A stylish restaurant that boasts different Filipino comfort food which deliver a modern, fun and healthy approach to cooking. They are known for their Kare-kareng Bagnet, the Pino’s House Specialty. It is an authentic Ilocano crispy pork belly served with annatto-peanut sauce and bagoong rice. It is a fusion of the very famous Filipino cuisines bagnet and kare-kare. Pino Resto Bar was also featured in Philippine Primer Magazine’s September issue for their delicious salad selections. Quinoa Salad with Berries（P195） Wicked Walnut（P195） Chicken Inasal Ceasar Salad（P215）
For those who want to fully immerse themselves in the Korean wave, K-Pub BBQ is the definitely a must-visit! Located at The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, K-Pub BBQ is a meat-all-you-can experience while virtually transporting you to downtown Seoul. It is themed with KPop music and boasts high-end facilities: from their HD big screen that plays the most popular KPop music videos to the large stage that showcases live performances from celebrities not just from the Philippines but also from Korea itself. The walls are decorated with signed posters of famous KPop artists who visited the restaurant. This is indeed a sanctuary for a certified KPop fan. Don’t […]
Many people say that Chinese food is best enjoyed when shared with bigger groups. Whenever I hear that statement, the first thing that comes to my mind is the well-established Chinese restaurant along Arnaiz Avenue in Makati – Hai Shin Lou. Peppercorn Sea Mantis – market price Hai Shin Lou has been serving authentic Hong Kong style Chinese cuisine since 2003. The efficient service and its executive chef Tommy Yao’s culinary knowledge are the reasons why Hai Shin Lou is one of the reputable restaurants in the strip of Arnaiz. Considering their high profile customers like Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) employees, many Filipino and Chinese taipans, and the Philippine […]
ROSANJIN is a casual Japanese restaurant at SM Mega Fashion Hall that specializes in Japanese bento sets. The restaurant was named after the famous Japanese potter Rosanjin Kitaoji. – – Rosanjin’s interior is simple and straight to the point. Wood and bamboo shoots with splashes of red color are visible in the place. The long wall covered with Mt. Fuji art is also the highlight of the restaurant. – – Most people think of sushi or ramen when they think of a Japanese food, but there is a lot more than that. Rosanjin’s menu consists of all-time Japanese favourite home cooking. There are plenty to choose from while in here. […]
Seasonal Sizzlers! Lipa’s Sizzling Lomi House offers a new take on lomi, a Filipino favorite For those who find themselves in Southern Luzon, fend off the nippy breeze by getting yourself a plate of sizzling lomi at the Sizzling Lomi House in Lipa, Batangas. THE BATANGGENYO‘S LOMI. This dish maybe of Chinese origin, but hundreds of years of residence in the Eastern part of Batangas has made it definitely Filipino! Lomi is a Filipino-Chinese dish made of thick fresh egg noodles (very similar to the Japanese udon) in starchy egg soup, topped with a variety of ingredients, such as thinly-sliced liver, hard-boiled eggs, meatballs and kikiam (or que-kiam, a deep […]
Update: Cafe Ysabel will be closing down in April 2017 in its original location at P. Guevarra Street. Stylish! That is the perfect word to describe Café Ysabel. When you step inside this café, its cozy space will remind you of the good old days. The ceiling fans and wooden antique furniture exudes a profound, indescribable nostalgic atmosphere. Here, you can spend elegant moments in the glass-enclosed veranda while looking at the garden. Besides its chic interior, Café Ysabel’s dishes can also be described as art. Its food is pleasing in the eyes and has been presented in dynamic and various kinds of media. Customers can choose from 150 dishes, […]
Opened in June 2013, Braserrie Girolle is a bistro and bar that serves authentic and modern French food and great wine. It was nominated as one of the Best French restaurants in the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets (MBKRS) Awards 2012. Chef Ian Padilla, owner of this French gastropub, has been cooking for more than 14 years. He was a graduate of New England Culinary Institute and has worked in fine-dining restaurants and hotels in Newport Beach California, New York City, Chambery and Paris, France. His extreme passion for cooking reflects on the quality of the food and service in Brasserie Girolle. Chef Ian Padilla One of the best-sellers is […]
Gaucho is the first authentic Argentinian restaurant and wine bar in the Philippines. It is a two-level restaurant located on the 3rd floor by the al fresco area of Robinson Magnolia in Quezon City. Most Filipinos are unfamiliar with the Argentinian cuisine, but it is not really exotic for the Filipino taste. The highlight of Argentinian cuisines is the unique roasting process called “a la cruz” with the meat supported on metal crosses and slow roasted over low temperature. This cooking method is used by the gauchos or the Argentinian cowboys who work in the country’s vast plains and results in meat that is tender and full of flavour. Argentina […]
Located in Greenbelt 3, Makati, People’s Palace serves modern Thai cuisine. What’s unique about Thai dishes is that at least 3 of the 5 major sensations of taste are always present – salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. The flavors burst in the mouth on the first bite. Thai cuisine is never boring. They pay attention not only to the flavor but also to the texture, color, and ingredients, creating food that is pleasing to both the eyes and the tongue. (From left to right: Pad Thai – Php 380, Chicken and Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce – Php 380, SomTam, Spicy papaya salad with sticky rice – Php 250) (Green […]
Bono Artisanal Gelato is a Filipino brand that boasts of serving authentic, artisanal Italian gelato that taste like no other. As their tagline suggests, all gelato is made from the finest all-natural ingredients, sourced from different parts of the world. They don’t add anything artificial and “unreal.” The process, however, takes days to finish. They use pozzetto cabinets as storage because it can preserve a constant temperature and ensure the least amount of air and light contamination. They make it daily and traditionally, like how it is done in Italy where the gelato originated. Now, there’s no need to go to Italy just to have a scoop of the […]
Located at the 33rd floor of MDC 100 building, 100 Revolving Restaurant is one of the main attractions in Eastwood as it is the only rotary restaurant in the Philippines. It has been tagged as one of the most ideal and romantic places to propose. We had the pleasure of chatting with the executive chef and one of the people behind this one-of-a-kind restaurant, Chef Jessie, who was also the chef that helped establish the famous Le Soufflé restaurant in Greenbelt back then. She shared with us that the carpeted floor by the window does a 1 round for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. In that short span of […]
Sink your teeth into one of Motorino’s pizza anytime of the day. The famous pizzeria located on the 2nd floor of Greenbelt is really worth the detour. SALUMI PLATE. Coppa Ham, Proscuitto, Salame, and Bread (P425) Declared by the New York Times as the “City’s Best Pizza,” Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana is the brain child of Chef Matthieu Palombino. His passion for pizza was developed during his travels to Naples in Italy. Studying the art of making pizza from the original century-old artisans in Naples, Chef Palombino perfected the art and developed what is one of the best pizzas in the world today. With Motorino’s prefect charred crust and flavorful ingredients, […]
The first ever NBA Cafe is found in SM Aura Premier, Taguig. You might immediately think that this is a sports bar for basketball fanatics. However, when you go inside, the restaurant is very spacious and family-friendly. The interior is, of course, inspired by the prominent men’s basketball league in North America, NBA (or National Basketball Association). The chairs and sofas have the same texture of a basketball. They have installed flat screen TV’s in all corners which air sports events. They do not only display basketball memorabilia and replicas but also sell it to whoever is interested. At the opening of NBA Cafe just April of this year, basketball superstar Gordon Hayward […]
Yakitori One restaurant is set up in the food court of SM Aura which is at the 4/F. The store is like an open-kitchen style wherein you can see how the yakitori is grilled. They only grill the yakitori once it is ordered. Choose from Takoyaki (Octopus balls Php 88), Arabiki (Sausage grits Php 70), Quail Egg Pork Wrap (Php 60), Karaage (Php 60), Chicken Skin (Php 30), Chicken Thighs (Php 60), Cut Steak (Php 60). They also have a special sauce that is made from Japan. It is usually cooked with the Yakitori rice. You can also add on miso soup (Php 30) or Shouga soup (ginger soup Php […]
(Update: Coca is permanently closed) Nowadays, a lot of different cuisines from various countries have become in demand in Metro Manila, catching every heart of food lovers. One of Primer’s favourites is COCA, a Thai-Cantonese restaurant located in SM Aura. “COCA” was derived from the Mandarin word “kekou” which means “appetizing.” True enough, Coca has been serving authentic dishes since 1957. They are most famous for their own version of Thai suki which is a hot pot dish similar to shabu-shabu. It was first introduced when they open their first branch in Soi Tantawan, Bangkok. One of the things you need to know about their suki dish is that it […]
Because of the rave reviews received by their main branch in Katipunan, Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza opened another branch in the heart of Salcedo Village, Makati early this year. Owned by Filipino food entrepreneurs Jutes and Cello Templo and named after their son, this Neapolitan style restaurant offers only the freshest pizzas carefully and individually baked in brick ovens. They use their own kesong puti (white cheese)made with milk from the Philippine Carabao Institute. For a small restaurant in Bautista near Tordesillas Street, Gino’s is surprisingly packed with customers. Customers line up outside and have their orders placed in advance, especially during peak hours. Once you take your seat inside though, […]
Ganso-Shabuway is a shabu-shabu restaurant that has branches in Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Power Plant Mall in Rockwell and Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Since their opening in 2011, they have been loved by many. Last year, they increased their non-hotpot menus. A la carte menus for appetizers and rice bowls are now available! Primer introduces the lead role, shabu-shabu, as well as the non-hotpot menus! Meyer Natural Angus Beef (Regular-P595, USDA Choice Angus Beef Sukiyaki Set (P588) Their popular shabu-shabu set, Meyer Natural Angus Beef regular uses Natural Angus Beef from the US. The beef comes from cows that are fed with healthy and natural foods and not with the ones that have additives […]
A lot of people drive away all the way to Antipolo just to try some of Tamagoya’s ramen. The owner is Japanese and is a ramen lover. He runs Tamagoya together with his wife. Their ramen is really more affordable compared to others. One of the most ordered dish is the Stamina Ramen (P168). It’s miso-base and has plenty of vegetables.
Ukokkei Ramen opened in 2007 and it has become one of the most popular ramen joints in Metro Manila. The source of the delicious soup is a rare kind of chicken, the Ukokkei. A long time ago, it has been used in Chinese medicinal cooking because the nutrients were effective for stabilizing blood pressure, revitalizing the liver, and preventing aging and other stuff. Since the soup is stewed for 12 hours, it gives it the golden colour and makes it so flavorful. They serve three types of ramen: miso, soy sauce and salt which are all ordered from Japan.
Ramen Daisho‘s soup uses only high-quality ingredients. It is made with medicinal herbs used for cooking in China. The noodles are made in Japan. They have three types of noodles: chewy curly noodles, soft flat noodles, and the straight noodles, specifically Hakata-style noodles. One of the most popular ramen is the miso chasu ramen.
UPDATE: This restaurant is CLOSED as of May 30, 2019. The shop’s name is very playful. “Wrong Ramen” is not your typical ramen house. As a matter of fact, it dares to deviate from the standard Japanese-style ramen. However, they make their own ramen noodle using a machine made in Japan. The menu is also very playful and funny. They have names like “F.U. ramen” and the “Sea Men ramen”. The Communist (Php 395) Tonkotsu Rich (Php 380) Tantanmen (Php 395) Sea Men Ramen (Php 345) FU Ramen (Php 425)