They say the sequels are never as good as the original, but we’re hoping to break the stereotype with our 2nd installment of Manila Mall Eats!
This time around, we’re picking out our preppiest outfits as we head on over to check out the most-talked about and highest-rated restaurants at the sosy Power Plant Mall in Rockwell, Makati.
10. California Pizza KitchenAverage Rating: 4.06
Number of Reviews: 42
Almost 30 years ago, California Pizza Kitchen opened its doors to the public in one of the US’s poshest neighborhoods, Beverly Hills. Now a global brand spanning across 11 countries, you could say it’s also found a home in Manila’s version of Beverly Hills, the upscale neighborhood of Rockwell. Their extensive menu of pizzas, salads, and (surprisingly good!) Asian food have won it a spot on this list by sneaking past a 4.0 average rating on the app.
9. Draft GastropubAverage Rating: 4.10
Number of Reviews: 92
Draft’s branch in BGC was already cool before this whole gastropub craze even started (they’ve been poppin’ up like crazy these past few months!). Their Rockwell branch followed suit soon after — their selection of European beers and pub chow was, and still is, a hit among those in the Makati area. Their hearty and indulgent selection of meats, seafood, and sides are great for sharing with friends… or with a nice cold glass of lager.
8. BarcinoAverage Rating: 4.11
Number of Reviews: 44
If you prefer a tall glass of wine over a stout bottle of beer, Barcino will not disappoint. Their wine selection is impressive, but not overly-complex as to alienate the casual dinner guest or wannabe wine connoisseur. As for the food, try their small plates and tapas — reviewers seem to recommend their chorizo and cheese platter, paella, and pastas pretty often!
7. Wooden SpoonAverage Rating: 4.11
Number of Reviews: 123
They must’ve been doing something right over at the original Wooden Spoon Katipunan branch because the number of reviews that their Rockwell branch received upon opening was crazy, instantly propelling them to the top of the looloo app’s Trending list. Reviewers love Chef Sandy Daza’s takes on traditional Filipino cuisine with dishes like the crab pancit and stuffed pechay — nice, homey comfort food that’ll remind you of your inay’s kitchen… if your inay was the gastronomically famous Nora Daza.
6. Wild GingerAverage Rating: 4.14
Number of Reviews: 31
Can’t decide on which Asian cuisine is your favorite? Come to Wild Ginger and just have ‘em all. The place takes favorites from Filipino, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, even Indian cuisine, and brings them together under one roof, so to speak. Reviewers have described the place as somewhat underrated as it doesn’t seem to be as popular as most other places. Still, the reviews speak for themselves, finding it a spot right in the middle of this list.
5. TWG Tea Salon and BoutiqueAverage Rating: 4.22
Number of Reviews: 64
It may have “Tea Salon” in its name, but the place is so much more than a place to sip on tea and munch on their super popular macarons. More than a few reviewers have commented on just how surprisingly good menu options like their breakfast sets or main courses are. Their spot in Power Plant, away from the main halls and corridors of the mall, is perfect for taking a quick shopping break to recharge.
4. Chili’s Grill & BarAverage Rating: 4.29
Number of Reviews: 57
Chili’s is known for a few simple things: huge servings, of good food, service with a smile, and… throw their choco lava cake in there too. It’s no wonder the place’s tables (overflowing from their small-ish spot on the lower ground floor) are always packed. Families, professionals, even students from nearby graduate schools… ask them for a good place to grab a burger or steak in Powerplant and you can count on “Chili’s” being one of the most popular picks.
3. CiboAverage Rating: 4.41
Number of Reviews: 47
Cibo is an example to follow when it comes to consistency. It doesn’t even matter that this particular branch isn’t as large as the others, or that it’s an open space as opposed to having an actual storefront. Cibo’s Italian-inspired dishes don’t get too fussy, mostly avoiding the way-too-fancy ingredients at other places, but it’s that simplicity that reviewers appreciate and come back for more.
2. Ganso-ShabuwayAverage Rating: 4.47
Number of Reviews: 34
Not your average hotpot restaurant, Ganso-Shabuway sets itself apart by putting its premium meat in the spotlight. Their hotpot sets are highlighted by the use of U.S. Angus Beef, Kobe Beef, even Kurobuta Pork! According to one reviewer, “even their cheapest beef was good!”
1. MamouAverage Rating: 4.55
Number of Reviews: 119
Frequent Power Plant Mall visitors won’t be surprised to find Mamou at the top of this list. The American restaurant is practically a household name these days, with their signature steaks and Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream Pasta. Coupled with this branch’s fantastic service and an ambience that’s modern and inviting, it’s no wonder that out of over 100 looloo reviewers, 7 out of every 10 have given a five-star rating.