New and returning entries round out this month’s Top 10!
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10. Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo is a food hub of restaurants featuring unique Japanese specialties like yakitori, wagyu, okonomiyaki and more. Izakaya Kikufuji is one of them and it serves fresh sashimi and affordable and tummy-filling bento sets. It’s for people who want to experience authentic Japanese style dining–kimonos, tatami mats, Japanese families and all. It’s not for those looking for a quick ramen bowl. Aside from their sashimi selections, we recommend their Wagyu sticks and spicy salmon sushi. Our off-menu tips: Check out all 14 restaurants inside Little Tokyo here.
Reservations are accepted (until 7pm)
2277 Pasong Tamo, Legaspi Village, Makati
9. 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.
8. Toyo Eatery – Makati
Black Sheep former head chef, Jordy Navarra, is back with another all-new Filipino eatery that will serve modern dishes featuring local ingredients, which has been his signature. Read our full feature here.
7. Filling Station – Poblacion
Last month’s #10
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.
6. Icelavie – Salcedo Village
Icelavie is a popular Malaysian brand known for their huge ass drinks, in which they serve a variety of coffee concoctions, tea, and fruit juice. It’s for coffee lovers who really need that major caffeine fix. It’s not for people who can’t finish big drinks, sayang lang. Our insider tip is: they have 2 branches in Makati, one in Salcedo and one in Circuit, so feel free to visit both! Read our full article here.
5. Ebi 10 – Felipe St.
Ebi 10 offers a personalized tempura experience with uni-shiso-nori tempura, jumbo shrimp tempura, as well as sushi rolls and fried rice. It’s for tempura lovers who are on the hunt for a good deal Our insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Tempura Set with Booky! Read more here.
No reservations accepted
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5779 Felipe St, Poblacion, Makati
4. Nikkei – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #4
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 #3
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. 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.
1. Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
Last month’s #2
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.
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