FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
Yabu is a restaurant that offers tonkatsu with very crunchy coating and soft meat. You can eat this without adding any condiments! If you are craving for a bowl of rice, fried pork cutlet and curry, then come and visit Yabu! This restaurant has a Japanese chef that supervises the dishes that are being served, maintaining a high-level quality to its food. Berkshire Pig (Black Pig) Premium Set is a dish with a crispy coating, chewy and soft texture, and rich gravy. This food is certainly like its name suggests. Yabu’s Katsudon will make you feel that you’re in Japan just by eating a grain of its rice. Hiroshima’s Deep Fried Oysters (P450) is […]
With reasonable prices, you can enjoy authentic Japanese food in Yaku Japanese Grill. Since this restaurant bears the name ‘Yaku,’ its signature menu is skewers grilled in charcoa The chicken skin (P69/3 skewers) and grilled chicken with onions (P105/3 skewers) are very fragrant and tasty. The shrimp and vegetable fritter soba or Kakiage soba (P249) is our editor-in-chief’s favorite dish. On the other hand, the sea urchin and tuna maki (P99 each) are served in big amounts, so it can surely make your stomach full. You can also order rice to eat with your skewers and there is an also free refill for Japanese green tea.
Because of Yushoken, Filipinos could finally taste the ramen that has adopted the cooking style and footsteps of ‘Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken,’ the legendary pioneer of the ramen craze in Japan. This ramen joint is firing up the ramen fever in Manila even more. Yushoken was already visited by numerous Japanese who are originally familiar with this kind of cuisine. They are fond of this restaurant now. For them to maintain its authentic flavours, Yushoken has a Japanese chef that was trained by the successor of Yamagishi-san (aka the ‘Ramen God’). Yushoken uses a pork bone soup base for its ramen. This restaurant sticks to homemade noodles to be able to exactly […]
Pepper Lunch is as popular in Manila as it is in Japan. A lot of customers line up at the stores every day. Pepper Lunch’s very juicy meat is cooked on a hot plate and is served with great speed without losing its quality. Its aroma is simply irresistible. Beef Pepper Rice, the restaurant’s bestselling dish, uses beef from New Zealand. Beef Sukiyaki with Udon has soft meat with teriyaki sauce and soft-boiled egg. Pepper Lunch strongly recommends that customers try this dish. Get 15% discount when you use your JCB card at Pepper Lunch. More info here. PEPPER LUNCH RESTAURANTS: 1) Power Plant, Rockwell Center 2) Shangri-La Plaza Mall […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Wafu is a Japanese restaurant that is prominent in Greenhills. Its chef studied Japanese-style dishes in Shibuya, Tokyo, which is why this restaurant can offer authentic Japanese cuisine. Wafu is very spacious. It can accommodate about 250 people. This restaurant also has a unique, impressive Lotus-shaped partition. Wafu’s wall is decorated with bottles of Japanese Sake, Shochu, and Awamori (photo 4), giving a Japanese atmosphere throughout the place. The Sushi Counter, on the other hand, has 9 seats and located on the first floor, while the 7 Teppanyaki tables are on the second floor. To keep the customers interested and […]
Kimpura is a traditional Japanese restaurant that has been in the business for 42 years and has set up 2 more stores in Metro Manila. Its branch in Greenhills is on its 25th year already. Classic Japanese Sukiyaki (PHP680) Nigiri Sushi (PHP675) A skilled Japanese chef visits the restaurant every day in order to maintain the quality of the dishes. To make the ambiance more Japanese, customers are greeted by waitresses dressed in kimono. The restaurant’s interior is very spacious and its sushi and tempura counters have 10 seats each. To meet the various needs of the customers in terms of space, Kimpura has 8 teppanyaki tables and 6 private […]
Rikuseki An is a Japanese restaurant recommended for those people who want to taste authentic Japanese food with a calm ambiance. Salmon Roe Ranging from ingredients, seasoning, rice, and oil, Rikuseki gets all of their materials from Japan in order to recreate the taste of genuine Japanese food. Sashimi The restaurant’s bowl of fresh salmon roe is bountiful, while its sashimi, which consists of 5 varieties, is presented in a colorful way. Customers will definitely enjoy looking at its beautiful dishes done by a skilled Japanese chef. The quality of these dishes are truly Japanese. Another really popular dish is the beef Curry (Php390) which is stewed slowly. Lunch deals […]
Update: Toki is now permanently closed, effective May 16, 2017. Even though you are in the Philippines, Toki can make you feel like you are in Japan. Just by entering this restaurant, you will feel relieved because of its soothing ambiance and the staffs that greet you “Irasshaimase” (welcome). The restaurant’s colourful meals, with delicate taste, are prepared by a master chef with 20 years experience. Every day, the chef goes to the market and purchase ingredients by himself to thoroughly check them. If you want to feel the 4 seasons of Japan in the southern Philippines, try out the 5 prime appetizers that have seasonal ingredients (photo 1). Each dish […]
After an exhausting day, there are times when you will feel like enjoying a bottle of beer with your friends. If you want to go to a pub with a relaxing Japanese atmosphere, please come to Tonchaya! There are many high class Japanese restaurants in Fort Bonifacio. However, Tonchaya offers a different approach. This restaurant has a casual theme, creating a comfortable ambiance that will make customers stay longer. Tonchaya has a wide variety of Japanese food which will make you seem like a little child in a candy store, overwhelmed with a lot of choices. The tempura, sukiyaki, a bowl of rice, and ramen are just some of the […]
Yoshinoya, a restaurant that serves beef bowls, was established in Manila in 2002. As of this moment, there are 7 branches in the Philippines that are flocked by countless of customers. This restaurant takes pride in its secret sauce that is full of flavour. Yoshinoya has preserved its traditional cooking style for years, and because of its exquisite beef bowls, Yoshinoya is now loved by the world. You’ll be satisfied by Yoshinoya’s beef bowl in the Philippines. It is recommended that you come here with your friends.
If you are looking for a place where you could eat affordable Italian cuisine, with a casual setting, why not go to Grappa’s? This restaurant is located on the second floor of Greenbelt 3. Thanks to Grappa’s Filipino staffs, not only customers can enjoy good food, they can also enjoy a hospitable and fun atmosphere. Furthermore, it also has a bar counter where you can enjoy a generous amount of Italian wine. Pizza is this restaurant’s recommended dish, which you can actually witness being prepared by the chef in the open kitchen. Peperonata is a pizza that has cheese, green peppers, salami, etc, and once you eat this pizza, you’ll […]
Italianni already has 8 stores in Metro Manila and the popular branches of it are located in major shopping malls, which are patronized by local Filipinos. This vibrant restaurant serves dishes with great quantity that is perfect for group meals. Pizza and Pasta is Italianni’s main dish, plus, Primer recommends that customers should try out its salad. Italianni uses fruits, which are simply unique and can be found in the Philippines, for its dressing. Mango and pomelo (a kind of citrus fruit) are some of those fruits. In addition, if it’s your or your friend’s birthday, why not celebrate it in here so you could hear a special birthday song […]
In the luxurious 5-star hotel Dusit Thani, Makati, you can find Tosca, an Italian restaurant named after the famous opera of Giacomo Puccini that was screened during the early 1900’s in Italy. Tosca has an elegant interior that is designed by award-winning decorators. This restaurant exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere that you will surely love, along with its authentic Italian food and wine. Since Tosca has some private rooms, business meals and special events can be held in here.
Paparazzi is an Italian restaurant located on the 2nd floor of EDSA Shangri- La Hotel. This restaurant always uses fresh ingredients and has a modern interior. Its Lunch Set Menu is affordable so it is highly recommended! In addition, Paparazzi’s pasta can be cooked according to the customer’s preference, so, if ever you want to try out its pasta, feel free to talk to the waiters.
Pepato Cibo di M is located in Greenbelt 2. It is a restaurant that has a new, unique Italian style and visited by a lot of western customers. Its name PEPATO means “pepper” and “exciting” in Italian. As its name suggests, Pepato serves food that is always surprising. Papardelle Onion Cream with Red Eggs (P350) is a rich pasta dish with white sauce. What’s more, the saltiness of the red eggs intensifies the taste of the white sauce. The ‘jumbo clam’ called Angel Wings (P395) is just simply grilled and has a moderate salty flavor. Chilean Seabass La Sorpressa (P800), on the other hand, is this restaurant’s recommended main dish. This […]
Feel free to enjoy this restaurant’s Italian cuisine. For starters, you can enjoy its Cold Cutlet, Pumpkin Soup and Salad, then for the main course, try out Bravo’s Pizza and Pasta that will surely deliver the taste of Italy to you. Also, to further enjoy your elegant meal, why not drink a glass of wine with it. Margarita Pizza (Small, P160/ Large, P270) is Bravo’s best dish. It has tomato, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and oregano. The appetizing Spaghetti Gamberri (2- 3 people per serving, P335/ P635) is a meal with plenty of shrimps, tomatoes, and garlic.
Whenever we hear the word ‘steakhouse,’ we tend to imagine an American atmosphere. However, in Makati, there is a chic, Italian-style steakhouse named Bistecca. It offers rib-eye and T-bone steaks along with appetizers and pasta. The tender and flavorful 1-kg red meat steak that Bistecca offers can be enjoyed by 2 to 3 persons. This restaurant also offers a wide variety of wines which is Php 1,000 per bottle.
Ill Gallo Nero serves homemade pizza that uses plenty of bacon and cheese which are even ordered from Italy and baked in a stone oven. The pasta is also a must-try because it’s one of the favorites of the regulars in here. Moreover, the fresh air in Tagaytay even makes the Ill Gallo Nero’s food more delicious. Pipo, the owner of this restaurant, has been living in Tagaytay for 7 years. Together with his wife, he is also managing a farm in the Alphonse Hotel where you can also do horse-back riding.
Brasserie Boneme is a restaurant that serves international cuisine and lets you enjoy eating your meal with a glass of wine. This restaurant is ideal for lunchtime. When dining there, check out the restaurant’s prix fixe menu (P550, tax not included). However, if you only want to have a light meal, you could order one of Brasserie’s sandwiches that are made from varieties of bread, such as baguette and panini.
Café by the Ruins has a reputation of serving European and local cuisine with an “All Fresh and Organic” concept. It uses plenty of vegetables in its dishes and bakes its own bread and scones. Some of the café’s desserts are chocolate fondue (P120), which is served with a lot of strawberries, and the strawberry shake (P150). It is already a part of the restaurant staff’s routine to pick strawberries in the morning and use bountiful of them in its desserts.
Sonya’s Garden is a restaurant that is surrounded by flowers and other plants, which is inspired by the countryside of Europe where the owner of this restaurant grew up in. Sonya’s Garden offers a set menu (P610) that uses organic vegetables grown in the garden. Their salad actually looks like a bouquet because of its bright colors. *** 1. This is an example of their set menu: • Green Salad with arugula, dill, edible flowers, crispy beans, and parmesan cheese • Pasta with creamy mango sauce and dried tomatoes and chicken and bread • Banana roll with jackfruits and sweet potatoes served with mint leaves (for dessert) • Homemade chocolate […]
Aresi is an Italian restaurant that is located in the middle of the Boardwalk. It offers 8 kinds of California wine (P900- 1 bottle) that you can enjoy while savoring Aresi’s delicious meals. Their seafood lasagna (P265) is the recommended meal in this restaurant. Fresh seafood, which is caught from Subic, is abundantly used in this dish together with creamy cheese. The crispy pizzas that this restaurant offers have an authentic Italian flavor! *** RECOMMENDED DISHES Their seafood salad (P295) is finely chopped. Their seafood pesto lasagna (P265) is the favorite dish among the locals. The devilled Chicken Italiano (P365) is grilled chicken with fresh tomatoes.
Kalamundo means “hometown” in Australian language and “Sylvia” is the owner’s name. This place emanates a homey atmosphere, hence, making you feel like you’ve been in a retreat. Moreover, Kalamunda offers food with a fusion between Filipino and Western cuisine. *** Set Menu (P890) Salad with Mustard Dressing and Gorgonzola Cheese Wild Mushroom and Herb Chicken Sauteed US Beef Spanish pa de Valence Custard Strawberry Peach Cake Lemongrass Tea For reservations: maximum of 70 people and minimum of 8-10 people (reservation required)
L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano is an Italian restaurant that creates dishes that will leave you lost for words. Even executives, who know delicious restaurant spots in Makati, guarantee that this restaurant offers dishes with high-quality taste. The Crespella ala Funghien Tartufo (P550) is this restaurant’s bestseller for 12 years. The aroma of black truffle, the rich flavor of its thick cream, and its tasty ham spreads in your mouth once you eat it. L’Incontro also offers a P1000+ (for a minimum of 40 people) buffet meals that are commonly acquired for farewell dinners for colleagues. This restaurant is also a perfect romantic venue for those couples who want to create an everlasting date.
Because of its unforgettable homemade pasta and sauce, Caruso has been patronized by a lot of people. This restaurant also has 3 varieties of pasta with different flavors you can compare with each other. Risotto and pizza are the main dishes of Caruso that always come in big servings. Caruso is a restaurant that is perfect for different occasions, such as a couple having their romantic date or just friends hanging out. There is also an available room for smokers.
Having Swiss and Italian for parents, the owner of Picobello was summoned to Italy to reproduce pizza with an authentic taste. This restaurant’s pizzas are carefully baked one by one and use only the freshest vegetables and ingredients that are picked by the owner himself. Picobello is always crowded by a lot of people because of their fresh and affordable meals. Come and visit this restaurant and take pleasure in eating genuine Italian cuisine!
If you want to eat Italian food in Boracay, visit the very famous Aria! This is a restaurant that serves authentic dishes made by Chef Gino, who is an executive chef from Italy. Customers won’t get bored eating in Aria because it has a weekly and monthly special menu. Moreover, it also uses fresh seafood from Boracay, ham, tomatoes and other ingredients that are imported from Italy. Aria’s recommended dish is its Special Asparagus Pasta that has cheese, ham, asparagus, and truffles in homemade fettuccine. The truffles give this dish a wonderful aroma and the rich cheese is well with the al dente pasta and spreads slowly in your mouth. Various kinds of wine are […]
Relish Ponte is a popular restaurant on Valero St., which can be called Salcedo main street. This restaurant’s predecessor, which was located in Tomas Morato, Quezon City, was run by the grandfather of the current manager. And even after moving to Makati, this restaurant still retained its charm and the recipes from previous generations. The famous ‘Amazing Artichoke’ (photo 1) is a dish with spicy chips that is diped in baked artichoke and cheese. With just a bite, it seems that you’ll become addicted with its rich and refreshing taste. Some of the old customers from the old restaurant just come to visit the new Relish at Ponte to eat this […]
Amici is an Italian restaurant that already has 8 branches in Metro Manila. One of its branches is located in Don Bosco, facing Pasay Road. It is also a 3 minute walk from Little Tokyo. Its name, amici, means friend in Italian. Amici has a casual atmosphere and serves dishes with reasonable prices. All of its 8 stores have authentic wood-burning ovens, where Amici’s highly-recommended pizzas are baked. The dough of their pizzas are crisp because they are baked in high temperature over a short period of time and with only a small amount of oil. Amici also uses various pizza sauces that are even imported from Italy. Customers can also enjoy sharing their meals with […]