With all the hype it’s been getting, people are expecting a lot from SM Aura, especially when it comes to dining. The mall is supposedly bringing in several new eating establishments with fresh and unique concepts when it comes to their food. Expect these to be more upscale, in keeping with the theme of the mall.

For now, though, a quick visit will show that the restaurant selection is still fairly limited, with only a few stores open. However, the signs plastered all over the boarded-up stalls do promise a lot of reasons to be excited about the future dining prospects in the mall.  Here’s a quick rundown of the restaurants coming soon in SM Aura.

1. Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi

Ramen Nagi Logo

The famous Butao Ramen arrives here through the Ramen Nagi chain. Butao is one of Hong Kong’s best ramen houses, and is well-known for its creative dishes. Aside from the traditional broth, Butao also features squid ink and parmesan cheese ramen bowls. It’ll be fun to see how Butao fares as it goes head to head with Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, which is already open at Aura.

2. Paul


A bakery and patisserie that started in France in 1889, it has since grown into a chain of cafes that can be found all over the world. The store is set to open very soon in SM Aura, with another branch at the Bench Tower in BGC (it was the Bench group that was responsible for bringing the chain here).

3. Shine Bakery and Café


Gourmandise Cupcakes

From Chef Sunshine Pengson, this café is an offshoot of her Gourmandise Patisserie. They’ve recently closed shop in Rockwell to move to their new home in SM Aura. The café is expected to open in September, with the menu also offering non-pastry dishes such as burgers, pizzas, and other savory items.

4. The Food Hall

The Food Hall

Food Hall TPNY

This New York based restaurant created by Todd English is known for its novel approach to offering a very wide selection of food. With nine different stations, diners get to experience freshly made gourmet dishes available from their seafood bar, pasta bar, sushi bar, and a cheese and charcuterie station, among others.

5. Slappy Cakes

Slappy Cakes

Following the heels of their well-received flagship store in Eastwood, they’re putting up a new branch so people down south can enjoy the restaurant’s range of pancake mixes, as well as the novelty of getting to cook your own pancakes.

Cafe Mary Grace

Lugang Cafe

Other established names, such as Café Mary Grace and Lugang Café, are also set to open in SM Aura before the year ends.

SM Aura looks set in staking its own place in the dining destination that Bonifacio Global City has become. Aside from featuring enough bakeries to be a nightmare for any Atkins devotee, they’re also bringing in a lot of well-known food concepts from around the world. It’s going to be a very interesting year for SM Aura. Let’s see how well people will respond to their offerings.

Any particular restaurant you’re excited about? Are you looking forward to the squid ink ramen too? Let us know in the comments!

Image Sources: [Ramen Nagi / Ramen Nagi / Gourmandise / Zomato / The Plaza]


12 Responses

  1. The Food Hall! FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this kind of restaurant to open in Metro Manila! 😀 I love eating at these kinds of restos when I’m not in the Philippines. 😀

  2. Thank you for including us and we hope to see you when we open! Opening in September. 🙂

  3. Shameless plug 😛
    We’re also going to open a small little store in the LG floor of Aura very soon.
    Hope you guys can drop by soon 🙂

  4. Hmm, I seem to remember that Nagi was supposed to come here as Butao. If I recall right, yun yung original na nakalagay. Wonder why they changed it? Or talagang mali lang akala ko? Haha

    1. Nagi is the international store ata. 🙂 Butao is Nagi in HK, but elsewhere, it’s known as Ramen Nagi talaga. Maybe they’re keeping the Butao name for the sole use of HK?

      1. My theory is that they realized “Butao” might have a negative connotation here. I don’t know kung sa amin lang to, but when we play basketball and we get a teammate who really sucks, it’s called Butaw. As in, “pre wag niyo isali yan, butaw yan e.” So yeah, eating a butaw ramen sounds bad…

      2. haha, i was thinking along the same lines. only in reference to the butaw in pusoy.

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