Evidently, San Juan loves Japanese food!
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in San Juan, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
Also Read: The Booky guide on where to eat in Greenhills
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10. Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining – Connecticut
Last month’s #7
From the group that brought you Lugang Café, Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie, and The Dessert Kitchen, comes XIÙ, a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Cantonese dishes. It’s for people who enjoy the experience of eating in Chinese restaurants with a luxury setting. It’s not for those looking for a casual, hole-in-the-wall. We recommend best-sellers such as their Stewed US Beef Short Ribs, Baked Black Ink Rice, Stuffed Sea Conch and of course, the Baked Lobster with Cheese. Read our full feature here.
9. Tomo Japanese Dining – Addition Hills
Last month’s #8
Tomo Japanese Dining is an authentic Japanese restaurant serving classic dishes in an offbeat refurbished house with modern, minimalist Japanese interiors. It’s for people who are fans of Sugi Japanese Restaurant, the same Chef heads the kitchen here. It’s not for Little Tokyo loyalists. We recommend the Australian Wagyu Steak, Kari Kari Kari Yaki oysters, Mackerel sashimi, and their aburi sushi. Our insider tip: No need to worry about parking because they have lots of space. Read our full feature here.
8. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – Greenhills Shopping Center
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a legendary franchise from Japan, turned to an iconic ramen place in Greenhills, that’s been offering the same family recipes since 1988 at. If it’s your first time dining here, we recommend trying their signature Shio Ramen. This pork broth seasoned with salt will leave you pleasantly surprised by its mild flavor and slightly creamy texture. Our insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Chicken Gyoza Furai with Booky!
7. Flossom Kitchen + Cafe – Sta. Lucia
Last month’s #1
Flossom Kitchen and Cafe offers all-day breakfast, Filipino breakfast dishes, as well as salads, pastries, and coffee. They’ll soon be offering charcuterie boards and wines on their menu, so keep that in mind for your next date night! It’s for people on the hunt for an Instagrammable chill out spot. It’s not for men with fragile masculinity. We recommend their best-sellers: Pan-Grilled Salmon, Truffle & Egg Croissant, and Molten Lava Burger. Our insider tip: This is the ideal place to spoil your girlfriends! The cafe is housed in the same compound as Benibana Beauty Hub – a beauty salon that specializes in hair, nails, and facials.
6. Manam – Greenhills
Home of the best Sisig in Manila, Manam specializes in serving up comfort Filipino food in classics and twists. It’s for eating in groups. Order portions available in small, medium, and large servings. It’s not for impatient people; with Manam’s popularity, you can expect long lines outside their doors especially at lunch and dinner time. We recommend their signature House Crispy Sisig and the original Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon. Insider Tip: The Greehills branch is now open for breakfast from 7am-10am!
5. Refinery – Promenade
Last month’s #5
First gaining traction in its Rockwell branch, Refinery is a third wave coffee shop in San Juan that serves all-day breakfast and brunch items, international comfort food and specialty coffee–but what sets it apart is that it also serves wine and cocktails. It’s for ladies who brunch in the area; it’s also a solid working spot. It’s not for those who want quick and cheap breakfast. We recommend the Honey and Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Bread Pudding, Shirred Truffled Eggs, Angry Pasta and Orange-Infused Cappuccino. Our insider tip: Unlike their Rockwell branch, the Greenhills location is open until 1am.
4. Fukujin Izakaya – Little Baguio
Expect the unexpected at Fukujin Izakaya. This modern Japanese restaurant in San Juan is constantly reinventing dishes, pushing boundaries, and developing new menu items on a regular basis. It’s for people who like to be surprised by progressive cuisine. It’s not for people looking for an authentic taste of Japan. We recommend the Land and Sea Maki, Umami Chicken Soba, and Nori Ice Cream.
3. FETA Mediterranean – Annapolis
Last month’s #3
FETA serves Mediterranean cuisine by Chef Beyto Koc in Greenhills. It’s not uncommon to see Lebanese, Iranian, or other groups of Middle Eastern ethnicities dining here – a tell-tale sign of its authenticity! It’s for people who like mouthwatering dishes that make use of bold and exotic spices. It’s not for solo diners with small appetites – the servings are generous and good for sharing! We recommend their Kebap on a Stick, their Beef Pide, and their Lamb Shank. Our Insider Tip: Order the Platter of Mezedes to enjoy a sample of their best appetizers: eggplant salad, hummus, ezme, tzatiki, ghanoush, and keftedes.
2. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Wilson
Last month’s #4
Wildflour Café + Bakery in Greenhills offers international fare and specialty pastries, famous for being the first purveyor of the wildly popular cronuts in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch in a place that always reminds you of Sunday mornings. It’s not for office employees who want quick meals for their weekday lunch break. We recommend their grilled cheese salad and soup combo, mushroom salad, pulled pork sliders and their bestselling kimchi steak fried rice. Don’t forget their über moist to-die-for chocolate cake for dessert! Our insider tip is to get pastries at 50% off after 7pm.
1. Dohtonbori – Greenhills
Last month’s #2
All the way from Tokyo, Dohtonbori is Japan’s #1 okonomiyaki restaurant chain that offers the first cook-your-own okonomiyaki experience in Greenhills. This is its first branch in the Philippines. It’s for foodies who enjoy DIY meals, but don’t worry as the servers can also cook for you. It’s not for people who prefer American-style pancakes. We recommend the Deluxe Okonomiyaki, Four-Cheese and Dohtonbori pizzas, and their premium yakiniku.
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