FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
Those on the look for meaty goodness in Binondo, Chinatown should go to Tasty Dumplings which doesn’t only have tasty dumplings but tasty pork chops as well! Although the restaurant’s name headlines dumplings, its best-seller is surprisingly the Pork Chop Rice. The generous serving of the pork chop will definitely need extra rice for some. Pork Chop Rice (P125) It is of course quintessential to get a handful of dumplings such as the Fried Dumplings. Fried Dumplings (P99/4 pcs) Tasty Dumplings easily fills up during peak hours but there is no need to worry because the restaurant has a second floor just in case it gets full (which happens often). […]
Famed for serving one of the best noodles in Binondo, Chinatown—Lan Zhou La Mien takes pride in their hand-pulled (la mien) noodles as the key ingredient in the success of the restaurant. There’s a myriad of noodles to choose from with different preparation styles. We recommend the Knife Mien consisting of freshly made noodles and a couple of shrimps. The base soup is very tasty as the flavors of the shrimp infuse with the broth. Knife Mien (P120) Enjoy your noodles with a side dish like their authentic Fried Dumplings. Fried Dumplings half size (P90) Drop-by at Lan Zhou La Mien for a hot bowl of hand-pulled […]
Toastbox, under the same family with BreadTalk, is a popular Singaporean restaurant chain that has become a favorite breakfast (and more!) destination in Asia including Manila. It currently has six branches in major key shopping and commercial districts in the metro serving traditional and well-loved Singaporean and Southeast Asian cuisine, from the famous ‘chicken hainanese rice’ to the aromatic ‘kopi’. The restaurant’s design is very relaxing with its light gray hue combined with white color scheme. It also has some nicely done floor patterns, glass walls and mirrors that make the area look even more airy. The restaurant’s total look is clean, simple and modest but definitely stylish in a […]
Experience a classic Chinese diner at Binondo, Chinatown with Wai Ying Fastfood. The seats can get filled quite fast during lunch hours so it’s recommended to drop off in the early afternoon. Get a quick meal with Wai Ying’s Beef Wonton Noodles served with generous portions of beef and dimsum and complement it with Hakaw or shrimp dumplings. Beef Wonton Noodles (P110) Hakaw (P70 / 4 pieces) The price at Wai Ying is unbelievably cheap for something authentic and delicious. It’s one of the best places for a quick bite of Chinese food for workers nearby.
Adding more flavor to the ramen scene The sister company of the already established and more popular ramen house in Makati City Nihonbashitei, OHSAMA RAMEN which started in January 2015 serves a wide-range selection of delectable ramen especially created to excite more lovers of the iconic noodle staple in and around the metro. The ramen house’s interiors has the Japanese minimalist vibe with its generous space, clean lines, contemporary tables and chairs setting, subdued, easy-on-the-eye colors, high ceiling and roomy loft-type second floor which also has function rooms for small and big events like meetings, birthdays, and other occasions. The location is also a big draw because it is right […]
Kabila Filipino Bistro is another innovative concept of Raintree Restaurants serving exquisite and modern selections of locally sourced and outright Filipino cuisine with modern impressions. Here, you can explore the Philippines through your palate with dishes from the different regions of the archipelago. Kabila is prominently located at the Ayala Museum Complex just beside (‘Kabila’ is the local translation for ‘the other side’) Museum Café, also under Raintree. Kabila is like a world-class showcase of Filipino ingenuity in terms of cuisine and artistry as the restaurant’s design incorporates native Filipino crafts with a very 21st century vibe. And yes, the sophistication of the traditional also translates to the menu offered […]
Sincerity is no stranger to the limelight being featured many times in several blogs and magazines. Its garnered fame is all because of one dish— fried chicken! There have been talks that it’s the best fried chicken in town. You can find out for yourself and discover the truth by visiting the legendary restaurant in Binondo, Chinatown. The interiors of Sincerity sports bright colors reflecting the festive and flavorful fried chicken they’re known for. Besides that, there’s really nothing fancy but the food itself. Fret not when it gets jam-packed, Sincerity has a second floor where there will be most likely a free table. And of course, […]
A no-nonsense Chinese diner— Dong Bei Dumpling is located in Binondo Chinatown. There’s nothing special about the interiors but don’t judge it too fast. Let the food do the talking and win you over. Just by its name, you can already have a hint of what to order. Simply get the Pork Dumplings to experience the Beijing dumplings that they are famed for. Pork Dumplings (P120) Those planning to visit Chinatown soon ought to visit Dong Bei for a satisfying afternoon snack after a long day of shopping in the streets of Binondo.
Savor the sweet life Park Avenue Desserts (PAD) is one of Manila’s finest when it comes to desserts and pastries. The shop, now on its 15th year, is strategically located in the bustling district of Magallanes in Makati City. At the helm of the operations are Pastry Chef Buddy Trinidad and his wife Rita. Chef Buddy spent 15 years of culinary and pastry expertise in some of the most respected food establishments in the US and is known for his glorious dessert creations for the exclusive Oscar Awards party hosted by Vanity Fair at Mortons. He is also one of the Founders and the current President of Pastry Alliance of […]
Quick Snack is located along the quaint street of Carvajal in Binondo Chinatown which is reminiscent of the old Hong Kong market alleys. No cars can pass the narrow streets of Carvajal. Be prepared for a long walk although the effort will definitely be worth it upon arriving at Quick Snack. Interior Start with Kuchay Ah, which simply are chives in Chinese. It is a fried pastry with chives as its filling. It is pretty delicious and can easily be eaten; it’s literally a quick snack. Kuchay Ah And then delve into the Indonesian Tauhu which looks like a mystery dish at first sight, but it’s just actually a thick […]
Located along the long stretch of Ongpin Street is The Original Salido— famed for its luscious and generous serving of asado and its specialty coffee using the siphon (vacuum pot) brewing method. For large groups Start the Salido experience with Hong Ma with Cuapao (P380). It is eaten like a sandwich by putting the pork inside the cuapao. Don’t forget to dip the cuapao in the sauce from the Hong Ma after. Hong Ma with Cuapao Enjoy a dose of noodles by ordering the Chami where the miki noodles are sautéed with meat and vegetables. Chami (Small P190, Medium P280, Large P380) Enjoy their famous coffee prepared using the siphon […]
The biggest consequence one could think of when leaving home for work or any other reason is missing home itself. This is what a group of friends from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland felt. They longed for their home so much they decided to open a restaurant that would eventually heal their homesickness especially their longing for Bavarian food and beverages. Brotzeit which originally began in Singapore opened its first store in the Philippines last 2013 at Edsa Shangri-La Mall. The name of the restaurant comes from two German words: Brot for bread and Zeit for time, and when combined, expresses an invitation for a meal. Thus, making it a direct […]
Roasted and Fired Up at STELLA Stella is a wood fire bistro located at Bonifacio High Street where you can savor a fresh cuisine of West Coast, the Mediterranean, and South America. The dishes are cooked using natural wood, a cooking technique that allows the flavor aromas to bloom. Dig-in to their Black Pepper Crab Cream (P295) a light and refreshing pasta consisting of malagos pecorino and a fresh lemon that makes the difference. Taste the difference of a wood fire pizza such as their Cured Bacon (P350) consisting of double smoked bacon, maple cured, carbonara cream, and eggs. Enjoy a heartful snack with their Piri Piri Chilean Mussels (P550) […]
Enjoy the timeless food at Masuki in Chinatown boasting one of the best noodles and dimsum in town. Masuki has grown together with Chinatown for more than 50 years, but one thing has never changed—the quality and excellence of food. Established in 1960 What else is there to get in a legendary mami house but their signature Original Mami (Regular P130, Special P140). Don’t forget to dip the noodles to the Masuki sauce (their secret sauce) provided to enhance the flavor of the noodles. Those looking for more meat can opt for the Beef Wonton Chicken Asado (Regular P240, Special P255). Original Mami Beef Wonton Chicken Asado The mami is […]
Dine at this new star in the heart of Manila! Located at the corner of P. Noval and Dapitan streets, The Eatles is your British take on the American diner — from the friendly and welcoming ambiance to the superb food carefully prepared and served. DIFFERENT INSIDE OUT. With flashing lights and a drum set right beside their name signage, this diner is pretty hard to miss! The moment you enter their doors that doubles as a telephone booth (yes, a real one!), you’d feel like you’re in a different world. The British memorabilia on display paired with songs from UK’s pop legend, The Beatles, make it seem like diners […]
Located inside White Knight, a boutique hotel located in Intramuros, is Coco Bango Café—a personal favorite of the locals that has garnered regular patrons. The café serves no-nonsense comfort food ranging from Filipino to Italian, Japanese, Chinese, European, and Spanish cuisine. It may be too many of a choice for a restaurant but Coco Bango is able to deliver high quality dishes. A favorite amongst its patrons is the classic Beef ala Bulalo, a guilty pleasure dish perfect for the cold and rainy days, the fat from the Bulalo is considered the best part so don’t leave it out. Beef ala Bulalo (P305) Those looking for the crispier side […]
A quaint restaurant, Patio de Conchita— takes the carenderia concept to a whole new level and is charmingly located in a Spanish house in Intramuros, Manila. Its ambiance and cheap price have made it a favorite amongst the workers and students in the area during lunchtime. The process of ordering is called turo-turo where customers point with their fingers which food they want on their plate. Patio de Conchita serves everyday Filipino dishes and with the myriad of choices, customers can keep coming back and get something new each time. Patio de Conchita may not boast the same sophistication as the upscale establishments around Intramuros, but the cheap price tag […]
Get your money’s worth with affordable and delightful meals at Marso Café and Restaurant located at Intramuros, Manila. Marso serves classic Filipino dishes paired with classic Filipino desserts. A quintessential dish in any Filipino household is the Pancit Bihon that is believed to grant people with a longer lifespan, it has become a tradition to serve this dish during celebrations. Pancit Bihon/Canton Guisado (P120) Sizzled in perfection, the Sizzling Seafood is a mainstay dish for any occasion. Topped with seafoods such as shrimp and squid, this dish is perfect partner for a bottle of beer. Sizzling Seafood (P155) Don’t forget to order the Halo-halo, a classic Filipino dessert. […]
Get a sweet dose of churros and chocolate goodness at Cioccolata Churros Café located at the ground floor of the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila. Expect nothing but great and delicious fresh-from-the-fryer churros made by the hotel’s pastry chef together with the LPU Culinary Institute’s pastry students. Churros is best paired with a cup of warm coffee or a chilling frappuccino drink. Churros with hot Spanish chocolate dip (P75) and coffee caramel dip (P90) paired with Irish Cream Mocha drink (P120) Get your chocolate fix in Cioccolata and if you happen to be craving for more food then you can visit Rafaelle that is just two […]
Dine at 9 Spoons—a chic and elegant restaurant located at the penthouse of the Bayleaf Hotel serving heritage dishes. Those seeking for an al fresco dining experience can opt for the Sky Deck View Bar (given that it’s not raining) where guests can enjoy their food with the panoramic view of the Manila skyline. And for those looking to fill their hungry tummies—a buffet lunch is offered from Mondays thru Fridays at 9 Spoons, whilst a dinner buffet is also present and is best enjoyed in the Sky Deck accompanied with live performances suited to complement the dining experience of the guests. Enjoy this sumptuous buffet […]
California-styled burgers and sandwiches right within our very own metro. CaliBurger is an international brand of US burger joints established in California known for its “Cali-inspired” burgers, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. It offers premium burgers made from select fresh ingredients and 100% pure beef worth raving about. The good news is, CaliBurger Philippines currently has two outlets, one in Century City Mall Makati and another in Timog Quezon City serving both the south and north parts of the metro. Cali Burger in Century City Mall has some cool semblance of sunny California (of course!) with a modern, stylish design and a free spirit vibe. It has a nautical […]
Delve in a gastronomic western journey at The Raffaele Woodfired Pizza located in the 3rd floor of The Bayleaf Intramuros where guests can enjoy a sumptuous feast of Western comfort food. Start the meal with a delectable dose of Gamberetti consisting of white shrimps drenched in a mouth-watering sauce consisting of preserved lemons, garlic, chili, and an ingredient that adds twist—almonds. Gamberetti (P380) Living to its name “woodfired”, Raffaele serves guests the quintessential Florentine dish—The Bistecca, a carnivorous Florentine steak that has been cooked to perfection using a wood-fired oven. Bistecca (P1,700) The dining experience won’t be complete without another quintessential dish—pizza! The […]
Unique Concept, Substantial Flavors One of Manila’s breakthrough restaurants centrally located in Burgos Circle in Bonifacio Global City offers the quirky concept of comfort and unapologetic food combined. FAT (yes, the unhealthy stuff) Restaurant has been creating buzz among the growing foodies population in the metro. This new fat-themed restaurant helmed by Chef Khel Zaguirre of the famous Locavore in Kapitolyo Pasig City introduces popular all-time favorite dishes with interesting twists that are rich and tasty in a substantial way. The look of this modern 2-floor restaurant is simple, stripped-down, and straightforward with a contemporary feel. Its themed paintings, plain tables and wooden chairs and subdued hanging lamps give the diner a […]
A Dainty Cupcakery Serving Good Comfort Food It’s not always that you find a cupcake shop with interiors as interesting as Vanilla Cupcakes which echoes themed cupcake shops and bakeries usually found in Tokyo and Seoul. As one of the earliest cupcake shops to hit the Philippines, Vanilla Cupcake is known for its delectable, dainty looking cupcakes—but did you know that Vanilla Cupcakes also serve warm comforting meals that is the perfect fare while you catch up with your friends? Have your fill in any of the filling budget meals by Vanilla Cupcake Bakery Creamy Zesty Chicken Pesto Pasta and Healthy Tuna Cheese Melt Sandwich – only PHP249 After you […]
A one-stop diner for burger and shawarma cravings—Yvan Navy is located in IntraMall at Intramuros serving workers and students alike with guilty pleasure comfort food. From exterior to interior—Yvan Navy is a no-nonsense comfort food place. Get your fix with a Quarter Pounder, and don’t forget to drizzle some hot sauce on it for that kick. Quarter Pounder (P100) Yvan Navy gets jam-packed during peak hours, so the best time to go would be in the afternoon when the crowd is not as heavy.
Celebrate the rich history of the Philippines in the company of delectable food in Barbara’s—located at Intramuros where the seat of government used to reign. Guests can immerse themselves in the charm of the centuries past with Barbara’s Spanish colonial interiors while savoring the Spanish-Filipino cuisine accompanied by live music and traditional Filipino dance. Barbara offers a lunch buffet and a dinner buffet, but guests can also opt for the ala carte menu. A recommended dish is the Chicken Flambe—infused with the aroma of spirits by bursting it into flames. Chicken Flambe (P490) Head to the cafe after a sumptuous meal and enjoy a cup of coffee—a good and relaxing […]
Nono's by Classic Confections offers a wide array of cakes and sweets, among which are the award-winning Nono's Chocolate Oblivion and Sylvia's Strawberry Shortcake, which are both named after Chef Baba's parents. Chef Baba Ibazeta Benedicto is at the helm of these confections, which are perfect for all occasions. Even though Classic Confections at Greenbelt 5 has permanently closed, there is nothing to worry about as Classic Confections menu is still served inside Nono's: Comfort Food Done Right located at UP Town Center in Quezon City, The Podium in Mandaluyong, and Three Central in Makati.