FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
Don Juan Barbeque offers Filipino dishes, such as yellow ginger adobo (P 120) and ihaw-ihaw (grilled chicken stick for P35, pig’s knuckles for P75, rear end for P80). This store is located at the right side of the Taal Market. You’ll feel refreshed from the Philippines’ hot weather once you step inside this restaurant. You’ll experience a comfortable ambiance, just like when visiting your neighbour’s house. The restaurant’s interior reminds you of the old houses of the Spanish era. With its brick roof and windows made from Capiz shell, Don Juan BBQ irrefutably gives off a chic and warm ambiance.
There are 5 branches of this popular Filipino restaurant around Cebu. Crispy Pork Kare-kare (P 250) is the Golden Cowrie’s featured dish. It has also been chosen as Cebu’s best Kare-kare. This dish uses a sumptuous peanut paste, and once you start eating the vegetables with bagoong, you’ll never stop.
“Is Filipino cuisine delicious and does it have stylish presentation?” At first, our editor K thought that Filipino food tastes simple and lacks in variety. However, K’s opinion changed dramatically when he encountered the Romulo Café. The restaurant’s sumptuous Chicken Relleno (P 615) is a stuffed chicken dish that has a lot of ingredients in it. Also, Romulo’s original dessert, Crispy Suman (P 65), is a traditional fried rice cake. The dishes in Romulo Café are quite surprising because of their delicate presentation and deep flavour. Black and white photographs are hung around the store, narrating the history of the Philippines. This design gives a very chic feeling to the […]
Bistro Coron is a restaurant that has been serving both Filipino and French cuisine for 9 years. The Double Herb Meat Fillet served with Butter Sauce (P215) is the restaurant’s star dish which has 5 side dish choices: boiled potatoes, sautéed potatoes, French fries, rice, and spaghetti. In addition, the meat fillet in this dish can be beef, chicken or pork. At night, this restaurant transforms into a bar where you can enjoy a drink or two. ‘Bistro’ means “a small restaurant that can be used with ease” in French. The Bistro Coron is exactly as its name suggests. This restaurant is well-liked by tourists and local people.
The restaurant’s stylish ceiling, which has paintings of the San Augustine Church and the Sinking Bell, makes its patrons look up to admire its beauty. Just looking at every single accessory, such as the clock and electric lights, is actually quite enjoyable. In La Preciosa, customers can feel very comfortable because it’s very spacious. It also has a cafe and a function room on the second floor. There are a lot of delicious food in Ilocos Norte, and Crispy Bagnet is one of them. Aside from its fragrant aroma, this juicy pork dish has a sweet taste that spreads in your mouth.
Now in its 11th year, Marina Tuna is still popular with its patrons. This well-know seafood restaurant has not changed much since its early years. Based on its name, the main dishes of this restaurant are usually made with tuna. During lunchtime, there are no vacant seats in this restaurant most of the time because of its overflowing Filipino customers. This restaurant is therefore fondly called “the restaurant loved by the locals.” Their Grilled Tuna Jaw (Tuna Jaw, P600-/ kg) is roasted until it becomes golden brown.The large size of this tuna surprises many of its customers. When you eat the restaurant’s tuna, you will taste its juiciness and its […]
Nanay Bebeng is famous for its eat-all-you-can buffet. It also amazes its customers because of its low prices and great quantity. Plus, they can choose from 9 kinds of main dishes, 7 appetizers, 5 kinds of desserts and soup for only P320! The fresh tuna, which is cut into chunks, is especially remarkable because it doesn’t have a foul smell. This dish is served with Japanese soy sauce. Nanay Bebeng is always full of Filipino and tourist customers because of its fresh dishes such as Teriyaki Swordfish and Stir-fried Crab in Oyster sauce.
Davao Dencia’s Restaurant is a prestigious restaurant that offers Chinese and Filipino cuisine. It is also an establishment that has been well-loved by the locals of Davao for 50 years. It is said that the current store was opened in 1999, while the first store located in Manila began its operation in 1950s. Since the prices are low and the food tastes wonderful, Dencia’s name became known throughout Davao. The lugaw (Chinese rice porridge) and tokwa’t baboy, which are also included in Dencia’s menu, have a lot of fans in the entire Philippines. Their chop suey is another dish that you should also try out. Japanese customers might like Davao […]
Filipino food is amusing because each district has different characteristics. The menu of Tambayan sa Kanto is centred on Ilocano cuisine. This restaurant uses ingredients that came directly from Ilocos region and the origin of its homey recipes are from the owner’s grandmother who resides in Ilocos. Its hipon (P358), which is this restaurant’s recommended dish, is a healthy soup that has onion, whitebait (Japanese anchovy), tomato, and ginger. Ensaladang gamet (photo 2), a seaweed and tomato salad, and bagnet (P430), crispy fried pork that is cut into small pieces, are just some of the typical Ilocano cuisine that Tambayan sa Kanto serves.
“Revolutionizing Filipino Cuisine” is the strong statement that Cafe de Bonifacio released which focuses on innovation in Filipino food. This café’s original recipe added a delicate twist to the Filipino dishes it offers, which is something worth boasting about. Its dishes have incorporated the cooking principles of Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Cafe de Bonifacio’s Lumpia (photo 1) is similar to a spring roll that is then cut and arranged beautifully, making it easy to eat. This restaurant’s Tilapia (photo 2), which looks like it’s going to swim at any moment, is a dish that is very tasty up to its tail!
From the same company that brought us Abe, Lorenzo’s Way, Bistro Remedios, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana, and Polka Dot Bakeshop to name a few, comes Fely J’s Kitchen, a restaurant which original recipes cater to Asian cuisine, and serves mainly Filipino dishes. Fely J’s Kitchen came from the first manager’s mother, wherein they put up all the gathered recipes and flavors in her travel. The restaurant offers fresh, natural, and sumptuous Filipino dishes. Fely J’s interior Fely J’s oriental decoration is accentuated by wood graining, giving it a nostalgic atmosphere. Its creative cuisine has incorporated different elements from Asia, such as Thailand and Singapore, in its traditional Filipino dishes. Bistek Tagalog […]
This restaurant is also a part of the LJC group, which is known for the expansion of Café Adriatico, Bistro Remedios and many more in the Philippines. Lorenzo’s cuisine is actually the main dishes of its other restaurant affiliates: half of its menu is Filipino, while the other part is European. Dishes are at reasonable prices, so you don’t need to fret over your budget. Try their bulalo for only P240 and and their pinakbet for P275. The sweet chili mango Tilapia (picture 1) is one of Lorenzo’s popular dishes. It is a crispy boneless tilapia dish with chili sauce, topped with green mangoes, onions, coriander, etc.
The original menu, plus, the bold arrangement in its dishes is something that Damaso is proud of. Its entire menu is full of originality and it is said that its menu is inspired by ‘Noli Me Tangere,’ a famous book that is written by the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal. Placido Penitente (photo 1) is a risotto using Northern Luzon’s exquisite brown rice, topped with white fish and baked squid. Customers usually add a hint of lemon to it for a refreshing taste, Smoked BBQ Mango Pork (photo 2) is Damaso’s recommended menu. It is grilled pork that is suited with fried garlic rice, spinach, and nuts.
Since its opening in 1979, this well-established café is loved by many patrons and is considered as Manila’s original bistro (a restaurant for the masses). Filipino cuisine, Western cuisine and rich liquors is enjoyed in here. The wood interior of this restaurant gives off a classical feel, making it a perfect place to just chill out with friends. Its refined atmosphere has attracted many college students and artists, which actually led in nurturing the youth culture of Manila. You can find Cafe Adriatico at the open space café, which you can’t overlook. It faces one of the landmarks in Malate District and Remedios Circle.
Since its establishment in 1973, this traditional Filipino restaurant has been in business for over 40 years. The authentic Filipino cuisine that Zamboanga Restaurant offers, such as fresh seafood, lechon, pinakbet, and lumpia, are loved by many generations. Aside from its food, the traditional dance of Visaya and Mindanao performed in this restaurant’s wide stage is also a highlight of the said establishment. The dance company showcases their talents from 10:30 pm for about 1 hour. Their show is worth a look, so make sure not to miss it. To celebrate weddings and other events, dancers who are under the contract with Zambanga Restaurant are dressed in traditional costumes such […]
Since its establishment in March 2013, this extremely popular buffet restaurant is not only packed with locals but also with customers worldwide. The store’s interior has a warm ambiance that seems to take you back to your grandma’s house. Its inner architecture from the 1920s is still the same, complimenting the restaurant’s dishes. In order to avoid boring the customers, about 70 different traditional and modern Filipino cuisines are prepared for the daytime, nightime, weekday and holiday menus. Not only that, its prices are cheaper than a hotel, successfully accomplishing a high quality dream restaurant: customers can wholeheartedly enjoy food without worrying about the price. Since this restaurant provides us […]
Tonkatsu-ya is located at the Palm Tower located in Makati. The owner of this restaurant has worked in a tonkatsu restaurant in Japan before; thus, making the owner a pro when it comes to pork cutlet. Given these reasons, Tonkatsu-ya’s name was born. Furthermore, to fully satisfy the restaurant’s standards, fresh ingredients are need in order to serve fine quality dishes to the customers. Other than Tonkatsu, this restaurant also has some typical Japanese food such as soba, sashimi, and curry. To women who are saying that Pork Cutlet is greasy, Oroshihirekatsu Set is the suggested dish for them. This food has meat, grated radish, rice, and miso soup. If […]
Sugi is a popular, authentic Japanese restaurant located in Greenbelt 2 in Makati. Having been in business for 25 years, Sugi is actually one of the pioneers of Japanese restaurants in the Philippines! This restaurant offers unique Japanese cuisine that still protects the taste of traditional Japanese food even though Sugi has created menus with a twist. Sugi has a calm ambiance and a spacious area where customers can enjoy big gatherings. This restaurant also has a sushi counter, a dining area and tatami and private rooms. *** Here is the suggested menu: Four Seasons Juice (P100) is a drink that has a sweet and sour flavour which will eventually […]
Shokuji is a restaurant tucked away in Salcedo Village in Makati. If you want to eat reasonably priced Japanese cuisine, then you should try out ‘Shokuji Emperor Teishoku’ (P395). Just like the name itself, it is a luxurious set menu that gives you a chance to eat a lot of exquisite Japanese food. The Filipino version of California roll, miso soup, tuna sashimi and tempura are the dishes included in this set menu. The meat (grilled meat, chicken, pork cutlet, shrimp tempura) sauce is delicious! It has a very addicting flavour that will make you eat more rice. The grilled chicken, on the other hand, goes with a sweet Filipino […]
This Japanese restaurant has been open for 13 years in Subic Bay. Many businessmen and celebrities come to visit and enjoy the delicious Japanese food in here. Sakura has the classics of a Japanese restaurant in its menu: miso soup, rice, and tea. Sakura’s Eco Salad, a dish made from organic vegetables from a local farm, is its featured dish.
This is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Manila. Mangetsu is known for its one-of-a-kind sashimi. This restaurant uses fresh and high-quality ingredients in order to create succulent sashimi, making an impact that is different from all other sashimi dishes. This restaurant’s Japanese executive chef makes its sashimi and sushi earnestly to be able to make their full flavors come out. Salt Ramen is also served in Mangetsu and it is also one of the restaurant’s popular dishes. The soup that is used in this ramen is stewed for 20 hours or more and its noodles are homemade. Customers will be satisfied with this dish because of its big […]
Hama is a Japanese restaurant that opened 5 years ago. It is loved by both the locals and tourists. Customers can definitely taste the appetizing Japanese cuisine from the meticulous preparation of Hama’s veteran chefs. When you eat dishes like their ramen (P340), sukiyaki (P420) and Shitake mushrooms and Shrimp Tempura (P595), you will feel like you have just eaten in Japan. If you want to go on a vacation on the south island and feel the wind in Japan, please come and visit Hama.
Seiji is an authentic Japanese restaurant that opened in March 2012. Customers can taste the delicate, ornate, and original French dishes cooked by Chef Seiji Kamura. Their Eel and Foie Gras Salad (P685) is this restaurant’s featured dish. Customers can also enjoy eating the Crispy Rani and Pomelo Salad (P295), which has pomelo, mango, Mizuna lettuce, and original Sesame dressing. This restaurant uses fresh ingredients for its dishes. To be able to do that, Seiji orders its vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish from Japan 3 times a week.
Watami has 700 branches all over Asia. Last year, 2 other restaurants opened in MOA and Glorietta 1. This restaurant’s concept is to make customers feel as if they are in their tables at home. In addition, Watami offers dishes that you can order from an ‘izakaya’ (tavern). Yakitori, Steamed Egg Custard, and Cocktail Tofu (P95) are just some of them. If your tummy is still not pleased, try drinking Watami’s coffee (P85) after your meal. This will surely satisfy your taste. The interior of this shop is actually more refined compared to the one in Japan.