Damaso Residencia in San Juan
At first glance, Damaso Residencia looks like a large mansion along the street of Ortigas Ave. But inside is an elegant antique-style restaurant that offers a mix of traditional Spanish and Filipino cuisines. The interior is for diners who come in groups. Reservation is advisable since the place is usually full during lunch and dinner. (1) Sautéed white fish, shrimp and mussels (2) Special dessert plate
Mercado is a restaurant buffet within the Resorts World Manila Casino. A lot of their customers are patrons and casino-goers. Mercado offers not only common Filipino dishes but also a variety of Asian and Western cuisines. Unlike other restaurant buffet, Mercado offers limited food choices but everything is, without a doubt, delicious. If you want to eat in a buffet restaurant and leave with a satisfied stomach and wallet, then Mercado is one of the best choices for you.
Lola Cafe is a stylish restaurant along the street of Sct. Lozano in Quezon City. It is an old house renovated to a modern restaurant, but it hasn’t lost its homey atmosphere. One of their best-sellers is the Kimchi Kaldereta and longganisa sausages. Another must-try is the Tartufo Pasta made with truffle oil.
In Vigan, the city of cobble stones, is the humble restaurant in Calle Crisologo, Café Leona. Named after the famous Ilocana poet, satirist and playwright Leona Florentino, Café Leona is well-known for offering the best Ilocano cuisines in town. You must try their longganisa. Unlike the ones that can be bought in Metro Manila, the longganisas here are not sweet but actually garlicky.
Don Juan BBQ
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.
Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant
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.
La Preciosa Restaurant
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.
Marina Tuna Seafood Market and Restaurant
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 Restaurant
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
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 […]
Tambayan sa Kanto
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.
Café de Bonifacio
“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!
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Pia Y Damaso
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 […]
Chef Laudico Guevarra’s
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 […]
Café by the Ruins, Baguio
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.
Kalamunda by Sylvia Miguel in Barangay Bucal
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)