An Italian restaurant that just opened this August makes the list!
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in San Juan, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
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10. Chef Laudico Guevarra’s – P. Guevarra St.
Chef Laudico Guevarra’s, by chefs Roland and Jacqueline Laudico, is a 1920s heritage house converted into a restaurant and events place where guests can enjoy an upscale but affordable Filipino buffet dining experience. It’s for special business meetings or big family celebrations. It’s not a place to treat your friends if you’re on a tight budget. We recommend the angus beef tapa, kare-kare, grilled gindara and cream dory with mango curry sauce. Our insider tip: Their clean plate policy charges you P100 for every 100 grams left. P.S. Buffet price is half for kids 4 feet and below.
9. Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps – Greenhills
Last month’s #6
Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps is the most sought-after seafood restaurant in Davao serves fresh seafood which are boiled then marinated with different flavors & served by the bag. It’s a place for people who want their seafood fix. It’s not a place for people who do not want to get their hands dirty. We recommend their blue posts boil, native chicken, garlic fries and sambal. Our insider tip: They currently have three branches in the Metro. You won’t need to go all the way to Davao!
8. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Wilson
Last month’s #7
Wildflour Café + Bakery offers international fare and specialty pastries, famous for being the first purveyor of the wildly popular cronuts in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch in a place that always reminds you of Sunday mornings. It’s not for office employees who want quick meals for their weekday lunch break. We recommend their grilled cheese salad and soup combo, mushroom salad, pulled pork sliders and their bestselling kimchi steak fried rice. Don’t forget their über moist to-die-for chocolate cake for dessert! Our insider tip is to get pastries at 50% off after 7pm.
7. Refinery – Promenade
Last month’s #10
First gaining traction in its Rockwell branch, Refinery is a third wave cafe that serves all-day breakfast and brunch items, international comfort food and specialty coffee–but what sets it apart is that it also serves wine and cocktails. It’s for ladies who brunch in the area; it’s also a solid working spot. It’s not for those who want quick and cheap breakfast. We recommend the Honey and Basil Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Bread Pudding, Shirred Truffled Eggs, Angry Pasta and Orange-Infused Cappuccino. Our insider tip: Unlike their Rockwell branch, the Greenhills location is open until 1am.
6. Poke Poke – Greenhills
Last month’s #4
Inspired by the popular Hawaiian dish, Poke Poke is a poke joint where guests can choose from signature bowls or build their own bowls in six easy steps–starting with the base, protein, mix-ins, flavor, toppings and lastly, the crunch. Various ingredients like rice, salad, salmon, unagi, steak, rice, bacon, avocado, and more are available. It’s for foodies looking for a new healthier meal alternative. It’s not for people who are craving fast food meals. We recommend the Basic, Samurai and Dragon signature bowls or have fun and build your own. Our insider tip: If you’re not a fan of raw seafood, you can always pick from their cooked meat: fried chicken, pork or shrimp.
5. Hai Chix & Steaks – Missouri St.
Last month’s #5
Hai Chix & Steaks is a dining concept where East meets West. It is an Asian fusion restaurant specializing in steaks and Hainanese chicken. It’s for everyone craving some Asian and American specialties without having to visit 2 different restaurants. It’s not for vegetarians. We recommend their bestselling U.S. Angus Ribeye and the Hainanese Chicken Rice. Our insider tip: Have your steaks cooked medium.
4. Dohtonbori – Greenhills
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. This is its first branch in the Philippines. It’s for foodies who enjoy DIY meals, but don’t worry as the servers can also cook for you. It’s not for people who prefer American-style pancakes. We recommend the Deluxe Okonomiyaki, Four-Cheese and Dohtonbori pizzas, and their premium yakiniku. Our insider tip: Skip the queue, you can book a table through Booky at their Greenhills and SM North branches!
3. Francesco’s Kitchen – San Juan
Francesco’s Kitchen is a newly opened traditional Italian restaurant serving regional cuisine with a selection of homemade pasta, brick-oven pizza, and more. It’s for people looking for classic Italian dishes that are both familiar and new to their palates. It’s not for those of you looking for Pinoy spaghetti or sweet Italian food. We recommend the Burrata, Ossobucco in Gremolada Con Fettuccine Alfredo, and the Ortolano pasta. Our insider tip: they have both fresh and dry pasta so you noodle lovers know where to head to next!
2. Sodam Korean Buffet – Little Baguio
Last month’s #2
Sodam is an authentic Korean buffet best known for its all-you-can-eat grilled meat dishes and other cuisine staples. It’s for families and friends with huge appetites. It’s not for romantic date nights. We recommend their Samgyupsal, Japchae, and Haemul Pajeon. Our insider tip: Be ready to smell like grilled meat after!
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17 Jose Abad Santos, Little Baguio, San Juan
1. WAFU – Greenhills Shopping Center
Last month’s #1
WAFU is a modern Japanese restaurant that speaks of class and elegance from interiors down to food. It’s helmed by the new executive chef, Chef Nobuyoshi Onishii, former Sushi Master from the renowned Midori Sushi in Japan. It’s for intimate gatherings or relaxing catch-up sessions with your family and friends. It’s not for those looking for quality Japanese food on a tight budget. We recommend the U.S. Flat Iron Steak, Sukiyaki Cut Beef, and Oyster Teppan. Our insider tip: Check out their Php234 weekday meals promo, which includes a Japanese dish, rice and iced tea. Simply add P80 for unlimited iced tea. See more photos here.
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