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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. Shinsen Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #6
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.
9. The Noodle Studio – Ayala Malls The 30th
Last month’s #4
8. Elait – Ayala Malls the 30th
Last month’s #10
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!
7. Mesa – Ayala Malls the 30th
Mesa serves a wide variety of modern Filipino and Asian fusion dishes complemented with a selection of desserts and specialty drinks. Your family will surely love their Crispchon, Laing 2 Ways, and Boneless Crispy Pata. Insider Tip: From May 23 to June 22, book a table (using Booky, of course) and dine at Mesa Robinsons Galleria and you’ll get a complimentary ₱500 gift certificate for your next visit!
6. 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.
5. Locavore Kitchen + Drinks – Brixton St.
Last month’s #4
True to its name, Locavore serves only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre (of Taqueria 101). 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.
4. Little Bear Diner – Kapitolyo
Last month’s #8
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.
3. Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew – Kapitolyo
Last month’s #5
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.
2. Ba-Be-Q Korean Charcoal Grill – Metrowalk
Ba-Be-Q is a charcoal grilling restaurant that serves unlimited chicken, pork, beef, and wagyu barbecue and a Korean street food inspired ala carte menu. It’s for people who prefer no-frills dining as it’s also a well-known spot for a boozy nights out. It’s not for people who don’t enjoy cooking their own meals – there’s a personal charcoal grill on each table. Our insider tip? You can only claim your Booky discount if you avail of their unlimited wagyu promo for P599. We recommend this option since it includes unlimited chicken, pork, beef, and all the side dishes!
1. Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc
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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