Here’s Where to Get Your Food Fix at SM Aura

March 20, 2019

Just a few hundred steps southeast of Serendra stands SM Aura, the swanky, relatively new, sibling of all the other SM malls we’re familiar with. Spacious, shiny, and with air conditioning cold enough to make you want to purchase a jacket at one of the nearby trendy stores, SM Aura’s got fancy spelled out in huge, bold letters.

Aside from being a shopper’s paradise, SM Aura also houses a number of restaurants to add to the already wide array of food options in the Fort Bonifacio area. If you’re bored of your usual haunts at High Street or Burgos Circle, you might want to check these places out:

1. Lugang Café (Taiwanese)

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

Known for its Crab Roe and Pork Xiao Long Bao, this Greenhills favorite is finally more accessible for those who want their XLB fix but unfortunately live too faraway from San Juan.

2. Ramen Nagi

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

“Another ramen place?!” you ask.

Yes, definitely another ramen place, and this one’s got people lining up right through siesta. Ramen Nagi serves the famed Butao Ramen from Hong Kong. Aside from the Butao King (Tonkotsu), they also have four other varieties. There’s the Red King (Spicy), Black King (Squid Ink), Green King (very much like Pesto), and a Limited King (it’s currently Ebi Tonkontsu). They also let you customize your ramen by adjusting the spice levels, pork cut, and seasoning.

3. Ogetsu Hime (Japanese)

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

If ramen isn’t your cup of cha when it comes to Japanese cuisine, you can try Ogetsu Hime. It’s just around the corner from Ramen Nagi. Ogetsu Hime is known for its sukiyaki, sushi, and teppanyaki. As of the date this article is published,  Ogetsu Hime’s still going through its soft opening stages.

4. Tamarind (Thai)

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

Specializing in Thai cuisine, Tamarind is from the same folks behind Jatujak. Prices here are slightly more affordable than its neighboring restaurants, and the ambiance is perfect for intimate gatherings with loved ones or quiet meetings with business associates.

5. Shine Bakery & Café (Comfort Food)

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Location: Level 3, SM Aura

Owned by Chef Sunshine Pengson of Gourmandise Patiserrie, this playful café serves hearty meals along with an assortment of her sought-after desserts. Don’t be fooled by the decor. Though this place may look like a teeny-bopper’s haven from afar, they also serve a mean batch of craft beers and cocktails.

6. Greeka Kouzina

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Location: Level 2, SM Aura

Fun fact, Greek Kouzina’s first branch is located just below the Pepper.ph studio. We would often frequent this restaurant because it served hefty portions at reasonable prices. Many have said that its food is comparable to (if not even better than) Cyma’s.

7. Paul (French)

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Location: Level 1, SM Aura

Local pastry enthusiasts were mighty pleased with the opening of Paul in Manila. With tarts and cakes showing off the biggest berries and gooiest of chocolates, Paul has become a popular place for ladies (and gents) who like to brunch. It’s also perfect for a relaxing mid-afternoon spot of tea or coffee. Check out our review of Paul here.

8. Le Family (Vietnamese)

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

Is the chilly weather making you hungrier than ever? One option you can try is to hop over to Le Family for a piping hot bowl of their Pho with spring rolls on the side. It’ll both warm you up and keep you full.

9. Coca

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

I remember seeing this restaurant in Singapore, and now a branch has opened up here in Manila. COCA specializes in Thai cuisine, specifically the Thai Hot Pot. It’s hearty enough for group to share, but don’t forget to check out their extensive à la carte menu as well.

10. Andale by Agave (Mexican)

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

Literally translated, Andale means “Let’s Go!” in Spanish. This new venture from Agave is a cantina-style eatery that is sure to fill you with as much nachos and margaritas you could ever want. Drinks at 2 pm, anyone?

11. Love Shack (Comfort Food)

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Location: Lower Ground Floor, SM Aura

Its name makes me wonder if the restaurant was meant to be a date place. Inside you’ll find wood-paneled floors, stretched tables, and halogen lamps. Hidden in the LG/F of the mall, Love Shack serves comfort food such as burgers, pasta, and this one soft ice cream concoction with toasted marshmallows on top.

12. Bonus: Mona Lisa (Coming Soon)

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Location: Skypark, Level 5, SM Aura

Ranked #1 in Trip Advisor’s restaurants in Muntinlupa, Mona Lisa Ristorante is branching out by opening a location at SM Aura. I can’t really say much about it as it hasn’t opened yet, but I’m assuming it’ll attract a lot of foot traffic once it finally begins operations.

Have you tried any of the restaurants in SM Aura? If so, which places did you like or disliked? Any particular dish we should try out? Sound off in the comments section below!

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph 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, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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4 responses to “Here’s Where to Get Your Food Fix at SM Aura”

  1. hylander says:

    Ikkoryu is also in Aura… and Yabu as well

  2. Volts Sanchez says:

    Can’t vouch for it just yet (no first-hand experience) but I’ve been hearing good things about Yakitori One (by Pepper Lunch’s Jeroen Van Straten and his Chuvaness wife).

    • Katrina says:

      Yes, it is good! I’ve submitted it for Pepper Eats already, and rated it highly. I love their Karaage and pork barbecue (Butarba? Butabara?). It’s in the food court on the 4th floor of Aura.

  3. Victoria Castillo says:

    Love Shack was a really nice surprise. The Triple C (chocolate caramel cheesecake) was amazing.
    Still many restaurants that have yet to open at Aura, can’t wait until they do…I go to Aura often, but have only touched 1/4 of this list because I keep repeating Ramen Nagi and Paul.

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