Satisfy those cravings.

So you’ve been working hard all week. What better way to reward yourself than with awesome food? Give yourself a happy tummy this weekend with these 7 must-try options–and we promise, you will NOT regret it. Go ahead, add them to your food bucket list!

Guess what? You can even get up to P500 off at these places through the Booky app.

Nikkei – Rada St.

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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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Frabelle Business Center, Unit GO3, 111 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati
+63 2 880-0231

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – BF International Village

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Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen is one of the South‘s biggest neighborhood secrets, but because good restaurants can’t hide forever, it is now a foodie’s destination for authentic Italian eats. It’s for families and children who enjoy eating in a homey setting. It’s not for people who don’t like to brave the Southern commute (but good news, they’ve already opened a branch in UP Town Center). We recommend the Risotto Tartufo Funghi, Spaghetti Seafood Olio and Pizza Tabarnes. Our insider tip is that you may request to have one pizza in two halves – each with a different flavor.

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B1 L36 Tropical Ave cor Palace St., BF International Village, Las Piñas
+63 2 519-1977

Your Local – Esteban St.

Your Local
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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.

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Universal LMS Bldg., 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
+63 2 823-6206

Le Petit Soufflé – Century City Mall

Le Petit Souffle
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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.

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4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Makati
+632 718-5681

Asakusa – The Grove by Rockwell

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Asakusa is a modern Japanese restaurant specializing in all kinds of tempura. It’s for Japanese food addicts who can’t get enough of this iconic dish. It’s not for those who try to avoid deep fried food. We recommend the Emperor Set, Salmon Maki, Chawan Mushi, and Tempura Udon. Insider tip: You can actually choose the Make Your Own Tempura: Choose your tempura (black tiger prawn, scallops, kani or zucchini), your side order, and the sauce. Check out other new restaurants at The Grove here.

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G/F Grove Retail Row, The Grove by Rockwell, near Ortigas Ave, C5,Ugong, Pasig
+63 2 941-0157

Basil – White Plains

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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: no merienda, because they pause their dining service from 2-6pm.

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White Plains Ave. cor. Katipunan Ave., Ugong Norte, Quezon City
+63 2 911-4158

Hai Chix & Steaks – Missouri St.

Hai Chix and Steaks
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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. 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 to have your steaks cooked medium. (P.S., We heard their red velvet ice cream is a must try.)

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#6 Missouri St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan
+63 2 696-3358

Can’t wait to try these restaurants? Make sure to add them to your Must Try lists on the Booky app! Don’t forget to share your #foodporn photos with us by tagging us on Instagram @bookyapp.

Loosen up (those tight pants), it’s the weekend!

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