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Come and experience "Life on the Bright Side"

Located at the heart of the metro, Eastwood City is known for its wide range of food establishments that offer some of the world's best – from the mouth-watering Filipino crispy pata to the irresistible Korean samgyupsal.

Manila Standard was invited to a four-restaurant food crawl recently and, boy, did we spoil our palates.

Donning its tagline, “Life on the Bright Side,” the 17-hectare, Megaworld-developed establishment boasts of being the next food hub in the metro with its four newly-opened food stops.

Located in a prime location, Eastwood City's must-try restos are not just perfect for those who live within the area, but also for the “northie and southie” gastronomes.

Let's dig in.

Livestock

If you're more into Filipino taste, a go-to food stop for you is the Livestock, one of the better known restaurants in the metro, being tagged as serving the "Best crispy pata in the city" by Spot.ph because of the incomparable crispiness and tenderness of its pork leg specialty.

Crispy pata so perfectly cooked, even a popsicle stick can slice through it
With one of Filipino's all-time favorites crispy pata as its best-seller, Livestock is expected entice food buffs, who in turn will never feel guilty with a crispy pata so perfectly cooked, you could even use a popsicle stick to slice it. #PraisetheLard

Mangorita 2 ways, a manille calamansi liquer with tequila and a combination of the sweetness of ripe mangoes and sourness of green mangoes, garnished with bagoong
Adding to their best meat course is the wide range of signature cocktails and fruit shakes that the whole family and friends can enjoy. A must try for tequila lovers is their Mangorita 2 ways, a manille calamansi liquer with tequila and a combination of the sweetness of ripe mangoes and sourness of green mangoes, and take note, it is garnished with the classic bagoong. As for non-alcoholic drinkers, you can try their refreshing mocktails like Kahel at Kamias.

Jin Joo

We all know that Korean culture has been embraced by many Filipinos. We indulge in binge watching K-dramas and listening to K-pop. The list goes on. One thing that really made a huge impact to many Pinoys is of course, Korean food.

Budae Jjigae together with a set of side dishes and Jin Joo's Famous 8 Flavors of Samgyeopsal
One Korean pub which delivers authentic Korean food and atmosphere is Jin Joo, a newly-opened Korean restaurant in Eastwood, Quezon City which instantly became a hit for barkadas wanting to enjoy a genuine taste of Korea.

Jin Joo's Cheese Deung Galbi perfect for sharing with your K-barkada
We got to try its best-seller samgyupsal that really brought our tongues a taste of Korea, with a touch of Filipino style. Jin Joo is highly recommended for barkadas who are real samgyupsal lovers. Jin Joo's 8 flavors showcase Korea's popular samgyupsal that can be paired with banchan or side dishes.

Pound by Todd English

An array of sliders, burgers, poutine, and side-dishes available at Pound by Todd English
Looking for some posh and elegant looking restaurant but want to still value an affordable dinner date with your family and loved ones? Pound by Todd English has you covered. Enjoy their best serving of gourmet burgers, pasta, poutine and fries, plus their best-selling ginger ale – without worrying about the bill.

The mouth-watering TE's Pound Foie Gras Burger boasting its Housse ground beef patty served with 50g of Seared Foie Gras
Tori Chizu

Craving for some comfort food with a Japanese touch even on a tight budget? Tori Chizu is the best place to go to satisfy your craving. Serving a doria or Japanese baked rice, Tori Chizu establishes itself as one of the pioneering Japanese restos that chose to serve Japanese meals other than the usual ramen and/or tonkatsu.

The classic TC Original Chicken Terriyaki.
Tori Chizu's Beef Yakiniku (left) and Kani Takoyaki (right) offer a much different taste of Japan's classic baked rice
With its bright and buzzy-colored interior, this Japanese food haven is a hard-to-miss joint in the busy heart of Eastwood.

Photos by Alicia Angelica Villanueva and Charles Arvin Dantes

Topics: Eastwood City , Filipino crispy pata. Korean samgyupsal , Life on the Bright Side , Livestock , Jin Joo , Pound by Todd English , Tori Chizu
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