Cebu’s famous lechon makes the list!
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10. Ganso-Shabuway – Greenbelt 5
Last month’s #7
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.
9. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #9
Wildflour Café + Bakery is a proudly local bakery that offers specialty breads and modern international dishes. It is the first purveyor of the cronuts in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy hearty brunches and coffee any hour of the day. It’s not for office employees only have an hour to spare. We recommend their cheese fundido, wild mushroom salad, squid ink garganelli and their bestselling kimchi steak fried rice. Don’t miss (still) one of Manila’s best chocolate cakes, Wildflour’s Salted Chocolate Cake. Our insider tip is get breads and pastries at 50% off after 7pm.
8. La Cabrera Grillado and Bar – 6750 Ayala
Last month’s #6
La Cabrera is an Argentinian steakhouse found amidst the busy office district of Makati. The rustic and country interiors add to the elegance and charm of the restaurant. They serve all-meat entrees with unlimited side dishes. It’s for groups who love to share orders. It’s not for vegetarians. We recommend the Provoleta, Ojo de Bife and Rogel De Dulce De Leche for a sweet ending. Our insider tip is get a seat away from the open grill, customers say it gets quite warm in the area. Read our full feature here.
7. Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
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.
No reservations accepted
G/F V Corporate Center 125 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
6. Royal Indian Curry House – Poblacion
Last month’s #5
Royal Indian Curry House or R.I.C.H. is a popular late night sports bar and restaurant that serves strong aromatic flavors from northern to southern India. It is also an all-in-one hangout spot that boasts of five floors of entertainment and dining areas. It’s for foodies looking for a unique and wide selection of authentic Indian specialties. It’s not for anyone looking for a quick breakfast stop. We recommend the Butter Garlic Naan, Fish and Lamb Curry, Tandoori Chicken, and Hyderabadi Biryani. READ MORE
5. Zubuchon – San Antonio
Dubbed as “the best pig ever” by Anthony Bourdain, Zubuchon is one of the most popular lechon brands from Cebu serving their signature roasted pig, which you can order in more than one way–original, sizzling, dinuguan, paksiw and more. Aside from their lechon, it also serves other home-cooked style Filipino favorites. It’s for loyal fans who have been anticipating this Manila branch and foodies who haven’t tried it. It’s not for those who prefer suckling pigs or lechon Macau. Our insider tip is they have around 20 parking slots.
Reservations are accepted
View their Instagram account
Talisay St (between Yakal & Malugay), San Antonio, Makati
4. Ooma – Rockwell
Last month’s #3
Ooma is a modern Japanese restaurant by the Moment Group and young acclaimed chef Bruce Ricketts, the same partnership that brought us Mecha Uma. Ooma, a wordplay on Uma meaning ‘good’, promises bold Japanese flavors at affordable prices. It’s for people looking for quality sushi at affordable prices. It’s not for people looking for ramen. We recommend the Soft Shell Crab Taco-Maki, Hangar Steak and Uni Udon. Our insider tip is that at Ooma, you get to ‘brush’ (not dip) soy sauce on your sushi. P.S. Servers roam around with buckets giving out unlimited rice.
No reservations accepted
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G/F Rockwell Edades & Garden Villas, Amorsolo Dr., Rockwell, Makati
3. 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 is get their good-for-sharing Tres Leches dessert for free when you submit feedback to the restaurant using your Booky app!
2. Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Last month’s #2
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: (1) They can order you Japanese fried rice from its neighbor restaurant. (2) Claim one coupon for every P500 spent, for a free glass of beer on your next visit. (3) Check out all 14 restaurants inside Little Tokyo here.
1. Your Local – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #1
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 is Chef Nicco just opened a brave new Chinese/Malaysian/Indonesian concept restaurant in BGC called Hey Handsome.
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