Manila, I’m coming home!
Manila, home of many government offices and big universities and a whole lot of food choices. There are so many choices that it can be difficult to maneuver through the best restaurants in Manila so we’ve compiled the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in the capital for this month.
Happy food hunting!
10. Dong Bei Dumpling – Binondo
Last month’s #10
Known as an institution in Binondo, Dong Bei Dumpling is famous for their Pork Kuchay Dumplings, which cost ₱200 for 14 pieces. They also provide their special chili oil, which adds a perfect kick to their dumplings.
It’s for people who are on a Binondo food crawl and need authentic fare. It’s not for people who want more options.
Recommended dishes: their Pork Dumplings.
Dong Bei Dumpling menu
642 ET Yuchengco St., Binondo, Manila
9. Tanabe – Malate
Last month’s #8
Run by Japanese Chef, Mr. Masumi Tanabe, the restaurant offers traditional and authentic Japanese fare. With their authentic flavors and value for money, Tanabe has proven reasons for its longevity in the culinary map of Manila.
It’s for authentic Japanese fare. It’s not for people craving contemporary and modern Japanese cuisine.
Recommended dishes: Salmon, Tuna Belly, Unagi, and Hamachi Sashimi
Fun fact: In 2015, Anthony Bourdain visited Tanabe where he and his companions ordered uni, hamachi, unagi, and a bottle of sake.
8. Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant – Binondo
Last month’s #7
Arguably the best-tasting fried chicken in the Metro, Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant is one of the oldest food spots in Binondo that have been serving up high-quality Chinese food for decades.
Recommended dishes: Sincerity Fried Chicken, Fried Oyster Cake, and Lumpiang Shanghai.
7. Ilustrado Restaurant – Intramuros
Last month’s #4
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines.
It’s for people who appreciate traditional, hearty dishes and interior design with Spanish flare. It’s not for those who want a quick bite to eat.
Recommended dishes: their Paella Ilustrado and Kare-Kare Bagnet.
Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off on your bill with Booky!
6. The Old Swiss Inn – Paco
Last month’s #6
Old Swiss Inn has been called Manila’s preface to Swiss cuisine, but with being a favorite since 1946, the European restaurant has embedded itself as a gem for their signature cheese and chocolate fondues, raclette, steaks and corned beef.
It’s for the ultimate cheese lovers. It’s not for people who are lactose intolerant.
Recommended dishes: the Waatlander Cheese Fondue, Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue, and Fresh Corned Beef
5. Wai Ying Fastfood – Binondo
Last month’s #9
Wai Ying Fastfood is an authentic Chinese eatery and a must-try while you embark in your Binondo food crawl. A bustling two-storey restaurant, Wai Ying serves up an extensive menu of dimsum and dumplings – get your fill here.
It’s for authentic Chinese cuisine! It’s not for people who hate waiting in line.
Recommended dishes: their Hakaw, Siomai, Siopao, Beef Mami, and Hong Kong Milk Tea!
4. Holy Grill – Taft Ave.
Last month’s #5
The search for the Holy Grill is over! Blessing BBQ believers with the best selling rib eye in Taft along with a slew of hot-off-the-grill classics such as pork liempo and chicken barbecue, Holy Grill guarantees a fun and filling dining experience that is sure to answer your hungry prayers.
It’s for people who love fresh off the grill dishes. It’s not for those who don’t want to smell like their grilled food afterwards.
Recommended dishes: their Solo Ribeye Steak.
Insider tip: You can get ₱500 off your bill with Booky!
3. Ippudo – Robinsons Place Manila
Ippudo is a ramen house from Fukuoka, Japan, but are a globally renowned Japanese restaurant famous for their Hakata-style, tonkotsu-based ramen. Brace yourselves for long lines, because everyone just wants a taste of their irresistible noodles and broth.
It’s for people with big appetites. It’s not for people who want Japanese rice bowls.
Recommended orders: Karaka-Ramen, Tantanmen, and Akamaru.
2. King Chef Seafood Restaurant – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Last month’s #2
King Chef Seafood Restaurant is a Cantonese restaurant, well-loved by the Chinese community in Binondo and making its way to the hearts of its newcomers.
It’s for those craving authentic Cantonese cuisine. It’s not for people who want an eat-and-go dining experience.
Recommended dishes: their Pork Siomai, Seafood, and Beancurd.
Insider tip: King Chef offers 50% off on all dimsum promo from 3-5 PM and 9-12 MN daily!
1. Café Ilang Ilang – Manila Hotel
Last month’s #1
Cafe Ilang Ilang can be found in the renowned Manila Hotel, offering up to 8 stations from a wide array of Asian, Mediterranean, European, Western, Pan-Asian, Italian, Churrasco, and Dessert dishes at their unlimited buffet.
It’s for special occasions. It’s not for people on a budget.
We recommend: visiting Cafe Ilang Ilang on a Friday night for their weekly Seafood Night, serving a sumptuous spread of freshly-prepared seafood specials.
More Must-Try Restaurants
Ramen Kuroda – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Most of the time, ordering Ramen at a restaurant in Manila can be pretty steep, which is why Ramen Kuroda has become a one-of-a-kind restaurant for its reasonably-priced, rich-in-flavor bowls of ramen for as low as ₱180.
Some notable dishes they offer: Aka Chashumen, Kuro Chashumen, and Shiro Chashumen.
Early Bird Breakfast Club – Robinsons Place Manila
Found in Robinsons Place Manila, Early Bird Breakfast Club offers gourmet renditions of popular Filipino and Western breakfast dishes. The vision of this whole-day breakfast cafe is simple – to uplift mornings by providing the most beautiful breakfast experience in Metro Manila.
Some notable dishes they offer: Yin & Yang Champorado and Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup
Insider tip: Get up to ₱200 off on your bill with Booky!
8065 Bagnet – Malate
8065 Bagnet remains a constant in Manila’s Taft area for their mouth-watering, no-frills Bagnet as well as their elevated Bagnet dishes that veer away from tradition, but are equally lip-smacking.
Some notable dishes they offer: Original Bagnet, Bagnet Sisig, and Spicy Gata Bagnet.
The Minokaua – Adriatico St.
The Minokaua is a Filipino-Spanish resto bar that sports great jazz music and a chill ambiance, making it the perfect spot for both food and music lovers. Serving up flavorful Spanish and Filipino classics, you’re sure to enjoy satisfying appetizers, mouth-watering entrees, and refreshing drinks at The Minokaua!
Some notable dishes they offer: The One and Only Chicken Skin, Lamb Chicharrones, and Buffalo Chicken Pops
Insider tip: Get up to ₱500 off on your bill with Booky!
The Dessert Kitchen – Robinsons Place Manila
Hailing all the way from Hong Kong, The Dessert Kitchen is dedicated to making distinct yet flavorful desserts that incorporate ingredients unique to Asia such as matcha, warabi, mochi, boba, and more!
Some notable dishes they offer: Purple in Love, Taiwan-style Shaved Ice, and Nippon Warabi (popularly known as the raindrop cake online!).
Cafe Adriatico – Remedios Circle
Cafe Adriatico is a 36-year old Filipino-Spanish bistro located in the heart of Manila. It is a pioneer and the iconic flagship restaurant of the LJC group of restaurants. Despite being old, one cannot discount the old charm it continually brings to its loyal patrons, including stars and politicians.
Some notable dishes they offer: Chicken ala Kiev, Spareribs Adobo, Salpicao Rice, Callos, Lengua Estufada, and Chocolate Eh.
Bai – Malate
Get a taste of Dumaguete in the heart of Manila. Dumaguete is the capital of the province of Negros Oriental and is most famous for its fresh seafood and other Filipino favorites, including Sinugbang Manok, Humba, Sizzling Pochero.
Some notable dishes they offer: Bai Sinugbang Manok, Binakhaw, and Grilled Isol
Chomp Chomp – Leon Guinto St.
Over the years, Chomp Chomp has become a popular food destination for students around the area looking for a substantial meal unique to its neighbor establishments with their affordable Singaporean hawker-style food.
Some notable dishes they offer: Singaporean Laksa, Hainanese Chicken, Nasi Goreng, and Chicken Chops.
So, did your favorite restaurants in Manila make the list? Remember that your buds count, so don’t forget to always cast your votes! You can vote for them by clicking ‘Add to Favorites’ on the Booky app—we tally them each month to see the city’s best picks.