Metro Manila’s finest!

Each year, Metro Manila has brought us a spate of diversely palatable restaurants. Some local, some from foreign shores; and it’s something we look forward to as each new year passes by. From the many choices in the city, we’ve listed down 10 restaurants old and new considered to be, without a fail, most loved by Manila natives.

10. Ganso-Shabuway – multiple branches

Last month’s #6

Ganso-Shabuway Meat
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Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese style hot pot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other hot pot toppings. Plus, every order of single or sharing shabu-shabu set comes with unlimited rice, soup refills, and dipping sauces.

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 dishes: the Set B (for 2) with Spicy Miso broth. 

Insider tip: Ganso Shabuway has 2 branches in Makati - Rockwell and Greenbelt 5. Also don't forget, get up to ₱500 off your bill with Booky!

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9. Nono’s – multiple branches

Last month’s #10

Chocolate Oblivion Cake from Nono's
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Nono’s specializes in heartwarming comfort food— some of their favorites being the Roasted Beef Belly, Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken, and Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion. This month, they have a special menu dedicated to the heartwarming Holiday season for you and your family.

It’s for people who enjoy good ol’ classic comfort food. It’s not for people with small appetites.

Recommended dishes: their Roasted Beef Belly, Nono's Homestyle Fried Chicken, and Nono's Chocolate Oblivion.

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8. Silantro – multiple branches

Last month’s #8

Beef Nachos from Silantro
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Best known for their Beef Nachos loaded with melty cheese, chunks of beef, and tomatoes, it’s hard to overstate Silantro’s success proven by the long waiting lists for their restaurant. Even better, Silantro’s Fil-Mex dishes are budget-friendly and their addictive sauces— guacamole, chili sauce guacamole, and garlic salt are all refillable.

It’s for people who are craving Mexican comfort food at a reasonable price. It’s not for people who aren’t keen on waiting.

Recommended dishes: their Beef Nachos, Burrito, and Calliente Wings.

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2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
(0918) 251-4889

7. Din Tai Fung – multiple branches

Last month’s #9

Chocolate Xiao Long Bao
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Din Tai Fung is an award-winning and half-century old Taiwanese restaurant brand known the world over for its quality, consistency, and most importantly, world-famous Xiao Long Bao. Din Tai Fung Philippines is a venture by The Moment Group.

It’s for dumpling lovers who want to try high-quality xiao long bao. It’s not for foodies looking for fusion or modern cuisine. 

Recommended dishes: their Pork Xiaolongbao, Braised Beef Noodle Soup, and Black Pepper Beef.

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6. Soban K-Town – multiple branches

Last month’s #5

Soban K-Town Samgyupsal Set
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Born out of the desire to evolve Korean cuisine, Soban K-Town incorporates bold and new flavors into their traditional cuts of high-quality meat such as beef, pork, and chicken.

It’s for people who love Korean barbecue with tons of marinade and meat options. It’s not for people on a diet. 

Recommended dishes: their Samgyupsal Set and 6-Flavor Samgyupsal Set.

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5. Mendokoro Ramenba – various branches

Last month’s #3

Mendokoro Ramenba
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Arguably the best place to get ramen in Metro Manila, Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0. 

It’s for people who don’t mind queuing a bit for a spot at the table. It’s not for people who want rice bowls and other Japanese favorites. 

Recommended dishes: the Tantanmen, Shio Ramen, and Gyoza. 

Our insider tip: If you’re in a big group, be ready to be seated separately if you want to get seats faster.

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G/F V Corporate Center 125 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati
(02) 8478-9625

4. High Street Cafe – Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort

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Cheesecake with sugarwork from High Street cafe
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One of the most beloved buffets in Metro Manila, High Street Cafe is an all dining restaurant that features 9 “neighborhoods” a.k.a buffet stations: Western, Pan-Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, rotisserie, seafood, salad, and even dessert. Note: They ask that you come in smart casual attire.

It’s for people who love buffets with a wide variety. It’s not for people on a budget.

We recommend: Visiting the buffet for weekday lunches as it is relatively cheaper.

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Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort, 30th St corner 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 8820-0888

3. Blackbird – Makati

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Blackbird is an upscale contemporary European and Asian restaurant boasting some of the most high-end interiors Metro Manila has to offer, and it is headed by none other than Chef Colin Mackay, known for his famous restaurants Sala Bistro and People’s Palace.

It’s for special occasions. It’s not for last-minute plans as it is a reservation-only restaurant.

Recommended dishes: Dry Rubbed Wagyu Hanger Steak

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Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati
(02) 8828-4888; (02) 8828-1937

2. Manam – multiple branches

Last month’s #2

Manam Sisig
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Manam Comfort Filipino specializes in serving up Filipino favorites in both classics and twists, perfect for any occasion. Their House Crispy Sisig is known to be one of the best in Metro Manila.

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: their House Crispy Sisig, Original Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon, and Pancit Sisig.

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1. Spiral – Sofitel Manila

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Dimsum from Spiral
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With 21 stations, Spiral Buffet in Sofitel Manila serves a wide selection of gastronomic dishes from all over the world. Spiral has become a culinary mecca for its exquisite fare and their excellent service.

It’s for a gustatory experience. It’s not for people on a tight budget.

We recommend: Reserving a month before your chosen date. 

Reservations are recommended
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Plaza Level, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay
(02) 8551-5555; (02) 8832-6988

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