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Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Pasay, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
10. Basil – SM Mall of Asia
Basil is Katipunan’s once-secret gem that serves authentic Thai cuisine in a beautiful garden-inspired house designed by the owners who are both plant and art enthusiasts. It’s for couples looking for a relaxing way to enjoy good Thai cuisine in a gorgeous setting. It’s not for barkadas looking for a beer-heavy boys’ or girls’ night out. We recommend the Tom Yum, Spicy Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, and Crispy Garlic and Pepper Pork Chops. Our insider tip is to book them only for either lunch or dinner, because they pause their dining service from 2-6pm.
9. Gumbo – SM Mall of Asia
Last month’s #8
Gumbo, A Taste of New Orleans, a casual dining restaurant that provides extra ordinary atmosphere of fun, quality food, best service and cleanliness. Fill your senses with the authentic taste of Cajun and Creole cooking such as freshly caught seafood’s, tender and juicy steaks and ribs, a variety of pasta and pizza dishes and whole lot more. It’s a place for big group get-togethers. It’s not for people who are on a diet. We recommend the Bourbon-style Baby Back Ribs, Cajun Fried Chicken, Seafood Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo. Insider tip: It has 6 branches in the Metro which offers up to P500 off when you book through Booky!
8. Apartment 1B – Henry Hotel
Apartment 1B by Chef Marivic Diaz-Lim offers gourmet comfort food with the best quality ingredients. Through the years, their best-sellers have stood the test of time and still remain to be the Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Pork Chops, Spaghetti Vongole and Eggs Benedict. It’s for those who enjoy a familiar dish elevated to perfection. It’s not for those looking for unique plates, outside of comfort food. Insider tip: if you’re not feeling the main entrees, go for their breakfast platters or their Mac and Cheese.
7. Burgoo – SM Mall of Asia
Last month’s #4
Founded in 1999, Burgoo is a casual dining restaurant that specializes in American cuisine serving comfort food favorites like ribs, wings, pastas and shakes. Fun fact: The name ‘Burgoo’ refers to a spicy stew dish from Kentucky that is often served with cornbread or corn muffins. It’s for big groups, serving sizes are for sharing. It’s not for people watching their calorie intake. We recommend their shrimp and ribs platter, Pasta Diane, Seafood Jambalaya and famous Mississippi Mudpie. Our insider tip: Despite being an American bar, Burgoo is actually kid friendly. Crayons are provided to keep everyone busy and creative while waiting for their orders. Read our full feature here.
6. Dohtonbori – SM Mall of Asia
Last month’s 3
All the way from Tokyo, Dohtonbori is Japan’s #1 okonomiyaki restaurant chain that offers the first cook-your-own okonomiyaki experience in Manila. It has over 300 stores in Japan, with branches in Thailand and Taiwan and this is its second branch in the Philippines. It’s for foodies who enjoy DIY meals, don’t worry the servers can also cook for you. It’s not for people who prefer American-style pancakes. We recommend the Ultimate Cheese Okonomiyaki, Deluxe Okonomiyaki, Four-Cheese Pizza, and their premium yakiniku. Our insider tip: You can also book and get discounts at their Greenhills or SM North branches.
5. Vikings – SM by the Bay
Last month’s #2
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 any day at SM Jazz, SM Marikina, and SM BF branches when you book a table thru Booky.
4. Tsujiri – S Maison
Founded in 1860, Tsujiri is a Japanese matcha brand from Uji Kyoto, Japan that has been around for over 155 years. It was first established by Riemon Tsuji who had a mission of improving the tea industry by using the finest quality of Uji matcha and Gyokuro tea leaves. Read our full feature here. It’s for those who want to find the perfect matcha. It’s not for those who can’t stand anything close to matcha. Insider tip: Buy 1 Get 1 Tsujiri Float for only ₱195 with Booky!
3. Olivia & Co. – S Maison
Olivia & Co seeks to become the go to place for a gourmet experience. They serve artisanal coffee and tea to compliment food inspired by various cuisines of the world. It’s for those who love a nice filling meal with Asian twists and fresh ingredients. It’s not for those looking for simple dishes that don’t scream elegance. We recommend their Passion Fruit White Chocolate Cheesecake and Olivia’s Signature Carrot Cake for dessert!
2. Gringo – SM Mall of Asia
Last month’s #1
Gringo is a homegrown restaurant serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as ribs, chicken, burritos and more. It’s a quick and casual concept brought to us by the same group behind the Tokyo Bubble Tea franchise. It’s for office goers’ lunch breaks, quick bites and afterwork drinks. It’s not for foodies looking for many rice meal options. We recommend the Southern Spice Chicken, Gringo Baby Back Ribs, Truffle Queso Quesadilla, Crispy Taco. Our insider tip is they also have kids menu for the little ones.
1. Gen Korean BBQ – SM Mall of Asia
Gen is a popular Korean restaurant chain from Los Angeles, California. The word “GEN” means “the beginning” and is actually an open invitation to the art of Korean BBQ. If you’ve been to LA, then chances are you’ve seen the long lines outside this popular resto. It’s for those who love them some unlimited Korean barbecue. It’s not for those who can’t handle their meat! We recommend their premium samgyupsal (porkbelly), chadol (beef brisket), seafood, and more. Insider tip: There are over 20 meat options to choose from so choose wisely because the clock is ticking!
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