Filipinos have always had a love affair with food. Anytime a new restaurant opens, we make sure to try it out, regardless of the type of cuisine; however, we’ve become accustomed to a particular type of cuisine that we forget to simply enjoy food without bias. Soil, aims to give Filipinos just that. FARM TO TABLE. It doesn’t succeed as much as other concepts, but Soil is showing promise. Soil is the brainchild of Chef Lorenzo Pimentel and his brother, Iñigo. Inspired by the hard work that farmers and fishermen go through to put food on the table, they came up with Soil to bring out the best […]
It’s the restaurant that you want to go to after being away in the Philippines for a long time. First opened in 1999, Mama Rosa was one of the restaurants that people loved to go if they want to savor on classic Filipino food. However, it shut down in 2006 as various restaurants boomed that prompted its owner Ticks Laurel to close the classic restaurant. Now, it has re-opened to cater to its new customers by serving the same classic and delicious food at Kapitolyo in Pasig. Laurel opened this restaurant in honor of her mother, who taught her about the fascinating culinary world. LECHON KAWALI (P220). […]
Rice bowls done Your Way If you’ve ever fancied a bowl of rice as something more than, well, a bowl of rice, then Ricing Bowl in Makati is the place for you. A “RICING” PROSPECT. Ricing Bowl in Makati takes a bowl of rice and lets you have your way with it. Ricing Bowl takes the humble bowl of rice and elevates it with, as the restaurant puts it, “great combinations of veggies, meats, and Asian sauces.” OPTIONS. You’re given a choice from these three favourites (from L-R): Lemongrass Fish, Liempo, and Pandan Chicken, which, sadly, no photo was available. This is not, however, your standard fall-in-line, pick-from-our-menu kind of […]
Ilocos is one of the places in the Philippines where you can embark on a food trip adventure. But the good news is, you don’t have to go that far just to experience the Ilocano cuisine. Naimas Restaurant at Makati will help make your food trip dreams come true. Classic Ilocano dishes will always be served at this homey restaurant found at Legazpi Village, Makati City. You can find all-time favorites such as Bagnet, Kalderetang Kambing, Dinuguan, Sinigang, Papaitan and other homey dishes that you miss. MISSING HOME? Check out Naimas’ Ilocano cuisine and taste their sumptuous dishes. Photo grabbed from Naimas’ Facebook page. The culinary techniques used in preparing […]
If you want a place to enjoy your quiet time in Baguio, choose this cozy boutique hotel and bistro that is Forest House. INTO THE WOODS. Check out Forest House if you want a homey Baguio experience. This cabin type place is a tourist favorite because of its relaxing ambience. Here, you can feel at home with their affordable bed and breakfast rooms if you’re not the hotel-accommodation-type of traveler. Aside from the rooms, Forest House also has its own bistro. As you enter the restaurant, you will be impressed with its sophisticated interiors. Its lovely setting makes a good place for dinner dates. It has this homey vibe […]
Foodies will surely love this new food community in Baguio that will amaze you with its interesting nook features. One great thing to find in this tree house-like food haven is Balbacua, by Urban Kamote. BE IN BALBACUA. See what the Ili-Likha Artist Village offers to nature and art lovers visiting Baguio. As you enter Ili-Likha Artist Village, you will definitely not see what you imagine restaurants to be. This unique bistro has tree branches present everywhere which makes that distinct natural ambience. If you’re an art lover, you’ll surely love this place as you can see artworks everywhere. Furniture and other interior accessories are all made by recycled materials […]
Fill your stomach with sumptuous meals at a budget-friendly price! Good Taste is a 24-hour restaurant that offers affordable, hearty meals in generous servings. The restaurant’s menu includes rice meals, soups, mami, pancit, snacks, and beverages. At this restaurant, you’re sure to get bang for your buck. Good Taste Fried rice (P115) is served with a large chicken and a fried egg. The recommended Good Taste Fried rice (Php 120) is made with large chicken and a fried egg. Another crowd favorite is their Buttered Chicken (Php 180 for half and Php 360 for whole). Don’t let their serving suggestions fool you. Their dishes can feed more people than what it […]
Pampanga is known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. And what better way to prove that than to indulge on its traditional Kapampangan dishes? Apu in City of Dreams Manila will help you with that. “APU” means “Granny” in the Pampanga language. Although the restaurant looks very high-class, they offer relaxed home-style dishes. One of their best sellers is APU’s Seafood Kare-Kare cooked with plump, succulent fresh shrimps, veggies, and bright orange colored sauce. It has that distinct creamy flavor which makes it more appetizing. It is also served with homemade bagoong. TRY KAPAMPANGAN. APU’s Seafood Kare-Kare is priced at P790. EXPERIENCE PINOY CUISINE. Try this fish salad at […]
Nothing beats the feeling of slurping a warm beef soup on a rainy day. Experience this very Filipino way of savouring the day with a delightful dish at Rose & Grace Restaurant located south of Manila. ROSE & GRACE RESTAURANT. The welcoming entrance of this classic Filipino restaurant This 45-year old heritage restaurant opened its first branch in Santo Tomas Batangas and a second branch was recently opened in Santa Rosa Laguna. In both branches, you can have a taste of traditional Filipino dishes and experience the locals’ brand of warm hospitality. ALL-TIME FAVORITE BEEFY GOODNESS. Headlining its menu is the hearty ‘Bulalo.’ Its famous home-cooked style Bulalo dish (beef […]
Experience mouth-watering Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine House of Bawai is a Vietnamese and Filipino cuisine restaurant located in Solenad 3 in Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna. Another branch can be found in the cool city of Tagaytay. ‘Bawai’ means ‘grandma’ in Vietnamese which characterizes the overall feel of the restaurant – warm, fussy, and laidback. About 80% of the ingredients used here are all imported from Vietnam making its flavours truly Vietnamese. Have a bite of the crispy lettuce and shrimp wrapped together in a spring roll, the Goi Cuon Enjoy its Goi Cuon (P220), Vietnam’s well-loved comfort food made from fresh vegetables, noodles, and shrimp wrapped together in a spring […]
Have a beautiful plump skin with Bulalo. Aviles Restaurant is famous for its Bulalo, a well-loved Filipino boiled soup made with beef shanks and beef marrow bones. The beefy soup is said to be good for the skin because it is rich in collagen. You may also add calamansi juice or soy sauce as desired. You can order a generous amount of tender meat in Bulalo for P 520.
Witness a flaming chicken cooked right before your eyes. Bertito’s Anyhaw Restaurant is well-loved among locals as an ideal place to chill out with friends over beer or some grill. It is also popular for its bestselling ‘Flaming Chicken’ which is cooked by pouring it with a specialty rum sauce that makes the chicken burst into flames giving its skin a nice crispiness.
Old world charm, timeless cuisine. Calle Arco is a 70-year–old ancestral home that was converted to a restaurant in 2008. It’s the kind that reminds you of a relative’s home you used to visit in the province in your childhood, conjuring up images of warm relationships, home-cooked meals, and other nostalgic memories. Inside the restaurant are vintage pieces like the colorfully painted oars, a century-old piano, and other uniquely Filipino classic decors. There are some Spanish influences, as well as a vibrant feel with its bright pink walls inside. Vintage furnishing gives the restaurant an elegant, classic feel Calle Arco offers authentic Filipino home-style dishes with some infused with interesting […]
Adding to SM Megamall’s crowd-drawing features is the Mega Food Hall. Aside from the food court at the main building, Mega Food Hall is the newest foodie destination in the city. The grub hub is located at the 5th floor of Fashion Hall, SM Megamall’s 101,000-sqm recent expansion that also houses retail shops, dining establishments, an IMAX Theater, a new Olympic-sized skating rink, a 14-lane bowling center. The Mega Food Hall has 12 food stalls offering scrumptious international and local comfort cuisines like Yakitori One, The Halal Guys, and more.
Mabuhay Restop is not your typical everyday café or restaurant. Yes it offers hearty food and good ambience but everything there is done in the context of the Filipino culture, highlighting the best of it and letting people engage in it in fun and memorable ways. It is a restaurant that has more than just food to offer, but a beautiful spectrum of what Philippine culture is about with a focus on nation building. Upon entering, one will instantly notice the vibrant, distinctly Filipino interiors and the warm hospitality of the staff. A social enterprise inspired by Gawad Kalinga (GK), it is an establishment with the heart to showcase the […]
A Catholic-themed restaurant just beside San Agustin Church in Intramuros—Ristorante delle Mitre serves various culinary dishes but is also a mini-museum showcasing historical photos and artifacts for its interiors. Although guests can venture into the entrée menu of the restaurant, Ristorante delle Mitre is also best enjoyed in the afternoons with a cup of coffee and their pastry. A slice of Apple Cinnamon Cheese Cake is recommended—a cake not commonly present in the usual pastry stores. Apple Cinnamon Cheese Cake (P118) But for those looking into the entrée, Ristorante delle Mitre’s Paella, Crispy Pata, and Lumpiang Sariwa deserve to be on the top list of must-order food. A recommended […]
Hidden past the cupcake and deli shop is Piggy Wiggy, a tiny but laidback place where stressed 9 to 5ers usually converge and relax over a bottle of ice-cold beer and a sizzling plate of sisig (a famous Filipino beer pair dish). Hot and filling Filipino fare plus ice-cold beer is the usual top choice among Piggy Wiggy patrons Located near the corner of Dela Rosa and Perea Streets, the restaurant is an unassuming spot, easy to miss if not for the usual chatter of Makati work denizens who usually head to the resto for a quick cold one and choice Filipino fare. Parts of pig’s head like ears and […]
Craving for some sumptuous and ingenious Filipino fare? Kafe Batwan perfectly fits the bill. The restaurant presents modern and innovative yet authentic and familiar Filipino food with a strong local identity. The restaurant’s name is inspired by ‘batwan’, a native fruit in the Visayas region that is used to give kansi (a popular local meaty soup) its distinct sour flavor. Kafe Batwan is located at the Joya Lofts and Tower in Rockwell Center Makati City. Guests are in for a satisfying and relaxing dining experience with the restaurant’s cozy wooden theme and gourmet Filipino menu. Its design is modern, airy and chic with a hint of the rustic and native. […]
Kabila Filipino Bistro is another innovative concept of Raintree Restaurants serving exquisite and modern selections of locally sourced and outright Filipino cuisine with modern impressions. Here, you can explore the Philippines through your palate with dishes from the different regions of the archipelago. Kabila is prominently located at the Ayala Museum Complex just beside (‘Kabila’ is the local translation for ‘the other side’) Museum Café, also under Raintree. Kabila is like a world-class showcase of Filipino ingenuity in terms of cuisine and artistry as the restaurant’s design incorporates native Filipino crafts with a very 21st century vibe. And yes, the sophistication of the traditional also translates to the menu offered […]
A quaint restaurant, Patio de Conchita— takes the carenderia concept to a whole new level and is charmingly located in a Spanish house in Intramuros, Manila. Its ambiance and cheap price have made it a favorite amongst the workers and students in the area during lunchtime. The process of ordering is called turo-turo where customers point with their fingers which food they want on their plate. Patio de Conchita serves everyday Filipino dishes and with the myriad of choices, customers can keep coming back and get something new each time. Patio de Conchita may not boast the same sophistication as the upscale establishments around Intramuros, but the cheap price tag […]
Get your money’s worth with affordable and delightful meals at Marso Café and Restaurant located at Intramuros, Manila. Marso serves classic Filipino dishes paired with classic Filipino desserts. A quintessential dish in any Filipino household is the Pancit Bihon that is believed to grant people with a longer lifespan, it has become a tradition to serve this dish during celebrations. Pancit Bihon/Canton Guisado (P120) Sizzled in perfection, the Sizzling Seafood is a mainstay dish for any occasion. Topped with seafoods such as shrimp and squid, this dish is perfect partner for a bottle of beer. Sizzling Seafood (P155) Don’t forget to order the Halo-halo, a classic Filipino dessert. […]
Dine at 9 Spoons—a chic and elegant restaurant located at the penthouse of the Bayleaf Hotel serving heritage dishes. Those seeking for an al fresco dining experience can opt for the Sky Deck View Bar (given that it’s not raining) where guests can enjoy their food with the panoramic view of the Manila skyline. And for those looking to fill their hungry tummies—a buffet lunch is offered from Mondays thru Fridays at 9 Spoons, whilst a dinner buffet is also present and is best enjoyed in the Sky Deck accompanied with live performances suited to complement the dining experience of the guests. Enjoy this sumptuous buffet […]
Unique Concept, Substantial Flavors One of Manila’s breakthrough restaurants centrally located in Burgos Circle in Bonifacio Global City offers the quirky concept of comfort and unapologetic food combined. FAT (yes, the unhealthy stuff) Restaurant has been creating buzz among the growing foodies population in the metro. This new fat-themed restaurant helmed by Chef Khel Zaguirre of the famous Locavore in Kapitolyo Pasig City introduces popular all-time favorite dishes with interesting twists that are rich and tasty in a substantial way. The look of this modern 2-floor restaurant is simple, stripped-down, and straightforward with a contemporary feel. Its themed paintings, plain tables and wooden chairs and subdued hanging lamps give the diner a […]
Celebrate the rich history of the Philippines in the company of delectable food in Barbara’s—located at Intramuros where the seat of government used to reign. Guests can immerse themselves in the charm of the centuries past with Barbara’s Spanish colonial interiors while savoring the Spanish-Filipino cuisine accompanied by live music and traditional Filipino dance. Barbara offers a lunch buffet and a dinner buffet, but guests can also opt for the ala carte menu. A recommended dish is the Chicken Flambe—infused with the aroma of spirits by bursting it into flames. Chicken Flambe (P490) Head to the cafe after a sumptuous meal and enjoy a cup of coffee—a good and relaxing […]