THE LIST: Int'l restaurant brands in PH in 2013

Posted at 01/25/2013 4:26 PM | Updated as of 01/31/2013 2:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines – We’ve seen the entry of several international brands in the country over the past years, from fashion labels to cafes and restaurants.

And 2013 is no different. Here are five big brands that Filipinos should watch out for this year.

Chuck E. Cheese’s

What it is: An American restaurant chain (with some 500 branches in the US and other countries) that specializes in pizza, pasta, sandwiches and other family-friendly dishes. The place also offers video games and high-tech simulator rides. “Think Timezone with food and party function areas,” said Lisa Ronquillo, assistant vice president of The Bistro Group, which will be bringing the restaurant brand the Philippines. Now that’s good news for kids and parents.

Origin: United States

Status: Not yet open. Ronquillo said the first branch, located at the newly renovated Glorietta mall in Makati City, will open its doors to the public before the first quarter of the year ends. A second branch will be launched soon after.

Modern Shanghai

Modern Shanghai's Braised Pork Belly. Photo from Modern Shanghai Philippines' Facebook page

What it is: A restaurant that offers traditional Chinese dishes such as Drunken Chicken, Xiao Long Bao, Braised Pork Knuckles, Fried Noodles and Wanton Soup.

Origin: Hong Kong

Status: Open. The first branch of Modern Shanghai is located at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The restaurant was brought to the Philippines by The Bistro Group.

IHOP

IHOP's Double Blueberry Pancakes. Photo from IHOP's website

What it is: Formerly known as the International House of Pancakes, IHOP is known for its pancakes, French toast and omelettes. The restaurant chain, which as over 1,500 branches in the US, also serves lunch and dinner items.

Origin: United States

Status: Not yet open. The first branch is located at the second floor of W Global Center, just above the newly opened California Pizza Kitchen and PF Chang’s restaurants. All three brands, among many others, were brought to the Philippines by Global Restaurant Concepts Inc.

Mad for Garlic

Mad for Garlic's Triple Garlic Pasta. Photo from Mad for Garlic's website

What it is: An Italian restaurant in South Korea that highlights the flavors of, well, garlic.

Origin: South Korea

Status: Not yet open. Archie Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Global Restaurant Concepts, said they have yet to finalize the location and launch date of Mad for Garlic in Manila.

Gyu-Kaku

Some of Gyu-Kaku's offerings. Photo from Gyu-Kaku's website

What it is: A chain of Japanese yakiniku restaurants specializing in Japanese barbecue. Around 800 branches of Gyu-Kaku are said to be located in Japan, with others in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and other countries.

Origin: Japan

Status: Not yet open. Archie Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of Global Restaurant Concepts, said they have yet to finalize the location and launch date of Gyu-Kaku in Manila.