FOOD Restaurants in the Philippines
NBA Cafe Manila
The first ever NBA Cafe is found in SM Aura Premier, Taguig. You might immediately think that this is a sports bar for basketball fanatics. However, when you go inside, the restaurant is very spacious and family-friendly. The interior is, of course, inspired by the prominent men’s basketball league in North America, NBA (or National Basketball Association). The chairs and sofas have the same texture of a basketball. They have installed flat screen TV’s in all corners which air sports events. They do not only display basketball memorabilia and replicas but also sell it to whoever is interested. At the opening of NBA Cafe just April of this year, basketball superstar Gordon Hayward […]
Ogetsu Hime: Where You Can Enjoy the Unique Artistry of Culinary Japan
Yakitori One restaurant is set up in the food court of SM Aura which is at the 4/F. The store is like an open-kitchen style wherein you can see how the yakitori is grilled. They only grill the yakitori once it is ordered. Choose from Takoyaki (Octopus balls Php 88), Arabiki (Sausage grits Php 70), Quail Egg Pork Wrap (Php 60), Karaage (Php 60), Chicken Skin (Php 30), Chicken Thighs (Php 60), Cut Steak (Php 60). They also have a special sauce that is made from Japan. It is usually cooked with the Yakitori rice. You can also add on miso soup (Php 30) or Shouga soup (ginger soup Php […]
Barcino Restaurant in BGC: Home of Authentic Spanish Cuisine in Manila
(CLOSED) Coca in Taguig
(Update: Coca is permanently closed) Nowadays, a lot of different cuisines from various countries have become in demand in Metro Manila, catching every heart of food lovers. One of Primer’s favourites is COCA, a Thai-Cantonese restaurant located in SM Aura. “COCA” was derived from the Mandarin word “kekou” which means “appetizing.” True enough, Coca has been serving authentic dishes since 1957. They are most famous for their own version of Thai suki which is a hot pot dish similar to shabu-shabu. It was first introduced when they open their first branch in Soi Tantawan, Bangkok. One of the things you need to know about their suki dish is that it […]
Paul Boulangerie Café in SM Aura: Serving Fresh Handcrafted Bread Since 1889
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Because of the rave reviews received by their main branch in Katipunan, Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza opened another branch in the heart of Salcedo Village, Makati early this year. Owned by Filipino food entrepreneurs Jutes and Cello Templo and named after their son, this Neapolitan style restaurant offers only the freshest pizzas carefully and individually baked in brick ovens. They use their own kesong puti (white cheese)made with milk from the Philippine Carabao Institute. For a small restaurant in Bautista near Tordesillas Street, Gino’s is surprisingly packed with customers. Customers line up outside and have their orders placed in advance, especially during peak hours. Once you take your seat inside though, […]
The Black Pig
THE BLACK PIG is a charcuterie, bar & restaurant headed by Chef Carlos Garcia, a Spanish chef who previously worked for Michelin Star French restaurant Gauthier Soho in London. Chef Carlos, together with couples Steve & Tricia MacDonald and Anton & Berna Garriz, lines up to offer European-inspired dishes that use fresh local ingredients. Moreover, they also offer signature draft beers on tap and a rare selection of wines from humble wine makers across the globe. The name of the restaurant is inspired by Spain’s black Iberico pig, also known to be the finest ham all over the world, and our very own lechon. Their approach is creating innovative and distinct dishes […]
Ganso-Shabuway in Makati
Ganso-Shabuway is a shabu-shabu restaurant that has branches in Greenbelt, Alabang Town Center, Power Plant Mall in Rockwell and Shangri-la Plaza Mall. Since their opening in 2011, they have been loved by many. Last year, they increased their non-hotpot menus. A la carte menus for appetizers and rice bowls are now available! Primer introduces the lead role, shabu-shabu, as well as the non-hotpot menus! Meyer Natural Angus Beef (Regular-P595, USDA Choice Angus Beef Sukiyaki Set (P588) Their popular shabu-shabu set, Meyer Natural Angus Beef regular uses Natural Angus Beef from the US. The beef comes from cows that are fed with healthy and natural foods and not with the ones that have additives […]
Tamagoya! Noodle House
A lot of people drive away all the way to Antipolo just to try some of Tamagoya’s ramen. The owner is Japanese and is a ramen lover. He runs Tamagoya together with his wife. Their ramen is really more affordable compared to others. One of the most ordered dish is the Stamina Ramen (P168). It’s miso-base and has plenty of vegetables.
Ukokkei Ramen opened in 2007 and it has become one of the most popular ramen joints in Metro Manila. The source of the delicious soup is a rare kind of chicken, the Ukokkei. A long time ago, it has been used in Chinese medicinal cooking because the nutrients were effective for stabilizing blood pressure, revitalizing the liver, and preventing aging and other stuff. Since the soup is stewed for 12 hours, it gives it the golden colour and makes it so flavorful. They serve three types of ramen: miso, soy sauce and salt which are all ordered from Japan.
Ramen Daisho‘s soup uses only high-quality ingredients. It is made with medicinal herbs used for cooking in China. The noodles are made in Japan. They have three types of noodles: chewy curly noodles, soft flat noodles, and the straight noodles, specifically Hakata-style noodles. One of the most popular ramen is the miso chasu ramen.
Takashi Japanese Cuisine
Wrong Ramen (CLOSED)
UPDATE: This restaurant is CLOSED as of May 30, 2019. The shop’s name is very playful. “Wrong Ramen” is not your typical ramen house. As a matter of fact, it dares to deviate from the standard Japanese-style ramen. However, they make their own ramen noodle using a machine made in Japan. The menu is also very playful and funny. They have names like “F.U. ramen” and the “Sea Men ramen”. The Communist (Php 395) Tonkotsu Rich (Php 380) Tantanmen (Php 395) Sea Men Ramen (Php 345) FU Ramen (Php 425)
Bamba Bistro serves Filipino-Western cuisines that are from the original concept of the restaurant’s owner. The owner grew up fond of cooking, Ms. Cristina ‘Tina’ Legarda is a talented chef who trained under under the famous names in the culinary world like Chef Jessie, Billy King and Maio Batali. Bamba Bistro is a combination of gourmet comfort food and modern bistro. Her recipes are the reinvention of the family’s favourite. The menu consists of the food on which she grew up with but has a diverse and playful approach on it. The restaurant’s interior and style also gives a comfortable ambiance to the customers. inside Bamba Bistro One of their bestsellers is […]
A Taste of L.A. Cafe
A Taste of LA Cafe has an atmosphere of an old and classic Spanish-style mansion. It is divided into 5 rooms: dining, loft, coffee counter, tea room and the bar. You can joy your meal anytime at your favourite spot. Since there is a major TV network near, a lot of regular customers are celebrities. They offer international cuisines. The most popular is the pasta, fondue and homemade pizzeria baked in an oven.
Greeka Kouzina (CLOSED)
UPDATED as of January 15, 2019: This restaurant is CLOSED. If you go straight Guevara Street, a refreshing sky blue sign of Greeka Kouzina is hardly unnoticeable among passerby. Greeka Kouzina is the only Greek restaurant in the north of Manila. The restaurant is located at P. Guevarra Streets in San Juan. Inside, bright lamp balls are floating above the tables, the interior are pretty much simple and very Greek. The menu is extensive but the presentation is practically straightforward, lots of salad, grilled meats and side dishes. One of the dishes from their menu is the Chicken Salad served with cashew nuts in a platter which is big enough for 2. […]
Sam Won Garden
(PHOTO 1) Grilled Beef Short Ribs (P330) (PHOTO 2) Dolsot Bibimbap (P270) Owned by a Korean chef with 20 years of experience in cooking, Sam Won Garden provides a family-friendly restaurant and keeps its traditional atmosphere. Sam Won Garden is known in Aguirre Avenue because of their authentic Korean cuisines for an affordable price, and friendly and accommodating Filipino staffs. Most of the customers are patrons and locals. The grilled beef short ribs (Photo 1) are a popular dish from their menu. They use good quality of beef produced in the Philippines. The Dolsot Bibimbap (Photo 2) is another best-seller. The seasoning for this is served separately so you can […]
This shabu-shabu restaurant has been in the business for three years. Managed and owned by a Korean, Shabu Yaki maintains its traditional look and atmosphere and offers only authentic Korean dishes. For only PHP 549, you can get the seafood set (Photo 1) with various vegetables, kimchi, salad, porridge and noodles. The beef is imported from the US. They offer the beef set at a reasonable price of PHP 499. For the the pork and short ribs (Photo 2), they are grilled and served with kimchi and 6 more appetizers.
(Photo 1) Chicken Kebab with Greek Salad, Pitta Bread and Yogurt Dip (PHP 195) (Photo 2) 12″ family-size Arrabiatta (PHP 375) (Photo 3) Vegetarian Pizza (PHP 350) (Photo 4) Spaghetti Gamberi (PHP 350) Relocated on the 1/F of Pergola Mall just this year, Sophia’s Cuisina is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant that has been established for 20 years. It is run by an Australian chef and his Filipina wife. It was originally an Italian restaurant called Picolo Mondo but they added Israeli, Turkish, Greek, and North African cuisines to the menu. Thus, they changed and named it after the owner’s mom – Sophia. The restaurant is small but serves a family-size portion […]
Mulligan’s Irish Gastro Pub
Among the series of Sports Bar Howzat of Karayan street, Mulligan’s Irish Gastro Pub is one of the best. It has three stores in Aguirre Avenue. Its goal is to bring the Irish pub tradition in the Philippines. It serves a wide range of beer from Belgium and Ireland. Their menu is adopted and conceptualize in Europe, America and the Philippines offering a multinational cuisine and wide selection of Children’s menu and breakfast.
Shortcrust Cake Shop
Shortcrust Bakery Shortcrust Bakery is a well-established cake shop known for its Lantern Cake. It is a cake decorated using sugar craft with a lighted lamp inside. It competed in the World Tournament of Pastry and is now one of the cake decorations being taught in workshops. It is highly recommended for weddings, birthdays, and other events.
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Mama Lou’s is an Italian restaurant located in the residential area of B.F. International, Las Pinas. Their authentic Italian cuisine is famous among the local residents. This home restaurant is owned by a French Canadian and his late wife, whom the place was named after. Now, it is managed by their daughter, Crystal Tremblay, and his partner David Sison. Pizza and pasta are well-known in the menu. The secret to the strong aroma of their pizza and baked lasagna is the way dishes are made which is using the traditional brick-oven. It is recommended to try Mama Lou’s Special pizza topped with prosciutto ham, mango, and mozzarella cheese in rich […]
Kafe Yen is a Thai Restaurant that Started in 2013. Its second branch can be found in San Diego in the United States. You can enjoy a rich variety of their menu originally conceptualized by the owner. They serve Thai food such as the Tom Yum Shrimp and Bagoong rice, and Other southeast Asian dishes. (Photo 1) Tom Yum Shrimp, PHP 189 (Photo 2) Bagoong Rice, PHP 259
If you are thinking of trying something new, how about dining in a Persian restaurant? Persia Grill started as small Middle Eastern restaurant in Salcedo Village. Now, it already has 6 branches. The owner is from Tehran, Iran. The dishes were inspired by his grandmother’s own recipe. They only use natural ingredients and don’t add any preservatives. They also use a lot of eggplants in their dishes like All Vegetable Mussaka (Photo 2), which is one of their best-sellers. It is seasoned with olive oil, tomatoes and chickpeas. Of course, don’t forget to try the all-time specialty kebabs like the Chelo Kebab Kubideh (Photo 1) served with yoghurt dip and Persian […]
Grandad’s Grill & Deli
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.