International franchises and homegrown gems!
THIS WEEK: A fried chicken joint from the team behind Bad Bird, a coffee shop from London, and an ancestral home-turned-cafe.
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Arce Haus – Robinsons Magnolia (Opening Soon)
Arce Haus: Home of Cast Iron Steaks & Gourmet Desserts is about as straightforward as it gets. With 20 years of experience under his belt, their head chef has perfected their extensive menu, consisting of appetizers like salads, gourmet tacos, entrees like burgers, pastas, and Filipino dishes, and of course their tender, aged Arce Haus steaks.
What they’re known for: Tender, full-flavored aged steaks and wild desserts
Black Sheep Coffee – Greenhills
Black Sheep Coffee was started by four coffee-loving friends from London who quit their jobs to rid the world of boring, average-tasting coffee. They’ve now expanded to other countries and still aim to get rid of plastic, support the homeless community, and #LeaveTheHerdBehind with their coffee counterculture.
What they’re known for: Real, premium coffee.
Café Summit – Summit Hotel
Found at the Summit Hotel in San Juan City, Café Summit is a casual dining restaurant which offers a refreshing take on international flavors. They serve Chinese hand-ripped noodles, Doner, Sabroso, and more.
What they’re known for: Chic interiors and a vast menu of international dishes.
Jap Fudo – BF Resort
Found in Las Piñas, Jap Fudo promises “no gimmicks, just good food” at their Japanese restaurant. Unlike most specialty restaurants, Jap Fudo has a wide-ranging menu of Japanese comfort food such as maki, donburi, curry, ramen, and even deep-fried tempura ice cream.
What they’re known for: No-frills Japanese comfort food.
The Black Bean – San Antonio
New to San Antonio area in Makati, The Black Bean is a specialty cafe that serves all-day breakfast, comfort food, and coffee. They even have milk substitutes like Soy, Almond, and Macadamia milk for lactose intolerant caffeine junkies.
What they’re known for: Their all-day breakfast selections and coffee.
Chikos Peruvian Roast Chicken – SM Mall of Asia
A new franchise in Metro Manila, Chikos Peruvian Roast Chicken’s specialty is pretty much self-explanatory. However, they also serve South American desserts and dishes such as Lomo Saltado, Chicharron de Pollo (Peruvian Fried Chicken), Chocolate Torta, and more.
What they’re known for: Their Pollo a la Brasa or Peruvian Roast Chicken.
BBX – Glorietta 2
From the creators of Bad Bird and Fowlbread, BBX is Manila’s newest chicken joint serves up ‘Fast Food 2.0’ with their extra crispy Fried Chicken, Fried Chicken Sandwich, and breakfast items. P.S. You can choose from either safe or spicy chicken!
What they’re known for: Their Pollo a la Brasa or Peruvian Roast Chicken.
2249 Coffee – Sta. Ana
2249 Coffee’s official tagline is, “Kape’t Bahay” and the reason behind it is pretty interesting. Their cafe currently stands on an ancestral house, serving premium coffee, rice meals, and more.
What they’re known for: Intricate and beautiful interiors and exteriors from their ancestral home.
Talisay the Garden Cafe – Maginhawa
A comfortable dining oasis that beckons from its tucked-in spot in Maginhawa St. in Quezon City, Talisay the Garden Cafe offers a delectable feast of memory, flavor, and experience through their palatable Southern Filipino food.
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Four in Love BBQ Hotpot Buffet – SM Manila
Prepare your heart because you might just fall for Four in Love BBQ Hotpot Buffet’s options. A newly opened restaurant in SM Manila, at Four in Love, you’ll get a chance to taste 4 different cuisines in one restaurant. Enjoy Korean Samgyeopsal and Korean Food, Japanese Yakiniku and Shabu-Shabu, Chinese Hotpot, and Thai Mookata all at Four in Love, unlimited!
What they’re known for: Their sets inclusive of a variety of meats, hot dishes, sides, sushi, and fruits.
Southbank Cafe + Lounge – Westgate Alabang
Need a place to chill? Head to Southbank Cafe + Lounge, an independent cafe and lounge that serves up brunch and late-night meals you can pair with their specialty coffee drinks, wine, and cocktails.
What they’re known for: Their coffee which makes use of blends and beans from Allpress Espresso. They are the first in the Philippines to carry the brand.
Made in HK – Bel-Air
Introduce yourself to the concept of a cha chaan teng – a.k.a “tea restaurants” found in Hong Kong – at Made in HK! Get yourself some authentic Hong Kong dishes from sandwiches, rice bowls, noodles, and even drinks.
What they’re known for: Giving diners an authentic HK cha chaan ting experience most especially when it comes to the food. A must-try order is their milk tea + a savory dish.
a mano – Power Plant Mall
Serving no-doubt authentic Italian fare, if you’re looking for a taste of Tuscany, Venice, and Florence right in the metro, then head on to a mano. Conceptualized by Amado Fores, a mano – meaning “by hand” – serves up classic Italian fare from pizzas to different kinds of pasta and even desserts made with love and of course, made each by hand.
What they’re known for: Their Carbonara Pizza, Tiramisu, Meatballs, Cannoli, and Garganelli Bianco
Earl of Sandwich – 4/F SM Megamall
Are you a bread lover? Then you’ll definitely love what Earl of Sandwich has to offer. Known as the place where you can get The World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich, Earl of Sandwich offers up a wide variety of packed and filling sandwiches, delectable hand-crafted wraps, and even a variety of pasta, rice, and desserts.
What they’re known for: The Original 1762 sandwich, The Earl’s Club, and the Holiday Turkey
Brown Cafe – Serendra
Tried every milk tea drink at your usual milk tea shop? If so, try something new, more specifically, try the milk tea drinks at Brown Cafe. Try out their selection of Instagrammable, affordable milk tea, fruit tea, and slurpies which you can also get with their flavored pearls!
What they’re known for: They offer collagen-infused tapioca pearls which are also 0 calories.
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VBQ Restaurant – Poblacion
With ingredients sourced from Vietnam, explore their country’s flavors with VBQ’s Vietnamese Barbecue and Hotpot. Grill your choice meats marinated in Vietnamese spices, get a taste of staples in their cuisine, and enjoy the array of beverage selections they have to offer. Their Beef Pho Pot, a rendition of the popular street food served in hotpot is a must!
Tai Koo PH – various branches
Tai Koo brings authentic Hong Kong roasts to Manila with popular selections such as Char Siu Pork, Roast Pork, Chicken, and their sought-after, Roast Duck, which is flown in all the way from Hong Kong. All their meats are roasted daily and you can pair them up together or with a choice of dessert.
Good Luck Hot Pot – MOA Complex
Transport yourself to Old China with Good Luck Hot Pot’s 24/7 service offering high-quality meat, seafoods, and vegetable selections. Incorporating Chinese traditions through their historic dynasty-style interiors, also feast your eyes on their face-changing opera performance known as “bian lian” as well as their long-spout teapot show.
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