18 New And Not-So-New BGC Restaurants For You To Try
Dining out can be an exciting gastronomic experience. But we all know that also part of the experience is the biggest hair-pulling question—where to eat? Whether it’s with a date, family, or group of friends, the dilemma poses as a downside to any social gathering. It’s time-consuming and just adds stress, especially when you’ve landed in Bonifacio Global City, an area dotted with restaurants with new ones popping out almost every couple of months. To make things easier for you and to save you from pulling your hair, here are some of the new and not-so-new BGC restaurants that you can’t afford to miss out on. Oh, we included the best-selling dishes, too!
1Pink’s Hot Dogs
First on our list of BGC restaurants is the 77-year-old world famous chain and Hollywood legend, Pink’s Hot Dogs. Coming straight from the heart of Los Angeles, Richard and Gloria Pink have tied up with Ana de Ocampo, Walter, and Margarita Manza (who are responsible for bringing Farmacy Manila and Wildflour) to bring this one closer to the Filipinos. You must try one, if not all, of their favorites: Buffalo Wing Dog, Chicago Dog, East L.A. Street Dog, Pink’s World Famous Chili Cheese Dog and The Hollywood Legend. Greasy, yes, but these dogs have got all the right flavors that you’re looking for.
Pink’s Hot Dogs
Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Earth Kitchen was founded by Melissa Yeung, Chef David Hizon, and Chef JR Trani. Their concept of dining is that it should be a healthy one without having to sacrifice all your favorite comfort food. Their dishes are made with the freshest ingredients from different farms all over the Philippines. You’ll love their outdoor-inspired interiors, bringing a lot of greenery to the scene. The dish that you must have on your list is Scallops and Aligue (PHP 480) with its squid ink-infused pasta and bits of tasty scallops and aligue. Mix them well, and you’ll finish it right off the plate.
3Frank & Dean
Eating American comfort food any time of the day is absolutely the greatest just when the cravings kick in. Frank & Dean is one of the BGC restaurants that have a relatively simple menu focusing on their main specialties: chicken, pizza, and really awesome coffee. If you’re a sucker for chicken and waffles, take their 2-Piece Southern Fried Chicken with Waffles (PHP 420). The highly sought-after combination of the savory chicken and sweetness of the maple syrup is magnificent.
4Salvatore Cuomo & Bar
Don’t mistake this name for a fashion brand. Salvatore Cuomo is a well-known chef who has mastered the craft of Italian cuisine and with occasional twists on the Japanese. He is known for his creation of Neopolitan pizzas, namely the World Champion Winner Pizza “DOC” (PHP 820), and is one of his signature dishes wherein all ingredients come from Italy.
In Japan, ogawa means “little river.” Even before you get seated, you’ll have a feel of what it’s like to be in Japan because of its interiors. Japanese interior designers have claimed that the materials have been imported from Japan to give Ogawa a sense of authenticity. Sample everything with the Ryo Goku Gozen (PHP 550). It’s a large-sized bento meal that includes beef cubes, futomaki, karaage, sashimi (includes hamachi, salmon, and tuna), tamago, and tempura. It comes with a serving of rice, miso soup, and chawanmushi.
Brought to the public by Chef Mikel Zaguirre, Fat’s simple but cozy ambience entices customers to dine in. A favorite dish that has caught the eyes of many is none other than the Salmon and Uni Pasta (PHP 780). A blanket of creamy uni conchiglie (shell-shaped pasta) hugs a perfectly toasted but juicy salmon. Not only is this dish photogenic, but it sits delightfully in your tummy minus the guilt.
Sunnies Café has an outdoorsy-slash-patio kind of feel. It’s one of the BGC restaurants that are perfect for brunch with friends. They’ve got the right kind of mix with their finest selection of comfort foods from all around the world. A favorite from their all-day brunch menu is the Sunnies Risotto (PHP 370) sprinkled with lovely proteins such as caramelized bacon and topped with sous vide egg.
With Chef Mikel Zaguirre’s second branch introduced just this year at the Fort, Locavore has received many praises especially for their modern take on the Filipino cuisine. Diners opt for its classic favorite Sizzling Sinigang (PHP 520), a serving of the softest beef short ribs and a fair amount of sauteed vegetables resting pretty on such thick, sour yet garlicky gravy. Locavore remains as a crowd favorite among BGC restaurants!
9Izakaya Sensu & Chotto Matte
Izakaya Sensu’s interiors are surprisingly simple and play with lines with a hint of Japanese inspiration. The restaurant coexists with a bar named Chotto Matte because these two are seated right next to each other. It’s compulsory to dine in Izakaya Sensu and order drinks straight from Chotto Matte. Pairing Japanese food with alcohol is the best way to spend any evening after work. The Sensu Omakase Special (PHP 2,995) is a real treat with 11 types of sashimi that makes this platter perfect for sharing.
Get your hands dirty with the biggest ribs in town! Imported from Spain, Morganfield’s Iberico meat is slow-cooked to perfection. The meat literally falls off the ribs with its tenderness. You’ll be surprised by the choices they offer with their spare ribs platter that’s ideal for sharing with family or friends. Its price can range from PHP 845 (half slab) to PHP 3,295 (ribs sampler). Treat your taste buds to flavors like garlicky BBQ, hickory BBQ, smoked peppercorn, and spicy Asian.
11High Street Café
Located in recently opened Shangri-La at the Fort, High Street Café keeps the ambience cool and casual. Diners can tap into the world buffet ranging from Asian, Chinese, Japanese, and Mediterranean. The breakfast buffet is priced at PHP 1,200, lunch at PHP 1,550 and PHP 1,750 (Monday–Friday; Saturday–Sunday), and dinner at PHP 1,900 and PHP 2,100 (Monday-Thursday; Friday–Sunday).
Khristine Gabriel and Grace Lee introduce this fine steakhouse that is based on the two-Michelin-star concept of Parisian Chef Akrame Benallal. Atelier Vivanda’s specialty revolves around dry-aged meats for 50 days. Don’t expect this place to be formal since they keep the ambience rather casual. If ordering à la carte sounds rather intimidating especially for first-timers, go for their set menu (La Formule) priced at PHP 1,900. We just can’t seem to get enough of steaks on this roundup of BGC restaurants!
This Mexican-Latin restaurant focuses on a certain specialty that is grilled by flame and full of rich flavors. Depending on our taste detectors, we have the option of seasoning chicken whether it’s Original (full of zest and herbs) or Southern Spice (cooked the Latin American way with plenty of herbs and spices). Your choice of chicken can be paired with a wide range of side dishes (16 to be exact).
Coming from 1771 Group, Flatiron gets its name from its distinctive use of flat iron griddles. The inspiration behind these comfort food dishes is drawn directly from the city of New York. Aim for their specialty Flatiron Brisket 6 (PHP 850), which consists of imported beef brisket that has been slow-cooked for 6 hours resulting in rich flavor and soft texture.
Another American classic on our list of BGC restaurants, this 36-year-old chain is finally in Manila to serve you American comfort food with a twist. Applebee’s has made a few tweaks to some dishes to suit the Asian taste. First-timers might like to try the Sriracha Shrimp (PHP 445) if they’re into a whole lotta flavor with a degree of spiciness.
16Pound by Todd English
Burger enthusiasts will want to discover this stylish restaurant that’s been making headlines. This is another one of the BGC restaurants that have remarkable interiors! Their interior and ambience boast of an industrial look taken straight from the underground 1920s. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Their moderately priced burgers are made with the finest ingredients and won’t make you go to the nearest fast food joint anytime soon. Their sides are also attention grabbers especially their Truffle Risotto Tater Tots (PHP 150), which will make you beg for an additional round.
Pound by Todd English
B3, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
The Farmacy doesn’t offer your usual colorful, candy, and retro theme. No, its theme peeks into the industrial side of the 19th century. It’s the perfect hangout place to order your favorite sweet cravings after a hearty dinner. Go for the Hot Fudge (PHP 280) if you want an extraordinary sundae that will make your taste buds go wild. If you bring your kids, it’ll be the perfect way to end the day.
Last but certainly not the least on this list of BGC restaurants, Freezer Burn won’t give you anything except the goosies! Their whimsical-themed store matches the concept of their hot and cold desserts. They are anything but the ordinary and go for combinations that strangely work to woo one’s palate. Take the Ketchup Mayo Fries for example. On one side, you get a scoop of ketchup and mayonnaise ice cream (what?!) and on the other is french fries that are lightly seasoned with salt and pepper. The combination of sweet, salty, and savory actually works!
Trying out a broad range of cuisines among these BGC restaurants can really spice up your life. And the best experience with any kind of food is, ultimately, the company that you share it. If you happen to be at nearby Makati, then we also have a roundup of best restaurants in Makati for you!