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Eastwood Mall opened with great aplomb this year, revealing a treasure trove of high-end boutiques, luxury cinemas, and a breathtaking courtyard fountain. With all its attractive offerings, Eastwood Mall is a veritable playground for the sophisticated urbanite.

Yet another good reason to visit the place is its mouthwatering mix of cuisine. The concept restos created by Manila’s most prolific restaurateurs and chefs do not only feature innovative dishes, they also score high on ambiance. Find out what FemaleNetwork suggests you sink your teeth into on your next visit to the East’s latest gastronomic haven.

Old Vine


If you’re craving continental comfort food with an ambiance to boot, Old Vine is a good place to start. The restaurant is run by the same folks who brought you Chef’s Quarter in Robinsons Place Manila and SM Megamall Atrium. With its quaint running vine motif, selection of vintage wines, and warm-colored interiors, Old Vine has the feel of a European vineyard in summer.

Start off your delectable meal with the Trio Salad, which is a combination of organic lettuce, sautéed prawns, tender shiitake mushrooms, and escargots, drizzled with balsamic variation dressing that will make you chomp on those snails with gusto. For a serving size good enough for two, you need to shell out P230; for a bigger serving, it would cost you P500.

For your entrée, try their Pork Lamb Spareribs (P395) in cilantro-curry sauce, served with a delectable vegetable and mushroom risotto that is a winner on its own.

We recommend finishing your meal with Chocolate Gooey Fudge (P120), a rich and moist treat sure to please your sweet tooth.

In keeping with its winery theme, Old Vine boasts of a collection of wines from Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, Italy, France, Spain, California, and New Zealand. Order one to complete your sumptuous dining experience.

Old Vine is located at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall’s Veranda.

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My Thai Kitchen

Do the rich flavors and spices of Eastern cuisine appeal to you? Indulge your taste buds with delicious yet affordable dishes from My Thai Kitchen, which is owned by entrepreneur Erik Cua of Embassy Superclub.

If you love spicy food that could make not just your mouth but even your nose water, order My Thai’s Tom Yam Goong (P195). The hot and sour soup with shrimps is big enough for two, but make sure your companion is in for the hot stuff, too!

Those who want a Thai staple dish that’s more on the safe side should try My Thai Kitchen’s Chicken in Pandan Leaves (P195). Unwrap your piece to reveal a treat that is crunchy and flavorful on the outside, and warm and tasty on the inside.

My Thai Kitchen also offers a mean Bagoong Rice (P195), with sweet pork, green mangoes, scrambled egg strips, peanuts, onions, and a little pepper on the side.

My Thai Kitchen is located at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall’s Veranda.

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Lucky Niku Café

The adjoining resto to My Thai Kitchen is another Erik Cua creation, Lucky Niku Café, where you can go for light Japanese favorites such as sushi and salad. While the two restaurants offer very different cuisines, you can cross-order to your belly’s content.

We were able to try the Lucky Niku Special Roll (P350), which has salmon, unagi, shrimp salad, spicy mayo, and delightfully crispy chicken skin. Another yummy choice is Sun Dragon Roll (P325), which has barbecued eel, scallop salad, and refreshing mango and kani (crabsticks) rolled together in one bite. While both may seem quite expensive, we guarantee the taste is worth the price.

Those who want to eat light and healthy but are craving their Japanese treat would enjoy the Kani Salad (P195), a refreshing medley of shredded kani (crabsticks), cucumber, and QP mayo.

Lucky Niku Café is located at the ground floor of Eastwood Mall’s Veranda.

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Crisostomo


Despite the great gastronomic variety offered by cuisines from other countries, nothing beats the rich taste of Filipino dishes when it comes to satisfying our taste buds. And with the newly opened Crisostomo, Chef Florabel Co of Florabel Restaurant fame celebrates native Filipino food yet goes beyond your ordinary adobo and sinigang.

Crisostomo creates “turn of the century Filipino cuisine,” serving ingenious dishes that strive to capture the flavors of traditional Filipino food, while giving age-old recipes a fresh, modern twist. Dishes are curiously named after characters in Jose Rizal’s famous novels and words that are associated with the Spanish colonial period—a charming touch that delights diners.

For one, there’s Mang Pablo (P275), crispy beef tapa, which is one of their best-selling appetizers. It’s definitely comfort-food material that reminds you of bacon.

Padre Garrote (P325), meanwhile, is Crisostomo’s version of the merienda staple pansit. We loved the combination of chestnuts, quail eggs, and sinful pata in a bed of moist, tasty bihon.

And if Filipino desserts are your thing, you would definitely love Crisostomo’s selection, which includes Iday (P180), sticky suman with chocolate fondue. Another heavenly concoction is the frozen Brazo de Mercedes called Kapitana Maria (P150)—a refreshing take on a classic sweet favorite.

Crisostomo is located at the 2nd floor of Eastwood Mall’s Veranda.

 

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Red Mango

Frozen yogurt houses have been mushrooming all over the metro in the past year, and Red Mango quickly became one of the favorites as soon as it was launched early this year. Frozen yogurt brand Red Mango might be a Korean import, but there’s no stopping Filipinos from patronizing it wherever they find it in Metro Manila. And luckily for those in the East, they can head to Eastwood Mall for their frozen yogurt fix.

Red Mango offers all-natural frozen yogurt in two flavors: original (P80 for small, P115 for medium, P150 for large, and P220 for family size) and green tea (P85 for small, 120 for medium, P155 for large, and P225 for family size). You can also ask them to combine the two into a swirl.

For a different experience, you can also have your frozen yogurt served on shaved ice (P125, inclusive of three toppings).

Red Mango’s frozen yogurt is smooth and creamy on its own, but we recommend going wild with the toppings. Customize your frozen yogurt by choosing from the following toppings: peaches, blueberries, kiwi, mango, banana, red bean, watermelon, pineapple, mandarin orange, pomelo, grapes, Hershey’s chocolate chips, cocoa pebbles, special K, muesli, almond mochi, sliced almonds, crushed graham, Cap’n Crunch, and Fruity Pebbles. For one choice of topping, add P20; P30 for two; and P40 for three.

Besides frozen yogurt, Red Mango offers heart-shaped waffles, topped with either blueberries and cream (P85) or banana and almond (P85). We currently love the sinful sweetness of the blueberries and cream variant.

Red Mango is located at the 2nd floor of Eastwood Mall’s Veranda.

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