FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
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, […]
Opened in June 2013, Braserrie Girolle is a bistro and bar that serves authentic and modern French food and great wine. It was nominated as one of the Best French restaurants in the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets (MBKRS) Awards 2012. Chef Ian Padilla, owner of this French gastropub, has been cooking for more than 14 years. He was a graduate of New England Culinary Institute and has worked in fine-dining restaurants and hotels in Newport Beach California, New York City, Chambery and Paris, France. His extreme passion for cooking reflects on the quality of the food and service in Brasserie Girolle. Chef Ian Padilla One of the best-sellers is […]
St. Marc Café is a specialty bakery and patisserie that offers freshly baked bread and pastries, drinks, and desserts. The first ever café opened was in the upscale Ginza, Tokyo in 1993. As of 2014, the brand have managed to establish more than 350 St. Marc Café stores across Japan, of which are all directly-managed. St. Marc Café features a stylish, warm interior that encourages relaxation and friendly conversations. The store concept combines a well-loved, quality “Japanese dessert place” with a premium coffee shop. It is designed to appeal to upper middle to high-end market that enjoy artisanal alternatives, and appreciate brand provenance. St. Marc Café is best known for […]
Gaucho is the first authentic Argentinian restaurant and wine bar in the Philippines. It is a two-level restaurant located on the 3rd floor by the al fresco area of Robinson Magnolia in Quezon City. Most Filipinos are unfamiliar with the Argentinian cuisine, but it is not really exotic for the Filipino taste. The highlight of Argentinian cuisines is the unique roasting process called “a la cruz” with the meat supported on metal crosses and slow roasted over low temperature. This cooking method is used by the gauchos or the Argentinian cowboys who work in the country’s vast plains and results in meat that is tender and full of flavour. Argentina […]
Located in Greenbelt 3, Makati, People’s Palace serves modern Thai cuisine. What’s unique about Thai dishes is that at least 3 of the 5 major sensations of taste are always present – salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. The flavors burst in the mouth on the first bite. Thai cuisine is never boring. They pay attention not only to the flavor but also to the texture, color, and ingredients, creating food that is pleasing to both the eyes and the tongue. (From left to right: Pad Thai – Php 380, Chicken and Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce – Php 380, SomTam, Spicy papaya salad with sticky rice – Php 250) (Green […]
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.
Bono Artisanal Gelato is a Filipino brand that boasts of serving authentic, artisanal Italian gelato that taste like no other. As their tagline suggests, all gelato is made from the finest all-natural ingredients, sourced from different parts of the world. They don’t add anything artificial and “unreal.” The process, however, takes days to finish. They use pozzetto cabinets as storage because it can preserve a constant temperature and ensure the least amount of air and light contamination. They make it daily and traditionally, like how it is done in Italy where the gelato originated. Now, there’s no need to go to Italy just to have a scoop of the […]
Located at the 3rd floor of the F1 Hotel in Taguig, F All Day Dining or “F” is both an a la carte and buffet restaurant that offers a wide range of international cuisines. You can only expect nothing but great tasting food as it is managed by Chef Sau del Rosario, who was featured in Primer Magazine: Manila Star Chef (August issue). He has appeared on few television shows and advertisements. He is also known for opening The Museum Cafe in Ayala Museum. One unique thing about “F” is that every year, “F” highlights Filipino dishes. They celebrate the LuzViMinDa festival wherein they feature 3 chefs who prepare popular delicacies from […]
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 […]
Sink your teeth into one of Motorino’s pizza anytime of the day. The famous pizzeria located on the 2nd floor of Greenbelt is really worth the detour. SALUMI PLATE. Coppa Ham, Proscuitto, Salame, and Bread (P425) Declared by the New York Times as the “City’s Best Pizza,” Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana is the brain child of Chef Matthieu Palombino. His passion for pizza was developed during his travels to Naples in Italy. Studying the art of making pizza from the original century-old artisans in Naples, Chef Palombino perfected the art and developed what is one of the best pizzas in the world today. With Motorino’s prefect charred crust and flavorful ingredients, […]
The Royal Touch was co-founded by Carolyn Robb, who served as the Executive Chef to The Royal Household of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana for eleven years. So expect only elegance in its interior design and only deliciousness to its treats. One of the most popular cupcakes is the Chocolate Biscuit Cake! It’s the cupcake version of Prince William’s Groom’s cake on his royal wedding. Chocolate Biscuit Cake (Php 120) Red Velvet Empress (Php 95) Mini cupcakes (Php 150/5 pcs; Php 270/10 pcs)
From New York City, Todd English Food Hall opened its first ever branch in Manila on the 5th Floor of SM Aura Premiere just March of this year. However, the queue of customers easily gets long. Not surprising, really. Todd English is the first food hall to ever open in the country. It is a 900 sqm dining area that’s able to fit 9 food stations: Salad & Charcutterie station, Sushi bar station, Raw bar station, Asian station, Flatbread pizza station, Wine & Tapas bar station, dessert & bread bar station. Here are some dishes you can order from their menu: Fig & Prosciutto (Php 530) T.E. Two Way […]
The first ever NBA Cafe is found in SM Aura Premier, Taguig. You might immediately think that this is a sports bar for basketball fanatics. However, when you go inside, the restaurant is very spacious and family-friendly. The interior is, of course, inspired by the prominent men’s basketball league in North America, NBA (or National Basketball Association). The chairs and sofas have the same texture of a basketball. They have installed flat screen TV’s in all corners which air sports events. They do not only display basketball memorabilia and replicas but also sell it to whoever is interested. At the opening of NBA Cafe just April of this year, basketball superstar Gordon Hayward […]
The attendants at Ogetsu Hime always greet its customers with a welcoming smile. They wear kimono-style costumes as uniforms. The restaurant interior is stylish and modern. They have corners for sushi and teppanyaki. The sushi is uniquely prepared by the Japanese chef in Ogetsu Hime. Rainbow Batera is made with Ogetsu Hime sauce and topped with tuna, salmon, ika, kani, saba, ebi. One of the best sellers is the Tokubetsu which is a selection of delectable fresh sashimi which are mostly produced in the Philippines except for the prawns which come from Japan. Other menu includes the teppanyaki and sukiyaki dishes which served with premium meat Matsusaka beef.
Yakitori One restaurant is set up in the food court of SM Aura which is at the 4/F. The store is like an open-kitchen style wherein you can see how the yakitori is grilled. They only grill the yakitori once it is ordered. Choose from Takoyaki (Octopus balls Php 88), Arabiki (Sausage grits Php 70), Quail Egg Pork Wrap (Php 60), Karaage (Php 60), Chicken Skin (Php 30), Chicken Thighs (Php 60), Cut Steak (Php 60). They also have a special sauce that is made from Japan. It is usually cooked with the Yakitori rice. You can also add on miso soup (Php 30) or Shouga soup (ginger soup Php […]
Nowadays, a lot of different cuisines from various countries have become in demand in Metro Manila, catching every heart of food lovers. One of Primer’s favourites is COCA, a Thai-Cantonese restaurant located in SM Aura. “COCA” was derived from the Mandarin word “kekou” which means “appetizing.” True enough, Coca has been serving authentic dishes since 1957. They are most famous for their own version of Thai suki which is a hot pot dish similar to shabu-shabu. It was first introduced when they open their first branch in Soi Tantawan, Bangkok. One of the things you need to know about their suki dish is that it always comes with their signature […]
“Once PAUL sits at the table the whole bread oven experience is in your plate.” Started in 1889 at Croix France, PAUL is a well-known French bakery and has been serving the freshest and handcrafted bread in the last 125 years. It happens to be located at the ground floor of SM Aura. It is hard not to notice PAUL not only because it is situated near the mall entrance, but also because of the fancy black wall outside and the well-designed interior. The interior speaks very French with its vintage lamps, high drape curtains, elegant chairs and tables. It has the cozy warm ambiance of a library. You can […]
Because of the rave reviews received by their main branch in Katipunan, Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza opened another branch in the heart of Salcedo Village, Makati early this year. Owned by Filipino food entrepreneurs Jutes and Cello Templo and named after their son, this Neapolitan style restaurant offers only the freshest pizzas carefully and individually baked in brick ovens. They use their own kesong puti (white cheese)made with milk from the Philippine Carabao Institute. For a small restaurant in Bautista near Tordesillas Street, Gino’s is surprisingly packed with customers. Customers line up outside and have their orders placed in advance, especially during peak hours. Once you take your seat inside though, […]
THE BLACK PIG is a charcuterie, bar & restaurant headed by Chef Carlos Garcia, a Spanish chef who previously worked for Michelin Star French restaurant Gauthier Soho in London. Chef Carlos, together with couples Steve & Tricia MacDonald and Anton & Berna Garriz, lines up to offer European-inspired dishes that use fresh local ingredients. Moreover, they also offer signature draft beers on tap and a rare selection of wines from humble wine makers across the globe. The name of the restaurant is inspired by Spain’s black Iberico pig, also known to be the finest ham all over the world, and our very own lechon. Their approach is creating innovative and distinct dishes […]
Ganso-Shabuway is a shabu-shabu restaurant that has branches in Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Power Plant Mall in Rockwell and Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Since their opening in 2011, they have been loved by many. Last year, they increased their non-hotpot menus. A la carte menus for appetizers and rice bowls are now available! Primer introduces the lead role, shabu-shabu, as well as the non-hotpot menus! Meyer Natural Angus Beef (Regular-P595, USDA Choice Angus Beef Sukiyaki Set (P588) Their popular shabu-shabu set, Meyer Natural Angus Beef regular uses Natural Angus Beef from the US. The beef comes from cows that are fed with healthy and natural foods and not with the ones that have additives […]
A lot of people drive away all the way to Antipolo just to try some of Tamagoya’s ramen. The owner is Japanese and is a ramen lover. He runs Tamagoya together with his wife. Their ramen is really more affordable compared to others. One of the most ordered dish is the Stamina Ramen (P168). It’s miso-base and has plenty of vegetables.
Ukokkei Ramen opened in 2007 and it has become one of the most popular ramen joints in Metro Manila. The source of the delicious soup is a rare kind of chicken, the Ukokkei. A long time ago, it has been used in Chinese medicinal cooking because the nutrients were effective for stabilizing blood pressure, revitalizing the liver, and preventing aging and other stuff. Since the soup is stewed for 12 hours, it gives it the golden colour and makes it so flavorful. They serve three types of ramen: miso, soy sauce and salt which are all ordered from Japan.
Ramen Daisho‘s soup uses only high-quality ingredients. It is made with medicinal herbs used for cooking in China. The noodles are made in Japan. They have three types of noodles: chewy curly noodles, soft flat noodles, and the straight noodles, specifically Hakata-style noodles. One of the most popular ramen is the miso chasu ramen.
The shop’s name is very playful. “Wrong Ramen” is not your typical ramen house. As a matter of fact, it dares to deviate from the standard Japanese-style ramen. However, they make their own ramen noodle using a machine made in Japan. The menu is also very playful and funny. They have names like “F.U. ramen” and the “Sea Men ramen”. The Communist (Php 395) Tonkotsu Rich (Php 380) Tantanmen (Php 395) Sea Men Ramen (Php 345) FU Ramen (Php 425)
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 […]