THERE is a new array of dining destinations on the eastern side of the metro. As it is, the City of Marikina and neighboring areas in Rizal are already on many foodies’ must-visit lists. From the larger food hubs and parks, to hole-in-the-wall restos, the east of the metropolis has managed to carve a name for itself as a foodie haven.
At the Sta. Lucia East Mall alone, one can find many unique, homegrown food concepts.
“As the pioneer in the mall industry in this side of town, Sta. Lucia East Mall houses a growing number of traditional and new concept restaurants. Our market is used to having quite a number of food options here and that’s why we have to regularly give them something new to try and enjoy,” explained Sta. Lucia East Mall vice-president for operations Zaldy Santos in a release.
“The goal really is to ensure that mallgoers will have enough choices given the highly dynamic environment that we are now seeing in the retail industry. At Sta. Lucia Mall, we make sure that whatever budget you have, there’s always something for you to enjoy,” she said.
The shopping center located at the intersection of the Marikina-Infanta Highway and Felix Ave. in Cainta, Rizal, opened in 1991 and has since become a landmark.
As the mall marked its 27th year, new restaurants have opened to provide fresh options to customers.
Among these are Estela and Kalye Unligrill.
Estela Restaurant Bar & Lounge is owned by celebrity couple Gladys Reyes and Christopher Roxas. Located along Brickroad, Estela serves a variety of cuisines, from Filipino and Italian, to Spanish and French. The casual dining restaurant’s interiors have an industrial vibe.
At Kalye Unligrill, customers grill their own food Pinoy-style. It takes familiar street food such as isaw, to the next level, while offering this wide food assortment at affordable prices.
Then there is Maria’s, a cozy nook that offers comfort food any time of the day. Located at Il Centro, Maria’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Other food choices at the mall include The Dimsum Place, Kuya J’s, and Pedro and Coi.
For details visit Sta. Lucia Mall’s Facebook page.