You might have noticed that long-standing Cantinetta in Forbes Town Center is no longer there. We discovered that the Italian restaurant is now operating under a new name – Peperosso. It still serves Italian fare including napolitana pizza, pasta and panini. 

Green Pastures

Barely one month old is a new organic restaurant in the recently completed Net Park Building. The brainchild of Chef Robby Goco, Green Pastures uses a farm-to-table concept with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. They have meat, breads, pastas, whole grain bowls and a do-it-yourself salad bar. 

Green Pastures in the Ground Floor of Net Park is the third branch in the metro.

Motorino Pizza

Coming all the way from New York is Motorino Pizza, a pizza parlor specializing in Neapolitan pizza. Founded in Brooklyn by Chef Matthieu Palombino, Motorino offers authentic brick oven pizza. Find out why it was hailed as one of the best Neapolitan-style pizzas in New York by visiting the pizzeria at the Ground Floor of Net Park, along 5th Avenue.

Motorino in Net Park is the second branch in the country, following the first in Greenbelt, Makati. 


The Cook by Hongleepark

A new restaurant in The Forum serving Korean and Italian fusion fare is The Cook. We tried it and found that they serve simple and delicious pasta. Also included in their menu are steak salads and pilaf. Take note though that each serving of their dishes are for two people, so you either have to have a big appetite or avoid going and eating there in odd numbers of people.

Visit The Cook at the Ground Floor of The Forum along Federacion Drive.

High Street Lounge

Aside from offering luxurious accommodation, Shangri-La at The Fort also features new dining destinations, one of which is High Street Lounge. Part of the menu of this cafe are breakfast dishes, an all-day a la carte menu, plus a wide selection of teas and wines. 

High Street Lounge is at the Second Level, East Podium, of Shangri-La at The Fort.

High Street Cafe

What’s different about this food hall is that it features nine live kitchens where the dishes can be prepared right in front of you. The nine cuisines offered are: Chinese, Continental, Japanese, Mediterranean, Rotisserie, Salad and greens, Seafood and raw bar, South East Asian and Sweet spot. Selected dishes are also available as retail items.

Find High Street Cafe at the Second Level, East Podium, of Shangri-La at The Fort.

Book and Borders Cafe

Attention Bibliophiles: Book and Borders Cafe is now open in Tuscany Private Estates, McKinley Hill. Book lovers can sip coffee and lounge in one of their easy chairs while indulging in as many titles as they want, but a few books at a time, of course. The cafe in McKinley Hill is its second branch, following the first one in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. 

Aside from serving the usual cafe finds, part of Book and Borders Cafe’s menu are all-day breakfast dishes, salads and pasta.

Ramen Kagetsu Arashi

Filipinos’ affinity towards ramen may well be the reason why there has been a steadily increasing number of ramen restaurants in the country, one of which is Ramen Kagetsu Arashi. Aside from taking pride in its 120 varieties of ramen, their most popular being Arashi Gengotsu Ramen, Ramen Kagetsu Arashi is also known for affordable food choices.

Ramen Kagetsu Arashi’s is at the Ground Floor of Net Park, along 5th Avenue.

iCreate Cafe Manila

The newest recreational and educational cafe is now in town! Aside from the LEGO-inspired cafe, iCreate Cafe Manila also features LEGO Education activities and INTEL Education devices making way to a range of activities for an enjoyable learning experience, such as Story Starter, LEGO Animation, Simple Machines and many more. 

iCreate Cafe Manila is located at the Third Floor of Venice Grand Canal Mall in McKinley Hill. Photo from


Pound by Todd English

If you’re a fan of Todd English Food Hall at SM Aura, then you should know that they extended their burger station to a separate food concept store, called Pound. Brought to the Philippines by Foodee Global Concepts, Pound is set to serve a sumptuous variety of burgers and sliders. Some of the burgers worth trying are chicken burg-wich and charcoal bun burger with foie gras butter. Check out Pound at B3, Bonifacio High Street.

In photo: Pound’s T.E. Crispy Chicken Burger.

Atelier Vivanda

Atelier Vivanda is a French steakhouse restaurant that is the brainchild of Michelin 2-star Chef Akrame Benallal. This restaurant takes their meats and side potatoes seriously. Atelier Vivanda has three sites in Paris, two in Hong Kong, and now soon here in Manila. Some of the dishes that you should look forward to are Duck Leg Terrine, Gratin Dauphinois, and Croquavor, which is the restaurant’s famed take on reinventing the burger.

You can find Atelier Vivanda at Forbes Town Center, near Burgos Circle. Photo grabbed from Atelier Vivanda’s Facebook Page.

Fowl Bread

The company behind Hole-in-the-Wall, Wrong Ramen, The Beef and Bad Bird just opened another food concept at Bonifacio High Street, called Fowl Bread. The Tasteless Restaurant Group’s addition to its portfolio of restaurants features fried chicken breads, noodles, dumplings and cocktails. Fowl Bread appears to be a take out counter and has a small '90s-themed dining area inside.

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