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10. NIU by Vikings – SM Aura
NIU is Vikings Buffet 2.0–the interiors are more modern and luxurious, definitely an upgrade from its pioneer sister brand. The restaurant can accommodate around 350 people per timeslot (lunch and dinner) and it boasts of 9 different food stations of various dishes and cuisines. It even has function rooms for your private events. It’s for families, friends and even couples celebrating special occasions. It’s not for people with small appetites. We recommend you first check out all the food available so you can plan and pace your intake smartly. Our insider tip: Request for their ‘by order only’ menu. Read more about NIU, here.
9. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Fort Bonifacio
Wildflour Café + Bakery is a bakery at heart that offers international fare and specialty breads and cakes. It is the first purveyor of the wildly popular cronuts in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy hearty brunch meals and a good cup of coffee any hour of the day. It’s not for office employees who want quick meals. We recommend their wild mushroom salad, squid ink garganelli, fundidos and their bestselling kimchi steak fried rice. Don’t miss their über moist chocolate cake. Our insider tip is get breads and pastries at 50% off after 7pm.
8. Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Last month’s #3
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
7. Hamaru Yakitori & Sushi – Quezon City
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.
6. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Legaspi Village
Wildflour Café + Bakery is a proudly local bakery that offers specialty breads and modern international dishes. It is the first purveyor of the cronuts in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy hearty brunches and coffee any hour of the day. It’s not for office employees only have an hour to spare. We recommend their cheese fundido, wild mushroom salad, squid ink garganelli and their bestselling kimchi steak fried rice. Don’t miss (still) one of Manila’s best chocolate cakes, Wildflour’s Salted Chocolate Cake. Our insider tip is get breads and pastries at 50% off after 7pm.
5. BLK 513 – SM North EDSA
BLK 513 is Manila’s first ever premium and gluten-free activated charcoal-enhanced frozen yogurt. Choose between dark skim cup or cone and top it with a unique selection of crunches, fruits and sauces. It’s for health-conscious dessert lovers. It’s not for people who prefer traditional ice creams. We recommend the Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Peach Mango Float, or you can be adventurous and customize your own. Popular sauces include cereal milk and milk jam, a new holiday Red Velvet sauce is available! Bestselling crunches include the Valrhona Baby and White Chocolate Oldie. Our insider tip is get 2 Dark Skim Cups for the price of one with Booky’s exclusive Buy 1 Get 1 deal! Read more here.
4. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
Last month’s #8
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!
3. The Frazzled Cook – Tomas Morato
Last month’s #9
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.
2. Your Local – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #1
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. Blake’s Wings & Steaks – Katipunan
Last month’s #4
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.
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