Who would have thought that a mere fishing community along the shores of Laguna Bay can become what we now know as Taguig? The acquisition of the Bonifacio Global City (also known as BGC, Fort Bonifacio or The Fort) development area has been the biggest contributor that paved the way for the ‘cityhood’ of this municipality.
It’s not surprising that Booky‘s Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Taguig are all located in the BGC area. It is now the most popular and in demand commercial and residential hub in Manila. With the wide range of choices available in the area, it is worthy to note that the current demand is not limited to a specific cuisine.
10. Sarsa Kitchen + Bar – Fort Bonifacio
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar (‘sarsa’ meaning sauce in English) was created based on the premise that Filipinos love eating food with accompanying sauces or condiments. Celebrity chef JP Anglo, who is from Bacolod, has successfully housed the best of traditional Filipino and Negrense (from Negros) dishes into one kitchen. It’s for people who don’t mind a mix of flavorful sauces on their plates. It’s not for people who are on a ‘no-rice’ diet. We recommend the Sizzling Kansi and Inasal na Isaw. Our insider tip is BGC Forum has a free parking area at the back. Don’t park on the streets, you will get towed.
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Forum South Global, 7th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
+63 2 866-0912
9. The Farm Organics Resto – Burgos Circle
The Farm Organics Resto is a semi self-service farm-to-table concept restaurant that serves certified organic grass-fed beef sourced from their own breeding cattle farm in Masbate, a socially conscious agricultural business operating since 1976. It’s for both meat and grass lovers. It’s not for people who don’t want to travel far down South. We recommend their bestselling Organic Rib Eye Steak and Avocado Burger. Our insider tip is avocados may be seasonal.
8. Yabu: House of Katsu – SM Aura
Yabu is the leader in all things Katsu (meaning cutlet in English); they have set the standard of what all other katsu-serving restaurants should aim to emulate. Owner John Concepcion of Uniliver RFM Ice Cream, Inc. brought in Chef Kazuya Takeda from Tokyo to partner with and create this specialized dining experience with him. It’s for people of all ages who like all things fried. It’s not for people looking for a wide menu selection. We recommend the Kurobuta Premium set (‘Kurobuta’ is also known as the kobe beef of pork). Our insider tip is talk to the manager, he/she might give you free ice cream! P.S. If you don’t already know ‘The Yabu Promise’, it’s 20 minutes serving time or it’s free.
7. Early Bird Breakfast Club – The Fort Strip
The Early Bird Breakfast Club is a whole-day breakfast cafe that has redefined and redesigned our breakfast favorites. They aim to serve ‘beautiful breakfast morning, noon and night’. It’s for people who loves beautifully plated dishes. It’s not for people looking for non-breakfast options. We recommend the French Toast Fondue and Yin & Yang Champorado. Our insider tip is to visit every Monday to Thursday from 7AM to 11AM for bottomless coffee. P.S. They’re open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
6. Abe Restaurant – Serendra
Abe is named after the late artist-writer and gourmet E. Aguilar “Abe” Cruz. The restaurant serves traditional Filipino food with Capampangan accents. It is part of The LJC Group of Restaurants, same group that manages Fely J’s, Cafe Adriatico, Lorenzo’s Way, etc. It’s for friends and family who want to feast on good food and have a good time. It’s not for intimate dates. We recommend the Lamb Adobo and Bamboo Rice. Our insider tip is to visit on your birthday for a serenade and free dessert.
5. Mecha Uma – Fort Bonifacio
After the quick rise to success of Sensei Sushi, Chef Bruce Ricketts is again back with a bang with his creative kitchen studio Mecha Uma–the newest kid on the block hidden in the quieter side of Fort Bonifacio. Mecha Uma, which means absurdly delicious, serves mostly Japanese-inspired dishes that are sure to tickle your eyes and buds. It’s for people who are adventurous and want an out-of-the-box culinary experience. It’s not for people who are looking for a full plate. We recommend you to try their 10-course Omakase, which literally means ‘I’ll leave it to you’. Our insider tip is make sure to get one from the 10 most coveted seats at the degustation bar for a complete experience.
4. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Fort Bonifacio (also in Salcedo Village or The Podium)
Wildflour Café + Bakery Fort Bonifacio is the first branch of this popular restaurant group offering international fare and specialty breads and cakes. It is a bakery at heart and once famed for being the cronut destination in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy the feeling of slow Sunday mornings. It’s not for people who want a quiet or quick meal. We recommend their grilled cheese salad and soup combo and their mushroom salad. Their bestsellers are the pulled pork sliders and the kimchi steak fried rice. Our insider tip is to get pastries for 50% off after 7PM! Their much-coveted cronuts are still available, for pre-order.
3. NIU by Vikings – SM Aura
Niu by Vikings is the newest upscale buffet restaurant in town. It’s a far stretch from the Vikings Luxury Buffet that we’ve become accustomed to. Niu is elegantly designed and spacious with better interiors and a grander 9-station buffet. It’s for families, friends and even couples celebrating special occasions. It’s not for people with small appetites. Our insider tip is request for their ‘by order only’ list/menu. P.S. It’s Niu as in ‘nee-uh’, not ‘new’.
2. The Wholesome Table – Bonifacio High Street
The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves comfort food opened by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde who previously opened Aria in Boracay. All produce is organic and sourced locally where possible, the meat is pasture raised and ingredients are not processed or refined. It’s for the hip and health conscious. It’s not for people who drink carbtrim or coke zero. We recommend their powerbowls and smoothies. Their bestsellers are the Pork Chops and the Meatloaf, but customers seem to be in love with their Burrata and Chicken Dukkah Salad. Our insider tip is that it’s dog-friendly so bring along your best buddy.
1. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
Todd English offers food from all over the world in an upscale food hall setting. A large restaurant with 9 different food stations, it is branded after American celebrity chef Todd English. It’s for people who like big menus or want to eat in a big group. It’s not for an intimate experience. We recommend the two way duck and their awesome flat breads. Our insider tip is to order from their white truffle menu (while stocks lasts). Also, after the widely popular and instagrammed OMG Cake comes the ‘The Bomb’, which we hear is the bomb.
How many of these restaurants are still on your Booky ‘Must Try’ lists? The list just goes on and on, and on… but who’s complaining? We hope you all get giddy eating through your lists as much as we do! For an overall ranking of the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila, click here.