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Get lucky in love at Robinsons Malls

By LAI S. REYES, The Philippine STAR Published Feb 06, 2021 4:58 am

If the malls’ decors are any indication, there’s definitely no stopping the season of luck and love—yes, not even the dreaded coronavirus—at Robinsons Malls.

At Robinsons Galleria, mall-goers are welcomed by the Galleria Love Bear in a bright red cheongsam with heart accessories. Wearing a white mask, the bear reminds everyone that “we’re stronger together” in the fight against COVID-19.

 Robinsons Magnolia’s giant floral ox greets shoppers “Kung Hei Fat Choi” with a sense of relief that the traumatic Year of the Rat is finally over.

Over at Robinsons Magnolia, a giant floral ox greets shoppers “Kung Hei Fat Choi” with a sense of relief that the traumatic Year of the Rat is finally over.

To attract more luck, Robinsons Place Manila decked its halls with Chinese lanterns, red roses, a golden prosperity tree and hot air balloon with the Manila Rose Bear at the center.

These attractions also serve as photo booths where you and loved ones can have your souvenir photos taken while observing social distancing, of course!

 Spread the love — not the virus — at Robinsons Galleria.

To usher in the Year of the Ox, Robinsons Malls are giving away prizes from participating stores and restaurants with a minimum purchase.

For a minimum single-receipt purchase worth P2,000 (other stores) or P3,000 (Robinsons Supermarket or Appliances) at Robinsons Galleria, a customer will get a chance to win a special prize from partner stores. Promo runs from Feb. 7 to 14.

From Feb. 8 to 14, get a chance to win a special prize from Robinsons Magnolia’s partner stores with a minimum single-receipt purchase worth P1,500 from any restaurant. 

And for a minimum purchase worth P2,000 at any store, enjoy free gift delivery to your significant other from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 at Robinsons Place Manila through Robinsons Malls’ personal shoppers Robbie and Rosie.

On Feb. 12, lion dancers and drum beaters will perform at Robinsons Magnolia, while the God of Fortune will roam around Robinsons Place Manila to spread luck and yes, fortune to lucky mall-goers.

With the strict health and sanitation protocols in place in all of its malls, mall-goers are encouraged to spread the love—not the virus—by adhering to these rules: no face mask/face shield, no entry; temperature check upon entry, contract tracing, observe social distancing, stepping on foot bath and proper hand sanitation. On top of that, the number of customers allowed inside stores, restrooms, elevators and restaurants will be limited to regulate foot traffic.

Luck & love on the plate

Many cultures around the world find fortune in the foods they eat. And there’s no better time to start dining for luck and love than on Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day—which are two days apart—in your favorite restaurant.

Asian cultures enjoy oodles of long noodles to represent longevity.

 Penne al Telefono at Cibo, located at the upper ground floor, Robinsons Magnolia.

At Robinsons Magnolia, you’ll find restaurants—Ippudo, Ramen Nagi, Cibo, and Mann Hann—that boast delectable noodle dishes that not only fill the tummy, but also to add years to life. Just don’t cut or break them, or you’ll ruin the effect.

For a local flair, try Manam’s Crispy Pancit Palabok; Mesa’s Bam-I,  a traditional Cebuano noodle dish that uses delicate egg and glass noodles; and Mangan’s traditional palabok. Manam, Mesa and Mangan have branches at Robinsons Place Manila.

These native pasta dishes go well with the Vigan Longganisa & Kesong Puti Sandwich at Mary Grace in Robinsons Magnolia.

Tonkatsu, a popular deep-fried pork dish, is considered lucky by the Japanese. “Katsu’s” lucky food status comes from its name, a homonym for the Japanese verb meaning “to win.”

Yabu, which is all about the authentic Japanese katsu experience, offers various katsu dishes that are delicious and perfect. Here, everything is prepared meticulously and nothing is left to chance—from using Koshihikari, the finest Japanese rice, to knowing the exact second of lifting the pork from the bubbling oil. At Yabu, you’re a sure winner! Yabu is located on the lower ground floor of Robinsons Magnolia.

 Indulge in Teppanyaki Set with Prawns, Akira Roll and Salmon Sashimi at Akira, located at the upper ground floor (alfresco) at Robinsons Magnolia.

Akira, another must-try Japanese resto on the upper ground floor (alfresco) at Robinsons Magnolia, treats diners to delectable sushi rolls, which are also considered lucky by the Japanese, and teppanyaki sets.

 Sirloin and Shrimp Combo at Texas Roadhouse, located at level 2, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila

For the Chinese, any shrimp dish symbolizes happiness and well-being. When translated to Mandarin or Cantonese, the word shrimp is similar to the sound of laughter. And so eat and be merry with family and friends over a platter of Sirloin and Shrimp combo at Texas Roadhouse in Robinsons Place Manila; the flavorful Sugpo sa Talangka at Bench Cafe at Robinsons Place Manila; or a plate of seafood gumbo at Gumbo, located at Robinsons Magnolia.

Enjoy other shrimp dishes such as har gow (shrimp dumpling) at Lugang Cafe and Tim Ho Wan; Cajun Shrimp and Chicken Pasta at TGIFridays; and Ebi Tempura Roll at Ippudo in Robinsons Place Manila.

 Three Roasted Meat Treasuresat Honolulu HK Cafe,located at level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila.

Also check out Coco Ichibanya, Torimomo, and Honolulu HK Cafe at Robinsons Place Manila; Kaya, UCC and Fiery Style at Robinsons Magnolia, which offer meals perfect for sharing for the barkada and the whole family.

We use food to show love and we do so in all of our precious relationships, not just our romantic connections.

 Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria’s specialties: Nonna’s Special Lucca, Nonna’s Truffle Salted Egg Fettucine Carbonara,and Mushroom Chicharon. Nonna’s is on level 3 veranda of Robinsons Galleria.

This Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones you care about them by treating them out to a lovely dinner. Whether you’re in the mood for an auspicious meal (Mann Hann), homemade Italian pizza and pasta (Nonna’s), juicy burgers and fall-off-the-bone ribs (TGIFriday’s), Japanese rice burger (MOS  Burger), premium steaks (Meat Depot), local flavors (Cabalen, Mangan, Crisostomo and Mesa), or food that reminds you of home (Mary Grace), Robinsons Galleria has got you covered.

 The Ultimate Dipper at Chili’s, located at level 2 (veranda), Robinsons Galleria

At Chili’s, you and your friends can indulge in Ultimate Dipper, a plate loaded with calamari, buffalo wings, chicken fingers, fish sticks and spring rolls. Best enjoyed with a mug of ice-cold soda or beer.

There’s also Eat Street. Inspired by the food streets of Singapore, China and Hong Kong, the food gallery satisfies the Pinoy market’s demand for international food concepts and emerging local brands you won’t find in other food courts.

Sharing a meal is always a good way to make connections with others, especially in this virtual world we currently live in.

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