A ramen spot takes #1 this month!
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10. Butamaru – Westgate Center
Butamaru offers different kinds of ramen, tacos, gyoza, and more. Known for their round, melt-in-your mouth slices of chasu and 16-hour tonkotsu broth, Butamaru will give you an authentic Hakata-style ramen experience. It’s for people looking for no frills ramen and Japanese food. It’s not for modern Japanese cuisine with all the bells and whistles. We recommend the Shoyu ramen. Our insider tip: don’t be afraid to lift your bowl and slurp your soup. It’s a signal that you really enjoyed the broth! Read our full feature here.
9. 8 Cuts Burger Blends – Alabang Town Center
8 Cuts is an American DIY burger joint serving premium all-beef burgers made with their own signature blends. ‘8 Cuts’ is a reference to the eight cuts of beef used in the five custom blends that only they offer. It’s for people who enjoy getting their hands dirty. It’s not for people looking for a quick take out burger. We recommend the Q-Daddy Burger. Our insider tip is to get 2 sets of Oreo Milkshake + Skinny Fries for the price of one with Booky‘s Buy 1 Get 1 Deal! Read more here.
8. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – Evia Lifestyle Center
Last month’s #6
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen was one of the South‘s biggest neighborhood secrets, but because good restaurants can’t hide forever, it is now a dining destination for authentic Italian eats. It’s for families and children who enjoy eating in a homey setting. It’s not for people who don’t like to brave the Southern commute. We recommend the Risotto Tartufo Funghi, Spaghetti Seafood Olio and Pizza Tabarnes. Our insider tip: You may request to have 1 pizza in 2 halves–each with a different flavor.
7. Puzzles: Board Game Lounge – Molito Lifestyle Mall
Last month’s #5
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!
6. Tori Ichi Yakitori and Bar – Festival Mall
Tori Ichi is a Japanese restaurant offering a wide variety of authentic Japanese yakitoris grilled with the use of Japanese Binchotan. Aside from yakitori, Tori Ichi offers other authentic Japanese food like sashimi, sushi, and ramen. It’s for good old yakitori and those willing to pay a little more to get full. It’s not for those who want to smell fresh after eating, expect a little smoke to rub off on you. We recommend the Mochi bacon and Wagyu Fillet. Our insider tip: Order one of everything that seems interesting and then add as you come to know your favorites. Read our full feature here.
5. Mona Lisa Ristorante – Commerce Center
Last month’s #9
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. Hanamaruken – Alabang Town Center
Originated and popular in Osaka, Hanamaruken Ramen will delight and promise you happiness in a bowl with their comforting ramen bowls, sure to leave you wanting for more at the end of the night. It’s for no frills Japanese food that’s will make your stomach happy and is easy on the eyes. It’s not for people looking for authentic ramen, Hanamaruken puts a little spin on things. We recommend then the Signature Happiness Ramen, Pot Belly Ramen, Chasyu Ramen and the Happiness Rice Bowl. Our insider tip: If you don’t like ramen, try their Drunken Man Rice Bowl. You’re welcome.
3. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina – ATC Corporate Center
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina is a homegrown concept serving affordable Mexican comfort food with a Filipino twist. It first gained popularity in Kapitolyo, Pasig. It’s for friends looking for quick and affordable Mexican grub. It’s not for people looking for milkshakes or desserts. We recommend the Beef Nachos, Cheese Quesadilla, and Caliente Wings. Our insider tip: Servings are quite big, so order in moderation.
2. Mr. Roboto – ATC Corporate Center
Last months #1
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!
1. Ramen Yushoken – Molito Lifestyle Mall
Last month’s #2
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.
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