Can’t decide where to eat when around Mall of Asia?
Mall of Asia has got to be one of the biggest shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations in the Metro. Apart from housing the country’s third biggest mall, MoA boasts a number of concert venues, five-star hotels, and seaside dining destinations.
Because it’s so huge, it can be a bit tricky to decide where to eat. The secret? Have a restaurant bucketlist! Here’s ours, but feel free to send us your own lists as well. From eating by the bay to the newest modern buffets, here are 20 of the Most Popular Restaurants in MOA you’ll love in the area. Promise, you’ll thank us later.
Lugang Cafe is a Shanghai-based cafe focused on providing quality and contemporary Taiwanese cuisine.
Recommended dish: Xiao Long Bao
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar features the best of traditional Filipino and Negrense dishes done with a contemporary touch and using the best local ingredients.
It’s pretty obvious that SM Mall of Asia believes in the saying “go big or go home” and no other restaurant embodies that better than Vikings. One of the leading all-you-can-eat buffet chains in the country, you’ll be guaranteed to have your fill with their extensive roster of international cuisines and culinary favorites. It’s time to eat like a viking!
Gringo is a homegrown restaurant and bar serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as baby back ribs, chicken, and burritos. It’s a popular spot for after-work cocktails with friends. This particular branch is located at the MAAX building, just across MoA Arena making it the ideal place to pre-game before a concert.
Recommended dishes: Crispy Catfish Salsa, Full Rack Gringo Baby Back Ribs, Whole gringo Original Chicken, and Lemon Garlic Butter Crab
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There’s no shortage of good Korean restaurants in SM MOA, and Gen Korean BBQ House definitely makes the cut. A popular chain from Los Angeles offering a 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. Premium offerings plus an extensive drinks selection are what make Gen Korean an excellent spot to celebrate your special occasions.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get Three Carafes of Alcoholic Drinks for the Price of One and Buy 3 Get 1 Unli BBQ!
From the same group that brought you Todd English Food Hall and Pound, comes Flatterie – a pizza concept that promises affordable luxury. They serve freshly-made flatbreads and pastas in a gorgeous bistro setting. The black tiled walls, warm lighting, wooden furniture, and leather couches make this pizza joint feel trendy, yet refined.
Insider tip: With Booky you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Caramelized Onion and Cheese Flatbread at their branch at Greenbelt 3!
Ippudo is a ramen house from Fukuoka, Japan. They’re a globally renowned Japanese restaurant famous for their Hakata-style, tonkotsu-based ramen. Brace yourselves for long lines, it seems everyone just wants a taste of their irresistible noodles and broth. If you plan on visiting, we recommend trying a classic bowl of Shriomaru Motoaji or the more unique Yokohama Lekei, which combines two different types of broth!
Recommended dishes: Karaka-Ramen, Nanban Karaage, and Okonomiyaki
Dim sum may not exactly be your typical go-to snack when you’re by the seaside but David’s Tea House at SM MoA By the Bay has 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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You don’t have to go to Italy to taste Italian ice! Rita’s Italian Ice is the largest ice concept in the world with over 600 stores in the US alone. They serve a variety of iced treats including their famous Gelati – a combination of flavored Italian ice topped with a swirl of thick creamy custard.
Insider Tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Large Special Treats for only P195! Check out their other offers here.
If we’re talking popular restaurants in Mall of Asia, there’s no doubt that Hawker Chan will come up in the conversation. It’s famous in Singapore— and all over the world— for being the first Michelin-starred street food stall thanks to their succulent Soya Chicken. Now with their first Philippine branch in Mall of Asia, people from all over the Metro are flocking to Pasay for a taste of Hawker Chan’s roasts.
There’s a reason Anthony Bourdain called this the best pig he’s ever had. Zubuchon prides itself on only using the best local ingredients: natural sea salt, native coconut vinegar, and backyard-raised pigs. Free of MSG, food coloring, or any chemical preservatives, who would be able to resist that perfectly crisp, mahogany brown skin?
Must-try dishes: Sinigang, Pinakbet, Baked Scallops, and Zubuchon Pancit
Jin Joo Korean Grill is a hip restaurant offering a mix of traditional and innovative Korean dishes. Their signature dish is Jin Joo’s 8 Flavours— samgyeopsal marinated in eight different ways: honey garlic, wine, herb, curry, soybean, red pepper, nutty, and smoky BBQ. If you’re a cheese lover, try their Cheese Dung Galbi— baby back ribs wrapped in cheese.
Yabu is a homegrown Japanese concept that specializes in all things katsu. Their most popular item by far is the Kurobuta Pork set which comes with unlimited rice, cabbage, miso soup, and fruits. Don’t miss out on other dishes like their Mozzarella Katsu Sticks, Rosu and Oyster Set, and their U.S. Beef Belly Gyudon.
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.
Tim Ho Wan is the most affordable Michelin starred restaurant from Hong Kong. This humble but globally-recognized franchise serves a number of dim sum items and rice topping specials but they are most popular for their baked buns with BBQ pork.
Insider Tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Deep Fried Milk Custard for only P99 and Steamed Egg Cake for only P90!
As the season for cool weather draws closer, nothing is more comforting than shabu-shabu. Tong Yang Plus is known for offering the “ultimate grill and hot pot experience.” You can choose from two types of buffet: shabu-shabu & grill or shabu-shabu only.
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2/F Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
(02) 8845-4647; (0917) 654-3888; (0920) 987-8888
Craving for some Pad Thai or some Tom Yum soup? Then head on to Basil, a garden-inspired restaurant that serves up authentic Thai cuisine that’s both filling and refreshing to the palate.
Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your bill!
Considered as the first Indian sports bar and restaurant in Manila that offers authentic northern Indian dishes, Royal Indian Curry House (R.I.C.H)’s dishes will surely take your taste buds on a flavor adventure!
Insider tip: Get up to ₱100 off your bill!
Home of the best Sisig in Manila and a homegrown concept by The Moment Group, if you’re looking for a place to bring your OFW relatives, Manam is the perfect place! They serve up Filipino comfort food with a twist as well as classics in every portion size.
Must-try: House Crispy Sisig and Original Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon
One of the most awaited milk tea shops, The Alley is finally open in SM Mall of Asia and has already gained a following for offering a variety of milk tea flavors to milk tea fanatics.
A buffet that offers more than the typical hotpot experience, Four Seasons Hotpot City has options for you and the whole family to enjoy.
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Bldg E, SM by the Bay, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
(02) 8831-7777; (02) 8835-7777; (0998) 988-1888; (0917) 539-1888
A restaurant chain hailing from Osaka, Botejyu is the pioneer of the legendary okonomiyaki and has been serving authentic Japanese specialties from different parts of Japan.
Must-try dishes: Beef Prime Skirt Yakiniku and Grilled Pork Kalbi
A local favorite that serves up fast, affordable, and satisfying Japanese cuisine, Tempura is the place to go for those serious Japanese cravings. Eat up classic sushi, fresh rice bowls, and — of course — their signature tempura offers and more only at Tempura!
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