According to the annual report of Ayala Land, shops in Serendra began to open in July 2006. Before 2006 ended, Abe, Larry’s Café and Bar and Sonja’s Cupcakes were opened. Abe and Larry’s both belong to the LJC Group of restaurants. Abe was opened in October 2006. Sonja’s cupcakes was started by Sonja Ocampo, who worked in a New York cupcake shop before starting her business in Serendra. Her cupcakes are arguably the best in Metro Manila.
By January 2007, Balducci Ristorante was opened, followed by Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant in March 2007. Other restaurants that opened in 2007 and are still around includes Mamou, Chelsea Grand Cafe and Zao Vietnamese Bistro. Mamou, owned by Malou Fores, is famous for its dry aged steak and noticed for its red chandeliers.
Balducci’s head chef and co-owner, Paolo Nesi, also supervises L’Opera Ristorante at the Fort Strip. Conti’s is known for its desserts, particularly its mango bravo. Its service, though, has been a source of complaint on internet by some patrons.
Portico 1771, by Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants, was opened in 2007 and was renamed/replaced by Sentro 1771 of the same group later. The latter is still standing at the corner of Serendra that faces Fully Booked building across the street.
Larry's Cafe and Bar was opened in December 2007, and is still a popular place for friends to meet and dine.
Those restaurants that started in the early days of Serendra but have sadly closed shop since then include: Guava, Duo Steak House and Wine Bar (a fine-dining French restaurant), Mezzaluna, Aloha Polu Kai, ArAma (a vegetarian restaurant that opened in 2008) and Thai at Silk.
[Duo Steak House and Wine Bar, photo credit: Kyla Gapit]