May 28, 2014

SM Megamall Mega Food Tour with Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet #MegaFoodTour

May 20, 2014- I experienced the Mega Food Tour at SM Megamall, featuring all the finest eats in the New Mega Fashion Hall.

I've joined BGC Eats with Chef JJ Yulo before, and now, it's the SM Mega Food Tour with Mr. Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet

If last time we tried 4 restaurants in one afternoon, this time, it is 15! Yes, 15 foodie destinations all in just one night! 

Mega Food Tour Destinations
A food journey of SM Megamall's finest etas, featuring the firsts, flagships and unique food selections.

1st level
Pork Buns and Dimsum from Tim Ho Wan
Classic Cinnamon Roll from Cinnabon
Gelato from Bono Gelato
Korean Fried Chicken from Kyochon
Muscovado Royal Pudding from Chez Karine
Tea-Time at Salon de Thé

2nd level
Custaroons from Gigi Custaroonery

3rd level
Gyoza and Karaage from Osaka Ohsho
Paella Queso Hamonado w/ Sangria from Boqueria
Lamb Adobo from Abe
A Meat Story with 8 Cuts Burger Blends
Pork Xiao Long Bao and other favorites from Lugang Cafe

4th level
A 10-minute buffet with Vikings

5th level
Frozen Yogurt from Pinkberry
Wild Mushroom w/ Gruyere and White Truffle Oil from Baked by Anita
Bianca Mocha with a Banana Walnut dessert from Lucca Bakery

Call time was 6pm in front of the newly opened Tim Ho Wan- the much anticipated, and cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world! It is best known for their Baked Buns w/ BBQ Pork which we were all eager to try.

1. Tim Ho Wan- Pork Buns and Dimsum 

Check my previous post about Tim Ho Wan here:

2. Cinnabon-Classic Cinnamon Roll

If you're a fan of cinnamon rolls, then Cinnabon is the place to be. Let your nose guide you to the sweet smelling aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns straight from the oven.

3. Bono Gelato- Gelato

Bono Artisanal Gelato is considered as one of the best gelatos in town. Bono offered us a variety of flavors like ube, mango sake, speculoos, movie night, pistacchio and many more.

4. Kyochon- Korean Fried Chicken

Kyochon may be a late comer to the korean double-fried chicken craze here in Manila, but they are actually the first group that started the craze in South Korea. Feel free to choose from their Original Series, Honey Series, Soonsal Series and Red Series.

5. Chez Karine- Muscovado Royal Pudding

Pronounced as "chey-karine" which is a French word for "At Karen's Place", Chez Karine offers delectable sweets like macarons, cakes and pastries, cookies, and their best-selling dessert jars.

We got to try their Muscovado Royal Pudding which reminds me of leche flan with a silky soft texture.

6. French Baker Salon de Thé- scones, macaroons, quiches, chicken lollipop, sandwiches, pralines

I wanted to spend more time at Salon de thé and enjoy our 2-tier tea set of savories and sweets, and my cup of blueberry tea, but since we were on a food tour, we had to rush and move on to the next destination. 

7. Gigi Custaroonery- Custaroons and  Custaroon Poppers

I am not a fan of macaroons, but Gigi Gaerlan's Custaroons were really good! Oh, and I also love their cute and dainty packaging..Perfect as gifts for your loved ones.

8. Osaka Ohsho- Gyoza and Chicken Karaage

Check my previous post about Osaka Ohsho here:

9. Boqueria- Paella Queso Hamonado, Sangria and Churros w/ Chocolate

If it's Spanish cuisine you are looking for then Boqueria's paella, sangria and churros might satisfy your cravings.

10. Abe Restaurant- Lamb Adobo and Tamarind Shake

As I try not to fill myself up with drinks for this tour, I can't help but finish the glass of Tamarind Shake from Abe. It was tangy sweet and refreshing perfect accompaniment to Abe's best-selling lamb adobo. 

11. 8 Cuts Burger Blends- A Meat Story + burger blends

Juicy and mouthwatering burgers from 8 Cuts Burger Blends awaited everyone as one meat story was told. We sampled all 5 burger blends: Beef Bomb, House Blend, Steak Cut, Ox Blend, Big Game.

My personal favorites are the Ox Blend and Steak Cut, but each patty was very juicy and has a character of its own.

12. Lugang Cafe- Xiao Long Bao, Spicy Sliced Offals, Shrimp Balls w/ Mozzarella, Mango Pudding, Arabian Coffee

Lugang Cafe especially prepared a sampler or their Pork Xiao Long Bao and other favorites for us. Everything was delicious especially the shrimp balls with mozzarella filling.

13. Vikings Luxury Buffet- degustation at Vikings

Vikings Luxury Buffet also prepared a degustation platter of Lumpiafish Caviar Om Blinis, Vikings Scandinavian Gravlax, Spicy Ika Sushi, Venison Terrine w/ Blueberry Compote, Steamed Red Lapu-Lapu Fillet, Mini Tornado, and Spinach Mushroom En Croute Consomme.

My favorites were the Vikings Scandinavian Gravlax which is a cured salmon in vodka and Mini Tornado which is angus beef with truffle sauce. 

14. Pinkberry- yogurt

Small tasting cups of Pinkberry yogurt were brought in while we were having our degustation at Vikings.

Check my previous post about Pinkberry here:

15. Baked By Anita

We weren't able to try Baked by Anita since it was past 10pm already and their stall was already closed. 

16. Lucca Bakery- Bianca Mocha and Banana Walnut Sticky Bun

Fortunately, Lucca Bakery accommodated everyone for some coffee and sticky buns. I was able to take home their Banana Walnut Sticky Bun and it was really good albeit too sweet. 

Now, here's the best part! You too can experience Megamall's finest eats at the Mega Food Tour in partnership with Mercato Centrale Group and Our Awesome Planet.


Just take your best foodie shot from any restaurant in SM Megamall and get a chance to be part of SM's #MegaFoodTour on May 30 and June 6. Follow, add locator, tag @smmegamall, hashtag #megafoodtour and post the photo on your instagram account to qualify. 

Good luck and hope you'll enjoy SM Megamall's Mega Food Tour as much as I did! :)

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