Nestled among condos in Fort Bonifacio is Megaworld Lifestyle Malls’ Forbes Town Center (also commonly known as Burgos Circle), an outdoor strip lined with restaurants, dessert shops, bars, and retail stores.
For years, it’s been a popular choice for foodies and nearby residents because of the plethora of dining options all located in a nice, neighborly atmosphere. You’ll often see folks outside enjoying a peaceful walk or dining al fresco.
If you’re looking for food trip ideas or chill places to hang out with friends and kick back a few drinks, why not check out Forbes Town Center?
We’ve prepared a Fearless Foodie’s Field Guide to Burgos Circle to help show you the way! Arranged alphabetically, we also include what looloo reviewers love about these places!
1. Bar DolciForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.29 / 5.00
The highest-rated dessert spot in Bonifacio Global City, Bar Dolci continues to earn rave reviews for their gelati and macarons!
Known for tightly packing their cups with heaps of gelato (no air pockets!), reviewers love many things about this place: you can combine two gelato flavors in one single cup, they serve French macarons, that one reviewer thought were the “best macarons in this country,” and they constantly introduce bold, new flavors and menu items that get their loyal clientele coming back for more.
2. Frank’s Cafe and DiningForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 3.44 / 5.00
No longer just a place to get cute, delicious cakes, the dessert bar called Sweet Bella Cafe has been rebranded as Franky’s Cafe and Dining.
Now you’ll also read reviews talking about their “deliciously deadly” Fisherman’s Pasta (seafood pasta with mixed white and red cream sauce) and their Beef Tenderloin Salpicao served with Angus Rice.
But if you’re looking to try what they’re really known for, then don’t miss what reviewers have raved about: their 3-layer coffee mousse, dark chocolate mousse and white chocolate mousse cake called Trio Cake as well as their unique Pearl Pink Guava Cake with pink guava mousse filling.
3. B&B Burgers and BrewskiesForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.23 / 5.00
A burger with a layer of mac and cheese that’s then topped with slices of honey sriracha bacon? You might think it’s a bit too much for just one burger but one reviewer says it’s so “heavenly” that she gave it a perfect score of 5 stars. Another reviewer went on to say that it was so good, she could have ordered another one.
If you consider yourself a burger purist who likes to keep things simple, you may rebuke this place and call it instead …Burgers and Blasphemy. But give it a try. With their unique toppings, you may unexpectedly convert and actually become…a B&Believer.
4. Big Bad WolfForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 3.48 / 5.00
Once located at the back of a condo somewhere in BGC, Big Bad Wolf used to be a well-hidden art slash cafe joint reserved only for those in the know. Thankfully, the secret is out after they moved to a more prominent location in Burgos Circle.
Now with two floors, they have a lot more space and a prettier interior to boot. And because they have a long list of beers to choose from – including craft beers, Big Bad Wolf makes for a good hangout spot.
Don’t think they just serve beer and pica-pica though. So far, reviewers have also been talking about how good their Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Chili Garlic Tapa, and Santol Smoked Pork Belly are.
5. The BoweryForbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. 29th St., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.03 / 5.00
Named after a neighborhood in the southern part of Manhattan in New York City, you’ll find that its brick walls, black chairs, and floor to ceiling glass window panes stay true to its inspiration.
The Bowery isn’t just known for its ambiance though. Reviewers seem to be really impressed with some of their comfort food items like the “to die for” Lobster Shrimp Truffle Mac and Cheese, the intense seven-layer Death by Chocolate cake, and their Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich which one reviewer described as “the bomb.”
For the night owls, you’ll be happy to know that The Bowery is open 24 hours, 7 days a week!
6. Café JuanitaBurgos Circle Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.05 / 5.00
A small and charming nook with a unique Bohemian vibe, Café Juanita offers much-raved about classic Filipino dishes. If you’re looking for a more intimate venue to bring your foreigner and balikbayan friends for a taste of authentic Filipino food, Café Juanita is a no-brainer choice.
Must-try dishes according to looloo reviewers are their Catfish Salad, Sisig on Tofu, Kare-Kare (the most flavorful version one has ever tried according to a reviewer), and their Two-Way Adobo Ribs.
7. Casa MarcosForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.03 / 5.00
Frog Legs, Tapang Baboy Damo (wild pig), and Kalderetang Usa (deer) all part of just one menu?! You can find these and more at a Spanish restaurant that’s been around since the 1940’s called Casa Marcos.
Don’t worry if you’re not a big fan of exotic dishes. According to looloo reviewers, they also serve pretty good Gambas, Paella, and their classic Steak Ala Pobre! Another item they keep raving about is Casa Marcos’s complimentary mini pandesal! These tiny baked bread goodies are so good, some even get their Pandesal Pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert!
8. The DistilleryForbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor. Burgos Circle Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.29 / 5.00
From Netherland’s Bavaria Holland to Belgium’s famous Hoegaarden to Australia’s Victoria Bitter, you’ll have no trouble finding your favorite imported beer here. With Distillery’s two large chillers than can store up to 960 imported beers, it’s a relief to know that according to some reviewers, they “are not as crazy expensive as other bars” in Manila.
Aside from the imported beers, reviewers also love the music and the chill crowd here. No need to dress up either as most just drop in wearing pretty casual outfits. As Martin P. on looloo put it, “If you’re torn between a chill night or dancing the night away in a club, The Distillery would be perfect.”
9. The Farm RestaurantRizal Drive cor. 29th St., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.06 / 5.00
Appropriately named “The Farm,” the family behind this organic beef restaurant owns one in Masbate. This is where their cattle are grown and given no antibiotics or growth hormones. They’re also pasture-raised which means they don’t just stand around in the same cramped spot all day. These cows actually get to roam around and see the outdoors.
So if you’re trying to eat healthy but can’t stand not eating meat, it helps to know that The Farm’s burger patties are 100% certified organic beef.
Their burgers aren’t just said to be delicious, they’re also healthy since grass-fed beef contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and omega fatty acids which help to fight cancer and lower the risk of heart disease.
Not a big fan of beef? They have organic roast chicken, pasta, and salads (which you can get with grilled salmon) as well.
10. 1521 Fifteen Twenty-OneForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 3.86 / 5.00
1521 puts a fresh spin on the Filipino food we’ve all gotten used to and lets its guests rediscover Filipino cuisine. With creative dish names like Ka-Musta-Cat Salad (catfish salad), Talong Ranger, and Bulalost for Words, ordering with friends and family is definitely made more interesting.
They don’t just stop at coming up with witty names for their menu items though. Reviewers have also talked about how good their food is here with a couple of them mentioning the Dinamitang Keso (cheese sticks spiked with de-seeded green chili) and Potchero ni Tankeko (slow-stewed beef with tomato sauce and boiled vegetables).
With good food and classic Filipino furniture, it’s no wonder some reviewers associate eating here with spending Sunday lunch at their lola’s house.
11. Just ThaiForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.00 / 5.00
The only Thai restaurant in Burgos Circle, Just Thai is a quiet, unassuming place to get your fix of spicy and flavorful Thai food.
From the spicy kick in the classic Tom Yum to the “perfectly tender” chicken satay, you’ll get these dishes in serving sizes good for sharing. What’s also cool is that according to looloo reviewers, food at Just Thai is served pretty quickly. Perfect for when you’re hangry and just about ready to turn into The Hulk out of shaking hunger.
12. l’entrecoteForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 3.95 / 5.00
A low-key Swiss-French bistro, it’s easy to miss this quiet spot in Burgos Circle. Those lucky enough to discover it will find that l’entrecote (pronounced as lahn-tre-koot) is an intimate restaurant known for their steak and the intriguing secret herb butter sauce.
For the extra meat-hungry, their 21-ounce Certified Angus Tomahawk steak should be hefty enough to fill you up. And if you want to try something Swiss, try their Rosti Tower: crispy hash brown topped with ham and assorted mushrooms, baked with Raclette cheese and then finished off with fried egg and truffle oil. One reviewer said, she “died” because it was so good.
13. Melo’sBurgos Circle Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.44 / 5.00
A classic steak place that’s been around since 1987, Melo’s was the first restaurant in the country to offer Certified Angus Beef®.
To this day, it’s still one of the go-to destinations in the city for days when you just want your serving of a high-quality, solid piece of steak or when you just want to celebrate something special.
14. Rue BourbonForbeswood Heights, Rizal Ave. cor. 29th St., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.32 / 5.00
For the newbie beer drinker, nothing comes more highly recommended than Rue Bourbon’s Big Ass Caramel Beer. Served in a truly “big ass” mug containing about a liter of sweet caramel beer, you might think it’s too big of a serving size but you’ll be surprised at how easily some people can finish it!
Not a fan of caramel? Not to worry, Rue Bourbon has you covered. They have beer flavors ranging from apple to lychee to even roasted hazelnut (which one reviewer says tastes like milk tea beer)!
If you’re really serious about loosening up, their Gunpowder shot might just do the trick. Made with Bacardi 151 (rum) and Sambuca (liqueur) that’s set aflame and then topped with cinnamon powder, it’s a showstopper that is quite literally on fire! And if you want something that’s more spectacular, you have to get their Flaming Lamborghini.
15. Stacy’sRizal Drive, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.00 / 5.00
Stacy’s is a place that on first glance, boyfriends and husbands might not be too keen to enter due to its dollhouse-like interior. But don’t let its looks deceive you. Stacy’s may look cute and girly but they serve mean breakfast items that might just get the manliest dude asking for a second visit.
Make sure to try their Big Breakfast Bangers that comes with a grilled sausage patty, bacon, sugar-dusted French toasts, cheesy scrambled eggs, and a cup of fresh fruits.
And if you’re not a fan of American breakfast, another reviewer-favorite is their Stacy Jones. It’s a delicious plate of yakiniku-cut US sirloin tapa served with eggs, fresh tomatoes, and garlic rice that’s awesomely shaped like a heart.
16. Wrong RamenForbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.02 / 5.00
“Right ramen is made by Japanese cooks. Wrong ramen is made by idiots who think they’re better than Japanese cooks.” Only the team behind “Manila’s Worst Ramen House” can come up with such a self-deprecating mantra that refreshingly stands out among the many authentic ramen houses popping up in the city.
If you still haven’t tried Wrong Ramen, here are some things you’ll find along with their classic tonkotsu and tantanmen ramen: ramen with bacon, spam, fried egg and cheese, deep fried bacon and cheese katsu, and ramen that’s interestingly named “Sea Men Ramen.”
With its quirky interior, fun menu items, and good food, it’s a fun place to visit. Perhaps you’ll even end up describing your experience (as many other looloo reviewers have) as one that was “so wrong yet so right.”
17. SUSI (Newly-Opened)Forbes Town Rd., Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio
Average Rating: 4.38 / 5.00
A gluten-free and vegan restaurant that has the potential to convert meat lovers to become vegan (even for just a couple hours), Susi may only be a few months old but it’s already starting to get good reviews from pleasantly surprised diners.
With a bright and modern interior (they even have a sun room!), it seems fitting that their food has been described as having “fresh, clean flavors.”
If you’re not ready to get veggie burgers just yet, reviewers have raved about their gluten-free pasta dishes and even their unique raw lasagna called “The Gaudi.” A zucchini lasagna with cashew “cheese,” pesto, marinara sauce and served cold, it may just have your taste buds rejoicing like many looloo reviewers.