Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Metro Manila: Restaurants at Robinsons Galleria Veranda
Robinsons Galleria recently opened Veranda, its newest restaurant strip which offers both al fresco and indoor sitting options for guests. I got to try some dishes from the different restaurants in Veranda together with other travel bloggers. Here's something to give you an idea of what to expect at Veranda.
Following its success in Malaysia, the Berjaya Group brought US-based pizza chain Papa John's to the Philippines. We got to try both the hand-tossed and thin crust large versions of Super Papa's (pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and black olives / Php550), Chicken BBQ (Php530) and Fisherman's Catch (Php530).
Delicious Kitchen by Eat Well
Eat Well specializes in simple but delectable Cantonese food, some of which are unavailable at their two other branches in Metro Manila. I was craving for Xiao Long Pao (Php195) after my trip to Taiwan and its good the have it there. We also got to taste the Homemade Beancurd with Asparagus and Bailing Mushroom (Php235), Shrimp on Toast (Php330) and Mochi.
An icon in the food-and-beverage landscape in the U.S., Johnny Rockets serves the same specialties here such as hamburgers, sandwiches, shakes and malts, and apple pie. The have jukeboxes on every table and the staff perform and entertain guests every 15 minutes. We got to try out The Original with Cheese (Php335), Chicken Club Sandwich (Php415) and Philly Cheese Steak (Php395).
La Creperie brings the French creperie experience to Manila with its authentic French galettes and crepes that span from sweet to savoury. Besides these gustatory delights, La Creperie also serves specialty beverages including TWG tea (the only place that serves it in the Philippines), its own line of hot chocolate or Chocolat Chaud and coffee. We got to try Le J.J. (ham, emmental and gruyere cheese, tomato, garlic and chili flakes / Php215), Nami (herbed cheese, fresh shitake mushroom and caramelized onion / Php225), and La Christine (fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream / Php145).
Owned by Chef Bruce Lim of Studio 23's Tablescape: Life on a Plate, Hyphy’s reinvents Filipino favorites with a decidedly San Francisco flourish. We got to try the Cobb Salad (classic chopped salad topped with tomatoes, bacon, chicken, olives and cheese / Php260), Bangus Steak (deboned milkfish marinated in grandma's special sauce and pan fried served with rice, buttered seasonal vegetables and atchara / Php210), Calamansi Tuyo Pasta (native dried salted fish sauteed in garlic oil and tossed in pasta topped with cheese and calamansi / Php130), and Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread which I remember vividly from my trip to San Francisco.
Serving Thai food with a Filipino spin, 8 Spices' bestsellers include Pandan Chicken, Bagoong Rice, Green Curry, Beef Rendang and a bevy of must-have desserts such as Thako and Thai Halo-Halo. We had Tom Yam Ruam Mid Thalay (Php380), Whole Fried Lapu-Lapu in 5 Kinds of Herbs or Pla Harod (Php510) and Pad Thai with Shrimp (Php285).
Who doesn't know Giligan's. We tried out their popular Pork Sisig (Php168) and Giligan's Grilled Platter (inihaw na baboy, chicken BBQ, pusit and tuna belly / Php575)
To end the food trip, we had yogurt at Golden Spoon and coffee at Starbucks. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we weren't able to try Healthy Shabu-Shabu since it takes quite a while to prepare. Healthy Shabu-Shabu specializes in Japanese-style hot pot dishes.
The good thing about Veranda is that there's exclusive parking right in front of the restaurants. Check Veranda out on your next visit to Robinsons Galleria.