FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
“Revolutionizing Filipino Cuisine” is the strong statement that Cafe de Bonifacio released which focuses on innovation in Filipino food. This café’s original recipe added a delicate twist to the Filipino dishes it offers, which is something worth boasting about. Its dishes have incorporated the cooking principles of Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Cafe de Bonifacio’s Lumpia (photo 1) is similar to a spring roll that is then cut and arranged beautifully, making it easy to eat. This restaurant’s Tilapia (photo 2), which looks like it’s going to swim at any moment, is a dish that is very tasty up to its tail!
The original menu, plus, the bold arrangement in its dishes is something that Damaso is proud of. Its entire menu is full of originality and it is said that its menu is inspired by ‘Noli Me Tangere,’ a famous book that is written by the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal. Placido Penitente (photo 1) is a risotto using Northern Luzon’s exquisite brown rice, topped with white fish and baked squid. Customers usually add a hint of lemon to it for a refreshing taste, Smoked BBQ Mango Pork (photo 2) is Damaso’s recommended menu. It is grilled pork that is suited with fried garlic rice, spinach, and nuts.
Since its opening in 1979, this well-established café is loved by many patrons and is considered as Manila’s original bistro (a restaurant for the masses). Filipino cuisine, Western cuisine and rich liquors is enjoyed in here. The wood interior of this restaurant gives off a classical feel, making it a perfect place to just chill out with friends. Its refined atmosphere has attracted many college students and artists, which actually led in nurturing the youth culture of Manila. You can find Cafe Adriatico at the open space café, which you can’t overlook. It faces one of the landmarks in Malate District and Remedios Circle.
Since its establishment in 1973, this traditional Filipino restaurant has been in business for over 40 years. The authentic Filipino cuisine that Zamboanga Restaurant offers, such as fresh seafood, lechon, pinakbet, and lumpia, are loved by many generations. Aside from its food, the traditional dance of Visaya and Mindanao performed in this restaurant’s wide stage is also a highlight of the said establishment. The dance company showcases their talents from 10:30 pm for about 1 hour. Their show is worth a look, so make sure not to miss it. To celebrate weddings and other events, dancers who are under the contract with Zambanga Restaurant are dressed in traditional costumes such […]
Since its establishment in March 2013, this extremely popular buffet restaurant is not only packed with locals but also with customers worldwide. The store’s interior has a warm ambiance that seems to take you back to your grandma’s house. Its inner architecture from the 1920s is still the same, complimenting the restaurant’s dishes. In order to avoid boring the customers, about 70 different traditional and modern Filipino cuisines are prepared for the daytime, nightime, weekday and holiday menus. Not only that, its prices are cheaper than a hotel, successfully accomplishing a high quality dream restaurant: customers can wholeheartedly enjoy food without worrying about the price. Since this restaurant provides us […]
Sugi is a popular, authentic Japanese restaurant located in Greenbelt 2 in Makati. Having been in business for 25 years, Sugi is actually one of the pioneers of Japanese restaurants in the Philippines! This restaurant offers unique Japanese cuisine that still protects the taste of traditional Japanese food even though Sugi has created menus with a twist. Sugi has a calm ambiance and a spacious area where customers can enjoy big gatherings. This restaurant also has a sushi counter, a dining area and tatami and private rooms. *** Here is the suggested menu: Four Seasons Juice (P100) is a drink that has a sweet and sour flavour which will eventually […]
Shokuji is a restaurant tucked away in Salcedo Village in Makati. If you want to eat reasonably priced Japanese cuisine, then you should try out ‘Shokuji Emperor Teishoku’ (P395). Just like the name itself, it is a luxurious set menu that gives you a chance to eat a lot of exquisite Japanese food. The Filipino version of California roll, miso soup, tuna sashimi and tempura are the dishes included in this set menu. The meat (grilled meat, chicken, pork cutlet, shrimp tempura) sauce is delicious! It has a very addicting flavour that will make you eat more rice. The grilled chicken, on the other hand, goes with a sweet Filipino […]
This Japanese restaurant has been open for 13 years in Subic Bay. Many businessmen and celebrities come to visit and enjoy the delicious Japanese food in here. Sakura has the classics of a Japanese restaurant in its menu: miso soup, rice, and tea. Sakura’s Eco Salad, a dish made from organic vegetables from a local farm, is its featured dish.
This is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Manila. Mangetsu is known for its one-of-a-kind sashimi. This restaurant uses fresh and high-quality ingredients in order to create succulent sashimi, making an impact that is different from all other sashimi dishes. This restaurant’s Japanese executive chef makes its sashimi and sushi earnestly to be able to make their full flavors come out. Salt Ramen is also served in Mangetsu and it is also one of the restaurant’s popular dishes. The soup that is used in this ramen is stewed for 20 hours or more and its noodles are homemade. Customers will be satisfied with this dish because of its big […]
Hama is a Japanese restaurant that opened 5 years ago. It is loved by both the locals and tourists. Customers can definitely taste the appetizing Japanese cuisine from the meticulous preparation of Hama’s veteran chefs. When you eat dishes like their ramen (P340), sukiyaki (P420) and Shitake mushrooms and Shrimp Tempura (P595), you will feel like you have just eaten in Japan. If you want to go on a vacation on the south island and feel the wind in Japan, please come and visit Hama.
Seiji is an authentic Japanese restaurant that opened in March 2012. Customers can taste the delicate, ornate, and original French dishes cooked by Chef Seiji Kamura. Their Eel and Foie Gras Salad (P685) is this restaurant’s featured dish. Customers can also enjoy eating the Crispy Rani and Pomelo Salad (P295), which has pomelo, mango, Mizuna lettuce, and original Sesame dressing. This restaurant uses fresh ingredients for its dishes. To be able to do that, Seiji orders its vegetables, fruits, meat, and fish from Japan 3 times a week.
Watami has 700 branches all over Asia. Last year, 2 other restaurants opened in MOA and Glorietta 1. This restaurant’s concept is to make customers feel as if they are in their tables at home. In addition, Watami offers dishes that you can order from an ‘izakaya’ (tavern). Yakitori, Steamed Egg Custard, and Cocktail Tofu (P95) are just some of them. If your tummy is still not pleased, try drinking Watami’s coffee (P85) after your meal. This will surely satisfy your taste. The interior of this shop is actually more refined compared to the one in Japan.
Kotono is an authentic Japanese restaurant that is located in the first floor of Makati Cinema next to Little Tokyo. It offers its customers numerous dishes that are made from high-quality ingredients ordered from France. Their Duck Meat Stew Steamed in Bamboo (photo 1) is Kotono’s pride because of its uniquely, rich flavors. The restaurant’s seafood cuisine such as sashimi and deep fried oysters are the dishes to be eaten while drinking. This restaurant also offers a variety of Japanese liquor including Kubota, Hakkaisan, and Urakasumi. It also serves a wide number of shochu such as Nikaido Kicchom. If you plan on having a banquet for 10 or more people, […]
Tanabe is a Japanese restaurant that has branches in MOA and Malate. Mr. Honda, the chef who handles the branch in MOA, has been a sushi chef in a first-class hotel in Thailand and Tokyo for more than 40 years. This restaurant’s high quality sashimi has 8 varieties of raw fishes (photo 1) and is good for 2 servings. Tanabe also offers the appetizing shrimp tempura with vegetables (photo 2) and the perfect drinking snack, asparagus wrapped in bacon (photo 3).
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 […]
With reasonable prices, you can enjoy authentic Japanese food in Yaku Japanese Grill. Since this restaurant bears the name ‘Yaku,’ its signature menu is skewers grilled in charcoa The chicken skin (P69/3 skewers) and grilled chicken with onions (P105/3 skewers) are very fragrant and tasty. The shrimp and vegetable fritter soba or Kakiage soba (P249) is our editor-in-chief’s favorite dish. On the other hand, the sea urchin and tuna maki (P99 each) are served in big amounts, so it can surely make your stomach full. You can also order rice to eat with your skewers and there is an also free refill for Japanese green tea.
Because of Yushoken, Filipinos could finally taste the ramen that has adopted the cooking style and footsteps of ‘Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken,’ the legendary pioneer of the ramen craze in Japan. This ramen joint is firing up the ramen fever in Manila even more. Yushoken was already visited by numerous Japanese who are originally familiar with this kind of cuisine. They are fond of this restaurant now. For them to maintain its authentic flavours, Yushoken has a Japanese chef that was trained by the successor of Yamagishi-san (aka the ‘Ramen God’). Yushoken uses a pork bone soup base for its ramen. This restaurant sticks to homemade noodles to be able to exactly […]
Pepper Lunch is as popular in Manila as it is in Japan. A lot of customers line up at the stores every day. Pepper Lunch’s very juicy meat is cooked on a hot plate and is served with great speed without losing its quality. Its aroma is simply irresistible. Beef Pepper Rice, the restaurant’s bestselling dish, uses beef from New Zealand. Beef Sukiyaki with Udon has soft meat with teriyaki sauce and soft-boiled egg. Pepper Lunch strongly recommends that customers try this dish. Get 15% discount when you use your JCB card at Pepper Lunch. More info here. PEPPER LUNCH RESTAURANTS: 1) Power Plant, Rockwell Center 2) Shangri-La Plaza Mall […]
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. Wafu is a Japanese restaurant that is prominent in Greenhills. Its chef studied Japanese-style dishes in Shibuya, Tokyo, which is why this restaurant can offer authentic Japanese cuisine. Wafu is very spacious. It can accommodate about 250 people. This restaurant also has a unique, impressive Lotus-shaped partition. Wafu’s wall is decorated with bottles of Japanese Sake, Shochu, and Awamori (photo 4), giving a Japanese atmosphere throughout the place. The Sushi Counter, on the other hand, has 9 seats and located on the first floor, while the 7 Teppanyaki tables are on the second floor. To keep the customers interested and […]