FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
Grandad’s Grill and Deli is a home kitchen type of restaurant that offers freshly mizono-style grilled steaks and different international cuisines for a reasonable price. It is owned by famous Filipina TV Host Mariel Rodriguez’s grandfather, Mr. Rafael Sazon. Even if Grandad’s only opened in 2011, Mr. Sazon is not a newbie in the food business. He ran a Japanese restaurant and a steak business back in ’84. Until now, he is still selling raw steaks in Grandad’s and supplies other restaurants in the metro. The meats are imported from Australia. They sell it at around P1.00 per 1.25 grams. Lamb Chops (250 to 350 grams, P1.75 per gram) One […]
Located at the ground floor the luxurious Maxims Hotel in Pasay City, Cafe Maxims only offers a relaxing atmosphere to its guests and customers. The calm setting of this high-end restaurant is the reason why a lot of business meetings are being held here. Sometimes, guests choose this place to have a nice coffee or tea with their friends and loved ones. Aside from the drinks, Cafe Maxims offers a variety of food choices. Ramen Angus Beef One of the best-sellers is the Cafe Maxims Ramen Angus Beef, a new sense of burger paired with ramen baked buns. Mango Yoghurt Cheesecake They also have Mango Yoghurt Cheesecake (Photo 3) with […]
Gastropubs are becoming popular in Manila. Publiko Eat + Drink offers classic food like nachos, spare ribs, pizza, burgers, fish, chips and a wide range of desserts. All these perfectly match the imported draft beers available like Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Paulaner, and many more! Their best-seller is the BBQ Ribs served with french fries, coleslaw in a bone-in pork filled with chili sauce. A must-try dessert is the addicting Publiko Smores Cake. Even if you are not a drinker, you can still enjoy this place by eating their desserts! The atmosphere is American. There is a DJ booth at the 2/F.
Poppins store interior is very classy. It is designed by the owner and known fashion designer JC Buendia. The menu was conceptualized through images drawn artistically in a sketch book. The dishes are popular to those who maintain their slim figure and manage their diet. One of the favourites is the healthy Pesto and Walnut Crusted Salmon. It is a grilled salmon with a touch of walnut to give it a twist.
In an artisanal coffee shop, brewing is an art form. It needs to have a perfect combination of art and science. Seems quite hard to achieve, isn’t? I personally believe that choosing a fair-trade of beans is not only the key but having a passionate and talented barista too. In our quest of finding must-go places in BF Homes, we discovered a quaint coffee gallery in the heart of Aguirre Avenue. When we arrived at the place, the nice smell of brewing coffee assured us that we are at the right place. They have these quirky wall paintings hanging on the wall, wooden chairs and tables, and most especially this […]
Zavoy Steakhouse & Grill is like an art gallery in terms of interior. It’s very elegant because of the different paintings exhibited and furniture displayed. Chef Steve has been in the field of food and beverages for over 34 years and has gained experiences from working in Four Seasons Hotel in Canada and InterContinental Hotel in Yokohama. Zavoy offers classic Western cuisines. Their ingredients are imported from abroad. They only use high-quality steaks and beef from the U.S. and Australia, the prosciutto from Spain, and the salmon from Norway. The chef’s recommendation is the Pepper Steak (Photo 1). Even if it is extra-thick, it is easy to cut and chew. […]
Presidential Grand Palace is an Authentic Chinese restaurant started in 1979. It has been loved by tourists and locals alike for 30 years now. The store – with 700 seats, a full scale stage that can be used for shows, 4 private rooms (2 rooms with karaoke) – is perfect for big events such as weddings, birthdays, parties, conventions, etc. Their dish bottom line is authentic Chinese focused on Cantonese cuisine. They also have a water bath with seafood and various kinds of fishes – even small sharks – recommended for customers to try.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill was elected No.1 as the Philippines’ largest gourmet burger contest in MBKRS. Their cheeseburgers can feed up to five people. The ingredients to every burger the make are chemical-free. This place is perfect for burger lovers and those who want to spend their time hanging out with friends, loved ones or their family.
A restaurant with a sophisticated atmosphere, an outdoor terrace, original Italian and Japanese cuisine, Torch Restaurant is called an “international fusion cuisine” restaurant. They offer dishes at an affordable price such as the Salpicao Medallion- US Angus beef wrapped in bacon and served in a sizzling plate, Cheesesteak and Gambas, and now their latest dish, the Ramen Burger: grilled noodles and hamburger sandwich with fried egg and fresh vegetables.
Diamond Hotel, where celebrities, executive leaders, and other well known personalities stay, is also a famous luxury hotel for many Japanese. Its European restaurant, the “Le Bellevue”, is located on the 27th floor of the hotel. It was also introduced in the Philippines as 2007’s best restaurant. It has a superb view overlooking the panoramic Manila Bay with courteous service led by a manager full of hospitality. You will surely enjoy eating your food especially with its romantic and sophisticated atmosphere. They are popular for their meat dishes like the beef Australian ribs and desserts such as the cheese cake that comes with a sweet and sour berry sauce. You […]
(Photo 1) slow-baked bone marrow with sea salt and Arugula, PHP550 (photo 2) Caprese Skewers, PHP 460 (photo 3) Certified Angus Beef Rib eye, PHP 1950/250 g (photo 4) Chilean Seabass, PHP1375 Zucchini’s is a modern European restaurant with full-scale fine dining in Quezon City. The owner decided to build the store after graduating from the prestigious University of the Philippines and studying in Switzerland for three years. The menu is extensive and the service is high class as the staff is attentive and there is a relaxed atmosphere. Their European classic menu is not too excessive. Some of their specialties are slow baked marrow with sea salt and arugula, […]
Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken is a restaurant for groups and families. Here, you can taste different cuisines from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Mexico. Some of their recommended dishes are chicken char grilled platter (PHP 198), chicken char grilled on stick (PHP 180) with pasta, combo rice, corn and gravy; mozzarella cheese (PHP 170 for 6 pieces) is also recommended. The mozzarella cheese (PHP 170 for 6 pieces) is also recommended. It is fried mozzarella cheese rice cake in bread crumbs perfect with chili sauce. Another dish is the grilled chicken quesadilla (PHP 288) with tacos or chicken sandwich, tomato, sour cream, and usuyaki tortilla.
Obama Grill Bar and Restaurant is named after the President of the United States. It is located on the main road of Boracay. The restaurant serves a variety of delectable cuisine like the Harmony Salad (PHP 165), with which you can taste sweet, crunchy and fresh vegetables; and the Medium Jewel Obama Lim (PHP 850). They also serve liquor rice and other meals. This is the perfect place for couples to spend time together.
Maya Mexican restaurant is the place where you can enjoy stylish interior, and delicious tequila in the heart of the city. They serve appetizing Spicy Chirikan – roasted organic pork with tequila, and other meals recommended by many people. Foreigners and celebrities often hang around here on weekends.
Jacob’s Shawarma is the place you must go to if you want to enjoy authentic Turkish Cuisine. Jacob, the owner of the shawarma house, was born in Turkey and his restaurant is now famous for its kebabs. Furthermore, to make a really good dish, the owner personally picks the ingredients fresh from the market. Their shawarma and kebab are great when mixed with homemade chilli sauce. You can also try their homemade yogurt.
Home of the mouth-watering smack ham made with Swiss alpine This home cooking restaurant was originally from Switzerland and opened here in late 2008. The owner is the one who made its famous delicacy, the “SANTIS”. It is a shop where you would surely want to go back to every weekend. You can choose various dishes from their menu. They also have enhanced cheese fondue and Swiss classic cuisine. You can have lunch and dinner here with friends and family. The wood grain interior of the place gives a hot impression. Budget starts at PHP1000.
UPDATED: This restaurant is CLOSED as of December 31, 2018 Photo 1 – An appetizing lunch set A fashionable cafe across the Ayala Museum The Museum Cafe, commonly called M Cafe, can be found right across the Ayala Museum. It’s the Makati crowd’s number 1 go-to place for relaxation and recreation. Every Sunday morning, be intoxicated with the sound of pleasant jazz music while having a nice chat over brunch with your closest friends. This is a nice place to hang out if you want to escape the usual summer heat in Manila. You can try their refreshing drinks because they’re so good. ● Perfect for: brunch date with friends […]
Passion is an authentic Cantonese restaurant that is located at the second floor of the luxurious Maxim Hotel. The interior is very classy and spacious. The round tables are neatly arranged. This is the largest restaurant in Resorts World Manila; it can accommodate 400 people. This restaurant is, indeed, grandeur. Chef David Chu Wai Fung continues to protect the distinctive taste of the food that Passion offers. Most of their customers are patrons. Two of the most popular dishes are the crispy roasted pigeon (Photo 1) and the green crab dish (Photo 2). They also offer all-you-can eat dim sum for only P750 for adults and P500 for children 6 to 11 […]
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 […]
This restaurant’s signature dish is the tousakumen (Photo 2). When your order, it is possible to take a glimpse of their kitchen where the cooks are painstakingly preparing your food (Photo 1). The noodles are boiled and carefully cut; toppings of your choice – beef, chicken, pork, spare ribs or seafood – are added afterward. The ramen is reasonably priced at P120 to P150. Another popular dish in this hidden store in Binondo is the egg fried rice (Photo 1). Its delicious taste comes from high temperature when frying the rice in exquisite oil. Pair it up with fried dumplings (Photo 4). Another thing that goes well with the ramen is a nice […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. 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.
A well-established shop in Chinatown, Tasty Dumplings has been loved by locals since 1979. Their most popular dish is the 8-piece water dumplings (Photo 1). The pork chop rice (Photo 4) is also very frequently ordered. It is hearty pork fried to crisp served with white rice and sauce. Also try the Silver Roll bread (Photo 3 – left) and the Dim sum Hongma (Photo 3 – right).
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.
Ying-Ying is a tea shop located on Chinatown’s Dasmarinas Street, just parallel to Ongpin Street. This shop is slightly hidden but is very popular among locals. Its take on the classic Filipino dish lechon kawali (photo 1) is one of its most popular dishes. The quality of the pork, its juiciness and the distinct crunch of the pork skin make this dish well-known. Try the Beef Wanton Noodles (Photo 3) and the Thin Soup Noodles with Gudakusan wanton toppings and Chinese cabbage. Do try the Takashi Cospa for only P110 as well. The drinks here are also a must-try. They have coffee and milk tea. Iced drinks are served in surprisingly large beer mugs (photo […]
(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 […]
As the name suggests, this restaurant offers rich aromatic spices from seven countries: India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Chinese, and Filipino. Spices offers a unique dining experience for its customers and it’s located at the first-class hotel The Peninsula. The Thai menu was excellent! We tried the Malaysian chicken curry with herb lime and Thai red curry beef with potatoes. Their wine selection is abundant. The staff is very accommodating and can tell you which wine suits each dish. If you want to enjoy a exquisite and beautifully prepared Asian cuisines and dine in luxurious restaurant, Spices is a good choice for that. ● Applications: Lunch date with friends, business […]