FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. This is a Singaporean restaurant that already has 2 stores in the Philippines, located in Rockwell Power Plant and at SM MOA. Boon Tong Kee is already in its 30th year. This restaurant’s menu incorporates the taste of Cantonese cuisine with traditional Singaporean flavors. Singapore’s specialty, Boiled Chicken (photo 2), is Boon Tong Kee’s recommended dish. Not only is it flavorful, it is also very healthy.
Located in Glorietta 1, Modern Shanghai is a restaurant that offers authentic yet affordable Chinese food. Take note that the taste of Shanghai dishes is not that spicy and is similar to Japanese cuisine. Braised Lucky Pork Knuckle (Photo 1) is steamed pork knee served with a sweet and spicy sauce. This dish is P800 and good for 3 people. Feel free to enjoy the creations of the veteran chef from China. Watch from the kitchen’s glass window how homemade noodles are created, too!
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.
Tao Yuan is a restaurant in Malate. It has an aquarium full of seafood fronting its store. Chinese local customers confirm that the food served in this restaurant is truly authentic. Tao Yuan’s menu focuses more on Singaporean food. One of those dishes is the Hainanese Chicken (Photo 1), which is actually a dish that you can order without any hesitation. The classic Singaporean Chili Crab is the restaurant’s featured menu. Private and VIP rooms are also available to customers who want to hold important meetings and parties while enjoying delicious Singaporean cuisine.
You will immediately feel like you are in Hong Kong the moment you step inside this restaurant. Choi Garden Seafood and Shark’s Fin Restaurant serves genuine Cantonese cuisine and is mostly teeming with their local patrons. The succulent roasted layer pork is ordered by most of its customers. It has 3 layers of soft meat and a crispy top layer. Take a bite out of it and it will surely just simply melt in your mouth. Roasted Layer Pork The shark fin soup is the shop’s specialty. It obviously inspired the name of the shop, too. This delicacy is garnished with raw sprouts and crunchy bean sprouts. Shark Fin Soup
Mien-San Noodle House is a restaurant that serves affordable, authentic Taiwanese cuisine in a place with a folksy ambiance. Their beef with tendon noodle (Photo1) has a lot of beef and bok-choy and is thoroughly stewed for 6 hours. On the other hand, their spicy wanton (Photo 2) is an item that has a sweet-sour and spicy sauce that will definitely make customers satisfied.
Tivoli’s refined wooden and glass interior is a visual feast to its customers because it radiates a very stylish aura. You will absolutely fall in love with this restaurant’s unique menu. Tivoli’s waiters are also very reliable and attentive to the needs of their customers. So, if you are looking for a restaurant with good service, great food and a wonderful ambiance, come and visit this place! **** Suggestions: A special day, anniversary dinner Atmosphere: Casual dining place Budget: P1,500 Recommended Menu: Steak Tartare (P900) Grilled prawns that is Flambé with Scampi Pernod ~ anise liqueur (P1, 400)
Nu.Vo (or nouveau) means “new” in French and this is the name of the restaurant that has captured the eye of many Filipino celebrities and foreigners. The interior of this restaurant is mostly wooden. White cloths are draped over its tables, creating a chic and warm atmosphere. Nu.Vo also has a bar in the center where customers can relax and enjoy a drink or two. Nu.Vo’s menu is extensive in seafood and mainly focuses on Southern French, Italian, Greek, and North African cuisine. High-quality ingredients are imported from different parts of the world, too. This restaurant’s recommended menu is the Chile’s Grilled Sea Bass, a dish that is lavishly stuffed and that […]
Antonio’s is one of the French restaurants tucked hidden in Tagaytay. It provides remarkably satisfying dishes in the Philippines. Antonio’s was originally a farmhouse before it was renovated to become a restaurant. Its interior emits a profound feeling and its dazzling terrace is surrounded with verdure; its pond, decorated with teeming flowers. Aside from its dream-like architecture, Antonio’s food is known for using organic vegetables, creating a one of a kind French menu. **** Suggestions: A special day with your family or friends Atmosphere: Peaceful ambiance, surrounded by greeneries Budget: P1,800 Course Menu: P1, 200- P1, 800 Recommended Menu: We recommend all of its main courses.
In November 2008, Cicou opened and offered genuine French cuisine at the Pearl of the Orient. This restaurant serves authentic French dishes, but also finds a way to casually include the Filipino culture and the different flavors of its cuisine. Lamb Shank One of this restaurant’s delicious dishes is The Lamb, elaborate roasted meat fillet wrapped in herbs. The luscious meat used in this dish is even imported from Australia! If you are not in the mood for meat, then try Cicou’s tuna belly. This is dish grilled and spiced to perfection, topped with a refreshing sauce. Cicou’s also offers a wide variety of desserts, and among the 12 it offers, […]
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 […]
Beurre Blanc is a restaurant that specializes in steaks and offers varieties of them, such as American Kobe beef rib eye (Picture 2 above: P2,300/250g), Australian T-bone steak (Picture 2 below: P850/350g), and Australian quarter house (Picture 2 on the right: P850/350g). Every steak in this joint is enough to satisfy every man’s appetite, so, if you want to eat a lot, this is the ideal restaurant for you! Other than that, this restaurant also serves oysters from Visayas, sea bass from Chile, salmon from Norway, and scallops from the United States. Pan Fried Goose Liver Salad (Picture 2) is one of the menus with full of originality that you […]
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 […]
Despite being in a very hectic city, the White Moon Bar is a bar in Manila where you can feel like you are in a resort. Once you lean on the sofa outside the bar, you will quickly forget about your busy life. Moreover, it is also the ideal venue to have a romantic date. The price ranges of cocktails, bottles of wines, and breakfast meals, such as cheese and tapas, are P192- P230, P800, and P220- P250 respectively. Drinking cucumber mojitos (which contains a great amount of cucumber) or spicy mango margaritas while watching the sunset creates really relaxing and satisfying moments.
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 […]
You’ll never forget Buddha Bar Manila the moment you hear its name. Buddha Bar has branches in 9 cities worldwide such as Paris, Washington and Mexico. Its unique atmosphere and authentic dishes are highly praised by famous celebrities around the world. Pay attention not only to its cuisine, but also to its ethnic interior. Inside the spacious restaurant with its gorgeous chandelier, the statue of Buddha watches you. There are promo schedules such as Business Lunch (12:00 pm – 2:30 pm on weekdays) and Happy Hours (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) wherein you can have a 50% discount. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity!
THE DISTILLERY is a pub that excites most people, especially men, because it is like a hiding place. This bar has various kinds of imported beer and whiskey. People who love high quality liquor gather here every night. The prices of its beers is at around P100 and up. Because of its friendly atmosphere, people who are new the place start to drink beer cheerfully as time goes by. For now, THE DISTILLERY has three branches: one in the Fort, on Jupiter Street and in Eastwood.
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. If you are a wine fanatic, then this is a place that you can call paradise. The modern European-style interior, which is decorated with vintage furnishings, gives out a high-end atmosphere. CAV is a restaurant that serves wine and food with reasonable prices. From a P350 to a P200, 000 bottle of wine, this restaurant recommends a wide range of fine wine that comes from all around the world. It is said by one of the staff that the wine they offer are not of the same prices as the ones being sold in supermarkets. Customers can also try CAV’s wine tasting […]
The Skye Lounge is at the roof of a building near High Street. It can accommodate more than 500 people. During afternoon, this place gives you a sense of freedom because of the bright surrounding, but once the sun has already set, customers can enjoy viewing the Makati scenery at night, turning the atmosphere in the lounge romantic. Skye Lounge’s Tapas Rockefeller (Picture 4) which has fresh oysters and paella (Picture 5) are its recommended dishes. Gambas (P360+), a dish that has olive oil and shrimps, and paella (P682+) are also some of the items in Skye Lounge that you might want to try. Oyster Rockfeller (P340+), on the other […]
It’s recommended that you visit DRAFT if you want to drink draft beer from Europe in Manila. Beer kegs, such as Holand’s Heineken and Belgium’s Chimay, from European countries are directly imported in here and only last for 2 months, which shows how famous this restaurant is. This restaurant’s cuisine is also a must try! DRAFT has various kinds of authentic dishes that have big serving. This is true, even for their side dishes! This spacious restaurant has a wooden interior that creates a classic atmosphere.
THE ROADHOUSE MANILA BAY is a bar and restaurant that has a ‘rock n roll and bike’ concept. You can easily locate this place because it is near the MOA EYE, the ferris wheel in SM MOA, and has Harley-Davidsons parked at its storefront. Inside the restaurant, there are guitars signed by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen. You will surely enjoy them even though you are not a fan of any of them. After around 8:30 pm, there are live performances inside the restaurant and if you perform with them (as a guest performer), you can have a glass of beer. There are plenty of dishes on the menu which have […]
The only branch of the famous Hilltop Streetin the Philippines lies in the busy city of Makati. Inside the café, music fans will surely be amazed upon seeing the guitars of famous rock stars Keith Richards and Bon Jovi. The Hard Rock Café has 3 kinds of bars namely the Guitar, the Piano and the Sax Bar that can accommodate 800 people. Live performances are held in here every night! The ‘Hurricane’ (P360) is the signature drink of the Hard Rock Café that you can find in its every branch. This is a must try! Last 2013, it is said that Steven Tyler, the famous vocalist of the band Aerosmith, visited […]
Once you cross the doorstep of Murphy’s Irish Pub, you might feel like you are in Ireland and forget that you are in the Philippines! Of course, it’s a must that you try the Irish ale that this pub offers. Guinness Draught (with which most of us are familiar with) and Murphy’s Irish Stout (which you might not be familiar with; see picture 3) are just some of the available beers in here. Beside from imported beers, Murphy’s also offers a great number of Filipino beers. Numerous British dishes that go well with beer are also available here. They serve Fish and Chips (Picture 2) in big servings. French Fries and […]
You could feel a luxurious ambiance in OPUS because of its high-class interior, giving you a taste of what’s it like to be a VIP. Customers can eat and drink in its dining area and dance freely at the spacious lounge area. You can also enjoy performances of top DJs in the Philippines regularly, listen to 90’s music on Tuesdays, dance with the beat of HIP HOP on Wednesdays, and listen to the Top 40 music on Thursdays to Saturdays. Opus is divided into three bars, and the most impressive among them is the ART BAR LOUNGE.
(UPDATE: This restaurant is closed.) BAR M is affiliated to MASSETO, a restaurant located in Salcedo Village. This bar is the perfect place to unwind, especially when you have just finished your meal in MASSETO. BAR M has a great line up of Japanese whiskey namely Yamazaki, Hibiki, Yoichi, Shirasu, and Taketsuru that you might want to try. It also has other prime spirits, such as Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and Talisker.