East Capitol Drive is a treasure trove of great restos to try!
Insider tip: If you book at the Prime Restaurants below through Booky you can get a free dessert after your meal when you fill out the feedback form on our app!
10. Elait – Ayala Malls the 30th
Last month’s #3
Elait, which came from the word “lait” (milk in French) and “elate” (to fill with joy or pride), offers artisanal rolled ice cream and yogurt. It’s for those who love the novelty of ice cream cylinders. It’s not for you if you prefer ice cream by the scoop . We recommend any of their best-selling and unique flavors like Salted Egg, Strawberry Trifle and Bacon Brickle. Insider tip: With Booky, you can enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Chocnut Dinosaur worth P180!
9. RUB Ribs & BBQ – East Capitol Drive
RUB offers no-frills American grub with, of course, ribs as their specialty dish plus sidings of your choice. The food is affordable and servings are huge, which makes this the perfect family restaurant. While originally from Tomas Morato, it has been a go-to place in Kapitolyo since moving into the neighborhood in 2013. It’s not just the ribs that hit the spot here, make sure to order their fried oreos for dessert.
Last month’s #7
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Little Bear Diner is a small restaurant with an eclectic menu and a big personality. The menu doesn’t subscribe to one cuisine; in the past, they’ve experimented with burger, brunch, taco, and pasta menus. The current set-up – which they call The Cardamom Club, is their take on modern Indian cuisine. It’s for people with adventurous palates. It’s not for you if you find bold Indian spices too overwhelming. We recommend the Hummus, South Spice Curry Wings, and Fried Butter Chicken and Waffles.
7. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina – East Capitol Drive
The first of its kind, Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina is a rustic local restaurant serving the best of Mexican comfort food with a Filipino twist. It is a homegrown concept from Dagupan, Pangasinan and is now one of the most popular restaurants in Kapitolyo. It’s for friends looking for a quick bite and drink. It’s not for people looking for milkshakes or desserts. We recommend the Beef Nachos, Cheese Quesadilla, and Calliente Wings. Our insider tip is servings are quite big so order in moderation and add when needed, service time is quick.
6. Shinsen Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #8
Shinsen is a homegrown Japanese bar and restaurant serving the freshest and finest classic Japanese dishes. The kitchen staff is proudly Filipino and was trained professionally by Japanese chefs. It’s for anyone craving for authentic Japanese food. It’s not for those looking for fusion dishes or modern twists. We recommend their well-loved Norwegian Salmon Sashimi, Kari Kari Yaki Oysters, Chirashi Donburi, and special Japanese Panna Cotta. They just released a new collection of sushi donuts! Our insider tip is: Enjoy two hours of free parking at Sapphire Bloc, have your tickets validated at Shinsen.
5. Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew – Kapitolyo
Last month’s #6
Tittos is a modern diner serving the best of Latin American and Filipino fusion dishes. Your dining experience is made complete with the lively and colorful murals made by local artists. It’s for yuppies looking for a chill spot to hang out after work. It’s not for people craving for more traditional Filipino comfort food. We recommend the Nacho el Gigante, Kare-kare Burrito (in photo), Pollo Asado, and 18-hour Gaucho Steak. Our insider tip is find the secret speakeasy bar behind a Coca-Cola door; you’ll need a passcode. P.S. Don’t worry about parking, they offer free valet services.
4. Locavore Kitchen + Drinks – Brixton St.
Last month’s #5
Photo from @rudzlopez
True to its name, Locavore serves only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre (of Taqueria 101 and newly opened Carnivalé). The open kitchen and industrial interiors adds to the modern hipster vibe of the restaurant. It’s for people who enjoy a twist to the classics. It’s not for an intimate occasion. We recommend the Sizzling Sinigang (ask for extra gravy!), Lechon & Oyster Sisig, and its underrated Ginataang Kalabasa. For rice lovers, it’s good to know they also serve brown rice. Our insider tip: you can get a free dessert once you accomplish a feedback form to the restaurant using your Booky.
3. The Noodle Studio – Ayala Malls The 30th
Last month’s #4
2. Alice Tea Salon – Pearl Drive
Last month’s #2
Alice Tea Salon is often referred to as a “cafe” but they don’t actually serve coffee. As the name itself suggests, Alice Tea Salon specializes in tea-based beverages, sourcing their leaves from Taiwan. It’s for those who love the whimsical tale of Alice in Wonderland. It’s not for you if you’re more of a coffee person. We recommend trying their Wintermelon Milk Tea con Panna, Roasted Oolong Tea, and Ruby Cappuccino but their bestseller is the Matcha Tea Latte.
1. Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #1
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.
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North Tower, The Sapphire Bloc Building, Sapphire Road cor Onyx and Garnet St, Ortigas, Pasig
67 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
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