New Restaurants in Manila (Sept 20-26, 2015): Applebee’s, The Halal Guys, Commune Cafe 2.0 and more!

A summary of all the hottest new restaurants that recently opened featuring one of the most anticipated franchises this year, Applebee’s, a 24-hour Australian pie shop and cafe, Dusit Thani Hotel’s latest all-day buffet restaurant and more! Scroll down further to see the latest buzz on what’s opening soon.


Applebee’s Grill & Bar – The Fort

Applebee’s is a casual diner and bar franchised from the US serving big-plated American favorites including ribs, burgers, steaks, beers and more. This is its flagship store in the Philippines.

Applebee's Philippines
Photo from @applebeesph

Reservations are accepted
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W Global Center, 30th St. cor. 9th Ave.,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
+63 932 797-9363

Backyard Kitchen + Brew – The Grove by Rockwell

Backyard Kitchen + Brew is a farm-to-table bar and grill concept that serves modern comfort food with a twist by Chef Edward Bugia of Pino and Pi Breakfast & Pies. It also serves a wide selection of beverages and craft beers.

Backyard Kitchen + Brew
Photo from @nixpunzalan

Reservations are accepted
View the full menu
View their Instagram account
The Grove by Rockwell Retail Row, near Ortigas Ave., C5, Ugong, Pasig

The Modern Vulca – Mayaman St.

Named after Etruscan artist Vulca, the Modern Vulca is a modern and artsy Filipino-Italian cantina serving organic fusion dishes such as Adobo and Pinakbet pizzas, and Afritada and Bicol Express pastas. 

The Modern Vulca
Photo from @themodernvulca

No reservations accepted
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27 Mayaman St., UP Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
+63 917 620-5455


Tenya – SM Southmall

Tenya is Japan’s #1 tendon restaurant chain, their specialty is Tendon or tempura rice bowl. Other items include seafood and vegetable tempura, udon and soba sets, Japanese cheesecake and fruity popsicles for desserts.

Tenya SM Southmall
Photo from @maxenemagalona

No reservations accepted
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SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza Uno, Las Piñas


Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant – Ayala Fairview Terraces

Conti’s is a family friendly cafe and bakeshop that serves a number of homegrown signature dishes and desserts. Popular menu items include the Baked Salmon, Roast Beef, Mango Bravo and Turtle Pie.

Conti's Bakeshop
Photo from @racrac_uy

No reservations accepted
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G/F Central Garden, Unit U064, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Fairview, Quezon City
+63 2 987-2882


Pie Face – Eastwood

Pie Face is an Australian micro bakery and cafe specializing in hand-crafted savoury pies with iconic faces that correspond to the different flavors. It also serves award-winning Di Bella Australian coffee and other pastries. This is its 2nd branch and is open 24 hrs. 

Pie Face
Photo from @jacorpuz

No reservations accepted
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G/F Techno Plaza 2, Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City
+63 998 843-9304


The Pantry – Dusit Thani Hotel

The Pantry offers an all-day dining experience featuring the first farm-to-table buffet concept in Manila with 9 food stations, including its most talked about lechon roasting pit. 

The Pantry at Dusit Thani Manila
Photo from Dusit Thani Manila’s Facebook

Reservations are recommended
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Dusit Thani Hotel, EDSA cor. Pasay Road, Arnaiz Ave., Ayala Center, Makati
+63 2 238-8888


Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza – Serendra

Gino’s is a neapolitan-style pizzeria that serves fresh oven-baked 12-inch pizzas specially made with their own kesong puti. This is its 4th branch in metro. 

Gino's Brick Oven Pizza
Photo from @gicabyte

Reservations are accepted
View the full menu
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G/F Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
+63 915 345-9509


South on South – BF Homes

South on South offers the diverse food from Southern USA such as the southern fried chicken, thick cut pork chops, not to mention their craft beer selections.

South on South
Photo from @portraitofagirl

Reservations are accepted
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G/F Unit 104, 65 President’s Arcade, President’s Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
+63 2 501-7689



Mexikombi Casita – Maginhawa

Mexikombi is a food truck serving Mexican street food from a restored VW Kombi. It is one of the pioneer vendors at the StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park. Watch out for their first casita or “small home” soon.

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse – Burgos Circle

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is a Marikina-hailed smokehouse serving smoked barbecue and other Southern comfort food. It is a passion project of four siblings sharing their love for all things smoked and grilled. This will be its 2nd branch.

Fat Daddy's Smokehouse
Photo from @veyyah


The Farm Organics Resto – Twin Lakes Tagaytay

The Farm Organics is a semi self-service farm-to-table concept restaurant that serves certified organic grass-fed beef burgers and steaks sourced from their own breeding cattle farm in Masbate. 

The Farm Organics
Photo from @hideminaruko


The Halal Guys – SM Megamall

The Halal Guys is a halal gyro food cart from New York City serving halal-certified gyro wraps and generous rice platters. This will be its flagship store in the Philippines. Mark your calendars, it’s finally opening on October 13. 

The Halal Guys
Photo from @312food


Commune Bar + Cafe – Poblacion

Commune is a community cafe that specializes in handcrafted coffee topped with their famous 3D latte art. They also serve pastries and light meals. After almost 3 months of hiatus, Commune 2.0 is finally opening its doors again soon.

Commune Bar + Cafe
Photo from @abbytuangco


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