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 […]
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 3rd floor of the F1 Hotel in Taguig, F All Day Dining or “F” is both an a la carte and buffet restaurant that offers a wide range of international cuisines. You can only expect nothing but great tasting food as it is managed by Chef Sau del Rosario, who was featured in Primer Magazine: Manila Star Chef (August issue). He has appeared on few television shows and advertisements. He is also known for opening The Museum Cafe in Ayala Museum. One unique thing about “F” is that every year, “F” highlights Filipino dishes. They celebrate the LuzViMinDa festival wherein they feature 3 chefs who prepare popular delicacies from […]
The Royal Touch was co-founded by Carolyn Robb, who served as the Executive Chef to The Royal Household of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana for eleven years. So expect only elegance in its interior design and only deliciousness to its treats. One of the most popular cupcakes is the Chocolate Biscuit Cake! It’s the cupcake version of Prince William’s Groom’s cake on his royal wedding. Chocolate Biscuit Cake (Php 120) Red Velvet Empress (Php 95) Mini cupcakes (Php 150/5 pcs; Php 270/10 pcs)
From New York City, Todd English Food Hall opened its first ever branch in Manila on the 5th Floor of SM Aura Premiere just March of this year. However, the queue of customers easily gets long. Not surprising, really. Todd English is the first food hall to ever open in the country. It is a 900 sqm dining area that’s able to fit 9 food stations: Salad & Charcutterie station, Sushi bar station, Raw bar station, Asian station, Flatbread pizza station, Wine & Tapas bar station, dessert & bread bar station. Here are some dishes you can order from their menu: Fig & Prosciutto (Php 530) T.E. Two Way […]
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 […]
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.
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)
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 […]
From the United States, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is one of the most popular donut shop and cafe here in the Philippines. They offer original and excellent flavors of donuts. Krispy Kreme donuts are freshly made that’s why it is moist and warm to eat. The ambiance is quiet and bright. It’s a nice place to work, study or catch-up with friends as you are served by friendly staff. One of the best-sellers is the original Glazed (P30/pc), not too sweet but very moist – a classic Krispy Kreme taste. You can try as well the Glazed Chocolate Cake (P38/pc), Hershey’s Cookies & Kreme (P38/pc) and the New York Cheesecake […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Cue Modern Barbeque offers US beef that is carefully selected. Its store has an impressive interior which your eyes will appreciate. Our editor recommends the Buttermilk Fried Wing. The chicken has very crispy texture. When you take a bite out of it, it just simply spreads in your mouth. In addition, Cue Modern Barbeque also has a specialbarbecue sauce that you can have as many times as you want.
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 […]
Yabu is a restaurant that offers tonkatsu with very crunchy coating and soft meat. You can eat this without adding any condiments! If you are craving for a bowl of rice, fried pork cutlet and curry, then come and visit Yabu! This restaurant has a Japanese chef that supervises the dishes that are being served, maintaining a high-level quality to its food. Berkshire Pig (Black Pig) Premium Set is a dish with a crispy coating, chewy and soft texture, and rich gravy. This food is certainly like its name suggests. Yabu’s Katsudon will make you feel that you’re in Japan just by eating a grain of its rice. Hiroshima’s Deep Fried Oysters (P450) is […]
Update: Toki is now permanently closed, effective May 16, 2017. Even though you are in the Philippines, Toki can make you feel like you are in Japan. Just by entering this restaurant, you will feel relieved because of its soothing ambiance and the staffs that greet you “Irasshaimase” (welcome). The restaurant’s colourful meals, with delicate taste, are prepared by a master chef with 20 years experience. Every day, the chef goes to the market and purchase ingredients by himself to thoroughly check them. If you want to feel the 4 seasons of Japan in the southern Philippines, try out the 5 prime appetizers that have seasonal ingredients (photo 1). Each dish […]
After an exhausting day, there are times when you will feel like enjoying a bottle of beer with your friends. If you want to go to a pub with a relaxing Japanese atmosphere, please come to Tonchaya! There are many high class Japanese restaurants in Fort Bonifacio. However, Tonchaya offers a different approach. This restaurant has a casual theme, creating a comfortable ambiance that will make customers stay longer. Tonchaya has a wide variety of Japanese food which will make you seem like a little child in a candy store, overwhelmed with a lot of choices. The tempura, sukiyaki, a bowl of rice, and ramen are just some of the […]
If you happen to be in Burgos Circle and yearning to taste authentic Italian cuisine, come to Cantinetta to savor its pasta and other dishes, which use ingredients that are imported from Italy. Cantinetta’s chef has experienced culinary training in Naples, Italy for 6 months. This restaurant’s recommended course is the Fettuccine Tartufo (photo 1), aromatic pasta with truffles. Its rich and creamy sauce with plenty of truffle oil is an exquisite combination with the fettuccine. Parma ham is added to make the dish even better. The Salmon Al Prosecco (photo 2) is another dish that is worth mentioning. It has the taste of white wine that is combined well with the […]
P.F. Chang’s has around 200 stores in the United States and serves traditional Asian and modern Chinese fusion cuisine. In the Philippines, this restaurant has 2 outlets in Fort Bonifacio and Alabang. Before opening its stores in this country, though, the chef has trained for 6 months in the United States. Chang’s spare ribs are this restaurant’s bestseller. It is made from pork bone that has a golden brown barbecue sauce, topped with sesame seeds, bringing out the flavor of the meat. Shrimp with candied walnuts is a refreshing dish that has walnut sauce, shrimp, and honeydew melon.
In Fort Bonifacio, the famous L’Aubergine serves genuine French cuisine. It has a spacious, glass-enclosed kitchen that allows you to witness how their wonderful dishes are created. L’Aubergine gets its ingredients from different countries such as Norway, France, and Australia. From these ingredients, delicate and artistic dishes are then created by their skilled chefs. One of the items that you must try is the foie gras and the Duck Breast Delight (photo 1). The combination of these 2 is just simply exquisite! Don’t forget to sample L’Aubergine’s wide assortment of wines that is more than 140 different types if wine. Also, good news for those who are into sweets! You shall definitely be satisfied […]
For more than 10 years, Champetre has been serving genuine French cuisine in the well-developed district of Fort Bonifacio. The chef of this restaurant came from the old region of Champagne and is said to have started cooking at a very young age. Champetre’s menu is simple and elegant, with the aim of achieving that rustic feel, similar to the ones in the French countryside. Each food item is cooked with passion and dedication that customers will definitely taste once they have eaten there. The homemade foei gras terrine served with brioche and berry campote (photo 2) uses foei gras that is bought from France. It is a dish that you should certainly try. On the other […]
The hottest curry shop in Ortigas is also in Fort Bonifacio. IZUMI is a bar in Fort Bonifacio Global City that has a wide variety of sake/liquors and a modern interior. According to the chef, he imports the best Japanese ‘black beef’ you cannot get in the Philippines. If you are a big fan of sake, you will most likely fall in love with this restaurant. Originated in Ozaka, Izumi Curry made its way to the Philippines. Its popularity easily boomed because aomers have tried their branch in H lot of custong Kong. Many Filipino appreciate the Japanese style curry because it’s fruity, sweet and not too spicy. It is […]
Stella Bistro & Rocket Room is a bar and restaurant that is like a secret base where you can have fun with your friends. It has an interior that exudes a retro ambiance that reminds you of the 70’s and the 80’s. One-third of the floor space is for the bar and the other part is for the restaurant, which offers Californian cuisine and tapas. Stella’s signature dish is its pizza, baked in an oven brick. Its ‘Fire Roasted Truffle Mushroom Pizza’ uses fresh ingredients from the area and goat cheese from Davao. Customers can also enjoy choosing their wine, which are placed in the kitchen and the wine shelf. Stella […]