March 31, 2017

10 Restaurants To Try at the New North Wing of SM Mall of Asia #MOAEATS

SM Mall of Asia welcomed this year with a bang as more restaurants opened up on its new North Wing of the Entertainment Mall. The new wing features upcoming gastronomic destinations and promising food establishments, in addition to the mall's wide selection of restaurants.

Experience a palatable journey around the world, and explore the different cuisines from Japanese, Thai, Southwestern, American, and Filipino.

Last month, I was invited to attend the media launch of the new North Wing to discover more of #MOAEATS.

More than 15 restaurants will be found in the new food zone, but only 10 stores are currently open today.

We went on a food crawl to discover what each must-visit restaurant has to offer.

1. Agos by Chef Tatung

Agos is a Filipino-Spanish restaurant by award-winning chef-journalist Chef Myke "Tatung" Sarthou. It features Fil-Hispanic cuisine, inspired by local dishes, ingredients, and flavors of the Philippines.

One of Agos' signature dishes is the Paella Fiesta Filipina (P580)- a festive mix of seafood, chicken, smoked chorizo and vegetables on paella rice with achuete oil.

2. Basil

The Thai restaurant in While Plains now opens another branch in SM Mall of Asia. We've been to its Makati branch before, and I could still remember how we fell in love with the place and food.

Not to miss are Basil's bestselling Pad Thai (P360) and Crispy Fish with 3 Flavored Sauces (P825).

3. Botejyu Authentic Japanese Cuisine 

Botejyu is popularly known as one of the pioneers and innovators of the legendary Okonomiyaki of Osaka. It is also the inventor of Okosoba or "modernyaki", which is a combination of okonomiyaki and yakisoba.

Some of the must-try dishes at Botejyu are the Takoyaki All-Star (P245) and Premium Moonlight Okonomiyaki (P360).

4. Fiery Style Southwestern Flaming Grill

Fiery Style offers Southwestern Tex-Mex flaming grills with a complementing cocktails bar perfect for a good night out with friends and family.

This Chicken & Rib Combo (P998) offers the best of both worlds, with a half roasted jerk chicken, and smokey BBQ pork ribs, served with southwest rice and corn on the cob.

5. Morganfield's 

Home of the sticky bones, Morganfield's boasts to having the biggest ribs in town. Their baby back ribs and spareribs are cut from Iberian pigs, flown in all the way from Spain.

Here is a full slab of Inasal Pork Spareribs- a sweet and smokey baby back ribs suited to the Filipino palate.

I remember spotting these cute his and hers Think Pig mugs (P250) when we dined in their Uptown Mall branch in BGC.

6. Paper Moon Cafe 

The Japanese cafe of Tokyo, known for its signature mille crepe cakes hit the country by storm. Their Original Mille Crepe (P225/slice) is made with at least 20 layers of delicate, paper-thin, handmade crepes, with a heavenly light pastry cream in between.

7. Tenren's Tea 

For Taiwan's best-tasting tea, Tenren's Tea is the place to go. 913 King's Tea is an exclusive blend of high quality oolong, with a touch of ginseng to create an incredible aftertaste.

Tenren's tea uses milk powder for their milk teas, and fresh milk for their tea lattes. They also have fruit teas and slushies for a more refreshing drink option.

8. Tenya 

Tenya, home of the famous tempura and tendon of Asakusa, Tokyo, specializes in tempura and tempura donburi (tendon). Their best-selling All-Star Tendon (P295) has a little bit of everything like black tiger prawn, squid, salmon, kani stick, green beans, and mushroom, served atop steaming Japanese rice drizzled with their signature dontare sauce. 

The highlight of our visit was Tenya's new flavored salts- curry, yuzu (calamansi), and wasabi powder to heighten up the tempura experience. 

9. Tori Ichi Yakitori & Bar 

Tori Ichi specializes in yakitori or grilled meat skewers. They have a wide variety of meat and vegetable selections, plus classic Japanese ala carte dishes as well. 

We tried their Butabara (P75)- pork belly skewers, and Hasami (P75)- chicken and scallions skewers which were both tender and savory. 

10. Caramia Cakes & Gelato

For dessert, there is always Caramia to fix your gelato cravings. 

Good news to coffee lovers, there's also a Seattle's Best Coffee opening in the new north wing soon.

Head over to the food zone of the new North Wing of SM Mall of Asia, and discover what #MOAEATS is all about. 

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