Shopping and dining is even more rewarding when these are all done in one location. Thankfully, we’ve got malls to allow us to do these things all in one go. However, there are only a handful of malls that house boutiques and restaurants that you could rarely find, a mall that is not congested with people, and one that has a condominium nearby. Last May 13, I was able to experience the life I could have if ever live in Robinsons Residences thanks to RJ Ledesma of Mercato Centrale, Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet and Robinsons Residences. The Magnolia Residences offers both 36sqm one-bedroom and 78sqm executive two-bedroom units. The media headed first to the Magnolia Residences’ showroom, which truly wowed us.
It truly felt like shopping and dining were just next door since the idea is to clearly make life convenient for those dwelling at the Magnolia Residences. Thus part of our itinerary was to head next to Robinsons Magnolia. We went to Robinsons Magnolia food court located at the ground floor to visit three stores. We went straight to C’Verde by Big Chill, the first vegetarian quick-service restaurant. There, I munched on Bean and Cheese Taquitos. Next, we went to Zigla. Here, zizigla ka talaga (pun intended), because they prepare freshly-cooked food. However, we tried the pre-prep Tuna and Cheese Sandwich with high-fiber whole wheat loaf. We then went to Pad Thai. The store offers authentic Thai dishes, but at an affordable price. We got to try their Pad Thai Chicken. Considering that we went to the mall’s food court, Robinsons Magnolia has healthy and delicious offerings. I’d recommend the place to people who are figure-conscious.
We satisfied our sweet tooth by heading to the House of Silvanas. I’ve already seen some of its stalls in different malls. However, during our visit, I was able to taste their meringue wafer for the first time. This dessert comes in pandan (too sweet), strawberry (mildly sweet), mango (so-so), and ube (my right kind of sweet) flavors. Despite their varying sweetness, they are all still luscious. Next, we visited Villa del Conte, which offers authentic Italian chocolates. Their watermelon chocolate is superb, but their praline ball is also excellent. Gosh, I just love how it satisfied my chocolate cravings!
Sir RJ Ledesma, being the host, warned us that our tummies will be filled with more carbs as we were going to have our dinner at The Clubhouse and Gaucho. The Clubhouse is a house of modern comfort food and its ambience is cozy since its interiors felt like home. We had Tuyo Rice Bowl with pineapple salsa, Truffle Mushroom Scramble (the flavor is so-so), Hungarian Sausage & Eggs, and Vigan Longganisa Hash (I fell in love with this one the most). I’m going to marry The Clubhouse in the coming days.
The dinner’s mood shifted from cozy to stiff as we set foot to the two-level Argentinean-inspired restaurant called Gaucho. I describe the place’s ambience as stiff, because it is a fine-dining restaurant. However, the friendly staff makes up for all the stiffness. Their Falda ala Cruz (US Beef Shortplate) is tender and yummy. Meanwhile, their Cochino ala Cruz (native suckling pig) did not appeal to my taste buds. However, their Cordero Entero ala Cruz (Australian Young Lamb) was tasty and smelled really fresh. Argentines are meat lovers so swirling a red wine is a must when dining in an Argentinean-inspired resto!
I don’t know if you guys already know this trivia, but for those who don’t, then this one’s for you: It was in this place where Magnolia Ice Cream House was situated before.
But hey, Robinsons has reconstructed a place that will make your eyes happy and your tummies groan. There are a lot of establishments to remember, but I guarantee you that all the places we’ve been to truly made our night. I like Crepe Parfait! With the heaps of ice cream we had, we never had to scream for more ice cream!
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