We have 7 new entries this month!
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Manila, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
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. Ramen Kuroda – SM Manila
Ramen Kuroda is a ramen house that serves authentic and affordable Japanese tonkotsu ramen using homemade noodles and quality ingredients. It’s for quick Japanese ramen meals that won’t hurt your wallet. It’s not for foodies who want customizable bowls with various toppings. We recommend the Shiro (salt-based), Kuro (milky-base with garlic oil), and Aka (spicy) ramen bowls. Our insider tip: Check out their value-for-money ramen sets.
No reservations accepted
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2/F SM Manila, San Marcelino, Ermita, Manila
9. Shi Lin – Lucky Chinatown
Shi Lin is a casual Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in dumplings, buns and noodles. They are most famous for their steamed xiao long baos. It’s for people who are crazy over Taiwanese food. It’s not for people who are looking for Asian fusion dishes. We recommend the Xiao Long Baos, Salt and Pepper Fried Chicken with Chili and Fried Rice with Shrimp and Egg. Our insider tip get a free dessert when you accomplish the feedback form when you book through Booky.
8. Cranium Board Game Lounge + Resto – Taft
Cranium is a casual board game lounge and restaurant primarily catering to nearby students and residents of Taft area. Affordable comfort food and crazy milkshakes are served. Play board games for only P50 or for free if you order any food or drink. It’s for people who are into food and board games. It’s not for students who want to study during their break. We recommend the NOMion Rings, Chicken Wings Rice Meal, Spicy Sriracha Wings, and Poutine Fries. Our insider tip: If you want to try a new game you aren’t familiar with, don’t hesitate to ask their Game Master. He’ll be happy to teach you how to play our board games.
No reservations accepted
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G/F D’ University Place, 2421 Leon Guinto Sr. St, Malate, Manila
7. Samgyupsalamat – Malate
Last month’s #8
Samgyupsalamat is a Korean BBQ restaurant popular to students and nearby residents of DLSU-Manila. It recently opened a new branch in Jupiter. Enjoy barbecuing and other Korean favorites like Bibimbap, spicy noodles and other grilled meat. It’s for meat and Korean food lovers alike. Hungry folks looking to unwind are welcome too. It’s not for shy appetites. We recommend you wear loose jeans (sweatpants are ideal) and come hungry. You’ll thank us later. Our insider tip: stock up on a plate each for meat and greens. It saves time and effort in the long run.
6. Ilustrado – Intramuros
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines. It’s for people who want to bring their family and friends for a get together meal. It’s not for people who are not willing to drive all the way to Intramuros. We recommend you to try their Paella Ilustrado, Adobong Bagnet with Prawns, kare-kare, sinigang, kaldereta and morcon. Our insider tip: Try their Sampaguita Ice Cream! You’ll only be able to find it at Ilustrado.
744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
5. BITE (Buffet In Time Esplanade) – Sta. Cruz
BITE (Buffet in Time Espalanade) is the first to offer time-based buffet (168.00 for 30 minutes) in the Philippines. They offer a wide selection of an eat-all-you-can Asian and Western dishes. It’s for people who are on a budget, but still want a heavy meal. It’s not for people who want a sit down meal. We recommend their P368 buffet rate for unli time. Here’s an insider tip, get a free dessert when you accomplish the feedback form when you book through Booky.
4. Cuaderno – Strada Street Food Park
Cuaderno is a library-inspired Filipino-Mexican joint serving up dishes like sisig nachos, Mexican braised beef ribs, and nacho chili con rice. With a mission to encourage a culture of knowledge, Cuaderno also offers a wide range of books for reading that its customers can enjoy while dining. It’s for students who are looking for a meal after class. It’s not for people who aren’t into reading. We recommend you get their Cuaderno’s Mexican Braised Ribs, Buffalo Wings, Beef & Cheese Quesadillas, and Nacho Grande. Insider tip: Some of the books in Cuaderno are for sale.
3. Blocleaf Cafe – Malate
Blocleaf Cafe is a neighborhood cafe in Manila that serves cups of Philippine specialty coffee, pastries, and more. It’s for coffee drinkers who want to chill and relax with a delicious cup of specialty coffee. It’s not for people who are looking for tea based drinks. We recommend their seasonal Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Crust. Insider tip: have your camera at the ready so you can snap your photos with their pretty, minimalist interior!
2. Tim Hortons — Ermita
Last month’s #1
Tim Hortons is Canada’s world-renowned coffee house. It’s for all coffee lovers who have a taste for premium caffeine blends and all the pastries that go with it. It’s not for third-wave coffee enthusiasts. We recommend the Original Blend Coffee, Iced Capps, and their donuts. Our insider tip: Tim Hortons now brews 24/7!
1. Hao Kang Hong Kong Dessert – Binondo
Hao Kang Hong Kong Desserts offers sweet and creative desserts and savory snacks from Hong Kong that you’ll surely enjoy. It’s for people who love traditional Hong Kong desserts. It’s not for people who are looking for matcha desserts. We recommend the Mango Grass Jelly, Mango Cream Pomelo. Our insider tip: better to be there early since the place can get crowded.
No reservation accepted
Unit A 912-928 Reina Regente St, Binondo, Manila
So, did your favorite restaurants in Manila make the list? Remember that your buds count, so don’t forget to always cast your votes! You can vote for them by clicking ‘Add to Favorites’ on the Booky app—we tally them each month to see the city’s best picks.