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3 New Restaurants in SM Mall of Asia | Modern Shang, Italianni’s and Watami

January 4, 2023

SM Mall of Asia, or SM MOA is not just considered as one of the largest shopping malls in the Philippines but is also a leisure and food-crawl destination.

The Mall of Asia is now a home to 3 new restaurants of The Bistro Group – Italianni’s, Modern Shang, and Watami. We recently visited the newly renovated North Veranda Wing of Mall of Asia and tried out the Holiday Dishes of these 4 restaurants.

Sharing the must-try dishes from Italianni’s, Modern Shang and Watami.


Cher Tasaaki Shikawa (Chef Masa) brings to Watami his take on flavorful and classic Japanese cuisine steeped in Japanese culture and history. He has over 30 years of experience gained in his own restaurants and from various stints in some of Manila’s top-rated hotels.

Watami Mall of Asia What to Order

Watami Mall of Asia What to Order

His latest creations that you must-try in Watami includes Atlantic Black Cod, Flame-Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Wasabi Sesame Sauce, Smoked Duck Breast, Dep-Fried Japanese Oysters, Thinly-Sliced Pork Hotpot with Tonkotsu Soup, Steamed Scallops and Wakame with Vinegary Miso Soup.

Enjoy these with assorted sushi, tempura, ramen and more.


Italianni’s is more like an institution when it comes to Italian-American Dining. The newly-opened 100-seater Mall of Asia branch serves all your favorite dishes from Appetizers, Salads, Pastas, Pizzas, Mains and desserts.

Italianni's Mall of Asia What to Order

Italianni's Mall of Asia What to Order

Italianni's Mall of Asia What to Order

You can still enjoy Holiday Dishes like Honey Crisp Salad, Grilled Pear Salad, Braised Beef Osso Bucco Platter, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Blueberry Mango Cheesecake. Don’t forget to enjoy the meal with a glass of Sangria!

Modern Shang

Modern Shang, formerly Modern Shanghai serves authentic Shanghai cuisines that you can enjoy in the store’s modern contemporary interior.

Modern Shang Mall of Asia What to Order

Modern Shang Mall of Asia What to Order

Rich and savory dishes like Braised Pork Knuckle and Braised Pork Belly are some of the recommended dishes for the Holiday Offerings.

You can also enjoy signature dishes like Xiao Long Bao, Steamed Hakaw Shrimp Dumpling, Roasted Crispy Pork, Wok-Fried Beef with Brocolli, Orange Chicken, Deep-Fried Squid and Birthday Noodles.

Italianni's Mall of Asia Blog

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Please also watch out for the opening of Bulgogi Brothers.

What’s best about these restaurants is you can cross-order from any of these Bistro Group restaurants.

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