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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. Botejyu – SM Mall of Asia
Botejyu is a premier specialty restaurant from Japan and is the renowned pioneer of the okonomiyaki. It is also known as the innovator of the Okosoba (also known as “modernyaki”) which combines okonomiyaki and yakisoba noodles. It’s for those looking to try all of Japan’s specialties in one place. It’s not for foodies not willing to brave the long drive to Pasay. We recommend the Takoyaki All-Star, Beef Curry Udon, Mentaiko & Potato Mochiyaki and their Okosoba selections. Our insider tip is: You can upgrade your orders to a set meal that includes rice, kimchi, and a bowl of Hyogo Awaji Onion soup for only P90. Read our full feature here.
9. Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo – S Maison
Tsukada Nojo is a farm-to-table shabu-shabu brand originally from Japan and is known for its Bijin Nabe or golden chicken collagen hot pot, whose stock is stewed for more than 8 hours. Aside from hotpot, it also serves other modern Japanese dishes. It’s for people looking for a unique hotpot experience that includes beauty collagen. It’s not for those looking for traditional sushi and donburi meals. We recommend the Bijin Nabe hot pot and Chicken Nanban (original and spicy). Our insider tip is to ready your video cameras and watch the collagen pudding boil and turn into stock. Fun Fact: “Nojo” means farm and “Tsukada” is the name of their private farm in Miyazaki, Japan.
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Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard cor Coral Way, Pasay
8. Buffet 101 – SM by the Bay
Buffet 101 is a local buffet restaurant serving international cuisine with a ‘five-star hotel feel’ but at an affordable price. They claim to have the longest buffet table with the opening of their Glorietta branch. It’s for people looking to fill up their tummies without hurting their pockets. It’s not for people with small appetites. We recommend you plan out and pace your food helpings. Our insider tip is to save room for dessert as customers are raving about them, especially their yogurt ice cream.
Reservations are accepted
SM Mall of Asia Complex, Bldg K, Seaside Blvd, Pasay
7. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse – Newport Mall
Last month’s #5
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener is one of the top steakhouses in New York brought in by the SumoSam group. Aside from its already popular signature 100% dry-aged prime steaks, expect its menu to include seafood cocktails, soups, salads, and a selection of desserts—including New York cheesecake specially flown in. It’s for heavy steak eaters and some good wine. It’s not for casual beer nights. Here’s a fun fact: Wolfgang, not the celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, was previously a head waiter at Brooklyn’s Peter Luger.
6. Spiral Buffet – Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Sofitel Manila’s Spiral Buffet is one of the most lavish buffets in the country. It has 21 dining ateliers showcasing the best of international cuisines, which includes a L’Epicerie, or the “cheese room”. It’s for a grand experience and photo taking opportunities with your family and friends. It’s not for people who don’t eat much.We recommend you leave room for their cheese selections and foie gras station. Our insider tipis you can get Spirals Gift Certificates for gifting or your own consumption.
5. Dohtonbori – Mall of Asia
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 get P200 off when you book at their Greenhills or SM North branches.
4. Ippudo – Mall of Asia
Last month’s #4
Ippudo is a popular ramen joint specializing in Hakata-style Tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen produced in their kitchen and tailor-fitted for the Filipino palate. It is a joint venture with the guys at Yabu. It’s for straight up ramen minus the fancy embellishments of modern cuisine. It’s not for people looking for an extensive Japanese menu, although special items are regularly introduced. We recommend the Shiromaru Motoji ramen and the pork buns. They also serve a mean Matcha Brulee. Our insider tip is that cute “kiddie sets” may be requested for your little ones. P.S. Ippudo Matsuri cards are now available. Customers get free ramen after completing all 5 ramen sidekicks stamps.
3. Paradise Dynasty – S Maison
Last month’s #3
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 8 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: Paradise Dynasty has one function room for your private events. Book ahead!
2. Four Seasons Hotpot City – SM by the Bay
Last month’s #2
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.
1. Vikings Luxury Buffet – SM by the Bay
Last month’s #1
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.
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