Lipa City – Globalization has indeed stirred the Filipinos’ discerning tongue. Innovative food business concepts gained following among diners and to-go gastronomers. Three new restaurants for instance opened their doors at SM City Lipa just recently.
House of Lasagna
Located at the ground floor of the main mall of SM City Lipa, House of Lasagna is an Italian-inspired restaurant known for mouth-watering lasagnas teeming with cheese and savory herbs. As its fifth branch in the Philippines, owner Chef Erick Congmon plans to secure the global branding of House of Lasagna in terms of service, restaurant design, and product offerings. As a matter of fact, they already have a branch in China.
Oishii Maki is located at the ground floor of the main building of SM City Lipa. This Japanese-inspired counter is a case of an online business turned into brick and mortar. After being a professional chef for 10 years, Mr. Molina conceptualized his own line of Japanese-inspired food and sell them through the social media and referral from friends. With an increasing following for his products, Mr. Molina decided to have a physical store inside a mall. Their products include a variety of Maki whichstarts from 60 pesos for every four pieces.
Located at the Foodcourt of SM City Lipa, this take out counter is possibly the most economical tempura shop there is. For only 70 pesos, one can have four pieces of freshly cooked prawn tempura. Contrary with the modern way on how Tempura is served here in specialty restaurants in the Philippines, Tokyo Tempura’s holding company Jwien Food Corp., aims to bring back the original way on how Tempura was sold in Tokyo – in the sidewalk or by roaming push carts and open for everyone.