Fores and Bono dance at Grace Park. Photograph from @margaritafores on Instagram
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From lechon to diwal pasta: What Bono and company have been eating in Manila — so far

Bono, U2 frontman and known foodie, has been seen in two of the best restaurants in Manila, and we know what he ordered.
ANCX Staff | Dec 10 2019

Bono and the rest of U2 are currently in the Philippines for work. Earlier today, Bono sat down with Senator Dick Gordon and company to promote the new service of Zipline and the Philippine Red Cross: blood delivery by drone. Tomorrow night, of course, U2 is set to conquer the 55,000 seater Philippine Arena for the continuation of The Joshua Tree tour. 

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But despite all the work, the performing, and the stopping for selfies, trust that they’re eating well. The group has been indulging in good food in some of the city’s top dining places. Last night, straight from the airport, they had their first meal in Manila at Grace Park in Rockwell, the farm-to-table concept by one of Asia’s best chefs, Margarita Fores. 

Bono and The Edge at Grace Park, with the Foreses: Alfonso Fores, Margarita's son Amado, and sisters Bledes, Margarita and Veana. 

It was supposed to be the staff Christmas party for Margarita’s group of restaurants, and Grace Park was the chosen venue—hence the restaurant was closed. But a friend of Bono traveling with the group made the special request to dine in the establishment, so the resto staff decided it would be business as usual instead. In exchange, Bono and Edge wished them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year — in song. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Edge and his wife were in Bono’s party along with U2’s managers. Fores was positively ecstatic over the presence of the rock stars. Bono even asked her for a dance. 

The chef served them lechon, adobo, and the diwal pasta. “Edge and Bono loved the diwal pasta and kalabasa flowers with smoked kesong puti and mascarpone,” Fores told ANCX. 

At Donosti, Bono is flanked by sous chef Ayee Rivera and manager Angelli Aquila

Today, after the Zipline press conference at the Philippine Red Cross HQ in Mandaluyong, Bono was spotted at Donosti at the NAC Tower in BGC. According to Tippi Tambunting, operations manager of the pintxos and tapas joint, she had already left Donosti when her manager and chef called her to say that Bono had entered the restaurant. She readily went back, of course. 

Bono with Tippi Tambunting.

Tambunting, who served the U2 frontman herself, told ANCX Bono arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. He came with his managers and security— they were 5 in the group. And what did Bono have? The Jamon iberico, pimiento de padron, croqueta de Jamon, and for his main course, the Chilean sea bass. His vegetarian manager had croqueta with spinach. 

We here at ANCX were thinking of sending the band our suggestions on where to dine next, but it looks like they already have a very good guide who knows his or her way around the best places in Manila.