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Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in BGC, Taguig, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
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10. Gringo – The Fort Residences
Gringo is a homegrown restaurant serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as ribs, chicken, burritos and more. It’s a quick and casual concept brought to us by the same group behind the Tokyo Bubble Tea franchise. It’s for office goers’ lunch breaks, quick bites and afterwork drinks. It’s not for foodies looking for many rice meal options. We recommend the Southern Spice Chicken, Gringo Baby Back Ribs, Truffle Queso Quesadilla, and Crispy Taco. Our insider tip: They also have a kids menu for the little ones.
9. Tim Hortons — Uptown Mall
Tim Hortons is Canada’s world-renowned coffee house. It’s for all coffee lovers who have a taste for premium caffeine blends and all the pastries that go with it. It’s not for third-wave coffee enthusiasts. We recommend the Original Blend Coffee, Iced Capps, and their donuts. Our insider tip: They have free Wi-Fi plus available sockets! Read more here.
8. NIU by Vikings – SM Aura
Last month’s #9
NIU is Vikings Buffet 2.0–the interiors are more modern and luxurious, definitely an upgrade from its pioneer sister brand. The restaurant can accommodate around 350 people per timeslot (lunch and dinner) and it boasts of 9 different food stations of various dishes and cuisines. It even has function rooms for your private events. It’s for families, friends and even couples celebrating special occasions. It’s not for people with small appetites. We recommend you first check out all the food available so you can plan and pace your intake smartly. Our insider tip: Request for their ‘by order only’ menu. Read more about NIU, here.
7. Tomatito – BGC Corporate Center
Last month’s #8
From the same team behind Las Flores, Rambla and La Lola, Tomatito is a sexy tapas bar from Shanghai serving Spanish-influenced dishes by acclaimed Chef Willy. Its aesthetic is inspired by Spanish bars in the 80s which provides a retro fluorescent atmosphere. It’s for friends looking to dine out over great food and drinks. It’s not for diners who prefer traditional Spanish dishes, as their cuisine focuses on fusion interpretations. We recommend the Salmon TNT, Explisiones de atun y Tomatito, and the Montaditos de Gambas. Our insider tip: Their tables fill up fast, so make sure you call ahead to reserve!
Reservations are accepted
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G/F BGC Corporate Center, 30th St corner 11th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
6. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Net Lima Bldg.
Last month’s #7
Wildflour Café + Bakery 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, and their bestselling kimchi steak fried rice. Don’t forget to try their to-die-for chocolate cake for dessert! Our insider tip is to get pastries at 50% off after 7pm.
5. Hey Handsome – Net Park Bldg.
Last month’s #6
Hey Handsome is a hip Peranakan restaurant famously headed by Chef Nicco Santos of Legaspi Village cult favorite, Your Local. In case you didn’t get the memo, Peranakan cuisine is a combination of Chinese ingredients and Malay/Indonesian spices. It’s for foodies with curious palates. It’s not for people who prefer traditional Asian dishes. We recommend their Bebek Penyet (duck), Kambing Buah Keluak and Nasi Lemak. Fun fact: The restaurant name came from the “friendly greeting uncles and aunties would give to customers lining up for food in Singapore”, as reported by CNN Philippines.
Reservations are recommended
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G/F Net Park Building, 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
4. Single Origin – Bonifacio High Street
Last month’s #5
Single Origin is a new hangout spot where coffee and alcohol lovers can find common ground. Single Origin features a hefty all-day breakfast menu and a beverage list that includes specialty coffee and alcohol-based drinks. It’s for all types of eaters and drinkers, from breakfast to late night. It’s not for diners who want alone time as tables are meant to be shared here. We recommend the Single Origin Burger, Surf n Turf Beer Dough Pizza, S.O. French Toast. Don’t forget to try their Valrhona Mocha Latte, Orange-infused Cappuccino and Bacon-infused Bloody Mary. Our insider tip: They serve specialty Lamill coffee blends from California. Full feature here.
3. Shaburi – Uptown Mall
Last month’s #2
Shaburi is an all-you-can-eat healthy Japanese shabu-shabu from Japan that offers unlimited premium meats, fresh seafood, organic vegetables and a buffet of appetizers and other bites. Unlike other shabu-shabu restaurants that have one communal pot for cooking, Shaburi offers each guest their own personal pot. It’s for big family or barkada dinners. It’s not for anyone who don’t enjoy eating quickly; there’s a time limit. We recommend their value-for-money Shaburi Wagyu all-you-can-eat course. Our insider tip: The same course menu should be selected by all customers in the same table. Read more here.
2. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
Last month’s #3
Named after an American celebrity Chef, Todd English offers food from all over the world in an upscale food hall setting. It has 9 different food stations including: salad & charcuterie, sushi, raw, Asian, pizza, pasta, grill & ocean, and the wine & tapas bar. It’s for people who like big menus or want to eat in a big group. It’s not for dieters who are vulnerable to temptation. We recommend their Fig & Prosciutto flatbread, truffle pasta, T.E. Porkchop and Torched Nigiri Stairs. Our insider tip: They’re open until 11pm, perfect if you’re getting a late dinner after a movie date.
1. Va Bene Pasta Deli – Central Square
Last month’s #1
Va Bene (which means “it’s good” in Italian) has been named one Manila’s best Italian restaurants one too many times and is known for serving fresh handmade pastas by Italian Chef Massimo Veronesi. It’s for pasta lovers who can’t get enough of perfect al dente pasta dishes. Portions are good for sharing if you’re not a big eater. It’s not for people who hate carbs. We recommend Chef Massimo Veronesi’s bestsellers, which are the Black Ink Tagliolini and Organic Eggs Tagliatelle. Even the complimentary bruschetta with salsa dip is good. Our insider tip is ask fir their chilli olive oil for a spicy kick. Read our full feature here.
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