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10. Kessaku – Filinvest
Last month’s #4
Kessaku is a casual restaurant serving a full range of authentic, top-quality Japanese food. True to their name, the word “kessaku” (pronounced kessah-koo, accent on the ‘koo’) translates to “creating masterpieces“. Their no-frills menu includes everything from sushi boats to tempura, wagyu cubes, and more. It’s for satisfying those never ending Japanese cravings. It’s not for those adventurous eaters looking for modern or fusion eats. We recommend the Chirashi Moriawase, Kessaku Sushi Boat, and the Angus Prime Chahan. Our insider tip: Enjoy their Classic Margarita, Lychee Martini, and Classic Mojito with their Extended Happy Hour! (P65/drink, 5-8pm Fridays-Sundays)
G/F Commercenter Building, Filinvest, Alabang
9. Viet Asia – Aguirre Ave.
Viet Asia brings you simple and satisfying taste of Vietnam. They let you experience the unique taste of Vietnamese cuisine without traveling too far away from home. It’s for those who want a taste of Vietnam without leaving the country. It’s not for those who aren’t fans of pho. We recommend the Pho Filet Mignon, Banh Mi Pork, and Garlic Noodles With Grilled Shrimp.
8. Ramen Yushoken – Molito Lifestyle Mall
Last month’s #3
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.
7. Romulo Cafe – Azumi Boutique Hotel
Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes set in a comfy museum-style restaurant that gives you a glimpse of Philippine history. It’s for homey family dinners and get-togethers, especially with balikbayan relatives. It’s not for your boys or girls night out. We recommend the Bagnet Pakbet, Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, and Flying Tilapia. Our insider tip: Many of their dishes have vegetarian options. Read our full feature here.
6. Kenny Rogers Roasters – Festival Mall
Kenny Rogers is a well-loved brand that is best known for their signature roasted chicken, muffins, and macaroni and cheese. Enjoy an exclusive Buy One Get One deal of their chicken quesadillas, burrito, and cheeseburger when you use our app; read more here.
5. Sunnies Cafe – Alabang
Sunnies Cafe is the spin-off cafe of eyewear powerbrand, Sunnies Studios. It is LA-inspired and got us covered from brunch to dinner, and coffee to cocktails. It’s for people looking for an Instagram-worthy moment, from food to space. We recommend the Crispy Tacos, Chicken and Waffles, White Truffle Cream Pasta, and their famous Funfetti. Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Ricotta Pancakes with Booky at their other branches!
4. La Chinesca – BF Homes
Last month’s #8
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 dining 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: Check out their off-menu specials!
Llaollao (pronounced as ‘yao yao’) is a Spanish frozen yogurt brand, which started in 2009 and now has over a hundred branches in Spain alone. llaollao is best known for their Sanum cups topped with fresh seasonal fruits, sauces, and crunchy toppings. It’s for people craving a quick sweet with a lot of topping options. It’s not for savory eats or big meals. We recommend the Split Smoothie and Golden Plus Smoothie. Our insider tip: Buy 1 Get 1 smoothies with the Booky app!
2. Vikings – SM City BF
Last month’s #1
Vikings is the absolute best buffet experience in the country, featuring a cornucopia of flavors that can’t be found anywhere else. Vikings features several food stations including the appetizer and salad station, the Asian, Western and Mediterranean stations and the dessert station. It’s for a hungry camper down for the long haul in an ambient buffet setting. It’s not for the light of heart or stomach. Our insider tip: watch out for new and seasonal dessert treats.
1. Pound by Todd English – Alabang Town Center
Last month’s #9
Pound by Todd English is an old school counter-style burger joint with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. They pride themselves in using the freshest ingredients and making everything in-house, allowing us to experience a serious, fancy upgrade in the Philippines’ burger game. It’s for burger crawlers who are fans of Todd English Food Hall. It’s not for vegans. We recommend the T.E. Crispy Chicken Burger, Amsterdam Burger and Pound Burger. Our insider tip: when you use the Booky app, you can avail buy 1 get 1 meals! You may choose either the Pound Chicken Loco Moco or their Secret Slider.
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