13 of the Most Awaited Concepts in 2019 (So Far!)


Here at Booky, we’ve got the scoop!

You probably already know about international franchises like Little Caesars and Hui Lau Shan making waves in Manila. But what if we told you that’s not all we’re getting in 2019? There’s still so much to look forward to!

Read more about Soon-to-Open International Franchises here!

Here’s a round up of newly-opened and soon-to-open concepts that deserve all the hype. By all accounts, 2019 is looking amazing – and we’ve only just begun!

Here’s what we’re excited about:

INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISES

Shake Shack – BGC Central Square

Shake Shack started out as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan, NY. Today, it’s one of the fastest growing fast-food brands with locations all over the world including outlets in Seoul, Tokyo, London, Moscow, Istanbul, and Dubai. The first Shake Shack in Manila (and Southeast Asia!) is slated to open this Spring 2019 and will be located at Central Square  in Bonifacio Global City. 

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Photo from @shakeshack

Popeye’s – multiple branches

Founded in New Orleans in 1972, Popeyes is best-known for its Southern-style menu featuring spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and others. Thanks to the Kuya J Group, Popeyes is making a comeback in the Philippines! They already have SEVEN confirmed store locations which includes major malls like Eastwood, SM Manila, Vertis North, and Alabang Town Center. 

Photo from @popeyesca

Elephant Grounds – Bonifacio Global City

You can thank The Standard Group (Yabu, Ippudo, and Mighty Quinn’s) for bringing in Elephant Grounds — a Hong Kong coffee chain known for their signature coffees, ice cream sandwiches, and brunch specialties. The stylish coffee shop currently has five branches in Hong Kong, but they’re already beginning to branch out internationally, starting with Manila and Beijing. If you’re in the High Street area, keep your eyes peeled! We’re told the brand’s first front in the Philippines will be located in BGC.

Photo from @elephantgrounds, shot by @kellyrhoman

Red Lobster – S Maison

(Now Open)

Red Lobster is the quintessential seafood chain. Since starting up in Florida in 1968, the brand has expanded enormously and currently operates at 705 locations to date, with branches in the U.S., Ecuador, Canada, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Mexico, and Japan. The Bistro Group (TGI Fridays, Italianni’s) is responsible for bringing the popular American restaurant to Manila, which opened last November at S Maison at the Conrad Manila in Pasay. 

red lobster seafood s maison conrad pasay
Photo from @redlobster

Wagyumafia Manila – Bonifacio Global City

In just a few years, Wagyumafia has built itself up to cult status in Tokyo thanks to their ¥20,000 wagyu cutlet sandwich (approx. $200 or ₱9,500!). The famed gyu-katsu sando is made with premium beef (breaded and lightly fried katsu-style) and placed between white bread with a soy-vinegar sauce.

Photo from @wagyumafia

It was announced last year at an intimate popup event held at Manila House that the brainchild of Chef Hisato Hamada and entrepreneur Takumi Horie will be coming to Manila, thanks to the efforts of five young entrepreneurs: Amado Fores, Carlo Alvarez, Lui Clavano, Mico Clavano and LA Vergara.

Wagyumafia Manila will be located at the World Finance Center in BGC and will boast three concepts: 1) a yakiniku restaurant, 2) a butcher shop, and 3) a member’s only kaiseki restaurant. 

HOMEGROWN CONCEPTS

Single Origin Osteria – Salcedo Village

(Now Open)

We have come to know Single Origin for their gourmet comfort food, coffee, and cocktails but in case you missed it, the brand’s fourth branch located on the ground floor of Frabelle Corporate Plaza has been re-conceived as an osteria!

Photo from @singleoriginosteria

Featuring an all-Italian menu inspired by the Italian grandmother of executive chef, Juan Barcos. You can expect to enjoy a roster of traditional and home-style Italian dishes including pasta, pizzas, and Bistecca a la Fiorentina.

Ricksha Streetside Tandoor – Kapitolyo 

This modern Indian concept was created by the husband-and-wife team of Cyril Vivek and Pierre Addison. They started out as a mainstay of the Greenfield Weekend Market but this March 2019, they’re set to open their first brick-and-mortar store in Kapitolyo!

Diners can expect to be treated to a variety of traditional curries, tandoor dishes, and street-side snacks from Cyril’s hometown in India. The casual eatery will reportedly offer weekend specials like pani-puri stalls and buffet brunches!

Photo from @rickshastreetsidetandoor

NEW BRANCHES

Teppan Okochi – Lopez Drive Rockwell

(Now Open)

Fans of the now closed fine dining teppanyaki restaurant in Bonifacio Global City can relax — Teppan Okochi has relocated to a bigger and better place in Power Plant Mall.

Photo from Booky

Taking over the spot of Kuratake along Lopez Drive, the full-service Japanese restaurant continues to feature the expert cooking of Grand Chef Akihiro Okochi from Osaka but with the new space comes a larger seating capacity. This time around, the teppan master will be joined by a Japanese executive chef specializing in sushi and other Japanese dishes.

Alamat Filipino Pub – BF Homes

Good news for you, South kids! Alamat will be opening a new branch in BF Homes, Paranaque this March.

Photo from @alamatfilipinopub

The Filipino pub and deli by Chef Niño Laus (Ninyo Fusion Cuisine) first made its mark on the culinary scene in Poblacion, Makati. The lowkey watering hole began to attract locals and foreigners alike thanks to their reinvented pulutan. Here, traditional dishes like dinuguan, sisig,  bopis, chicken inasal, and even adobo and salted egg are transformed into artisan sausages.

UNDER WRAPS

Wildflour Italian – BGC World Finance Center

Since opening their doors in 2012, Wildflour has gone on to become one of the most successful and recognizable names in the restaurant industry. So, it’s no surprise that foodies all over the Metro are buzzing about the brand’s newest concept: Wildflour Italian. Set to open this March at the ground floor of the new World Finance Center in Bonifacio Global City, the menu will reportedly highlight freshly-made pastas, as well as seafood and meats grilled over a hearth. We’ve heard the restaurant will even feature a wood-fired pizza oven imported from Italy!

Photo from @analorenzanadeocampo

Made Nice Supper Club – Joya Rockwell

After finding success with its first branch in Legazpi Village in Makati, Made Nice Supper Club closed shop last year. But word on the street is, it wasn’t “goodbye,” but “see you later!”

Photo from @madeniceph

Jack Flores and wife, Gabbi Ramos-Flores are planning to reopen at the old Sarsa spot at Rockwell’s Joya Lofts and Towers. The New York-inspired restaurant will feature a bigger menu focusing on more Asian-inspired dishes which will be good for sharing. They will also be serving bar chow to complement a full-service bar!

Osteria Daniele – Bonifacio Global City

Following Bar Centrale, a casual Italian spot in Salcedo Village, the Bistronomia Group (of the La Lola, Las Flores, and Rambla fame) is set to open their second Italian concept in Bonifacio Global City this April 2019.

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The group teased the restaurant’s interiors on the brand’s Instagram page and by the looks of it, it’s surely going on your date place bucket list! No word yet on Osteria Daniele’s exact location or what’s on the menu — but considering the group’s track record, it’s probably going to be a hit. 

Photo from @osteriadaniele

Panda Express – to be announced

Founded in 1983 in Glendale, California by the Cherng Family, Panda Express is famous for dishes like Orange Chicken and Honey Walnut Shrimp! Jollibee Foods Corporation announced in September last year that they will be bringing this Chinese American kitchen to the Philippines, thanks to a 50/50 joint venture with Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

Details are being kept under wraps so we’ll just have to wait and see when and where they plan to set up shop!

Photo from @officialpandaexpress

Which concept are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments! Be sure to follow Booky on Twitter (@bookymanila) and Instagram (@bookyapp) to stay on top of all the major foodie news. 

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