Man vs Food: A Guide on What and Where to Eat at The Grove by Rockwell

Here's an in-depth look at the restaurants you need to check out when you visit this emerging community in Ortigas.

Earlier this year, we've created a list of Rockwell's newest retail strip that's perfect for foodies who are always on the lookout for new eats. We've tried almost all the restaurants to give you this in-depth look at the must-try dishes at these ten establishments that are a mix of both old and new names in the food scene. Here's a rundown of all the restaurants you'd want to check out when you visit this emerging community in Ortigas:

Alley
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Operating Hours: Mon to Thu 11am-10:30pm|Fri 11am-1am|Sat 8am-1am|Sun 8am-11:30pm

Love sinking your teeth into mouthwatering sandwiches and comfort food favorites? This restaurant offers an artisanal take on the classic comfort food like sandwiches, pasta and more! Oh, and did we say they put a local spin on the classic beignets and they're the bomb?! The Queso de Bola Beignets (P199) are served warm and dusted with powdered sugar. Munch on these as a starter or dessert, we're not going to judge! 

Queso de Bola Beignets

Asakusa: Home of Tempura
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Operating Hours: Mon to Thur 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-9:30pm|Fri to Sun 11:30am-3pm; 5:30pm-10pm

Everyone loves Japanese food! Start off your meal at this Japanese restaurant with an order of the Spicy Tuna Salad (P198) and the Chicken Karaage (P288) while waiting for what they're best for. Specializing in crispy tempura made affordable, the Emperor Set (P578) that's good for sharing has 2 black tiger prawns, scallop, shiitake mushroom, kani, fish, zucchini and french beans. They also have a Make Your Own Tempura if you want your meal to be more customized to your liking! 

Chicken Karaage

Backyard Kitchen + Brew
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Operating Hours: 8am to 2am daily

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Known for their farm to table dishes, paying Backyard a visit means munching on their best-sellers – Salted Egg Chicken Skin (P225) served with chili pineapple vinegar on the side and their huge serving of Mac & Cheese Nachos (P485), has mac & cheese, bacon, homemade longanisa, jalapeño, sour cream, pico de gallo, housemade guacamole and drizzled with more cheese sauce. They also have an interesting lineup of flat breads: Salted Egg Chicken Skin, Duck Flakes & Sriracha, Longganisa & Peppers, 4 Cheese & Truffle and Garlic Shrimp.

Mac & Cheese Nachos

Burgerpub
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Operating Hours: Sun to Thurs 11am-11pm|Fri to Sat 11am-1am

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A visit to Burgerpub wouldn't be right without trying any from their no fuss burger lineup especially their Pub Original (P345) which has a 170g burger patty made with 100% imported beef, slathered with their original sauce with caramelized onion and sharp cheddar cheese. Definitely a simple burger yet packed with flavor! 

Pub Original

Hanamaruken Ramen
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Operating Hours: Mon to Thur 11am-9pm|Fri to Sun 11am-10pm

Being in the metro since 2014, Hanamaruken Ramen still boasts of the same best-seller, the Signature Happiness Ramen (P480). It is a bowl of ramen with slow-braised custom cut soft bone pork rib in a shoyu tonkotsu broth. Order an Aji Tamago (P50) on the side to complete your meal! 

Signature Happiness Ramen

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Om Indian Kitchen
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Operating Hours: Mon to Sun 11am-2pm;6pm-10pm

If you're looking for some authentic Indian cuisine, you've come to the right place. Order the classic Samosa that's available in Veg (P40/solo; P115/plate of 3) or Non-Veg (P50/solo; P145/plate of 3) and douse it with their housemade tamarind chutney. Butter Chicken (P265) is one of their best-sellers and we now know why. It's a slightly sweet, tomato and cashew based mildly spiced curry with chunks of tender chicken. Make sure you wipe your plate clean with some warm Naan (P40/2pcs)!

Samosa

Pi Breakfast & Pies
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Operating Hours: 7am to 10pm daily

Start your day with the amazing Big Breakfast Platter (P595) that's actually good for sharing! It has Hungarian, Italian & Pinoy Dinuguan Sausage, 2-pc sunny side up eggs, potato hash, slices of toasted brioche bread, roasted shiitake & button mushrooms, bacon strips, pork & beans and roasted tomatoes. If you want a smaller yet equally filling meal, order the Pork & Beans (P295) or the Caramelized Spam (P265) which are both our favorites. What's a visit without some pie, right? Here's a slice of S'mores (P145) to end yet an already wonderful meal!

Big Breakfast Platter

Pork & Beans

Caramelized Spam

S'mores Pie

Starbucks
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Operating Hours: Mon to Thur 6:30am-11:30pm|Fri 6:30am-1am|Sat 7:30am-1am|Sun 8am-12mn

 

What's an establishment without a Starbucks in sight? Since the Christmas breeze is already here, that means the annual Starbucks Christmas drinks are here again! Have a sip of two returning favorites – Peppermint Mocha and Toffee Nut – or try their newest drink called Santa Hat Dark Mocha!

[L-R]: Peppermint Mocha, Santa Hat Dark Mocha, Toffee Nut

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Sunrise Buckets
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Operating Hours: Mon to Thur and Sunday 11am to 10pm|Fri to Sat 11am to 12mn

Start off a visit with some Nachos Overload (P225) and their Brooklyn's Dog (P235) which is a frankfurter with jalapeño slices, fresh white onions, salsa and loaded with jalapeño cheese. Word of caution, all burgers are served on Brioche Buns brushed with melted butter. Now that's a sinful way to bite into their burgers like Remembering 9/11 (P395/5 toppings; P495/10 toppings; P595/15 toppings) is a large cut of chicken breast generously coated with Real American Buffalo Hot sauce where you can choose from five toppings to as many as fifteen toppings to squeeze on top of your patty! First-timers shouldn't miss out on the Sunrise Original which is your favorite wings in New York Buffalo Sauce that's bursting with spicy and tangy flavors.

Brooklyn's Dog

Remembering 9/11

Sunrise Original

The Gardens: Brunch Cafe and Social House
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Operating Hours: 7:30am-10pm daily

Who says brunch can't be eaten all day? They have a wide-range of brunch items like the vegetarian Açaí Breakfast Bowl (P220) which has blended superfood açai berries topped with fruits and superfood chia seeds, cacao nibs, organic coconut oil and desiccated coconut and their gluten-free Baked Egg Chorizo (P365) which is a skillet of oven-baked free-range egg with chorizo in caramelized tomato and red wine sauce, topped with melted mozzarella cheese. If you want something that's more filling order one of our favorites, the Gardens Brunch Pasta (P299) topped with 7-minute egg which you mix into the warm dish. While you're at it, sip on their Sangria Cooler (P240), handcrafted artisanal Italian red wine with fresh lemon, orange, rum and mints. They're also known for their cold-pressed juices (P1400 for 6 bottles) that are available in seven flavors and their Vital Shot (P80) which has turmeric, ginger, lemon and honey in one small and mighty bottle. 

Açaí Breakfast Bowl

Baked Egg Chorizo

Gardens Brunch Pasta

The Grove by Rockwell is located at E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C5), 1604 Pasig, Philippines, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Pasig, Metro Manila. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram to get the latest updates. 

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