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. Pub Express – SM Manila
Last month’s #10
Pub Express is one of the casual Manila restaurants that serves all-day breakfasts and java rice meals that pack a flavorful punch. It’s for those who want quick and affordable meals. It’s not for those who want a vegetarian meal. We recommend their best seller, the Baby Back Ribs served with java rice and atchara.
9. Bad Bird – Robinsons Place Manila
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.
8. Hukad – University Belt
Hukad is a casual Filipino restaurant hailing all the way from Cebu. Must try from the menu are the Lechon de Cebu, Crispy Pata, and other grilled dishes. It’s for those craving for Filipino food. It’s not for people expecting a Filipino fusion restaurant.
7. Holy Grill – Taft Ave.
Last month’s #4
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.
6. Pancake House – Robinsons Place Manila
Pancake House is an all-day breakfast place serving classic and well-loved breakfast favorites. They offer a variety of pancake flavors from Classic, Chocolate Marble, Blueberry and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. It’s for those who love breakfast food that they could have it any time of the day. It’s not for people looking for alcohol to go with their meals. We recommend their Pancake/Waffle Combination.
5. Ilustrado – Intramuros
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.
4. Kenny Rogers Roasters – SM Manila
Kenny Rogers is a well-loved brand that is best known for their signature roasted chicken, muffins, and macaroni and cheese. It’s for those who want a casual American lunch or dinner. It’s not for those who want a twist on familiar dishes. We recommend their Grilled Sea Bass and Roasted Chicken.
3. Shakey’s – Robinsons Manila
Needing no introduction, Shakey’s is one of the country’s top, trusted, and beloved restaurant chains. From signature pizzas, delicious pasta, crispy chicken, mouth-watering mojos, and many more, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable fun-and-filling family-style dining experience at Shakey’s! It’s for small to big groups who want to get together over American style food. It’s not for people looking for a quiet place to eat. We recommend their mojos… because it goes well with almost any dish at Shakey’s.
2. Black Scoop Café – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Last month’s #3
From the sweet-toothed geniuses behind Infinitea comes Black Scoop Cafe, your next favorite dessert stop! Serving up soft serve innovations such as milk tea ice cream and the like, we dare you to resist these creatively addictive flavors! They also serve snacks and breakfast meals. It’s for people looking for a comfy café ambiance along with yummy milk tea, dessert, and food. It’s not for people looking for meals for sharing. We recommend their Wintermelon milk tea along with their ever expanding soft serve flavors like Yakult and White Rabbit!
1. Red Baron Ribs & Steaks – Sta. Cruz
Last month’s #8
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.
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.