Here Are 10 New Restaurants to Try in the Shangri-La East Wing

January 8, 2019

Shangri-La Mall’s latest addition to their shopping complex, the East Wing is a haven for some of the newest talked-about restaurants in the Metro. It’s like someone took a survey of the many foreign brands that people were clamouring for and put them all in one place. Check out the interesting slew of new restos they have that you might want to try out over the weekend.

1. Woo Galbi Korean House


Location: 6th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall || Phone: (02) 655-0558

From the same brains behind Wafu and the original Teriyaki Boy comes Woo Galbi, a Korean restaurant that allows you to customize your own bibimbap. I read good reviews about this place from looloo, commending the large serving sizes that are good to be shared. Sounds like an excellent place to bring the family to me.

2. Zarzuela


Location: 6th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Right beside Woo Galbi, Zarzuela offers modern Filipino cuisine in the form of comfort food inspired by the owners’ own family recipes. If dishes such as Krispy Binagoongan, Crab & Shrimp Relleno, and Spanish-Style Bangus Belly Sardines tickle your palate, then this might be your go-to spot for Sunday lunch.

3. Spätzle Euro Market Café


Location: 5th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Spätzle is a dumpling-like pasta that’s common in Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, and Southern Germany. If you’re in the mood for Poutine, Roesti (Swiss Potato Pancakes), and other European/Viennese dishes, you might want to check this place out.

4. Akira Sushi & Teppanyaki


Location: 5th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall || Phone: 0932 861-6125

Akira is by the same culinary crew behind Sumo Sam, Mr. Kurosawa, and John & Yoko (yes, it’s from Marvin Agustin, basically). What differentiates Akira from other Japanese joints is that it focuses more on teppanyaki than the crazy sushi and makimono rolls its competitors capitalize on.

5. Wicked by Cravings


Location: 5th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Wicked is a dessert stall by the Cravings group. It offers a variety of traditional baked goodies such as cupcakes, macarons, cookies, and other pastries. Seems like the perfect after-dinner place to visit for a sweet ending to your meal.

6. Green Pastures


Location: 4th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall || Phone: (02) 654-3219

Green Pastures is Robby Goco’s latest venture. It serves a hearty selection of meals that include hefty salads, burgers with Malagos blue cheese, and homemade ricotta cheese, while keeping everything on the menu organic. For a more in-depth look at the place, check out our review on Green Pastures here.

7. Corazon Filipino-Hispano Cuisine


Location: 4th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall || Phone: (02) 687-1955, (02) 638-7527, 0917 817-8298, 0917 857-7622

Another contender in the Filipino cuisine arena is Corazon by Chef Florabel. What makes it different is its focus on the Iberian influences in Filipino food. Take note, it’s not one of those fusion restaurants that aim to make dishes like Vigan Longganissa Paella (though that sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?), instead Corazon serves classic Spanish-Filipino fare that’ll fill you up for sure.

8. Balboa


Location: 4th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall || Number: (0932) 878-3984

In the same neighborhood as Green Pastures and Corazon is Balboa, an Italian restaurant that takes pride in its pizza, pasta, and steak. They also have a make-your-own pizza option that allows customers to mix and match cheeses, sauces, and toppings. If you’re wondering who the owners are, they’re same folks behind Akira.

9. Lombardi’s


Location: 4th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

Chef Davide Lombardi’s second restaurant, also named Lombardi’s, stands in the same area of the East Wing as Italian competitor Balboa. Lombardi’s take on Italian cuisine tends to be more classic and Neapolitan.

10. Kettle


Location: 5th Level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall

I’m placing this last since, as you can see, it was still closed when I dropped by. Googling Kettle will yield only location-related results, but I was told that the people of Tender Bobs are behind this venture. Who knows? It might be open this weekend already. Tell us how it goes, if ever?

Which restaurants have you tried in the new Shangri-la East Wing? Did you like the experience? Any “Soft Opening” mishaps? Which restaurant on the list are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments section below!

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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5 responses to “Here Are 10 New Restaurants to Try in the Shangri-La East Wing”

  1. Lars Roxas says:

    Anybody else plan on eating at Akira and randomly screaming out “Tetsuo!” every 10 minutes or so? No? Just me?

  2. Kettle says:

    Yup, we’re open! Come visit us!

  3. Crisostomo Shirou says:

    The Tapa at Zarzuela is surprisingly good…so with their Maruya!

  4. ron facelo says:

    How about fine wines?

  5. fmjdacumos says:

    my family and i had an unfortunate dining experience at corazon. we had dinner 05/18/2014 and the waiters specifically esteban and maruja were very rude. we came in at 8:40 pm and we were told that their last call for order is 9PM. fine with us but maruja was very impolite and hurriedly ushered us to our table without consideration of our choice where we shoud be seated. worse, when esteban our food server came, he was very impatient and impertinent when we asked him about their specialty. he was tapping his pen at his clipboard, no eye contact, unmindful of our concerns, making faces and has a condescending demeanor which were very unprofessional. i hope these kind of attitude will be rectified by the owners.

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