We have 5 newcomers in Manila 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. Kenny Rogers Roasters – SM Manila
With their signature roasted chicken and famous muffins, Kenny Rogers has been a staple restaurant for Filipinos for generations. Homestyle meals, healthy options, steaks, and ribs – plus an assortment of sides that have countless of combinations! It’s for people who are looking for affordable and delicious meals. It’s not for people who are looking for a fine dining experience. We recommend the Roast Chicken Plate, Honey Bourbon Ribs, Spaghetti with Meatballs and OMG Unfried Fried Chicken. Our insider tip: you can get buy one get one deals like Cheeseburgers, Chicken Quesadillas, and Burrito!
9. Barbara’s Restaurant – Intramuros
Barbara’s Restaurant is a traditional Filipino restaurant named after it’s founder, Barbara de los Reyes, who started the restaurant in Manila in the early 1970’s. It also offers European-inspired dishes as well as catering services. It’s for people who want a taste of classic Filipino dishes. It’s not for people who don’t like going to Intramuros. We recommend their roasted pig and seafood amelie. Insider tip: Keep a look out for their local band, “Barbara’s Trio.”
8. Yabu – Robinsons Place Manila
Last month’s #7
Yabu is the leader in all things katsu, which is Japanese for the word ‘cutlet’. Owner John Concepcion of Unilever RFM Ice Cream, Inc. brought in Chef Kazuya Takeda from Tokyo to partner with him in creating this specialized dining experience. It’s for people of all ages who like their food deep-fried and can eat unlimited sides. It’s not for people looking for a wide Japanese menu selection. We recommend the Kurobuta Premium set. Our insider tip: Fill out their VIP form and get a ‘surprise’ e-mail (a.k.a. free Katsu) on your birthday.
7. Pancake House – Robinsons Place Manila
Pancake House is an all-day breakfast place serving classic and well-loved breakfast favorites. They offer a variety of pancake flavors from Classic, Chocolate Marble, Blueberry and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. It’s for families looking for a good breakfast place to start off their day. It’s not for people who don’t like breakfast. We recommend their classic pancake and chicken combo!
6. Cuaderno – Strada Street Food Park
Last month’s #5
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. Gumbo – Robinsons Place Manila
Gumbo, A Taste of New Orleans, a casual dining restaurant that provides extra ordinary atmosphere of fun, quality food, best service and cleanliness. Fill your senses with the authentic taste of Cajun and Creole cooking such as freshly caught seafood’s, tender and juicy steaks and ribs, a variety of pasta and pizza dishes and whole lot more. It’s a place for big group get-togethers. It’s not for people who are on a diet. We recommend the Bourbon-style Baby Back Ribs, Cajun Fried Chicken, Seafood Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo. Insider tip: It has 6 branches in the Metro which offers up to P500 off when you book through Booky!
4. Auntie Anne’s – SM San Lazaro
Dubbed as “the worlds most loved pretzels,” Auntie Anne’s features all-time favorites such as their signature pretzels, pretzel nuggets, choco chip cream cheese stix, and more. It’s for pretzel lobers that love a diverse roster of tastes form sweet to savory. It’s not for people avoiding carbohydrates. We recommend their pretzel dogs and pretzel nuggets for a new pretzel experience! Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Maple Sugar Cream Cheese Nuggets with Booky!
3. Tim Hortons — UN Ave.
Last month’s #2
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!
2. Samgyupsalamat – Leon Guinto, Malate
Last month’s #4
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.
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.