Do you want to go to the seaside?
I’m not trying to say that everybody wants to go… but for many people, SM Mall of Asia (or MoA) has become one of the most popular destinations for shopping, dining, and entertainment in Metro Manila.
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You can really appreciate the sheer size of MoA complex when you walk along Pasay’s Seaside Boulevard where you’ll find an area known as SM MoA by the Bay. As soon as the sun goes down, the walk begins to come alive with late-night bars offering live music and alcohol deals.
That isn’t to say that SM by the Bay isn’t family-friendly. In fact, quite the opposite is true. This sea-front expanse of land houses a variety of family dining establishments from dampa-style eateries to world-class buffets. It also boasts weekly firework displays and a mini amusement park to capture the fancy of the young and young-at-heart.
Fun Fact: There's a go-kart track, a zipline, and a ferris wheel (a.k.a the MoA Eye) that offers spectacular views of Manila Bay.
Keep reading to discover the must-try spots you’ll find around and by the Bay. Be sure to download Booky and book a table at any of the Prime Restaurants below. You’ll get a free dessert after your meal when you fill up our feedback form.
It’s no secret that we Filipinos love to eat. Nothing makes us more excited than hearing the words: “all-you-can-eat.” There’s no shortage of restaurants in Pasay offering unlimited promos; but what makes buffet dining in MOA better than anywhere else is an unmatched view of the sea.
Buffet 101 is a local buffet restaurant tucked along the strip of SM by the Bay. For a place that offers a great variety of international cuisines, it’s surprisingly affordable. Who says you can’t get a five-star experience at a reasonable price?
Be merry, eat hearty, and feast like a Viking. Vikings offers one of the best buffet experiences in the country today and their MoA branch is the flagship branch that started it all. The options are seemingly endless but there is sure to be something for everyone as they allow you have pasta, seafood, and various meats, all cooked to your liking.
Korean BBQ is one of our greatest weaknesses. Who doesn’t enjoy the thrill of cooking your own meat over a charcoal grill? The last two years saw the rise of the KBBQ trend, both here and overseas, and Mall of Asia is proudly home to two international KBBQ franchises. Find them along the strip of SM By the Bay.
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Gen Korean BBQ House is a popular chain from Los Angeles offering a premium grill-all-you-can experience. Their menu boasts over twenty different cuts of meat to choose from, and that’s not even including the seafood and vegetables dishes that they have to offer. What’s more, they even have an extensive drinks list featuring classic and signature cocktails, soju, sake, draft beer, and wine.
678 Korean BBQ Restaurant promises great service, traditional interiors, and Korean barbeque that simply tastes delicious. This famous global franchise has branches in major cities like Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Tokyo, and Seoul. Their unique charcoal griller allows you to fill up the sides with bell peppers, onions, sweet corn, and mozzarella cheese. Don’t miss their delicious Egg Wrap!
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Seaside, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
Nothing beats fresh seafood and SM by the Bay’s prime location by the waterfront tells you that it really doesn’t get fresher than this. Whether it’s shrimp, crabs, lobster, or you name it— SM Mall of Asia has got it all for you.
If you’re a shrimp lover, The Shrimp Shack serves this succulent crustacean in a multitude of ways. Have it in Shrimp Bisque, deep-fried in a Po’ Boy Sandwich, or slathered in chili garlic sauce. And here’s the clincher— nearly every dish served comes with TWO cups of rice.
Get the best of both worlds at Bay Brothers— a seafood and steak restaurant that gives you a bang-for-buck surf n’ turf experience. It’s the perfect place to gather with family or friends as they offer set meals that are big enough to feed a hungry party of four.
Blackbeard’s Seafood Island prides itself in being the home of the original boodle feasts. There’s no better way to enjoy fresh seafood than by eating it with your hands, right by the seaside. Choose from over 12 unique boodles and enjoy their selection of fresh paluto dishes such as lobster, crabs, oysters, and more.
While it’s nice to have the sea and all its bounty at arm’s reach, we just can’t resist indulging in our Western favorites like pasta, pizza, and steak! At SM MoA, you’re spoiled for choice with all the steakhouses and pizza joints scattered across the mall’s expanse.
What would life be without spaghetti? The folks over at The Old Spaghetti House know that when life gets you down, all it takes to feel a little bit better is a comforting plate of pasta. From chicken pesto to seafood marinara, they serve some of the best ways to enjoy this versatile noodle.
Yellow Cab is a popular homegrown pizza chain that opened back in 2001. They’re known for using premium ingredients and generous toppings. The name is an ode to the iconic NYC taxi, as it has always been their mission to share a slice of New York with Filipinos.
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Tomahawk Chops and Grill is sure to excite your inner cowboy. As the name suggests, their house specialty is their inch-thick, bone-in pork chops slathered in a signature sauce that tastes best when paired with dirty rice, seasonal veggies, and a side of your choice. Not a pork lover? They also serve favorites like Pan-seared Salmon, Country Fried Steak, and Grilled Rosemary Chicken.
Love Asian cuisine? Apart from Korean BBQ joints, SM Mall of Asia is also home to more familiar, as well as exotic, cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and even Thai cuisine!
Indian cuisine is an acquired taste for most diners because of its pungent flavors and spicy entrees. But for those who love it, Royal Indian Curry House is as authentic as it can get. The owners are natives of India so expect to encounter strong aromatic dishes from the North and South regions. We especially love the Roti Chennai, Mutton Biryani, and Murg Butter Tikka Masala.
Ippudo is probably the most famous ramen chain in all of Japan. With locations worldwide, including Sydney, Taiwan, Seoul, Hong Kong, and New York, they have become globally renowned for their Hakata-style, tonkotsu-based ramen. Don’t miss their gyoza, karaage, and pork buns!
Dim sum may not exactly be your typical go-to snack when you’re by the seaside but David’s Tea House has so much more to offer than just small bites. Offering an assortment of congee, noodles, rice toppings, and even shabu-shabu are the reason why this Hong Kong-style kitchen is a consistent crowdpleaser.
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G/F SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Blvd, Manila Bay Reclamation Area, Pasay
Basil is an authentic Thai restaurant that has perfected the balance of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavors. One step inside their branch in SM MoA and you’ll quickly forget that you are in a mall. The beautiful garden-like decor mimics the interiors of the original White Plains branch. Signature dishes include Pad Thai, Crispy Fish with Green Mango Salad, and Red Beef Curry.
Because it’s just a short ride from the airport and in close proximity to a number of hotels, it should come as no surprise that SM Mall of Asia is frequented by a lot of balikbayans and foreigners who are eager to try the local fare. Whether you’re looking for the right place to host a visiting family member or perhaps just craving for a comforting, familiar meal, you can’t go wrong with Filipino food.
We all grew up with Max’s Restaurant, enjoying classics dishes like their signature Max’s Fried Chicken, Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, and Sinigang ng Hipon. Their offerings are simple and reliable which is why, time and time again, we keep coming back for more.
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Manam specializes in serving up Filipino comfort food in classics and twists. Portions are available in small, medium, and large servings so it’s perfect for all occasions and groups of all sizes. Try their Crispy Pancit Palabok, Ube Sago, Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon, and of course, their House Crispy Sisig, which is said to be “the best sisig in Metro Manila.”
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