Places to eat in in AsiaTown, McKinley West
Taguig City, Philippines — This new dining hub in Asiatown, McKinley West also houses three restaurants that offer first-in-the-Philippines flavors from the region.
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, a subsidiary of Megaworld Corporation and one of the largest shopping mall retailers in the Philippines, has opened Manila’s first AsiaTown, a food hub nestled along LeGrand Avenue.
Designed to showcase the rich culture of Asia and serve up specialty dishes from the region, AsiaTown features a diverse collection of different establishments that specialize in pan-Asian cuisine in an ambient park-like setting. The venue can also hold outdoor performances, weekly attractions from 5:00 pm onwards and will also feature art installations.
Here’s a look at nine of the restaurants (and a French luxury coffee chain) currently operating within the hub:
Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh serves signature bak kut teh or pork rib soup popular in Singapore. The originating roots of the restaurant can be traced all the way to the 1920s in the historical riverside quay of Char Jung Tao. Part of the restaurant’s Teochew heritage is embedded in their vast selection of soup specialties like Premium Loin Rib Soup, Pork Tenderloin Soup, Pig’s Tail Soup plus braised delicacies, vegetables and speciality dishes like Signature Braised Pig’s Trotters (Te Kah), Honey Baked Char Shao, Spinach With Top Shell Abalone, and Oyster Sauce Vegetables (Chye Xin).
Black Sugar Taiwan Tea
Originally from Taiwan, this specialty drinks shop takes pride in serving freshly brewed tea leaves daily and using high-quality sugar canes in place of artificial fructose sweeteners. One of their best sellers is Black Sugar Healthy Grain with ground peanuts, walnuts, and black sesame as toppings. Other unique drink selections are Black Tea Macchiato, Blue Sky Bubble Soda, Black Frost Charcoal Cream, Black Sugar Choco Dirty Milk, Dirty Mango Macchiato. They have snacks and rice meals as well, like the Signature Chicken Pie, Egg Waffles, Taiwanese Chicken Rice, Fish Tofu and Chicken Pops.
Chao Tian Men
Chao Tian Men is a wing featuring the largest Chinese Food Hall housing China’s best cuisine from different regions all under one roof. It fairs at 700sqm with VIP rooms for private meetings and gatherings.
This traditional Japanese restaurant with Korean fusion founded in 1988 from South Korea offers dishes that are of the freshest quality. How? Well they make their own noodles—ramen, udon and soba, in-house. Aside from that, they also make their own panko bread crumbs from fresh bread.
Madrone serves Meditterenean kebabs and local beers on a laid back outdoor setting. Perfect for after-work chill sessions with friends and officemates, try their “make your own menu” where customers choose a carb (pita, rice or fries), protein (falafel, beef or chicken), salad and dip.
Nothing beats the familiarity of home-cooked cuisine, and Salu is the best place to visit to taste the regional flavors from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Hand-crafted and authentic Filipino food abound in its extensive menu that includes Tinutongang Manok, Balbakwa, and Tiyula Itum. For dessert, there’s Sapin-Sapin, Brazo De Kalabasa, and Canonigo.
Craving for Korean BBQ? Satisfy it by visiting Samgyeopsarap. They mainly offer unlimited pork, beef, and beef ribs, but also have other Korean food to add to your set.
Bahn Mi Kitchen
The Banh Mi Kitchen Vietnamese food chain offers scrumptious sandwiches with different Asian flavors for harried meal-eating office workers looking for a healthy and refreshing grub. Their must-tries include The Classic, Kani Bonito, Beef Rendang, Lemongrass Pork Banh Mi, and Wagyu Tapa Banh Mi.
Malongo Atelier Barista
Malongo Atelier Barista is the first cafe of the French coffee manufacturer that opened outside of France. The brand is labeled as a French Living Heritage Company and their recently-opened Taguig location is not only a cafe, but it also serves as a store that sells coffee beans, loose tea leaves, machines, and equipment. Additionally, customers can choose raw beans and have it roasted, ground, and packed in-store.
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