Raclette, Oreo Cookie Butter Pancakes, Dimsum, and more!
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. Wai Ying Fastfood – Binondo
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!
9. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant – Intramuros
If you’re looking for authentic Filipino food to add to your historical day trip, Barbara’s, located in front of San Agustin Church, is the perfect place to go to. Come hungry so you can try all of the dishes from their grand buffet, while enjoying cultural dance performances. This is the perfect romantic setting for Philippine history lovers!
It’s for those enjoy Filipino and Spanish food with a historical backdrop. It’s not for those looking to eat light as food here is too good to be eating lightly!
Recommended dish: Paella
8. King Chef Seafood Restaurant – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Insider tip: King Chef offers a 50%-off-on-all-dimsum promo from 3-5pm and 9-12mn daily!
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. We recommend their Pork Siomai, Seafood, and Beancurd.
7. The Old Swiss Inn – Paco
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 dish: the Waatlander Cheese Fondue, Classic Toblerone Chocolate Fondue, and Fresh Corned Beef
6. DOON – Malate
A stone’s throw away from DLSU, CSB, and St. Scholastica’s College, Doon is a hidden gem that offers authentic Thai cuisine as well as Asian fusion fare at student-friendly prices. Not the obvious choice to the quick service restaurants dotted around the area, Doon is perfect for people on longer breaks who want to savor their meal.
It’s for people who like a quiet ambience. It’s not for people who aren’t fond of an al fresco-type restaurant.
Recommended dishes: their Pad Thai, Thai Iced Tea, and Beef Basil.
5. Holy Grill – Taft Ave.
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!
4. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast – Malate
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is a Pinoy eatery that offers all-day breakfast 24/7. With locations in Manila, Pasig, Makati, and Quezon City, you can get around-the-clock service and satisfying meals all over the city.
It’s for those who love breakfast food. It’s not for those who are looking for a healthy breakfast.
Recommended dishes: the Oreo Cookie Butter Pancakes, Chocnut Champorado Topped with Tuyo, and New Zealand Beef Tapa.
3. Premier the Samgyupsal – Malate
Want premier meat + service + experience? If you do, then Premier the Samgyupsal is the KBBQ spot for you. Get your grill on with their Unlimited BBQ and warm yourself up with their Unli Shabu Shabu as well!
It’s for people who enjoy Korean food and grilling their own meats! It’s not for people who are following a strict diet as it can be quite tempting.
Recommended dishes: Wanggelanmari (King Size Egg Roll), Sagolbudaechige (Beef born based Korean Army Soup), and Wagyuchadolbagi (Wagyu Beef Brisket)
2. Ilustrado Restaurant – Intramuros
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!
1. Café Ilang Ilang – Manila Hotel
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
Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant – Binondo
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.
Some notable dishes they offer: Sincerity Fried Chicken, Fried Oyster Cake, and Lumpiang Shanghai.
Ramen Kuroda – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Most of the time, ordering Ramen at a restaurant 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
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!
Tanabe – Malate
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.
Some notable dishes they offer: 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.
8065 Bagnet – Malate
8065 Bagnet remains a constant in the area of Taft 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.
Cover image by The Manila Hotel.