14 May2012

I am helping some friends come up with a list of “good” restaurants in Metro Manila. I had some input, but did so with the caveat that I don’t actually eat out that often, or at least when compared to some folks who love dining out. The idea is not to list out just the most fancy, expensive restaurants, but rather a mixture of reliable, delicious, good value, interesting places all over the city. This list will eventually be published, and restaurants are NOT ranked. But I wanted to ask for marketmanila.com reader input on what each of you consider your top 5 “go-to” places in the city… They can be pricey, cheap, ethnic, local, continental, etc. If you just gave it a minute’s thought, what five places could you see yourself returning to again and again? These can range from places in Quezon City all the way out to Alabang. Here are just some of the restaurants I had on my extended list: Milky Way, Pasay Road for pinoy food, Ukkokei Ramen Ron, Pasay Road for ramen, Sala/People’s Palace Greenbelt, Inagiku, Shangrila for Japanese, Lusso for drinks and pica-pica and of course Margarita’s Cibo for pasta, I listed out Mamou for steaks and pinoy comfort food, Massetto for high end dining, Tonkatsuya for hole in the wall tonkatsu at rock bottom prices, Chinese hole in the wall near Rockwell, Antonio’s if allowed to drive to Tagaytay, I like Cyma for Greek, Va Bene at the Petron Gas Station, Goose Station, Hai Shin Lou, Peking Garden, Dong Bei Dumplings in Chinatown, Tsukiji, etc. You can tell I am Makati-centric when it comes to dining. Which restaurants would be in your top 5 (hopefully I will find a few new places to try from your suggestions as well)? Thanks for your input… :)

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Regina says:

    Little Quiapo in BF Homes, Paranaque. They serve the best pancit bihon, sotanghon and sizzling pork barbeque. Affordable, too.

    May 14, 2012 | 10:41 am

     
  2. besYS says:

    My Top 5 :
    1) President Grand Palace, only in Chinatown ( Peking duck- 3 ways)
    2) Causeway Seafood Restaurant
    3) Mamou
    4) Miyabi Japanese Restaurant or Kuretake Japanese
    5) Cibo
    ;-)

    May 14, 2012 | 10:48 am

     
  3. Pam says:

    Wow. Just 5? This will take a lot of discipline! Not in any order:

    Hatsuhana Tei, esp for their sushi & sashimi
    Antonio’s
    Golden Bay
    Nav Modern Thai
    Everybody’s Cafe
    Mangetsu

    Sorry. I couldn’t leave it to just 5.

    I guess I understand why you don’t eat out as often, MM, since you cook so well! Now that I’m married and learning more dishes to cook from you & Jacques Pepin, I, too have not dined out as much as when I was a swingin’ single!

    May 14, 2012 | 10:52 am

     
  4. Masibang Maton says:

    1. Amici – Don Bosco
    2. Buddy’s – Reposo
    3. Country Spice – Tektite
    4. Pho Hoa – Megamall
    5. 8 Spices – Galleria

    May 14, 2012 | 11:21 am

     
  5. Anne :-) says:

    1. Sentro 1771
    2. Conti’s
    3. Nathaniels – Pampanga
    4. New Bombay
    5. Azuthai

    May 14, 2012 | 11:25 am

     
  6. Tiff says:

    I love Amoroma and Marcia Adams both in Tagaytay.

    Japanese Food: Tsumura is my number one so far. Although this can be a bit pricey.

    American: Chilis for the win!

    You should also try My Kitchen at Paco ^_^

    May 14, 2012 | 11:26 am

     
  7. Patricia says:

    1. Omakase Il Terrazo
    2. Kanin Club Ayala Triangle
    3. Komoro Soba Megamall
    4. Luk Foo Luzon
    5. Causeway Libis

    May 14, 2012 | 11:38 am

     
  8. Eternal Wanderer says:

    I’ll have to chip in Trellis as a vote! :D

    May 14, 2012 | 11:39 am

     
  9. kikas_head says:

    Hands down favorite restaurant is Taste of LA Cafe by T. Morato for both food and ambiance. Any restaurant that has a giant wood burning brick oven in it is way okay by me. They do international and Filipino cuisine equally good which is rare.

    Favorite casual is Chicken Parilla (Sct. Gandia). Best chicken inasal in the metro. The food is hot and the beer is cold and the service friendly.

    Best Mexican is Hermano’s Tacos (on Granada). Closest to San Francisco Mexican that I can find. Delicious rolled tacos, great pico de gallo, and in avocado season a killer guacamole. They also do a great horchata.

    Out of town, I love Antonio’s. Again, both for the food and ambiance.

    I live in New Manila, hence most of my favorites are in QC. I also try to avoid restaurants in malls. I just prefer stand alone restaurants (I think because I am from the US where mall food = chain and I have not fully gotten past that mental block yet).

    May 14, 2012 | 11:41 am

     
  10. niceyfemme says:

    Marketman, how near is the Chinese hole in the wall resto(?) in Rockwell? Can you describe it further please?

    May 14, 2012 | 11:59 am

     
  11. polly says:

    In no particular order:
    Omakase
    King Bee (my go-to for Chinese comfort food)
    Koko Buri (Clark)
    Mamou
    Charlie’s (Kapitolyo)

    May 14, 2012 | 12:11 pm

     
  12. ohinuj says:

    Konbini Store in Greenhills
    Chili’s for the best bacon burger in town with mashed potatoes
    Cafe Provencal in Shangri-la Mall
    Tender Bob’s
    Le Ching for lugaw and dry noodles with soup.

    May 14, 2012 | 12:15 pm

     
  13. JE says:

    - Mamou
    - Kulinarya
    - Ukkokei Ramen Ron
    - Recipes
    - Tsukiji (but those prices will literally kill me)

    I haven’t been to a lot of standalone eating places, as I usually just commute. Mostly it’s been in or near malls, which severely limits the variety.

    May 14, 2012 | 12:21 pm

     
  14. JEN says:

    1. gloriamaris greenhills
    2. cyma
    3. tao yuan malate
    4. omakase
    5. antonio’s tagaytay

    May 14, 2012 | 12:50 pm

     
  15. REd Yumang says:

    Hi MM,

    This comment is unrelated to the topic.

    You are featured today in a one whole page in Sunstar Cebu page B1, it says: MARKETMAN AND CEBU’S LECHON WHIZ. Kudos!

    I was following you ever since there was no Zubuchon. This blog has always been my inspiration, even in my blog now http://www.cookmygarden.com.

    By the way me and my friend from Hongkong dined last Wednesday night (May 9) in your One Mango branch and we were seated few tables away from your group.

    Hope I can feature you also in my blog one of this day.

    -red

    May 14, 2012 | 1:05 pm

     
  16. Miguel says:

    Happy Delicious for Taiwanese style turo-turo
    (Salazar Benvidez in Chinatown)

    May 14, 2012 | 1:06 pm

     
  17. Kris says:

    1. Mr. Poon – for their steamed lapu lapu with special sauce
    2. Causeway for the dimsum
    3. Gloria Maris
    4. Mien San in GH for the noodles :)
    5. Quick Snack in binondo for the fresh lumpia :)

    May 14, 2012 | 1:10 pm

     
  18. ariel says:

    My top 5, in no order:

    1. Antonio’s, Tagaytay
    2. Wild Ginger, Rockwell- southeast asian food
    3. Verbena, Tagaytay
    4. Aubergine, Fort – french
    5. a Thai hole in the wall near the entrance of UP Los Banos

    I used the criteria of which ones classify as “great” in my opinion, and not just “good” or “very good”.

    May 14, 2012 | 1:22 pm

     
  19. francis says:

    Champetre (Net One, BGC) – French comfort food.
    Mamou (Serendra, BGC) – steak and steak rice for the win!
    Zong (Fort Strip, BGC) – consistently good chinese food
    Abe (Serendra, BGC) – Pinoy comfort food
    Chocolate Kiss (UP, QC) – desserts!

    May 14, 2012 | 1:22 pm

     
  20. Joel says:

    for me, these are my restaurants:

    Luk Foo (Quezon Institute branch)
    Cafe Ysabel
    Caramia (for deserts)
    Cibo for their pasta
    Suzhou (Malate branch) for their xia long bao and noodles
    Josephine’s (Tagaytay) for the filipino food

    Sorry if I listed more than five.
    The food that they serve in these restaurants, I find them satisfying. The places also give a homey feel when I am dining there. :)

    May 14, 2012 | 1:33 pm

     
  21. Dogbone says:

    Tasty Dumpling in Binondo – best Hongma pork belly and Fried silver roll bread
    Sonya’s Garden for their healthy, eat-all-you-can food
    Everybody’s Cafe
    Cafe Med
    Toho in BF & Chinatown – classic, old-school, family style Chinese food

    Man, I’m Hungry!

    May 14, 2012 | 1:44 pm

     
  22. MiMac says:

    BGC area (where we usually are):
    1. Mamou- consistently good food and gracious waiters
    2. Kirin- for HK Chinese food
    3. CAV
    4. The Goose Station
    5. UCC for Sunday breakfast

    Others: Cantinetta, Phoa Hoa (our default resto in Eastwood)

    Dinner: Lemuria, Massetto, Tsumura, Apartment 1B, Sala

    May 14, 2012 | 2:11 pm

     
  23. Joe-ker says:

    1. Antonio’s
    2. Peking Garden
    3. Omakase
    4. Ukkokei
    5. Charlie’s Grind and Grill

    May 14, 2012 | 2:26 pm

     
  24. cwid says:

    For me, it’s Dampa at Seaside Macapagal. Very unpretentious place and could be stifling but service was great. And they have the freshest seafood. Being and eating there was quite an experience.

    During my recent trip to Manila, all the other restaurants we visited were disappointing. Mamou’s sinigang was very good but the roast chicken and pork dish was very bad. The accompanying beans were dry and looked unpalatable. Plating did not live up to my expectations for Mamou. The dessert portions were tiny and quality was not there. And the place was very noisy. More like a hangout for the young professionals. Maybe I am wrong as I was there only once.

    We had lunch at Cibo at Power Plant Mall and the food was forgettable. Maybe the dinner menu is better.

    So, in addition to Dampa, the other places that impressed me during past visits were Cafe Ysabel, Cafe Juanita, Antonio’s and Sonya’s Garden (in Pasig; the one in Rockwell was bleh). These would be my top 5.

    Thanks for putting together a list of good restaurants. I will definitely give them a try on my next visit.

    What about a list of those that disappoint?

    May 14, 2012 | 2:36 pm

     
  25. virgie says:

    Hi MM,

    Here is my list of 5:

    Goldilocks for Filipino comfort food (pansit palabok, BBQ, fresh lumpia, etc.)
    Cyma
    Cibo
    Gloria Maris
    Kanin Club

    May 14, 2012 | 3:16 pm

     
  26. Nel says:

    I’m listing this in no particular order. These are just our old reliables where we always come away happy =)

    1. Apartment 1B – good food & service
    2. Pasto – great value, love their version of carbonara
    3. Mamou – close to A1B in food & service
    4. Eat Well – yummy chinese food
    5. Purple Feet – food & wine galore

    May 14, 2012 | 3:40 pm

     
  27. philip says:

    Cafe Juanita.
    Tender Bobs.
    Lutong Macau.
    Antonio’s
    Kanin Club

    May 14, 2012 | 4:07 pm

     
  28. Shalum says:

    1.Gaudi-steak
    2. David’s Tea House- Chinese
    3.Pho Hoa- Vietnamese
    4.Seryna-Japanese
    5. Barrio Fiesta -Filipino

    May 14, 2012 | 4:10 pm

     
  29. Jenn Chon says:

    1. Uno Seafood Wharf – Escolta – Chinese Food
    2. Yingying – Dasmariñas St., Binondo – Chinese Food
    3. Wah Sun – F.Torres, Sta.Cruz – rice toppings (my fave is lechon gulay or more commonly known as lechon rice)
    4. Kimpura – Greenbelt – Japanese Food
    5. Highlands Steakhouse – Tagaytay Highlands – Steaks of course!

    May 14, 2012 | 4:31 pm

     
  30. Lydia P says:

    Kanin Club – UP-Ayala TechnoHub
    Red Garlic
    Buon Giorno – Tagaytay & Ortigas
    Lusso
    Palace – Shang EDSA

    May 14, 2012 | 4:37 pm

     
  31. MrsKookie says:

    In no particular order, these are the restaurants that I’d pick and would not mind going to, again and again (and sorry, I cannot limit to 5!)

    - Antonio’s (for the overall dining experience)
    - Omakase – for reasonable Japanese food and the variety of sushi
    - Mona Lisa (in Alabang) for Italian food
    - Kanin Club – for Pinoy food
    - Mamou for steaks
    - Luk Foo for no fuss Chinese food
    - Apartment 1B and Uno near Tomas Morato QC, for quiet, good food, private dining

    May 14, 2012 | 4:57 pm

     
  32. Alex says:

    1. Lolo Dad’s for Continental, Antonio’s
    2. Tsumura, Seryna for Japanese
    3. Mangetsu wonderful Japanese fusion
    4. Circulo for Spanish
    5. Tau Yuan, Peking Garden for Peking Duck, Shang Palace for Dimsum

    May 14, 2012 | 4:57 pm

     
  33. JoannaQ says:

    Racks – i dont think i will ever get tired if Racks. 
    Hana – japanese resto inside little tokyo. Love their tonkatsu & takoyaki.
    Wee nam kee for Roasted Hainanese chicken
    Korean Garden in Jupiter
    And Melo’s westgate alabang (just the one in alabang)..

    May 14, 2012 | 4:59 pm

     
  34. Elaine says:

    No particular ranking

    1.My Daily Veggie Cafe(for vegetarians) – Banawe St.,
    QC – moderately priced, but good
    2. Cyma Greek
    3. Feng Wei Wee for authentic Taiwanese Cuisine
    cheap but good – Banawe cor. Calamba St.,
    4. Mesa – Greenbelt5
    5. Ristras Mexican – jose abad, San Juan
    6. Charlie’s in San Juan

    May 14, 2012 | 5:26 pm

     
  35. LizCuy says:

    My favorite restaurants:

    Chinese: Lugang and Man Hann
    Filipino: Sentro 1771, Cafe Juanita, Kanin Club, and Abe
    Italian: Va Bene (at Petron Dasma/EDSA) and Cibo
    Thai: Azuthai and Jatujak
    Japanese: Ukkokei Ramen and Sugi

    May 14, 2012 | 5:31 pm

     
  36. Papa Ethan says:

    In random order:

    Trellis (QC) – for sisig, burong hipon and ice-cold beer

    Dragon Noodle House (MH del Pilar, Ermita) – for chicken siopao and beef tendon noodle soup

    May Farm (Mabalacat, Pampanga) – for ginisang locust and adobong salagubang

    Matutina’s (Tondaligan Beach, Dagupan) – for kilawing talaba, sinigang na samaral, and steamed crabs

    Cafe by the Ruins (Baguio City) – for Benguet coffee and fish roe pate on home-made bread

    May 14, 2012 | 5:42 pm

     
  37. Gerlyn says:

    Not in any particular order & not only five, sorry :)

    Cyma, my default for salads & Greek food
    Cibo, my default Italian resto
    Milky Way – their Halo Halo is still the best I’ve tasted
    Hill Station in Casa Vallejo – slow cooked food, although a bit pricey for Baguio
    Conti’s, value for money
    Hukad/Golden Cowrie in Cebu for baked scallops, I can easily polish off 2 plates :)

    May 14, 2012 | 6:13 pm

     
  38. Marga says:

    In no particular order:
    Mamou
    Yabu (Megamall)
    Kimpura (Greenhills or Greenbelt 5)
    Cibo
    Apartment 1B

    May 14, 2012 | 6:25 pm

     
  39. Topster says:

    My top 5:
    1. Antonio’s
    2. tie between Abe and Cafe Juanita
    3. Bellini’s (great pizzas, pastas and anti pastis)
    4. L’ Opera/Balducci
    5. Ryuma Ramen (Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Laguna) really good ramen, affordable and some of the cooks are Japanese!

    if I can add my number 6: Charlies’s Wanton house in SJ/Mandaluyong! Super sarap na beef wanton mami! :)

    May 14, 2012 | 6:46 pm

     
  40. johnvoltaire says:

    Metro Manila

    Nomama Artisanal Ramen, Scout Tuason, Quezon City – modern Japanese; I love their spicy ox tongue dry noodle (cubed lengua and black tofu, gochujang, bok choy, stewed/skinned tomato) & twice cooked pork belly teriyaki (free range pork belly–tender meat & crispy skin, apples, mild and fragrant teriyaki sauce; I like how they cover the dish in saran wrap and infuse applewood smoke)
    Va Bene Pasta Deli, Petron Dasma, Makati – Italian; I love their organic eggs tagliolini (hand rolled pasta, heavy cream, white wine, truffle oil, and portobello) & braised veal cheeks with gnocchi
    Gino’s Pizza, Katipunan, Quezon City – Italian; affordable neapolitan pizza baked in a real brick oven! I love their pizza bianca (kesong puti made in house, olive oil, garlic, ricotta, arugula, basil)–best to eat it as soon as it comes out from the oven; if left to sit out too long, the dough gets a but waterlogged from the kesong puti
    Pino Resto Bar, Teachers Village, Quezon City – modern Filipino; I love the pica pica, especially oysters in wasabi batter with teriyaki, Jap mayo, and roe & sisig tacos
    Mamou, Rockwell, Makati – continental/comfort food; I love the Kurobuta pork sinigang and Lorenzo’s truffle pasta

    May 14, 2012 | 7:52 pm

     
  41. johnvoltaire says:

    Outside metro manila

    Baguio City
    Cafe by the Ruins – I love the gado gado salad (shiitake stuffed tofu, deep fried, and served with a refreshing watercress salad), tinapa at kesong puti lumpia, & pinikpikan. I’m also a big fan of their basil bread. And tapuey (rice wine).
    Hill Station – I love the Moroccan spiced ribs, lamb stew, and curry dishes. Before your meal starts, they serve freshly baked bread with dukka (ground nuts, herbs, and olive oil).

    Pangasinan
    Matutina’s – I love the buttered talaba, crispy shrimp, steamed crab, and all sorts of kilawin. Seafood heaven.

    Pampanga
    Bale Dutung – I love their seafood kare kare, lechon tortilla, and Paradiso (pinoy creme brulee of sorts with macapuno, yema, and ube balls).

    May 14, 2012 | 8:03 pm

     
  42. johnvoltaire says:

    Runner ups:

    These restaurants are also worth mentioning as their food are tasty, filling, and affordable

    Trellis, Quezon City – sisig & lechon kawali with kang kong

    Aristocrat, Manila – boneless chicken bbq with java rice & lumpiang shanghai

    Wooden Spoon, Katipunan, Quezon City – crab pancit, shrimp and wansuy balls, & tinapa stuffed pechay simmered in coconut milk

    May 14, 2012 | 8:12 pm

     
  43. chreylle says:

    heres my top 5 fav resto:

    1. antonio’s tagaytay
    2. cafe juanita
    3. kanin club
    4. h.k. choi in mega
    5. cafe ysabel

    May 14, 2012 | 8:23 pm

     
  44. sd40 says:

    - Cyma
    - Terry’s Selection
    - Cafe Med
    - UCC
    - Aubergine
    * Antonio’s, Tagaytay

    May 14, 2012 | 8:25 pm

     
  45. Rosi says:

    Hi MM in no particular order these are my top 5 (I wish it was top 10 though).

    *Mamou (BGC) – comfort food, i love the sinigang! The one on BGC is better though compared to Rockwell (service was BLAH!)
    *Achiote (Rockwell) – good text mex food..their cheese dips are delicious! Great service too!
    *The Happy Bakery (Philamlife Tower Mkt and GT Tower) – pinoy breads at its best (think kababayan, everlasting bread, dulce de leche cake etc). the yema cake and kalihim are my ultimate favorites. Don’t miss the clam chowder and minestrone soup you won’t believe how affordable the prices are but quality superb!
    *Kimpura – nonsense Jap. food and theres something about their teppanyaki that just addicting
    *Abe – good old Filipino food. No frills. Be prepared to wait if you don’t have a reservation.

    i hope this helps

    May 14, 2012 | 8:35 pm

     
  46. Didi says:

    In no particular order:
    1. Mien San in Santolan (past Greenhills)
    2. Omakase (been patrons since it was just a small stall across CTK Church)
    3. Cibo (consistently good food AND service)
    4. New Manosa along Ongpin in Chinatow for Maki, Ngoyong, Miki and more
    5. Le Ching in Greenhills for stewed beef wonton noodles :)

    Oustide Metro Manila?
    Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy in Angeles, Pampanga (Been patrons for more than a decade) is a clear runaway winner.

    May 14, 2012 | 8:37 pm

     
  47. britelite says:

    francis–i like your recommendation–totally mine too!

    May 14, 2012 | 9:02 pm

     
  48. rosedmd says:

    Causeway – they have dimsum promo
    New Bombay- love their food and indian tea
    Kimono ken – futo maki, chirashi don, Ukokkei – ramen, Seryna – kaisen gozen,
    Omakase – maki
    Behrouz – kebab, hummus etc
    Nasi Lemak
    Yedang
    Pino , Kanin club
    Burger Project
    JIPAN

    Sorry, i just can’t have 5… it’s 5 times 2 for me !! ; )

    May 14, 2012 | 9:22 pm

     
  49. Gigi says:

    This is a “5+1″ list:
    Benjarong – still can’t find an equivalent in Manila!
    Peking Garden – tried and tested!
    Inagiku
    Sugi
    Kimpura

    Cibo, for me, has delicious food but they scrimp on the quantity of ingredients. I pretty much have to dig through my pasta just to locate the minute amounts of seafood.

    By the way, I just read the review of Restaurant Man written by Joe Bastianich (Mario Batali’s partner). Very much an eye opener on restaurant math; F&B is 30% of the monthly revenue, etc etc.

    May 14, 2012 | 9:35 pm

     
  50. florisa says:

    Haiku in GB3
    Kimono ken in Edsa Shangrila food court
    Cibo in Glorietta
    Fely J’s in GB5
    and Max’s or Barrio Fiesta (if there’s a comfort food, the 2 are my comfort restaurants)

    May 14, 2012 | 9:57 pm

     
  51. Eileen C says:

    Abe ,Fely J’s or Kanin club for Filipino food
    Tsukiji, Omakase for Japanese
    Pancake House, Liitle Quiapo
    Peking Garden, Emerald, Gloria Maris for Chinese food

    Sorry, wrote a lot…

    May 14, 2012 | 10:29 pm

     
  52. EJ says:

    Thanks, Red Yumang. For those interested, here’s a link to the Sunstar Cebu article:
    http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/lifestyle/2012/05/13/marketman-and-cebus-lechon-whiz-221298

    May 14, 2012 | 10:37 pm

     
  53. Mandy says:

    Within just Metro Manila, my top 5 would be:
    Cibo
    The Goose Station
    Luk Foo
    Ukokkei
    Lan Zhou La Mian

    May 14, 2012 | 10:48 pm

     
  54. Monique says:

    Hi MM,
    People’s Palace
    Mamou
    Cyma
    Cibo
    Aubergine

    May 14, 2012 | 10:56 pm

     
  55. Jorge says:

    Kanin Club Santa Rosa
    Countryside along Katipunan near Blue Ridge for bar b cue, grilled food
    Gino’s Pizza along Katipunan QC in front of Miriam College
    People’s Palace for Thai food
    Charlie’s in Pasig for hamburgers

    May 14, 2012 | 11:23 pm

     
  56. Netoy says:

    Not in any particular order:
    1. Antonio’s in Tagaytay
    2. Chef Babylynne’s Kumedor in Silang (on the way to Tagaytay) – fairly new restaurant in Silang, Cavite featuring eclectic Asian fusion cuisines. I tried this restaurant wheh I was there this January. We loved everything that we ordered.
    3. Buon Giorgno in Tagaytay – for the spectacular view and good food. I loved their Osso Bucco.

    May 15, 2012 | 1:28 am

     
  57. KUMAGCOW says:

    Red Garlic in Katipunan Avenue which I think is owned by Chef Vincent Rodriguez and Raymart Santiago, for steaks and American Favorites, try the Tomahawk Steak there! plus the bread pudding is to die for!

    Tasty Dumpling in Banawe Quezon City for hole in the wall chinese pork chops YUM O!

    KOGI in Eastwood Mall for Bibimbap and Korean stuff

    Belissimo in Tomas Morato for italian pasta’s, pizza’s owned by Cesar Montano’s daughter I think

    Old Vine Eastwood City for their Tessie Tomas Salad

    May 15, 2012 | 1:36 am

     
  58. Tiffany says:

    Being from the US, my must-go-to places in Manila when I’m there are:
    1. Tao Yuan
    2. Lugang
    3. Sugi
    4. Spiral
    5. Le Souffle

    May 15, 2012 | 2:07 am

     
  59. Vince says:

    Every time I visit Manila, I make it a point to go to the following:

    Caruso for pizza and pasta. Even better pizza than LA, I must admit. The Nero (squid ink) is a must.

    People’s Palace, especially the pomelo salad.

    Cirkulo

    May 15, 2012 | 2:12 am

     
  60. tink says:

    Omakase
    Cyma
    Romulo’s Cafe
    Kanin Club
    Abe’s

    May 15, 2012 | 6:56 am

     
  61. PITS, MANILA says:

    If and when we have to dine out ..
    Sabroso … E. Rodriquez
    Taste of LA … Roces Ave
    Ling-nam or Estero … Binondo
    Saisaki/Kamayan/Dad’s … West Ave
    Kanin Club … UP Techno Hub

    Pwersado List (balikbayan’s choices) …
    Max’s
    Shakey’s
    Jollibee
    KFC
    Aling Lucing

    May 15, 2012 | 8:01 am

     
  62. Jeff says:

    My Top 5:

    1. Kanin Club (Westgate Alabang)
    2. Raaz Mahal (BF Homes Parañaque)
    3. Banana Leaf (Greenbelt)
    4. Seafood Island for their Boodle Feast
    5. Abe (MOA)

    Special mention to New Bombay … located at the Food Choices Glorietta 4

    May 15, 2012 | 8:16 am

     
  63. Eron says:

    Mine will be…

    1. Causeway
    2. Yakimix/Saisaki
    3. Jatujak
    4. Pho Hoa
    5. Cafe Jaunita

    May 15, 2012 | 8:42 am

     
  64. Pamela says:

    whenever im in makati, i keep going back to Myron’s Place and Cibo in GB5, Chelsea Market in BGC, and Heat in Edsa Shangri-la

    May 15, 2012 | 9:16 am

     
  65. Chris says:

    1.) Tao Yuan Restaurant – Sinagaporean & Chinese Food
    2.) Kanin Club – Filipino Food
    3.) Causeway – Dimsun
    4.) Contis’ – Pasta, Cakes and Pastries
    5.)Emerald Garden – Chinese Food

    May 15, 2012 | 9:16 am

     
  66. Melit Villanueva says:

    My top 5 (but not in order)
    1. Burger Project (Maginhawa St)
    2. Delish – value for money Rockefeller Oyster (Maginhawa)
    3. Cyma – Trinoma
    4. Charlie’s Tea House (Ongpin Binondo)
    5. Spiral – best buffet (Sofitel)

    May 15, 2012 | 9:18 am

     
  67. tess says:

    Cibo for pasta
    Sentro
    Serye Cafe Filipino for Boneless Crispy Pata, Kare – kare
    Man Hann for Chinese Food
    Cyma

    May 15, 2012 | 9:28 am

     
  68. mina says:

    1. Arya (Promenade – Greenhills)
    2. Pasto (is it terrible that I prefer Pasto over Cibo?)
    3. Peking Garden
    4. Barrio Fiesta for Filipino comfort food
    5. New Orleans (Fort Bonifacio High Street)

    May 15, 2012 | 12:33 pm

     
  69. Lenlen says:

    Causeway – Dimsum
    Buon Giorno – Tagaytay
    Cafe Med
    Lutong Macau
    Nomama

    May 15, 2012 | 12:54 pm

     
  70. msmoodyme says:

    Cibo- when in search for good, affordable pasta with a variety to choose from
    Cyma- when in search for greek-y / medettaranean foods
    Ziggurat- this place comes in handy when in search of good persian/indian/med/african/arab foods in the late hours of the night/ wee hours in the morning (makati)
    President’s teahouse/ Causeway- default places for chinese food craving
    Krung Thai- for thai food with a homey feel (marikina)

    May 15, 2012 | 2:34 pm

     
  71. jheng says:

    mamou
    cyma
    myron’s
    people’s palace
    fire place – hyatt

    May 15, 2012 | 4:46 pm

     
  72. MP says:

    Cibo
    Mamou
    Tao Yuan
    Abe’s
    Aubergine

    May 15, 2012 | 6:24 pm

     
  73. Anna Banana says:

    These are my comfort food eateries:

    Wai Ying – Binondo, best value-for-money dimsum and rice toppings

    Luk Foo – a family favorite. Very affordable and consistently good

    Old Swiss Inn – 24 hour open, free wifi, yummy schnitzel and fondue!

    Hanakazu – BF Paranaque, yummy, authentic Japanese food at good prices (not really cheap but not too expensive either)

    Banapple – comfort food with big servings at really inexpensive prices

    May 15, 2012 | 7:58 pm

     
  74. Dreaming says:

    My 5:

    1) Sala
    2) People’s Palace
    3) Caruso (best Italian in town)
    4) Inagiku (Shangri-La)
    5) Terry’s

    May 15, 2012 | 7:59 pm

     
  75. Kassy says:

    Omakase for their Seafood Crepe Salad and rolls with their special sauce
    Ongpin Manosa for their Miki Bihon, Siomai and Kikiam
    Kanin Club for their crispy dinuguan, sinigang na sinangag, crispy liempo….everything!)
    Triple V restaurants (Dad’s, Kamayan, Saisaki) because I’m a sucker for quality buffet
    Hong Kong Spring Deer for their fresh seafood (suahe!!!), spareribs, salted squid and Seafood Shake Soup

    May 15, 2012 | 9:04 pm

     
  76. fierylynx says:

    My Fave Five++++

    1. FelyJ’s (G5), Cafe Adriatico (Remedios circle, Malate), Lorenzo’s Way (G5)
    2. Kimpura (G5), Nihonbashitei (Pasay Rd.)
    3. Mesa (G5), Illustrado (Intramuros)
    4. S & R
    5. Peking Garden (G5)
    *** Antonio’s (Tagaytay)
    *** Bawai (Silang)

    This list makes me TomJones!!!

    May 15, 2012 | 9:59 pm

     
  77. maria says:

    Kuretake @ Rockwell
    Tao Yuan @ Resorts World
    People’s Palace @ Greenbelt
    2nds at High Street
    Chelsea cafe @ serendra

    Also: Abe @ Serendra
    Golfer’s Lounge @ Tagaytay Highlands
    Krazy Garlik

    May 15, 2012 | 10:11 pm

     
  78. siopao says:

    It seems that no one has mentioned Alba’s for Spanish food. So I’ll mention it here

    May 15, 2012 | 10:15 pm

     
  79. WG says:

    Hi MM! My top 5:
    1. Inagiku for Japanese food
    2. Shang Palace for Chinese food
    3. Cyma for Greek
    4. Lusso
    5. Peninsula lobby for burgers

    May 15, 2012 | 11:09 pm

     
  80. eustressor says:

    in random order:

    1. Causeway (Banawe branch) – love their HK style crab and dimsum (special mention: beancurd, spareribs, siomai and chicken feet)
    2. Uno (Tomas Morato area)
    3. Cyma
    4. Burger Project (Maginhawa, QC)
    5. Pho Hoa

    May 15, 2012 | 11:13 pm

     
  81. sunflowii says:

    Because I live in North America, restaurants that serve good steak (or pasta) will not be on my list. I see that Mamou is highly recommended but just can’t bring myself to add it to my list when I’m visiting as I crave good Filipino food. And because Cantonese food is so good here in Toronto, I don’t seek it in Manila as well. So MM, what I’m saying is, it depends who you’re recommending the restaurants to. If it’s foreigners, I recommend:

    1. Abe (in Serendra) – when I had the guava sinigang for the first time, I had a “stop right there, I can’t believe this is good” moment. That was the first time I could say that this is Filipino food worthy of recommending to a foreigner and “Filipino food is good!”.
    2. Edsa Shangri-la’s buffet breakfast at Heat – because I could gorge myself on mangoes, their bibingka is so addictive and because they have a tapsilog station on top of their omelette/sushi/etc stations.
    3. Tao Yuan – for hainanese chicken and chili crab – because we just love Singaporean food and we didn’t do a side trip to Singapore
    4. For tried and true Chinese food – Gloria Maris in Greenhills
    5. For Chinese food and an adventure – take the Binondo Wok offered by Ivan at http://www.oldmanilawalks.com/ That way your friends can try a lot of things and get a nice experience too. Otherwise, Quik Snack also in Binondo but mainly it’s because of nostalgia for me. Love their sate mi and their coffee jelly drink!

    What I wish I could try:
    1. Zubuchon – we just never managed to get to Cebu =)
    2. Antonio’s – we just never managed to get to Tagaytay
    3. Kanin Club – because we just never get to that part of Manila
    4. the Dampa or just gorge myself with crab at a Chinese restaurant

    May 16, 2012 | 12:12 am

     
  82. cwid says:

    I agree with sunflowii. Coming from outside the Philippines, meat and pasta definitely will not be on my list as there are many good restaurants here where I can have that. It’s the fresh seafood that I will be after. So my choice would be a restaurant that offers the best and freshest Filipino cuisine and the best Chinese seafood restaurant.

    May 16, 2012 | 1:51 am

     
  83. Netoy says:

    MM – just a question: Will someone be tallying up these recommendations so that people who are not familiar with the places and these restaurants will have a tip sheet of where to go? This is especially most helpful to our kababayans who live abroad and who are on limited time to search for good places to eat when they (we) go home. Thanks much.

    May 16, 2012 | 6:08 am

     
  84. Teddy Y. Montelibano says:

    Antonio’s not in Metro Manila but in Cavite (Tagaytay), but may I include it as well as Breakfast in Antonio’s (used to be in a separate site – ridge-side Tagaytay – but which Tonyboy Escalante has incorporated in the same 2.5-hec property where Antonio’s is)

    Sala, at Locsin Bldng; Cirkulo; Tsukiji; Pepato (pop-up at Whitespace);

    Vanna Calalang’s Last Chukker (Manila Polo Club)

    Mamou

    Choi’s Garden (Annapolis, Greenhills)

    Impressions at Maxim’s, ResortWorld (Cyrille Soenen at the kitchen!)

    Brasserie CiCou (Annapolis, Greenhillls)

    Manolo’s: Manny Torrejon’s private kitchen (United Hills, Paranaque – you call him, discuss what you want,he’ll go to the market, buy the ingredients and cook for you)

    JJ Yulo’s Pinoy Eats World (TERRIFIC, over-the-top guerilla dinners!, at his lola’s kitchen in Forbes)

    Yurakuen, Diamond Hotel

    Mabuhay (haute chinese restaurant at the Manila Hotel)

    (and sorry, I can’t resist including two of the best recent places out of town I’ve just been to to dine TERRIFICALLY: Binggoy Remedios’ Dos Mestizos – you have to fly to Boracay to dine there, sorry, I couldn’t resist including that; and Freddy and Karin Carmona’s open to the public dining room at their beautiful, swanky, tastefully done 5-year-in=the-making hilltop resort, Amun Ini (Ilonggo for This Is Ours) with its own private cove down below, far from the madding crowd in Anda, Bohol)

    May 16, 2012 | 7:58 am

     
  85. HRH WQ says:

    Hi MM! You might want to go on a “field trip” and visit the restos in Northern Metro Manila. Try out the resto row in Katipunan Avenue (from Blue Ridge to Ateneo/Maryknoll area) or the “Holes-in-Wall” along Maginhawa St strip in UP Village. Also the Chinese restos in the Banawe area.

    Stand Alone:
    1. C’Italian – Angeles CIty
    2. Trellis – Matalino cor Kalayaan Ave, Teacher’s Village, QC
    3. Crazy Katsu – Maginhawa St. QC
    4. Charlie’s Grind and Grill
    5. Mr Kabab – West Avenue (definitely value for your money)

    Mall Based:
    1. Cyma
    2. Tres (Filipino food) – SM North EDSA Annex – can give Kanin Club a run for it’s money
    3. Cibo (boo-hoo the Trinoma branch is now closed!)
    4. Banana Leaf
    5. Kanin Club

    May 16, 2012 | 8:38 am

     
  86. ami says:

    Here are my go to places:

    1. Aristocrat – Roxas branch. My family has been coming here for the chicken barbeque for ages.
    2. Sugi – Best sukiyaki in town.
    3. Tsumura – I believe that if a japanese restaurant is frequented by japanese nationals themselves then it must be good. On my last visit, the japanese outnumbered filipinos.
    4. Sentro – My favorite is the corned beef sinigang.
    5. Cafe Bola – Just in my immediate circle, I know of a handful of people who were saddened when the Makati branch closed. MM, can you tell Margarita Fores to reopen one in Makati soon?

    May 16, 2012 | 9:58 am

     
  87. Ciara says:

    I couldn’t trim down my list to just 5 but here are my all time favorites :)

    The Goose Station

    House of Wagyu

    Japanese: Kimpura (Best tempura and sukiyaki. I also love their ribeye steak), Tsumura (Most tender steak ever! You could literally eat it without any teeth. That’s how tender their steak is! Expensive steak but sooo worth it.)

    Filipino: Abe, Kanin Club, Bakahan at Manukan (Metrowalk)

    Italian: Cibo (although I’ve noticed that their portions have significantly decreased over the years), Casa Nostra

    Chinese: Peking Garden, Gloria Maris

    May 16, 2012 | 10:21 am

     
  88. Manny says:

    Top 5 Restos I would always return to:

    1. Kimpura for good old Japanese or Peking Garden for good old peking duck.
    3. Don Limone , BF Homes, for their lengua and saffron cheesecake. Husband and wife team who used to work for a top hotel in makati and who decided to start their own. Something new.
    4. Li Li at the Hyatt for their dumplings.
    5. People’s Palace, greenbelt, for Thai.

    May 16, 2012 | 2:02 pm

     
  89. Pam says:

    @Teddy: You’re so funny! Your Top 5 became Top 5×5! Love your list. Of course! How can I ever forget JJ’s Pinoy Eats World? They really should open a restaurant.

    May 16, 2012 | 2:16 pm

     
  90. wil-b says:

    MESA – filipino food
    Nihonbashitei – Japanese food Pasay Rd. near Don Bosco Chrurch
    Arya – Persian cuisine
    Wee Nam Kee – chinese
    Le Bistro D’ Agathe

    May 16, 2012 | 5:22 pm

     
  91. jean says:

    saisaki ( glorietta) – unlimited sushi
    buddy’s (market market) – pancit lucban & filipino food
    banapple (katipunan) – baked penne & carrot cheesecake
    spiral (sofitel) – international buffet
    pan de amerikana (white plains) – breakfast

    May 16, 2012 | 8:33 pm

     
  92. jazzie says:

    My fave:
    1) Kimpura (Greenbelt 5)
    2) La Grotta (Amorsolo St. Legaspi Village)
    3) Sugi (Greenbelt 5)
    4) Apartment 1B (Salcedo Village Makati)
    5) Abe

    May 16, 2012 | 9:57 pm

     
  93. jazzie says:

    Va Bene Pasta located at Petron near Dasmarinas Village is also good. Though place is so cramped.

    May 16, 2012 | 9:59 pm

     
  94. Part Time Homemaker says:

    1. Lolo Dads (in Malate, the one in 6750 doesn’t come close)
    2. Sala
    3. Cicou
    4. Cibo
    5. People’s Palace

    May 16, 2012 | 10:03 pm

     
  95. Lava Bien says:

    We all go to many places our family and friends suggest but as for me I go back to this place whenever I’m in town.

    JT’s Manokan in New Manila (the orginal place), a hipster place, decent and cool people come here to eat. Sometimes I’d rather not have politicians and/or local celebrities show up (except for the owner), it kinda ruins the coolness of it all.

    Just overall, a nice place to enjoy meals with people I love. A place I can’t compare to any place here in the Bay Area (dude we have the best anything here, Japanese, Italian etc. in the SF Bay Area) .
    At JT’s I feel at home and it definitely tells me I’m in the Philippines in a very good way.

    May 17, 2012 | 12:24 am

     
  96. tamale8888 says:

    1. Cibo
    2. Lugang
    3. Pho Hoa
    4. Ramen Bar
    5. Sumo Sam

    Darn, now I’m hungry.*:)

    May 17, 2012 | 8:50 am

     
  97. Helen says:

    My more than 5 Fav:

    1. Antonio’s Tagaytay
    2. La Tienda on Polaris St.
    3. Cantinetta
    4. Mamou
    5. Tao Yuan
    6. Ma Su Ki (Original Ma Mom Luk) in Chinatown for the Mami, Siopao and Siomai
    7. Ying Ying on Dasmarinas St., Manila for Dim Sum
    8. Panciteria Manosa in Ongpin

    May 17, 2012 | 7:40 pm

     
  98. florisa says:

    @Helen, I didn’t know that Masuki is the old Mamonluk! Now I know! hahaha… Kaya pala lagi kong nasasabi na the siopao tastes the same. I so love the siopao of course (they opened a branch few months back sa megamall)

    May 17, 2012 | 8:59 pm

     
  99. sophie says:

    1. Antonio’s (Tagaytay, love the Ginger Shake ^_^ and Kalderetang Kambing)
    2. Cibo
    3. Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe (C5)
    4. Gateau De Manille (QC)
    5. Serye (Libis)

    now am hungry again… ^_^

    May 17, 2012 | 11:16 pm

     
  100. sungitmama says:

    In no particular order:

    Apt. 1B
    Tao Yuan
    Nihonbashitei and/or Seryna
    Spices
    Caruso

    May 17, 2012 | 11:56 pm

     
  101. boopsie says:

    Here are my recommendations for my favorite restos

    1. Nihon Bashi Tei Izakaya – Pasay Road – Best japanese food, best prices
    2. Summer Palace – Shang rila Edsa – Fave Chinese food
    3. Toast Box – Greenbelt 5 or Fort – Best Singaporean Chicken Rice
    4. C’s – Angeles Pampanga -Best Italian Panizza
    5. Kitchens Best – Fort & Pasong tamo – Best French Desserts and 40 clove chicken dish

    May 18, 2012 | 1:01 am

     
  102. boopsie says:

    Here are my recommendations for my favorite restos

    1. Nihon Bashi Tei Izakaya – Pasay Road – Best japanese food, best prices
    2. Summer Palace – Shang rila Edsa – Fave Chinese food
    3. Toast Box – Greenbelt 5 or Fort – Best Singaporean Chicken Rice
    4. C’s – Angeles Pampanga -Best Italian Panizza
    5. Kitchens Best – Fort & Pasong tamo – Best French Desserts and 40 clove chicken dish

    Additional favorites
    6. Lugang – Greenhills – Great taiwanese cusine – try the xiao lum bao much better than crystal jade greenhills. dont order the crab sothanghon your version is much better.
    7. Chatime – fort or pioneer – Best Milk tea shop for me ( real tea, real milk, great system)
    8. Uncle moes – ortigas home depot – best shawarma and mediterranean dishes.
    9. Marios – Baguio City – Simply a must place to eat. everything tastes better in the Baguio branch
    10. Kuya Max Resto – Dagupan City – Best local seafood restaurant – freshness in everything that come from the sea.( i hardly eat seafood in manila bec of this resto)

    May 18, 2012 | 1:12 am

     
  103. Francesca says:

    In no particular order

    Nomama
    Amoroma
    Ukkokei
    Hermano’s Taco Shop
    Mamou
    Apt. 1B
    The Goose Station
    Brasserie Cicou

    May 18, 2012 | 2:32 pm

     
  104. bitoy says:

    Huh? walang EMERALD GARDEN ? Along Roxas Blvd.

    May 18, 2012 | 8:22 pm

     
  105. Christopher Tan says:

    Brasserie Cicou (Cyril Soenen’s casual French in Greenhills)
    Gino’s (Jutes and Cello Templo’s neapolitan pizza and fresh pasta place in Loyola Heights)
    La Girolle (Ian Padilla’s temple of high cuisine at BGC)
    Nomama (Him Uy de Baron’s fusion ramen place near Tomas Morato)
    Tao Yuan (Singaporean Chinese – now with a branch in GB3)

    May 19, 2012 | 7:00 am

     
  106. marissewalangkaparis says:

    1. Goose Station–BGC
    2. Antonio’s Tagaytay
    3. Chef Billy KIng- Edsa cor Pasong Tamo
    4. Kanin Club-Ayala Technohub,QC
    5. Summer Palace-Shang

    May 19, 2012 | 12:51 pm

     
  107. sandy ocampo says:

    1. Antonio’s
    2. Kikufuji – Tokyo town, Pasong Tamo, Makati
    3. Pat pat’s Kansi – Kamagong Makati
    4. Tao Yuan for Hainannese Chicken
    5. Berting’s – Home Depot, Ortigas

    May 19, 2012 | 6:01 pm

     
  108. Lynne says:

    1. Filipino Cuisine: Milky Way, Pasay Road
    Aristrocrat
    Fely J’s
    Maxs
    Josephine’s Tagaytay
    Pamana in Tagaytay

    2. Singaporean : Tao Yuan, great service, great food, good ambiance

    3. Chinese : Gloria Maris
    Emerald Garden

    4. Japanese: Omakase

    5. Korean: Bulgogi Brothers

    Buffet: ( not in a hotel)
    Vikings
    Buffet 101

    Burgers: Stackers

    Italian: Mona Lisa ( Alabang)

    I think It should be categorized! The best Filipino cuisine, the best Japanese, the best Chinese, the best burgers, etc.

    May 19, 2012 | 9:07 pm

     
  109. cris l. says:

    limiting it to 5 is hard, but here’s a list of places i keep going to

    Seryna – (or if dont have that much money, nihonbashitei)
    Mamou – i think we celebrate all special occasions here!
    Cyma – (i can eat the lamb and watermelon salad forever)
    Korea market (?) i cant recall the name, but its the korean grill right across casa armas in Nakpil st., Malate
    century chinese restaurant in sheraton hotel

    May 20, 2012 | 11:46 am

     
  110. docfoodie says:

    that’ll be
    1. Le Ching in GH
    2. Charlies’ in Kapitolyo
    3. Wai ying in Binondo
    4. Presidents’ in Binondo
    5. Dong Bei Dumplings ..still in Binondo

    May 20, 2012 | 4:58 pm

     
  111. angela says:

    Just came back from Cebu, I love Zubuchon! and also the sisig rice and monggo soup. Sir, please open a branch here in Manila. :)

    1. Emerald Garden Manila for Chinese
    2. Chocolate Kiss at UP Diliman or Roces Avenue, QC for comfort food (and cheesecakes)
    3. Rodics at UP Diliman for Breakfast choices (love your own) >:)
    4. Mango Tree Bistro at Trinoma for Thai food
    5. Pakibalot Paciteria at Maginhawa Street

    May 20, 2012 | 6:20 pm

     
  112. Tisha says:

    Luk Foo – chinese comfort food, stay away from the dimsum and order the ulam

    Charlie’s – great burgers!

    Omakase – large servings of salmon sashimi, yummy rolls (not authentic japanese food but everything is yummy)

    Milky Way – just for the halohalo

    May 21, 2012 | 12:13 pm

     
  113. Ray for En Route says:

    Hmmm… what can I give:

    - For Steak: Gaudi’s Chuleton Villagodio
    - For Burgers: Boulevard Diner in Xavierville Avenue (Apparently even Chef Gene Gonzalez wrote about it)
    - For a Degustation Dinner: The Goose Station in Fort Bonifacio
    - For Overall Dining Experience: Antonio’s in Tagaytay
    - As a hidden theme restaurant: Marcia Adam’s Tuscany inspired restaurant in the Tagaytay area
    - Japanese: Always been partial to Izakaya Kikufuji, but I heard Seryna has some great stuff also
    - Pub-like setting: Howzat in Kalayaan Avenue
    And here’s one: A legitimate Speakeasy in Metro Manila: The Blind Pig. They know their dirnks and cocktails, and their Sheperd’s pe is awesome with the robust flavor of meat and hints of rosemary :D !

    May 21, 2012 | 4:43 pm

     
  114. Chad Gelano says:

    In no particular order:

    La Girolle at the Fort, amazing French food
    Kikufuji, stunning Japanese
    Abe for Filipino comfort food
    Chili’s for American
    Peking Garden for well, Peking duck!

    May 21, 2012 | 4:59 pm

     
  115. Ray for En Route says:

    Sorry. Got carried away

    May 21, 2012 | 8:14 pm

     
  116. greens_blossoms says:

    1. Cibo
    2. Shang Palace
    3. Korea Garden
    4. Harborview
    5. Peking Garden

    May 21, 2012 | 8:19 pm

     
  117. sharm hiranand says:

    kashmir for indian food.

    May 22, 2012 | 4:15 pm

     
  118. Geezcats says:

    Kikufuji on Pasong Tamo, Kai in Greenbelt 5, C2 for Filipino food, People’s Palace for Thai, and Sala in Locsin Bldg., Makati.

    May 22, 2012 | 4:49 pm

     
  119. Jim says:

    Would go along with many of the ones listed here: Mesa abd Purple Feet in particular.

    And because no-one else has mentioned them:
    High end steak: Elberts. No contest.
    Vegetarian: Corner Tree Cafe.
    Recently opened: Savoy on Kalayaan.

    May 22, 2012 | 6:16 pm

     
  120. Didi says:

    Mamou
    The Frazzled Cook
    Antonio’s
    Ye Dang
    Nihonbashitei

    May 23, 2012 | 4:14 pm

     
  121. Butch says:

    Hi, MM!

    These are my have restaurants in Manila…

    Mamou
    Eat Well
    Wah Sun in Binondo
    Dragon Noodle Center in Malate
    Fely J’s

    :)

    May 25, 2012 | 7:52 am

     
  122. pilar says:

    Vieux Chalet (in Antipolo) – superb Swiss cuisine and incredible hospitality!
    PINO – Filipino food with a twist!
    Recipes by Cafe Metro – General’s Chicken yo!
    Cyma
    Omakase

    May 26, 2012 | 1:31 am

     
  123. adam says:

    Peoples Palace
    Mamou
    Wai Ying
    Spirals (for a ridiculous blow out)
    Kai

    May 26, 2012 | 12:27 pm

     
  124. Peachy says:

    1. Mamou (for their steak)
    2. Bistecca (also for their steak!)
    3. Dong Bei (life-changing dumplings, cheap)
    4. Dek A (authentic Thai hole-in-the-wall, leagues better than the more popular Soms)
    5. Swagat (memorable Indian food, authentic, often attracting Indians themselves)

    May 30, 2012 | 11:54 am

     
  125. Kristina says:

    1. Persia grill for good Chelo Kabab
    2. Nihonbashitei
    3. Aria ( Fort and Boracay )
    4. Cibo for No- Fail Pasta and Osso Bucco
    5. Antonio’s Tagaytay for romantic dinner dates

    Dagupan, Pangasinan: Dagupena for Bangus and Panaderia Antonio Bakery and Restaurant for Kare-Kare and Lechon Kawali.

    Jun 1, 2012 | 3:13 am

     
  126. Liz says:

    Aubergine

    The Goose Station

    Antonio’s

    Shang Palace

    Mamou

    Jun 26, 2012 | 5:13 pm

     
  127. Jackie says:

    Mandarin sky banawe for shabu shabu
    Inagiku
    Hong kong master cook, seaside macapagal for salted egg crabs
    Sala bistro
    Spirale in davao for italian & lamb ribs

    Jul 8, 2012 | 6:47 pm

     
  128. Therese says:

    1.) Omakase – Best Japanese restaurant, and great value for money. Sushi!
    2.) Le Ching – Taosi Spare Ribs Rice
    3.) Casa Verde (Cebu) – Best Ribs
    4.) STK (Cebu) – Best Grilled Scallops
    5.) Mad Mark’s (Kapitolyo) – Best homemade ice cream. I love their Madagascar Vanilla

    Jul 16, 2012 | 2:54 pm

     
  129. XVelmonte says:

    As I close my eyes and try to recall those that left a gustatory imprint in my memory, I come up with this list (quite randomly):

    C! – in Field’s Ave. Pampanga
    Cafe Caruso – on Reposo
    Antonio’s – in Tagaytay
    Nihonbashitei – on Pasay Road

    and to my surprise

    Outback Steakhouse – has outdone many steak houses i’ve been too (sorry Mamou!)

    The Hunan cuisine hole-in-the-wall along Camia near Rockwell is up there too.

    Jul 22, 2012 | 10:30 am

     
  130. Raneli says:

    1. Via Mare- Pinoy food and Oyster bar at its best
    2. Yellow Cab Pizza
    3. Paseo Uno buffet at the Mandarin Makati City
    4. Friends and Neighbors Carinderia Poblacion Makati City-all dishes in offering are consistently good and reasonably priced..
    5. Kanin club

    Aug 5, 2012 | 1:19 am

     
  131. Innoyoshi says:

    My top 5 favorite restaurants are:
    1. Yamasaki – love their karaage
    2. Northpark – love their lechon macau
    3. Korean Garden – love their chicken & beef recipes
    4. Hap Chan – love their lemon chicken
    5. Isshin – love their tonkatsu
    Now…I’m hungry!

    Aug 19, 2012 | 4:31 pm

     
  132. Chyna says:

    My number 1 is c2- shangrila, megamall atrium, and c3 greenhills
    Next is Sentro
    3rd- Delish along maginhawa
    4th- Aristocrat
    5th- Bite club

    Sep 9, 2012 | 8:06 pm

     
  133. Phie says:

    Special mention should go to

    Hai shin lo- best chinese congee and chinese cuisine in makati
    Spring for best Chinese lumpia in greenbelt makati (former ha yuan), best Taho and must try chicken noodle soup
    Wild ginger (Rockwell) beef rendang and monggo soup
    Nanbantei – great Japanese grill
    Little Baguio-best crab fried rice I ever tasted. A must try!!! Maki mi also excellent
    Legaspi Sunday market- Vietnamese spring roll, best pad Thai at an affordable 220, and paella
    Negra. Don’t forget their French crepe made by no less than a French chef

    Must go to: MY kitchen by chef Chris .Bring home their sausages and home made bread that comes with their own pesto spread

    Sep 21, 2012 | 11:04 pm

     
  134. tyrone says:

    bananaleaf..forever.. :P

    Oct 5, 2012 | 1:08 pm

     
  135. cas says:

    Best restaurants ive tried so far(not in any particular order)

    1. Sam Won korean resto in BF—yummy grilled beef ribs wrapped in lettuce !
    2. Tao yuan at resorts world–the best chili crabs, peking duck and hainanese chicken
    3. Kikufuji in Pasong Tamo—fresh sushi, i love their grilled chic liver gizzard and asparagus wrapped in bacon
    4. Carpaccio in Yakal –will never disappoint you. Superb pizza pasta anti pasti !
    5. Syfu’s in Kamagong –grilled bihud or fish roe is my favorite here and just recently i discovered their goat’s skin kinilaw and adobong goats meat .

    Oct 7, 2012 | 3:45 pm

     
  136. Angelapau says:

    Matsuri japanese restaurant at t.morato
    Causeway for dimsum at banawe
    Pares retiro for beef pares
    Kanzhu hand pulled noodles at timog or san juan branch
    Yabu robinsons magnolia high end- crazy katsu at maginhawa st low- end

    Oct 8, 2012 | 8:57 am

     
  137. ganda says:

    man-hann for their fried squib head/tausi clams/lychee-buco sherbet
    peking garden for chinese food
    kkk-moa for their beef caldereta
    conti’s for their cakes and pastries
    abe-trimona for filipino food :)

    Oct 17, 2012 | 10:29 am

     
  138. Fred says:

    My top five would be:
    1. Kanin Club — for Pinoy comfort food; the original is in Sta Rosa, Laguna but there are branches in QC, Makati, and Alabang
    2. Thaipan — for good Thai food; in Quezon City
    3. Grillery — for inexpensive comfort food; their chicken ala Kiev is the better than most; on Granada Street, QC behind McDonald’s Granada
    4. Brasserie Cicou — a bit pricey but great food
    5. Romulo Cafe — the chicken relleno is really good

    Oct 29, 2012 | 1:27 pm

     
  139. Maan says:

    My choices are:
    1. Atelier 317 – Makati
    2. Chateu Hestia – Tagaytay
    3. Cerchio – Quezon City
    4. Buon Giorno – Tagaytay
    5. Gayuma ni Maria – Maginhawa St.

    Nov 1, 2012 | 1:26 am

     
  140. Fun says:

    1. Jollibee
    2. Mcdonalds
    3. KFC
    4. Greenwich
    5. Bbq sa kanto
    yummy! ;)

    Nov 5, 2012 | 6:35 pm

     
  141. Alex says:

    1. Sugi – Greenhills/Greenbelt
    2. Gloria Maris – Greenhills
    3. Chili’s – Greenhills/Tomas Morato
    4. Sumosam – Shangri-la/Robinsons Magnolia
    5. Cibo

    Dec 4, 2012 | 6:18 pm

     
  142. ML says:

    Kanzhu hand pulled noodles at Tomas Morato and Greenhills. Yum!

    Dec 9, 2012 | 5:59 pm

     
  143. CarlosEnrique says:

    Hi there :) um my top 5 would be:

    Cyma
    Kainan sa Dalampasigan at Nasugbu, Batangas (my hometown :D)
    Bono Tei @ BF Paranaque
    Omakase
    and ofcourse My Mom’s Kitchen. Nothing beats good ‘ol home cooking right? :)))

    Dec 17, 2012 | 6:52 pm

     
  144. Kathy says:

    In no particular order:

    1) Inagiku (Makati Shangri-la) – Japanese
    2) Shang Palace (Makati Shangri-la) – Chinese
    3) Antonio’s Tagaytay – over all dining experience
    4) Gaudi – Spanish
    5) Wildflour – breakfast/brunch

    Jan 30, 2013 | 1:04 pm

     
  145. Jolengs says:

    Restos we been patronizing not just for good food, nice service or cleanliness but good ambience is a must.

    Ala diane – best apple pie in town
    Alfredos – steaks old school
    My moms home-cooked meal – pinoy orig @ home
    Muy hong – snobbish yet perfect chinese eatery
    Jipan – for japanese goodies

    Apr 14, 2013 | 10:51 am

     
  146. nelson says:

    1. spiral sofitel… love d lamb shack w/ green mint
    2. mla pavillon cafe resto…love d cold seafood
    3. dads/saisaki…love d juicy steak
    4. chinatown best resto…love d crabs
    5. city buffet resto…love d tempura

    Apr 28, 2013 | 11:11 am

     
  147. pencilcut says:

    - bellinis,Cubao x (italian)
    - uno, Tomas Morato (continental)
    - nomama, Tomas Morato (japanese/ramen)
    - seafood dampa, Mall of Asia (seafood/ filipino)
    - shawarma snack center, Malate (halal)

    Apr 30, 2013 | 3:45 am

     
  148. Claire says:

    Buffet:
    Spiral at Sofitel
    Iganiku at Shang
    Escolta at Manila Pen

    Degustation:
    Sala in Makati
    Aubergine in Taguig
    The Goose Station in Taguig

    Taguig area
    Abe
    Sentro
    Wildflour
    PF Chang’s
    IHOP

    Greenbelt area
    Sala
    M Cafe
    Lusso
    Kai
    Felix
    People’s Palace

    May 9, 2013 | 9:27 pm

     
  149. Pau says:

    Cafe Ysabel
    Mom & Tina’s and Bag of Beans Tagaytay (Comfort food)
    Mey lin [Jupiter Branch) and Le Ching – best chinese ever!!

    Jun 4, 2013 | 12:09 am

     
  150. Jiggles says:

    Growing up with a mom who caters, gave me a well trained pallette for excellent food. I cannot limit my choices to 5, but here are must try places.
    XO 46 for their bagnet salad, and ice dessert, Valero St. Mkt
    Brookelyn Pizza- fav pizza
    Buffet 101- for their wide variety of dishes, excellent taste and they replenish the food quickly
    RAZON’S- love their sizzling Bulalo and halo halo
    Jay-J’s- for no oily chicharon bulaklak
    Pepper Lunch- soft juicy steak
    San Mig- Oyster Rockefeller
    Grandad’s- love their food located in BF Homes Pque Aguirre cor Vinzon St.
    John & Ono- Japanese food yummy
    Bonchon- yummy soy garlic chicken
    Conti’s- love every dish and dessert they have
    Amici’s- spinach raviolli super yummy
    Pasta Roni- very healthy menu, must try their roasted veggie pizza, 32nd St BGC
    Choi Garden Annapolis St. Superb chinese food
    Cyma and Cibo- cheese and spinach spread, Oopa, and salad
    North Park’s toasted noodles and salt & garlic squid

    Jun 25, 2013 | 9:55 am

     
  151. beng says:

    1.le ching in banawe or greenhills
    2.dragon resto d best wanton noodle soup n congee bola bola
    3.wok in in malate..d best sipa n stuffed squid
    4.emeral garden in roxas blvd.
    5.hongkong chef in macapagal blvd.
    6.alba in tomas morato
    7.brazil brazil in metrowalk

    Jul 5, 2013 | 8:23 pm

     
  152. Johnson says:

    Antonio’s – fine dine
    Hossein’s – Iranian food
    Gyumon – Korean grill
    inagiku – Japanese
    North Park – congee

    Jul 27, 2013 | 8:26 pm

     
  153. JV says:

    This is hard:

    (1) Sala (LV Locsin, not Bistro)
    (2) President Grand Palace
    (3) People’s Palace
    (4) Tsukiji
    (5) Apartment 1B

    Special Mention:

    Ukkokei Ramen Ron
    Ramen Yushoken
    Spiral (favorite buffet)
    My Kitchen by Chef Chris
    Lolo Dad’s (Quirino)
    Mamou
    Chef Jessie at Manansala
    Myron’s Place
    Antonio’s
    Hossein’s
    Ziggurat
    Lu
    Summer Palace

    Jul 30, 2013 | 5:39 pm

     
  154. MENRAD says:

    TOP RESTAURANT 2013 ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH!
    1. ARISTOCRAT – MALATE RAJAH SULAYMAN PARK:BARBEQUE CHICKEN OR PORK SPARERIBS ,CALDERETA,SINIGANG BANGUS BELLY, MANGOE SHAKE,
    2.DAVID TEA HOUSE- GREENBELT 1: DAVIDS CONGEE, SHANGHAI FRIED RICE ,COLD CUTS ,CRABS,DIMSUMS
    3.SHAWARMA SNACK CENTER- ERMITA : MIX GRILLED WITH BERYANI RICE , BERYANI CHICKEN ,MANGOE SHAKE ETC
    4.LESLIES TAGAYTAY: SPECIAL BULALO,DAING NA BANGUS,CRISPY PATA,NO MORE NO LESS
    5.ALING TONYAS – SEAFOOD MARKET MACAPAGAL : TEMPURA,SWEET & SPICY CRAB

    SPECIAL MENTION:WATAMI MOA,SPARE STRIKE EVANGELISTA (SINIGANG HIPON + SISIG), ANTONIOS TAGAYTAY, SONYAS SECRET GARDEN, ROWENAS TART,PING PING LECHON,HOUSE OF MINIS GLORIETA FOODCOURT SISSSLING CHICKEN,ARYAS ROBINSON SALAD,INENGS BBQ ,GERRYS GRILL SM CLARK ,(APPETIZER SUGBA KILAW ,BANGUS BELLY SINIGANG,)CAFE YSABEL LITTLE BAGUIO SAN JUAN( HOME BREAD , SALADS) MAX`S( CRISPY PATA,SISLING TOFU,CARAMEL BAR)CHOPSTICK & SPOON 168 FOODCOURT LOMI.LAMI LAMI 999 MALL BEEF SLICE NOODLES.RESORT WORLD CASINO CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP,FORTUNE BALIBAGO CHINESE FOODS .

    Aug 24, 2013 | 11:49 am

     
  155. Dinno Reyes says:

    1 Max’s
    2 Aristocrat
    3 LZM
    4 Mann Han
    5 Kimono Ken
    6 Gerry’s
    7 Wok In

    Feb 19, 2014 | 11:54 pm

     
  156. kyla says:

    antonio’s tagaytay
    sensei sushi bf
    cafe ylang ylang(seafood night/friday)
    LZM (tagaytay)
    cookbook kitchen

    Apr 8, 2014 | 4:37 pm

     
 

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