Kick off 2017 with these spots!
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.
10. Pound by Todd English – Bonifacio High Street
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 is to try their exclusive Beer Slushies (Asahi and Brew Kettle).
9. Morganfield’s – Uptown Place Mall
Morganfield’s, home of the Sticky Bones, is an American country grill and restaurant from Malaysia specializing in prime, slow-cooked pork ribs, currently available in 4 special flavors–Garlicky BBQ, Hickory BBQ, Spicy Asian and their bestselling Smoked Peppercorn spare ribs. They also serve premium Iberico baby back ribs, pastas, burgers, salads, steaks, their bang-for-buck rib platters and affordable lunch sets. It’s for big family occasions or office parties, the place is also kid-friendly. It’s not for people looking for a quick meal to go. We recommend their Rib Sampl3r or the Carnivore, their corn muffins and Berry Easy cooler. Our insider tip is: You can borrow one of their power banks to charge your phone. Just leave an ID. Read our full feature here.
8. Locavore – Forbes Town Center
Last month’s #7
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. FOO’D by Davide Oldani – Shangri-La Fort
FOO’D by Michelin star chef Davide Oldani offers affordable fine dining with 3-course meals starting at Php 800. It’s for fancy, intimate dates and gatherings that won’t break the bank. It’s not for quick dining. We recommend the Iberico Pork Ribs, Cipolla Caramellata, and the Dark Chocolate Mousse. Our insider tip: You can upgrade your 3 or 4-course meals by the dish! Read our full feature here.
Reservations are accepted
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Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort, 30th St corner 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
6. Hey Handsome – Net Park Bldg.
Last month’s #8
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. Check out our full feature here.
Reservations are recommended
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G/F Net Park Building, 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
5. Single Origin – Bonifacio High Street
Last month’s #6
Single Origin is a new hangout spot where coffee and alcohol lovers can find common ground. Single Origin features a hefty breakfast & lunch menu, a dinner 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 lunch, to dinner until 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.
4. NIU by Vikings – SM Aura
Last month’s #4
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.
3. Va Bene Pasta Deli – Central Square
Last month’s #2
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.
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. Shaburi – Uptown Mall
Last month’s #1
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 is: The same course menu should be selected by all customers in the same table. Read more here.
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