Rain or shine, these restaurants are fine.
Every month, our Hot 100 List changes based on your votes. See the ‘Favorites’ list on the Booky app? Every restaurant you add to that list counts as a vote. But we only get to feature the top 10 for every municipality every month, leaving out all the other awesome restaurants on the Hot 100. This is where this list gets in handy.
#11 Faburrito – Makati
Faburrito is a quick serve and healthy Mexican restaurant that serves freshly prepared wraps, burritos and other Mexican specials. First time on the Hot 100 and first time on the top 10 Makati list.
#33 Smith Butcher & Grill Room – Makati
Smith is the first butcher and grill room in the Philippines that offers a premium selection of meats from five continents–USDA Prime Black Angus for North America, Argentinian beef for South America, Irish sirloin and French Charolais filet mignon for Europe, bone-in chops for Australia, and Japanese Matsusaka for Asia. Smith, which loosely means craftsman, is dedicated to the craft of the butcher aging steaks to customer’s desire.
#35 Balay Dako – Tagaytay
Balay Dako offers traditional Filipino dishes with the signature touch of Chef Tony Boy Escalante. ‘Balay Dako’, which is Negrense for big house, is set in a 3-storey house in Tagaytay where each floor will feature a specific section of the restaurant–Terrazas, a semi-open bar on the top floor; Comedor, the main dining area on the 2nd floor; and Silong, the private event area of the restaurant on the ground. The second floor dining area is the only one open for now.
#38 Alab by Chef Tatung – Tomas Morato
Chef Myke ‘Tatung’ Sarthou has grown from a private dining restaurant in his Quezon City home to a bigger and resort-like space inside Acacia Estates in Taguig, and now to its newest home in Tomas Morato under a new name Alab. ‘Alab’, which is Tagalog for flame, serves the same ‘burning with passion’ Filipino dishes but more youthful and forward thinking.
Reservations are accepted
View their Instagram account
67 Scout Rallos (near corner Tomas Morato), Quezon City
+63 2 364-9631
#39 Kafe Batwan by Sarsa – Rockwell
Kafe Batwan is the newest addition to the Sarsa group of restaurants. Being the avid travelers and cafe seekers that Chef JP Anglo and sister/co-founder Tracie Anglo-Dizon are, together they created a contemporary Filipino kafe with a strong local identity. Here’s a fun fact: Batwan is a fruit native to the Visayas and was used in the name as an homage to the owners’ Negrense roots.
#44 Ladurée Philippines – Rockwell
Ladurée is an internationally-known Parisian tea salon most popular for its delectable and colorful French macarons. The news about Laduree opening in Manila broke early in January; rumors about it opening in April also spread, but in vain. Now, Laduree Philippines has finally announced and confirmed a July opening in Rockwell.
#59 Hai Chix & Steaks – Greenhills
Hai Chix & Steaks is an Asian fusion restaurant specializing in steaks and Hainanese chicken. This is their 2nd branch in the metro, the first one’s in Ortigas Home Depot.
#60 Frank & Dean – The Fort
Frank & Dean is a cafe and kitchen in one that offers mostly Italian and American dishes like pizza, pasta, waffles and Southern fried chicken. They also have a wide selection of hot and cold coffee from local producers and specialty coffee Yardstick. Check it out on the Top 10 BGC list this month.
#64 The Wholesome Table – Salcedo Village
The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves healthy comfort food opened by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. All produce are sourced locally where possible, the meat is pasture-raised and ingredients are not processed or refined. This is their 2nd branch in the metro and is also dog-friendly. Its BGC branch has been consistently on the top 10 lists.
#71 Chef Laudico Guevarra’s – Mandaluyong
Chef Laudico Guevarra’s is a 1920’s heritage house restaurant and events place where guests can enjoy affordable buffet-style dishes, in function rooms or outdoor setting, from Chefs Roland and Jacqueline Laudico.
#72 Milkcow PH – Power Plant Mall
Milkcow is a dessert cafe serving ‘the best soft serve ice cream’. This popular Korean brand only opened late 2013 but have grown so much following because of their organic ice creams and honeycomb.
#74 The Lost Bread – Maginhawa
The Lost Bread is a container shop that specializes in french toasts and milkshakes with a twist. It is one of the food joints in the new Streat Food Park along Maginhawa Street. Check out all 12 food joints here.
#77 Wildflour Cafe + Bakery – Legaspi Village
Wildflour Café + Bakery Fort Bonifacio is bakery and cafe offering international fare and specialty breads and cakes. It’s the first purveyor of cronuts in Manila. This is their 3rd branch in the metro.
#80 Cafe Naya at The Palace – The Fort
Contrary to the dim lighted interiors of The Brewery, Cafe Naya at The Palace is a bright cafe serving lunch until dinner, but mostly catering to the pre- and post-party goers of The Palace. They serve ‘coastal cuisine’ and specialties, particularly from Spain, Greece, Italy and France.
#92 Applebee’s Grill & Bar – The Fort
Applebee’s is a casual diner, a grill and a bar serving big-plated American favorites including ribs, burgers, steaks and more. Expect to be served dishes similar to Friday’s or Chili’s. The first branch is set to open in BGC this July. Read our feature here.
No reservations accepted
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#93 Theo’s Baked + Brewed – Maginhawa
Theo’s Baked + Brewed is the newest treehouse-themed cafe in the Maginhawa neighborhood. It is owned by husband and wife Crystal and Alfred Retuya, who named the shop after their son. It is the perfect nook for groups and also solo workers on their laptops looking for a relaxed quiet corner. If they had opened earlier, we would have included them in our 7 Book Cafes for the Introvert in You list.
#94 Milky Moustache – Taft Ave.
Milky Moustache is a bright and homey neighborhood cafe serving all-day specialty milkshakes, and other breakfast meals such as pastas, burgers, sandwiches, coffee and pastries. It is most popular to the BF Homes crowd being on popular food street Aguirre Ave. and is now coming to Taft, Manila.
#95 Oyasumi Ramen – San Juan
Oyasumi Ramen serves Yokohama Iekei Ramen. “Iekei”, which literally means house, is a Yokohama-hailed ramen variant characterized by its thick, greasy, pork-flavored, some say creamy, broth. The noodles are thick and made fresh daily. Here’s an off-menu tip: If you still got leftover soup, ask their server to turn it into cheesy risotto. Check out 11 other new San Juan restaurants here.
#96 Mr. Pizza – Greenbelt 3
Mr. Pizza is Korean’s #1 pizza chain serving gourmet hand-made and grill-baked pizzas with full-hearted toppings.They also have non-pizza offerings like seafood & kimchi Spaghetti and chicken wings. Their women-targeted marketing is one of their key success factors.
#99 Happy Thai – Malingap
Happy Thai is the newest Thai restaurant in Teacher’s Village serving their own brand of delicious and affordable Thai cuisine. It is a sister restaurant of Baguio Ketchup Food Community’s Happy Tummy.
#100 Señor Pollo Philippines – Poblacion
Señor Pollo Philippines is the home of the ‘Famous Latin Chicken’ and second brainchild of the team behind El Chupacabra. It’s a late night hangout place to get good food and cheap beer. This is Senor Pollo’s second branch. Poblacion has quickly become a food hub in recent years, here are 15 places to check out.
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