A returning entry grabs the #1 spot
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Pasay, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
10. Olivia & Co. – S Maison
Olivia & Co seeks to become the go to place for a gourmet experience. They serve artisanal coffee and tea to compliment food inspired by various cuisines of the world. It’s for those who love a nice filling meal with Asian twists and fresh ingredients. It’s not for those looking for simple dishes that don’t scream elegance. We recommend their Passion Fruit White Chocolate Cheesecake and Olivia’s Signature Carrot Cake for dessert!
9. Dohtonbori – SM Mall of Asia
Last month’s #3
All the way from Tokyo, Dohtonbori is Japan’s #1 okonomiyaki restaurant chain that offers the first cook-your-own okonomiyaki experience in Manila. It has over 300 stores in Japan, with branches in Thailand and Taiwan and this is its second branch in the Philippines. It’s for foodies who enjoy DIY meals, don’t worry the servers can also cook for you. It’s not for people who prefer American-style pancakes. We recommend the Ultimate Cheese Okonomiyaki, Deluxe Okonomiyaki, Four-Cheese Pizza, and their premium yakiniku. Our insider tip: You can also book and get discounts at their Greenhills or SM North branches.
8. Hawker Chan – SM Mall of Asia
Hawker Chan is known for serving the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred meal. The franchise from Singapore was brought here by the Foodee Global Concepts group (of Todd English, Pound, llaollao and FOO’D by Davide Oldani). It’s for those who love affordable and delicious roasted meats. It’s not for those who expect fine dining when they hear “Michelin-starred.” We recommend the soya chicken, char siew, and roasted pork. Insider Tip: Prepare to queue! It seems everyone can’t wait to get a taste of this affordable Michelin experience. Read our full feature HERE.
7. Four Seasons Hotpot City – SM by the Bay
Last month’s #7
From the group that created Vikings Luxury Buffet and NIU by Vikings comes a new hotpot buffet concept. Designed with a lavish and modern market interior, Four Seasons Hotpot City serves a wide assortment of fresh and healthy ingredients, and a number of appetizers, mains and desserts. It’s for foodies looking for a unique hotpot experience in a grand buffet style setting. It’s not for people who easily gets full. We recommend you visit on your birthday to dine for free, but you must bring a friend. Our insider tip is the VIP rooms give each customer a personal hotpot to cook with. Get more insider tips at Four Seasons here.
6. Paradise Dynasty – S Maison
Paradise Dynasty offers an innovative take on northern and southern Chinese cuisine. Aside from its signature hand-pulled noodles, it is the known to the world for being the first restaurant to offer colorful xiao long bao in eight premium flavors: Original, Black Truffle, Foie Gras, Garlic, Ginseng, Szechuan, Crab Roe, and Cheese. It’s for anyone who wants to try a unique take on the classic XLBs. It’s not for people looking for affordable wanton noodles. We recommend the Specialty Dynasty Xiao Long Bao basket so you can try all flavors, Lettuce Roll with Homemade Sesame Sauce, Dan Dan La Mian and Deep-fried Garlic Pork Ribs. Our insider tip: Queuing may take awhile because you are listed and called based on number of people.
5. Morganfield’s – SM Mall of Asia
Morganfield’s is a country grill and restaurant specializing in prime, slow-cooked skateboard pork ribs in various flavors, popularly known as “Sticky Bones.” The Malaysian franchise also serves other American favorites such as burgers, chops, steaks, seafood and more. It’s for carnivores! While they do have salads and some fish options, this place is more for people who love meat.
4. Burgoo – SM Mall of Asia
Last month’s #4
Founded in 1999, Burgoo is a casual dining restaurant that specializes in American cuisine serving comfort food favorites like ribs, wings, pastas and shakes. Fun fact: The name ‘Burgoo’ refers to a spicy stew dish from Kentucky that is often served with cornbread or corn muffins. It’s for big groups, serving sizes are for sharing. It’s not for people watching their calorie intake. We recommend their shrimp and ribs platter, Pasta Diane, Seafood Jambalaya and famous Mississippi Mudpie. Our insider tip: Despite being an American bar, Burgoo is actually kid friendly. Crayons are provided to keep everyone busy and creative while waiting for their orders. Read our full feature here.
3. Gringo – MAAX
Last month’s #1
Gringo is a homegrown restaurant serving Latin American and Tex-Mex specialties such as ribs, chicken, burritos and more. It’s a quick and casual concept brought to us by the same group behind the Tokyo Bubble Tea franchise. It’s for office goers’ lunch breaks, quick bites and afterwork drinks. It’s not for foodies looking for many rice meal options. We recommend the Southern Spice Chicken, Gringo Baby Back Ribs, Truffle Queso Quesadilla, Crispy Taco. Our insider tip is they also have kids menu for the little ones.
2. Vikings – SM by the Bay
Last month’s #2
Vikings Luxury Buffet opened its first branch in the Mall of Asia complex in 2011. Five years and 9 branches later, it is now considered the Philippines’ largest luxury buffet chain. This homegrown brand has expanded all around Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao (full feature here). It’s for families and groups who are looking to celebrate special occasions affordably. It’s not for people who prefer the quiet and relaxed 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) Avail P500 off any day at SM Jazz, SM Marikina, and SM BF branches when you book a table thru Booky.
1. Spiral – Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Spiral is a fine-dining buffet restaurant located in Sofitel Manila. Its elegant and fancy interior, wide range of international cuisine and 21 dining ateliers are the restaurants’ notable feature. It’s for the hungry souls ready to taste a bit of everything. It’s not for those who are done after plate number 1. We recommend EVERYTHING.
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