FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
In Vigan, the city of cobble stones, is the humble restaurant in Calle Crisologo, Café Leona. Named after the famous Ilocana poet, satirist and playwright Leona Florentino, Café Leona is well-known for offering the best Ilocano cuisines in town. You must try their longganisa. Unlike the ones that can be bought in Metro Manila, the longganisas here are not sweet but actually garlicky.
Start your morning by going to Café del Sol which is Italian for “Café of the Sun”. This restaurant is located at the entrance of D’Mall Square. The moment you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by the fragrant smell of a freshly brewed coffee made of Arabica beans. Ask their skilled barista to art up your latte to liven up your mood! Complete your breakfast experience with a fluffy omelette (Photo 2). Don’t miss dining in Café Del Sol when you visit Boracay!
The Farm Resto serves the only organic beef that is approved by the POCC (Philippines Organic Certification Center). Celebrities and food aficionados’ word of mouth has helped this joint to be very well-know. This restaurant has a vast farmhouse in Masbate that nurtures cattle without any antibiotics and other chemicals. The farm does not only offer delectable beef to its customer, but also a healthy substitute to the meat we are accustomed to eat. The Farm Resto’s style of cooking is simple: it only serves burgers and steak. Even though their selection is a bit limited, it will surely satisfy your cravings for good meat.
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.
Come visit Chubby’s Rib Shack for the best steak, spare ribs, nachos, and burritos! It is the perfect restaurant during lunchtime. The store, with a wood interior, creates a Midwest atmosphere. Chubby Rib Shack’s Classic Steak serves certified US Angus beef steaks that are said to be one of this joint’s most popular dishes. You could eat it with rice, toast, coleslaw, or salad. Pulled Pork Nacho is also one of its bestsellers. It has plenty of nachos, topped with BBQ pork and cheesy sauce.
Alexa’s Deli is a stylish and popular wine shop in Salcedo. The place is spacious enough to relax, read, study or hang-out with friends. Their menu consists of breakfast specials, pasta, salad, sandwiches, cakes and pastries, coffee and a wide selection of wines. One of the beverages you can try is the Caramel Macchiato (Photo 4) made of 100% Arabica beans. The Sausage Platter (Photo 2) is great finger-food and can be enjoyed for a glass of the house wine (P120).
The Movie Stars Café is not a new name to foodies. Since its opening, people have flocked to the restaurant to get a glimpse of its unique and quirky concept. The café’s first base was in SM Mall of Asia. For years, people were entertained by dancing costumed heroes and served by some of the silver screen’s most evil villains. After five years, however, the café announced that it would move to a bigger location.
The moment you enter the store of the Purple Oven, you will be welcomed by the warm smell of freshly baked bread. This pastry shop is quite popular to the local residents of Pasig City, but some people wouldn’t mind taking a drive just to have one of these pastry treats. Two of the best selling goodies are the Margherita Quiche and Quiche Lorraine which are unbelievably yummy. The prices are reasonable. Their cakes and sweets taste heavenly.
(1) Purple Potato Latte with Doraemon art and Peanut Butter Latte with Hello Kitty art (2) Homemade Green Tea Waffle This Korean-inspired coffee shop allows you to experience the “Seoul” of their culture, from the quirky interior designs (like the striking chair art installation up the ceiling) to the different vintage furniture and the popular K-Pop songs played as background music. If you’re looking for a place to just relax and catch up with some friends, then this is the perfect place for you. You can even request to perk up your latte with some cute art!
TWG Tea Salon is indeed every tea lovers haven with its world-class tea selections. This finest luxury tea brand in the world has been providing people with over hundreds of teas tried and tested by tea tasters who traveled across the globe to provide just what is best. Here in Greenbelt 5, they provide you not just exquisite teas but also a tea salon for you to enjoy your drink with a meal or a dessert.
(1) The Bistro Angus Beef Burger (P580) (2) Valrhona Chocolate Tart (P290) A well-known restaurant of modern European cuisines in Makati, Sala Bistro is a great place for a dinner date with your loved one. This is not only because of its romantic and classy interior but also because of its delightful meals. We urge that you try The Bistro Angus Beef Burger (Photo 1). This juicy 3-centimetre thick, juicy patty is enough to satisfy your taste buds. Also, don’t forget to order the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. It’s perfectly done and has the right amount of sweetness.
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so get yourself pumped by trying Heaven and Eggs’ popular Jeproks Slammer. Combine this large serving with some tasty longganisa, tocino or tapa and have the ultimate Filipino breakfast you’ve always wanted! You can also choose from their breakfast menu that offers a variety of delectable morning dishes like pancakes, waffles and freshly baked bread. Do try their raisin bread (P200) that is rolled up with just the right amount of sweetness. (1) Jeproks Slammer (P495) (2) Peanut Butter and Banana Waffle (P195) (3) Fruity Tootie Waffle (P235) (4) Angus Steak and Eggs (P999) Heaven and Eggs […]
If you are looking for a place to eat with a homey atmosphere, then you should try Café Mary Grace. Its antique-style furniture and delicious homemade baked goods will surely make you feel-at-home. Because of her love for baking and her dishes’ popularity among her family and friends, Mary Grace Dimacali became inspired to open her own café. Café Mary Grace was born and instantly became popular. They now have 8 branches in major commercial districts around Metro Manila. We best recommend the exquisite Smoked Salmon with Creamy Pasta (Photo 1) matched with rich and mouth-watering Hot Chocolate (Photo 2). (1) Smoked Salmon with Creamy Pasta (P276) (2) Best selling […]
(UPDATE: This restaurant is closed.) This New York-style bar/lounge/restaurant is the newest talk of the town! The place is located on the 71st floor of Gramercy Residences in Kalayaan, overlooking the lights and shapes of the metro. The concept was thought of by the people behind Prive, Draft, Opus and Distellery. It’s no no wonder the place is a huge success! 71 Gramercy proves to deliver new heights in the clubbing scene as it easily becomes the place of the cream of the crop of the society. The club has an inside lounge, a bar area, a restaurant area and an outside roof deck terrace with a full bar. All […]
The House of Wagyu Stonegrill is the place I go to when I want to eat the best steak. Its high quality always exceeds expectation. The steak smells fragrant as it sizzles on a burning stone, stimulating the five senses intensely. The beef can be chosen from a variety of prime grades starting from grade 5. Only sea salt and pepper are used as seasoning to draw the meat’s natural taste and fragrance. It is best to share the steak as a group because of the differing textures on each part of the meat. The cooking plates are imported directly from Japan, and they are warmed in an oven for […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. It was when Edna Cureg traveled to France with her family that she felt the desire to recreate what she found there to her friends in the Philippines. Delicious course menus include main dishes, salads, and crepes. Danish and suites, baked in a pot every morning, is excellent to none (P300 / 1 person, P550 / 2 people). Tea, coffee, sweets and bread served in an all-you-can buffet leave your tummy and your heart greatly satisfied.
Locals have filled Stockton Place up every night since it opened in May last year. The chef who has trained in Peninsula hotel, has captivated female customers in particular. The menu is littered with “New American Cuisine,” arranged in a sophisticated, fanciful goodness of the material. This off-the-beaten-track restaurant is popular for its Rib Eye Steak in Bordeaux sauce. The flavor, taste, and smell of the steak are trapped beautifully through its cooking in an extremely low temperature of 100 degrees or less. The fries are garnished with truffle oil that lingers in the mouth, a different experience from the usual potato. The flavors of the Foie Gras Salad (Photo […]
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 […]
Bistro Remedios is a well-established restaurant that has been in business for 25 years. You can easily find this restaurant at the Remedios Circle in Malate because of its wooden door and green roof. Once you set foot inside Bistro Remedios, you’ll forget that you are in Manila. Instead, you’ll feel that somehow you’ve travelled back in the early years of the Philippines. Spain has greatly influenced the Philippines, and inside this restaurant, a strong Spanish atmosphere lingers. Antique ornaments and paintings by famous Filipino artist decorates the wall, accentuated by soft lighting. The second floor of Bistro Remedios has a balcony and some private rooms. The terrace is also […]
Don Juan Barbeque offers Filipino dishes, such as yellow ginger adobo (P 120) and ihaw-ihaw (grilled chicken stick for P35, pig’s knuckles for P75, rear end for P80). This store is located at the right side of the Taal Market. You’ll feel refreshed from the Philippines’ hot weather once you step inside this restaurant. You’ll experience a comfortable ambiance, just like when visiting your neighbour’s house. The restaurant’s interior reminds you of the old houses of the Spanish era. With its brick roof and windows made from Capiz shell, Don Juan BBQ irrefutably gives off a chic and warm ambiance.
There are 5 branches of this popular Filipino restaurant around Cebu. Crispy Pork Kare-kare (P 250) is the Golden Cowrie’s featured dish. It has also been chosen as Cebu’s best Kare-kare. This dish uses a sumptuous peanut paste, and once you start eating the vegetables with bagoong, you’ll never stop.
“Is Filipino cuisine delicious and does it have stylish presentation?” At first, our editor K thought that Filipino food tastes simple and lacks in variety. However, K’s opinion changed dramatically when he encountered the Romulo Café. The restaurant’s sumptuous Chicken Relleno (P 615) is a stuffed chicken dish that has a lot of ingredients in it. Also, Romulo’s original dessert, Crispy Suman (P 65), is a traditional fried rice cake. The dishes in Romulo Café are quite surprising because of their delicate presentation and deep flavour. Black and white photographs are hung around the store, narrating the history of the Philippines. This design gives a very chic feeling to the […]
Bistro Coron is a restaurant that has been serving both Filipino and French cuisine for 9 years. The Double Herb Meat Fillet served with Butter Sauce (P215) is the restaurant’s star dish which has 5 side dish choices: boiled potatoes, sautéed potatoes, French fries, rice, and spaghetti. In addition, the meat fillet in this dish can be beef, chicken or pork. At night, this restaurant transforms into a bar where you can enjoy a drink or two. ‘Bistro’ means “a small restaurant that can be used with ease” in French. The Bistro Coron is exactly as its name suggests. This restaurant is well-liked by tourists and local people.
The restaurant’s stylish ceiling, which has paintings of the San Augustine Church and the Sinking Bell, makes its patrons look up to admire its beauty. Just looking at every single accessory, such as the clock and electric lights, is actually quite enjoyable. In La Preciosa, customers can feel very comfortable because it’s very spacious. It also has a cafe and a function room on the second floor. There are a lot of delicious food in Ilocos Norte, and Crispy Bagnet is one of them. Aside from its fragrant aroma, this juicy pork dish has a sweet taste that spreads in your mouth.
Now in its 11th year, Marina Tuna is still popular with its patrons. This well-know seafood restaurant has not changed much since its early years. Based on its name, the main dishes of this restaurant are usually made with tuna. During lunchtime, there are no vacant seats in this restaurant most of the time because of its overflowing Filipino customers. This restaurant is therefore fondly called “the restaurant loved by the locals.” Their Grilled Tuna Jaw (Tuna Jaw, P600-/ kg) is roasted until it becomes golden brown.The large size of this tuna surprises many of its customers. When you eat the restaurant’s tuna, you will taste its juiciness and its […]
Nanay Bebeng is famous for its eat-all-you-can buffet. It also amazes its customers because of its low prices and great quantity. Plus, they can choose from 9 kinds of main dishes, 7 appetizers, 5 kinds of desserts and soup for only P320! The fresh tuna, which is cut into chunks, is especially remarkable because it doesn’t have a foul smell. This dish is served with Japanese soy sauce. Nanay Bebeng is always full of Filipino and tourist customers because of its fresh dishes such as Teriyaki Swordfish and Stir-fried Crab in Oyster sauce.
Davao Dencia’s Restaurant is a prestigious restaurant that offers Chinese and Filipino cuisine. It is also an establishment that has been well-loved by the locals of Davao for 50 years. It is said that the current store was opened in 1999, while the first store located in Manila began its operation in 1950s. Since the prices are low and the food tastes wonderful, Dencia’s name became known throughout Davao. The lugaw (Chinese rice porridge) and tokwa’t baboy, which are also included in Dencia’s menu, have a lot of fans in the entire Philippines. Their chop suey is another dish that you should also try out. Japanese customers might like Davao […]