July 05, 2019

Restaurants that Opened in the First Half of 2019

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  • We’re halfway through the year, and restaurants just keep popping left and right!

    From mouthwatering international restaurants to the best coffee shops in town, Philippine Primer is here to breakdown some of the recent food spots that opened in the first half 0f 2019:

    Antipodean Coffee Manila

    Tucked in the corners of Paseo De Roxas is Antipodean Coffee Manila, a go-to place for some coffee kick. It also boasts an extensive yet well-rounded menu, from breakfast to dinner meals—and everything in between!

    Also read: Antipodean Coffee Manila: A Cafe Haven in the Bustling City

    Address: G/F Paseo de Roxas Building, Paseo de Roxas cor., Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
    Business Hours: 7 am to 10 pm (Sun to Thurs); 7 am to 11 pm (Fri to Sat)
    Facebook: AntipodeanCoffeeManila

    Honolulu HK Cafe

    You probably know about the famous and mouthwatering egg tarts of Honolulu HK Cafe. Well, for the first half of the year, they already opened two branches here in the Philippines—one in Robinsons Manila and one in SM Aura. Aside from the well-loved egg tarts, they also boast Hong Kong and Asian cuisines, while the Robinsons Manila branch also serves roasted goodness!

    Also read: Honolulu HK Cafe in Robinsons Manila: the Only Branch with Roasted Offerings

    Address: L/G Floor, SM Aura Premier Taguig and Level 1, Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
    Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm (SM Aura) and 10 am to 9 pm (Rob Manila)
    Facebook: honoluluhkcafeph

    Teppan Okochi Rockwell

    Teppan Okochi in Rockwell is the restaurant’s newest and biggest branch priding itself with its teppanyaki—a style of Japanese cuisine where food is cooked on an iron griddle. This newly opened branch is also the sole branch that offers pasta—a rare sight in most Japanese restaurants.

    Also read: Teppan Okochi in Rockwell: An Authentic Teppanyaki Experience

    Address: G/F Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Lopez Dr., Rockwell Center, Makati City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm (SM Aura) and 10 am to 9 pm (Rob Manila)
    Contact no: 02-813-0051 or 0917-795-0051
    Facebook: teppanokochi

    Marugame Udon UP Town Center

    Marugame Udon now establishes their presence to North folks who like to get a quick and affordable but exquisite Japanese food fix. They recently opened their fourth branch at U.P Town Center in Katipunan, Quezon City!

    Also read: Marugame Udon Opens 4th Branch in UP Town Center

    Address: U.P Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm (Mon to Thurs); 11 am to 11 pm (Fri to Sun)
    Contact no: 0916-627-0275
    Facebook: marugameph

    Shake Shack

    You’ve probably heard about Shake Shack coming to the Philippines since last year. Well, good news! They opened last May in BGC, and everybody’s going crazy over the oh-so-yummy, honest-to-goodness burgers, hotdogs, fries, and frozen treats.

    Also read: Shake Shack Philippines Serves Manila-Exclusive Menu

    Address: Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm
    Facebook: shakeshackph

    Namba Station

    Namba Station instantly became a crowd favorite, especially among corporate workers around the Venetian-inspired mall when it opened last February. They serve typical Japanese favorites such as ramen, sushi, sashimi, and yakitori. The menu is modified by its well-trained and passionate chef, so everyone is guaranteed to experience a true Japanese food galore.

    Also read: Namba Station, A Railway-Themed Japanese Food Stop in Venice Piazza

    Address: G/F, Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm
    Contact no: 0906-0233-692
    Facebook: nambafoodstation

    Cocina Peruvia The Podium

    Manila used to have very little restaurants offering Peruvian cuisine. Thankfully, Cocina Peruvia opened to offer a festive yet homey introduction to the taste of Peru. With their colorful interiors and familiar flavors albeit exotic menu, it is safe to say that Cocina Peruvia looks so amazing that your return will surely be on the horizon.

    Also read: Cocina Peruvia at the Podium Serves A Festive Mix of Flavors

    Address: 5/F, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 10 pm
    Contact no: 02-907-5938
    Facebook: cocinaperuviaph

    Musashi Maru Glorietta

    Washoku-Musashi Maru just opened in Japan Town, Glorietta—and they are the only Japanese restaurant to use the automated sushi conveyor in Metro Manila, bringing you small plates of sushi, sashimi, and kaizen straight to your table. The new Makati branch features the same favorites, but with an even bigger space.

    Also read: Musashi Maru Is the Newest Tonkatsu Destination in Japan Town, Glorietta

    Address: Roofdeck 2, Japan Town, Top of the Glo, Glorietta 2, Makati City
    Business Hours: 10 am to 9 pm (Sun to Thurs); 10 am to 10 pm (Fri to Sat)
    Contact no: 02-583-7060 or 0945-327-1981
    Facebook: Musashimarurestaurant

    Q House

    If you’re familiar with the fun novelty shop called Quirks, then you’ll surely enjoy a visit to QHouse in Uptown Mall—the shop’s cafe counterpart. You’ll find that their menu is a combination of contrasts. From savory to sweet and indulgence to healthy, there will certainly be something on the menu for you! They serve a variety of drinks and dishes including milkshakes, froyo pots, qizzas, and fries.

    Also read: Q House in Uptown Mall: Quirky Finds and Tasty Eats

    Address: 4/F of Uptown Mall, 36th st. cor. 9th ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
    Business Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
    Contact no: 02-960-2231
    Facebook: qhouseallday

    Harlan + Holden Coffee

    Coffee lovers, harlan + holden coffee saves the day with their first ever online coffee shop! Not to mention that they’re the first mod bar concept in the country—and completely cashless. They offer house blend, single origin and decaf. For vegans and vegetarians, you may upgrade to their almond milk for an additional charge.

    Also read: Harlan + Holden Coffee: The First Online Coffee Shop in the PH

    Address: G/F One Bonifacio, Philippine Stock Exchange, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
    Business Hours: 7 am to 8 pm (Mon to Fri); 9 am to 8 pm (Sat and Sun)

    Shakes and Ladders

    The popular Snacks and Ladders all the way from Maginhawa St. in Quezon City gave birth to its new baby, Shakes, and Ladders, located in BF Homes, Paranaque City. They have over 100 board games available and focus more on snacks that are ultimately known as comfort food for Filipinos.

    Also read: Shakes and Ladders in BF Homes Will Take You Back to Your Childhood

    Address: 388 El Grande Ave, BF Homes, Paranaque City
    Business Hours: 2 pm to 12 mn (Mon to Fri) 12 noon to 1 am (Sat); 12 noon to 11 pm (Sun)
    Contact no: 0956-446-8784
    Facebook: shakesandladdersPH

    Isla Sugbu

    The well-loved and most sought-after seafood restaurant in Cebu finally opened their branch in Manila this year. Isla Sugbu remains as the pioneer and only “paluto-all-you-can” restaurant in the country. The idea is basically you choose the fresh seafood you want from their selection, have them cook it, and you’re free to eat all you want!

    Also read: Isla Sugbu: The Pioneer of Seafood “Paluto” Buffet in the PH

    Address: 2/F Venice Grand Canal Mall, Upper Mckinley Rd, Mckinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 11 pm
    Contact no: 0998-966-2990
    Facebook: islasugbuseafoodcity

    Yakiniku Kenshin

    Yakiniku Kenshin in Makati offers a Japanese dining experience that goes beyond ramen and sushi. The concept of a yakiniku restaurant is fairly similar to Korean barbecue as customers get to grill meat cuts into mouthful slices on their own tables.

    Also read: Yakiniku Kenshin Restaurant Is the Newest Japanese Grilled-Meat Stop in Makati

    Address: U-G2 Makati Central Square Mall, Don Chino Roces Cor Fernando St. Pio Del Pilar, Makati City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 1:30 am
    Contact no: 0917-103-5727
    Facebook: yakinikukenshin

    Fat Fook UP Town Center

    Fat Fook Kitchen opens another branch this year in UP Town Center, serving favorites like Taiwanese sausage, xiao long bao, wontons, and noodles. It also has a takeout counter outside so it lives up to its idea of being takeaway-friendly, especially for working professionals around the area.

    Also read: Fat Fook in UPTC Highlights Takeaway Dishes for Working Individuals

    Address: UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
    Business Hours: 11 am to 9 pm (Mon to Thurs); 10 am to 10 pm (Fri to Sun)
    Contact no: 02-277-0657
    Facebook: FatFookManila

    FRNK Milk Bar

    Manila’s first authentic Japanese Milk Bar finally opened at Glorietta 3, Makati—FRNK Milk Bar! It’s the newest concept in the country providing guilt-free drinking experience for everyone. This craft milk bar offers dairy, non-dairy, and vegan-friendly options with lower calorie counts!

    Also read: FRNK Milk Bar: Manila’s First Authentic Japanese Milk Bar Opens in Glorietta!

    Address: G/F Glorietta 3, Makati City
    Business Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
    Facebook: frnkmilkbar

    La Picara

    La Picara is your cheeky restaurant right in the heart of Bonifacio Global City. They serve a fusion of Spanish and almost everything from Asian to European! Not to mention that they also have cocktails with happy hour promos to choose from.

    Address: Level 2, One Bonifacio High Street Mall cor. 5th ave., Taguig
    Contact no: 0917-172-4480
    Facebook: lapicaraph

     Tendon Akimitsu

    Japan’s award-winning tendon specialty restaurant Tendon Akimitsu made its way to Japan Town, Glorietta, marking its fourth branch in the country. Tendon Akimitsu’s menu ranges from set meals to rice dishes that will entice you every time. So, ready your chopsticks for a gastronomic treat!

    Also read: Tendon Akimitsu in Makati: A Japanese Legacy in a Bowl

    Address: Japan Town, 4F Glorietta 2, Makati City
    Business Hours: 10 am to 9 pm (Sun to Thurs); 10 am to 10 pm (Fri to Sat)
    Contact no: 02-256-0681
    Facebook: TendonAkimitsuPH


    Wok2Go is a casual restaurant that recently opened its second branch in Double Dragon Plaza. They offer fresh, healthy, and customizable wok mixes on the go with their signature house-made sauces, base, and add ons.

    Address: GF Double Dragon Plaza, Macapagal corner EDSA, Pasay City
    Business Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
    Contact no: 0927-520-0209


    Land ahoy! A pirate ship has anchored in Poblacion and is serving up rum—and more rum! Buccaneers Rum and Cocktails is the first rum bar in the metro with over 200 selections!

    Address: Kalayaan Ave., Cor. Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati
    Business Hours: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Mon to Thurs); 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Fri to Sat); Closed on Sunday
    Contact no: 0917-188-9494
    Facebook: buccaneersph

    Shaburi and Kintan Buffet

    Shaburi & Kintan Buffet allows you to eat some Shabu-Shabu at Shaburi or grill some flavorful Japanese BBQ at Kintan. The two buffets co-exist in one convenient location, which makes it ideal for those going on a Japanese food trip!

    Address: Glorietta 2, 4L Japantown, Top of the Glo, Ayala Ave, Makati
    Business Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
    Contact no: 0917-811-5625/02-719-5141
    Facebook: shaburiandkintanph

    Single Origin Osteria

    The same team behind the well-liked cafe opened Single Origin Osteria in Salcedo Village, an offshoot of the brand that serves classic Italian favorites. Last May, they also introduced new menu items that included a vegan option, pizza with traditional Italian dough, and more!

    Address: G/F Frabelle Corporate Plaza Tordesillas, Cor Bautista, Makati
    Business Hours: 7 am to 12 mn (Sun to Thurs); 7 am to 2 am (Fri to Sat); 7 am to 11 am (daily breakfast)
    Contact no: 0956-301-5267
    Facebook: singleosteria

    Have you tried some of these restaurants already? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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