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What’s In Store for Shangri-La at the Fort

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I was walking to the new Shangri-La hotel inside Bonifacio Global City for the first time. Since I came from Burgos Circle, I could walk straight towards The Mind Museum, cross 3rd Avenue and traverse to the new walkway beside the Shangri-La hotel. I started asking around the construction people since I couldn’t find a security guard or hotel-uniformed guy, where the hotel entrance was. Eventually, two of them pointed to an area already near 5th Avenue.

As I was walking to the Shangri-La hotel entrance, I noticed posters announcing what restaurant was going to open. I also saw that Brotzeit was already operating on a hot 2 o’clock day. Naturally, I took my trusty ol’ Kata M2L smartphone and took these photos.

Gads! Shangri-La hotel’s entrance led me a long walk coupled with two elevator rides before I ended up at Narra function room. That entrance beside the walkway turned out to be the upcoming mall of the Shangri-La hotel. Only did I learn that the hotel entrance was at an inclined ramp up the second floor fronting 30th Street, where the driveway was a roundabout with an oblong island in the middle.

Now I know!

Well, we all know who Brotzeit is, right? No? Okay. Brotzeit is a chain of restaurants based in Singapore, and now operating throughout the Asia-Pacific Region. I’m not sure how many it has in the Philippines but I frequent its Shangri-La EDSA Plaza mall.

A quick Google and I see Maisen already has its first branch in Greenbelt 3. Our Awesome Planet blog writes that Maisen is one of the finest Tonkatsu restaurants in Tokyo founded by a Japanese housewife, Mrs. Koide, in 1965 and later on bought by Suntory Holdings Limited of Yamazaki and Hibiki whisky fame. The name means “go for it”. Ben Chan’s Group (Suyen Corporation) brought the Maisen franchise to Greenbelt 3.

Pink’s Hot Dogs is a landmark hot dog restaurant in the Hollywood district of the city of Los Angeles. Pink’s was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose. This will be Pink’s first international restaurant which has partnered with the French restaurant and bakery company République, which owns the famed Wildflour Café and Bakery.

And finally, Davide Oldani of Milan-fame, three Michelin-star D’O restaurant expands his empire with a concept restaurant called FOO’D that opens at the Shangri-La hotel at the Fort, Manila. Oldani boasts as many sponsors as a Formula One driver. He’s backed by Samsung, which supplied equipment for the R&D section of his new kitchen, and Mercedes, which every year gives him a new car to drive. The fashion designer Giorgio Armani is so enamored of Oldani’s cuisine, he flew the chef to Paris last year to cook for 480 guests at his One Night Only soiree at the Palais de Tokyo.

Ooooh! Good food and good things coming soon!

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Sources: Google | Our Awesome Planet | Wikipedia | The Daily Meal | WSJ

Photo by @raffypekson

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