This month: An upscale food hall becomes our new #1!
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. Mamou – Serendra
Tagged as ‘A Home Kitchen’ and best known for their steaks and pastas, Mamou has been included on Tatler Magazine’s annual Best Restaurants List for 7 straight years (which is the same number of years they’ve been operating). It’s for families and groups who enjoy western style comfort food. It’s not for people who are looking for cheap wine nights. We recommend their Angus Ribeye Steak and Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream pasta. Our insider tip is to try their signature Key Lime Pie if you still have room for dessert. Here’s a fun fact: Mamou is also the group behind Recovery Food.
9. The Wholesome Table – Bonifacio High Street
The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves delicious and healthy comfort food by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, who is a health advocate herself. All produce is sourced carefully and locally where possible. Bianca’s dream has fully bloomed into 3 branches in just under 2 years, all of which are worthy of our best restaurant interiors list. It’s for the hip and health conscious. It’s not for people who want a quick meal under a tight budget. We recommend the Bistek Tagalog from their breakfast menu, Yakitori Bowl, Harvest Pizza and fresh smoothies. Kids menu is available for your little ones too. Our insider tip: It’s dog-friendly, so bring along your best buddy.
8. Locavore – Forbes Town Center
True to its name, Locavore serves only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch, curated by Chef Mikel Zaguirre. It’s for people who enjoy a good twist on local classics. It’s not for intimate occasions. We recommend their signature Sizzling Sinigang, Lechon & Oyster Sisig, and the underrated Ginataang Kalabasa. Also check out their new Duck Lugaw Foie Gras, Champorado ni Speedy and Beef Silog. Our insider tip: Their special brunch menu is only available at this branch for now. Service starts at 9AM.
7. Single Origin – Bonifacio High Street
Last month’s #4
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.
6. Gringo – The Fort Residences
Last month’s #10
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.
5. 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.
4. Shaburi – Uptown Mall
Last month’s #3
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.
3. NIU by Vikings – SM Aura
Last month’s #8
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.
2. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Net Lima Bldg.
Last month’s #6
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.
1. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
Last month’s #2
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.
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