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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!
10. 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.
9. La Scala Cafe – Adriatico St.
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.
2/F Stargate Bldg., 1711 M. Adriatico St, cor Malvar St., Malate, Manila
8. Early Bird Breakfast – Robinsons Place Manila
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.
7. Cuaderno – Strada Street Food Park
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.
6. Mai Wei Fang – Robinsons Place Manila
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).
5. Bad Bird – Robinsons Place Manila
Last month’s # 9
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.
4. Ilustrado – Intramuros
Last month’s # 5
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.
3. Red Baron Ribs & Steaks – Sta. Cruz
Last month’s # 1
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.
2. Original Cake – SM San Lazaro
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!
2/F SM San Lazaro, Felix Huertas Rd., Sta. Cruz, Manila
1. Holy Grill – Taft Ave.
Last month’s # 7
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.
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.