A new addition to the list features floor-to-ceiling windows!
Insider tip: If you book at the Prime Restaurants below through Booky you can get a free dessert after your meal when you fill out the feedback form on our app!
10. Filling Station – Poblacion
Last month’s #8
Filling Station is a 50’s-themed diner and sports bar that serves American, Mexican. and Filipino dishes. It’s for a blast from the past, good music, and some classic American, Mexcican, and Filipino eats. It’s not for fine dining and quiet nights out. They’ve got great music that plays loud here. We recommend the Filling Station Breakfast Platter, Arroz a la Cubana, and Steak and Eggs. Our insider tip: They have a Make Your Own Breakfast option that lets you pick all your favorites and really live that 50’s diner moment.
9. Single Origin – Rockwell
Last month’s #1
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. Romulo Cafe – Jupiter St.
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.
7. Holy Smokes BBQ – Poblacion
Holy Smokes BBQ serves authentic Texas-style barbecue such as smoked brisket, beef ribs, pork ribs, chicken, sausage, bacon, and pulled pork – all smoked using local fruit wood. They are known for their brisket which is USDA certified Angus beef that is smoked between 12-16 hours. It’s for people who loves barbecue. It’s not for people who are conscious with their health. We recommend the Beed Brisket (USDA), Homemade Bacon, Beef Belly Pastrami, Sweet Potato Tots and Beef Ribs. Our insider tip: you’ll get a free dessert once you’ve answered a feedback form from Booky!
6. Harlan+Holden Dine – Rockwell
The newly-opened cafe by homegrown clothing brand Harlan + Holden has to be one of the prettiest brunch spots in the Metro today. Enjoy their menu of sandwiches, pastas, soups, salads, and coffee in a modern-day greenhouse setting. It’s for people who appreciate the ultra luxe yet laid-back aesthetic of the brand. It’s not for people who dislike the idea of dining surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. We recommend the bottarga pasta, fried Portuguese sardines with garlic rice and eggs, or the Parma ham and Emmental cheese sandwich. Our insider tip: apart from the Rockwell Glasshouse, Harlan + Holden Dine have a mini branch in Greenbelt 3 known as the Greenbelt Pod.
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Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive Cor Estrella St., Makati
5. Your Local – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #5
Listed as one of the world’s best restaurants, Your Local is a neighbourhood bistro serving modern Southeast Asian dishes. Opened by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos, the restaurant has a hipster meets industrial vibe and serves all day brunch together with their standard menu. It’s for yuppies in the area or intimate but casual date nights. It’s not for people looking for quick Asian takeouts. We recommend the Steak Rice, Lamb Rendang, Chorizo Sandwich and Torched Salmon Donburi . Our insider tip: Chef Nicco just opened a new concept restaurant that offers nasi lemak, roti prata, and more called AnyAny, Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall.
4. Nikkei – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #7
Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Manila headed by Argentinian Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is a term that describes Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese; it is the latest food trend in Europe. It’s for adventurous eaters who love to try new cuisines. It’s not for people looking for party-sized servings. We recommend the Salmon Belly Nigiri, Miso Kurobuta, Seared Tuna, Kobi Nigiri Sushi and Parmesan Scallops. Our insider tip: get their dessert for free when you submit a feedback to the restaurant using your Booky app!
3. Ganso-Shabuway – Greenbelt 5
Last month’s #4
Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese style hot pot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other hot pot toppings. It’s for people who are looking for a healthier dining option. It’s not for sushi lovers. We recommend the Set B (for 2) with Spicy Miso broth, Wagyu beef set, and their Seafood Deluxe Set. We’ve been reading great reviews about their dipping sauces, so make sure to try those as well. Our insider tip is every order of single or sharing shabu-shabu set comes with unlimited rice, soup refills and dipping sauces.
2. Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
Last month’s #3
Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0. It’s for people who don’t mind queuing a bit for a spot at the table. It’s not for people who want rice bowls and other Japanese favorites. We recommend the Tantanmen, Shio Ramen, and Super Chasu Bowl. Our insider tip is if you’re in a big group, be ready to be seated separately if you want to get seats faster.
1. Kko Kko – Paseo Center
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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