11 Delicious New Food Spots To Try in the City of Manila

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

Samgyupsalamat Beef Wrap
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2/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Reina Regente St., Binondo, Manila
(0917) 833-6880

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

Layered Ube Milk tea from Ho Cha
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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.

Kalihim or Pan De Regla from Mabini's Kainan Kapihan Tindahan
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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.

Shabu Shabu from Shabushabuko
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2/F University Pad Residences, 912 P. Ocampo St, Malate, Manila
(0927) 852-2018

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

Egg Tart and Milk Tea from Honolulu HK Cafe
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G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil St. cor Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila
(0917) 635-6254

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.

Lettuce, Spicy Dilis, and Red Meat from Meatsumo
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1254 Asturias St., Sampaloc, Manila
(0966) 798-9112

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.

Freshly Baked Cake from Original Cake
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Insider tip: You can get 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

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.

Large Pepperoni Pizza from Little Caesars
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G/F Metrosquare Bldg., United Nations Ave cor Alhambra St., Ermita, Manila

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!

Mango Graham in a cup from Maxi Mango
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G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil St., cor Adriatico St. Ermita, Manila

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'. 
Ham, Cheese, and Egg Sandwich from Denny's
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G/F Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil St., cor Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila
(02) 234-2132

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.

Niku Udon from Tsumaru
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G/F Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil St., cor Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila
(02) 551-5458

In case you missed it . . .

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.

Chelo Kabab Combination from Healthy (Halal) Kabab Express
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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!

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Youniversity and L.A. Village Mall, 2119 Recto Ave., Laperal Building, Sampaloc, Manila
(0945) 490-5626

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.

Whole Chicken from Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken
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G/F Pedro Gil Wing, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila

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.

Macao Coffee Drinks
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Fun fact: Get 2 Macao Mpresso Mix-and-Match for only ₱245 and 2 Macao Premium Coffee Mix-and-Match for only ₱231!

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4/F SM Manila, 659 Natividad Lopez St, Ermita, Manila
(02) 625-0037

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. 

Milk tea and Fruit Tea from Sharetea
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G/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Reina Regente St, Binondo, Manila
(02) 523-8888

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.

Halo-Halo from Hukad
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Insider tip: Get Buy 1 Get 1 Halo-halomazing from Hukad for only ₱155!

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2/F Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio Ave, Balingasa, Quezon City
UG/F SM City San Lazaro, Sta. Cruz, Manila

World of Fries – UN Square Mall

World of Fries is now serving flavor-coated friesfries with dipgourmet fries, hot dogs, and more, at their newest branch at UN Square Mall.

Loaded Fries, Flavored Fries, and Standard Cut Fries from World of Fries
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UN Square Mall, 1007 United Nations Ave, Ermita, Manila

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.

pound by todd english, burgers, deals
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Robinsons Place Manila, Midtown Wing, Adriatico St, Ermita, Manila

Default: Cafe Pub – Malate

Default combines the offerings of a cafe and pub like alcohol, coffee, milkshakes, chicken wings, and more.

Garlic Parmesan Wings from Default: Cafe Pub
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1844 Pilar Hidalgo Lim St, Malate, Manila

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.

Tempura from Red Jade at The Manila Hotel
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Manila Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila
(0908) 303-3582

Snog – SM Manila

Snog offers different flavored milkshakes, ice cream, floats, parfaits, and more.

Activated Charcoal Milkshakes from Snog
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5/F SM Manila, Concepcion cor Arroceros & San Marcelino St, Ermita, Manila
(0919) 913-2425

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