity to my workplace, I love how vast its food selections are and made a lot better with the opening of the Mega Fashion Hall.
I was invited last week to an evening of good food with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and Mercato Centrale Group, where we tried the newest restaurants at SM Megamall, including the Michelin-star restaurant, Tim Ho Wan.
Here are some of the restaurants included in the tour:
1. Tim Ho Wan
The cheapest Michelin-star restaurant opened its flagship restaurant to the public on the exact day of the tour. So yeah, we got the first dibs to Baked Pork Buns. :P
Almost all ingredients come from Hong Kong, where Tim Ho Wan originated.
|Baked Buns with BBQ Pork|
The Baked Buns with BBQ Pork (Php 145, 3 pcs) are quite delicate to handle as you eat it. The warm bun is very soft that you need to be extra careful with it. The BBQ Pork filling has the right amount of sweetness and the meat is superbly tender.
We also had the Prawn Dumpling (Php 160), Dumpling Teochew Style (Php 120), and Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf or Machang (Php 190).
|Dumpling Teochew Style|
|Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf|
Beside Tim Ho Wan is Cinnabon, the first-ever cinnamon roll bakery in the country. We tried their Classic Cinnamon Roll, which is huge enough for 2-3 persons to share.
|Classic Cinnamon Roll|
See related post: A Simple Lesson from Cinnabon
Another newcomer in Manila is the most popular Korean double-fried chicken in Korea, KyoChon!
KyoChon has four flavors for the fried chicken: Original Series, Red Series (spicy), Honey Series and Soonsal Series Strips. I would definitely give this place another visit because I love fried chicken a lot!
4. Chez Karine (closed)
Chez Karine (French for "Karen's Place") is a French patisserie with an Asian twist. The place is known for their macarons and puddings.
I was able to try the Muscovado Royal Pudding (Php 110).
|Muscovado Royal Pudding|
It tasted like a cross between Leche flan and pudding. I love the texture and the subtle sweetness. I should try the other puddings some time.
5. The French Baker, Salon de The
The French Baker has recently opened its Salon de The or Tea Salon. We were able to try this Tea Time set.
The set, which includes scones, mini chocolates, macarons, mini sandwiches, chips, also includes a pot of tea. We got Blueberry tea with our set. The whole set, which can be shared by 2-3 persons is only Php 425. Very affordable compared to other tea salons. :)
6. Gigi Custaroonery (closed)
I have read a lot about Gigi Gaerlan's Custaroons but it was my first time to taste them.
I wish I have tasted her custaroons way earlier. The texture from the coconut blends well with the creaminess of the custard. It was so addictive! I also loved the Chocolate Custaroon Poppers (Php 410, box of 25), so much that I swear I could finish the whole box. :P
7. Osaka Ohsho
The restaurant that I have visited few times is Osaka Ohsho, a Japanese franchise specializing in gyoza.
That evening, they showcased their bestsellers, the Original, Cheese and Nori gyozas and the Chicken Karaage. As a cheese fanatic, I went for the cheese gyoza. I liked the nori and original as well.
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Tim Ho Wan
The French Baker, Salon de The