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The NoMa food trip
POSTED | 15:41 PM | 16-04-2015

The NoMa food trip

-- By Angelo G. Garcia

Like New York’s Williamsburg neighborhood, NoMa (North of Makati) is the emerging area for the hip and the artistic in Manila.

The Collective, found in this area, houses artists and entrepreneurs that runs different businesses like art galleries, retail shops, and restaurants. There’s Suez & Zapote, an independent studio that specializes in silkscreen art and designs for local brand Team Manila. And then there’s the saGuijo Café + Bar, a haven for music lovers and independent musicians.

Recently, Shang Properties, the developer of The Rise Makati, gave media a special community tour of NoMa. The Rise Makati is the real estate developer’s latest condominium project that sits smack in the middle of NoMa. Conveniently located within eight-minute walk from the Makati Central Business District, the high-end property is banking on the developing community of NoMa. The area is now becoming known for its interesting mix of galleries, restaurants, indie music venues, and novelty retail finds.

“We are walking distance from all the important parts of the city, like the cool district of Legaspi Village and Ayala Center. The highlight of our development is really the strength of our location,” says Shang Properties training and recruitment manager Michael Arroyo. “This whole area is really slated for redevelopment for the next couple of years.”

Aside from the galleries and music bars, more and more restaurants are setting up in this area. These younger places are drawing the crowds. Here are three of those restaurants.

Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant

Cheese Fondue

Location: 7341 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City

Cuisine: Swiss and European

On the outside, Chesa Bianca is nondescript, but take a step inside and see Swiss chalet-inspired interiors that will make your heart sing. This restaurant offers authentic Swiss dishes, from cheese fondue to ham cordon bleu, as well as European dishes such as fish fillet Florentine, warm potato salad with fennel and shrimps, and French onion soup with cheese and croutons.

Try: The cheese fondue. Dip crunchy croutons in a bubbling mix of melted Gruyere and Emmental cheeses.

Patisserie Bebe Rouge

Location: 7602 Sacred Heart St corner Metropolitan Ave San Antonio Village, Makati City

Cuisine: Fusion of Japanese and French

What do you get when you mix Japanese and French baking? One of the best pastries and cakes in town! Managed by French-trained Japanese chef Atsushi Mitsuma, Patisserie Bebe Rouge offers a wide range of classic and modern Japanese and French pastries. The pastry shop makes perfect melt-in-your-mouth and not so sweet French macarons in various flavors such as salted caramel, raspberry chocolate, and green tea. It also serves favorite Japanese pastries like the classic cream puff and the bestselling strawberry shortcake, as well as savory dishes such as the tonkatsu sandwich.

Try: The matcha cake roll is the perfect combo for a cup of earl grey tea. The strawberry shortcake is a must, a favorite among the customers.


Location: 7232 Ayala Ave. Extension corner Malugay St Makati City

Cuisine: Western comfort food

Well, you won’t come here for the food (though, the potato skins dish is awesome!) because this place is famous for its bespoke cocktails. Let Russian head bartender Alyona Jeffery mix the bar’s signature cocktails like the lychee mojito, a classic drink with a fruity twist, and The Old Fashioned, whiskey mixed with sweet syrup and orange bitter.

Try: The Speakeasy Standard, freshly blended lychee mixed with fresh mint and gin.


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