Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Manila for May 2019


With five returning entries you should return to if you live in the area!

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 based on Booky’s user favourites!

Happy food hunting!

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10. Purple Yam – Malate

99 Favorites
Returning Entry

Homemade Bao with Shiitake Mushroom from Purple Yam
Photo from Facebook | Purple Yam Malate

A Brooklyn-based Filipino restaurant, Purple Yam is one of the many pioneers and advocates of globalizing Filipino cuisine and ingredients. It’s for those who love trying out different creations from chefs. It’s not for those who already have a cuisine craving. Insider tip: Purple Yam is by reservations only and it’s suggested that you book 3 days ahead.

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603 Julio Nakpil Street corner Bacobo, Malate, Manila
(02) 523-3497 | (0917) 870-5760

9. La Scala Cafe – Adriatico St.

104 Favorites
Returning Entry

Asian Buffalo Wings from La Scala Cafe
Photo from Booky

Aside form being the landmark at the center of the Malate tourist belt of Manila, La Scala Cafe serves up Spanish dishes that many recognize and love such as their Gambas and Paella Valenciana. It’s for those who love flavorful and familiar dishes. It’s not for those who are looking for green and healthy dishes. We recommend their Asian Buffalo Wings, Sizzling Pork Sisig, and Gambas al Ajillo.

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2/F Stargate Bldg., 1711 M. Adriatico St, cor Malvar St., Malate, Manila
(02) 243-1771

8. Early Bird Breakfast – Robinsons Place Manila

118 Favorites
Returning Entry

Sausage, Bacon, Fried Chicken from Early Bird Breakfast
Photo from @earlybirdbreakfastclub

Early Bird Breakfast Club is a whole-day breakfast cafe that has redefined and redesigned our breakfast favorites. It’s for people who love Instagrammable interiors and dishes. It’s not for people who don’t love breakfast food.

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G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Midtown Wings, Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila
(0917) 871-9260

7. Cuaderno – Strada Street Food Park

124 Favorites
Returning Entry

Wings, Nachos, Quesadillas from Cuaderno
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Cuaderno is a library-inspired Filipino-Mexican joint serving up dishes like sisig nachos, Mexican braised beef ribs, and nacho chili con rice. With a mission to encourage a culture of knowledge, Cuaderno also offers a wide range of books for reading that its customers can enjoy while dining. It’s for students who are looking for a meal after class. It’s not for people who aren’t into reading. We recommend their Mexican Braised Ribs, Buffalo Wings, and Beef and Cheese Quesadillas. Insider tip: Some of the books in Cuarderno are for sale.

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Strada Street Food Park, 1013 Estrada Street, Malate, Manila
(0935) 523-6438

6. Mai Wei Fang – Robinsons Place Manila

145 Favorites
Returning Entry

Dumplings from Mai Wei Fang
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Mai Wei Fang is a casual Chinese restaurant focused on wheat flour based recipes. They are the first in the Philippines to offer signature pan-fried soup dumpings (Sheng Jian Bao) all the way from Shanghai, China. It’s for people who love Chinese food. It’s not for people who are looking pasta or broth. We recommend their succulent CFC (Chinese Fried Chicken).

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Level 1, Adriatico Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
(02) 562 2786

5. Bad Bird – Robinsons Place Manila

158 Favorites
Last month’s # 9

Umami Fried Chicken and Sides from Bad Bird
Photo from Facebook | Bad Bird

Best known for their Umami Fried Chicken paired with waffles, Bad Bird has quickly expanded with over 7 branches around the metro. It’s for people who absolutely love chicken and waffles paired together. It’s not for those who are expecting the classic fried chicken. We recommend their Umami Fried Chicken Plates where you can choose your sides and spice level.

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G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Midtown Wing, Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila
(02) 712-7228

4. Ilustrado – Intramuros

182 Favorites
Last month’s # 5

Food from Ilustrado
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Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. It’s for the foodies who love a good narrative behind their dish. It’s not for those who aren’t fans of Spanish cuisine. We recommend Paella Ilustrado, Bagnet, and their Sampaguita Ice Cream.

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744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 527-2345

3. Red Baron Ribs & Steaks – Sta. Cruz

191 Favorites
Last month’s # 1

Original Meltique Steak from Red Baron Ribs & Steaks
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Red Baron Ribs and Steaks defines itself as a “value for money” casual dining restaurant that serves good quality meals that caters to the community, foodies and car enthusiasts. They specialize in different kinds of steaks and pork ribs. It’s for meat lovers looking for a good value. It’s not for people starting out a vegan diet. We recommend their Lamb Steak and their Ribs.

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2/F 1357 Severino Reyes St cor Bambang St, Sta. Cruz, Manila
(02) 714-5149

2. Original Cake – SM San Lazaro

198 Favorites
New Entry

Cake from Original Cake
Photo from Booky

A bakery that knows that even the simplest of foods can evoke much joy, Original Cake is a Taiwanese dessert and pastry shop that serves up humble yet delectable cakes, cookies, and delicacies that have stood the test of time. It’s for those who have a sweet tooth. It’s not for those who want a wide selection of desserts or those who want something cold.

Fun fact: With Booky, you can get a Buy 1 Get 1 Freshly Baked Cake for only ₱199!

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2/F SM San Lazaro, Felix Huertas Rd., Sta. Cruz, Manila
(0966) 346-2460

1. Holy Grill – Taft Ave.

269 Favorites
Last month’s # 7

Steak, Ribs, and Nachos from Holy Grill
Photo from Booky

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. We recommend their Solo Ribeye Steak.

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2 Torre Lorenzo, Taft Ave., Malate, Manila
(02) 253-5748

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 appwe tally them each month to see the city’s best picks.

Tag us on Instagram @bookyapp and use the hashtag #bookymanila to share your food adventures with us!

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