It’s an Asian feast!
Insider tip: If you book at the Prime Restaurants below through Booky you can get a free dessert after your meal when you fill out the feedback form on our app!
10. Shinsen Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #7
Shinsen is a homegrown Japanese bar and restaurant serving the freshest and finest classic Japanese dishes. The kitchen staff is proudly Filipino and was trained professionally by Japanese chefs. It’s for anyone craving for authentic Japanese food. It’s not for those looking for fusion dishes or modern twists. We recommend their well-loved Norwegian Salmon Sashimi, Kari Kari Yaki Oysters, Chirashi Donburi, and special Japanese Panna Cotta. They just released a new collection of sushi donuts! Our insider tip is: Enjoy two hours of free parking at Sapphire Bloc, have your tickets validated at Shinsen.
9. Smokes Sizzling and Grill – Kapitolyo
Smokes Sizzling & Grill: an affordable watering hole in the heart of Kapitolyo that serves generous servings of grilled Filipino favorites. They serve beer starting at only P50 per bottle. It’s for groups who are looking for an affordable chill spot. It’s not for people who are sensitive to smoke and prefer to dine in an airconditioned place. We recommend trying out their Special Sisig that contains chicken skin. Our insider tip: Book a table through the Booky app to get P500 off your bill.
8. Miso Happy – City Golf Plaza
Miso Happy is a no-frills ramen joint in Pasig that serves affordable tonkotsu broth in different flavors. Sip and slurp on the Shio, Miso Corn, Tantanmen, Black Garlic, or Cheesy. It’s for ramen lovers on a budget. It’s not for those who are craving sushi and sashimi. We recommend trying out their ramen and pairing it with gyoza. Insider tip: You can get a discount of P500 is you use the Booky app to reserve a table!
7. Pho Hoa Vietnamese Noodle House – Ayala Malls The 30th
Pho Hoa is one of the first Vietnamese restaurants to open here in Manila. It serves good and hearty pho, spring rolls, vermicelli bowls, banh mi, Vietnamese coffee, and more. It’s for health buffs looking for low-calorie pho. It’s not for folks expecting a fancy Vietnamese dining experience.
6. Locavore Kitchen + Drinks – Brixton St.
Last month’s #6
True to its name, Locavore serves only locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre (of Taqueria 101). The open kitchen and industrial interiors adds to the modern hipster vibe of the restaurant. It’s for people who enjoy a twist to the classics. It’s not for an intimate occasion. We recommend the Sizzling Sinigang (ask for extra gravy!), Lechon & Oyster Sisig, and its underrated Ginataang Kalabasa. For rice lovers, it’s good to know they also serve brown rice. Our insider tip: you can get a free dessert once you accomplish a feedback form to the restaurant using your Booky.
5. Ba-Be-Q Korean Charcoal Grill – Metrowalk
Ba-Be-Q is a Korean grilling restaurant that has charcoal grills on every table. This no-frills restaurant is known for their meat selection and is perfect for your next boozy night out. It’s for barkadas looking for a place to eat and drink. It’s not for people who prefer to have their meal served ready to eat. We recommend the unli wagyu BBQ. Insider tip: Ba-Be-Q is the only restaurant in the area that offers makchang or beef stomach.
4. Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew – Kapitolyo
Last month’s #4
Tittos is a modern diner serving the best of Latin American and Filipino fusion dishes. Your dining experience is made complete with the lively and colorful murals made by local artists. It’s for yuppies looking for a chill spot to hang out after work. It’s not for people craving for more traditional Filipino comfort food. We recommend the Nacho el Gigante, Kare-kare Burrito, Pollo Asado, and 18-hour Gaucho Steak. Our insider tip is find the secret speakeasy bar behind a Coca-Cola door; you’ll need a passcode. P.S. Don’t worry about parking, they offer free valet services.
3. Chubs Chasers – Kapitolyo
Formerly known as Chubs Steak at Manok, Chubs Chasers is the same casual Filipino-American diner serving their signature Divine Steak and Carvilicious Chicken, but with an expanded menu that includes ribs, burgers, pastas, desserts and other entrees. It’s for protein lovers who who want a filling meal. It’s not for people looking for fancy steaks. We recommend their Sinful Sandwich (in photo). Insider tip: Chubs Chasers also offers catering services!
2. Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #2
Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mom. Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean lunch box) – each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. It’s for foodies looking for new and unique Korean dishes. It’s not for people looking for grilled Korean BBQ. We recommend the Chicken Cheese Fondue, Snow Chicken Cheese, and Galbi Jim Dosirak. Our insider tip is the place is quite small and may get full quickly on peak hours, so make sure to book a table ahead of time. Fun Fact: Kko Kko was named after the sound that a chicken makes.
1. Kko Kko Home – Kapitolyo
Last month’s #1
Kko Kko Home is Kko Kko’s biggest branch. It’s a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mom. Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean lunch box) – each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. It’s for foodies looking for new and unique Korean dishes. It’s not for people looking for grilled Korean BBQ. We recommend the Chicken Cheese Fondue, Snow Chicken Cheese, and Galbi Jim Dosirak. Our insider tip is the place is quite small and may get full quickly on peak hours, so make sure to book a table ahead of time. Fun Fact: You can sometimes see Grace Lee’s little pupper chilling at the restaurant’s porch!
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