Ebeneezers is a “Filipino-British concept store” that serves Middle Eastern food choices such as shawarmas, wings, salads, burgers and more. The “naughty” part of the restaurant is in the drinks they offer, found at the second floor of the restaurant. Ebeneezers is another restaurant by restaurateur Chef Tom Hines of Lulu + Hooch and Smith Butcher and Grill Room.

Ebeneezers is located at the Ground Floor of Net Quad Building, along 30th Avenue.


Potluckers is a recent newcomer at Bonifacio Stopover Pavilion’s collection of restaurants. It is an Asian fusion restaurant that features interesting dishes such as Red Egg Calamari, Tofu Tower and Twice Cooked Beef Short Ribs.

Find Potluckers at the second level of Bonifacio Stopover Pavilion, along Rizal Drive.

Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar

Coming straight from Kyoto, Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar is now in the Philippines. This restaurant specializes in “yakitori” or Japanese grilled and seasoned meat in skewers. They serve a wide variety of yakitori to choose from – be it chicken, pork, beef, seafood, even vegetables. They also serve Japanese drinks such as whisky, sake and ch?hai (carbonated drink). 

Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar is at the Ground Floor of Net Quad Building, along 30th Avenue.

CoCo Ichibanya

Further solidifying the Japanese invasion in the Philippines is CoCo Ichibanya’s arrival in the country. It holds the record for the most number of curry restaurant branches all over the world. The newly opened branch in The Fort is its fourth in the Philippines. CoCo Ichibanya’s curry rice meals are customizable according to one’s preference.

CoCo Ichibanya opened last January 1 at Burgos Circle.

Wagyu Beef

The first restaurant that specializes in Japanese beef in Burgos Circle, Wagyu Beef serves premium-grade beef cooked in many different ways. They serve Omi Beef, Saga Beef and Kagoshima Beef, among others. Just make sure though that your wallet is prepared because all dishes come at hefty prices. 

Wagyu Beef is located at Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, across 8 Forbestown Mall.

Melt Grilled Cheesery

Another addition to Uptown Place Mall’s roster of restaurants is Melt Grilled Cheesery. It is said to be a haven for cheese lovers because almost all the dishes they serve have cheese incorporated in them – from appetizers, main courses and desserts. And aside from being cheesy in the kitchen and dining tables, Melt is also cheesy at heart as they are pushing forth some advocacies for the less fortunate.

Find Melt Grilled Cheesery at the Second Level of Uptown Place Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.

Photo grabbed from Melt Grilled Cheesery’s Facebook Page.

Tous les Jours

The Korean bakery brand has just opened another branch in Serendra Piazza last December 9, 2015.  Tous les Jours has more than 1,000 branches around the world, serving American, Korean, European, Pan, Cheese Breads, and Savory Breads.

Find Tous les Jours at the Ground Floor of Serendra, near McKinley Parkway.

Seol and Bean

There’s a new kid in The Fort Strip block, and they call themselves Seol and Bean. This new Korean coffee and dessert shop opened just last December 2015.

Seol and Bean is located at The Fort Strip Entertainment Complex, beside Pasto.

Manam Comfort Filipino

Formerly called NamNam, Manam has now expanded to The Fort. This restaurant, run by The Moment Group (the same company behind food concepts such as 8Cuts, Mecha Uma, and Ooma), offers all-time favorite Filipino food served in the classic way or with a twist. Classics include Laing, Sizzling Bulalo Steak and Pancit Buko. In the Twists category are Caramelized Patis Wings, Tortang Talong with Longganisa and Adobong Bulaklak ng Kalabasa.

Manam is located in the Ground Floor of Net Park, along 5th Avenue.

The Halal Guys

You don’t have to fly to the US to taste the offerings of the food cart that’s said to have “never-ending lines” in Manhattan, New York. The Halal Guys, which has recently been opened for franchising, is finally in The Fort. Their gyro and chicken over rice covered in their signature white sauce can soon be tasted by Filipinos. Find The Halal Guys’ take out counter in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street.

Photo grabbed from The Halal Guys' Facebook Page.


Bringing authentic Spanish rice dishes to Bonifacio High Street Central is ArroZeria, a restaurant that specializes in paella. ArroZeria offers five choices for the consistency that you want for your paella – Classic Paella (al dente and thin, or soft and wet), Caldoso (soupy), Meloso (saucy), Risottos (creamy) and Fideua (thin noodles). They also partnered with the International Rice Research Institute to acquire local heirloom rice from Cordillera to use in their paella.

Interior of ArroZeria.

The Clean Plate

Opening its third branch in Serendra Piazza recently is The Clean Plate, a restaurant that serves guiltless comfort food. The Clean Plate offers dishes that come from fresh and organic produce. By serving these all-natural ingredients, they are able to sustain local farmers from their partner farms. The first two branches of The Clean Plate are located in UP Town Center and Trinoma Mall.

Try dining at The Clean Plate at the Ground Floor of Serendra Piazza.

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