The metro is crazy for ramen!
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10. Grape Escape PH – Maginhawa
Last month’s #10
Grape Escape is a wine lounge and kitchen and is the first of its kind in Maginhawa. They first made its appearance a year ago in the food park, StrEAT: Maginhawa. The owners wanted a more permanent place for people to socialize and enjoy wine so they opened this full-fledged restaurant in March 1. It’s a place for catching up with family and friends since there’s no wifi in the restaurant. It’s not for people who are on a strict diet. We recommend their salpicao, pork chop, polpette and blueberry tiramisu. Our insider tip: The restaurant serves unlimited wine!
9. Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
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Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0. It’s for people who don’t mind queuing a bit for a spot at the table. It’s not for people who want rice bowls and other Japanese favorites. We recommend the Tantanmen, Shio Ramen, and Super Chasu Bowl. Our insider tip is if you’re in a big group, be ready to be seated separately if you want to get seats faster.
8. Taisho Ramen – SM North Edsa
Serving a variety of Japanese dishes such as their best-sellers, their Ramen bowls, Taisho Ramen is a restaurant that has interiors that mixes the traditional and a fast-food Japanese feel. It’s for those who want a hot bowl of Ramen after walking around the air-conditioned mall. It’s not for those who want to go on a really fancy date. We recommend their Karaage, Karamen/Chamen, and Rocky Roll Maki.
7. Nikkei – multiple branches
Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Manila headed by Argentinian Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is a term that describes Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese; it is the latest food trend in Europe. It’s for adventurous eaters who love to try new cuisines. It’s not for people looking for party-sized servings. We recommend the Salmon Belly Nigiri, Miso Kurobuta, Seared Tuna, Kobi Nigiri Sushi and Parmesan Scallops. Our insider tip: get a dessert for free when you submit a feedback to the restaurant using your Booky app!
6. Cafe Dominique – West Triangle
Last month’s #6
Cafe Dominique is a casual family-run restaurant serving American fusion comfort food including buttered prawns, roast chicken, twice cooked pork belly, milkshakes, and desserts. It’s for big groups, especially families, who want enjoy and bond over good food. It’s not for small groups, you only get the full effect if you come in big. We recommend their Roast Beef with X.O. sauce and Kare-Kareng Bagnet.
5. Gringo – multiple branches
Last month’s #9
Gringo is a homegrown restaurant serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as ribs, chicken, burritos and more. It’s a quick and casual concept brought to us by the same group behind the Tokyo Bubble Tea franchise. It’s for office goers’ lunch breaks, quick bites and afterwork drinks. It’s not for foodies looking for many rice meal options. We recommend the Southern Spice Chicken, Gringo Baby Back Ribs, Truffle Queso Quesadilla, Crispy Taco. Our insider tip is they also have kids menu for the little ones.
4. Soru Izakaya – Maginhawa
Last month’s #5
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Soru Izakaya is a modern Japanese restaurant offering innovative takes on cuisine classics. The culinary style is referred to as the “new Nippon” which translates to new Japanese. It’s for Japanese food enthusiasts craving a different approach to their favorite dishes. It’s not for loyalists to traditional Japanese cooking. We recommend their Nori Tempura, Oh Umi Maki, Matcha Cheesecake, and their Wasabi Cocktail. Our insider tip: Their rainbow art work is actually mayonnaise, so don’t forget to dip your maki!
3. Naughty Nachos – Maginhawa
Last month’s #4
Naughty Nachos is a casual dining restaurant offering comfort food such as cheesy nachos, burgers, fries, milkshake and UNLIWINGS. It is also known for their Nacho Volcano which is the largest serving of nachos in the country. It’s for all the cheese lovers out there, plus anyone who’d love to post a pic for the gram. It’s not for anyone lactose intolerant or anyone adverse to cheese. We recommend the Cheesy Beef Overload, Bacon Jalapeño, and the Nacho Volcano!
95 Magiting St. cor Maginhawa St., Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
2. Kko Kko Home – multiple branches
Last month’s #1
Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes. It’s for foodies looking for new and unique Korean dishes. It’s not for people who are willing to go not during peak hours or who aren’t willing to wait in line. We recommend the Chicken Cheese Fondue, Snow Chicken Cheese, and Galbi Jim Dosirak. Our insider tip is the place is quite small and may get full quickly on peak hours, so make sure to book a table ahead of time. Fun Fact: Kko Kko was named after the sound that a chicken makes.
1. The Lost Bread – multiple branches
Last month’s #3
The Lost Bread is a container shop that specializes in over-the-top milkshakes, while The Lost Bread HQ offers a more well-rounded menu that includes all-day modern Pinoy brunch menu, specialty French toasts, unique desserts, blue soft serve ice cream and a new collection of overshakes. It’s for the locals and students living, studying or working in the UP Village area. It’s not for party groups as it may be difficult to look for seats. We recommend the Fried Mashed Potato Balls, Sinigang Beef Sukiyaki and Beef Tapa with Coffee Rice. For desserts, try their Blue Soft Serve, limited Matcha Flan and milkshakes. Here’s a fun fact: You can get 2 Milk Tea Milkshakes for the price of one with Booky!
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4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong
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