Chinese or Korean food, which one would you choose?
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Manila, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
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10. Kenny Rogers Roasters – SM San Lazaro
Last month’s #8
With their signature roasted chicken and famous muffins, Kenny Rogers has been a staple restaurant for Filipinos for generations. Homestyle meals, healthy options, steaks, and ribs – plus an assortment of sides that have countless of combinations! It’s for people who are looking for affordable and delicious meals. It’s not for people who are looking for a fine dining experience. We recommend the Roast Chicken Plate, Honey Bourbon Ribs, Spaghetti with Meatballs and OMG Unfried Fried Chicken. Our insider tip: you can get buy one get one deals like Cheeseburgers, Chicken Quesadillas, and Burrito! Read more here.
9. Wai Ying Fastfood – Binondo
Wai Ying is a famous casual Chinese restaurant that’s popular for its cheap dimsum and HK roast rice toppings. It’s one of Binondo’s most go-to and iconic restaurants. Everything that’s served here is pretty straightforward so don’t expect fancy interiors and plating when you visit. It’s for people who are craving for authentic Hong Kong rice toppings. It’s not for people who are looking for a fine dining experience. We recommend the Roasted Duck/Asado Rice, Sweet & Sour Pork Rice, Wanton Mami, and Bola-Bola Congee. Our insider tip:
No reservation accepted
810 Benavidez St., Binondo, Manila
8. Ilustrado – Intramuros
Last month’s #4
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines. It’s for people who want to bring their family and friends for a get together meal. It’s not for people who are not willing to drive all the way to Intramuros. We recommend you to try their Paella Ilustrado, Adobong Bagnet with Prawns, kare-kare, sinigang, kaldereta and morcon. Our insider tip: Try their Sampaguita Ice Cream! You’ll only be able to find it at Ilustrado.
744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
7. Yabu – Robinsons Place Manila
Yabu is the leader in all things katsu, which is Japanese for the word ‘cutlet’. Owner John Concepcion of Unilever RFM Ice Cream, Inc. brought in Chef Kazuya Takeda from Tokyo to partner with him in creating this specialized dining experience. It’s for people of all ages who like their food deep-fried and can eat unlimited sides. It’s not for people looking for a wide Japanese menu selection. We recommend the Kurobuta Premium set. Our insider tip: Fill out their VIP form and get a ‘surprise’ e-mail (a.k.a. free Katsu) on your birthday.
6. Makchang Korea Restaurant – Adriatico
Mak Chang is a Korean restaurant specializing in grilled meat.. It’s forfriends and families who want an authentic Korean dining experience. It’s not for small appetites, as each customer is required to order at least 2 meat dishes from their menu. We recommend their specialties like the Galbisal and Beef Galbi and Samkyupsal, which come with unlimited sides. Our insider tip: Mak Chang is open until 4am.
No reservations accepted
Adriatico St cor Pedro Gil, Malate, Manila
5. Cuaderno – Strada Street Food Park
Last month’s #2
Cuaderno is a library-inspired Filipino-Mexican joint serving up dishes like sisig nachos, Mexican braised beef ribs, and nacho chili con rice. With a mission to encourage a culture of knowledge, Cuaderno also offers a wide range of books for reading that its customers can enjoy while dining. It’s for students who are looking for a meal after class. It’s not for people who aren’t into reading. We recommend you get their Cuaderno’s Mexican Braised Ribs, Buffalo Wings, Beef & Cheese Quesadillas, and Nacho Grande. Insider tip: Some of the books in Cuaderno are for sale.
4. Samgyupsalamat – Leon Guinto, Malate
Last month’s #6
Samgyupsalamat is a Korean BBQ restaurant popular to students and nearby residents of DLSU-Manila. It recently opened a new branch in Jupiter. Enjoy barbecuing and other Korean favorites like Bibimbap, spicy noodles and other grilled meat. It’s for meat and Korean food lovers alike. Hungry folks looking to unwind are welcome too. It’s not for shy appetites. We recommend you wear loose jeans (sweatpants are ideal) and come hungry. You’ll thank us later. Our insider tip: stock up on a plate each for meat and greens. It saves time and effort in the long run.
Reservations are accepted
Leon Guinto cor Estrada St, Malate, Manila
3. Bao Bar – UN Ave.
Tucked in Hub: Make Lab, Bao Bar offers different flavored bao, noodles, and other Asian dishes. This is their first branch in the Metro. It’s for people who are crazy Asian cuisine fanatics. It’s not for people who are looking for big portion meals. We recommend the Pork Bao, Chicken Bao, Drunken Noodles, and Bao + Noodles combo. Our insider tip: watch out for their rice meals! They’re coming soon.
2. Tim Hortons — UN Ave.
Last month’s #3
Tim Hortons is Canada’s world-renowned coffee house. It’s for all coffee lovers who have a taste for premium caffeine blends and all the pastries that go with it. It’s not for third-wave coffee enthusiasts. We recommend the Original Blend Coffee, Iced Capps, and their donuts. Our insider tip: Tim Hortons now brews 24/7!
1. BITE (Buffet In Time Esplanade) – Sta. Cruz
Last month’s #1
BITE (Buffet in Time Espalanade) is the first to offer time-based buffet (168.00 for 30 minutes) in the Philippines. They offer a wide selection of an eat-all-you-can Asian and Western dishes. It’s for people who are on a budget, but still want a heavy meal. It’s not for people who want a sit down meal. We recommend their P368 buffet rate for unli time.
So, did your favorite restaurants in Manila make the list? Remember that your buds count, so don’t forget to always cast your votes! You can vote for them by clicking ‘Add to Favorites’ on the Booky app—we tally them each month to see the city’s best picks.