So in honor of SM Supermalls’ 30th Anniversary, we took a tour of some of their gastronomic dining options that consisted of Asian flavors, Filipino Feast, Savory treats, and and sweet desert places! This was the food crawl that that would make you believe there’s a heaven on Earth!
We all headed to the Food Circuit at The Block Ground Floor and started our food crawl at Kumori. A delightful little place that bakes fresh pastries and more!
Looking around, it’s almost hard to decide which ones to try. You just want to try them all because they all look so tempting.
For the savory breads, we were able to try the Mozzu Chizu Pan (P59), which is like a pizza bread. It’s a tomato and herb dough with white sauce and shredded mozzerella cheese. This is good for me because the tomato part is not as pure as real pizzas. It’s just in the dough. And if you know me, you will know that tomatoes are my kryptonite. My wife in the other hand really enjoyed the Crabstick Bun (P58). It’s a soft bun topped with crabstick that is mixed with Japanese mayonnaise which makes it so creamy. This makes a good on-the-go food that you can buy and take to work.
For the sweet bread, we tried the Apple Cheese Danish (P59). First thing I said as soon as I bit into one is how flaky the Danish pastry is. And then in the center is a delicious cream cheese. I’m sure Rain will love this. On the right is the Cherry Brioche (P51). A yummy brioche dough with a rich custard filling, and then topped with Ruby Red Cherries, and then sprinkled with Japanese Saboro crumble for that extra texture.
But if you ask me, my favorite is the simplest looking one. The Custard Butter Bun (P45)! The bread is really super soft, dusted with sugar powder, and then once you bite into it.rich egg custard and buttercream fillings ooze out. Nothing like a soft bread with subtle sweet creamy center.
You can follow Kumori on Instagram:@kumoriph
Just beside Kumori is a Japanese noodle place called Nadia Fujisoba. It’s a franchise from Japan that is famous for their soba and udon. I have to admit that I was a bit worried first that I would not like it as soon as I saw the term soba which is buckwheat noodles. I remember not liking it the first time I tried soba in Korea. But Nadai Fujisoba completely turned it around for me.
Black and white interiors with Japanese illustrations make you feel like you might really be in Japan!
Rina really liked the Aka Fuji Udon P260 (top photo). It may look super spicy at first because of the chili powder, but it’s really very tolerable. A good mix of savory broth with a hint of spice, the tasty thin slices of beef, sous vide egg, plus the chewy udon makes this a real treat to have.
And then there’s the Hiyashi Niku Fuji Soba P260 (bottom photo) which is also rich in that sweet and salty Japanese broth, made creamier with the egg.
Another good item to order from Nadai Fujisoba is their tempura dishes. Big and has a good breading-shrimp ratio. Even with these tempuras soaked in sauce, they remained really crunchy. I didn’t really like the idea of cold noodles because I believe noodles should be served hot. But surprisingly their Ebi Ten Mori Soba P260 (left photo) was really good. The cold soup is served separately in a cup. And when they say cold, it really is cold. Like it had ice or something. The soup has that sweet soy vibe that is reminiscent of Tempura sauce.
And then on the right, the Ebi Tendon (P230). You can never go wrong with plump pieces of beautifully fried Tempura on a bowl of steaming, pillow soft Japanese rice.
You can follow Nadai Fujisoba on Facebook:Nadai-Fujisoba
If you’re in the mood for Filipino food, Bistro Remedios is a great option for you. A great Filipino restaurant that serves nothing but good home cooking, kicked up a few notches up!
They have great items on their menu such as Sinugba Platter containing Grilled Cebuano style prawns, chicken, and pork belly, and Gising Gising (P265). The Chicken a la Kiev (P395) and the Chicken Adobo on the other hand are from their sister restaurant, Café Adriatico Express.
But I have to say that you cannot go to Bistro Remedios without trying their Bamboo rice (P275)! It’s a meal in itself. We all practically fought over this plate right here. It’s a good mix of sweet and savory flavored fried rice cooked inside a bamboo. They literally crack the bamboo open in front of you, revealing this beautiful steaming rice.
You can follow Bistro Remedios on Facebook: Bistro-Remedios
I was happy to see that there’s a Cafe Shibuya in SM North. Whenever we would go there, we would always order one of their famous toasts.
I just love the homey feel of Cafe Shibuya
That day, we had the Original Shibuya Honey Toast. One bite and I totally forgot how full I was already. Thick but super soft toast with vanilla ice cream on top, then drizzled with honey. I don’t think I need to expound on how good this is! The image speaks for itself!
Although Cafe Shibuya may look more like a dessert place, they actually serve savory food too. Like the Mentaiko Pasta, the Tebasaki Fried Chicken served with Kimchi rice. Really good! But of course once again I had to brush off the nori strips.
You can follow Cafe Shibuya on Facebook: CafeShibuya
Rina nearly had to roll me to our next stop, but I knew, for the sake of my beloved readers, I needed to soldier on. (The things I do for you guys!) From Japanese cuisine, we got a taste of Italy at Casa Italia. Their SM City North EDSA branch is constructed beautifully. Like every corner is, as they say, Instagram-worthy.
See what I mean? It felt like we were in a nice homey diner actually.
First thing you will see are their beautiful mouth-watering gelato. But you should know they have savory meals too!
We tried the Spaghetti Bolognese (P230), the 1/2 Roast Chicken (P350) which has these super soft and flavorful potatoes on the bottom, the Pepperoni rectangular pizza (P150), and the Blue Cheese rectangular pizza (P180) which is Rina’s favorite..
And of course, they’ve got lots of desserts to boot!
They have a wide variety of beverages as well! From cold drinks such as Gelato Frappes, Yogurt Smoothies, Gelatoccino, and Liquorato...
To different types of hot coffee. They have everything!
You can follow Casa Italia on Facebook: Casa-Italia-Caf
And then finally! We were on to our next and final stop! It was our first time in this next restaurant. A truly unique concept that’s a first in the Philippines. A cool okonomiyaki experience at Dohtonburi located at the City Center of SM City North EDSA.
The menu looked sort of complex for first timers like me especially for the Okonomiyaki part. They all just look like raw stuff in a bowl. But these are their specialties, and this is actually the fun activity in Dohtonburi because you have the option to cook it yourself. (Don’t worry they have a step by step guide for each Okonomiyaki.)
The first thing that was cooked in front of us is the Four Cheese (P290). It’s got Mozzarella, cheddar, parmesan, then some more mixed cheese, tomato, tempura bits, red pickled ginger, spring onion, egg, cabbage, and Okonomiyaki paste. Our waited cooked it in front of us like she was cooking pancakes with lots of cheese filling. I think this is the simplest one, but definitely one of the best.
My favorite is the Hiroshima Yaki Mix. Why? Because it’s got egg and noodles inside! Although the cooking part looks fun and all, I will still ask them to cook it for me the next time I go back for fear of messing it up. (And also because I’m a lazy cook)
You can follow Dohtonburi on Instagram: dohtonbori_ph
These are just 6 out of the 30 amazing restaurants in SM City North EDSA. I mean just look at this growing list!:
Upper Ground Floor:
- Project Pie
- Ramen Nagi
- Mr. Pizza
- St. Marc
- Tim Ho Wan
- Baker’s Maison
- King Bee
- Baskin Robins
- Amici - Opening soon
- Gringo - Opening soon
- Grind - Opening soon
- Nadai Fujisoba
- Bistro Remedios
- Cafe Adriatico Express
- Rock & Seoul
- Osaka Osho
- Churerria La Lola
- Cafe Shibuya
- Casa Italia
- Lugang Cafe
- Cafe Mary Grace
Upper Ground floor:
It’s good to know that SM North City EDSA is giving its costumers excellent choices when it comes to restaurants, making food crawls seem like a gastronomic food tour around the world! My wife and I certainly had fun and will no doubt be going back soon! When it comes to Food, SM City North EDSA really does have all