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Weekend Eats: Happy Hour, New Menus, And A Hidden Discovery To Check Out This Weekend

The weekend starts now! Here are a 5 noteworthy spots to visit for something extra special, whether it’s world-class cocktails and pica pica, beer and pub fare, premium Japanese items, Mexican dishes, or neighborhood comfort food.


Bank Bar

G/F RCBC Savings Corporate Center, 26th Street, in between 6th and 7th Avenues, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 801-4862, (0917) 857-0852


8Cuts Onion Rings


Chicken Skin Chicharron


The scene at one of the city’s top bars just got a whole lot more exciting. This Friday, May 18, guest bartenders Agung Prabowo of The Old Man (just won No. 5 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018) and Alex Pun of The Woods are taking over Bank Bar with their one-night-only cocktail menu from 8 pm until supplies last.

Or come earlier (or any Monday to Friday) for Bank Bar’s Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm for endless cocktails at just P695++ per person. The cocktails menu is extensive, from classics like the Cosmopolitan, Amaretto Sour, and the Mojito, to creative concoctions like the Green Libation, a Bartender’s Special chosen via a monthly internal contest among the bartenders. Also available are select spirits like Absolut Citron vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, and Evan Williams whiskey. The Bank Chow Happy Hour menu offers Crisp Wonton Chips, Chicken Skin Chicharron, 8Cuts Onion Rings, and Kung Pao Noodles, among other dishes. And for the first time at Bank Bar, you can now order Manam favorite, House Crispy Sisig Rice Bowl. Nana Ozaeta


Teppan Okochi

G/F Ore Central Building, 9th Avenue corner 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 813-0051


Hokkaido King Crab best eaten with Chef Okochi’s sugar vinegar sauce


Miyazaki A5 Wagyu Sukiyaki Lunch Set


This topnotch Japanese restaurant has become well known for Chef Akihiro Okochi’s mastery of the teppan or iron grill, producing dishes both traditional and innovative. The best deal, though, has to be the Miyazaki Wagyu Special Lunch Set. For only P1,980, you can choose either A5 Wagyu steak or sukiyaki with a generous array of appetizers, salad, vegetables, rice or noodles, soup, dessert, and coffee or tea. They also recently debuted new dishes using imported Japanese vegetables like different kinds of mushrooms, asparagus, satoimo (taro), sweet potato, and more. The seafood is equally enticing, whether it’s the Hokkaido King Crab, Hokkaido Jumbo Scallop Sakamushi Style, or Lobster with Truffle Oil. —Nana Ozaeta


Draft Restaurant and Brewery

R2 Level Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati, (0917) 819-5830


Draft’s modern pub fare paired with premium beers on tap


Hoegaarden from Belgium on tap


When Draft first opened in 2011, it soon became the premiere gastropub in the metro, garnering a strong following as the first to serve the world’s finest beers on tap. Since then, it has reinvented itself to become a full-blown restaurant and brewery. The old Power Plant branch was renovated, as it shifts to a more modern and comfortable vibe, but without veering away from its gastropub heritage. Recently reopened at Power Plant’s new wing, Draft also launched a new menu of classic dishes that go well with the European beers on tap. Standouts include the Truffled Bacon Mac and Cheese best paired with Paulaner Münchner Hell, and the Laksa Mussel Pot matched perfectly with the Paulaner Naturtrüb. Monique Suzara



O Square 2, Ortigas Avenue corner Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan, FB @gringochickenribs


Gringo’s array of Mexican-Latin dishes


The bestselling Ribs with fried saba, mashed potato, buttered corn side dishes


This Mexican-Latin restaurant recently opened its biggest branch at O Square 2 in Greenhills. It’s best known for its grilled chicken that comes in two varieties: Original with Mexican-Latin spices, and Southern Spice with a Southern American blend of herbs and spices. Another bestseller are the Ribs offered with Gringo’s signature Lemon Herb and Hot and Spicy sauces. Other menu choices include Lemon Garlic Butter Crab, the Mucho Nachos, plus a selection of burritos and tacos. This Greenhills branch is specially designed for private events, with its dining hall good for a maximum of 80 guests, and its private room good for 70 guests. Plus, Gringo can provide a sound system and a special catering menu.


Flossom Kitchen + Café

187 N Averilla, San Juan, Metro Manila, (02) 356 6900


Brightly lit and comfy interiors


Flossom’s Trash Can Nachos


Known for its Instagram-worthy garden-like interiors, this cozy, spacious restaurant might just become your favorite brunch spot. Not only does Flossom fill up your bellies with appetizers to desserts, but it also makes everything even more special with its rustic tables and chairs, and blossoming flower wall designed by one of the most in-demand florists and events stylists, Teddy Manuel. The menu offers an all-day breakfast extravaganza which includes the Ultimate English Breakfast and the one-of-a-kind Ube Champorado with yema sauce. They also serve comfort food such as US Aged Angus Ribeye Steak, Crispy Pork Belly, and Mushroom Truffle Risotto. Monique Suzara