FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
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 […]
A coffee company at heart, Yardstick is dedicated to improve coffee quality standards and nurturing the coffee culture in the Philippines. They focus on forging relationships with cafe & restaurant operators to ensure that they provide their customers with an exceptional cup of coffee. They are purveyors of freshly roasted specialty coffee, La Marzocco and Rocket Espresso machines & other coffee equipment. They also conduct training, workshops & seminars for corporate and home coffee makers.
Originally from Korea, Tous Les Jours is French bakery shop which means “everyday.” It offers a unique selection of bakery goods and beverages made with the highest quality ingredients. They also serve beautifully designed and delicious cakes that are perfect for special occasions. One of the bestsellers is the Chocolate Powder Cake (P448), a light and moist Belgian chocolate spongecake filled with premium chocolate butter cream and sprinkled with heavenly cacao powder. –
Something attracts popularity in Mamou too! not just their juicy steak but also their Key Lime Pie. This American dessert delivers a balanced taste of sweet and sour. Topped with a German whipped cream “Schlagsahn”, this dessert carries a light and crusty taste. The Key Lime Pie is good to eat after meal. Key Lime Pie can also be purchased in The Blue Kitchen located at the basement of Powerplant Mall.
A made-to-order cake shop that opens in a confectionery bazaar every weekend on the first floor of Powerplant Mall, under Baker’s Dozen. Costa Brava is a very famous shop, known for its “healthy sugar” which is made from the sap of the palm. The most popular item is Caramel Cake. It is delicious even if you just eat the sponge dough because of its texture that is soft with a little moisture. The butter cream of the cake is applied thinly, just to coat the cake and the taste is not that overpowering. For the cake does not use any preservatives, the aftertaste is refreshing.
Located at the basement floor of the luxurious Peninsula Manila, the Peninsula Boutique boasts their famous King Oscar Cake, an almond coated cake topped with strawberry. A layer of unsweetened custard cream and tart cloth makes it a recommendation for those who does not like cakes that are too sweet. Anyone can purchase this at the store and best shared with a number of people. King Oscar Cake (Php 1,410/whole)
Decorated in pink, calm atmosphere radiates throughout the shop, matching its French-based design, Pâtisserie Bébé Rouge is located next to New Hatchin. The most prominent here is the strawberry shortcake. Light, spongy texture of the cake compliments the taste of fresh strawberry cream and the sweet-and-sour taste of the strawberry toppings. Various shortcake designs are presented to the customers, like the Christmas Shortcake. A reservation for the Christmas cake can be done thru phone or by visiting their store. It is recommended to reserve beforehand for congestion is expected on the 24th as well as it will be sold out.
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Located on the 3rd floor of Mega Atrium in SM Mega Mall, Eri Curry is a restaurant that specializes in Japanese curry. Chef Erica, owner of Eri Curry, is a Filipina who grew up in Japan. Her love for Japanese curry inspired her to put up her own restaurant. She wanted to introduce her favorite dish in a way that Filipinos would love – a little sweet in flavor without taking away the genuine Japanese curry taste. At Eri Curry, customers can adjust the amount of spice and choose the toppings for the curry dish. There are three levels of spiciness: Just Right, Spicy and Firey, which is recommended for […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Banzai is the country’s biggest Japanese buffet located at SM By the Bay, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Banzai interior reflects a traditional Japanese setting. Upon entering, the guests are welcomed with Japanese lanterns, bamboo shoots, wood floor, cherry blossom tree and even Dotonbori neon signs. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate a maximum of 417 people. Banzai runs an open kitchen where you can see how the chefs prepare each dish. Everything is cooked on the spot, so everyone can enjoy fresh and authentic Japanese cooking. This Japanese buffet restaurant is supervised by 2 Japanese chefs to ensure the […]
Makati is probably the busiest city in the metro. Heavy traffic is inevitable and people are always rushing to work. Even if it is tagged as the business center of the country, Makati is also a popular food destination as it is packed with all kinds of restaurants. Whether fancy, casual or the hole-in-the-wall type, there’s always a new eating place that can be discovered in this city. Just like this humble barbeque buffet restaurant that Primer discovered tucked in the corner of Kamagong and Aranga Street, San Antonio Village. What used to be an open lot in front of a gasoline station was turned into a BBQ haven. Charaptor Charcoal Barbeque […]
Kimukatsu is a restaurant in Japan that is famous for its mille-feuille tonkatsu. The meat is repeatedly sliced thinly then covered with fresh breadcrumbs, fried slowly in low temperature for about 8 minutes and set to let the steam out. The private room of calm atmosphere is most suitable for dining together Mille-feuille pork cutlet We would recommend their Kimukatsu Assorted Set (set of pork cutlets with assorted flavour served with rice sheets) Kimukatsu Assorted Set that is full of variety where one can enjoy the assorted taste Rice set
From Angeles City, Pampanga, C’Italian Dining is popularly known as the origin of panizza. A creation of My Kitchen‘s Chef Chris Locher, panizza is a combination of panini and pizza. It is this delicious thin crust pizza sliced into strips. The right way to eat a panizza is by getting a strip and roll it with arugula and alfalfa sprouts. Original Panizza. KRISTINA(P810) C’Italian Dining in Ortigas offers delicious and authentic Italian cuisines as well. INSALATA CAPRESE (P540) – healthy salad which resembles the colors of the flag of Italy. SPAGHETTI CON FRUTTI DI MARE (P710) SLOW ROASTED LAMB RIBS IN AROMATIC SPICE RUB (P1,100/ two) C’Italian Dining in Ortigas […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Ever since VASK opened last March 2013 in Taguig City, it has consistently been at top of its game in the world of culinary. It was founded by Chef Luis Gonzales, most commonly known as Chef Chele. After working for some of the best restaurants in Spain like El Bulli and Mugaritz, Chef Chele then focused on his goal of putting up his own restaurant that offers a modern, advanced and sophisticated way of cooking that would suit the Filipino palate. Thus, VASK Tapas Room was born. Visiting VASK is both a culinary art experience and a feast to delight one’s senses. […]
Tap Room Bar is located on the first floor of the oldest hotel in the country, the premiere Manila Hotel. The interior can be compared to a good old British pub situated in a very noisy city, Manila. Highly recommended is the Manila. Hotel Chamberlain for its mix of Sprite with gin and uses lime as a base that refreshes the heart and the body. Bar counter emitting refined atmosphere that makes them unique from other bars The beautiful stage where Liza Minnelli has played
LuLu offers a wide range of healthy gourmet and comfort food. They also serve diverse and simply traditional food. They are also popular for their salad selection: One can try the Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Chinois Dressing served with arugula and risoni, Another favorite us the Warm Wild Mushroom & Spinach with an aged Balsamic Vinegar. Their dressings are all homemade. Seared Tuna Nicoise (P350) Warm Wild Mushroom, Spinach and artichokes (P320) Mandarin and Feta (P350) LuLu Facebook Account
Hai Chix & Steaks is a unique restaurant that offers not only Hainanese chicken but also steak. It is safe to say that this is a restaurant where the line “East meets West” can apply. Highly recommended in the menu are the Porterhouse Steak and the Hainanese Chicken Rice, where the chicken is de-boned and gives it more flavor. Hainanese Chicken Rice(P245) Porterhouse steak 950g(P2,450)
Located along Aguirre street in BF Homes, Ramen KURODA serves 3 different flavors of ramen: red (spicy), black (with a touch of garlic and black sesame), and white (standard). There is also a set which already includes a bowl of ramen, pork cutlet and rice. Make sure to order gyoza for side dish. The extensive shop with 77 seating capacity Black ramen (P290) The gyoza made by the wife of the Japanese general manager Ramen + pork cutlet + rice (P450)
A stylish pub located in the heart of Makati, Rue Bourbon focuses on New Orleans dishes as well as cocktails and beers. They are known for their product cocktail, Gunpowder Liquor (P195), which baristas make by setting fire to the liquor in shot glass, sprinkling some cinnamon powder over the drink (giving it a flaming effect) and then trapping the smoke using another glass once the fire disappears. And right after you drink the shot using a straw, you have to inhale the smoke! This is usually being served to birthday celebrants! Facebook: www.facebook.com/RueBourbonPH Terrace seats always do well very much The food is enriched, too
A very popular shop that has been featured in numerous food blog sites, Angel’s Kitchen boasts its cozy atmosphere as well as the comfort food with a twist. Make sure to try the unlimited serving of Melba Chips and Chicken Pate with Pistacchios. Their signature dish is the Original Pinakbet Rice with Lechon Kawali and Chocolate bagoong (sauteed pinakbet vegetables with rice topped with chocolate bagoong and fried lechon kawali). One can also try their Longganisa Bolognese (pasta with ground pork, chorizo bits, spices, tomato sauce) and the Soft-shell Crab with Mango Dressing (Romaine lettuce, fried softshell crab, apple, cucumber, mango dressing). Softshell Crab with Mango Dressing(P348) Original Pinakbet Rice […]