– Entering the establishment Kainan sa Dalampasigan is almost like stepping inside a secret garden straight out of the story books. With rosal, ilang-ilang and sampaguita abound, one could easily imagine being a character in a fairytale. Owned by Normita Limjoco-Lucas, affectionately known as Tita Baby, and the brainchild of her mother Teodora (Lola Doray) Limjoco, the place has thrived from its humble beginnings. Previously a court for the sport pelota (a ball game played in a walled court with basket-like rackets attached to the hand) and a watering hole for thirsty players, the place has evolved throughout the years and became what it is now today: a haven away […]
Located at the lobby of the Pico Sands Hotel, Pico Restaurant and Bar is a 24-hour food place that specializes in local Filipino dishes, as well as Mediterranean cuisine. They have an extensive menu, from breakfast, lunch and dinner meals up to your favorite drinks. You can choose to dine inside or al fresco to enjoy the beautiful view of Pico de Loro. – Bulalosso (P 1,700, serves 4) is beef bone marrow cooked osso bucco style and is slow cooked for hours. It is either served with rice or pasta. – Their Margheritta pizza (P325) uses freshly stewed tomatoes and mozzarella.
– Victorino’s — bringing the taste of the Ilocos region to you. Want to travel to Ilocandia but does not have the money to do so? Worry no more! If you have a penchant for the cuisine of the Ilocos Region, Victorino’s right here in Manila would gladly bring them to you. With a remodeled store that evokes a cozy, home-y feel and styled with antiques, stepping inside Victorino’s is like the closest way to the real thing! – Poqui-Poqui (P170) – One of the Ilocano food favorites on their menu is the Poqui-Poqui (P170), a combination of crushed grilled eggplant, tomatoes, beaten egg and onion sautéed altogether. It is […]
A lot of Philippine cuisine restaurants are opening all year round. One of them is Luna J Filipino Gastropub, serving up the popular fried diced pig delicacy “bagnet”. This, combined with another Filipino favorite food gives us Kare-Kareng Bagnet (P320). Combined with tomato and singkamas, bagnet produces a refreshing flavor. The best part? It’s either P320 or less. – CRAVINGS. Bagnet (P320), part of the Filipino cuisine –
UPDATE: Sabao has already closed. Sinigang, tinola and bulalo – these are soup-based classics made special in Sabao, a Filipino restaurant in Signa Designer Residences. – Binakol (P295) – Your favorite soupy dishes are given special treatment here. The sabaw (soup) is created using meat simmered for 16 hours, giving the chicken, pork or beef stock a rich natural taste. The vegetables and other ingredients are prepared separately, ensuring that they are still of best quality when served. Savor your favorite dish from the menu with a cup of brown, red or garlic rice. If you’re not too keen on rice, go a bit unconventional and add glass or Chinese […]
The south is known for its laidback yet sophisticated vibe, and Q Grill embodies this quality quite perfectly. . THAT ICONIC Q is pretty hard to miss. . Tucked in a quiet neighborhood and opened by the Canlas family in December 2014, Q Grill easily stands out with its lush exteriors and glowing outdoor lights – not to mention plenty of cars parked outside the restaurant. Before sunset, the place resembles a quiet garden patio, but at night, the bar comes alive when the nearby schools have ended their classes and when residents have come over and have a cold bottle of beer over some grilled dishes and conversation while […]
When it comes to the surfing haven La Union, locals often have one single recommendation of where to eat: Midway Grill along the highway in San Fernando, home of the famous Baby Back Ribs. . The interiors . Midway Grill is a homegrown American restaurant with personality. The restaurant has a 50’s diner feel, with checkered floors and photos of vintage icons in the walls. They also have an extensive menu – they serve all-day breakfast, rice plates, sizzling viands, classic Filipino favorites such as laing and dinuguan, soups and salads, sandwiches, noodles and pasta, grilled specials, and desserts. There are a lot of hits on Midway Grill’s menu, but […]
The Pamana Restaurant is visibly a reflection of its great heritage. From its furnishings, its walls full of old pictures, and down right to their food, the place truly exudes a sense of home and legacy. – – Customers also often opt to dine at the third floor for the open space and fresh Tagaytay air. The skin of their Binagoongang Bagnet is crunchy and crackling at the same time. The meat portion is so tender and flavorful. – Binagoongang Bagnet (P370) – Binagoongang Bagnet is just one of the many delightful dishes you can try when you drop by Pamana in Tagaytay. Their menu offers both traditional and reinvented […]
Tagaytay is one of the best food spots in the Philippines. For one, it is home of one of the most famous Filipino comfort food, Bulalo. It is also home to the famous Bulalo Point Turo-turo Grill. Bulalo Point Turo-turo Grill is one of the many places where you can find this special local favorite. What makes it special, though, is that their Bulalo reigns supreme in terms of taste and in price. – Bulalo – Special Boneless Bangus – Bulalo (P330) is a stew of cattle shin meat of cattle and gelatin lipid simmering in broth for hours creating a delectable and rich flavor. It is best enjoyed with […]
Located on a quiet barangay in Angeles City, Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy can be considered a culinary institution. This hole-in-the-wall eatery has been serving patrons since 1986. It is already an iconic fixture in Pampanga’s diverse culinary delights, and many local celebrities (such as KC Montero and Chef Gene Gonzales) have come here to sample the humble yet delicious fare. – – One of Pampanga’s most popular contributions to Filipino cuisine is sizzling sisig – marinated chopped pig ears, meat, onions and chicken liver seasoned with vinegar and calamansi. Mila’s has one of the best versions of this dish, as their recipe has been perfected by their thirty-five years of experience […]
If there’s any word to describe Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine Restaurant, it would be nostalgic. Granted the interiors are contemporary, with the blue walls and carved chairs, the music of Apo Hiking Society playing in the background is enough to send anyone down memory lane. There’s also old memorabilia plastered on the walls and displayed on shelves, like old phones, records, and posters, which are immediate indicators of the type of food Dekada serves – good ol’ Filipino favorites presented in a more contemporary way. Inside Dekada Historic Filipino Cuisine Restaurant It goes without saying that there is Adobo (P390) on the menu, and Dekada’s version is worth a round […]
Feast on the freshest seafood at this ‘dampa’-style restaurant in Bacolod! Bacolod City is a veritable food city that showcases the best of Filipino cuisine – whether it is their classic chicken inasal, seafood, pastries, and desserts. But if you’re after heaps of delicious, fresh-cooked seafood meals for the cheapest prices, the place to go in Bacolod is this hole-in-the-wall eatery called Hyksos Tulahan and Old Pala-Pala Restaurant. Hyksos is modeled after the traditional Filipino dampa restaurants, where you purchase your preferred seafood by kilo from huge counters filled with different types of fish, shrimp, prawns, crabs, clams, scallops, and other shelled delicacies. After buying, the seafood is then cooked […]
It’s not that difficult to find Orange Whisk Restaurant and Patisserie along the food strip of Aguirre Avenue. For one thing, the restaurant has a big sign up front, not to mention a bright orange color that is, without a doubt, hard to miss. The restaurant is a joint project of Isaiah Ortega and Pastry Chef Korinne Lirio, who have come up with a selection of dishes that are deceivingly simple yet comforting and delicious. Among the favorites are their Burger Steak with Blue Cheese Mushroom Cream Sauce – a dish of Kutayama Wagyu steak on a bed of mashed potatoes drizzled with mushroom sauce – and Wagyu Saikoro Steak, […]
Bacolod in southern Philippines is a melting pot of modernity, culture and history. The beautiful city, famous as a sugar county and as the City of Smiles, has numerous sights and incredibly hospitable people. Their warmth extends to their cuisine – a perfect fusion of home-grown tradition and fresh culinary ideas. One of their most famous dishes is the grilled chicken inasal, and the best place to have it is at Aida’s Manokan in Manokan Country, a long line of carinderias selling a wide variety of delicious grilled food. Simply get your preferred cut – paa (thigh) and pakpak (wing) are the meatiest – and drizzle some sinfully delicious chicken […]
When North (Luzon) meets South (of Manila), you’re in for a treat! A cozy space with capiz windows, chandeliers, plates on the wall and less than 10 tables tucked along the shops of Aguirre Avenue is Balai Ilocos, a family-owned restaurant that serves delicious understated Filipino food from the region of Paoay, Ilocos. The brainchild of Princess Aquino, a Manileña who loves Ilocano food, the restaurant is now managed by son Niño Mendoza. He cooks the dishes by his grandmothers and grandfathers from both sides of the family and has even added his own crafted items to the menu himself. The restaurant has a branch in Pagsanjan and an upcoming […]
Discover what makes this Filipino favorite from Carcar City, Cebu stands out from the rest. Cebu is known not only as a progressive island province, but also as a food haven. Located in the Visayas region, this province has contributed so many delicious things to Filipino cuisine, the greatest of which is Cebu lechon – a whole pig stuffed and basted with spices and sauces while roasting over hot coals. The best Cebu lechon is a point of contention among Cebuanos and outsiders alike. Each version from different cities, towns and restaurants has their own distinct flavor. Renowned American chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain proclaimed Zubuchon as the top […]
A very popular shop that has been featured in numerous food blog sites, Angel’s Kitchen boasts its cozy atmosphere as well as the comfort food with a twist. Make sure to try the unlimited serving of Melba Chips and Chicken Pate with Pistacchios. Their signature dish is the Original Pinakbet Rice with Lechon Kawali and Chocolate bagoong (sauteed pinakbet vegetables with rice topped with chocolate bagoong and fried lechon kawali). One can also try their Longganisa Bolognese (pasta with ground pork, chorizo bits, spices, tomato sauce) and the Soft-shell Crab with Mango Dressing (Romaine lettuce, fried softshell crab, apple, cucumber, mango dressing). Softshell Crab with Mango Dressing(P348) Original Pinakbet Rice […]
One of the restaurants of LJC Group, Abè offers one-of-a-kind kampampangan cuisines. A lot of people say that most of the really good cooks come from the province of Pampanga. I guess it is safe to say that you can only expect delicious traditional Filipino food and a satisfied tummy when you visit Abè. Abè was named after the founder of LJC Group Mr. Larry Cruz’s father. Mr. E. Aguilar “Abè” Cruz loved to travel. That’s why the restaurant specialties were inspired by his trips around the world. The company also made sure that this restaurant has a family-friendly ambiance. It is spacious and has a nice view of the Manila […]
A stylish restaurant that boasts different Filipino comfort food which deliver a modern, fun and healthy approach to cooking. They are known for their Kare-kareng Bagnet, the Pino’s House Specialty. It is an authentic Ilocano crispy pork belly served with annatto-peanut sauce and bagoong rice. It is a fusion of the very famous Filipino cuisines bagnet and kare-kare. Pino Resto Bar was also featured in Philippine Primer Magazine’s September issue for their delicious salad selections. Quinoa Salad with Berries（P195） Wicked Walnut（P195） Chicken Inasal Ceasar Salad（P215）
Seasonal Sizzlers! Lipa’s Sizzling Lomi House offers a new take on lomi, a Filipino favorite For those who find themselves in Southern Luzon, fend off the nippy breeze by getting yourself a plate of sizzling lomi at the Sizzling Lomi House in Lipa, Batangas. THE BATANGGENYO‘S LOMI. This dish maybe of Chinese origin, but hundreds of years of residence in the Eastern part of Batangas has made it definitely Filipino! Lomi is a Filipino-Chinese dish made of thick fresh egg noodles (very similar to the Japanese udon) in starchy egg soup, topped with a variety of ingredients, such as thinly-sliced liver, hard-boiled eggs, meatballs and kikiam (or que-kiam, a deep […]
Update: Cafe Ysabel will be closing down in April 2017 in its original location at P. Guevarra Street. Stylish! That is the perfect word to describe Café Ysabel. When you step inside this café, its cozy space will remind you of the good old days. The ceiling fans and wooden antique furniture exudes a profound, indescribable nostalgic atmosphere. Here, you can spend elegant moments in the glass-enclosed veranda while looking at the garden. Besides its chic interior, Café Ysabel’s dishes can also be described as art. Its food is pleasing in the eyes and has been presented in dynamic and various kinds of media. Customers can choose from 150 dishes, […]
The Aristocrat Restaurant is famous for its world-renowned Chicken BBQ & Java Rice combination. The Aristocrat also carries a wide variety of delicious Filipino & Asian inspired cuisine and has been serving customers from all over the globe since 1936. That’s 78 years of good food and fond memories. It has grown to become a staple in Pinoy culture and iconic in the Filipino food universe.
Located at the 33rd floor of MDC 100 building, 100 Revolving Restaurant is one of the main attractions in Eastwood as it is the only rotary restaurant in the Philippines. It has been tagged as one of the most ideal and romantic places to propose. We had the pleasure of chatting with the executive chef and one of the people behind this one-of-a-kind restaurant, Chef Jessie, who was also the chef that helped establish the famous Le Soufflé restaurant in Greenbelt back then. She shared with us that the carpeted floor by the window does a 1 round for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. In that short span of […]
Bamba Bistro serves Filipino-Western cuisines that are from the original concept of the restaurant’s owner. The owner grew up fond of cooking, Ms. Cristina ‘Tina’ Legarda is a talented chef who trained under under the famous names in the culinary world like Chef Jessie, Billy King and Maio Batali. Bamba Bistro is a combination of gourmet comfort food and modern bistro. Her recipes are the reinvention of the family’s favourite. The menu consists of the food on which she grew up with but has a diverse and playful approach on it. The restaurant’s interior and style also gives a comfortable ambiance to the customers. inside Bamba Bistro One of their bestsellers is […]
At first glance, Damaso Residencia looks like a large mansion along the street of Ortigas Ave. But inside is an elegant antique-style restaurant that offers a mix of traditional Spanish and Filipino cuisines. The interior is for diners who come in groups. Reservation is advisable since the place is usually full during lunch and dinner. (1) Sautéed white fish, shrimp and mussels (2) Special dessert plate
Mercado is a restaurant buffet within the Resorts World Manila Casino. A lot of their customers are patrons and casino-goers. Mercado offers not only common Filipino dishes but also a variety of Asian and Western cuisines. Unlike other restaurant buffet, Mercado offers limited food choices but everything is, without a doubt, delicious. If you want to eat in a buffet restaurant and leave with a satisfied stomach and wallet, then Mercado is one of the best choices for you.
This restaurant’s theme and name is from Crisostomo Ibarra, a character in the famous Filipino novel Noli Me Tangere written by the Philippine’s national hero Jose Rizal. But this restaurant stands as a modern twist to this historical literature. The interior is modern and elegant, from the pale green walls, wooden accents to the grandeur chandelier and decorative paintings. They offer traditional Spanish and Filipino cuisines. They also have seafood dishes like excellent crabs and large crunchy tempuras. One of their most popular desserts is the Narcissa, a rich and yummy cheesecake. This restaurant’s theme and name is from Crisostomo Ibarra, a character in the famous Filipino novel Noli Me […]
Lola Cafe is a stylish restaurant along the street of Sct. Lozano in Quezon City. It is an old house renovated to a modern restaurant, but it hasn’t lost its homey atmosphere. One of their best-sellers is the Kimchi Kaldereta and longganisa sausages. Another must-try is the Tartufo Pasta made with truffle oil.
The Blue Kitchen is well-known for selling delicious cookies, juices, sausages and pasta sauce, best as gifts or pasalubong. They use small packaging so it can be carried easily. The store’s interior is pretty and neat. The items are stylishly arranged so customers can effortlessly select from a wide selection of goodies and treats. The most popular among Filipinos is the “Garlic Tuyo”. It is a salted small fish fillet bottled with garlic oil.