First ever food-service mall opens
Mall of Kitchen in Makati offers a wide array of quality kitchen equipment and furnitureBy Anne A. Jambora |Philippine Daily Inquirer
The playground of chefs and restaurateurs is now open to serve foodies and homemakers.
Mall of Kitchen (MOK), located in a sprawling 2,500-square-meter property on 9703 Kamagong and Lawaan Streets in Makati City, is stocked with “the highest quality kitchen equipment, utensils, food-service furniture and other merchandise.”
MOK is the first food-service mall in the country. It is operated by Technolux, which has been importing and distributing complete lines of food-service, laundry and cleaning equipment for the last 39 years.
The finest plates, glassware, flatware and crystals imported from Europe, the Middle East and China are found in MOK.
There’s a showroom at the end of the store to give shoppers ideas how to arrange their tables. These are brands that five-star hotels use in their kitchens.
Technolux is the supplier of more than 90 percent of hotels in the country, including the Shangri-La chain of hotels and Solaire Resort and Casino.
Among its first-class brands are RAK Porcelain, De Buyer, Table Craft, Zieher and American Metal Craft.
Its top sellers include Frymaster Deep Fryers, Manitowoc Ice Machines, Vitamix Blenders and Taylor Soft Serve Freezers.
“This will make it more convenient for customers to engage with us. If they have no idea what to buy to start a business, they can consult with our team,” said MOK marketing manager Ian Aguilar.
MOK has a 1,000-sq-m retail section designed for startups, food enthusiasts, chef wannabes and homemakers. In this section you’ll find items at bargain prices comparable to those sold in Divisoria. With 1,000 sq m devoted to free parking, consumers now have an option when making their next kitchen accessory purchase.
“We want to reach out to homemakers and enthusiasts. We want them to know we’re not just selling high-end products. We have everything they need for their home kitchens,” said Jenny Carlos, MOK small wares division AVP.
MOK has precise measurement spices dispenser that releases, for example, only ¼ tsp of black pepper at the twist of its cap. And it costs below P100.
Jars and bottles for condiments and other spices go a little over P20. If you’re lucky, you may also find items that are packaged with freebies.
Starting out with a mere 20-sq-m display, MOK moved to a 400-sq-m space before settling down to its current location.
Today, MOK has more than 3,000 stocks representing about 30-40 brands in its portfolio.
“The vision was to develop a new culinary haven which would allow the market to be in step with trends in food-service and hospitality industries,” Carlos said.
The hospitality and food-service industries are still among MOK’s biggest clients. But if homemakers want to use the same kitchen brands as those of five-star hotels, and they have the budget for it, MOK can make that dream possible.
Be aware, though, that some designs are exclusive to certain hotels. In such cases, you can still choose from the same brand but with a different design.
MOK is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. It also offers motorcycle service deliveries to corporate customers. Visit its Facebook page or follow on Instagram for latest product updates.