A modern day dampa makes the list!
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10. Vikings – SM City BF Parañaque
Last months #10
Vikings Luxury Buffet opened its first branch at SM by the Bay in 2011. Five years and 9 branches later, it is now considered the Philippines’ largest luxury buffet chain. This homegrown brand has expanded all around Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao (full feature here). It’s for families and groups who are looking to celebrate special occasions affordably. It’s not for people who prefer the quiet and relaxed ambiance of a hotel buffet. Our insider tip is it’s the only branch that serves shawarma. Also read: 8 reasons why you should visit Vikings SM BF.
9. Bar Pintxos Y Mas – Alabang Hills
One of the South’s best-kept secrets, Bar Pintxos Y Mas is a little neighborhood Spanish restobar serving authentic Catalan and Basque-inspired tapas and pintxos by Miguel Vecin and Tinchu Gonzalez. In case you didn’t know, pintxos are bite-sized pieces of bread with various delectable toppings. It’s a great place for catch-ups over good food and wine. It’s not for brunch dates or breakfast runs. We recommend the Salmon Pintxos, Ternera (ribeye) Pintxos and Butifarra (sausage and beans). Ask for the daily specials! Our insider tip: Not willing to drive all the way to Alabang? They also have a branch in BGC!
8. La Chinesca – BF Homes
Last month’s #6
La Chinesca is an authentic taqueria which began as a pop-up concept by Chef Bruce Ricketts of Sensei Sushi, Mecha Uma, and Ooma. It’s for taco fans looking to have the real deal when it comes to Mexican food—complete with the hole-in-the-wall experience. It’s not for people unwilling to brave the traffic. We recommend the Tripitas (beef intestines) and the Guisada de Res (beef shoulder and lengua). Our insider tip: Seating may be limited at this in-demand spot. Also make sure to check out their off-menu specials!
7. Nicolinni’s – BF Homes
Nicolinni’s is a pasta place in the South serving Italian pasta with a Filipino twist. They offer buffalo wings, rice meals, sandwiches, milkshakes and a make-your-own pasta combination option. It’s for families and friends who want to hang out, eat some good old home cooked food. It’s not for people looking for a specific cuisine or a very fancy ambiance. We recommend the make your own pasta option. Our insider tip: Hurry and book a table! Nicolinni’s will be closing soon.
6. Puzzles: Board Game Lounge – Molito Lifestyle Mall
Puzzles is not your typical board game lounge. Aside from a wide selection of games for you to play, they also offer hearty comfort food and drinks. It’s for friends and families looking for a fun, interactive way to dine out. It’s not for solo diners or for groups that have little time to spare. We recommend the Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Mushroom Rice with Bacon & Egg, and their famous Oreo Afraid of the Dark dessert. Our insider tip: Can’t decide which board game to play? Check their menu for their top 10 games or consult with any of their game masters!
5. Mona Lisa Ristorante – Commerce Center
Last month’s #2
Mona Lisa Ristorante is an Italian restaurant with interiors that will take you straight to Europe. It’s for romantic dates and intimate gatherings. It’s not for nights out on a tight budget. We recommend the Miguelli Calabrese, Spaghetti ala Vongole, and Pollo Pizamente. Our insider tip: Pair your dishes with their vast selection of imported wines!
4. Neil’s Kitchen – Westgate Alabang
Last month’s #3
Neil’s Kitchen is a modern Filipino restaurant by Chef Neil Ramos offering Filipino cuisine classics with a twist. Before Neil’s Kitchen, Chef Neil is best known for The Hills at Silang, his catering business. It’s for weekend brunches with the family. It’s not for sushi or pasta lovers. We recommend their Sinigang and Bagoong Paella (order in advance), Crab Fat Palabok, and Fried Suman, Mangga’t Chocnut. Our insider tip: Neil’s Kitchen is also home to My Father’s Bookstore, a Christian bookstore by Ardy Roberto and Miriam Quiambao-Roberto.
3. Market Basket – River Park Filinvest
Last month’s #1
Market Basket is an Instagram-worthy seafood restaurant that modernizes the Filipino dampa experience. It’s for families and friends looking for a homey place to bond over delicious food and local favorites. It’s not for diners who prefer Western dishes. We recommend the Mussels with Baked Cheese, Seafood Hotpot, Grilled Squid, and Baked Crab. Our insider tip: Check out their fresh seafood section and have their chefs cook your dish your way!
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Festival Mall, River Park, Filinvest Corporate City, Commerce Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa
2. Ramen Yushoken – Molito Lifestyle Mall
Last month’s #4
Ramen Yushoken serves tonkotsu broth ramen using a recipe from ramen master, Yamagishi Kazuo. It’s a casual restaurant with fast service and a tight menu. It’s for ramen lovers in the South. It’s not for Makati diners—Mendokoro Ramenba a.k.a. Yushoken 2.0 is right in Salcedo Village! We recommend the Miso Tonkotsu Ramen or the spicy Tantan-men with Aji-Tamago on the side. Our insider tip: Ask for their off-menu items.
1. Mr. Roboto – ATC Corporate Center
Last months #8
Mr. Roboto is a new retro-inspired modern Japanese restaurant in the South. It serves reinvented Japanese classics, putting unique twists on sashimi, maki, katsudon, donburi, and more! It’s for South kids looking to try the newest eats in the area. It’s not for people looking for traditional sashimi or ramen. We recommend the Lamb Katsu and Nori Nachos. Our insider tip: Servings are quite big, so it’s better to share!
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