New Korean cheese ribs!
10. Jin Joo Korean Grill – SM Aura
Jin Joo Korean Grill is a hip Korean restaurant offering a mix of the classics and a whole new set of fresh innovative Korean dishes. They are the first to offer the Cheese BBQ Ribs, a dish most probably inspired by the popular James Cheese & Back Ribs in Seoul, South Korea. It’s for young foodies looking for a unique Korean experience in Manila. It’s not for people looking for unlimited BBQ deals. We recommend Jin Joo’s 8 Flavours Samgyeopsal, Dak Galbi, Cheese Dung Galbi and Galbi Jim. Our insider tip is you can wrap your ribs with cheese on your own or ask a server to assist you. Read our full feature here.
No reservations accepted
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5/F Sky Garden, SM Aura, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
9. Va Bene Pasta Deli – Central Square BGC
Va Bene (which means “it’s good” in Italian) has been named one Manila’s best Italian restaurants one too many times and is known for serving fresh handmade pastas by Italian Chef Massimo Veronesi. It’s for pasta lovers who can’t get enough of perfect al dente pasta dishes. Portions are good for sharing, if you’re not a big eater. It’s not for people who hate carbs. We recommend Chef Massimo Veronesi’s bestsellers, which are the Black Ink Tagliolini and Organic Eggs Tagliatelle. Even the complimentary bruschetta with salsa dip is good. Our insider tip is ask fir their chili olive oil for a spicy kick. Read our full feature here.
8. Breakfast at Antonio’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #1
Chef Tony Boy Escalante, out of his love for breakfasts, created a spin-off of Antonio’s–Breakfast at Antonio’s. It serves all-day breakfast in a classic and elegant but casual Antonio home-style dining setup. The architecture and interiors of the place very well-adapted to its location, creating a space with an unobstructed view of Taal Lake and to catch the refreshing Tagaytay breeze. It’s for families or couples looking for breakfast or brunch with a view. It’s not for people who don’t want to queue as they don’t accept bookings. We recommend the Chorizo Bilbao with Mushrooms Omelette, Daing na Gindara, Fresh Corned Beef and their Hot Chocolate. Our insider tip is you might want to take out some of their baked goodies and jams from their in-house bakery.
7. Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc Ortigas
Last month’s #8
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. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
Named after an American celebrity Chef, Todd English offers food from all over the world in an upscale food hall setting. It has 9 different food stations including: salad & charcuterie, sushi, raw, Asian, pizza, pasta, grill & ocean, and the wine & tapas bar. It’s for people who like big menus or want to eat in a big group. It’s not for dieters who are vulnerable to temptation. We recommend their Fig & Prosciutto flatbread, truffle pasta, T.E. Porkchop and Torched Nigiri Stairs. Our insider tip: “Submit Feedback” in your Booky app and get a free OMG Cake!
5. Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Last month’s #7
Little Tokyo is a hub of authentic Japanese specialties, whose focus on consistent quality of food has won the hearts of many loyal patrons. Izakaya Kikufuji serves fresh sashimi and affordable and tummy-filling bento sets. It’s for people who want to experience authentic Japanese style dining–kimonos, tatami mats, Japanese families and all. It’s not for those looking for a quick ramen bowl. Aside from their sashimi selections, we recommend their Wagyu sticks and spicy salmon sushi. Our off-menu tips: (1) They can order you Japanese fried rice from its neighbor restaurant. (2) Claim one coupon for every P500 spent, for a free glass of beer on your next visit. (3) Check out all 14 restaurants inside Little Tokyo here.
Reservations are accepted (until 7pm)
2277 Pasong Tamo, Legaspi Village, Makati
4. Ooma – Rockwell
Last month’s #4
Ooma is a modern Japanese restaurant by the Moment Group and young acclaimed chef Bruce Ricketts, the same partnership that brought us Mecha Uma. Ooma, a wordplay on Uma meaning ‘good’, promises bold Japanese flavors without hurting the pockets. It’s for people looking for quality sushi at affordable prices. It’s not for people looking for ramen.We recommend the Soft Shell Crab Taco-Maki, Hangar Steak and Uni Udon. Don’t scrimp on the rice, it’s unlimited. Our insider tip is that at Ooma, you get to ‘brush’ (not dip) soy sauce on your sushi.
3. RB CTY / Rib City – Maginhawa
Last month’s #6
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.
2. Your Local – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #3
Your Local is a neighbourhood bistro serving modern Southeast Asian dishes. Opened by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos, the restaurant has a hipster meets industrial vibe and serves all day brunch together with their standard menu. It’s for yuppies at lunch time and everyone at dinner. It’s not for people looking for quick Asian takeouts. We recommend the Steak Fried Rice, Chorizo Bun, Lamb Rendang and Torched Salmon Donburi. Foodies are currently loving their Cereal Ice Cream, too. Our insider tip is to hop over to Yardstick after dinner for coffee through their revolving wall partition or go try Nicco Santos’ newest restaurant in BGC, Hey Handsome.
1. RB CTY / Rib City – Pioneer
Last month’s #10
RB CTY / Rib City is a fun and interactive American diner specializing in tender, charcoal-grilled, fall-off-the-bone ribs. Other items on the menu include pasta, salads, soup and other mains. In line with their restaurant concept, guests are encouraged to play and build legos while waiting for orders. It’s for lunch breaks with workmates in the area, barkada nights out or weekend play dates 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 non-rib eaters can still enjoy their burger and Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
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