FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
In an artisanal coffee shop, brewing is an art form. It needs to have a perfect combination of art and science. Seems quite hard to achieve, isn’t? I personally believe that choosing a fair-trade of beans is not only the key but having a passionate and talented barista too. In our quest of finding must-go places in BF Homes, we discovered a quaint coffee gallery in the heart of Aguirre Avenue. When we arrived at the place, the nice smell of brewing coffee assured us that we are at the right place. They have these quirky wall paintings hanging on the wall, wooden chairs and tables, and most especially this […]
Zavoy Steakhouse & Grill is like an art gallery in terms of interior. It’s very elegant because of the different paintings exhibited and furniture displayed. Chef Steve has been in the field of food and beverages for over 34 years and has gained experiences from working in Four Seasons Hotel in Canada and InterContinental Hotel in Yokohama. Zavoy offers classic Western cuisines. Their ingredients are imported from abroad. They only use high-quality steaks and beef from the U.S. and Australia, the prosciutto from Spain, and the salmon from Norway. The chef’s recommendation is the Pepper Steak (Photo 1). Even if it is extra-thick, it is easy to cut and chew. […]
Presidential Grand Palace is an Authentic Chinese restaurant started in 1979. It has been loved by tourists and locals alike for 30 years now. The store – with 700 seats, a full scale stage that can be used for shows, 4 private rooms (2 rooms with karaoke) – is perfect for big events such as weddings, birthdays, parties, conventions, etc. Their dish bottom line is authentic Chinese focused on Cantonese cuisine. They also have a water bath with seafood and various kinds of fishes – even small sharks – recommended for customers to try.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill was elected No.1 as the Philippines’ largest gourmet burger contest in MBKRS. Their cheeseburgers can feed up to five people. The ingredients to every burger the make are chemical-free. This place is perfect for burger lovers and those who want to spend their time hanging out with friends, loved ones or their family.
A restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere, an outdoor terrace, original Italian and Japanese cuisine, Torch Restaurant is called an “international fusion cuisine” restaurant. They offer dishes at an affordable price such as the Salpicao Medallion- US Angus beef wrapped in bacon and served in a sizzling plate, Cheesesteak and Gambas, and now their latest dish, the Ramen Burger: grilled noodles and hamburger sandwich with fried egg and fresh vegetables.
Diamond Hotel, where celebrities, executive leaders, and other well known personalities stay, is also a famous luxury hotel for many Japanese. Its European restaurant, the “Le Bellevue”, is located on the 27th floor of the hotel. It was also introduced in the Philippines as 2007’s best restaurant. It has a superb view overlooking the panoramic Manila Bay with courteous service led by a manager full of hospitality. You will surely enjoy eating your food especially with its romantic and sophisticated atmosphere. They are popular for their meat dishes like the beef Australian ribs and desserts such as the cheese cake that comes with a sweet and sour berry sauce. You […]
(Photo 1) slow-baked bone marrow with sea salt and Arugula, PHP550 (photo 2) Caprese Skewers, PHP 460 (photo 3) Certified Angus Beef Rib eye, PHP 1950/250 g (photo 4) Chilean Seabass, PHP1375 Zucchini’s is a modern European restaurant with full-scale fine dining in Quezon City. The owner decided to build the store after graduating from the prestigious University of the Philippines and studying in Switzerland for three years. The menu is extensive and the service is high class as the staff is attentive and there is a relaxed atmosphere. Their European classic menu is not too excessive. Some of their specialties are slow baked marrow with sea salt and arugula, […]
Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken is a restaurant for groups and families. Here, you can taste different cuisines from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Mexico. Some of their recommended dishes are chicken char grilled platter (PHP 198), chicken char grilled on stick (PHP 180) with pasta, combo rice, corn and gravy; mozzarella cheese (PHP 170 for 6 pieces) is also recommended. The mozzarella cheese (PHP 170 for 6 pieces) is also recommended. It is fried mozzarella cheese rice cake in bread crumbs perfect with chili sauce. Another dish is the grilled chicken quesadilla (PHP 288) with tacos or chicken sandwich, tomato, sour cream, and usuyaki tortilla.
Obama Grill Bar and Restaurant is named after the President of the United States. It is located on the main road of Boracay. The restaurant serves a variety of delectable cuisine like the Harmony Salad (PHP 165), with which you can taste sweet, crunchy and fresh vegetables; and the Medium Jewel Obama Lim (PHP 850). They also serve liquor rice and other meals. This is the perfect place for couples to spend time together.
Maya Mexican restaurant is the place where you can enjoy stylish interior, and delicious tequila in the heart of the city. They serve appetizing Spicy Chirikan – roasted organic pork with tequila, and other meals recommended by many people. Foreigners and celebrities often hang around here on weekends.
Jacob’s Shawarma is the place you must go to if you want to enjoy authentic Turkish Cuisine. Jacob, the owner of the shawarma house, was born in Turkey and his restaurant is now famous for its kebabs. Furthermore, to make a really good dish, the owner personally picks the ingredients fresh from the market. Their shawarma and kebab are great when mixed with homemade chilli sauce. You can also try their homemade yogurt.
Home of the mouth-watering smack ham made with Swiss alpine This home cooking restaurant was originally from Switzerland and opened here in late 2008. The owner is the one who made its famous delicacy, the “SANTIS”. It is a shop where you would surely want to go back to every weekend. You can choose various dishes from their menu. They also have enhanced cheese fondue and Swiss classic cuisine. You can have lunch and dinner here with friends and family. The wood grain interior of the place gives a hot impression. Budget starts at PHP1000.
UPDATED: This restaurant is CLOSED as of December 31, 2018 Photo 1 – An appetizing lunch set A fashionable cafe across the Ayala Museum The Museum Cafe, commonly called M Cafe, can be found right across the Ayala Museum. It’s the Makati crowd’s number 1 go-to place for relaxation and recreation. Every Sunday morning, be intoxicated with the sound of pleasant jazz music while having a nice chat over brunch with your closest friends. This is a nice place to hang out if you want to escape the usual summer heat in Manila. You can try their refreshing drinks because they’re so good. ● Perfect for: brunch date with friends […]
Passion is an authentic Cantonese restaurant that is located at the second floor of the luxurious Maxim Hotel. The interior is very classy and spacious. The round tables are neatly arranged. This is the largest restaurant in Resorts World Manila; it can accommodate 400 people. This restaurant is, indeed, grandeur. Chef David Chu Wai Fung continues to protect the distinctive taste of the food that Passion offers. Most of their customers are patrons. Two of the most popular dishes are the crispy roasted pigeon (Photo 1) and the green crab dish (Photo 2). They also offer all-you-can eat dim sum for only P750 for adults and P500 for children 6 to 11 […]
UPDATED: This restaurant is CLOSED as of January 15, 2019. The best part of eating in Chinatown is that food is delicious but cheap – just like the food in Happy Delicious Kitchen! This restaurant from Taiwan offers home cooked meals that are tasty and healthy. They are popular among the local Chinese. Every morning, the owner goes to the market to buy fresh ingredients! The most popular meal on their menu is the 3-in-1 (Photo 1). You can choose 3 of your favorite dishes plus 1 cup of rice. There are a lot of choices (Photo 2). The 3-in-1 meal costs P150 and 4-in-1 meal costs P180. They also offer rice mixed with vegetable like the […]
This restaurant’s signature dish is the tousakumen (Photo 2). When your order, it is possible to take a glimpse of their kitchen where the cooks are painstakingly preparing your food (Photo 1). The noodles are boiled and carefully cut; toppings of your choice – beef, chicken, pork, spare ribs or seafood – are added afterward. The ramen is reasonably priced at P120 to P150. Another popular dish in this hidden store in Binondo is the egg fried rice (Photo 1). Its delicious taste comes from high temperature when frying the rice in exquisite oil. Pair it up with fried dumplings (Photo 4). Another thing that goes well with the ramen is a nice […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Wai Ying Fast food has always been crowded with locals, tourists and regular customers since it first opened in 1998. Their interior is very cozy and and their dishes are delicious and affordable. This is one of the favorite dimsum and noodle places in Chinatown. The price range is from P65 to P110. First on their list is the hakaw (Photo 2), 4 pieces of delicious shrimp dumplings. Another favorite is the irresistibly cruchy classic siomai (Photo 1). The beef wanton (Photo 3) is a noodle bestseller.
A well-established shop in Chinatown, Tasty Dumplings has been loved by locals since 1979. Their most popular dish is the 8-piece water dumplings (Photo 1). The pork chop rice (Photo 4) is also very frequently ordered. It is hearty pork fried to crisp served with white rice and sauce. Also try the Silver Roll bread (Photo 3 – left) and the Dim sum Hongma (Photo 3 – right).
The one-stop shop of sweet goodies in Chinatown Ho-Land sells goodies like sweets, bread and other Chinese food in general, all neatly packed in individual wrappers. The classic hopia is the most popular treat among the customers. A popular side dish is the Chinese Chimaki Machang (Photo 4). It is sticky rice that has been seasoned and wrapped in bamboo leaves. It is usually bought as snack by regular customers.
Ying-Ying is a tea shop located on Chinatown’s Dasmarinas Street, just parallel to Ongpin Street. This shop is slightly hidden but is very popular among locals. Its take on the classic Filipino dish lechon kawali (photo 1) is one of its most popular dishes. The quality of the pork, its juiciness and the distinct crunch of the pork skin make this dish well-known. Try the Beef Wanton Noodles (Photo 3) and the Thin Soup Noodles with Gudakusan wanton toppings and Chinese cabbage. Do try the Takashi Cospa for only P110 as well. The drinks here are also a must-try. They have coffee and milk tea. Iced drinks are served in surprisingly large beer mugs (photo […]
(PHOTO 1) Special Bulgogi – PHP 450 (PHOTO 2) Hemul Pajeon – P450 (PHOTO 3) Gelbuchim -PHP 450 (PHOTO 4) Soondooboo Chige – PHP 280 Owned by Kyung Chun Lee, this restaurant serves authentic Korean food. They have 80 different exquisite food choices on the menu but the bestseller is their special bulgogi (Photo 1). The waiter assists in preparing this dish and serves it on a piping hot plate. Another popular dish from the menu is galbichim (Photo 3): stewed vegetables and ribs, carefully soaked in sauce. They also have the Korean-style pancake hemul pajeon (Photo 2) which is best dipped in their soy sauce. You can try the classic soup […]
As the name suggests, this restaurant offers rich aromatic spices from seven countries: India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Chinese, and Filipino. Spices offers a unique dining experience for its customers and it’s located at the first-class hotel The Peninsula. The Thai menu was excellent! We tried the Malaysian chicken curry with herb lime and Thai red curry beef with potatoes. Their wine selection is abundant. The staff is very accommodating and can tell you which wine suits each dish. If you want to enjoy a exquisite and beautifully prepared Asian cuisines and dine in luxurious restaurant, Spices is a good choice for that. ● Applications: Lunch date with friends, business […]
Photo 1 – Paneer Tika – BBQ cottage cheese(P170) Photo 2 – Masala Dosa – vegetables wrapped in a crepe (India version) (P155) Photo 3 – Outside New Bombay Along the crowded luxury condos in Dela Costa Street, Makati lies an Indian restaurant also popular among our Japanese friends. New Bombay is a small restaurant but it offers a genuine taste of authentic Indian cuisines. Most of the patrons are people who work in Makati. Their menu is rich with curry, vegetables, mutton and chicken. New Bombay is one of those Asian restaurants that offer a taste of their own cuisines for a reasonable price. Many Filipinos are spicy food […]
Offering real Vietnamese food with plenty of fresh vegetables, Bawai’s is a homey restaurant that offers an extensive menu of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Owned by the Tatlonghari family, this restaurant opened in Silang, Cavite in 2007. Bawai means grandmother in Vietnamese. The restaurant is designed to be homey and gives out the feeling of visiting your grandma’s house. Eighty percent of the ingredients are imported from Vietnam. All their vegetables are fresh from the organic farm. Recommended: ● Goi Thit Tom (P250) Green Salad ● Chao Tom (P260) appetizer ● Pho Bo (P235) for Bo ● Ca nuong Xa Ot (P380) main dish ● Pandan iced tea (P65)
(1) Palak Paneer (P280) (2) Dahi Puri (180) (3) Mutton Curry (4) Vegetable Biryani (P350) This restaurant wants to give its customers the taste of India, preparing their dishes beautifully, Indian-style. Their interior is elegant and shiny. Most Indian cuisines are spicy but at Legend of India, there’s no need to worry because they have dishes that are so mildly spiced that even children can eat it! Preparation is overnight to achieve that perfect taste. The Mutton curry (P440) is a must-try. The restaurant uses many vegetables.