Tempting aromas waft through the air at Festival Mall in Alabang as it opens more restaurants offering sumptuous options representing cuisines from all over the world at the new Expansion Wing and at River Park, making for a grander shopping experience. Festival Mall in Alabang, Muntinlupa, is a Filinvest Lifemall where the city’s heart beats.
Here are seven European-influenced restaurants that are a feast for the stomach and the eyes, and the soul that needs some good ol’ European nourishing.
The Morning After, located on the upper ground floor of the Expansion Wing, is all about breakfast from all over the world. From Europe, it offers full English Breakfast (bacon strips, two fried eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and bangers), German Bratwurst Sausage (with rösti potatoes, eggs, and button mushrooms), and French Three-Egg Omelette (with bell peppers, ham, cheese, onions, and tomatoes). The Morning After also offers lunch & dinner options, as well as Eastern cuisines like Indian, Japanese, Thai and Korean.
Whether you’re nursing the hangover of the century from last night or hoping to fill yourself to the brim with pancakes and bacon to tackle the day ahead, The Morning After serves breakfast food even after morning.
Petit Bistro offers an ambiance that just whispers classic European, with French tapas such as foie gras, garlic escargots and Egg Mourette with bacon and shallots. It also has a hefty selection of pastas, from linguini to macaroni. The place works as the perfect restaurant to bring your friends over to catch up and have a great time.
Gustav Café, at the lower ground floor (LGF) of the Expansion Wing, is unmistakeably French, what with its imposing replica of the tour Eiffel. Gustav Cafe is elaborate and ornate, which gives the feel of how it’s like to be dining along Avenue des Champs-Élysées, while enjoying its famous Pizza Le Blanc, with its signature white sauce, mushrooms, and imported cheeses. They also serve filling sandwiches ranging from roast beef to seafood.
Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken and Sauce Bar ignites your cravings for Spanish and Portuguese food that caters to the fiery family or the feisty flock of friends. It serves a multitude of muy caliente Latin dishes like Peri Grupo, all your favorites in one complete bundle of goodness. The main Spanish dish consisting of perichon, salted egg potato chips, Sebastian salad, pasta, and El Fuego, and their main Portuguese dish being one whole Peri-Peri Chicken, a whole slab of BBQ Ribs and Torta Gorilla.
Union Jack Tavern is undoubtedly English with its UK flag upholstery and its tasteful red interiors. It’s a bar worth spending the afternoon in, with its surprisingly wide selection of books and reading materials as well as flat screen TVs where the latest World Cup games or basketball finals air. Their most notable food selection is their ‘Best of British’ menu, which showcases the posh English palate that include slow cooked lamb shank, chunky shepherd’s pie, and haggis and tatties. The Tavern is at LGF area of the Expansion Wing.
L’Epicerie Gourmande. Literally translates to ‘gourmet groceries’, L’Epicerie has shelves upon shelves of wines, breads, and sundries hailing from France. You will feel as though you’ve stepped into a portal straight to le Midi. Their specialty dishes include Ratatouille, Niçois salad, ham sandwiches and paninis, cheesy quiches and grilled beef tenderloin. L’Epicerie Gourmand is at the River Park.
RED Kitchen + Bar is an amalgam of Europe, boasting cuisine and wine from all over the continent, including the Mediterranean. Their true specialty is their vast lineup of alcoholic drinks, from imported beers of Stella Artois and Hoegaarden, to the spirits of 12-year old Chivas Regal and Glenfidditch that will slither down your throat like fire. Cocktails are also an exciting option, with their signature White Sangria, Flameberry, and Kiwi Smash (with or without alcohol) among many other cocktails. If you’re into the more refined wine experience, they also have a vast selection of rich reds and pristine whites. Pair those with some British fish & chips, Italian vongole pasta, or their Eastern European R.E.D. flat bread, and you’ll have an unforgettable night at Festival Mall.
Festival Mall is a Filinvest Lifemall and a premier development in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It is the only mall with five anchor stores: Shopwise Supercenter, SaveMore, Robinsons Department Store, Ace Hardware and Handyman. It has over 700 shops, almost 4,000 parking slots, various food outlets, and indoor amusement rides. The community’s needs and passions find balance at Filinvest Lifemalls, where the city’s heart beats.