Casual cafe dining in delightful new venue at Main Street Fort Bonifacio

September 27th, 2012


Offering a fresh approach to casual cafe dining in Manila, STELLA has created an attractive destination for all-day dining, serving a wide variety of bistro style dishes. The standout feature of Stella are the wood fired ovens- prominently showcased at the front of the open kitchen. The wood fired ovens burn natural timbers that suffuse their distinctive aromas into the cooking process of the dishes, creating uniquely flavorsome tastes. The extensive menu includes classic wood-fired favourites such as pizzas,  additionally the wood fired cooking is used to roast and bake seafood, poultry, meat dishes- and vegetables.

Stella opened in May 2012, and has attracted both a solid brunch and lunchtime clientele, and is particularly busy in the evenings, with many families and groups of friends enjoying the casual, relaxed bistro-style dining.  Stella also has the added attraction of its next door sibling venue- the ROCKET ROOM cocktail bar- offering diners the option of pre, or post dinner cocktails and drinks in the ultrachic new cocktail lounge.  Stella also boasts an impressive pedigree, being the latest creation of the highly regarded Raintree Restaurants– the people behind such stand-out Manila restaurants as Museum Cafe, Chelsea Market Cafe, Mr. Jones and Momo Cafe.

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The front section of the main dining room- the full height glass facade creates bright and airy feel during the day

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The interior decor of Stella features a predominance of blond timbers, and mustard colored soft furnishings. Dark brown leather banquettes extending across one wall provide color contrast.

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The tables at the front- and on the outside terrace- overlook the green spaces of the central High Street plaza

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Comfortable leather booths occupy the timber panelled and glass wall that partions Stella from its sibling venue- the Rocket Room cocktail lounge.

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Showpiece display in the centre of Stella dining room

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The open kitchen at Stella showcases the impressive wood-fired ovens


The cuisine at Stella features a blending of influences overlaid onto a rustic, West Coast American method of cooking that is centred on the unique flavours imparted by the wood fired ovens. Dishes on the extensive menu are drawn from Mediterranean and South American sources, in addition to the American grilled meats and seafood.The kitchen sources fresh ingredients from local organic farmers, supplemented with premium imported meats from the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

The men features groupings of dishes under various categories-  “Wood Fired Small Plates & Snacks”; “Salad & Soup”; “Panini Pressed Sandwiches”; “Wood Fired Pizza”; “Pasta in a Bowl”; and main courses of “Fire & Smoke“.

Refer to the expandable image of the menu below for full details.

stella hand rolled pizza

Hand rolled, wood fired pizza- Roasted Tomato “Margherita Rustica”- fresh Thai basil, roasted garlic confit, fresh Rizal dairy mozzarella.

Salt Baked Gindara Fillet stella

Salt Baked Gindara Fillet- with light dill-citrus cream, citrus bits.

stella Grilled Pulpo Salad

Grilled Pulpo – with Kalamata olives, soft white beans, orange bits, frelise, chili strings, sweet sesame orange vinaigrette.

Stella's Porchetta

Stella’s Porchetta- Pork Belly Roll stuffed with double smoked bacon, fennel, herbs, served with warm rosemary sultana sauce.


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STELLA  wood fired bistro-  Main Street Bonifacio Global City, Manila

Address: Ground Floor Level, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig City1634. Metro Manila. Philippines
Reservations+63.2.621 3222
Twitter: @stellarocket    
Opening Hours:
Daily   11:30 am ~ 12:00 midnight
Dress Code:  Casual

(Food images courtesy of Stella)