Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Manila for January 2017


Manila classics and new discoveries!


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.

10. Yakimix – Robinsons Place Manila

53 Favorites
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Yakimix is a pioneer in the eat-all-you-can restaurant category. They serve various Japanese, Chinese and Korean dishes ready for eating or for grilling at affordable buffet rates. Aside from grilled meats, the buffet also includes cooked dishes, sushi and desserts. It’s for people who can load up in one sitting. It’s not for people who want a relaxed sit-down dinner. Our insider tip is there are no phone reservations on weekends so better come early to have your name listed.

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4/F Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
(02) 354-9289

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9. Racks – Robinsons Place Manila

64 Favorites
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RACKS is an all-American steakhouse and BBQ joint. Their fall-of-the-bone ribs made it a culinary destination for families and friends. It’s for people who like keeping old traditions alive. It’s not for adventurous foodies who are seeking something new. We recommend the Racks Baby Ribs and Hickory Smoked Chicken. Here’s a fun fact: RACKS stands for ‘Real American Country Kitchen Style’.

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G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Adriatico St. cor Pedro Gil, Ermita, Manila
(02) 527-4689

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8. The Aristocrat Restaurant – Roxas Blvd.

83 Favorites
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When doors first opened for this 75 year old restaurant, it was merely a small business venture for husband and wife Alex and Engracia Reyes. With their spread aptly described as “Food fit for Royalty”, Aristocrat has always been and always will be a family favorite. It’s for the barbeque connoisseur who craves that classic sweet, tangy grilled flavor. It’s not for those who want a modern twist on Filipino food. We recommend their Aristocrat Classics (Chicken Barbeque, Pork Barbeque and Pork Spareribs Barbeque). Our insider tip: They accept home deliveries but only for a minimum order. P.S. Their Roxas Blvd. and Jupiter branches are open 24/7.

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432 San Andres St. cor. Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
(02) 524-7671

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7. Ramen Nagi – Robinsons Magnolia

85 Favorites
Last month’s #10

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Ramen Nagi is a Tokyo-hailed restaurant considered to be one of the most popular ramen joints in the country today. It’s for Japanese food enthusiasts with high standards for their ramen. It’s not for diners looking for quick items to go. We recommend the Original King (Butao) and the Black King (Kuroo), which is made with squid ink. Our insider tip: You can customize your ramen from your toppings down to the firmness of your noodles.

No reservations accepted
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UG/F Robinsons Magnolia,Quezon City
+63 2 470-1356

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6. Phillypinas The Artisanal Cheesesteak – Malate

131 Favorites
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Phillypinas’ play on words is as cool as their 9-inch cheesesteaks that will surely break your diet but not your bank. It’s for comfort food lovers on the hunt for a good meal on a student budget. It’s not for diners who want a wide menu selection. We recommend any of their 3 variants variants: the Original, Phillypinoy and Phillyveggie, all served with fries on the side. Our insider tip: On a diet? Check out their salads as well.

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G/F One Oasis Place, 2663 Sandejas St. Vito Cruz, Malate, Manila
(02) 405-0054

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5. Q’urros Spanish Donuts – Lucky Chinatown

144 Favorites
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Q’urros Spanish Donuts is a specialty bakery serving churros at the Cinema Level of Lucky Chinatown Mall. It’s for every sweet tooth who wants a quick snack on the go or for the movies. It’s not for diners on a low-carb or low-sugar diet. We recommend their bestselling Churros Nuggets with Cinnamon or their recently launched Churro Soft Serve Ice Cream. Our insider tip:  Their extra dips can be quite expensive; make sure to savor every cup!

No reservations accepted
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5/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo, Manila

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4. Cedric’s Boardgame Cafe – Sta. Mesa Heights

182 favorites
Returning entry

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Cedric’s is an all-day breakfast diner and boardgame cafe serving both Filipino and American cuisines. It’s for friends and families looking for interactive games over their daily dose of comfort food. It’s not for couples looking for a romantic night out. We recommend the Clubhouse Sandwich, Homemade Boneless Bangus, and the King Kong. Our insider tip: Check out their menu revamp, which brings back their Mango Milkshake and introduces their new Bacon and Cheese Pasta.

Reservations are accepted
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43-A N. Roxas Street cor Apo Street,Sta. Mesa Heights, Manila
(02) 533-7310

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3. My Kitchen by Chef Chris – Oasis Park Hotel

203 Favorites
Returning entry

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My Kitchen by Chef Chris is one of the hidden gems in Malate serving European dishes by notable chef, Chris Locher. It’s for tourists living in the area looking for a casual diner but with a good ambiance. It’s not for people dining on a budget. We recommend the Pannizza Kristina, Slow Roasted Lamb Ribs, and Tinlou Risotto. Fun fact: Chris Locher is also the man behind popular C’ Italian Dining in Salcedo Village.


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Oasis Park Hotel, 1032-34 Belen St, Paco, Manila
(02) 521-2371

2. Pablo – Robinsons Place Manila

267 Favorites
Last month’s #1

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Pablo is one of Japan’s (and the world’s) most popular cheese tart specialists. Apart from their famous original cheese tarts, they serve premium-flavored tarts, sabrel cheeses, puddings, and soft-serve ice cream. It’s for the cheese lovers and dessert fanatics. It’s not for those trying to keep a low sugar intake. We recommend the Mini Cheese Tarts, Matcha Premium Cheese Tart, and their Golden Brulee Cheese Pudding. Our insider tip: Aside from their famous tarts, you have to try their equally delicious Cheese Soft Serve. See the full feature here.

No reservations accepted
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Robinsons Place Manila, Adriatico St, Malate, Manila

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1. Tong Yang – Robinson’s Place Manila

278 Favorites
Returning entry

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Tong Yang, which is Chinese for ‘winter sun’, is a casual shabu-shabu and BBQ buffet offering a variety of Filipino, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese dishes. It’s for families and friends with bottomless appetites. It’s not for intimate dates or formal gatherings. We recommend their Grilled U.S. Beef, Yakitori Chicken BBQ, and their hotpot of course. Our insider tip: Different grilling plates are required for different types of meat, so make sure to ask their servers for assistance.

Reservations are accepted
G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Padre Faura Wing, Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila
(02) 354-3168

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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.

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