Metro Manila’s 20 Best New Homegrown Restaurants of 2016


Let’s support local!

We’ve summed up all of your “Favorites” on the Booky app from January until mid-December 2015 and here are your 20 most loved restaurants for the year 2016.

READ MORE: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila this month! 

Some of you may have easily completed this list, one week at a time, but for those who haven’t, this is the list to complete! There’s a reason why they’ve been consistently voted in our Top 10 lists every month.

Tomo Japanese Dining – San Juan

Tomo Japanese Dining is helmed by sushi Chef Tom, formerly from Sugi, so we’re sure to get the same quality Japanese dishes that we all loved. Expect fresh sushi and sashimi selections, donburi rice bowls, tempura and ramen. READ MORE

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137 Araullo Street, Addition Hills, San Juan
(0977) 859-7622

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LAVA Cheese Tarts – SM Aura

LAVA is a proudly local bakery that specializes in Japanese-inspired molten lava cheese tarts made with ingredients exclusively sourced from local cheese artisans. Aside from the cheese tarts, they also serve specialty coffee. It is created by the team behind Bibingkinitan. READ MORE

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LG/F SM Aura, 26th St cor McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

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Shinsen Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Hamptons Arcade

Shinsen which means “fresh” in Japanese is a proudly homegrown sushi bar that not only offers local and imported selections of sashimi but also classic Japanese plates like teppanyaki, affordable donburi bowls, soba noodles, and bento sets. Don’t miss their unique Japanese panna cotta dessert! READ MORE

Insider tip: In just six months, Shinsen opens a second branch at the Sapphire Bloc in Ortigas.
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2/F Hampton Gardens Arcade, C Raymundo Ave, Maybunga, Pasig
(0977) 855-1105

La Spezia – Tomas Morato

La Spezia is the product of Enderun mates, Sean Yuquimpo and Aaron Shiu’s love and passion for simple and fresh Italian cuisine done right. Both having studied and lived in Europe, expect an unapologetically short menu of timeless classics, as well as unique and stand-out desserts. READ MORE

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90 Scout Dr Lascano St, Laging Handa near Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(0917) 317-8992

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The Rabbit Hole – Makati

The Rabbit Hole is an Alice in Wonderland-inspired cafe that offers a selection of international comfort food including all-day breakfast plates, signature pastas, coffee, cakes and more. It is by beauty and food blogger, Maxine Marcelino or @maxieissuper on Instagram. READ MORE

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20 Malugay St, San Antonio, Makati
(0917) 550-9898

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The Girl + The Bull — Legaspi Village

The Girl + The Bull is the brainchild of Gab Bustos (the bull) and Thea De Rivera (the girl), the same hip couple behind popular Japanese izakaya restaurant, 12/10. After closing down their original BF Homes branch, they are now back at an all new Makati location bringing with them their most loved signature dishes plus some exciting new ones. READ MORE

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G/F Grand Midori Bldg., Bolano St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(0926) 038-0965

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BLK 513 – SM Megamall

BLK 513 is Manila’s first ever activated charcoal-enhanced, gluten-free, frozen Greek yogurt. Choose between dark skim cup or cone and top it with a unique selection of premium crunches, fruits and sauces. It’s for health-conscious dessert lovers.

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2/F SM Megamall, Bldg A, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
(02) 881-9998

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Mudpie Heaven – Circuit Makati

Mudpie Heaven serves fusion and reinvented comfort food taken from 30-year old recipes handed down by owner, Ashley Cayuca’s mom. Aside from their delectable mains including a Bone Marrow Steak Pie, they are also known for their sinful desserts like mud pies and milk buns.

FUN FACT: "Mud pie" is short for Mississippi Mud Pie, a rich and luscious mousse-like chocolate cake or pie.
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2/F Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St, Carmona, Makati
(0949) 116-9855

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Il Fiore – Poblacion

Il Fiore is a homegrown earth kitchen and a gelateria serving quick healthy meals and artisanal gelato using locally sourced ingredients. Owner, Hazel Que, even flew to Italy to study and learn the art of gelato. They currently serve 13 rich and addicting flavors. READ MORE

Insider tip: Il Fiore is open as early as 7AM to serve you coffee and quick meals on-the-go.
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4740 Salamanca cor Eduque, Poblacion, Makati (in front of Trump Tower)
(02) 555-5645

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Tahanan Bistro – Antipolo

Tahanan Bistro is a family-run business that was built on creativity and love for the Philippines and its produce. It serves Filipino dishes using local ingredients and techniques from Chef Kevin Tuason’s culinary journey in Melbourne. It is only open three days a week and is strictly by reservations only. READ MORE

Insider Tip: All guests are required to leave their shoes by the door, so bring socks if you don't want to walk around barefoot.
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22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo
(0925) 880-1487

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Hey Handsome – Net Park BGC

From the team behind Your Local comes Hey Handsome–a uniquely bold new concept focusing on Peranakan cuisine, blending Chinese ingredients with various distinct spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay/Indonesian community. READ MORE

Insider tip: They are only from for dinner service as of now. Reservations are available for 6PM and 830PM.
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G/F Net Park Building, 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0926) 051-1471

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Hukad – Trinoma

Hukad is a family-style restaurant that hails from Cebu serving regional Filipino dishes. It is from the popular Golden Cowrie group of Cebu and is most known for its crispy pata and lechon belly. READ MORE

Fun Fact: The name of the restaurant actually means “to scoop." Servers roam around asking “Hukad pa more?” for unlimited rice refills (only P45!).
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G/F Garden Restaurants, Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor North Ave, Quezon City
(02) 621-5334

Kartilya – BGC

Kartilya is a modern dining restaurant serving traditional and contemporary Filipino dishes by MasterChef Asia season 1 contender, Lica Ibarra. Expect unique dishes like the Liempo Queso Fundido, Bistek Tagalog Ribeye Steak, Salted Egg Dip and more.

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Two Parkade, 30th St cor 7th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 893-2806

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Trufa Pasta Bar – Legaspi Village

Trufa is a cozy and rustic Catalan-inspired pasta bar that creatively combines the best of Barcelona and Manila, a fusion of Spanish and Filipino cultures through the art of taste. The possibilities are endless with 13 kinds of sauces, 11 types of pasta and 14 gourmet toppings. READ MORE

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109 Esteban St., Planters Bldg, Unit A, Legaspi Village, Makati
(02) 771-2581

Apéro – Corinthian Hills

Apéro is the newest neighborhood café in Quezon City that serves a cascading menu, that means you can expect different menu items for each time of the day. It’s all about slow-cooked hearty dishes made from scratch, including their freshly baked breads. READ MORE

Fun Fact: From the French word Apéritif which means “to open”, Apéro is a slang term which is often referred to as “food eaten in the late afternoon or early evening.”
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Corinthian Hills, Temple Drive, 1800 Quezon City, Philippines
0917 511-3475

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Bean & Yolk – Poblacion

Bean & Yolk, as its name suggests, is an all-day brunch cafe where eggs and coffee take center stage. This 15-seater cafe features eight special egg-centric dishes on their menu. READ MORE

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Unit G6 Bel Air Soho Suites, Polaris St., Poblacion, Makati
(0920) 926-758

Royal Indian Curry House – Poblacion

Royal Indian Curry House or R.I.C.H. is a popular late night sports bar and restaurant in the growing Poblacion food hub in Makati. It serves authentic Indian cuisine and is also an all-in-one hangout spot that boasts of five floors of entertainment and dining areas. READ MORE

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5345 General Luna St, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 801-4435

Freezerburn – Bonifacio High Street

Heading the kitchen are the duo to beat when it comes to desserts, Chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla of the Tasteless GroupEnjoy their selection of unique hot and cold combo desserts like the Ketchup Mayo Fries or Thick Mints with brownies and more. READ MORE

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Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0927) 387-2703

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Lo de Alberto – City Golf Plaza

Lo De Alberto is an underrated little taco shop in the middle of City Golf Pasig. Claiming to be “the only authentic taqueria in the Philippines”, Balam Nazar, a native from Mexico, is the head of this restaurant’s kitchen. They specialize in tacos, quesadillas, burritos and even margarita.

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City Golf Plaza, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig
(0942) 639-6771

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Fowlbread – Bonifacio High Street

From the Tasteless Group, Fowlbread is a Bad Bird spin-off that specializes in fried chicken sandwiches. Don’t miss their equally popular garlic noodles and potsticker dumplings.

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Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 799-2571

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We can’t wait to see what comes next this 2017. We expect more locally grown concepts, despite the many international franchises that are still expected to come in. Manila, it’s only the beginning!

Do keep sharing and tagging us in your photos, we have enjoyed joining your food adventures. Don’t forget to visit all the good restaurants and adding them to your “Favorites” list on Booky!

See you in 2017!

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