Here's a Juice 50 quick list of 12 things to try (as human or zombie) you can check out before you try to outrun the horde at Outbreak BGC!
For the best of both worlds - TORO RESTAURANT AND BAR
Toro, a bi-cultural homonym, means “tuna belly” in Japanese, while in Spanish it means “the bull”. Put the two together, throw in consultant chef Sau Del Rosario, and you’ve got Manila’s latest gastronomical sensation—a Jap-Mex fusion of flavor, or as they like to say, “From Okinawa to Tijuana”.
Juice tip-off: In true fusion fashion, the folks over at Toro have created the "sushirito" (P370), a burrito-like sushi roll stuffed with your choice of sweet potato or ahi tuna (go for the ahi tuna). Once you’ve finished that off, go ahead and indulge in an order of their Turtle Pie (P280).
The closest you can get to Mexico without getting on a plane - ORALE TAQUERIA MEXICANA
Orale serves up authentic Mexican fare with the casual warmth and charm of a street side kantina. The concrete walls of this little resto in the Fortare adorned with murals of Mexican culture, from Frida Kahlo to the luchadores, traditional Mexican wrestlers, adding a festive air to the space.
Juice tip-off: This is the only place in Manila serving up Lengua (ox tongue) Tacos (P195). And, yes, they’re darn good.
SMOKEHOUSE SANDWICHES: Smoked Artisan Dry Cured Bacon Sandwich
“Pork belly dry-cured for two weeks, then smoked for six hours. Served on a warm Kaiser bun with Frillice& Red Sails Lettuce, and Tomatoes.” I think the description says it all. It was definitely enough to get me drooling. Too bad I’ll have to wait for the next Mercato market to grab me this wonderful gift to pork-lovers everywhere, in fact, to humanity in general (P185).
The Rookie - CHUCK'S DELI
The lack of a good sandwich place in Manila is what drove owner Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara to open up her own, and we’re thankful for that because Chuck’s Deli has answered every sandwich addict’s prayer. Their Philly Cheesesteak (P295) is something to behold. It’s a footlong stuffed with beef, melted American cheese, onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers. In other words, it’s a thing of beauty.
Juice tip-off: Dragging your herbivorous friend along on your meaty food trip? A tasty vegetarian option is the California Waki sandwich, with kani, mango, egg, lettuce, and wasabi mayo (P255).
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A Favorite Reborn: CHAMPETRE
In the culinary void that Je Suis Gourmand has left Manila in, comes a new incarnation of French cooking at its best, helmed by Chef Marc Aubry himself. Or possibly a reincarnation?
Juice tip-off: Go for the Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with Stewed Lentils and Meat Jus (P820++), or the Roasted prawns wrapped in smoked bacon with beurreblanc sauce & goat cheese enhanced ratatouille (P740).
Don’t go looking for some escargot, this place is the real French deal. Forget the truffles; hello pig’s trotters and raw lamb! Kick your French pretentions out the window, and prepare your palate because you’re in for an authentic European adventure.
Juice tip-off: French-food virgin? Try the Ravioli with Foie Gras & Oxtail, a crowd-pleasing dish that will suit even the faintest of French-hearts. For the more adventurous palette, order the Tartare of Australian Lamb Loin with black olive puree, rosemary, and caramelized vegetables.
Rates: P3,000 – nine-course menu, P1,750 – 3 courses
BAR DOLCI: Guinness Beer Gelato Popsicle
Face it, Twin Popsies are for kids. For the adventurous sweet tooth, Bar Dolci's gelato cocktail popsicles are the perfect dessert-buzz combo! Our chosen favorite flavor? None other than their Guiness concoction! Refreshing to the core, popsicles have never been more fun!
(P130 per stick)
SERENITEA: Wintermelon with Pearl (P85-P95)
A subtly flavored but ultimately satisfying tea that's a refreshing change of pace from your standard milk tea fare.
PLANA FORMA lets you move like Jagger by combining yoga, pilates and dance in an intense 55-minute session that will let you feel muscles you never knew you had.
Juice tip-off: Since everyone from models-with-billboards-on-EDSA to the Azkals enjoy this workout, sign-up properly online to make sure you’ve booked yourself into a class.
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CROSS-FIT claims it is the strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams. Most people say you will last only 15 minutes for your first session!
Juice tip-off: For adrenaline chasers out there, this is the workout to test your limits. Make sure you’re properly hydrated before you attempt a class.
Being chi-chi in the city has never felt so good at the top of the world. SKYE LOUNGE in the Fort is not only decked out to the nines, it also gives an entirely new meaning to drinking under the moon and the stars! This rooftop sensation will definitely take your breath away.
Juice tip-off: Grab a cocktail and snatch a couch on the balcony—the breathtaking view of Taguig against the night sky will give you an evening that you'll never forget!
Tucked in a quiet area of Bonifacio Global City is a homey kitchen that welcomes any hungry tummy that comes a callin’—whether it’s to order a take-home specialty for a dinner party, grab a home-cooked meal to-go, or even learn how to fill the tummies of your loved ones (and your own) with a meal you cooked all by yourself! You have it all in GUSTARE.
Goal: to build a home for science, aiming to be the 1st world-class museum in the Philippines. Check out a museum that aspires to present science as entertaining, fun, and engaging - THE MIND MUSEUM.
Juice tip-off: Excited enough to want to be a part of it? Find out how you can volunteer at www.themindmuseum.org.
CRAFT PUB & GRILL may look like your typical American diner-styled bar, serving tried and tested bar chow such as Buffalo Style Wings (P185) and Chili Con Carne Nachos (P365), but underneath that seemingly regular facade, you can treat yourself and your lucky friends to a fine range of American Craft beers procured for you by Global Beer Exchange’s Jim Araneta. On some days, they have beer tastings and beer pairings too.
Juice tip-off: Check out The Beer Necessities to make the most of your Craft beer experience.
Also known as the Recreational Outdoor eXchange, ROX has brands like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond, Maglite, Sanuk, GoPro, Columbia, Hurley, O'Neill, Sea to Summit, Blood Red, and Eagle Creek (just to name a few) available on its shop floors. It’s clear why R.O.X. is the local go-to for anything and everything for those outdoor adventures.
Walking to MUJI is like walking into a Japanese Zen garden – there’s no trace of wastefulness, and all of it’s for sale. Known for its utilitarianism and form-meets-function approach for everything from cookware to clothing, Muji is every minimalists dream store.
There’s a certain charm to walking into a small, hole-in-the-wall bookshop, and then there’s the thrill of walking into a place like FULLY BOOKED High Street. With practically entire floors dedicated to every genre under the sun and a coffee shop to boot, Fully Booked’s sure to make every bibliophile’s heart swell with happiness.
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