This month, are you team SG or Japan?
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Mandaluyong, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
10. Ippudo – SM Megamall
Last month’s #9
Ippudo is a popular ramen joint specializing in Hakata-style Tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen produced in their kitchen and tailor-fitted for the Filipino palate. It is a joint venture with the guys at Yabu. It’s for straight up ramen minus the fancy embellishments of modern cuisine. It’s not for people looking for an extensive Japanese menu, although special items are regularly introduced. We recommend their Shiromaru Motoji ramen and the pork buns. New tsukemen ramen is available too. Our insider tip is that cute “kiddie sets” may be requested for your little ones. P.S. Ippudo Matsuri cards are now available. Customers get free ramen after completing all 5 ramen sidekicks stamps.
9. Green Pastures – Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Last month’s #7
Green Pastures is a farm-to-table restaurant concept created by Chef Robby Goco of crowd-favorite Cyma. It promises to deliver locally-sourced, produced, and wholly organic dishes. This is its first of three branches currently. It’s for healthy food finders around the metro. It’s not for people looking for greasy food. We recommend their signature salads, homemade cheeses, the Steak & Eggs and Ultimate F2T Lasagna. Our insider tip is Green Pastures BGC is the only branch that serves breakfast starting at 8 to 11AM. See their new breakfast menu here.
8. Yo! Panda – SM Megamall
Last month’s #5
Yo! Panda is a homegrown and family-owned modern Hong Kong-style restaurant serving Asian-inspired dishes and desserts. Their Instagram-worthy restaurant is the perfect location to snap a few good photos of their beautiful eggette waffle sundaes and more. It’s for foodies craving for unique Hong Kong comfort food. It’s not for people looking for roasted meat rice toppings. We recommend the Crispy Pork Chop with Cheese Sauce and Noodles, Crispy Roasted Pork Belly, Super Xiao Long Bao, HK milk tea and their signature HK Egg Waffle Sundaes, made with Italian gelato. Our insider tip is ask for your waffles to be served separately if you don’t want it to get soggy with the sundae. See more photos and info here.
7. BLK 513 – SM Megamall
BLK 513 is Manila’s first ever premium and gluten-free activated charcoal-enhanced frozen yogurt. Choose between dark skim cup or cone and top it with a unique selection of crunches, fruits and sauces. It’s for health-conscious dessert lovers. It’s not for people who prefer traditional ice creams. We recommend the Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie, Peach Mango Float, or you can be adventurous and customize your own. Popular sauces include cereal milk and milk jam, a new Faux Ferrero sauce is available; top crunches include the Valrhona Baby and White Chocolate Oldie. Our insider tip is watch out for dark lips after eating.
6. Ooma – Mega Fashion Hall
Last month’s #2
Ooma is a modern Japanese restaurant by the Moment Group and young acclaimed chef Bruce Ricketts, the same partnership that brought us Mecha Uma. Ooma, a wordplay on Uma meaning ‘good’, promises bold Japanese flavors at affordable prices. It’s for heavy rice eaters, rice is unlimited. It’s not for people looking for ramen. We recommend the Soft Shell Crab Taco-Maki, Hangar Steak and Uni Udon. Our insider tip is that at Ooma, you get to ‘brush’ (not dip) soy sauce on your sushi.
5. Din Tai Fung – Mega Fashion Hall
Last month’s #6
Din Tai Fung is an internationally-known dim sum restaurant from Taiwan and a 5-time Michelin awardee most famous for their xiao long bao. Expect a showcase of their expert wrappers thru their signature open kitchen window. It’s for curious foodies who want to know what the fuss is all about. It’s not for people looking for roasted meat rice toppings. We recommend the Classic and Truffle XLB’s, spicy shrimp wantons, pork chop rice, and the dan dan noodles. Insider tips: (1) The menu is tailor-fitted for the Philippines and may differ from other international menus (i.e., the Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun), and (2) You can order your beef noodles your way–all beef or all tendon, or half and half.
4. Yayoi – SM Megamall
Yayoi (pronounced as ya-yo-wee) is a contemporary Japanese restaurant offering set menu dining called Teishoku–a balanced tray of rice, miso soup, tsukemono (Japanese pickles), a main dish and a side dish. It’s for solo diners or groups of four. It’s not for big group dining or parties. We recommend the Sukiyaki, Namban (fried chicken steak) and the Mix Toji Teishoku, which has sukiyaki beef, fried shrimp and pork katsu. Our insider tip is each table is equipped with an iPad for your orders.
3. Makansutra – SM Megamall
Helmed by Makansutra Singapore founder, KF Seetoh, Makansutra is a Singapore hawker-inspired food hall with 12 specialty stalls that offer popular street food from around the world, so no it doesn’t offer just Singaporean dishes. It’s for people who are craving authentic Asian cuisine. It’s not for those looking for a Filipino twist, because the taste are not adjusted at all. We recommend the Ah Tee Oyster Omelette, Satay Set, Laksa, Chicken Claypot Rice, and the famous Hainanese Chicken Rice. Our insider tip is the place has poor ventilation and may get too smokey.
2. Vikings Luxury Buffet – SM Megamall
Last month’s #1
Vikings Luxury Buffet has redefined the buffet service industry; what was once mostly available in hotels catering to the upper classes has now been made available to the middle class. It’s for families and groups who are looking to celebrate special occasions affordably. Customers are loving their avocado ice cream. It’s not for people who prefer the ambiance of a hotel buffet. Our insider tips are (1) Visit on your birthday month for a free meal. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID. (2) Book at these branches to get up to P500 off your bill.
1. RB CTY / Rib City – Pioneer
RB CTY / Rib City is a fun and interactive American diner specializing in tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs. Other items on the menu include pasta, salads, soup and other mains. In line with their restaurant concept, guests are encouraged to play and build legos while waiting for orders. It’s for lunch breaks with workmates in the area, barkada nights out or weekend play dates with the kids. It’s not for people who are looking for a quiet place to work in. We recommend the Big City with CTY rice or the Twin Tower. Our insider tip is non-rib eaters can still enjoy their burger and Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
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