In the most unassuming of places stand Bellagio Square, a dining and entertainment center in Malate, Manila, with facilities for dining, health, beauty and wellness. Located in Jorge Bocobo street, it’s just a short walk from Robinson’s Midtown Mall. So why go to Bellagio when you can stay at the mall?
For one thing, Bellagio houses dining establishments that you wouldn’t find in the malls. There’s Hellas Taverna, a Greek restaurant with the trademark whites and blues and serves amazing Greek-style coffee; Simorgh, a Persian Halal restaurant with yummy kebabs and deligthful Basmati rice; Yin Lok Kui, a Hong Kong restaurant with great pica-picas and desserts; NAHA, a Japanese-Korean Shabu Shabu restaurant with an amazing dining area on its 2nd floor, and; Patio Guernica, a Spanish restaurant with its sinful Paella, fresh juices and gorgeous antiques.
There’s also White Berry, a frozen yogurt place that serves both plain froyo and berry-infused froyo with optional toppings, and Koi, a Japanese-inspired bar & restaurant that has serves a great Tequila Rose shake.
There are also health, beauty and wellness shops like Bio Essence (whose architect made a spectacular effort in maximizing a 50 sqm space), Mi & Me (a very cute and very pink Nail art salon) and Tony & Jackey salon (featuring Korean stylists. Surprisingly, most of their clients are Filipino).
There’s an open square in the middle where people can hang out and watch live bands in the weekends. My favorite feature of this place though is its free Wi-Fi. If I just live nearby, I’d always hang out at Bellagio Square.
Huge thanks goes out to Mr. Leoncio for taking us around Bellagio Square.