With increasing openness for healthy foods and specialized menus, chefs are enjoying a bigger playground to experiment and create. Now, despite the many international franchises that arrived in the Philippines this year, Booky results show growing fondness from locals for homegrown eats. Here we list the top 10 most loved restaurants in Fort Bonifacio (or Bonifacio Global City or BGC or The Fort!) for the month of December; results are based on the number of people who have added a restaurant to their ‘Favorites’ list.
UPDATE: See the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in BGC this month (October 2016)!
10. Early Bird Breakfast Club – The Fort Strip
Last month’s #7
The Early Bird Breakfast Club is a whole-day breakfast cafe that has redefined and redesigned our breakfast favorites. They aim to serve ‘beautiful breakfast morning, noon and night’. It’s for people who loves beautifully plated dishes. It’s not for people looking for non-breakfast options. We recommend the French Toast Fondue and Yin & Yang Champorado. Our insider tip is to visit every Monday to Thursday from 7AM to 11AM for bottomless coffee. P.S. They’re open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
9. Mecha Uma – RCBC Corp Center
Last month’s #5
After the quick rise to success of Sensei Sushi, Chef Bruce Ricketts is again back with a bang with his creative kitchen studio Mecha Uma–the newest kid on the block hidden in the quieter side of Fort Bonifacio. Mecha Uma, which means absurdly delicious, serves mostly Japanese-inspired dishes that are sure to tickle your eyes and buds. It’s for people who are adventurous and want an out-of-the-box culinary experience. It’s not for people who are looking for a full plate. We recommend you to try their 10-course Omakase, which literally means ‘I’ll leave it to you’. Our insider tip is make sure to get one from the 10 most coveted seats at the degustation bar for a complete experience. Make advanced reservations.
8. Black Sheep – The W Fifth Building
Black Sheep is a single malt whisky bar and modern gastronomy restaurant in one sitting atop the W Fifth Building. It boasts of an intimate dining and whisky pairing experience with a view. They serve only a 5 and 7-course set menu designed by Chef Jordy Navarra. It’s for couples or small groups out to celebrate a special occasion. It’s not for big groups looking to share meals. Our insider tip is there’s a special set menu for vegetarians.
7. Mamou – Serendra
Mamou is definitely more than just ‘A Home Kitchen’. Innovation and consistency are key factors to thrive in the restaurant industry and Malou Flores has done exactly that. Just ask the Philippine Tatler, they’ve included Mamou in their annual Best Restaurants List for 7 straight years (which is the same number of years they’ve been operating). It’s for families and groups who enjoy comfort food in an elegant setting. It’s not for people who are looking for cheap wine nights. We recommend their Angus Ribeye Steak and Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream. Our insider tip is if you still have room for dessert, make sure to try their signature Key Lime Pie!
6. Abe Restaurant – Serendra
Last month’s #6
Abe is named after the late artist-writer and gourmet E. Aguilar “Abe” Cruz. The restaurant serves traditional Filipino food with Capampangan accents. It is part of The LJC Group of Restaurants, same group that manages Fely J’s, Cafe Adriatico, Lorenzo’s Way, etc. It’s for friends and family who want to feast on good food and have a good time. It’s not for intimate dates. We recommend the Lamb Adobo and Bamboo Rice. Our insider tip is to visit on your birthday for a serenade and free dessert.
5. Crisp on 28th – Alveo Corp Center
Crisp on 28th is a neighborhood cafe located on the 28th street in BGC created by ‘the fat kid inside’ Erwan Heussaff. It serves all-day breakfast and international favorites with a modern twist from Erwan, presented on beautiful vintage plates. It’s for the health conscious and yuppy crowd. It’s not for people looking to fill up on rice. We recommend the Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Salad and the Bibimbap. Our insider tip is always ask for the specials menu and try to stop by on Wednesday night for live music.
4. Sarsa Kitchen + Bar – BGC Forum
Last month’s #10
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar (‘sarsa’ meaning sauce in English) was created based on the premise that Filipinos love eating food with accompanying sauces or condiments. Celebrity chef JP Anglo, who is from Bacolod, has successfully housed the best of traditional Filipino and Negrense (from Negros) dishes into one kitchen. It’s for people who don’t mind a mix of flavorful sauces on their plates. It’s not for people who are on a ‘no-rice’ diet. We recommend the Sizzling Kansi and Inasal na Isaw. Our insider tip is no parking in BGC Forum.
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Forum South Global, 7th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
+63 2 866-0912
3. The Wholesome Table – Bonifacio High Street
Last month’s #2
The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves comfort food opened by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde who previously opened Aria in Boracay. All produce is organic and sourced locally where possible, the meat is pasture raised and ingredients are not processed or refined. It’s for the hip and health conscious. It’s not for people who drink carbtrim or coke zero. We recommend their powerbowls and smoothies. Their bestsellers are the Pork Chops and the Meatloaf, but customers seem to be in love with their Burrata and Chicken Dukkah Salad. Our insider tip is that it’s dog-friendly so bring along your best buddy.
2. Wildflour Café + Bakery – Net Lima Building
Last month’s #4
Wildflour Café + Bakery Fort Bonifacio is the first branch of this popular restaurant group offering international fare and specialty breads and cakes. It is a bakery at heart and once famed for being the cronut destination in Manila. It’s for people who enjoy the feeling of slow Sunday mornings. It’s not for people who want a quiet or quick meal. We recommend their grilled cheese salad and soup combo and their mushroom salad. Their bestsellers are the pulled pork sliders and the kimchi steak fried rice. Our insider tip is to get pastries for 50% off after 7PM! Their much-coveted cronuts are still available, for pre-order.
1. Todd English Food Hall – SM Aura
Last month’s #1
Todd English offers food from all over the world in an upscale food hall setting. A large restaurant with 9 different food stations, it is branded after American celebrity chef Todd English. It’s for people who like big menus or want to eat in a big group. It’s not for an intimate experience. We recommend the two way duck, Brooklyn meatball spaghetti and their flat breads. Our insider tip is to order from their white truffle menu (while stocks lasts). Also, after the widely popular and instagrammed OMG Cake comes the ‘The Bomb’, which we hear is the bomb.
Two new entries mean two more restaurants to add to your ‘Must Try’ lists. Tag your friends and plan ahead! If you’d like Booky to pay for your next food trip, join our Instagram contest here. Winners will be randomly selected on December 12, 2014. Good luck!