A gastronomic feast for the senses.
Degustation is the careful preparation and appreciation of food. Restaurants do this through a multi-course meal served in small meticulously prepared portions, it’s for those who want to have a richer dining experience with each course filled with visual detail and refined flavor.
For this list, we present the best restaurants in Metro Manila and beyond for the best tasting experience. You can save them all on your ‘MUST-TRY‘ list on the Booky app to never miss any of these restaurants.
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Foo’d by Davide Oldani – Shangri-la Hotel
FOO’D (pronounced food-dough) by Michelin-starred chef Davide Oldani is the first to offer an affordable fine dining experience starting with a three-course meal at only Php 800. Read our full feature here.
Menu: 3-course, 4-course, or 5-course tasting menu Price: PHP 800, PHP 1,200, PHP 2,200 with upgradable options
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Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge – Loyola Heights
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine, headed by Chef Niño Laus, serves up his take on modern Asian and European dishes with 100 of the world’s great wines. For romantic dinners, make sure to get one of the outdoor private gazebos. Don’t forget to bring your own lock to hang on their romantic love locks wall.
Menu: Tokyo, Lyon, Osaka, Burgundy, and Paris. Price: Php 1,200 to Php 2,900 per package.
Kai – Greenbelt 5
Kai, a Japanese word meaning “gathering”, specializes in Japanese fusion cuisine and is known to serve interesting dishes such as beef ishiyaki, Akamiso (braised lamb shank), and Wasabi Oyster Tempura.
Menu: 10-course Omi Degustation Price: Php 4,300 per person
G/F Unit 1-112 Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St, Legazpi Village, Makati
Mecha Uma – Fort Bonifacio
Mecha Uma, meaning ‘absurdly delicious’, offers a more fine dining and out-of-the-box experience with it’s 10-course omakase personally prepared and served by Chef Bruce Ricketts. Also featured in: 12 Restaurants You Can Visit for Authentic Aburi Sushi
Menu: 10-course omakase Price: Php 3,600 per person
Gallery Vask – temporarily closed for renovation
With Spanish-born Chef Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzalez at the helm, Gallery VASK showcases his culinary skills and experience gained from some of the world’s most respected restaurants. He uses classic, modern, traditional and molecular tools to create degustacion menus that immediately turn its first-time customers into long term patrons. Also featured in: 10 Most Romantic Fine Dining Restaurants in Every City
Menu & Price: Alamat (Php 4,900/person), Lakbay (Php 3,500/person)
The Tasting Room – City of Dreams
The Tasting Room is a fine-dining restaurant with an emphasis on the European haute cuisine. Now on soft-opening, the recently relaunched restaurant offers a delectable four- and six-course degustacion menus with wine pairing options by the chef, Frederic Thevenet. The dining room sits in a quiet corner of the Crown Tower at the City of Dreams.
Menu & Price: 4 courses (Php 4,588/person), 6 courses (Php 5,088/person)
Toyo Eatery – Chino Roces
Toyo Eatery is Chef Jordy Navarra’s next venture after Black Sheep BGC. His vision pays homage to the Filipino eateries in Manila by serving food based on the day’s fresh ingredients. Diners can expect an interesting degustation experience, as well as a regular a la carte menu.
Menu & Price: 7-course tasting menu (Php 2,900/person), 4-course set menu (Php 1,000/person)
Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar – Alabang
Caviar is a French fine dining restaurant that provides a serene and intimate space where guests can escape from the real world and relax, drink fine wine, and enjoy great tasting food.
Menu: 5-course Dinner Price: Php 2,200/person (Php 1,800 for the Vegetarian menu)
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The Test Kitchen – San Antonio
The Test Kitchen by Chef Josh Boutwood from the Bistro Group is a casual, fine-dining restaurant that is strictly by reservation only. Here, guests are treated to an exclusive multi-course dining experience with a menu that is personally crafted and served by Chef Josh and his creative team.
Menu: 6-course meal Price: P1900 to P2900 per person based on seasonality
Reservations are recommended
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9780 Kamagong St, San Antonio, Makati
Nobu – City of Dreams
Nobu by Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa is a fine-dining restaurant that blends traditional Japanese flavors with Peruvian and Californian tastes. Located at City of Dreams, the restaurant’s sleek design and cozy al fresco section are perfect for special events or gatherings.
Menu & Price: Nobu Signatures (Php 4,800), Chef’s Daily Creations (Php 6,160), Monthly Special (Php 5,400)
Sala Restaurant – Legazpi Village
Last year, Sala celebrated its 20th year with a revamped dining room. The new contemporary interiors set the stage for Scottish chef Colin Mackay’s simple yet perfectly executed European fare. His other ventures, People’s Palace and Blackbird at the Nielsen Tower, are equally excellent options for a romantic dinner.
Menu: 5-course meal Price: Php 2,600 per person (additional Php 1450 for wine pairing)
Reservations are accepted
LV Locsin Bldg, 6752 Ayala Ave cor Makati Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati
Denlim’s Kitchen – Pampanga
Denlim’s Kitchen is a private dining experience showcasing Chef Dennis Lim’s home cooked style dishes. Due to limited space, Denlim can only accommodate around 24 guests each night, so reservation is a must! Read more: 12 Beautiful Pampanga Restaurants for your Next Out of Town Date
Menu: 7-course degustation (5 Cheese Baked Mussels Casanova, Beef ala Dione, Shrimp Elena, and their best-seller, Pugon Liempo Wrap) Price: Php 1,200-1,500 per person and reservations should be by groups (minimum of 12).
Reservations are required
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Maharlika St., San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
Tahanan Bistro – Antipolo
Located on the upper floor of renowned artist, Benji Reyes’s home, Tahanan Bistro is one of the best dining experiences in Antipolo. It is family-run and operates to provide guests a warm second home. Helmed by Chef Kevin and Keesha Reyes, this restaurant serves organic and locally-sourced Filipino dishes. Read our full feature here.
Menu: 3 kinds of 5-course meals: Ipil, Kamagong, and Lauan (changes every 3 months) Price: Php 1,200 per set.
Bale Dutung – Pampanga
Bale Dutung (meaning ‘house of wood’), by the famous Chef Claude Tayag and wife, Mary Ann, offers a unique four-hour, 10-course degustation dining experience with 3 standard menus to choose from: Kapampangan Spread, Lechon 5 Ways and the Anthony Bourdain menu. Also featured in: 15 of the Best Homegrown Restaurants in Pampanga
Menu: 3 kinds of 10-course menu (Anthony Bourdain, Lechon, and Kapampangan) Price: Php 1,850 per person
Reservations are required
View their Instagram account
Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
Qiwellness Living Restaurant – Tagaytay
Qiwellness Living is an Asian fusion teahouse, bathhouse and spa destination. It is inspired by centuries-old architecture, cuisine, and healing practices of China, combined with modern design, culinary techniques, and advances in wellness.
Menu: Yin & Yang degustation menu depending on what's in season (advanced reservation of 48 hours) Price: Php 2,380 per person (subject to change as menu changes)
Mama’s Table – Baguio
Mama’s Table is a private, fine dining experience in Vicky Clemente’s secluded glass garden home. She serves a French-inspired 8-course meal (appetizer, soup, intermezzo #1, intermezzo #2, seafood course, meat course, digestive, dessert), there is no menu so be ready to be surprised. Mama’s Table only accepts one group at a time, with a minimum of 6 persons. Insider tip: Arrive before sunset to get a view of Vicky’s beautiful garden and the sunset viewing deck.
Strictly by reservations only
888-A Ambuklao Rd, Baguio City
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