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The legendary PSJ dropped his vlog taken in Manila!

2019 is ending soon, and yet the Korean wave is only crushing harder. K-Pop groups and K-dramas fanbase have reached their peak (as they have been for several years now). But there’s one actor whose name everyone has heard of at least once, from Fight for My Way, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, and his latest movie The Divine Fury. And even if you’re not into K-dramas, you might know him from being the face of Gong Cha, and recently Bench. If you guessed Park Seo Joon, then you are right!

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Park Seo Joon had a Bench fan meet on September 29, which reportedly made fans go crazy getting their hands on the tickets. The event went all and well, but what we didn’t know was that even though his schedule was jam-packed, he flew in on September 27, leaving a lot of time to chill in Manila.

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The thought of Park Seo Joon, one of South Korea’s most famous stars at the moment, walking around somewhere in Manila might’ve been absurd once. But that visual was cemented into our brains, because the actor and model gave us the ultimate fan service: his vlog.

The opening line was not only the first mention of where Park Seo Joon was going, but also proof that dad jokes are universal.

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park seo joon in greenbelt manila
park seo joon in greenbelt manila

He went around with a his Starbucks cup in hand for some shopping.

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park seo joon in manila

Then he talked about his nieces and his dog, which would make any of his hardcore fans swoon and/or explode.

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park seo joon in manila
park seo joon in manila
park seo joon in manila

While shopping, he also managed to highlight the pride and joy of the Filipino: San Miguel.

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Upon watching his vlog, we were at the edge of our seats waiting for which restaurant he graced his presence with. After passing by Japanese ramen joint Ippudo and dessert spot Gelatone, he finally settled for a spot for merienda.

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park seo joon in manila

Took a while for us to figure out where he ate based on his surroundings, and us being modern-day Nancy Drews, deduced that he didn’t eat at Greenbelt at all, he chose The Peninsula Manila!

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For his merienda, he orders a lovely Afternoon Tea set for him and his crew. His first choice was a scone, and as if we needed another reason to love him more, he puts a crazy amount of butter on his snack like the rest of us.

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park seo joon in manila

As the vlog goes along, he walks around Greenbelt at night for one last time, but goes back to the hotel for an amazing dessert. So cute that he has a sweet tooth, btw. Pen Pals, Manila Peninsula’s over-the-top specialty. A loaded tower of ice cream, with 19 scoops of Rocky Road, Double Dutch, Mango, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Vanilla, finished off with cherries, Stickos, marshmallows, and whipped cream.

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Look at him snap a photo and use his incredibly muscular forearm for scale.

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Watch the rest of the video on his YouTube channel!

Screenshots from Park Seo Joon’s YouTube video

In Makati? Check Out Your Ultimate Guide on Greenbelt Restaurants to Cross Off Your Food Bucket List

When it comes to enjoying the best of the best in Makati, Greenbelt is a pretty solid bet to delivering world class satisfaction. From first class, premium international brands to incredible local products worth-trying, Greenbelt has got it all when it comes to food, fashion, and more.

But this sprawling space (split up to 5 major areas!) can be tough to navigate and you can easily miss out on a must-try spot.

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And that’s where we come in! We did the legwork and mapped out some of our favorite food spots, sorted by location, for you to enjoy the next time you’re in Greenbelt.

Read on for Booky’s Ultimate Guide to the Best Restaurants in Greenbelt!

Greenbelt 1

Earle’s Delicatessen – Greenbelt 1

Earle’s is your go-to deli that offers European Sausage and other deli favourites. Their known for their naturally smoked meats and they also serve gourmet sandwiches and deli platters using their very own signature meats.

It’s for people who want a good and freshly made sandwich straight from the deli. It’s not for those looking for a more formal type of setting.

Recommended dishes: Smoked Chicken Roast with Canadian Back Bacon, Kielbasa Sausage, Hickory BBQ Spareribs 
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Greenbelt 1, Greenbelt Drive, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 8403-4792

Cafe Mediterranean – Greenbelt 1

Cafe Mediterranean is a restaurant that serves up all things Mediterranean that isn’t only familiar to the Filipino palate but can also be customized by those who are ordering – from the pita to the add-ons.

It’s for foodies who enjoy spicy and flavorful dishes with a kick. It’s not for eater who like mild tastes

Recommended dishes: Kebab Pizzas, Hummus, Baklava, Foule, and Chocolate Fudge Cake
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G/F Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7720 8757

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The Perfect Pint – Greenbelt 2

The Perfect Pint is the perfect place for those looking for the best local beers and barchow. Proudly claiming to be the first gastropub that focuses on finding the perfect pairing of local craft beer and Filipino cuisine classics, The Perfect Pint is the bar to go to for a fresh and fun night.

It’s for those who need great pulutan to go with their drinks. It’s not for appetites that don’t enjoy local flavors.

Must-try dishes: Oyster Sea-Sig, Cirpsy Pork Knuckles, Heap of Fresh Bacon
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Level 1, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7750 0288

8Cuts Burger Blends – Greenbelt 2

homegrown concept of The Moment Group, 8Cuts is an authentic burger joint that gives fast food favorites an upgrade, using only the good stuff—from all-beef patties, to the freshest veggies, house-made bacon and buns.

Recommended dishes: Truffle Honey, Good Ol' Fried, and Dear Rosemary.
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza Street, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7625 2792

Chihuahua Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar – Greenbelt 2

Chihuahua is a Tex-Mex grill and late night salsa bar, where customers queue to build their own taco, burrito bowl, burrito, and salads.

It’s for adventurous foodies who like a kick to their meals. It’s not for picky eaters who tend to avoid spice

Recommended dishes: Two Bean Burrito, Burrito Bowl, Fat Taco 
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 7625-0106

Manam – Greenbelt 2

Home of the best Sisig in Manila, Manam specializes in serving up classic Filipino comfort food along with some must-try twists!

It’s for those who would like classic or modern options for their favorite Filipino dishes. It’s not for those looking for an intimate dining experience. 

Recommended dishes: House Crispy Sisig, Original Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon, Pancit Sisig
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7625 0515

The Wholesome Table – Greenbelt 2

Get a seat at The Wholesome Table and treat yourself to fresh, delicious, and organic meals that will keep your tastebuds happy while still staying healthy!

It’s for those who prefer organic or vegetarian meals. It’s not for people looking for the the overindulgent and carb-heavy meals.

Recommended dish: Bistek-Tagalog
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 717-1000; (0917) 170-8227

Sugi – Greenbelt 2

Sugi is one of Manila’s oldest Japanese restaurants dating back to over 30 years. They serve authentic Japanese cuisine with their beautifully designed interiors and they also provide rooms if you wish to have a more intimate dinner with friends and family.

It’s for those looking for a higher end Japanese dining experience. It’s not for those looking for a basic ramen fix

Recommended dish: Kobe Beef Steak (Teppanyaki), Tori Kuwayaki, Wagyu Yakiniku, Tai Teppanyaki
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St., Makati
(02) 7757-3678; (02) 7757-3679

Italianni’s Restaurant – Greenbelt 2

Longing for some good family time? Well, you need the 3 Ps – people, pasta, and people – all of which you can find at Italianni’s, an Italian restaurant that serves up pizza, pasta, and a variety of meats

It’s for big groups looking for an Italian feast. It’s not for those who prefer smaller servines

Recommended dishes: Insalata Rucola, Truffle Chicken and Mushroom, Parmesan Crusted Fish Fillet, Crispy Pork Ribs
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Estrella St., Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7728 0283; (0977) 819 1213

Cyma – Greenbelt 2

Whether you’re inspired by movies that feature Greek food – Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, & My Big Fat Greek Wedding – or inspired to live a healthier life, you’re sure to find staple Greek dishes at Cyma. 

It’s for eaters who love Greek and Mediterranean flavors. It’s not for those looking for familiar and Filipino dishes

Recommended dishes: Paidakia, Solo Grilled Lamb and Watermelon Salad, Roasted King Crab Legs, Cyma Fillet Mignon
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G/F Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St., Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7729 4837; (0917) 139 1762

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Ooma – Greenbelt 3

Ooma (a play on the word Uma, meaning “good”) is a modern Japanese restaurant that promises bold Japanese flavors at affordable prices. Known to little, it also serves unlimited rice, just call on the servers roaming around.

It’s for people who enjoy Japanese cuisine with a contemporary flair. It’s not for those looking for authentic Japanese cuisine and a short queue.

Recommended dishes: Aburi Maki selections, Hanger Steak, and Buta Kakuni.
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2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7576 8446

Single Origin – Greenbelt 3

Single Origin is a popular hangout spot where coffee and alcohol lovers can find common ground. It features a hefty all-day breakfast menu and a beverage list that includes specialty coffee and alcohol-based drinks. 

It’s for those who enjoy a luxurious brunch. It’s not for people who only want a light meal

Recommended dishes: Single Origin Burger, Surf n Turf Beer Dough Pizza, S.O. French Toast 
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G/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St, Ayala Center, Makati
(0977) 390 0429; (02) 7728 2467

Flatterie – Greenbelt 3

Flatterie is a modern Italian restaurant created by the esteemed Todd English food group. Specializing in freshly-made, premium flatbread pizza, Flatterie will turn into your go-to for authentic and accessible Italian cuisine in no time!

It’s for foodies who want to try high-end and creative pizzas. It’s not for those who just want some cheese-stuffed crust.

What to order: Carbonara Flatbread, Fig and Prosciutto Flat Bread, Aglio Olio pasta

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Pound by Todd English – Greenbelt 3

Pound is a burger spin-off of Todd English Food Hall’s burger station. It serves gourmet burgers and sliders in a vintage-inspired setting, carrying an intimate 1920s speakeasy vibe.

It’s for burger lovers who don’t mind spending a little extra for premium quality. It’s not for those who don’t like eating messy.

Recommended dishes: Todd English Poutine, T.E. Crispy Chicken Burger, Truffle Risotto Tater Tots
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2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati

Din Tai Fung – Greenbelt 3

Din Tai Fung is an award-winning and half-century old Taiwanese restaurant brand known the world over for its quality and consistency. You don’t have to fly anywhere for their world-famous Xiao Long Bao.

It’s for foodies looking for an affordable but world-class dining experience. It’s not for those looking for Japanese or Korean flavors.

Recommended dishes: Braised Beef Noodle Soup, Black Pepper Beef, Pork Xiaolongbao
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2/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7719 1645

Café Breton – Greenbelt 3

Café Breton serves an all-breakfast menu and a lot of delicious crepe desserts; it’s perfect for brunch with your friends or family.

It’s for people who enjoy breakfast food and love to eat it at any time of the day. It’s not for those who are looking for a more romantic and intimate dining experience.

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G/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7757-4124

Pepi Cubano – Greenbelt 3

Pepi Cubano, as in their name, serves authentic Cubanos and other sandwiches. They’re not exactly a sit down type of restaurant but their cubanos are so good that it’ll leave you wanting more.

It’s for people who are into Cuban cuisine and especially their version of a sandwich. It’s not for those looking for burgers and other usual fast food dishes.

Recommended dishes: Pepi Cubano, Pan de Bistec
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4/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati

People’s Palace – Greenbelt 3

Another concept from Chef Colin Mackay (Sala BistroBlackbird) is People’s Palace – a modern Thai restaurant tucked in the Garden Side of Greenbelt 3 considered a benchmark in Manila’s culinary map for Thai cuisine. 

It’s for those who want to enjoy Thai food in a more refined setting. It’s not for people on a tight budget.

Recommended dishes: their Prawn Spring Rolls, Prawn, Pomelo, Chicken and Coconut Salad, Thom Yum Goong, and Green Chicken Curry.
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G/F Greenbelt 3, Garden Side, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 729-2888; (0917) 819-4375

Falafel Yo – Greenbelt 3

Falafel Yo is an Israeli falafel and salad bar that serves quick, fresh and healthy falafel sandwiches.

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3/F Greenbelt 3, Cinema Level, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7720 5963

Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana – Greenbelt 3

Featuring an open kitchen, Motorino’s guarantees crisp pizzas straight out of the oven. Their dough is handmade and topped with premium ingredients like extra virgin olive oil and Fiod di Latte mozarella.

It’s for pizza and pasta lovers. It’s not for anyone looking for sushi and sahishimi

Recommended dishes: Prosciutto Di Parma, Roasted Prawns, Caesar Salad 
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Soban K-Town Grill – Greenbelt 3

Looking for a restaurant where you can bond with your barkada? Head on to Soban K-Town! It’s a Korean restaurant that serves up Korean-Mexican dishes and KBBQ which you can enjoy with their unlimited side dishes.

It’s for serious KBBQ lovers who want to get their money’s worth. It’s not for anyone who wants a light dinner 

Recommended dishes: 6-Flavor Samgyupsal, Korrito, Kimchi Fries, Tteokbooki 
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3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7750 4350; (09156) 789 5625

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Kimpura – Greenbelt 5

A restaurant that’s been consistently serving up Japanese cuisine in the country for more than 40 years already, Kimpura’s menu features a variety of teishoku, teppanyaki, tempura, sashimi, sushi and more Japanese classics all for the taking by passionate Japanese food foodies.

It’s for those who enjoy having their food cooked right in front of them, teppanyaki style. It’s not for people who aren’t willing to share a teppanyaki table with strangers as sometimes when the restaurant is packed, you may be seated with another party.

Recommended dishes: Ribeye Steak, Mixed Tempura, Wagyu Beef Sukiyaki and Nigiri Moriawase 
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4/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St., Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 7621-6791; (02) 7621-6792; (02) 7621-6793; (0997) 873-1258; (0943) 388-4395

Ippudo – Greenbelt 5

Ippudo is a Japanese restaurant that serves up simple Japanese dishes as well as specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen. Their ramen bowls are perfect for when you need a warm hug in the form of food. 

It’s for ramen-lovers who want a taste of this globally-acclaimed brand. It’s not for those who aren’t in to ramen.

Recommended dishes: Okonomiyaki, Nanban Karaage, Karake-Ramen 
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2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7239 2570

Ganso-Shabuway – Greenbelt 5

Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese style hotpot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other meat.

It’s for people who are looking for a healthier dining option. It’s not for those looking for unlimited pork and beef cuts. 

Recommended orders: Beef Shoyu Ramen, Kurobuta Pork Miso Ramen, Tan Tan Men Ramen
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2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7903 6763

Barcino – Greenbelt 2 & Greenbelt 5

Raise a glass to Spanish cuisine and culture with Barcino! Discover and delight in authentic Spanish dishes while savoring the best wines and spirits that Barcino has to offer.

It’s for people who love a good selection of sangria to pair with their favourite Spanish dishes. It’s not for those looking for a quick meal.

Recommended dishes: Paella Negra, Almejas A La Bilbaina, Torreznos, Paella a la Gallega 
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Cibo – Greenbelt 5

Run by Chef Margarita Forés, the famed Italian restaurant is a classic go-to for families, couples, and friends who want a satisfying yet sophisticated meal. 

It’s for groups of friends looking for a nice place to catch-up. It’s not for foodies who are looking to get super full

Recommended dishes: Fiori Di Zucca, Pate Di Fegato, and Tiramisu Croccante
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2/F Greenbelt 5, Legaspi St, Legazpi Village, Makati
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