Ortigas Center is a hub of economic development and a sophisticated urban lifestyle. Other than business, Ortigas Center is a hotspot for gastronomic adventures as the district is home to several restaurants offering international and local flavors.
While you might find most restaurants in Ortigas malls such as SM Megamall, Capitol Commons, Robinsons Galleria, and EDSA Shangri-La, the business district has other eateries tucked away in its minor streets and its corporate centers.
If you are still thinking about your food tripping itinerary in Ortigas Center, consider adding these seven restaurants to your list.
Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant
Located in Onyx and Garnet Streets, Shinsen Sushi Bar and Restaurant is an underrated gem for handmade sushi selections, donburi bowls, and bento sets. Your mouth will water and crave for more once you taste the fresh and savory flavors of Japan.
Papa Lai’s Cuisine
Craving for Chinese food? You don’t have to travel to Old Chinatown in Binondo to satiate your hunger for fried rice, noodles, and dumplings. This hole-in-a-wall eatery lies in the bustling Shaw Boulevard and a few blocks away from the posh EDSA Shangri-La. Papa Lai’s Cuisine is the perfect spot for you to taste various Chinese flavors and hot tea before exploring the rest of Ortigas.
If you’re craving for a buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Cafe Astoria in Astoria Plaza is the right place for you. Cafe Astoria dons a modern and elegant design that creates a posh dining atmosphere. The buffet serves flavors from all around the world with European and Filipino cuisine being their highlights. Cafe Astoria also has an ala carte menu if you plan to eat light.
Jang Ga Nae
Jang Ga Nae is a classic Korean restaurant located in Escriva Drive. Their all-you-can-eat option serves various cuts of pork and beef with traditional Korean side dishes. You can also order soju to celebrate Friday nights or the weekends with your friends.
In case you have trouble finding Jang Ga Nae, The Pearl Place, the National Economic and Development Authority, The University of Asia and the Pacific, and Cafe Astoria are the closest landmarks to the restaurant.
Poke Shack is a Japanese-Hawaiian restaurant in the Quezon City portion of Ortigas City. Their menu offers various cuts of fish, vegetables, meat, and sauces that you can add to your poke bowl. Poke Shack also has desserts, side dishes, and drinks to match your customized poke bowl.
Looking for a quiet coffee shop to work and enjoy a cup of coffee? Where’s Marcel? is an Australian-born coffee shop in Pearl Drive that takes pride in its premium-quality coffee beans. Their menu is mostly espresso-based, although they also have non-coffee options such as matcha latte, hot chocolate, and loose-leaf tea. Where’s Marcel? also has a selection of pastries that complement the bitterness and strength of your coffee.
Chew-Eat Chicken, Atbp.
Of course, Ortigas Center’s food adventure wouldn’t be complete without Filipino food. At Chew-Eat Chicken, Atbp., you’ll indulge in Filipino barbecue known as inihaw, classic dishes such as adobo, sisig, and lechon kawali, and dishes to cure hangover such as isaw, chicharon lugaw, and calamares.
Chew-Eat Chicken, Atbp. is the perfect hangout place for karaoke, beer, and just chilling on a weekend night.
Ortigas Center has many hidden culinary gems waiting for you to visit and try out. List these seven restaurants on your itinerary so you won’t have to wonder where to eat the next time you visit Ortigas Center in the Philippines.