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 […]
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.
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.
(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 […]
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.
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
Old Penang is a Malaysian restaurant in a casual atmosphere that fits the environment of the Resorts World. The menu is a fusion of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian cuisine. There are noodles that can be found in a Chinese restaurant and some curry is prepared Indian-style. But most dishes and spices are Malaysian. The use of coconut is unique to Malaysian cuisines. This is to balance the spiciness with the creaminess. The service is very quick and food can be served within five minutes. We recommend you to try the famous Penang Prawn Noodles. For dessert, try the Penang Ice Kacang with Ice Cream.
Owned by the popular chef Him Uy de Baron, Nomama is a modern Japanese restaurant that focuses on artisanal ramen. Chef Him shared with us that Nomama is a word play of “not your mama’s” ramen. The signature dish Nomama Ramen is made with house pork stock, miso-sesame flavour, chashu and tamago. Nomama Ramen (P340) They also have the Thai Green Curry Ramen. It’s a noodle soup that harmoniously blends with curry coconut flavour. Thai Green Curry Ramen (P330) Nomama serves Japanese food which are made with the freshest products and organic ingredients that are sourced locally. The dishes are all exquisite and prepared creatively for their customers. Indeed, it’s […]
This is a café restaurant ran by a Japanese couple. Arafu Café serves tonkatsu that tastes very homey. It will remind you of a mother’s home cooked meal. Arufa Café has opened their first branch in Fort Bonifacio and has been the favourite place of Japanese housewives and expatriates because of the homey ambiance. They do not offer the usual Japanese food like sashimi or tempura but instead, they offer a variety of authentic Japanese cuisines. One of the most popular dish is the Hamburger Steak and Fried Chicken Dish. Another popular dish from the menu is the Tahara Hamburger. The beef is so tender and juicy. You have to […]
Go-en is one of the most popular ramen shops in Manila. From the classic soy sauce to miso soup, their dishes are, without a doubt, delicious and distinct. The most popular dish is the Tantanmen, a thick soup of white sesame with seasoned eggs that firmly floats on the soup. Fall in love with their chicken ramen Kara-age Kare topped with a generous amount of cheese. This joint does not only serve delectable ramen, but also has an eye-catching interior decorated with Japanese artworks and traditional toys such as kendama, daruma otoshi, koma (or tops in English), and yoyo. In addition, otakus will greatly appreciate Go-en’s manga rack, which has […]
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.
Swagat Indian restaurant is located approximately in the middle of Rada Street. Authentic Indian food restaurant with an affordable price. Owner and chef Ms. Komal manages the restaurant hands-on. She has been cooking Indian cuisines for more than 10 years. Everything is authentic, from the preparation to the spices used, to the interior of the restaurant. One-fourth of the customers are Indians. The level of spiciness ranges from mild, medium, hot and extra hot. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Try the taste of lamb, Sangam Biryani (P225) and Chicken Tikka (P200). They also have healthy vegetable plates like Navrattan Korma (P140). Swagat Indian cuisine accepts delivery and catering for those […]
The chicken version of Paitan Ramen. It is a great homemade noodle with a very condensed chicken flavor. Left: Paintan Zenbu no Se (P420) Right: Tantan Mien (P395) Kitchitora is a distinguished ramen restaurant that already has a number of regulars, mainly because of its homemade noodles that go well with its mouth-watering soup that is stewed for a whole day. Customers with a big appetite will be very much elated with Kitchitora’s because of its bountiful serving. Aside from ramen, this restaurant also serves a variety of great food such as fried rice, chicken karaage rice, and gyoza.
Shinjuku Ramen is a well established restaurant that has been serving as many as 50 kinds of noodles, ramen, udon, and chow mein. Among of that selection is the ‘Soy Sauce Ramen,’ which has toppings ranging from kimchi, salt, mabo tofu, and curry. This ramen joint’s popular dish is a soy sauce-based ramen with crab, shrimp, squid, pork, and vegetables that is tangled with a thick and flavorful soup which you will surely sip down to the last drop. Shinjuku Ramen is open until midnight.
Shitamachi Japanese Chashu House provides authentic Japanese cuisine. It serves a plentiful of pork ramen that will surely captivate its visitors. To season its food, high quality ingredients and natural sea salt are used by this restaurant. It also does not use any additives, making health conscious customers at ease. Shitamachi also makes its own soy sauce, which takes a lot of years to create. The pork they used is braised in this for a long period. The Shitamachi Japanese Chashu House continues to protect the taste of tradition that is passed by its predecessor. Shitamachi lets you enjoy the full the taste of Japan.
A Japanese-style family restaurant that offers delicious Japanese and western dishes. The place is designed to make customers feel as if they are back home in Japan. The ambiance is homey and friendly. It is a perfect place to dine with your family and friends. The menu is in English, but is also available in Japanese. A lot of customers here are Japanese. The service is like being in a family restaurant in Japan. Their budget meal is P300.
Café Breton is always filled with Filipinos and foreigners day and night. It’s one of the most popular shops in Greenbelt due to its cute and cozy ambiance. It is a French café and is home of amazing crepes and galette, a flat, round pastry popular Brittany, France. Some of the menu items are in French. If you have a hard time choosing what to order, you can always ask assistance for their friendly staff. They allow you to explore your creavity by creating your own version of crepes or galettes. It starts at P50 then you can add your votre choix d’ingredients, the fillings of your choice. Enjoy dinner […]
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.
Gaudi is a well-established Spanish restaurant located on the 4th floor of Greenbelt 3 and at Serendra in Fort Bonifacio. This restaurant offers Spanish cuisine that is deeply rooted in tradition. The name of this restaurant is actually from the famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi. This establishment does not only bear an artistic name but also a creative ambiance, which will enchant you. In Gaudi, it offers food that is good for 2-3 people so it is advisable to come into groups. One of its dishes that have a bountiful volume is its ‘salad.’ In addition, this restaurant also serves ‘Paella,’ which has a mouth-watering fragrance that will excite you […]
Bistro Remedios is a well-established restaurant that has been in business for 25 years. You can easily find this restaurant at the Remedios Circle in Malate because of its wooden door and green roof. Once you set foot inside Bistro Remedios, you’ll forget that you are in Manila. Instead, you’ll feel that somehow you’ve travelled back in the early years of the Philippines. Spain has greatly influenced the Philippines, and inside this restaurant, a strong Spanish atmosphere lingers. Antique ornaments and paintings by famous Filipino artist decorates the wall, accentuated by soft lighting. The second floor of Bistro Remedios has a balcony and some private rooms. The terrace is also […]