FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
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 […]
Satisfy those summer cravings without the guilt of gaining weight! The hot summer breeze has everyone sweltering and everyone’s dying to hit the beach – and to have the perfect beach body! Gym and fitness centers are crowded with new recruits and some are trying out new diet plans that might get them look great in their dream swimming attire. Everything is going well…until you feel the craving for some Mexican food! Well, worry not because Primer has recently discovered the newest option in the healthy food market! Faburrito is located in Eastwood and has branches at The Columns in Ayala Avenue and Ayala Fairview Terraces in Quezon City. They […]
Japan’s most popular cheese cake has invaded the Philippines! Uncle Tetsu is a takeaway store that specially serves unique cheese cakes. Unlike the dense, heavy Western-style cheesecake, Uncle Tetsu’s version of this well-loved cake is light, fluffy and not too sweet. Rich in vitamins and minerals, they are prepared using the freshest of eggs and milk and the best quality cheese and butter and contain no preservatives added. These cakes are also low in calories and sodium and high in protein. Originally from Fukuoka, Japan, Uncle Tetsu cheese cakes have been around since 1985. Tetsushi Mizokami, the inspiration behind the loveable Uncle Tetsu character we see as their logo, grew […]
Finding this restaurant in Quezon City is an adventure your romantic soul will be willing to take. In a quiet nook in Horseshoe Village hides a rustic French-Mediterranean fine dining restaurant. The Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant is secluded, exclusive and perfect for those special occasions with your loved ones. What is now a beautiful place for patrons and guests started as a winery. Back in 2002, owners Klaus and Kitt Schroeder served the clients of their wine importing business with high quality dishes to complement the wines presented. Years later, Lemuria officially opened its gates to the public after being underground for so long. True to its name, Lemuria is a […]
In the quiet, residential street of Mayapis is a sandwich shop serving varieties of bahnmi, a traditional and Vietnamese sandwich considered to be one of the best street food all over the world. At Bon Bahnmi, the Traditional Bahnmi is made of layers of different textures of pork – lean, jambon (thigh meat), and liver pate – mixed with some shredded and crunchy vegetables, tucked in between a light and crispy baguette. Diners have the option of choosing grilled beef, chicken, roasted pork for their protein, or going for a full-on vegetarian sandwich. They can also order the baguettes, which on their own are just as good, and easily go […]
BF Homes has always been a hotbed of new and interesting restaurant concepts. One of these is Wicked Dogs – the only specialty hotdog sandwich place in town. This nifty place along Aguirre Avenue had only just opened last week, but they’re already fully operational and serving the best hotdog sandwiches you’ll have the pleasure of eating. The floor area of Wicked Dogs may be a little small, but it’s the perfect setting for an intimate hangout with your buddies. The interiors are bright and nicely decorated with a combination of industrial and wooden touches. The furnishings also include quirky doodles, hanging light bulbs, and even a couple of swings […]
Inside the quaint shop The café opened in 2012, attracting customers of all ages. 2-3 times a week, handpicked coffee beans are roasted in their own machine. You may choose your preferred extraction method among many, such as by aero press. The shop has two floors with 100 seats. The second floor may be reserved for private events, and the first floor has a smoking area. Ben’s cappuccino (P80) Even though the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombe (P140) is their bestseller, we recommend the chocolate cake with gelato. Matt’s chocolate cake with gelato (P190) The hot melted chocolate oozing out of the chocolate cake topped with cold ice cream makes […]
If you ever find yourself looking for a great meal in Cebu, just head over to I.T. Park in Lahug area, where you’ll find Ilaputi. Ilaputi immediately identifies as a classy restaurant at first glance. The glossy interiors are mostly black and gray hues, with overhead yellow lamps that give the place an attractive, intimate vibe. This restaurant prides itself on serving Asian soul food and fusion dishes. The menu is extensive: they have pasta, sandwiches, tapas, drinks, cocktails, all-day breakfast plates, and the Puti Platos – their classic and original dishes, all scrumptious and exciting. Regular diners and the restaurant staff can name a lot of crowd favorites. But […]
Located at Shangri-La Plaza in Ortigas, AKIRA is a sushi and teppanyaki restaurant named after the late Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. The restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere, delighting both visual and gastronomical needs. One of this restaurant’s attractions is the large iron plate where customers can watch the chefs as they create art out of their dishes. The chefs prepare each dish meticulously, aiming to achieve perfection in every detail, just as the Japanese do. The restaurant serve best quality Japanese wagyu in the premium A3 and A4 grades. They have classic Japanese food such as tonkatsu, ramen, sushi, sashimi, tempura. Japanese liquors are also available. Akira has branches at […]
Located in Bel-Air, Makati, Caruso Ristorante Italiano is a restaurant that promises to deliver the taste of authentic Italian cuisine without you having to leave the Philippines. To be able to cook only the best quality dishes, all their ingredients are fresh and imported straight from Italy. Primer recommends Tritico di Pasta Terra (PHP 790) which includes Tagliatelle alla crema di tartufo e Parm ham (Home made tagliatelle with truffle cream and Parma ham), Ravioloniu emiliani ripieni, al burro e salvia (Home made ravioloni with spinach, ricotta cheese, butter and sage) and Garganelli ai funghi dell ‘Ossala (Home made garganelli in mushroom porcini sauce). An extensive selection of wines is available […]
This restaurant is closed. The French restaurant, Le Jardin (the garden), opened its door last May 2014. It is owned by Chef Gil Brault, who worked at Trois Gourmand, one of the best restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City. It is located at the penthouse of a high-rise building in Bonifacio Global City, and has a Terrier-style garden. – – The white and green interior exudes a very refreshing atmosphere. It has a high rise ceiling and big window that showcases the picturesque view of BGC Skyline. Le Jardin offers a 3-course meal, a 4-course meal or a 5-course meal, depending on your appetite. Many of their dishes use foie […]
The long awaited Ramen Kagetsu Arashi has finally opened its very first restaurant in the Philippines! The newly-opened restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of Paseo Center, facing Ayala Triangle. It is one of the largest chains of ramen restaurants in Japan with over 260 branches. Its constantly changing menu offers a variety of ramen, some of which are only seasonal, which attracts ramen fans all over the world. The store is brightly lit and filled with table seats and booths in vibrant color, giving it a modern and retro look and feel that families and couples alike can appreciate. Its signature dish, the Arashi Genkotsu Ramen (P295), has […]
Daniele’s is an Italian establishment located between a lapida-maker and the TransOrient building. This hole-in-the-wall can be quite easy to miss. Once along Sucat Road, one must drive a little past Grami Hotel going towards Baclaran, and look out for the yellow-painted exterior and the signage hanging overhead. – Ravioli Truffle Cream – Once inside you will be greeted by a spacious, warmly-lit dining area and the unmistakable scent of fresh olives. The enthusiastic owner, Mr. Daniele Bellini, will lead you to your table himself. Just the eclectic decor of various knick-knacks and paintings are worth the visit. Daniele is a former paparazzi, and his intriguing photos of life and celebrities […]
The Wholesome Table’s specialty is comfort food. But what makes all the difference is that this restaurant is passionately committed to serving all things organic. Owned by the power couple Bianca and Juan Elizalde, the restaurant specializes in healthy dishes that use free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, wild-caught seafood, local artisan products, the freshest vegetables, and natural sauces that are all made from scratch. The menu is a mix of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, pizza, pastas, sandwiches and ‘power bowls’ –a filling bowl of various grains topped with vegetables. They also specialize in delicious smoothies and detox juices that help cleanse the body. Try the Enlightened Bowl, a brown rice […]
Burger Company Philippines is not your usual burger joint. Conceptualized by Francis Fabie and Alvin Chun, it’s also a board game hub where you can play Game of Thrones while gorging on a burger or sipping a vanilla milkshake. The interiors, for starters, already scream fun at first sight – metal chairs painted yellow and red and neon post-its and photos all over the walls. The food, too, of course is just as fun and good as the interiors. There are 11 burger choices, and that’s just those under the Angus Beef category. The Striker ‘s Burger (P249 for a single patty) is highly recommended and it’s for good reason. […]
Spend the after hours in style at Madisons, a sophisticated yet cozy bistro just right outside Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong. Opened by the same group that conceptualized Dillinger’s in Makati, Madisons exhibits casual elegance in its modern interiors, highlighted by neutral colors and contemporary furniture. Lounge indoors or al fresco on while sipping a glass of whiskey, red wine or any one of Madison’s specialty drinks. Highly recommended are the French Martini (Belvedere, Chambord, Pineapple and Lavender) and Elderflower Fashion (Maker’s Mark and St. Germain), which pair well with Madisons’ bestsellers, Speck and Goat Cheese Mousse (550) – rolled-up pieces of lean pork filled with truffle-scented goat cheese mousse – […]
Melo’s is a well-established restaurant in the Philippines that started serving high-quality steaks in 1987. It has branches in Westgate Alabang, Quezon City, Makati and the Fort. Melo’s is notably known to be the one that introduced the Wagyu steak to Filipinos. This restaurant has created a menu that gave a very strong impression to us: it combined steak with foie gras and blue cheese, which tastes heavenly. THe owner of Melo’s is particularly proud of this item.
An Italian restaurant located at the heart of Eastwood Galileo is really popular among locals. If you see the restaurant crowded, expect that there are a lot of wine orders placed. The wine offered is not limited to Italian. Each is carefully selected. Their Pinot noir is the most popular. It costs P1,245 per bottle. The wine selection is made to match the dishes offered. The ingredients for their food menu like olive oil, spices, ham and cheese are imported from Italy. The salami and ham with cheese tastes moderately salty and is best matched with wine because it’s not too dry. Another popular dish is the risotto con porcini (photo […]
Passing through the doors of the Old Manila Coffee House feels like a trip down history lane. The warm, subdued lighting and the ticking sound of the wall clock create a feeling of nostalgia of the good old Showa days. Discerning coffee lovers would be glad to find Old Manila serving 100% Arabica beans organically grown in the Philippines. Popular drink choices include the cappuccino float and cinnamon latte art. The menu gives focus on Philippine cuisine. There is a relatively large selection of healthy drinks, such as coffee and milkshake (P110) and hot chocolate (P100).
The house was jam-packed and busy with activity. Customers gather by the counter where orders are taken and patiently wait for other diners to vacate tables. And the clincher? Very patient and accommodating staff, even to the most irritated clients. The Salt & Pepper Diner can be found tucked in a cozy crook that opens to a spacious area on the second floor of a wooden building in the heart of Sagada’s food street. It is the home of inutom, a type of chicken dish native to the region. Honey Lemon Inutom (P170) If you’re in for something totally one-of-a-kind, try their etag pizza! Etag is Sagada’s salted smoked pork. […]
A shop that specializes not only in coffee but also serves liquor and cocktails at night. The Curator is located just right around the corner of Legaspi Village in Palanca Makati. The industrial design with the rustic finishes are among the many reasons why this project deserves to be one of the hidden gems of Makati. You can always surprise yourself and let the barista recommends Brew of the Day menu, which obviously changes every day. But a must-try is the Single Origin Espresso (P120), the blended coffee beans came all the way from Columbia. You can also try their signature coffee, single-shot or double shot. The stylish space that resembles […]
Epic Coffee Roastery is a nice place to read alone or to enjoy coffee together with a friend. The place emanates a warm atmosphere with its wooden fixtures, brick walls and bikes display. Anyone can have their own little time here in this neighborhood-cafe as it offers a homey vibe. Epic offers coffee and cakes, and it recently started serving rice meals as well. Pour Over (Regular P110/Large P130), is a paper drip-made coffee which gives off a simple taste, they use Japanese-designed pour–over brewer. In addition, anyone can enjoy the latte art when someone orders caffé latte and cappuccino. Homemade Tapa w/ Rice (P245) Strawberry Cheesecake (P170)
This café is not only a place for coffee lovers but also for beer enthusiast. The first floor of the EDSA Beverages Design Group building houses the roasting machines and equipments used in making coffee while the coffee and cocktail bar is located on the second floor. It is a charm that the aroma of freshly brewed coffee radiates throughout the stylish shop.
With the grueling activities that Sagada has to offer, such as trekking and spelunking, it is not impossible to feel famished. After a hot shower and a comforting cup of coffee or tea, treat yourself to an elegant spread at the Log Cabin! Photo from Trip Advisor website Although not located at the town center, the Log Cabin can be reached in five to ten minutes by walking. It is very hard to miss: it is literally a log cabin perched on a rock by one of the town’s main roads. Climb up the stone stairs and into a cottage that can be very well be your grandparents’ home: warm, […]
Last October 2014, Patisserie Kyo opened a branch at Trion Tower near SM Aura, sharing space with Ralph’s Wine and Spirits of the Wine Shop. This Japanese bakery cafe is famous for their healthiest and delicious bread. Strawberry Shortcake is Patisserie Kyo’s bestseller. The ingredients used in making the shortcake came from different parts of the world: wheat flour is made in Japan, the sugar is made in the US and the cream is made in France. Strawaberry Shortcake (P150/scice; P1,300/whole)
Situated at the lobby of Makati Shangri-la, Sinfully Circles is a buffet restaurant that offers diverse culinary selection. Colourful macaroons, stylish cupcakes and cakes are all lined up in the store. You can check out the Flourless Chocolate Cake dubbed as the most popular cake at the Sinfully Circles. The thick layer of the chocolate mousse is indeed sinful to the eye. The bitterness of the cacao harmonizes well with the chocolate cream covering the outside of the cake. Soft ganache with gold dust make a perfect finish for the cake. Other designs are available as well but the materials and ingredients used are all the same.
It has been said once and we’ll say it again: Sagada is a town made for walking. Most of the time, first-time tourists find it tiring to go up and down the hilly food street in this sleepy town. Sagada Brew can change that. Located at almost the end of Sagada Road, Sagada Brew is not just a cafe. It is also a restaurant where you can have an appetizing breakfast or lunch and a dessert place where you can get home-made baked goodies at reasonable prices. Although the restaurant is quite small and the interior is simple, the combination of the pale yellow walls, the wooden tables and chairs […]
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