A sulit buffet makes the list and we have a new #1!
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10. The Frazzled Cook – Tomas Morato
The Frazzled Cook is a quirky restaurant put together with the mission of serving good comfort food in a cozy, homey ambiance. ‘Frazzled’, which means completely exhausted, says nothing of the food, but the passion and hard work put in to every dish they serve. It’s for casual but intimate date nights or cozy meals with the family. It’s not for people who don’t enjoy searching for ‘hidden’ restaurants. We recommend the Sizzling Squid, Wagyu Salpicao, Truffle Pasta, and Pancake ala Mode. Here’s an insider tip: The place is easily curtained off into sections, and they also have rooms for smaller private events. Read our full feature here.
9. Blake’s Wings & Steaks – Katipunan
Last month’s #7
Blake’s Wings & Steaks is an all-American diner that first opened in Marikina. It serves hefty portions of wings, ribs and steaks. It is family owned and therefore meant for family dining without breaking the bank. It’s not for people who are not willing to brave the Katipunan traffic. We recommend the Spaghetti with Dried Tuyo in Olive Oil, Wicked Wings, Pork Ribs and Porterhouse Steak. Our insider tip is get their churros dessert for free when you “Submit Feedback” in the app. Fun Fact: Blake’s is named after the owner’s Siberian Husky. Read full feature here.
8. Soru Izakaya – Maginhawa
Last month’s #3
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!
7. Kko Kko – Market! Market!
Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mom. Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean lunch box) – each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. It’s for foodies looking for new and unique Korean dishes. It’s not for people looking for grilled Korean BBQ. 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.
6. Grape Escape PH – Maginhawa
Last month’s #9
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! Read our full feature here.
5. Sibyullee Flavors of Seoul – Ayala Malls The 30th
Last month’s #5
Sibyullee, being the third concept of the Happy Foods Group and award-winning Korean restaurateurs Mr. Sung Rah and wife, Mrs. Yoo Chang, serves modern Seoul BBQ and street food dishes like the Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice, Galbi Cheese Barbecue, Tornado Potato, and more. It’s for Korean food lovers, especially if you love cheese as well! It’s not for people who can’t use chopsticks. We recommend their Signature BBQ Combo Set, perfect for groups and filled with cheesy goodness. Our insider tip is: to order their Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice and watch as it bubbles with cheesy gooey deliciousness. Read our full article here.
4. RB CTY / Rib City – Maginhawa
Last month’s # 8
RB CTY / Rib City is a fun and interactive restaurant specializing in ribs, but they also offer dishes like pasta, salads, soup and other mains. In line with their restaurant concept, they encourage guests to play and build legos while waiting for orders. It’s for barkada nights out or Saturday playdates with the kids. It’s not for people who are looking for a quiet place to work in. We recommend the Big City with CTY rice or the Twin Tower. Our insider tip is that they are offering an Unlimited Promo that includes ribs, chicken, sides, churros and drinks for only P399/head from 2-6PM.
3. BITE (Buffet In Time Esplanade) – Manila
BITE (Buffet in Time Espalanade) is the first to offer a time-based buffet experience in the Philippines. A unique concept that allows you to pay for the time you spend in the buffet rather than paying for a flat rate, and with over 35 dishes to choose from (and a lot of desserts) it’s a sure sulit treat! It’s for groups looking for a sweet buffet deal. It’s not for people looking a quick meal. We recommend their Grilled Pork Chops with White Sauce (very addicting). Our insider tip is to try their Unli-time option for just ₱368/head! Read our full feature!
2. Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi – Quezon City
Last month’s #2
Hamaru is a new, hidden Japanese restaurant in Quezon City. Staying true to its name which means “go crazy over”, Hamaru is seriously crazy to surprise you with its modern izakaya menu consisting of sushi, yakitori, sashimi, unique cocktails and more. It’s for people looking for good Japanese food a night of good drinking. It’s not for people looking for a light meal. We recommend Niño’s Chicken Poppers, Oyster Motoyaki, and their Hamaru Soft Shell Crab Roll. Our insider tip is to try their 8-course degustation menu available every day that comes with desserts and even a 5-sake flight! Read our full feature here.
1. Shaburi – BGC
Last month’s #4
Shaburi is an all-you-can-eat healthy Japanese shabu-shabu from Japan that offers unlimited premium meats, fresh seafood, organic vegetables and a buffet of appetizers and other bites. Unlike other shabu-shabu restaurants that have one communal pot for cooking, Shaburi offers each guest their own personal pot. It’s for big family or barkada dinners. It’s not for anyone who don’t enjoy eating quickly, there’s a time limit. We recommend their value-for-money Shaburi Wagyu all-you-can-eat course. Our insider tip is: The same course menu should be selected by all customers in the same table. Read more here.
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