KBBQ and milk tea galore!
The city of Manila is historic as it is gastronomic. As much as it has monuments and parks, it also has its fair share of hidden foodie gems. New restaurants may sometimes be hard to find in the city because they tend to be sequestered in shady and untraversed corners and streets.
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Lucky for you, Booky is here to to help you on your treasure hunt. Here we give 11 fresh and newly opened spots in the great city of Manila that you may have missed. Be sure to add them onto your ‘MUST-TRY‘ lists on the Booky app so you never miss any!
Samgyupsalamat – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Samgyupsalamat is a Korean BBQ restaurant where you can enjoy barbecuing and other Korean favorites like Bibimbap, spicy noodles, and other grilled meat.
Recommended dishes: Beef Boolgogi, Buljib Samgyupsal, Gochugang Samgyupsal, and Yangnyum Daepae
Ho Cha – Ever Gotesco Recto
A milk tea shop that means “good tea” when translated, Ho Cha offers up a wide selection of milk tea from your typical addictive flavors to your Instagrammable galaxy teas.
Must tries: Berry Galaxy Tea and Layered Ube Milk Tea
G/F Ever Gotesco, 1958 CM Recto Ave, Recto, Manila
Mabini’s Kainan Kapihan Tindahan – Ermita
If there’s one thing to describe what Mabini’s Kaianan Kapihan Tindahan offers, it’s Filipino food on steroids, With a goal to ignite a Filipino food revolution in the area, Mabini’s offers traditional Filipino dishes as well as Filipino classics with a twist.
Must-tries: Sungka Sungkaan, Laing Inside, Ubod ng Sarap, and Dirty Ensaymada.
Tesoro’s Building, 1325 Mabini St, Ermita, Manila
(0966) 785-1273 | (0949) 460-4236
Shabushabuko – Malate
Simple and straightforward, Shabushabuko offers Unlimited Korean Shabu-Shabu for only ₱499. Get unlimited pork, beef, balls, and vegetables which you can cook in chicken or beef broth.
2/F University Pad Residences, 912 P. Ocampo St, Malate, Manila
Honolulu HK Cafe – Robinsons Place Manila
Serving satisfied customers from all over Asia for almost 80 years, Honolulu HK Cafe, a well-known and much-celebrated coffee shop and cafe scene hailing from Hong Kong, offers up an extensive selection of classic Hong Kong comfort food as well as delectable pastries.
Must tries: Their trademark egg tart and pork buns
Meatsumo – Sampaloc
“Indulge in your Japanese and Korean cravings” at Meatsumo, an all-you-can-eat Japanese and KBBQ restaurant that serves up over 10 pork and beef selections which you can cook and enjoy with 13 different side dishes.
Original Cake – SM San Lazaro
A bakery that knows that even the simplest of desserts can evoke much joy, Original Cake is a Taiwanese dessert and pastry shop that serves up humble yet dulcet cakes, cookies, and delicacies that have withstood the test of time.
Insider tip: You can get Buy 1 Get 1 Freshly Baked Cake for only ₱199!
2/F SM San Lazaro, Felix Huertas Rd., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Little Caesars – Ermita
An American pizza chain that was popular in the Philippines for offering square-cut, Buy 1 Take 1 pizzas in the 90s, Little Ceasars is finally back and is serving up classic pizza flavors perfect for sharing.
Maxi Mango – Robinsons Place Manila
At Maxi Mango, you can get a variety of cold mango desserts, including the nostalgic mango-graham (in a cup), all year round!
Denny’s – Robinsons Place Manila
Denny’s is a 24/7 American diner known for hearty signature breakfast meals, bottomless coffee, and delicious donuts.
Fun fact: Denny's began as a donut stand in 1953, previously named 'Danny's'.
Tsumaru – Robinsons Place Manila
Tsumaru is a restaurant that offers up not only an authentic Japanese experience through its service but through the dishes that they offer such as udon, donburi, and tempura.
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Healthy (Halal) Kabab Express –Youniversity and L.A. Village Mall
Halal Kabab Express offers authentic and value-filled Persian meals for a Filipino-friendly price. Specialties include Chicken Biryani with Basmati Rice, Chelo Kabab Kubideh, and Persian favorites.
Fun fact: You can get Buy 1 Get 1 Chelo Kabab Combination (106 g of protein, Beef and Chicken Kabab with Shirazi Salad and Persian Rice, Served with Iced Tea) for ₱199!
Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken – Robinsons Place Manila
Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken offers dishes that are spit-fire grilled to perfection with an African-Portuguese spice mix and customized sauces.
Macao Imperial Tea – SM Manila
Hailing from Macao/Macau, this cafe serves an extensive menu offering coffee, milk tea, tea and cream cheese-based drinks.
Fun fact: Get 2 Macao Mpresso Mix-and-Match for only ₱245 and 2 Macao Premium Coffee Mix-and-Match for only ₱231!
Sharetea – Lucky Chinatown Mall
Hailing from Taiwan, Sharetea offers a wide variety of milk tea, natural fruit tea, and brewed tea drinks as well as some light snacks.
Hukad – SM San Lazaro
Hukad is now serving your traditional Filipino favorites at two more branches at SM San Lazaro and Ayala Malls Cloverleaf. Dishes to try and you’ll love are the Cebu lechon belly, ngohiong, and even unlimited rice.
Insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Halo-halomazing from Hukad for only ₱155!
World of Fries – UN Square Mall
World of Fries is now serving flavor-coated fries, fries with dip, gourmet fries, hot dogs, and more, at their newest branch at UN Square Mall.
Pound by Todd English – Robinsons Place Manila
Pound is now serving gourmet burgers (like the Crispy Chicken Burger, pictured below), sliders, and more, at their branch at Robinsons Place Manila.
Default: Cafe Pub – Malate
Default combines the offerings of a cafe and pub like alcohol, coffee, milkshakes, chicken wings, and more.
Red Jade – The Manila Hotel
Red Jade serves Cantonese cuisine with dishes like dim sum, lamb chops in pepper sauce, lobster with almonds, and more.
No reservations accepted
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Manila Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila
Snog – SM Manila
Snog offers different flavored milkshakes, ice cream, floats, parfaits, and more.
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