Trying new restaurant is a popular excuse for having a gathering, and we never get tired of doing either one activity. Lucky for those of us living or working in Fort Bonifacio, there are many new restaurants opening every month around here, so we do not have to brave the traffic outside in order to have a gastronomic expedition with friends.

Bonifacio Global City

Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar


The newly opened restaurant offers a wide selection of quality beef, pork, and lamb cuts, served on a flat tile. Judging from the happy faces and the dishes served that we saw at the restaurant last weekend, the food there must be very satisfying. It opens for lunch and dinner, with a break from 2:30pm to 6pm.


Location: 2nd floor, Shangri-la at the Fort, 30th Street, Fort Bonifacio. Tel (02)  820 0888.

See here for more details.

Ramekin


If you thought, like we did, that this restaurant serves ramen, then you could not be more wrong. But of course, you would have googled the word and knew that "ramekin" means a small dish for serving a single portion of food. This tastefully decorated restaurant serves comfort food that includes beef salpicao (P425), clam chowder (P195), BLT sandwich (P145), and refreshing drinks such as cucumber dalandan slush (P180). While the menu may look confusing, with a dish from here and another from there, the food actually tastes good and is well presented. Its relatively remote location makes this a good place for a quiet meal.

Location: G/F., Fort Victoria Condominium, 5th Ave. cor 23rd St, Fort Bonifacio. Tel. (02)886-8788.

See here for more details.


Arya Residences

Fukudaya Japanese Dining


Just opened on August 1, Fukudaya is one of the first two restaurants to open at the Plaza at Arya Residences, a newly completed residential complex with two towers of condominium units. Fukudaya promises to be an authentic Japanese restaurant, with Japanese chef and ingredients. They have a lunch menu that comprises only of set meals/bento that starts at P450, which is about right for the quality and quantity of food that you get.

Location: G/F, The Plaza at Arya Residences, G/F, McKinley Parkway, near 24th Street. Tel. (02)800-3563.

See here for more details.


Basil Thai


This establishment is the second branch of Basil Thai restaurant, the first one of which is located at White Plains. If this branch can duplicate the success of the first one, then it could probably be the best Thai restaurant in Fort Bonifacio.

Location: G/F., The Plaza at Arya Residences, G/F, McKinley Parkway, near 24th Street. (0916)438-1543.

See here for more details.


Poco Deli


This is one of two new restaurants that found home on either side of Bonifacio High Street since July this year. It offers platters that have sausages or ham, with egg and rice, for P400 to P480 an order. If you are tired of Pancake House, and do not mind paying more for a trendier ambience, then this could be the place. 

Location: One Parkade Building, 7th Avenue Corner 28th Street.

See here for more details.



Kartilya 


Kartilya occupies the space used to be Wolf and Fox Gastropub, which opened in mid 2014 and closed in early 2016. It offers their own version of Filipino dishes served in tapas and pixtos style, i.e. small bite sizes. Their most popular dish is liempo queso fundido (P274), liempo with cheese, which would be great if you are looking for flavorful cholesterol. Then there are pinoy platter (P365) that contains sausages made with sisig, adobo and tinapa, as well as chicken inasal and beef kalderata. Their lunch sets are below P250, making this a money-for-value place in BHS to get your pinoy food fix.

Location: G/F., Two Parkade, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue. Tel. (02)893-2806.

See here for more details.


Uptown Parade

Namoo House


Namoo House is a new Korean restaurant in Uptown Parade that has a heavy emphasis on grilled meat, as can be seen in photo above and the featured photo. This is the first international branch of Korea's Maple Tree House group of restaurants. As a restaurant that offers premium meat dishes, their price is not too outrageous. 3 pieces of grilled jumbo prawns cost P650, while 150g of USA prime ribs is P950. 

Location: G/F., Uptown Parade, 38th Street corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio. Tel. (02) 946-3733.

See here for more details.


Naxional

While not so new as others (opened in June 2016), Naxional is an alfresco-style restaurant hidden on the 2nd floor of Uptown Parade that serves South American food. It is said to be owned by a group of South Americans who reside in the Philippines. Their dishes are favorites from Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Columbia and other countries in that continent. Ingredients often found in their dishes are various types of beans and corn. Naxional's signature dish is Elote (P195),  a grilled corn on the hob. It is a nice place to listen to South American beat, drink tequila and mingle with other patrons.

Location: 2nd floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue corner 38th Street, Fort Bonifacio. Tel. (02) 946-3419.

See here for more details.


McKinley Hill

Alab

Photo above shows Alab's interior, with three desserts in the inset, namely, pichi pichi (3 pieces), bibingka cheesecake and sapin sapin (top).

Like Kartilya, Alab serves Filipino food that deviates from the tradition slightly. You can get an idea from looking at their desserts. Traditional bibingka, for example, is merged with New York style cheese cake to make bibingka cheesecake (small P158).

Location: G/F., Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill. Tel. (02) 960-1770

See here for more details.



Other newly opened restaurants

DaTang Jardin Asian Tapas Bar and Papa Loa opened last August in Burgos Circle, while Hey Handsome was the latest addition to the cluster of restaurants at Net Park building. These three restaurants were explored in our other article, Dare to be Different.


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