We went to the newly opened The Alley Ayala Malls Manila Bay for lunch today. They have a 50% off opening promo from March 3 to March 9, 2020 for Vikings Card holders. That means instead of paying the P988 (+5% service charge) adult rate, you only pay P494 (+5% service charge). Yep, you have until dinnertime tomorrow to avail of this super discounted rate.
The Alley Ayala Malls Manila Bay is located on the third level beside Tong Yang Plus. It’s best to reserve before going so you’re guaranteed seats upon arrival. Walk-ins go inside the premises in the order which they came. If there are people who get there earlier than you, you have to wait for all of them to be seated first.
The Alley Ayala Malls Manila Bay sports a different theme compared to The Alley BGC in terms of interiors. The airconditioning is better though. The BGC branch is kind of hot in spite of all the electric fans they added.
In true street-inspired fashion that The Alley is known for, food stations are presented as stalls. Yatai is their Japanese food station.
They have Tempura, Yasai Itame, Okonomiyaki, Chahan, Tonkatsu, Karaage, Sushi, Sashimi… the list goes on.
Their appetizers are at a stall called Antipasto Blvd. You can make your own salad and get canapes from here.
They also have ready made salads.
Hao Chi has all the Chinese food from dimsum to dishes like Sweet and Sour Pork.
Yasss my favorite bagnet station, Frituen Batsoy is present as usual.
I had their Kare-Kareng Bagnet. Plus points for the plating! I love how crunchy the pork rind is.
Buono is where you go for pasta. You can get from the ready made ones — they had Carbonara, Mac and Cheese, and Lasagna earlier or you can have them cook something else for you.
I had a Truffle Pizza from the New York Pizza stall.
They also have a stall for seafood, Filipino food, meats like steak (although they didn’t have my favorite Salisbury Steak earlier), drinks, and dessert.
The fish balls station is always a favorite. Nobody sells fish balls anywhere near me so I always make it a point to get my fill at The Alley.
They have all the sauces you could want to! I always go for the Sweet Sauce.
Pro Tip: Although they have a self-service coffee machine at the drinks station, you can get better quality coffee (and even latte art) at Nord’s Coffee Bar. They have more cakes for dessert here too. You can hand them a glass full of ice and voila — Iced Coffee!
They have a stall which specializes in kakanin like kutchinta, cassava cake, etc. It’s where the Puto Bumbong and Bibingka are too. You know me, I always go for the Puto Bumbong.
Do try to go early if you want to avoid the crowd. Dinner starts at 5:30pm. At the moment, this branch does not open for lunch on weekdays… which is why I opted to go today. Like all the other establishments by Vikings, they have a birthday promo, graduation promo, and so forth. You can check them out at https://www.vikings.ph/thealley. You can avail of their opening 50% off promo only until tomorrow.
I like this branch. It’s cool (literally) which is what we need because the weather is getting hot. Drink all you can includes draft beer and cocktails aside from the usual juices, sodas, and coffee. Service is also outstanding. Despite being a crowded Sunday, the staff was vigilant in clearing out finished plates so you’re never stuck with them. They even take the time out to go from table to table to ask if anyone’s celebrating a birthday.
The Alley by Vikings
3/F Ayala Malls Manila Bay
Diosdado Macapagal Ave. cor. ASEAN Ave.,
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