#1 is staying strong
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.
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10. Early Bird Breakfast Club – Robinsons Place Manila
The Early Bird Breakfast Club is a whole-day breakfast cafe that has redefined and redesigned our breakfast favorites. They aim to serve ‘beautiful breakfast morning, noon and night’. It has one of the most bright and beautiful interiors and plated dishes in the metro today.
9. La Scala Cafe – Adriatico
La Scala Residences is a landmark at the center of the Malate tourist belt of Manila. Apart from boasting a number of antiques and collectibles, the cafe and wine bar serves house specialties like Gambas and Paella Valenciana.
8. St Marc Cafe – Robinsons Place Manila
St. Marc Cafe is a specialty bakery and patisserie from Japan known for their signature Chococro – a multi-layered, buttery chocolate croissant. Apart from freshly-baked breads and pastries, they also serve sandwiches, cone desserts and colorful parfaits. We recommend their absolutely tasty White Fish Katsu Burger.
7. Purple Yam – Malate
Purple Yam was born out of Chef Amy Besa’s love for the Philippines and her goal of leaving a legacy by passing on her knowledge to passionate culinary students. Though they are located in a 1950s ancestral home in Malate, the team behind Purple Yam is actually based in Brooklyn. There they are recognized as pioneers in globalizing Filipino cuisine and advocates of using supporting small, local producers. To ensure quality and the freshest ingredients, Purple Yam is only available by reservation. Our insider tip: Book at least 3 days ahead.
6. 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.
5. Ilustrado – Intramuros
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. It’s for the foodies who love a good narrative behind their dish. It’s not for those who aren’t fans of Spanish cuisine. Our insider tip: plan a trip here at the end of a day spent around Intramuros.
4. Bad Bird – Robinsons Place Manila
Bad Bird specializes in deep fried chicken flavored with umami spices served with sides like waffles, dirty rice, corn cobs and hush puppies. Their Dirty Rice Plate is definitely a must-try!
3. Mai Wei Fang – Robinsons Place Manila
Mai Wei Fang is a casual Chinese restaurant focused on wheat flour based recipes. They are the first in the Philippines to offer signature pan fried soup dumplings (Sheng Jian Bao) all the way from Shanghai, China. We recommend trying their succulent CFC (Chinese Fried Chicken), a fillet of chicken breast marinated for over 12 hours with a blend of Chinese herbs and spices, then breaded, and fried to perfection!
2. Red Baron Ribs & Steaks – Sta. Cruz
Red Baron Ribs and Steaks defines itself as a “value for money” casual dining restaurant that serves good quality meals that caters to the community, foodies and car enthusiasts. They specialize in different kinds of steaks and pork ribs. It’s for meat lovers, of course. It’s not for vegetarians, duh. We recommend their Original Meltique Steak, Lamb Steak, and Ribs.
1. BITE (Buffet In Time Esplanade) – Sta. Cruz
Last month’s #1
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.
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.