FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
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 […]
This American country-inspired restaurant offers a charming ambiance and an equally endearing menu crafted by expert culinarians and industry consultants who call themselves the MonDay Chefs. Tucked away in a quiet small town south of Manila, its wooden interiors and rustic pieces provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere that takes you to a place where life can be simple but beautiful, laid back yet fun. The country style restaurant presents a homey, charming atmosphere The restaurant offers mainly American food as well as some local and foreign dishes. Laguna’s specialty cheese ‘kesong puti’ (white cheese) is used in the basil pasta dish Laguna Pesto (P155) giving it a distinct local […]
Treat yourself with some of the best premium-quality meat at Chops Chicago Steakhouse. Located in Shangri-La Plaza in Ortigas, this steakhouse promises to serve something that will fill your stomach without drilling a hole in your pockets. Its finest USDA Prime Beef steaks offering has made this steak house a prime place for dining especially with its special menu, the Cab Rib Eye Steak. If you aren’t sure what to choose, you can take a good look at some of their savory lumps of meat and pick from there. Additionally, there are a variety of meaty dishes including The Bone Marrow (P295) served with bread, filling you with its flavors. […]
Enjoy a wide variety of fresh and high quality fusion cuisine at Cucina, Marco Polo Hotel’s buffet restaurant. Here chefs create their masterpiece dishes at the counter and serve you fresh and hot food straight away. The theme of the menu changes every day offering Filipino, Spanish, Italian and other international cuisines. Sometimes Cucina serves special fare like a whole roasted young pig and a whole tuna that add extra excitement to its diners’ buffet experience. Cucina’s fresh cheese and cured ham are imported from Italy and France making the restaurant a global journey of the palate in many ways. Rich and flavorful options of creative world cuisines are made […]
Komoro Japanese Dining is one of the pioneers of affordable Japanese restaurants in the country and one of the first that introduced Japanese bento in the Philippines. It has been enjoying over two decades of success since it started with its authentic Japanese cuisine offering that are both delectable and reasonably-priced. In Manila, Komoro is nestled in SM Megamall. Customers will find all the quintessential Japanese dishes but for new comers it is recommended they try Komoro’s best-selling Katsudon paired with Soba. These 2 dishes are more than enough to satisfy a Japanese craving. Katsudon (P105); Soba (P88) Also highly recommended are the crowd favorites Gyoza and Ebi Tempura, and […]
Tradition and Legacy of French Bread Artistry Water, Leaven, Salt, Flour & A lot of Passion! – These five are the key ingredients in bringing you the taste of European pastry all the way to the Philippines and all over the world. Over the years, Eric Kayser has gained the reputation of producing the finest quality of bread driven by his unwavering commitment in enhancing the flavor and prolong the shelf life of his products. Currently operating in Greenhills Promenade in San Juan, the café has been a spot for revisiting Europe through its breads and pastries. A look inside the café. Eric Kayser in Greenhills Promenade San Juan Eric […]
Fun ice cream that tastes really cool, no wonder kids love them. Kool Kids makes ice cream frozen in seconds using liquid nitrogen. Enjoy a wide variety of ice cream desserts, like the warm doughnuts ice cream sandwich FroDough. Other bestsellers are their Black Forest Churro Buns and their Frozen S’Mores which are homemade marshmallows with a vanilla ice cream and chocolate center.
Treat yourself with Uncle Tetsu’s world-famous Japanese cheesecakes. Their specialty cheesecakes have soft and moist texture and come in a variety of delightful flavors. A whole cake is priced at P299. You may also their new product the Pastry Puff that recently came out. Handmade using the finest and freshest ingredients, each piece will make you ask for more. Visit their branches at SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, and SM North Edsa.
Have a taste of heaven in your mouth with Hattendo from Japan. These excellent fluffy, pillowy cream buns with melting smooth texture have reached the Philippines and have been delighting Filipinos with its branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall, and Power Plant Mall at Baker’s Dozen Rockwell Center. These sweet treats with melt-in-your-mouth goodness come from Hiroshima, from the dough and cream to the wrapping, each item is handmade and delivered straight to the shop. Choose from among its seven flavors including custard and whipped cream.
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.
The café for coffee devotees and connoisseurs, Picked Café satisfies even the picky urban coffee drinkers as the people behind it carefully handpick the coffee beans they use in the coffee they serve. Picked Cafe, perhaps the only coffee shop present along Muntinlupa Highway, boasts of its authentic coffee drinks brewed fresh from premium and straight-from-the-farm coffee beans. This new cafe, established July this year, was actually an offshoot of the family’s original business—coffee distribution. Having been to different places, owner Cherry Cruz has tasted many different kinds of coffee and identified the distinctness of each. Picked Cafe, then, was supposed to be only a showroom of the different coffee […]
Heading to the south and hoping to find a feel-good café along the way? Maestro Fedeli Café in Binan provides this spot. There are not a lot of cafes in South of Luzon but Maestro Fedeli cafe is one of the few that’s worth checking out. The name of this small but cozy cafe is a combination of two languages: maestro, Italian for “master,” and fedeli, Spanish word for “faithful.” The name, then, translates to “faithful master,” owing to the Christian beliefs of the young owner. MAESTRO FEDELI. In the quiet and laidback streets of Canlalay, Biñan the cafe sign stands out. Young owner Louie Gatdula manages the cafe […]
LGA Fastfood is an exotic-themed canteen where raw meats are displayed on the counter. Regular meats, such as beef and chicken, are available but the most popular ones are frog legs. You can have it cooked in butter or garlic flavour for around P130-P190. You can also try a bowl of soft-shelled turtle soup at Xiao Chun Yuan for P400 and Four Season for only P190. At Uno Seafood Wharf Palace, frog meat dishes are also offered but fried pigeons are fast gaining popularity these days.
GYUMON is an authentic Yakiniku restaurant that has branches in Makati and Pan Pacific Hotel, Malate. Here in GYUMON, meat imported from America and Australia is charbroiled. Gyumon’s beef rib eye is nice and tender. This, together with their prime short rib, is said to be two of the most popular among the suggested dishes. —- Yukhoe (fresh meat top with egg and sesame sead) -Yukhoe Yakiniku If you are wondering which dishes on the menu you should order, check out the Bestseller 3 (P1,100). If you still have room in your tummy after that, try the Yakiniku (prime short rib, cow tongue, and outside skirt) which has a flavorful taste and an affordable […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Casa Armas is the perfect classy restaurant that offers Spanish cuisine in the heart of Makati. The ambiance and vibe inside Casa Armas is just perfect for a date, business meeting or family gathering. The open space, large window and their high ceiling make the place feel much bigger. Every night, there are men serenading the customers to make the experience more fun and unforgettable. – Pella Negra (Php 895 for half-order, Php 1,495 for whole order) –Gambas al ajillo (P365) Gambas al ajillo is a succulent shrimp dish that is sautéed with olive oil and garlic. This is an excellent […]
UCC (Ueshima Coffee Co.) is known as one of Japan’s oldest coffee shops. Here in the Philippines, it is popular for its specialty shops and is known to be the pioneer of Japanese-style coffee making. UCC puts a premium on the beans it uses and the quality of the coffee it makes. Considered as one of the drivers of the Third Wave Coffee movement, UCC offers an exceptional coffee experience that has been well-received by Filipinos. Popular among the older generations, UCC has lately been drawing the young market as well. Since Filipinos are passionate food lovers, all of UCC concept stores have revamped their menu to cater to the […]
In Binondo lies a cafe that has dedicated itself in assisting the Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade to continue its volunteerism and valuable service to the community. Cafe Mezzanine has captured the attention of numerous people, such as renowned international news channel CNN, mentioning it in one of its articles on CNN Go. When the economy was dwindling in the 90’s, only few people funded the fire brigade. This inspired the owner of Cafe Mezzanine, who is also a volunteer fire fighter, to put up a business that would direct all its income to the Binondo Paco Fire Search and Rescue Brigade fund. Also, the fire fighters get […]
New Po-Hen is popular among the locals because of its fresh lumpia (spring roll). Although it’s called “fresh”, the only uncooked part is the wrapper. The stuffing is made with freshly-sourced vegetables, peanuts, shrimp, and pork – all finely chopped and cooked. A hit among Binondo habitues, this savory 15cm lumpia costs only P50. It comes in 3 different condiments: crushed peanuts with sugar, finely chopped raw garlic, and crispy rice noodles with seaweed. You can also have it with 2 kinds of sauce, sweet or spicy. Lumpiang Sariwa
Potts Point Café is an Australian-themed restaurant that serves healthy dishes with ingredients sourced from 100% organic produce from its local partner communities. The café’s name is inspired by Potts Point, an affluent suburb in Sydney considered as the region’s center of history, culture and sophisticated living. Potts Point Cafe is located at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The restaurant is managed by the same company behind the successful The Old Spaghetti House and Grilla chain of restaurants. Its main branch is located in Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City. The restaurant exudes a casual and relaxing atmosphere with its modern industrial interiors and lighting. This neat and […]
Lucia Ristorante is a semi-fine dining restaurant that serves authentic and classic Italian dishes. Frequented by mostly urbanites and lovers of fine flavors, this chic restaurant is located at the ground floor of Hotel Celeste, an elegant boutique hotel in Makati near the cosmopolitan Greenbelt and Glorietta. Started by the famous Italian Chef Davide Lombardi, the man behind Lombardi’s Italian authentic chain, he combined his passion and expertise in the culinary arts and shared his classic epicurean recipes with his newfound home, the Philippines. Lucia Ristorante is currently run by The Cravings Group, renowned for operating a successful chain of restaurants, cafés and a premier culinary school in the country. […]
Locavore Kitchen & Drinks is undoubtedly one of Manila’s hottest and hippest local restaurants serving exquisite and contemporary Filipino fare with a trendy twist. This popular restaurant in Kapitolyo, Pasig prides itself on using locally sourced, grown and produced ingredients that are mostly organic. Locavore got its unique name from local + vore, which means ‘a person who makes an effort to eat locally grown, locally made, locally produced food.’
Eating healthy is in and what’s supposed to be a trendy fad is turning out to be a lifestyle that’s here to stay. Eating in Salcedo is no different. Along the streets of Rufino and Valero is Sprout, with an image of young leaves sprouting out right above the store name. Opened in 2015, Sprout sells fresh organic food that can be eaten soon after it has been purchased. For those who are on the run, paninis and sandwiches made of fresh organic ingredients are available. Premium coffee and other special beverages such as Bright Eyes (to boost energy) and Ginger Jab (to warm the body) They also have rice […]
Inspired by the iconic Chelsea Market (an enclosed food hall, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan NYC), Chelsea Grand Café has been known for its signature gourmet comfort food made from only the freshest ingredients. Chelsea is another innovative concept under the Raintree Restaurants Group. Refreshing and homey. Chelsea Grand Café is all these and more with its inviting ambiance and menu. This café is a perfect place for romantic dates, social and business gatherings and the like. Once seated inside, you will be greeted by the scent and sight of their homemade freshly baked products, displayed fresh fruits and vegetables […]
“All our food are cooked and made fresh! Everyone deserves a fresh meal!” Backing their words, Go Bento is the newest grab-and-go stop in town that serves delicious, freshly-cooked modern Japanese food for quick take-outs. This concept is all about customizing your bento and enjoying a speedy but healthy meal in-store or to-go. Food is displayed on shelves on either warm or cold display. Customers can create their personalized bento by picking and filling their tray with a starter, a bento rice meal, and add-ons. Payment is made after and the meal is yours to take! You can get your fill of your Japanese favourites for 200-250 pesos in this […]
UPDATE: Adaäm and Yves Organic Bistro is closed Adaäm & Yves is an all-day brunch bistro that serves a cleverly curated selection of local and international breakfast favorites, made entirely from fresh, premium, and sustainably-sourced produce. It’s comfort food without the guilt! The name’s reference to Adam and Eve aptly gives us pictures of this bistro that recently opened in Bonifacio Global City – Garden of Eden, natural, pure, organic, fresh greens. And yes, its menu brings these on the table as the owners partnered up with several local farms and suppliers in sourcing out the cleanest and freshest ingredients for the menu. Ensuring that the dishes are the healthier kind […]
If you are looking for an inexpensive yet satisfying treat, then Matgalne Korean Restaurant is the best stop for you. The name, which means “delicious and affordable”, speaks for itself. Matgalne is located along Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City. This restaurant offers buffet dining, where one can order unlimited pork and/or beef to be grilled, along with their side dishes, and can choose from the Korean dishes being served at the buffet table. They also offer additional or ala carte menu. BUFFET-ALL-YOU-CAN. This buffet table serves different Korean cuisines including Bibimbap, Gimbap, Chap Chapchae, Bulgogi and more. Matgalne uses authentic ingredients imported from Korea – from the meat, to the […]
Four Seasons Hotpot City is another venture of the Vikings Group (the same company behind the successful Vikings Luxury Buffet and NIU by Vikings). The pioneering brand Four Seasons Hotpot City recently opened its 2nd branch in Manhattan Parkview in Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City that features 60% menu from Vikings Luxury Buffet (which includes a pasta station, carving station and Japanese Station) and 40% menu from Four Seasons Hotpot City. Its maiden branch is located in the seaside area of Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Four Seasons Buffet and Hotpot’s design has a lavish and modern market concept that exudes sophistication and fineness. The understated color scheme with […]
Get a taste of authentic Korean grill on your table in Masil Charcoal Grill located in Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City. Masil offers a wide range of delicacies for their customers, from side dishes to barbeques, and to their soups and main dishes. On 1997, Masil started as a small, family-owned cafe concept in Quezon City and later began to offer catering services, which is the second Korean catering service in the country. They transferred in Ortigas on 2009 because of the large population of Korean nationals in that city. The authenticity of the cuisine should be credited to the Korean cook, JS Yoon-Lim, the mother of Masil’s manger. All of […]