Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Manila for October 2018


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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

126 Favorites
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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.

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9. La Scala Cafe – Adriatico

207 Favorites
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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.


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2/F Stargate Bldg., 1711 M. Adriatico St. cor Malvar St., Malate, Manila
(02) 303-6789

8. St Marc Cafe – Robinsons Place Manila

221 Favorites
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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. 

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2/F SM Mall of Asia, Main Bldg, Ocean Dr, Pasay

7. Purple Yam – Malate

229 Favorites
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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 Malatethe 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.

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603 Julio Nakpil St. cor. Bacobo, Malate, Manila
(02) 523-3497

6. Cuaderno – Strada Street Food Park

248 Favorites
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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.

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Strada Street Food Park, 1013 Estrada Street, Malate, Manila
(0935) 523-6438

5. Ilustrado – Intramuros

255 Favorites
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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.


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744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 527 3674

4. Bad Bird – Robinsons Place Manila

306 Favorites
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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!

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3. Mai Wei Fang – Robinsons Place Manila

412 Favorites
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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!


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Level 1, Adriatico Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita. Manila
(02) 562 2786

2. Red Baron Ribs & Steaks – Sta. Cruz

455 Favorites
Returning entry

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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.


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2/F 1357 Severino Reyes St cor Bambang St, Sta. Cruz, Manila
(02) 714-5149

1. BITE (Buffet In Time Esplanade) – Sta. Cruz

748 Favorites
Last month’s #1

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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.

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2/F JT Centrale, 1686 V. Fugoso cor Felix Huerta, Sta. Cruz, Manila
(02) 252-26334

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 appwe tally them each month to see the city’s best picks.

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