New eats: BGC's newest food hall has something for everybody

Jeeves de Veyra

Posted at Sep 11 2019 12:10 PM

The entrance from the ground floor of the Stock Exchange Building. Jeeves de Veyra

MANILA -- Foodee Global Concepts recently inaugurated its new food hall at the Bonifacio Global City, Food District Signatures on 5th, which aims to offer dining options for all tastes and budgets.

“We had an original concept that was supposed to be in this 2,500 sq.m. space that we committed. But when we looked into the economics of it, we felt that maybe not. So we decided to just take it on ourselves and do a Food District,” explained Foodee Global Concepts COO Eric Dee.

Eric Dee poses amid the busy lunch crowd of Food District. Jeeves de Veyra

Foodee is no stranger to the food hall business as it has managed small internal versions such as the ones inside the Globe Tower and JP Morgan in BGC, as well as the V-Mall Food Court in Greenhills.

The sprawling food court has price points lower than the usual BGC restaurants. Some familiar concepts -- yet unexpected for the BGC area -- can be found here with diners on a budget able to grab a decent meal for P100 to P250.

Hawker Chan anchors the restaurant hall. Jeeves de Veyra

Dee likes to use “restaurant hall” to describe Food District as there are full-blown restaurants within the space, with their own service counter and seating area. One of these is Foodee’s own Michelin-starred Hawker Chan from Singaporean which is doing brisk business wherever it sets up. 

The others are Zark’s Burgers, Macao Imperial Tea, and torched sushi restaurant Aburi.

Avocadoria.ph is popular for its avocado soft serve ice cream. Jeeves de Veyra

Soft serve avocado ice cream (Avocadoria.ph), bahn mi and Vietnamese coffee (Bahn Mi Kitchen), fruit juices (Fruity), packed popcorn (Kettle Corn), waffles (Belgian Waffles), affordable shawarma (Turk’s), and the ever popular flavored fries (Potato Corner) are the draws of the stand-alone stalls on the floor of Food District.

Meanwhile, there are also kiosks featuring Indonesian restaurant Bakmi Nyonya, Spanish yogurt shop Llaollao, milk tea giant ChaTime, Filipino ihaw-ihaw InihawX, Pepper Lunch Express, and Nolita, whose pizzas have been sorely missed in BGC since closing at Bonificio High Street Central.

K-Alley serves Korean and Japanese street food. Jeeves de Veyra 

In one corner dressed in neon is K-Alley, a motley collection of stands featuring Japanese and Korean street food. K-Alley is also the place to go if you’re looking for beer cocktails.

Lastly, there’s a section of dry goods stalls for people who want to bring Filipino snacks like empanadas and kakanin back to the office or for pasalubong. Dee said that they will be rotating the concessionaires in this section to provide a variety of take-out products.

There's even a take-out section. Jeeves de Veyra

The Food District hasn’t opened all of the concepts yet. Other concepts opening soon are Ono Poke Bowls, Ayala Triangle’s salad favorite Berde Bowls, Justin Golangco’s fried chicken concept Side Chick, Happy Ongpauco’s Le Chon, and Gilbert Pangilinan’s yakitori concept Tosho.

Watch this video to get a feel of what's in store at Food District Signatures on 5th.

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Food District Signatures on 5th is located at the basement of the Philippine Stock Exchange Tower/One Bonifacio High Street in Taguig and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.