Last week, the very successful Bistro Group organized an event to promote their ever-burgeoning collection of international hospitality casual dining brands.
In business since 1994, they started by opening TGI Friday’s, the very first American casual dining chain in the Philippines.
Within six years, the flagship restaurant of the Dallas-based Friday’s Hospitality Group expanded to five branches.
As of 2012, TGI Friday’s has 14 branches throughout the Philippines.
ITALIAN-AMERICAN AT ITALIANNI’S
In February 1996, Italianni’s Philippines became the chain’s first international branch outside the US. Its American-Italian cuisine, and its unique shared-style dining concept as essayed by its slogan “Amor de Merrier,” made it an instant hit among Filipinos.
Every item on the Italianni’s menu is authentically prepared with the finest ingredients and is built on a wide selection of classic American-Italian flavors.
Then the Bistro Group brought in Fish & Co. Seafood in a Pan, a Singapore-based chain with restaurants in Asia Pacific, and launched a couple of homegrown concepts including Flapjacks, Pig Out, and Krazy Garlik.
Talk about a wide array of cuisines to choose from.
A GREAT FAMILY FAVORITE
Flapjacks is a great favorite with families.
With interiors that are both sunny and fresh, and with craveable menu selections available from sun up to sun down, Flapjacks offers customers a range of fluffy pancakes and ultimate omelets as well as American comfort food.
Meanwhile, Bistro’s Pig Out!, a country-style family grill restaurant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, serves meat and seafood grilled specialties cooked just right using quality ingredients.
On the other hand, Krazy Garlik was launched, “a dining destination that glorifies the taste of garlic.” The restaurant brings together the best garlic recipes from around the world.
They also opened the Stock Market in Bonifacio High Street, where everything is prepared “delightfully fresh.”
The menu features a complete selection of fresh and flavorful selection of soups and salads, sandwiches and burgers, pastas, seafood and meat dishes, and dessert.
The Bistro Group also launched a franchise, Bulgogi Brothers, a Korean BBQ Restaurant, in Greenbelt 5, offering traditional Korean cuisine.
The menu offers classic Korean favorites using meat from Australia, such as kimchi, barbecued meats, Korean steaks, stews, noodles, and rice dishes. Since then, three more Bulgogi Brothers branches were opened.
Ma Maison, another international franchise, opened in 2011 in Greenbelt 2.
Offering Japanese Western food, Ma Maison is also famous for its homemade “brown sauce,” which is stewed carefully for 28 days following a traditional recipe that adds a rich taste to meat dishes.
Last year, they opened the Village Tavern and it quickly made a name for itself with hearty portions of great-tasting comfort food made from premium ingredients and the best customer service.
Known for its flatbreads, salads, crab cakes, and its Cowboy Burger, Village Tavern offers a rustic but elegant tavern setting.
Last November, The Bistro Group opened Watami Japanese Casual Restaurant in SM Mall of Asia, followed by another branch in Glorietta.
The Watami Group is the top food and beverage brand in Japan, with over 700 branches in Asia Pacific. With original dishes and signature beverages, Watami Group’s slogan is “to receive the most number of thank-yous in the world.”
Finally — but I’m sure it’s not going to be the last in a min-boggling array of diverse restaurants — The Bistro Group brought in Modern Shanghai, a restaurant featuring Shanghainese home cooked recipes in a casual and home-like manner, reviving simple but hearty meals that connect customers with traditions and memories.
To date, The Bistro Group of Restaurants has the following restaurants: