FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
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
Old Penang is a Malaysian restaurant in a casual atmosphere that fits the environment of the Resorts World. The menu is a fusion of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisine. There are noodles that can be found in a Chinese restaurant and some curry is prepared Indian-style. But most dishes and spices are Malaysian. The use of coconut is unique to Malaysian cuisines. This is to balance the spiciness with the creaminess. The service is very quick and food can be served within five minutes. We recommend you to try the famous Penang Prawn Noodles. For dessert, try the Penang Ice Kacang with Ice Cream.
Owned by the popular chef Him Uy de Baron, Nomama is a modern Japanese restaurant that focuses on artisanal ramen. Chef Him shared with us that Nomama is a word play of “not your mama’s” ramen. The signature dish Nomama Ramen is made with house pork stock, miso-sesame flavour, chashu and tamago. Nomama Ramen (P340) They also have the Thai Green Curry Ramen. It’s a noodle soup that harmoniously blends with curry coconut flavour. Thai Green Curry Ramen (P330) Nomama serves Japanese food which are made with the freshest products and organic ingredients that are sourced locally. The dishes are all exquisite and prepared creatively for their customers. Indeed, it’s […]
This is a café restaurant ran by a Japanese couple. Arafu Café serves tonkatsu that tastes very homey. It will remind you of a mother’s home cooked meal. Arufa Café has opened their first branch in Fort Bonifacio and has been the favourite place of Japanese housewives and expatriates because of the homey ambiance. They do not offer the usual Japanese food like sashimi or tempura but instead, they offer a variety of authentic Japanese cuisines. One of the most popular dish is the Hamburger Steak and Fried Chicken Dish. Another popular dish from the menu is the Tahara Hamburger. The beef is so tender and juicy. You have to […]
Go-en is one of the most popular ramen shops in Manila. From the classic soy sauce to miso soup, their dishes are, without a doubt, delicious and distinct. The most popular dish is the Tantanmen, a thick soup of white sesame with seasoned eggs that firmly floats on the soup. Fall in love with their chicken ramen Kara-age Kare topped with a generous amount of cheese. This joint does not only serve delectable ramen, but also has an eye-catching interior decorated with Japanese artworks and traditional toys such as kendama, daruma otoshi, koma (or tops in English), and yoyo. In addition, otakus will greatly appreciate Go-en’s manga rack, which has […]
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.
From the United States, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is one of the most popular donut shop and cafe here in the Philippines. They offer original and excellent flavors of donuts. Krispy Kreme donuts are freshly made that’s why it is moist and warm to eat. The ambiance is quiet and bright. It’s a nice place to work, study or catch-up with friends as you are served by friendly staff. One of the best-sellers is the original Glazed (P30/pc), not too sweet but very moist – a classic Krispy Kreme taste. You can try as well the Glazed Chocolate Cake (P38/pc), Hershey’s Cookies & Kreme (P38/pc) and the New York Cheesecake […]
Fall in love with the French-inspired bakery shop Bizu Patisserie. Bizu came from the French word bisous which means “kiss.” Kissing is a sign of affection and love for someone and just like Bizu Patisserie, all the pastries and treats are made with love, care and creativity. All Filipino chefs were trained to make the finest French pastries and European bread that can be enjoyed by Filipinos. (Photo 1) Nirvana – mini size: P185 / full size: P765 (Photo 2) Chocolate truffles *1 pc: P48 * Bizu Truffle box 4 pieces : P255 * Bizu Truffle box 6 pieces : P355 * Bizu Truffle box 12 pieces : P655 * […]
Your Tagaytay trip is not complete without at least trying Amira’s Buco Tarts. It all started as a home-based baking business of owner Virginia Malipol, catering for retreats and seminars held in Tagaytay. Due to popular demand, they opened their own store. Now, they are considered the most popular pasalubong store in the city! You can choose from different tart flavors: the all-time favorite buco, mango cheese, blueberry cheese, cherry cheese, banana caramel, egg & fruit.
Coron Harvest has already been featured by several national TV stations because of its popular cashew nut production in Palawan. Their cashew nuts are fresh, aromatic and crispy in texture. It’s really delicious, you won’t even notice how many nuts you have already eaten! A lot of tourists buy bags of cashew nuts as pasalubong or presents for their loved ones. (1) Cashew Nuts – P50/70g, P100/140g, P300/500g (2) Sugar Coated Cashew Nuts (3) Owner Lita Escarda and 3 of her friendly staff
Chocolate Fire offers only the purest and finest selections of scrumptious chocolates. They only use pure Belgian chocolate and high-quality local and imported ingredients, adding no preservative or chemicals. Yes, it’s just pure chocolate heaven! They display over 70 different varieties of fresh chocolates daily. It is the most preferred chocolate shop for most customers when they want to buy sweet treats for their loved ones. Imagine how jam-packed they are during Valentine’s Day!
Carmen’s Best Ice Cream only uses the finest ingredients: 100% fresh cow’s milk brought over daily from the dairy farm of the owner Paco in Bay, Laguna. Other ingredients used are imported from all over the world: Horlicks malted milk from England, chocolates from Switzerland, rum from Jamaica, the finest vanilla beans from Madagascar and Turon de Jijona from Spain. They don’t substitute if some ingredients are not available! They only use the finest quality and make it the old-fashioned way – homemade.
Swagat Indian restaurant is located approximately in the middle of Rada Street. Authentic Indian food restaurant with an affordable price. Owner and chef Ms. Komal manages the restaurant hands-on. She has been cooking Indian cuisines for more than 10 years. Everything is authentic, from the preparation to the spices used, to the interior of the restaurant. One-fourth of the customers are Indians. The level of spiciness ranges from mild, medium, hot and extra hot. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Try the taste of lamb, Sangam Biryani (P225) and Chicken Tikka (P200). They also have healthy vegetable plates like Navrattan Korma (P140). Swagat Indian cuisine accepts delivery and catering for those […]
A favorite buffet restaurant of businessmen and politician, Circles Event Cafe is managed by the first-class Makati Shangri-La Manila Hotel. They serve international cuisines, such as Western and Asian cuisines. They also have a corner for desserts. The atmosphere is sophisticated and their set-up is theatre-like in appearance. The recommended budget per person is P1500.
Enjoy your buffet experience while watching the beautiful view of Manila Bay! Spiral is said to be the best and largest buffet restaurant in the Philippines. Located at the first-class hotel Sofitel Plaza Hotel, Spiral is one of the restaurants you should try at least once. All dishes offered are exquisite and high in quality. If you want to try a luxurious buffet treat with a loved one, this is the restaurant you should go to. The atmosphere is very elegant. Budget per person is P2000. All children 7 to 12 years old get 50% off and children 6 years old and below are free. Reservation is needed.
The chicken version of Paitan Ramen. It is a great homemade noodle with a very condensed chicken flavor. Left: Paintan Zenbu no Se (P420) Right: Tantan Mien (P395) Kitchitora is a distinguished ramen restaurant that already has a number of regulars, mainly because of its homemade noodles that go well with its mouth-watering soup that is stewed for a whole day. Customers with a big appetite will be very much elated with Kitchitora’s because of its bountiful serving. Aside from ramen, this restaurant also serves a variety of great food such as fried rice, chicken karaage rice, and gyoza.
Shinjuku Ramen is a well established restaurant that has been serving as many as 50 kinds of noodles, ramen, udon, and chow mein. Among of that selection is the ‘Soy Sauce Ramen,’ which has toppings ranging from kimchi, salt, mabo tofu, and curry. This ramen joint’s popular dish is a soy sauce-based ramen with crab, shrimp, squid, pork, and vegetables that is tangled with a thick and flavorful soup which you will surely sip down to the last drop. Shinjuku Ramen is open until midnight.
Shitamachi Japanese Chashu House provides authentic Japanese cuisine. It serves a plentiful of pork ramen that will surely captivate its visitors. To season its food, high quality ingredients and natural sea salt are used by this restaurant. It also does not use any additives, making health conscious customers at ease. Shitamachi also makes its own soy sauce, which takes a lot of years to create. The pork they used is braised in this for a long period. The Shitamachi Japanese Chashu House continues to protect the taste of tradition that is passed by its predecessor. Shitamachi lets you enjoy the full the taste of Japan.
Hanamaruken is a ramen chain from Osaka that has already expanded to 40 branches. Now, this restaurant is in the Philippines, serving great ramen selections in one of the popular malls in the metro, Trinoma. The Japanese chef admitted that preparing their ramen is very hard to do but definitely delicious. The people of Osaka line up every night until midnight just to have a taste of Hanamaruken ramen. The Signature Happiness Ramen is made from soy sauce pork bone soup, which is carefully and slowly stewed. This item is very popular and highly recommended. If it’s your first time in Hanamaruken, it’s a must to order this ramen. This […]
Mother’s Crepe and Café is famous for their delicious and healthy crepes, as implied by their motto. The signature crepe is made from fresh eggs, dietary fiber and rich flour. From the first bite, you can already taste the creamy filling without it being too sweet. For beverages, they have the popular green tea smoothie (P95). The famous Halo-halo smoothie (P125) is also a must try.
Managed by the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Sinfully by Makati Shangr-la is an exquisite bakery shop that offers sinful chocolates, pastries, bakeries and other indulgence, all sparkling with beauty lusciously. You can try the small, sweet and colorful Macaroons (P55/piece). You can choose from flavors like ube, pistachio, raspberry, caramel, and passion fruit and many more. They also offer bread like the almond croissant (P105). They also customize cakes as requested. (1) 28 types of chocolate treats (P60-P100 per piece) (2) Crystal tart & Desire (P240)
If you are looking for a refreshing dessert after a long meal or a busy day, you might want to try dropping by Pinkberry for a cool yogurt or smoothie. They also offer non-fat yogurt for health-conscious customers. We recommend the original yogurt (photo 1). If you order the large size, you can choose 7 from the 30 different toppings. For medium orders, you can choose 5 different toppings and for small orders, you can choose 3 different toppings. Among these toppings include fruits such as oranges, strawberries, corn flakes and nuts. (1) The Original Yogurt (P265 – Large) (2) Toppings of your choice