Living and working in the city carries with it numerous perks and conveniences. One that comes immediately to mind is the accessibility of retail establishments and services.
Supermarkets, restaurants and salons are usually within walking distance. Instead of spending hours stuck in traffic, one can pop in for a bite to eat or do some shopping, and just as quickly go home or head back to the office.
That’s the lifestyle espoused by property developer Robinsons Land Corporation at The Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas Center, Pasig. Under the brand portfolio of Robinsons Residences, The Sapphire Bloc, once completed, will consist of 4 residential towers. Right now, there are restaurants open at the ground level that already give an idea of how bustling this area will be.
The first thing one notices when dining at any of the restaurants at The Sapphire Bloc are the impressively high ceilings. Aside from that feeling of spaciousness, it is conducive for lingering over meals; one doesn’t feel rushed.
Passers- by during lunch can sample the creative bar chow at The Stockpile, the Peruvian fare with a Pinoy twist at Sobremesa, and the specialty coffee at Starbucks Reserve.
At The Stockpile, couples and friends at the other tables took time to enjoy their lunch while others sampled the Creamy Crab and Artichoke Dip, and the Sardine and Salted Egg Flatbread with Feta, Tomatoes and Onions.
Over at Sobremesa, one can get a taste of traditional Peruvian dishes like ceviche, roasted chicken that come with three dipping sauces, and Lomo Saltado or stir-fried beef and vegetables.
To cap the meal, folks can check out Starbucks Reserve that serves popular coffee-based concoctions as well as sandwiches and surprisingly tasty desserts like Calamansi Cheesecake.
For Filipino cuisine and signature cocktails, there’s Moonshine Pub Urban Bar. If you long for that distinct San Francisco pub ambiance, Cable Car has a branch that draws Filipinos who have grown to love their sisig rice and other bar chow.
In the next few weeks, the establishments at The Sapphire Bloc will open one after the other. Those to look out for include Seven A.M. that will serve breakfast all day; Cazuela, known as Tapeo Tapas Bar that will have appetizers as well as roasts and cocido; and Kko Kko, a Korean restaurant owned by host Grace Lee that will offer new and traditional favorites from The Land of the Morning Calm.
“We purposely opened the retail establishments at The Sapphire Bloc even before the residents have moved in to create activity as early as possible,” Mybelle Gobio, SVP of Robinsons Land’s SVP for Robinsons Luxuria, Residences and Communities.
“When the residents move in, the area will already be alive and hopping,” she added. The gamble seems to have paid off as the restaurants do brisk business during lunch, dinner and late at night. “We want to give residents as well as those who live and work nearby a variety of choices,” Gobio ended.