Goku and Naruto’s got nothing on these.
Asian cuisine could easily be the most common cuisine you’d find around Metro Manila and as a result, sometimes, one could get tired of the usual. So, why not spice things up and head on to restaurants that serve Asian cuisine with a twist – either modernized or fused with Western cuisine or another Asian cuisine.
If you’re not sure where to begin, feel free to check out the restaurants that we’ve listed down below. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you for the experience!
Hai Chix & Steaks – multiple branches
Specializing in steaks and Hainanese chicken, Hai Chix and Steaks is a restaurant where East meets West under one roof.
Must-try: US Angus Ribeye and the Hainanese Chicken rice.
Le Petit Soufflé – multiple branches
A playful and modern French-Japanese bistro offering both sweet and savory dishes made from scratch, Le Petit Souffle will deliver not only memorable dishes with interesting flavors and techniques but also unforgettable experiences alongside them.
Recommended dishes are: Foie Gras Mac and Cheese, Squid-Ink Rice, Sesame Crusted Tuna Salade, and the Valrhona Guanaja 70% Dark Chocolate Souffle with Vanilla Creme Anglaise.
Mr. Kurosawa – Newport Mall
A restaurant heavily inspired by Japan’s most influential filmmakers in cinema history – the late Akira Kurosawa – Mr. Kurosawa is a European-Japanese dining concept that offers Japanese cuisine with a twist.
Must-try dishes: tempura
2/F Newport Mall, Newport Blvd, Domestic Airport, Pasay
+63 2 659-8363
Nikkei – multiple branches
Nikkei, headed by Argentinian Chef Christian Cejas, is a Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Manila that serves up dishes with adventurous flavors for even more adventurous eaters.
Recommended dishes: Salmon Belly Nigiri, Miso Kurobuta, Seared Tuna, Kobi Nigiri Sushi, and Parmesan Scallops.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge – Katipunan
Ninyo is a homey, romantic garden restaurant that serves a fusion of French and Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is known to offer delicious gastronomic food in an intimate and relaxing environment that can be enjoyed by couples, friends
Must-try dishes: Braised Short Ribs, Grilled Hanging Tender Steak, and Honey Glazed Grilled Salmon
Eat – Makati
Eat serves L.A. street food using Japanese ingredients. One of their must-try dishes is Syfu’s Wagyu Katsu Burger with American cheese, sesame dressing and wasabi mayo.
Toyo Eatery – Pasong Tamo
Toyo Eatery is offers all-new Filipino eatery that will serve modern fusion dishes featuring local ingredients, which has been his signature.
Recommended dishes: Toyo Eatery three-cut BBQ and Grilled belly and loin of bangus with Toyo Eatery Silog
Cafe Voi La – Tagaytay
Cafe Voi La is an Asian-inspired getaway conceptualized by owner, Ica Sebastian. The place is adorned with Asian art and ornaments, oriental displays, and furniture collected from Ica’s many travels around the world. Cafe Voi La’s menu highlights the best of Asian fusion cuisine.
Balestier Cuisine & Drinks – Marikina
Balestier offers an Asian fusion cuisine that was inspired by distinct Singaporean flavors.
Must try dishes: Laksa Tsukemen, Bak Kut Teh Risotto, Hainanese Chicken, and more.
Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner – multiple branches
A new restaurant from the group that brought us Crisp 28th, Sabao, and Sprout, Pink Panda is a concept diner serving Southeast Asian cuisine with a modern twist perfect for yuppies looking for a chill after-work hideout.
Recommended dishes: Panda Buns, General P’s Chicken, and the Sriracha Mousse.
Your Local – Esteban St.
A neighborhood bistro serving up modern Southeast Asian dishes, Your Local which was opened by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos, is perfect for people who want a sit-down brunch, lunch, and dinner meal.
Recommended dishes: Lamb Rendang, Torched Salmon Donburi, and their value-for-money 24 Hour Sous Vide Corn Fed USDA Choice Beef Short Rib.
Tamarind – SM Aura
Tamarind: A Taste of Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant that offers traditional dishes with a modern twist in a no-doubt homey interior setting.
Must-try: Tom Yum, Pork Spring Rolls, Pad Thai, and their Milk Tea.
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Go and keep your bellies in tip-top shape this summer, and by ‘tip-top shape’, we of course mean completely bloated with some damn good food.