Saturday, January 14, 2017

What's New at Eastwood Avenue?

When was the last time you've been to Eastwood? Recently, Megaworld invited me to explore the newest, fast-rising food strip within Eastwood City - Eastwood Avenue!

As we all know, Eastwood City is one of the most established dining destinations in Metro Manila. We're all familiar with the restaurants in its three malls - Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City Walk 1 and 2, and Cyber and Fashion Mall. However, apart from these, did you know that there is a rising dining strip in Eastwood, specifically Eastwood Avenue? There, you'll find new restaurants, including big international names, offering cuisines such as Japanese, Filipino, Spanish-Filipino, Vietnamese, American, and more.

Eastwood Avenue boasts of a unique charm - one that is completely different from when you dine inside the malls. For one, the establishments are found along the road so you can easily be dropped off then walk right into a restaurant! It's very accessible especially since you avoid having to navigate through the busy malls. Another thing, the environment exudes a romantic feel - imagine having dinner under the stars or taking a night walk through the quiet strip with your significant other. Can you do these inside a mall? That's right, you can't.

Still not convinced? Maybe these restaurants will change your mind ;)

1. Gourmet Farms Express
Gourmet Farms Express
From their 12-hectare estate in Silang, Cavite, Gourmet Farms brings the farm-to-table experience in Eastwood through Gourmet Farms Express. Here, they offer everything from salads, wraps, pasta, nachos, and sandwiches! You can even create your own bowl of greens for as low as Php 145!

I highly recommend trying out their Taco Avocado Salad which comes with their very own Mexican dressing and Smoked Salmon Pesto (my favorite!)
Gourmet Farms ExpressGourmet Farms Express

2. Ippudo
Here's a name we all know too well - Ippudo. Ippudo first opened its doors in the Philippines in 2014. Since then, people have lined up for the warm and delicious goodness of their Hakata-style ramen! I've always wondered why a bowl of noodle could cost so much, but after tasting Ippudo's 15-hour broth, their fresh noodles, and charsiu boiled and stewed for over two hours, I am convinced every peso I shell out is worth it!

Try out their Seafood Okonomiyaki and their Kuro Ramen - a deeper, richer, spicier take on their #WorldFamousRamen!

3. Applebee's
If you've been to Applebee's in the US, forget everything you know - because Applebee's PH has new things in store for you! Here, everything is made from scratch; they have a wide variety of dishes like burgers, pasta, steaks, salads and more. Kids meals are available as well as an Under 600 Calories menu for those trying to watch their weight. At Applebee's, they believe that there's always a reason to celebrate, hence their tagline Celebrate Everything.

Their Fiesta Lime Chicken and Pork Ribs are definitely two of the dishes you have to order when you visit!

4. Annam Noodle Bar
From salads to ramen to ribs, we now head over to the world of bahn mi and pho. Annam Noodle Bar opened its first branch in the Philippines last July 6, 2016. It is actually the same as NamNam Noodle Bar which started in Singapore back in 2012 through director and owner Chef Nam Q Nguyen. Their pho-losophy? Quick, affordable, and no MSG!

What to order: Lemongrass Pork Bahn Mi, Beef Combination Pho, and a glass of Lychee-Pandan Iced Tea!
I hope this article helps you decide on where to go on your next date! ;)
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