Places that will leave you wonton more.
Asian could easily be the most common cuisine you’d find around Metro Manila. With so many choices, it’s hard to narrow down your selection and pick the best ones – but don’t worry, ’cause that’s what we’re here for!
Keep your Asian cravings satisfied with these spots! They’re among the top 100 restaurants in the country, and guess what? You could even get up to P500 off when you book a table at these places through the Booky app.
A happy tummy AND a happy wallet? Sounds like a great plan to us.
Pink Panda Southeast Asian Diner – Poblacion
Another masterpiece from the same group that brought us Crisp on 28th, Sabao, and Sprout, Pink Panda is a concept diner serving Southeast Asian cuisine with a modern twist. It’s for yuppies looking for a chill after-work hideout. It’s not for big families celebrating a grand occasion. We recommend the Panda Buns, General P’s Chicken, and the Sriracha Mousse. Our insider tip is that parking may be challenging.
Hai Chix & Steaks – Greenhills
Hai Chix & Steaks is a restaurant where East meets West under one roof. It is an Asian fusion restaurant specializing in steaks and Hainanese chicken. They first opened in Ortigas in 2012, opened a 2nd branch in Makati the next year, and this 3rd branch in 2015. It’s for everyone craving for some Asian and American specialties without having to visit 2 different restaurants. It’s not for vegetarians. We recommend their bestselling US Angus Ribeye and the Hainanese Chicken Rice. Our insider tip is have your steaks cooked medium. P.S. We heard their red velvet ice cream is a must try.
Kai – Greenbelt 5
Kai, which means “gathering” in Japanese, specializes in Japanese fusion cuisine. It’s for diners who love their Japanese dishes and wouldn’t mind a unique twist on them. It’s not for people looking for a quick working lunch. We recommend the 10 hours Buta Kakuni “Braised Pork Belly”, Wasabi Oysters Tempura with Balsamic Dynamite, and Portobello Mushroom Confit Salad with Maple Ponzu Vinaigrette. Our insider tip is that you should call them ahead of time in case you plan on ordering their 10-course Wagyu degustation menu.
Book a table now and get P100 off!
G/F Unit 1-112 Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St, Legazpi Village, Makati
+63 2 757-5209
Your Local – Esteban St.
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 at lunch time and everyone at dinner. It’s not for people who are looking for quick Asian takeouts. We recommend the Lamb Rendang and Torched Salmon Donburi and their value-for-money 24 Hour Sous Vide Corn Fed USDA Choice Beef Short Rib. Our insider tip is to hop over to Yardstick after dinner for coffee through their revolving wall partition.
Tamarind – SM Aura
Tamarind: A Taste of Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant that serves traditional dishes with a modern twist. It’s for diners looking for a homey family meal. It’s not for students looking for a quick Thai meal on a tight budget. We recommend the Tom Yum, Pork Spring Rolls, Pad Thai, and their Milk Tea. Our insider tip is that if you love curry, you should try out their wide selection of curry dishes.
Book a table now and get up to P300 off!
5/F SM Aura, 26th St cor McKinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
+63 2 556-1156
Azuthai – Pasay Rd.
Managed by Chef J Gamboa of Cirkulo, MilkyWay and Tsukiji fame, Azuthai is an authentic Asian restaurant serving home-style Thai dishes prepared by Thai Chef, Watee. It’s for diners looking to fill up their appetites with honest-to-goodness Thai food. It’s not for people who are looking for a quick lunch on a tight budget. We recommend the Steamed Apahap, Tom Yum, and Panang Beef Curry. Our insider tip is that you could order dessert from MilkyWay or Tsukiji and have it served there. P.S., AzuThai was awarded the MBKRS Best Thai Restaurant 2014 and is listed in the Miele Guide 2011/2012.
Basil – White Plains
Basil is Katipunan’s once-secret gem that serves authentic Thai cuisine in a beautiful garden-inspired house designed by the owners who are both plant and art enthusiasts. It’s for couples looking for a relaxing way to enjoy good Thai cuisine in a gorgeous setting. It’s not for barkadas looking for a beer-heavy boys’ or girls’ night out. We recommend the Tom Yum, Spicy Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, and Crispy Garlic and Pepper Pork Chops. Our insider tip is to book them only for either lunch or dinner, because they pause their dining service from 2-6pm.
Boon Tong Kee – Mall of Asia
Boon Tong Kee serves authentic Singaporean cuisine. It is a franchise of a popular Singaporean food stall started by one Mr. Thian Boon Hua in 1979 specializing in Cantonese chicken rice. In 1983, this little food stall officially became the Boon Tong Kee we now love. It’s for people looking for Singaporean street food and more. It’s not for foodies who prefer deep fried chicken. We recommend the Crispy Roast Chicken, Fried French Bean and Scallops with Spicy XO Sauce, Coffee Pork Ribs. Our insider tip is upgrade your plain rice to chicken rice.
Le Petit Soufflé – Century City Mall
Le Petit Souffle is a French and Japanese-inspired cafe from the Tasteless Group (of Hole in the Wall, Scout’s Honor, Bad Bird, Wrong Ramen, etc). They serve modern dishes crafted with flavors and precision of Japanese and French cuisines. It’s for anyone with adventurous tastebuds. It’s not for people who are on short meal breaks. We recommend you try their French Toast, Foie Mac n Cheese, Squid Ink Rice, then cap off with their soufflés and matcha dessert selections. Here’s an insider tip: Always watch out for Chef Miko’s new dishes and desserts. Learn how to make the Matcha Red Bean Soufflé Pancake in 5 easy steps here.
Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu – BF Homes
Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu is a Korean dessert cafe specializing in snowflake patbingsu or shaved ice made of milk topped with fresh fruits and other special ingredients. It also serves french toasts, croissants and other light meals. This is its 3rd branch in the metro. It’s for people looking for big sized desserts for sharing. It’s not for people who prefer traditional scoops of ice cream. We recommend the Mango Cheese, Injeolmi and Brownie Bingsu. Fun fact: is Cafe Seolhwa is a Korean branded bingsu cafe and is not affiliated with any local partners.
Saboten – Serendra
Saboten is a Japanese restaurant most famous for its deep fried breaded pork cutlets that are both juicy and light on the palate. It’s for katsu lovers who want the best quality of its kind. It’s not for diners who don’t like fried dishes. We recommend the Original Tenderloin Set, Mille Feuille Katsu Set, and Tenderloin Katsu Curry Set. Our insider tip is for sides lovers to rejoice because they serve their sets with unlimited rice and cabbage.
Mr. Kurosawa – Newport Mall
Mr. Kurosawa is a European-Japanese dining concept inspired by one of Japan’s most influential filmmakers in cinema history, the late Akira Kurosawa. It’s for diners who love Japanese cuisine enough to appreciate a little twist on it. It’s not for traditional Japanese food hunters. We recommend their unique fusion dishes such as their tempura souffles, Japaella and gyoza fondue. Our insider tip is that if you love SumoSam (their sister restaurant), you could get a lot of similar dishes of theirs at this place, too.
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2/F Newport Mall, Newport Blvd, Domestic Airport, Pasay
+63 2 659-8363
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen – White Plains
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen is a quaint home kitchen that’s dedicated to giving its customers the experience of an authentic Vietnamese meal. It’s for Asian-loving diners who appreciate the simplicity of Vietnamese home cooking and love their food fresh and clean. It’s not for people looking for quick solo sets or takeout dishes. We recommend the Pho Hoa, Com Suon Cha (Pork Belly), and Cha Gio (Spring Rolls). Our insider tip is to allot more travel time than usual when visiting as they have limited parking slots.
Nikkei – Rada St.
Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Manila headed by Argentinan Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is a term that describes Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese who started to migrate to Peru in the 19th century and is now becoming the latest food trend in Europe. It’s for adventurous eaters who love to try new cuisines. It’s not for people looking for big servings. We recommend the Salmon Belly Nigiri, Miso Kurobuta, Seared Tuna, Kobi Nigiri Sushi and Parmesan Scallops. Our insider tip is snag a seat at the counter and see Chef Christian at work.
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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.