Olivia & Co. opens in the Philippines

Capri Bristo Corporation and Megaworld Corporation bring in the very first Olivia & Co. branch outside of Singapore. Patrons and the rest of the public can check out the newly opened bistro at Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

A cleverly placed “hidden” logo

Named after Sir Stamford Raffles’ first wife, Olivia & Co. is a modern bistro that greets urbanites and their families with a stylish, relaxed atmosphere, and fills their bellies with comfort food. The menu revolves around the various places and experiences its namesake has accumulated in her lifetime, bringing her taste and the rest of the world’s flavors on one table.

Burger Sliders

But why BGC? Why the Philippines? Capri Bristo Corporation president Jack Wang explained that the reason behind the expansion is due to a few key features that he saw in the new location. He stated that among the other Asian countries they considered, the Philippines is one of the most “westernized” and receptive to coffee shops and western-themed bistros. Wang also mentioned that, in comparison to Manila and Makati, BGC has grown the most in the past 10 years, and has the most potential for growth (a sentiment that Megaworld Corporation shares).

Fish & Chips

What’s different? Wang explains that while he and his partners are confident in Olivia & Co.’s success in the Philippines, they’ve had to cut some items from their original menu because they did not think that those items would be popular among their new Filipino market, while a handful of recipes (like the pasta and chicken dishes) have been slightly modified to better suit local flavor preferences. He then explained that they brought in the same interior designer that designed their Singapore restaurant in order to give the new location an authentic look and feel.

Passion fruit and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Wang also mentioned that while the restaurant is still in its infancy, they are already considering whipping up Filipino-inspired items, with hopes of endearing the company to the hearts of the Filipinos. While it may still be too early to deem Olivia & Co. a success, Capri Bristo Corporation and Megaworld Corporation already have plans of expanding into five to six new locations within the next three years, depending on how well this first branch performs.
Olivia & Co. is located on the second floor of Uptown Place Mall, 9th Ave. cor. 36th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They can be contacted through their landline number (02) 845 1714, Facebook page, website, and their email address Olivia & Co. is open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

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