Finally, after months of waiting, the SM City Northwing expansion and SMX Convention Center are now open and with them, comes a new and improved SM Foodcourt. As expected, the north wing expansion is huge, making the mall the biggest and largest of all SM Malls in the Visayas and Mindanao and the first SMX outside Metro Manila. Last Friday, October 17, just before Masskara weekend, members of the Negrense Blogging Society, Inc and Skyscraper City Bacolod were invited to view, taste and experience what the new foodcourt has to offer the people of Negros.
The new SM Foodcourt is located on the second floor of the new wing and is PWD-friendly (a concern of mine having a legally blind brother and a mother on a walker) with it's wide passageway, well-spaced tables, bright lights and comfortable chairs. In fact, I saw many folks in wheelchairs and those using assistive devices like canes and walkers.
|Photo retrieved with permission from The Bacolod Food Hunters|
There are 8 concessionaires in the new foodcourt offering mouth-watering dishes from all-time favorite food concepts and new brands that offer a taste of global flavor. First to open for business are Sbarro (welcome back! Thank you for returning to Bacolod ), Casa Ilongga (a favorite and the only concessionaire left from the old foodcourt), and an unfamiliar one, Mr. Kimbob, although we were informed that this is a bestseller among SM Foodcourt branches nationwide.
|Bibimbob main dish|
|mixed and ready to eat|
|YUMMY! very very clean plate!|
The people of Bacolod and Negros Occidental must have missed Sbarro so badly because lines were so long. I wanted to get some of their delicious garlic bread which my mom loves, but with that long line of people, it would have taken me forever to reach the counter. Oh well, there will always be another day, and also more time to enjoy the generous servings of freshly-made pizza and pasta from this US-born, Italian resto chain.
|Creamy pasta and Hawaiian pizza|
Casa Ilongga is owned by a family from Bacolod. We met one of the owners and got a snippet of it's history. They first opened in Manila in the late 70's, serving "lutong-bahay" Ilonggo dishes like "laswa", "kadyos" "kanse" to homesick and hungry Ilonggos working or studying in Metro Manila. As of today, they have 6 family owned branches and 70 franchises nationwide.
Of course if you're hungry but don't have time to wait in line, there's Potato Corner with their different flavored fries (I love them all), the fresh juices and shakes of Thirsty, and the new kid on the block, Chillers enticing you with it's colorful fruit and milk-based slushes.
It will be a matter of days when Sizzling Plate, Cebu's Tokyo Joe, Four Seasons, Kublai Khan and Kamay Kainan opens. These new entrants will surely add more fun and flavor to the Bacolod food scene. I am pleased to see that the new SM Foodcourt has remained true to its aim of providing good food for everyone, with a wide array of choices that will surely satisfy food lovers of all ages. I brought my whole family over for lunch last Sunday and my mother who has limited mobility, had a good and enjoyable dining experience in spite of the very large crowd. Good food plus great shopping equals happy family...yes indeed, SM has got it all for you!