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THIS WEEK: Creme brulee topped milk tea, all-you-can-eat Mongolian bowls, and a famous brand that’s finally opened their own cafe
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Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cafe – multiple branches
A brand known for their soft-serve ice cream, creamy cheesecakes, and savory-sweet cheese cookies, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory has now expanded and finally put up a cafe where they can feature more sweet-savory eats for diners.
Serving up Japanese comfort food in a restaurant with numerous wooden pieces of furniture and accents, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory Cafe is the homey spot you should find yourself at if you’re the “food before dessert” type of person.
Notable dishes they offer: Sweet Corn Tempura, Pork Mille-Feuille Furai, Molten Mozzarella Hamburg, Summer Berry Pancake, Creme Brulee Pancake, and Milk Pie
Nine Fresh – SM Manila
Offering a staple that originated in Jiufen, Taiwan, Nine Fresh is an establishment that’ll give you a taste of what can best be described as taho meets ginataang bilo-bilo meets halo-halo or as called by them: Taro Balls.
If you’re into unique desserts as well as customizable desserts, then Nine Fresh is the dessert place for you.
Recommended desserts: Nine Fresh Signature, Grass Jelly Special, Black Pearl Ai-Yu Special, Fruity Ai-Yu Jelly
Fire Tiger – Bonifacio High Street
Hailing from Thailand is yet another milk tea shop that offers up their own spin of brown sugar boba milk: Fire Tiger.
If you’re wondering what makes them different from all the milk tea shops that specialize in brown sugar boba milk, well, it’s two things: their creme brulee topped drinks and the fact that they serve their drinks out of a golden tiger’s mouth. It’s a sight and experience you can’t find anywhere else in the metro.
Drinks they offer: Fire Tiger Milk Tea, The Crown, Fire Tiger Milk, and The Majesty
Txoko – Legazpi Village
From the folks behind Bar Pintxos comes Txoko, a Spanish restaurant in Legazpi Village Makati that highlights asador cooking which is cooking meats on a grill or an open fire.
Aside from those types of dishes, Txoko has also mastered creating modern takes on Spanish classics which you can pair with wine that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on diners.
Notable dishes they offer: Cuarto de Cochinillo, Cojonudo, Gambas a la Brasa con Ajada, Paella Marinera, and Idiazabal Cheesecake
Le Reussi – Banawe
A place to head on to if you’re in need of a palate cleanser after eating at the Chinese restaurants along Banawe, Le Reussi is a dessert shop that offers a variety of sweet treats and drinks perfect for dessert or as a snack.
If you’re worried about going overboard, don’t worry, their mini cakes come in serving sizes enough for one to two people.
Notable drinks and desserts they offer: Matcha Latte, Lemon Sparkling Iced Tea, Mocha, Choco Tablea Mini Cake, and Matcha Mini Cake
390 Degrees – Sequioa Hotel Manila
With a tagline: “Heat to Perfection”, it’s hard to forget a restaurant quite like 390 Degrees. Operated by the same team behind Ombu Kusina, 390 Degrees prides itself on using a temperature-regulated charcoal-operated oven to cook their innovative takes on international comfort food.
If you’re looking for a place where you can take the heat up a notch in your relationship, then this is the elegant restaurant for you.
Notable dishes they offer: Pepper Crusted Steak, Two Mini Salted Caramel Cream Puffs, Seafood Marinara, Margherita Pizza, Black Burger, Blackened Salmon, Tiramisu
Pigeon Hole – Rockwell
Located in Rockwell, Pigeon Hole is The Grid’s newest stall that serves up classic Chinese cuisine and a special dish that’s definitely worth the trip: the Fried Pigeon.
Handpicked, flavorful, and cooked with utmost care and attention, their Fried Pigeon is definitely the star of their stall and will most likely pair well with their other filling dishes such as their noodle soup, buns, and rice toppings.
Notable dishes they offer: Charsiu with Buns, Sweet & Sour Pork Rice Toppings + Pork Siopao, Beef Brisket Noodle Soup, Fried Pigeon, and HK Style Fried Chicken
Oori – Sheraton Manila Hotel
A no-doubt interesting concept, Oori is a restaurant that specializes in Korean cuisine. Depending on which side of the restaurant you stay, you’ll either be served with authentic, no fuss, Korean comfort food dishes or flavorful, mouthwatering Korean barbecue and banchan.
No matter which side you decide to stay, however, you’re sure to be impressed with their elegant take on Korean-inspired interiors and dishes.
Ramen Keisuke – BGC
If long lines at notable ramen shops curb your cravings for flavorful ramen, we suggest that you hold off going to a different restaurant and satisfy those ramen cravings instead at Ramen Keisuke.
Hailing from Japan and Singapore, Ramen Keisuke stands out from other ramen shops because of two things: their rich and flavorful chicken broth as well as their fall off the bone, quarter chicken topping.
Cangrejos Locos – Molito Lifestyle Center
Straying away from the hoity-toity stereotype of Spanish restaurants, Cangrejos Locos is a homey yet festive Spanish restaurant that serves up “affordable” classic Spanish dishes.
A restaurant conceptualized by three heavyweight chefs in the industry: Chef Robby Goco, Manny Torrejon, and Raymund Magduyo, at Cangrejos Loco, you’re sure to get quality dishes made from the best ingredients such as the best crabs in Manila cooked in salivating flavors and Barcelona-style paella made from scratch cooked in only 12 minutes.
Notable dishes they offer: Roasted Garlic Angulas, Paella Negra, Sea & Mountain (Mixta), Cangrejos Locos Paella, Roast Beef Belly
Gram Cafe & Pancakes – SM Megamall
Elevate your pancake experience with souffle offered by none other than Gram Cafe and Pancakes, a famous spot and household name from Osaka, Japan.
They specialize in three-stack souffle pancakes dusted with sugar, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped with whipped butter. Aside from that, however, they also serve up regular pancakes, toast, and parfait.
Notable dishes they offer: Premium Pancakes, Tiramisu, Apple and Tea Cream Pancakes, Bacon and Scrambled Eggs, and Mixed Berries French Toast
Bad Bowl – Robinsons Magnolia
Who says restaurants that specialize in Korean BQ and buffets are the only places you can go to for unlimited food? Changing up the unlimited food scenery is Bad Bowl, an eat-all-you-can Mongolian bowl restaurant located in Robinsons Magnolia.
At Bad Bowl, you can choose from over 60 ingredients to stir fry to create your own Mongolian bowl which you can relish in homey, cabin-like ambiance.
Notable ingredients they offer: Hofan, Sotanghon, Adlai, Brown Rice, Mushrooms, Bean Sprouts, Beef Belly, Ground Angus Beef, Dory, Salmon
Chingolo Deli – Chino Roces Ave.
A joint venture by Erwan Heussaff and Nico Bolzico, Chingolo Deli is a 20-seater restaurant where you can satiate your appetite for flavorful steaks prepared exactly how you’d want it.
Serving up dishes using only Bolzico beef – free-range, grass-fed, and pure Angus beef from Argentina – Chingolo Deli is a meat-lovers’ dream come true.
Some notable dishes they offer: Bolzico Beef, Pastrami, Beef Bacon, Burger Chingolo, Steak and Sourdough
Calle Reyes – SM Marikina
The brainchild of Engracia “Aling Asiang” Cruz Reyes, who founded The Aristocrat Restaurant, and the Reyes Barbecue Group, comes Calle Reyes, a restaurant that boasts some of the best of traditional meets modern Filipino dishes. Savor what they call “Manila Barbecue” which is a mix of flavors inspired by Filipino street food and their family recipes at no other place.
Some notable dishes they offer: Walang Pagsisisig, Boneless Chicken, Calle Kare, Ube Yammy Pork Sinigang, and Kare Kawali
El Jardin De Manila – BGC
A travel-inspired dining concept, El Jardin de Manila goes beyond borders when it comes to defining their specialty cuisine. Instead of focusing on one, El Jardin de Manila offers various dishes inspired by several cuisines. Choose from their steaks, smoothie bowls, raclettes, and more for a one of a kind experience the adventurous and the indecisive will appreciate.
Notable dishes they offer: Power Breakfast Buffet, Truffle Mushroom Pasta, El Jardin Raclette Burger, and Steak and Eggs
In case you missed it
A+ Premium Milk Tea – Banawe
A+ Premium Milk Tea is a new milk tea spot in Banawe that offers milk tea and fruit teas made from the freshest ingredients. Also featuring the Original Signature Taiwan Handmade Roll, you can get a quick bite to accompany your drink, both sweet and savory!
What they’re known for: Milk tea and their signature Taiwan Handmade Roll
Añejo – Poblacion
One of the only three Agave bars in the country, Añejo Crafted Cocktails specializes in concocting both crafted and classic cocktails for all kinds of drinkers. Have a sip of some mezcal, sotol, or raicilla while you’re at it. And if you have some agave requests, shoot them a message and they’ll try to bring some into their store for you.
What they’re known for: Classic cocktails and tequila
Hola Bombon – Poblacion
Hola Bombón is a new Spanish dining spot in Poblacion that promises a good time. Let loose and live a little with their fun and flirtatious interpretation of the very best Spanish cuisine has to offer.
What they’re known for: Pintxos, tapas, and cocktails
Rebolucion by Chef Laudico – Poblacion
Located along Polaris, Rebolucion is a Filipino restaurant serving daily banquets in the form of a Filipino buffet with over 60 dishes prepared. Serving both classics we grew up with and meals with modern twists, they’re bringing back the spirit of gathering. They serve lunch at 11AM to 2PM and dinner at 6PM to 10PM.
What they’re known for: Seafood dishes, a roast station, and halo-halo corner!
Kondwi – Poblacion
A new staple in Poblacion, Kondwi is a restaurant, bar, and all-around creative playground featuring Asian tapas, cocktails, exhibits, and even drag performances.
What they’re known for: Asian skewers and G&T!
Kosoo – Glorietta
Experience Korean comfort food at an affordable price at Kosoo, a fixture in Food Choices, Glorietta that serves sulit combo bowls where you can pick your choice of samgyupsal, dak galbi, jeyuk bokkeum, and more paired with rice and banchan!
What they’re known for: Kimchi rice, all their meat options, and banchan
Kopi Chan – Araneta
Kopi Chan is an Asian eatery open 24/7 that takes their guests all the way through the different vibrant flavors of Asia, perfect for solo diners and big groups and families alike.
What they’re known for: Asian comfort food classics like Salted Egg Shrimps, Beef Rendang, Sweet and Sour Fish
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