Starting the new year right.
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Metro Manila, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
10. RB CTY / Rib City – Pioneer
Last month’s #7
RB CTY / Rib City is a fun and interactive American diner specializing in tender, 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.
9. Vikings Luxury Buffet – SM North EDSA
Last month’s #8
Vikings Luxury Buffet opened its first branch in the Mall of Asia complex in 2011. Five years and 9 branches later, it is now considered the Philippines’ largest luxury buffet chain. This homegrown brand has expanded all around Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao (full feature here). It’s for families and groups who are looking to celebrate special occasions affordably. It’s not for people who prefer the quiet and relaxed ambiance of a hotel buffet. Our insider tips are (1) Visit on your birthday month for a free meal. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID. (2) Avail P500 off at SM Jazz, SM Marikina, and SM BF branches when you book a table through Booky.
8. Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc Ortigas
Last month’s #3
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.
7. Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Last month’s #4
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
6. RB CTY / Rib City – Maginhawa
Last month’s #1
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.
5. Shaburi – Uptown Mall BGC
Last month’s #2
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.
4. Ooma – Rockwell
Last month’s #10
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. Your Local – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #6
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.
2. Vikings Luxury Buffet – SM by the Bay
Last month’s #5
Vikings Luxury Buffet opened its first branch in the Mall of Asia complex in 2011. Five years and 9 branches later, it is now considered the Philippines’ largest luxury buffet chain. This homegrown brand has expanded all around Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao (full feature here). It’s for families and groups who are looking to celebrate special occasions affordably. It’s not for people who prefer the quiet and relaxed ambiance of a hotel buffet. Our insider tips are (1) Visit on your birthday month for a free meal. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID. (2) Avail P500 off at SM Jazz, SM Marikina, and SM BF branches when you book a table thru Booky.
1. Breakfast at Antonio’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #9
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.
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