November brings 2 newcomers to our Most Loved List!
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. Gorda – Uptown Parade
Last month’s #9
Gorda is run by siblings whose love for food started ever since they were young. This restaurant specializes in Filipino-Mexican dishes and family recipes. It’s for people who love Mexican and Filipino food and aren’t afraid of some fusion. It’s also perfect for those who want a drink to go with their meals. It’s not for picky eaters and those who want a quiet meal. Gorda is perfect for parties! We recommend Mama’s Nachos, Pork A La Parilla, and Tapa Burrito. Our insdier tip: Enjoy buy 1 get 1 cocktails and buy 2 take 1 local beer every day from 3-9 pm! Full feature here.
9. Single Origin – Bonifacio High Street
Last month’s #5
Single Origin is a popular hangout spot where coffee and alcohol lovers can find common ground. It 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.
8. Namoo House – Uptown Parade
Namoo House is known for their premium and quality cuts of beef and pork cooked over charcoal grill. All their premium meats are wet aged for 2 weeks to enhance the flavors. It’s for a premium Korean barbeque experience. It’s not for those expecting to smell like anything other than grilled meats. We recommend the Marinated Boneless Short Ribs with Pineapple and Onion and USDA Prime Rib Eye. Our insider tip: they have lunch specials on weekdays that cost P888+ for two people! Read our full feature here.
7. Downtown + Halsted – Forbeswood Parklane
Downtown and Halsted serves a wide array of international comfort food created by Chef Marco Legasto, owner and chef of Prime101. It’s for what you might consider rich comfort food; familiar eats with international flavors. It’s not for those of you looking for one particular cuisine. We recommend the Homemade Chili Stuffed Potato Skins and the Skewer Platter. Our insider tip: they also hold different music themed nights where you can enjoy their designer cocktails and wines. Read our full feature here.
6. Gringo – The Fort Residences
Last month’s #7
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 #10
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. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
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.
3. NIU by Vikings – SM Aura
Last month’s #3
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. Olivia & Co. – Uptown Mall
Last month’s #2
Olivia & Co. seeks to become the go to place for a gourmet experience. They serve artisanal coffee and tea to compliment food inspired by various cuisines of the world. The international franchise hails from Singapore and by the looks of it, they’re taking Manila by storm. It’s for families, friends, and individuals getting some work done. It’s not for crazy drinking (though they do serve alcohol) and loud partying. We recommend the Laksa Pasta, Tokyo Wings, and the Passion Fruit White Chocolate Cheesecake. Our insider tip: The full out restaurant has free wifi and sockets that you can plug your devices into. Read out full feature here.
1. Kko Kko – Market! Market!
Last month’s #1
Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mom. Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean lunch box) – each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. It’s for foodies looking for new and unique Korean dishes. It’s not for people looking for grilled Korean BBQ. We recommend the Chicken Cheese Fondue, Snow Chicken Cheese, and Galbi Jim Dosirak. Our insider tip is the place is quite small and may get full quickly on peak hours, so make sure to book a table ahead of time. Fun Fact: Kko Kko was named after the sound that a chicken makes.
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