When my friend sent me a mobile message asking what restaurant should we try in Shangri-la East Mall – I replied Italian, Balboa; or Tonkatsu Kitchen or Woo Galbi. My friend picked my first suggestion reading me as someone who loves Italian food.
Balboa might be a weird name for an Italian restaurant – but Balboa could be a name of someone famous from Italy – probably, an explorer?
We were foodie explorer that evening as we tried the food in Balboa. I found my friends already enjoying the Spinach Artichoke and Sangria when I arrived – while I feed my camera first with these photos before taking a sip of the Sangria..
The place is a bit small for me but I love the comfy couches and cushioned chairs. It feels like dining in the great hall of some great palace of a great country. 😉 There are, however, tables set up in the middle of the walkway that (I feel) may not be a good table for couples on a date. 😉
Sangria was my favorite that night! It is refreshing, but can kick your senses after hours. I love the sliced lemon that floats and seeps the alcohol in the drink. Since Mandaluyong is a plastic-free city, the straws used in the drinks are made of paper and can soften after a few sips.
We thought that we didn’t order enough food for the three of us, but we realized that what we had is just perfect and filling for 3 pax.
I am not certain how many months this restaurant is running, but staff training, attentiveness and sense of urgency can still be improved.
Php2,340 including service charge. Main course starts at Php 400. Might need around 1,000 for a decent meal for two, or prolly extend the budget to Php 1,500 to impress your date.
Yes, they do accept credit card. Not certain if they accept American Express.
Come as you are. But it might be nice to dress for the ambiance. We were on our Sunday Day Off clothes that evening, but we still look decent.
Families, friends, and lovers. Just choose the best table so you guys can talk. There are tables that seem too “open” in the walkway.
There are still a lot of food we need to try before I can give a good judgement, but the first dinner was good – could have been perfect. It is the service that can keep the guests coming back. The service is not bad (the staff is professional) but there is something about personalized service that most of the business always miss.
I will sure be back for more of Balboa. But I am still dreaming of the Frankie Tomato’s to come in Manila.
Have you guys tried the Balboa in Shangri-la East Wing? What dishes can you recommend?
4th Level East Wing Shangri-La Plaza Mall,
Shaw Blvd. cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City