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WEEKEND EATS: An All-Day Breakfast Pop-Up, Authentic Singaporean, A Daytime Happy Hour, Plus New Menus To Try For The First Time

There’s always something new to discover on the weekend. If you’re looking for a place to try for the first time, check out these 5 spots that offer something for everyone, whether it’s all-day breakfast fare from a Boracay-based pop-up, cocktails and mussels at a Makati hotspot, new offerings from a farm-to-table favorite, Singaporean laksa from a popular food park, or a new Japanese restaurant in Manila. Enjoy the weekend ahead!

 

Singaporean Food Stalls at Container Turf

238 and 240 BF Aguirre Avenue, Parañaque, FB @thecontainerturf, IG @bugisstreetlaksaph

 

Laksa (photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Laksa Risotto (photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Parañaque’s popular food park welcomes three new Singaporean food stalls this weekend, to be manned by orphans from the nearby SOS Village as part of a mini-livelihood program initiated by KF Seetoh of Makansutra SG, who also served as the children's cooking mentor. At Bugis Street Laksa, you’ll find regular Laksa, plus variations like Laksa Fried Rice, Laksa Risotto, and Prawn Ramen. You can also check out Ah Ko Chicken Rice and Enak Enak Nasi Lemak for more Singaporean classics. Also, branches of Sweet Ecstasy and El Chupacabra are also opening there this weekend. Container Turf is open 4 pm to 12 am on weekdays, and until 2 am on weekends. —Cyrene de la Rosa

 

The Sunny Side Café Manila Pop Up

Canvas, Westgate Center, Alabang, FB @thesunnysideboracay

 

Bacon and Cheese Pancake (photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Boracay habitués have made this all-day breakfast spot a favorite hangout. But with the temporary closing of the island, the owners of The Sunny Side Café thankfully opened a pop-up in Alabang as a way of providing continued livelihood for their staff. You’ll find favorites like the bestselling Bacon and Mango Grilled Cheese Sandwich, the Sunny Side Champorado, and the Kitayama Beef Tapsilog. You can also try new items like Dark Chocolate Grilled Cheese, reminiscent of ensaymada with South Cotobato chocolate from Risa Chocolates, or their famous giant pancakes good for sharing, like the Bacon and Cheese Pancake with bacon, Parmesan cheese, candied walnuts, and Chantilly cream. The pop-up is open daily 7 am to 9:30 pm until June 30, 2018 only.

 

Grace Park

Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, (02) 843-7275

 

Bacolod Organic Lechon Ragù on Handmade Tagliatelle (photo courtesy of Grace Park Facebook page)

 

Negros Organic Lechon with Italian Dark Amber Menabrea Beer in the belly (photo courtesy of Grace Park Facebook page)

 

Chef Margarita Forés’ farm-to-table restaurant is well known for its healthy and hearty slow-cooked comfort food. With the menu updated every two weeks, Chef Margarita always surprises with new dishes that celebrate local ingredients and the farmers that produce them. Grace Park’s latest specials include Tuna Ceviche and Oyster Pink Mushroom Salad. But it’s the lechon dishes that are the standouts. Lechon Ragu Pasta starts with handmade tagliatelle that’s tossed with tender organic lechon chunks from Bacolod, and topped with crispy lechon skin. Or go all out with the Organic Lechon stuffed with Italian Dark Amber Menabrea Beer and tanglad, and served with lechon sauce and santol mostarda, a Northern Italian condiment made with candied fruit and a mustard flavored syrup. —Monique Suzara

 

CDP Global Table

G/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City (02) 556-4454, (0917) 832-9828

 

CDP’s new mussel dishes (photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Lunch is cocktail hour at CDP (photo by Cyrene de la Rosa)

 

Chic and casual, CDP offers a lovely respite from the mall, serving comforting dishes from around the world, like its signature Duck Confit, Short Rib Poutine, or Maine Lobster Vongole, best paired with its enviable beverage list. But now there’s even more reason to visit, with the Happy Lunch at CDP promo. On offer are 2-for-1 house wines, spritzes, beers, and CDP cocktails, available on weekdays 12 noon to 3 pm, and on weekends 11:30 am to 6 pm. Who says Happy Hour only happens in the evenings? What’s more, you can enjoy your 2-in-1 drinks with CDP’s new lineup of mussel dishes—Mussels in Tomato Clam Broth, Mussels in Tarragon Cream, or Mussels in Curry.

 

Pied Piper Gastrolounge

G/F Red Planet Hotel Manila Bay, Arquiza Street corner Alhambra Street, Ermita, Manila, (0927) 291-5211

 

Pied Piper’s modern Japanese vibe

 

Ebi Tempura Negra

 

Ermita isn’t one of those places that people visit often for leisure, but if you do find yourself in the area looking for a gastronomic surprise, then you may want to check out this newest restaurant from Chef Mikel Zaguirre of Locavore fame and Chef Joel Jimenez. Pied Piper is all about Japanese fusion food interpreted in two ways. First, you can try authentic Japanese with elements from other culinary traditions such as Mediterranean cuisine, like the Chicken Teriyaki Pasta or the Ebi Tempura Negra. Second, you can go for Western fare infused with Japanese ingredients, like the Wagyu Piper Burger subtly flavored with miso sauce, or the Wafu Pastrami Panini served with nori and miso sauce. —Chris Clemente