New this month: a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant!
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10. Icelavie – Salcedo Village
Last month’s #4
Icelavie is a popular Malaysian brand known for their huge ass drinks, in which they serve a variety of coffee concoctions, tea, and fruit juice. It’s for coffee lovers who really need that major caffeine fix. It’s not for people who can’t finish big drinks, sayang lang. Our insider tip is: they have 2 branches in Makati, one in Salcedo and one in Circuit, so feel free to visit both! Read our full article here.
9. Vina Trang Cuisine – Closed
If you are looking for an authentic pho fix, make your way to Vina Trang in San Antonio Village. It’s a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant but could very soon be your go-to for Vietnamese food. It’s for people who are craving for authentic Vietnamese dishes. It’s not for people who are not into spicy food. We recommend their Banh Mi Thuyen Thong, Phở đặc biệt, and Bun Thit Nuong. Our insider tip: they also serve authentic Vietnamese coffee. Read our full article here.
8. Izakaya Kikufuji – Little Tokyo
Last month’s #7
Little Tokyo is a food hub of restaurants featuring unique Japanese specialties like yakitori, wagyu, okonomiyaki and more. Izakaya Kikufuji is one of them and it serves fresh sashimi and affordable and tummy-filling bento sets. It’s for people who want to experience authentic Japanese style dining–kimonos, tatami mats, Japanese families and all. It’s not for those looking for a quick ramen bowl. Aside from their sashimi selections, we recommend their Wagyu sticks and spicy salmon sushi. Our off-menu tips: Check out all 14 restaurants inside Little Tokyo here.
Reservations are accepted (until 7pm)
2277 Pasong Tamo, Legaspi Village, Makati
7. Kazunori – Pasong Tamo
Last month’s #2
The people behind Yushoken Ramen and Mendokoro Ramenba bring you Kazunori, a sushi bar/cafe/restaurant that offers hand-rolled sushi, fresh and quality dishes like omurice, katsudon, and more. It’s for people who are obsessed with Japanese food. It’s not for people who are on the go/in a hurry. We recommend the Otoro roll, Unagi don, Uni Cream Pasta and Karai Niku Soba. Our insider tip is to have your meal in the bar area and be fascinated with the chefs making different kinds of beautiful sushi.
No reservations accepted
2301 Chino Roces Ave, San Lorenzo, Makati
6. Ganso-Shabuway – Greenbelt 5
Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese style hot pot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other hot pot toppings. It’s for people who are looking for a healthier dining option. It’s not for sushi lovers. We recommend the Set B (for 2) with Spicy Miso broth, Wagyu beef set, and their Seafood Deluxe Set. We’ve been reading great reviews about their dipping sauces, so make sure to try those as well. Our insider tip is every order of single or sharing shabu-shabu set comes with unlimited rice, soup refills and dipping sauces.
5. Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
Last month’s #10
Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0. It’s for people who don’t mind queuing a bit for a spot at the table. It’s not for people who want rice bowls and other Japanese favorites. We recommend the Tantanmen, Shio Ramen, and Super Chasu Bowl. Our insider tip is if you’re in a big group, be ready to be seated separately if you want to get seats faster.
4. La Cabrera Grillado and Bar – Ayala Ave.
Last month’s #3
La Cabrera is an Argentinian steakhouse found amidst the busy office district of Makati. The rustic and country interiors add to the elegance and charm of the restaurant. They serve all-meat entrees with unlimited side dishes. It’s for groups who love to share orders. It’s not for vegetarians. We recommend the Provoleta, Ojo de Bife and Rogel De Dulce De Leche for a sweet ending. Our insider tip is get a seat away from the open grill, customers say it gets quite warm in the area. Read our full feature here.
3. Your Local – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #5
Listed as one of the world’s best restaurants, Your Local is a neighbourhood bistro serving modern Southeast Asian dishes. Opened by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos, the restaurant has a hipster meets industrial vibe and serves all day brunch together with their standard menu. It’s for yuppies in the area or intimate but casual date nights. It’s not for people looking for quick Asian takeouts. We recommend the Steak Rice, Lamb Rendang, Chorizo Sandwich and Torched Salmon Donburi . Our insider tip: Chef Nicco just opened a new concept restaurant that offers nasi lemak, roti prata, and more called AnyAny, Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall.
2. Kko Kko – Paseo Center
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.
1. Nikkei – Legaspi Village
Last month’s #9
Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Manila headed by Argentinian Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is a term that describes Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese; it is the latest food trend in Europe. It’s for adventurous eaters who love to try new cuisines. It’s not for people looking for party-sized servings. We recommend the Salmon Belly Nigiri, Miso Kurobuta, Seared Tuna, Kobi Nigiri Sushi and Parmesan Scallops. Our insider tip: get their dessert for free when you submit a feedback to the restaurant using your Booky app!
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