FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
‘Original Korean Taste’ is how Bornga presents itself. And it has been offering nothing less than that to its local and foreign diners since the popular Korean restaurant opened its first branch in the Philippines last year. Its main restaurant is in Seoul and has more than 80 branches across Asia, a testament to the restaurant’s continuing success. The airy and classic-styled dining space At Bornga, you can enjoy authentic Korean flavors with ingredients that are imported from Korea. Its most popular dish is Masinchang Samgyeopsal (P390) that comes in soy sauce or spicy sauce. Vegetable lovers are sure to love its 7 to 9 kinds of fresh locally-grown Korean […]
‘Poco deli’ means ‘a small diner‘ in Italian. The lovely little restaurant has a cozy, wooden-themed interior that gives off that country atmosphere of European charm, complete with barrels and brick walls; there is definitely nothing to belittle about this dining place. From its stylish decor to its menu and service, expect to be impressed and your big appetite to be satisfied. The rustic-style restaurant is accented with beer barrels and brick walls. A must-try here are their firm and juicy homemade sausages, like lamb sausages, small Nurnberger sausages and chicken sausages; all are filled with savory goodness. There are also packed sausages available that cost P170-230 for 200-300g. German […]
Have a beautiful plump skin with Bulalo. Aviles Restaurant is famous for its Bulalo, a well-loved Filipino boiled soup made with beef shanks and beef marrow bones. The beefy soup is said to be good for the skin because it is rich in collagen. You may also add calamansi juice or soy sauce as desired. You can order a generous amount of tender meat in Bulalo for P 520.
Witness a flaming chicken cooked right before your eyes. Bertito’s Anyhaw Restaurant is well-loved among locals as an ideal place to chill out with friends over beer or some grill. It is also popular for its bestselling ‘Flaming Chicken’ which is cooked by pouring it with a specialty rum sauce that makes the chicken burst into flames giving its skin a nice crispiness.
Indulge in a secret sanctuary in this vegetarian restaurant owned by a lacto-vegetarian. Satya Graha is both refreshing and relaxing. Satya Graha is a restaurant conceptualized and owned by a vegetarian which first opened in 2008. It offers vegetarian dishes that are inspired by Filipino food like adobo and sisig. Here, soy beans and mushrooms are used instead of meat, along with healthy coconut oil. This place is worth a try for people who don’t favor vegetables because the dishes are tasty as much as they are healthy. All the dishes are vegetable-based. Discover this hideaway restaurant as you walk through its rear pathway.
Hana Japanese Restaurant is a small restaurant in Laguna that offers authentic Japanese cuisine, such as soba, udon, maki and katsudon. The food servings are good for solo or sharing. Have an exquisite taste of a Japanese bento for around P 90 – P 300. Ebi tempura Not only are the food authentic, but also the restaurant has a Japanese feel. It may be small but it gets easily packed especially during weekends.
Craving to drink something sweet? Then, drop by at this café! Enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Makiling from the terrace seats CEC Beanstalk Café is located at the 5th floor of The Green Glass Boutique Hotel. There aren’t any large buildings around the area so the unobstructed and stunning view of Mt. Makiling can be seen from its terrace seats. For only around P100, you can enjoy and choose from a wide variety of tasty large-sized drinks. Satisfy your thirst with tasty large-sized drinks at affordable prices You can savor both milky sweet cheese and sour blueberry flavors by ordering the Blueberry Cheese Frappe (P120). If you prefer mild […]
A chic café with delicious food at reasonable prices. The café’s interior design has a retro American feel Tabelle Diner Café is a retro American-style café that opened last November. Since then, locals and students have been patronizing it so every day here is a busy day. The cafe offers 13 kinds of Frappuccino. One is the bestselling Oreo Green Tea that has an excellent combination of lightly sweetened green tea and crushed Oreo cookies. There are also light meals available such as pastas, sandwiches and finger food or “pica-pica.” All items on the menu are available for less than P220. The delightful and affordable Oreo Green Tea. (P90) A […]
Chelsea Kitchen is another Raintree Group offering that is the more casual version of its Chelsea Grand Café. The concept for it, according to the company’s Corporate Chef Kalel Chan, is like ‘extension of the kitchen’ – open, casual, engaging. Its flagship branch occupies an inviting space at the ground floor near the main entrance of SM Megamall Fashion Hall in Mandaluyong City while its 2nd branch is located in Eastwood Mall Libis, Quezon City. Chelsea Kitchen has a funky and friendly vibe with its no-walls design, stylishly put together modern pieces, and breezy set-up. There’s an open kitchen where diners can have a snap of the dishes to be […]
Asian flavors and staples Ninak, derived from kanin (flipped to coin a unique name) which means rice in Filipino is a one-stop restaurant for Southeast Asian flavors and popular staples. Here you can take a gastronomic trip to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines through their dishes. With rice as its culinary centerpiece, a major mainstay in Southeast Asian cuisine, the restaurant brings to the table comfort, flavors, and culinary cultures. The restaurant is owned and managed by the Jose brothers, who also gave us the popular gourmet burger chain in the metro, the Brothers Burger. Ninak started as a food delivery service outlet in Ortigas and Pasong […]
Old world charm, timeless cuisine. Calle Arco is a 70-year–old ancestral home that was converted to a restaurant in 2008. It’s the kind that reminds you of a relative’s home you used to visit in the province in your childhood, conjuring up images of warm relationships, home-cooked meals, and other nostalgic memories. Inside the restaurant are vintage pieces like the colorfully painted oars, a century-old piano, and other uniquely Filipino classic decors. There are some Spanish influences, as well as a vibrant feel with its bright pink walls inside. Vintage furnishing gives the restaurant an elegant, classic feel Calle Arco offers authentic Filipino home-style dishes with some infused with interesting […]
This American country-inspired restaurant offers a charming ambiance and an equally endearing menu crafted by expert culinarians and industry consultants who call themselves the MonDay Chefs. Tucked away in a quiet small town south of Manila, its wooden interiors and rustic pieces provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere that takes you to a place where life can be simple but beautiful, laid back yet fun. The country style restaurant presents a homey, charming atmosphere The restaurant offers mainly American food as well as some local and foreign dishes. Laguna’s specialty cheese ‘kesong puti’ (white cheese) is used in the basil pasta dish Laguna Pesto (P155) giving it a distinct local […]
Treat yourself with some of the best premium-quality meat at Chops Chicago Steakhouse. Located in Shangri-La Plaza in Ortigas, this steakhouse promises to serve something that will fill your stomach without drilling a hole in your pockets. Its finest USDA Prime Beef steaks offering has made this steak house a prime place for dining especially with its special menu, the Cab Rib Eye Steak. If you aren’t sure what to choose, you can take a good look at some of their savory lumps of meat and pick from there. Additionally, there are a variety of meaty dishes including The Bone Marrow (P295) served with bread, filling you with its flavors. […]
Enjoy a wide variety of fresh and high quality fusion cuisine at Cucina, Marco Polo Hotel’s buffet restaurant. Here chefs create their masterpiece dishes at the counter and serve you fresh and hot food straight away. The theme of the menu changes every day offering Filipino, Spanish, Italian and other international cuisines. Sometimes Cucina serves special fare like a whole roasted young pig and a whole tuna that add extra excitement to its diners’ buffet experience. Cucina’s fresh cheese and cured ham are imported from Italy and France making the restaurant a global journey of the palate in many ways. Rich and flavorful options of creative world cuisines are made […]
Komoro Japanese Dining is one of the pioneers of affordable Japanese restaurants in the country and one of the first that introduced Japanese bento in the Philippines. It has been enjoying over two decades of success since it started with its authentic Japanese cuisine offering that are both delectable and reasonably-priced. In Manila, Komoro is nestled in SM Megamall. Customers will find all the quintessential Japanese dishes but for new comers it is recommended they try Komoro’s best-selling Katsudon paired with Soba. These 2 dishes are more than enough to satisfy a Japanese craving. Katsudon (P105); Soba (P88) Also highly recommended are the crowd favorites Gyoza and Ebi Tempura, and […]
Tradition and Legacy of French Bread Artistry Water, Leaven, Salt, Flour & A lot of Passion! – These five are the key ingredients in bringing you the taste of European pastry all the way to the Philippines and all over the world. Over the years, Eric Kayser has gained the reputation of producing the finest quality of bread driven by his unwavering commitment in enhancing the flavor and prolong the shelf life of his products. Currently operating in Greenhills Promenade in San Juan, the café has been a spot for revisiting Europe through its breads and pastries. A look inside the café. Eric Kayser in Greenhills Promenade San Juan Eric […]
Fun ice cream that tastes really cool, no wonder kids love them. Kool Kids makes ice cream frozen in seconds using liquid nitrogen. Enjoy a wide variety of ice cream desserts, like the warm doughnuts ice cream sandwich FroDough. Other bestsellers are their Black Forest Churro Buns and their Frozen S’Mores which are homemade marshmallows with a vanilla ice cream and chocolate center.
Treat yourself with Uncle Tetsu’s world-famous Japanese cheesecakes. Their specialty cheesecakes have soft and moist texture and come in a variety of delightful flavors. A whole cake is priced at P299. You may also their new product the Pastry Puff that recently came out. Handmade using the finest and freshest ingredients, each piece will make you ask for more. Visit their branches at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM North Edsa.
Have a taste of heaven in your mouth with Hattendo from Japan. These excellent fluffy, pillowy cream buns with melting smooth texture have reached the Philippines and have been delighting Filipinos with its branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall, and Power Plant Mall at Baker’s Dozen Rockwell Center. These sweet treats with melt-in-your-mouth goodness come from Hiroshima, from the dough and cream to the wrapping, each item is handmade and delivered straight to the shop. Choose from among its seven flavors including custard and whipped cream.
Adding to SM Megamall’s crowd-drawing features is the Mega Food Hall. Aside from the food court at the main building, Mega Food Hall is the newest foodie destination in the city. The grub hub is located at the 5th floor of Fashion Hall, SM Megamall’s 101,000-sqm recent expansion that also houses retail shops, dining establishments, an IMAX Theater, a new Olympic-sized skating rink, a 14-lane bowling center. The Mega Food Hall has 12 food stalls offering scrumptious international and local comfort cuisines like Yakitori One, The Halal Guys, and more.
The café for coffee devotees and connoisseurs, Picked Café satisfies even the picky urban coffee drinkers as the people behind it carefully handpick the coffee beans they use in the coffee they serve. Picked Cafe, perhaps the only coffee shop present along Muntinlupa Highway, boasts of its authentic coffee drinks brewed fresh from premium and straight-from-the-farm coffee beans. This new cafe, established July this year, was actually an offshoot of the family’s original business—coffee distribution. Having been to different places, owner Cherry Cruz has tasted many different kinds of coffee and identified the distinctness of each. Picked Cafe, then, was supposed to be only a showroom of the different coffee […]
Heading to the south and hoping to find a feel-good café along the way? Maestro Fedeli Café in Binan provides this spot. There are not a lot of cafes in South of Luzon but Maestro Fedeli cafe is one of the few that’s worth checking out. The name of this small but cozy cafe is a combination of two languages: maestro, Italian for “master,” and fedeli, Spanish word for “faithful.” The name, then, translates to “faithful master,” owing to the Christian beliefs of the young owner. MAESTRO FEDELI. In the quiet and laidback streets of Canlalay, Biñan the cafe sign stands out. Young owner Louie Gatdula manages the cafe […]
LGA Fastfood is an exotic-themed canteen where raw meats are displayed on the counter. Regular meats, such as beef and chicken, are available but the most popular ones are frog legs. You can have it cooked in butter or garlic flavour for around P130-P190. You can also try a bowl of soft-shelled turtle soup at Xiao Chun Yuan for P400 and Four Season for only P190. At Uno Seafood Wharf Palace, frog meat dishes are also offered but fried pigeons are fast gaining popularity these days.
GYUMON is an authentic Yakiniku restaurant that has branches in Makati and Pan Pacific Hotel, Malate. Here in GYUMON, meat imported from America and Australia is charbroiled. Gyumon’s beef rib eye is nice and tender. This, together with their prime short rib, is said to be two of the most popular among the suggested dishes. —- Yukhoe (fresh meat top with egg and sesame sead) -Yukhoe Yakiniku If you are wondering which dishes on the menu you should order, check out the Bestseller 3 (P1,100). If you still have room in your tummy after that, try the Yakiniku (prime short rib, cow tongue, and outside skirt) which has a flavorful taste and an affordable […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Casa Armas is the perfect classy restaurant that offers Spanish cuisine in the heart of Makati. The ambiance and vibe inside Casa Armas is just perfect for a date, business meeting or family gathering. The open space, large window and their high ceiling make the place feel much bigger. Every night, there are men serenading the customers to make the experience more fun and unforgettable. – Pella Negra (Php 895 for half-order, Php 1,495 for whole order) –Gambas al ajillo (P365) Gambas al ajillo is a succulent shrimp dish that is sautéed with olive oil and garlic. This is an excellent […]
UCC (Ueshima Coffee Co.) is known as one of Japan’s oldest coffee shops. Here in the Philippines, it is popular for its specialty shops and is known to be the pioneer of Japanese-style coffee making. UCC puts a premium on the beans it uses and the quality of the coffee it makes. Considered as one of the drivers of the Third Wave Coffee movement, UCC offers an exceptional coffee experience that has been well-received by Filipinos. Popular among the older generations, UCC has lately been drawing the young market as well. Since Filipinos are passionate food lovers, all of UCC concept stores have revamped their menu to cater to the […]