Suck the marrow out of life!
Bone marrow has gotten a bad rep over the years. Along with sisig, aligue, and crispy pata, it’s one of the foods we associate with “putok batok.” Because it’s so luscious and melt-in-your-mouth, we tend to assume that because it’s so good, it must be bad for you, right? Wrong!
Trivia: Putok batok is a phrase that refers to a meal that may cause you to have a heart attack or stroke due to its fattiness
In fact, bone marrow plays a very special role in immune health, thanks to its rich concentration of alkylglycerols which are known to boost production of immune cells, red blood cells, and platelets. And that’s not all – it is also a rich source of fat-soluble nutrients (including vitamins A, E, K and D) that fuel the heart, protect cells and boost the immune system.
Here’s a list of must-try bone marrow dishes all over the Metro. Now that you know about its health benefits, don’t be afraid to suck the marrow out of life!
Roasted Bone Marrow – Fukujin Izakaya
Fukujin Izakaya is a new restaurant in Little Baguio serving reinvented Japanese dishes. It’s an izakaya so drinking is inevitable. The roasted bone marrow is the perfect pulutan to go with their wide selection of Japanese whiskey and sake. Kampai!
Pocherong Katag – Golden Cowrie
Golden Cowrie is a popular restaurant from Cebu serving regional Filipino dishes including their signature Baked Oysters, Lechon Belly and Crispy Pata. Don’t miss the Pocherong Katag – a deconstructed pochero served with bone marrow and caramelized onions!
Roasted Bone Marrow – Gourmet Gypsy
Owned by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco, Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe serves food from around the world. Their Roasted Bone Marrow is garnished with preserved lemon and parsley gremolata, served with warm ciabatta and roasted garlic. The chef suggests replacing the ciabatta with coconut pita or an almond bagel to make it low-carb.
Fun fact: Before becoming a cafe, the cafe served as a vocational school (Open Hand School for Applied Arts) that prepares young adults with special needs for employment and entrepreneurship. To this day, the restaurant serves as a transitional place for new graduates.
Anthony Bourdain once said "If God made butter it would taste exactly like bone marrow."
Bone Marrow Steak Pie – Mudpie Heaven
Mudpie Heaven is one of the newest restaurants to open at Circuit Makati and could be the quickest thumbs up you’ll ever give. It specializes in Filipino-American comfort food and of course, mudpies. Don’t miss their hearty, Bone Marrow Steak Pie – beautiful beef strips and lots of cheese baked into a pie, served with silky mashed potatoes and salad. Cheat day worthy!
Bone Marrow Sisig – LoLa Cafe
Named after the mother of the Sanvictores family, Lola Victoria, this post-WWII era home is one of Quezon City’s most well kept secret restaurants. LoLa Cafe + Bar offers Filipino specialty cuisine by Chef John Mangibin. Some of their bestselling dishes are the Bone Marrow Sisig, Wagyu Salpicao, Spicy Tinapa Pasta, and Kimchi Kaldereta.
Bone Marrow with Truffled Chimichurri & Onion Mango Jam – Abuela’s
Abuela, which means ‘grandmother’ in Spanish, serves Filipino heirloom recipes with a twist by Chef Marco Legasto. A must-try is the bone marrow with truffled chimichurri and onion mango jam!
Roasted Bone Marrow – Wildflour
The wildly popular Wildflour Café + Bakery offers international fare and specialty pastries. With a delectable brunch menu that’s available until 3pm and a diverse dinner menu – which includes high quality steaks and homemade pastas – from 5pm onwards, it’s no surprise this well-loved restaurant always makes the Top 10 lists.
Steak N’ Marrow – Todd English Food Hall
Named after the famous celebrity chef, Todd English incorporates the food hall setting with 9 different food stations to choose from–raw bar, pasta section, sushi, burgers and more. One of their best-seller is their Canadian steak with bone marrow.
Roasted Bone Marrow in Port Wine with Black Caviar – Felix
Felix, by Chef Florabel Co-Yatco, is a beautiful fine dining restaurant that serves a wide variety of Filipino-inspired dishes. Their Roasted Bone Marrow is luxurious and one-of-a-kind with its use of edamame, caviar, and a Port wine reduction.
G/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St, Legazpi Village, Makati
Gallo Pinto x RBM – Half Saints
Half Saints is a restaurant with beautiful minimalist interiors and dishes that have been inspired by the owners’ travels but are also intertwined with the Filipino palette. They have dishes like Chicharron Teriyaki, Classic Tinola, and many more.
Decadent Bone Marrow Burger – Providore
From the Raintree Restaurants Group comes Providore. They serve international dishes alongside their very own take on Filipino favourites.
Bone Marrow Kansi & Sweet Corn – Manam
Manam Comfort Filipino serves the best of Filipino comfort dishes, from classics to twists. It is a homegrown concept from the Moment Group and is said to be the home of the ‘best sisig in the metro today.’
U.S. Angus Striploin Steak & Grilled Marrow – Classified Kitchen + Wine Cafe
Classified Kitchen is a certified instagrammable, casual restaurant in Tomas Morato. They serve steaks and wine, sandwiches and pasta, coffee and desserts at affordable prices.
If you’re not already enjoying the offline convenience of Booky, you can download the app for FREE on iPhone or Android. Discover over 900 of the top restaurants in Metro Manila and just watch as your foodiverse explodes!
But why stop there? Sign up for BOOKY PRIME, and enjoy up to P15,000 worth of Buy 1 Get 1 deals and unlimited discounts – all for just P199 a month. Your next bite is just a touch away.
Don’t forget to keep tagging us on Instagram @bookyapp #bookymanila so we can join your food trips around the city. We see you!