We’ve got a few returning favorites on the list!
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. Amare La Cucina – Kapitolyo
Amare La Cucina is an Italian restaurant from Baguio, famous for their brick-oven pizzas in unique flavors and slow-cooked baby back ribs. It’s for people who aren’t willing to travel all the way to Baguio for the good stuff. It’s not for those who are watching their carbs. We recommend trying any of their special pizzas like the Carbonara Pizza, Wagyu Pizza, or Foie Gras with Truffle Oil. Their ribs are also a must-try! Our insider tip: When your pizza is served, try taking a bite of the crust first and taste the warm crispy-chewy texture you can only get with a brick oven!
9. Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room – Closed
Raise a glass to good food and good vibes at Toast Asian Kitchen and Tasting Room. They are bringing some lesser known Asian dishes into the spotlight as well as putting spins on some classics of the cuisine. Aside from their modernized Asian dishes, what sets Toast apart is their tasting room where you can purchase hard to find liquors and wines. This unique aspect of the restaurant allows them to use these rare and varying flavors when creating their range of cocktails. It’s for people who love asian fusion dishes. It’s not for people who are craving for ramen dishes. We recommend their Tom Yum Meatballs, Blaksa, Wagyu Beef with Chinese Broccoli and Twice-Cooked Pork with Salted Egg Fried Rice. Our insider tip: Toast has weekly specials and the occasional off menu item so keep an eye out!
8. Nikuya Charcoal Grill & Shabu Shabu – Closed
Last month’s #5
Nikuya is a local concept that’s first to offer Korean grill with Japanese hotpot in one place. Nikuya, along with new restaurants like Kko Kko, Buta+Wagyu, etc. is owned by TV personality and host, Grace Lee. It’s for foodies who love both Japanese and Korean cuisines. It’s not for people looking for sushi and other Japanese specialties. We recommend the Korean BBQ samgyupsal and karubi (boneless short rib), as well as their value-for-money shabu shabu set good for 2-3 persons. Insider tip: Nikuya, which means “butcher” in Japanese, houses a mini-butchery that offers a selection of high-caliber wagyu beef from Buta+Wagyu.
7. Main Street Restaurant – Kapitolyo
Main Street is a Canadian-inspired restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine. It’s for diners looking for some good comfort food, especially for the weekend. It’s not for people who are strict with their diet. We recommend their famous Poutine, the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Pork Chop. Our insider tip: Get 20% off on all cocktails every Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm.
6. 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 (in photo), 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.
5. Shinsen Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #3
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.
4. 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 and newly opened Carnivalé). 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.
3. Sibyullee Flavors of Seoul – Ayala Malls The 30th
Last month’s #5
Sibyullee, being the third concept of the Happy Foods Group and award-winning Korean restaurateurs Mr. Sung Rah and wife, Mrs. Yoo Chang, serves modern Seoul BBQ and street food dishes like the Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice, Galbi Cheese Barbecue, Tornado Potato, and more. It’s for Korean food lovers, especially if you love cheese as well! It’s not for people who can’t use chopsticks. We recommend their Signature BBQ Combo Set, perfect for groups and filled with cheesy goodness. Our insider tip is: to order their Volcano Kimchi Fried Rice and watch as it bubbles with cheesy gooey deliciousness.
2. Salute Friery & Pizza Bar – Closed
Last month’s #2
Salute Friery & Pizza Bar is a quaint and chill resto bar in Kapitolyo, which serves fresh brickfire pizza, fried comfort food and rice meals to go along with their specialty drinks like cocktails and shooters. It’s for people who want to have a good time and unwind after a hectic day. It’s not for people who are looking for a place to study or work. We recommend their Salute Fries, Lemon Fried Chicken in Oats, Seafood Crunch and Salute All-Meat Pizza. Our insider tip: they feature some of the top DJs in Metro Manila! Follow their social media accounts to catch their schedules.
1. Kko Kko – Sapphire Bloc
Last month’s #1
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.
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North Tower, The Sapphire Bloc Building, Sapphire Road cor Onyx and Garnet St, Ortigas, Pasig
67 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
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