Whatever it is that you're looking for, there is always something for you at the restaurant row of Tuscany at McKinley Hill. Let's take a closer look at 10 unique food offerings I've tried, as well as what this dish is that I wanted to attack with a giant fork ;))1. Chorizo on Piggy Back (Terry's Selection)
Craving for authentic Spanish cuisine? Check out the Chorizo on Piggy Back (PhP310/$6.50) at Terry's Selection. It's made with one of the world's best spices called Pimenton dela Vera, which is a kind of Spanish spice with no preservatives and was the first to acquire the coveted status of denomination de origen. The dish is served in a piggy clay pot, fueled by brandy, and flamed on your table. It's a sure fire (pun intended) dramatic way to start your meal!
2. LES Addiction (L.E.S. Bagels)
I've always loved bagels but it's frustrating how there aren't any good bagel shops around until L.E.S. Bagels. I tried the LES Addiction (PhP470/$10) which is pumpernickel bagel with sliced lox, scallion cream cheese, capers, red onions, and fresh tomatoes, and loved it! I hope to taste the other bagels when I come back.
3. Pulled Pork Poutine (Main Street)
Love fries? Check out Main Street's Pulled Pork Poutine (PhP240/$5.20) which is a combination of hand cut fries, pulled pork, cheese curds, barbecue sauce, and spicy mayo. Although I'm not a drinker, they say this is good with beer!
4. Okonomiyaki Traditional Japanese Pizza (Nihonkai Tsukiji)
I love Japanese cuisine so it was a delight to try Nihonkai Tsukiji's Okonomiyaki (PhP280/$6). "Okonomi" means what you like and "yaki" means grilled. Combined together, the word refers to a traditional Japanese pizza. Nihonkai Tsukiji's version is filled with egg, cabbage, pork, seafood, and topped with mayonnaise, dried seaweeds, and dried fish flakes. It's crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The serving is pretty big too and good for sharing.
5. Chocolate Cupcake with Valhrona Cacao Nibs and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes (Sophie's Mom)
I'm always ready for dessert, whether it be in the beginning, the middle, or at the end of the meal, so I went ahead and tried Sophie's Mom's Chocolate Cupcake (PhP95/$2) which is made with Vahlrona cacao nibs and imported Maldon sea salt.
6. Beef Barbacoa Burrito (B&T Mexican Kitchen)
After that dessert break, my taste buds were ready again! I tried the Beef Barbacoa Burrito (PhP320/$6.80) at B&T Mexican Kitchen which is loaded with imported beef and cheeses, rice, beans, corn, and veggies plus different Mexican sauces.
7. Tom Yum Soup at Black Canyon Coffee
I was surprised to learn that Black Canyon Coffee does not only serve drinks, they serve great soup too! I tasted their Tom Yum Soup (PhP253/$5.50) which has prawns, galangal, kaffir leaves, lemongrass stem, onions, straw mushrooms, chili oil, fresh lime and coriander. A must try since this dish won the Tom Yum Thailand Championship!
8. Bacon Chips (Lucky's Burger)
This is what I was attacking with a giant fork earlier.. Lucky's Burger's Bacon Chips (PhP275/$5.95)! These pieces of salty, smoky bacon with store made sinamak vinegar, chili garlic sauce, salt, pepper, paprika, and chives are heaven in every bite. The serving is big but I think I could finish one by myself!
9. Balut w/ Napa Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Planet Grapes)
If you're an adventurous foodie, head on over to Planet Grapes and explore how well local street food pairs with wine. How about Sauvignon Blanc (PhP1,450/$32 per bottle) with the quintessential street food Balut (PhP40/$0.86)?
Are you a meat eater like I am? Try the Excalibur Kebab (PhP900/$20) at Wursty Wursty which is composed of beef and chicken, seasoned with oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper, garnished with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and served with pita bread and salad. Phew! That's a lot. And what's more, the Excalibur Kebab is served on a sword. Totally Instagram worthy!
For more information on the Cravelist in Tuscany at McKinley Hill, you may call the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at (02) 709-9888, 709-0888, or (0917) 838-0111. You can also visit their official website at http://megaworldlifestylemalls.com/ or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/megaworldlifestylemalls.