Best Restaurants in Manila: 26 Places To Eat & Drink

Manila Food Guide: Best Restaurants in Manila

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Being the capital of the Philippines, Manila’s food scene is emerging as the hub for food lovers from around the world with over 22,000 restaurants. With this many options, it’s hard to decide where to eat in Manila. In this food guide, we’ve broken down some of the best restaurants in Manila!

Pouring the sauce on Crispy Pancit Pakabok at Manam in Manila

One thing I love about being a travelling foodie is learning about a destination’s culture through its food. Besides being a city with rich heritage, Manila has a unique food culture that awes the foodies.

Salt and Pepper Squid at Asian Taste at Seascape Village Manila

When you visit the Philippines, you’ll quickly realize that Filipinos love to eat! It’s just part of the culture, which is why Manila has a plethora of restaurants that offer diverse world cuisines.

Carne Asada Burrito at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila, Philippines

Big chains have noticed this too: some of the most popular international chain restaurants have opened in Manila like Shake Shack, In-N-Out (pop-up), Tim Horton’s and Ippudo. I was actually surprised to find out Toronto is quite behind than Manila with these big franchises.

Assembling Minced Peking Duck Lettuce Wrap at Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant

Fun fact: I was born and raised in Manila. But every time I visit, I am baffled how much (and fast) things change, especially with the restaurants in Manila.

Also Read: Best Restaurants in Singapore

Three Filipino Desserts at Manam Cafe in SM Megamall

With such a diverse food scene, I ate my way around the Philippine capital hitting up some of the best restaurants in Manila in a wide range of cuisines, pricing and types from casual and fine dining, fast food and take-out places to hidden gems and childhood favourites!


Travelling Foodie's Best Restaurants in Manila, Philippines

Things To Know About Manila and its Food Scene

The food in the Philippines is strongly influenced by the cultures that inhabited its islands including Spanish, American and Chinese. Spanish food is rampant in Manila, and some of the most popular Filipino dishes are adapted from Spanish cuisine.

The majority of the Filipino-Chinese community in Manila is of Fujianese descent so you will see restaurants serving authentic Fujianese cuisine, which is uncommon to find in other countries.

With this boom in Manila’s food culture comes a price, and I noticed that restaurant pricing can be similar to North American restaurant prices.

The currency in the Philippines is the Philippine Peso (PHP or P). To make your conversions easier, on average, 1 USD is PHP50, and 1 CAD is PHP40.

Diced Beef Cube Skewer in Grill at Wonderbowl by Nagi in Manila

The nightlife in Manila is quite impressive. You can typically see people hanging out late at night with a pint of beer in hand, eating delicious bites and having lots of laughs.

Coupled with the nightlife is the entertainment culture in Manila. Filipinos love to sing and dance, and this is evident in the food scene as well.

Restaurants or food plazas tend to have live entertainment either with singers, dancers or both. Similarly, some of the best Filipino restaurants in Manila have traditional roaming musicians who will serenade at the table.

Complimentary Bread at Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros, Manila

Because of how much traffic there is in Manila, you have to strategize how you’re getting to places. A typical 15-minute drive in North America can end up being 1 hour in Manila. There was one time where a 1.5-hour drive became 4.5 hours.

Unless you’re doing street food or food court, sit-down restaurants typically accept major credit cards (Visa and Mastercard).

A lot of restaurants in Manila allow BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage).

Vanilla Mango Milkshake at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila

In Manila, Waze is the most popular navigation app, beating Google Maps. For rideshares, Grab is the most popular app, and there is no Uber anymore (Grab bought them out).

Travelling Foodie Tip: Get up to PHP50 off your Grab ride by registering here, or using code GRAB0WIXTZVJ

Shrimp in Butter at Asian Taste at Manila's best seafood restaurant, Seascape Village

If you’re looking for WiFi/SIM Card when travelling in Manila, check out the best prices here.

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Best Restaurants in Manila

Note: This list of best restaurants in Manila is arranged in alphabetical order. The Must-Try Food in restaurants mean they were both tasted and enjoyed. Menu prices indicated are prices at the time of dining and is subject to change.

Akimitsu Tendon

The Japanese food scene in Manila is strong with lots of restaurants coming from Japan. One of which is Tendon Akimitsu for some delicious tempura offerings.

Akimitsu Tendon was started as a single restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo by chef Akimitsu Tanihara, who has mastered the art of making two Japanese dishes, called tempura and tendon.

Taking out tempura out of the tempura pot at Akimitsu Tendon in Manila

It has a long history of making a special rice bowl authentic Japanese dish called Donburi.

Chef Akimitsu Tanihara won the gold medal at the prestigious Japan Donburi Awards for five years in a row (2014-2018) as well as gold in the highest award in the world of tempura cuisine called the “King Of Tempura Bowl” in 2014.

Lifting a piece of Aburi Salmon Maki with chopsticks
Aburi Salmon Maki (PHP390)

Travelling Foodie Tip: Visit the location at Ayala Malls The 30th where it is a 2-in-1 joint restaurant with Ramen Nagi.

Close-up of Ala Carte Hokkaido Tempura at Akimitsu Tendon

A delight to watch is how they make the delicious Ebi Tempura Maki! It’s Tempura-Ception!

If you are looking for more variety outside just tempura, they also serve other sashimi and maki.

Salmon Sashimi at Akimitsu Tendon in Manila
Salmon Sashimi (PHP320)
Non-Spicy Tuna Sashimi at Akimitsu Tendon
Tuna Sashimi (PHP290)
Close-up Spicy Tuna Maki at Akimitsu Tendon
Spicy Tuna Sashimi (PHP280)

Tendon Akimitsu is one of the best places to eat tempura in Manila!

Must-Try Food at Akimitsu Tendon: Hokkaido Tempura and Ebi Tempura Maki

Hokkaido Tempura plate at one of the best Japanese restaurants in Manila, Akimitsu Tendon
Hokkaido Tempura (PHP550) – scallops, shrimp (and they include the head!), yam, lotus root, brocolli and crab meat
Torching the Ebi Tempura Maki at Akimitsu Tendon in Manila
Ebi Tempura Maki (PHP370) – two pieces of shrimp tempura wrapped into a maki, then deep-fried into one giant tempura maki

Website / Address: 31 Meralco Ave, San Antonio, Pasig, 1605 Metro Manila, Philippines

Also Read: Best Restaurants in Tokyo


Barcino

Barcino is one of the best restaurants in Manila for authentic Spanish cuisine with tapas, paella and tradicionales. In fact, the founders originated from Barcelona who wanted to bring the authentic Spanish taste to the Philippines.

Manchego Cheese at Barcino at Eastwood City
Queso Manchego (PHp430) – sheep milk cheese from the La Mancha region

Did you know? Barcino is Latin for Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan community in Spain.

Madrid Ox Tripe Stew at Barcino in Quezon City, Manila
Callos A La Madrilena (PHP620) – stewed Madrid-style ox tripe with chickpeas and chorizo

On some nights a week, Barcino also invites locals bands to play music while people enjoy the delicacy of Spanish cuisine.

Blood Sausage at Barcino in Manila
Tapa De Morcilla Con Pimientos (PHP295) – bite size slices of blood sausage pan fried with piquillo peppers

They also give a tribute to Spanish wine with a vast collection in which you can have the staff suggest a wine pairing with your dish.

Fresh Serrano Ham at Barcino, best Spanish restaurants in Manila
Jamon Serrano Bodega (PHP400) – 50g, freshly carved dry-cured Spanish ham

Apart from their main branch in SM Aura, they have many branches in Makati, Alabang and other food districts in Manila.

Seafood Paella at Barcino in Manila
Paella Mixta (PHP890) – paella rice with mixed seafoods, meat and vegetables

Must-Try Food at Barcino: Paella de Rabo de Toro (Oxtail Paella), Pulpo Braseado con Crema de Patata, Gambas Al Ajillo

Oxtail Paella at Barcino in Quezon City
Paella De Rabo De Toro (PHP795) – paella with oxtail beef stew topped with grilled asparagus and beef slices
Grilled Octopus at Barcino
Pulpo Braseado con Crema de Patata (PHP795) – boiled and grilled octopus with potato cream
Spanish Garlic Shrimp at Barcino
Gambas Al Ajillo (PHP790) – 350g, prawns in spicy garlic olive oil

Website / Address: G/F One, Eastwood Ave, Eastwood City, Quezon City, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines


Coral Garden Restaurant

Serving guests since 1978, Coral Garden is a gem among locals looking for authentic Chinese and Fujianese dishes.

Lifting one Crispy Bean Curd at Coral Garden Restaurant in Manila
Crispy Bean Curd (PHP315) with House Special Black Sauce

Did you know? Coral Garden is owned and run by two ladies who were high school classmates and became best friends.

They serve unique dishes not commonly found in other Chinese restaurants (like Stir-Fried Pork Kidney), making it one of the must-try Chinese restaurants in Manila.

Pork Kidney at Manila's Coral Garden Restaurant
Stir-Fry Pork Kidney (PHP265) – 爆炒腰花

Must-Try Food at Coral Garden Restaurant: Crispy Bean Curd with House Special Black Sauce, Coral Supreme, Stir-Fry Pork Liver or Kidney, Oyster Cake

Pouring Coral Supreme on a bowl at Coral Garden Restaurant in Manila, Philippines
Coral Supreme (PHP385) – fried fresh milk in crabmeat sauce on snowy white noodle
Oyster Pancake (Oajian) at Coral Garden Restaurant
Oyster Cake (PHP350)
Close-up of Coral Garden Restaurant's Crispy Bean Curd
Crispy Bean Curd (PHP315) with House Special Black Sauce

Website / Address: Banawe St, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Crisostomo

One of the best Filipino restaurants in Manila, Crisostomo offers traditional Filipino and Spanish dishes as well as other Asian cuisines with innovations by Chef Florabel Co-Yatco!

Crispy Pork Belly on Dried Taro Leaves and Coconut Milk at Crisostomo
Leandro (PHP400) – laing with lechon kawali

Did you know? The restaurant’s name is based on a character in popular Filipino novel Noli Me Tangere named Crisostomo Ibarra.

Fried Squid at Crisostomo at Eastwood City in Manila
Calamares ni Tales (PHP310) – Fried golden calamares with garlic mayo dip and sweet chili sauce

The restaurant has several branches in Manila, each with a different ambiance designed for a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

Olive Oil Squid at Crisostomo in Manila, Philippines
Tarsilo Squid al Jillo (PHP295) – sautéed squid in olive oil with chili and garlic

Crisostomo serves lunch, brunch and dinner so you can visit them any time of the day.

Ox Tongue in Mushroom Sauce at Crisostomo in Eastwood City, Manila
Lengua Laruja (PHP495) – braised ox tongue with mushroom gravy with fried garlic

Must-Try Food at Crisostomo: Calamares ni Tales, Tarsilo Squid Al Jillo, Lengua Laruja, Sizzling Linares (Pork Sisig)

Sizzling Pork Sisig at Crisostomo, one of the best Filipino restaurants in Manila
Sisig Linares (PHP250) – pork sisig

Website / Address: 2/F Veranda, Eastwood Mall, Orchard Rd, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila, Philippines


Eastwood Cafe + Bar

Located inside Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Eastwood Cafe + Bar is a hidden gem in Eastwood City that’s one of the best places to eat International cuisine in Manila.

Pollo Puttanesca at Eastwood Cafe Bar in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Manila, Philippines
Pollo Puttanesca – Deboned whole chicken in Tarragon served with Puttanesca sauce

The restaurant has a bar that serves popular local and international alcohol brands.

The Dalmore 15 Year Old Whisky at Eastwood Cafe Bar in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Manila, Philippines
Their drink list menu is quite extensive. They have The Dalmore 15 Year Old Whisky

They also have a breakfast buffet that has mix of both continental and Filipino breakfast dishes.

Pancakes at Eastwood Cafe Bar Breakfast Buffet in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Manila, Philippines
Pancakes

Check out the must-try food for Eastwood Cafe + Bar.

Ensaymada at Eastwood Cafe Bar in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Manila, Philippines
The Best Ensaymada I’ve had

Website / Address: 17 Orchard Road, Eastwood City, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila, Philippines


Fresh At Solaire

Fresh International buffet at Solaire Resort & Casino serves one of the most renowned buffets in Manila, bringing world cuisines made by chefs from all over the world.

There’s a multitude of stations varying by cuisines like Japanese, Filipino and Chinese as well as other stations like Cheese & Charcuterie, Desserts, Carving Stations, and the most important one, the fresh seafood and meat grilling station.

You’ll find multiple choices at the fresh seafood and meat station including lobsters, fish, chicken, beef and others. And you get to choose how it’s cooked whether you want it grilled or steamed, with garlic butter or other sauces.

Perhaps the main reason why this is one of the best buffets in Manila is there’s all-you-can-eat lobster! Plus, unlimited wine and beer are also included in the buffet, making Fresh one of the best place to eat with friends and family and have a great time.

Platter of Grilled Lobsters at Fresh at Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila, Philippines
No need to be shellfish when it’s all you can eat lobsters!

Must-Try Food at Fresh at Solaire: Dinner Buffet (PHP1999) – inclusive of unlimited drinks

Website / Address: 1 Aseana Ave, Entertainment, Parañaque, 1701 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Gallery by Chele

Started as Gallery VASK in 2013, the restaurant changed its name to Gallery by Chele in 2018 but still remains one of the best restaurants in Manila and the Philippines offering regional as well as Southeast Asian cuisines using modern techniques.

It was my first time seeing such an innovative take on Filipino cuisine, making it a must-try if you’re looking for where to eat tasting menu in Manila.

They use local ingredients to cook the flavors of the Philippines and, at the same time, believe in coming up with new blends and twists in cooking.

Grilled Octopus at Gallery By Chele in Taguig, Manila, Philippines
Fired! Pulpo – octopus, chicken jus, papaya

Specializing in changing tasting menus and unique cocktails, Gallery by Chele is a crossover of food science and deliciousness and one of the best places to eat in Manila.

Calamansi Shrimp at Gallery By Chele in Taguig, Manila, Philippines
Calamansi Butter – tiger prawns, garlic emulsion, upo seeds

Must-Try Food at Gallery by Chele: Nine-Course Tasting Menu, Perfume Cocktail, Verde Cocktail, Puto Bumbong Cocktail

Calamansi Tart and Puto Bumbong Cocktail at Gallery By Chele in Manila, Philippines
1. Tart – calamansi, basil, shiso 2. Puto Bumbong Cocktail – vodka, banana leaf, yam, coconut

Website / Address: 5/F Clipp Center, 11th Avenue, corner 39th St, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant Greenhills

Ask locals for best Chinese restaurants in Manila and Gloria Maris is sure to be on top of best places to eat.

Gloria Maris staff slicing Peking Duck table-side
Table-side slicing of Peking Duck for first way with wrapper

A fine-dining Chinese restaurant, Gloria Maris Shark’s Fin Restaurant in Greenhills is dedicated to the innovation of Chinese dining experience through dim sum and hot pot along with traditional Chinese family-style dishes.

Taro Puff Dim Sum at Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in Greenhills
Taro Puff 芋角 (PHP195)

The food is cooked with the best quality local ingredients and the chefs are hired from Hong Kong to serve authentic Chinese cuisine to its guests, making it one of the best restaurants in Manila for Chinese food.

Sliced Peking Duck with Wrapper at Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant Greenhills

With its private rooms and banquet halls, Gloria Maris is a popular spot in the Chinese community for big functions like weddings, parties, birthday celebrations, business meets.

Raddish Cake Dim Sum at Gloria Maris Greenhills in San Juan, Manila
Pan Fried Raddish Cake (PHP195)

Must-Try Food in Gloria Maris: Roasted Peking Duck Served 2 Ways, Crispy Fried Pigeon, Live Sua He, Steamed Sea Bass with Soy Sauce, Mango Sago

Half Peking Duck at Gloria Maris, the best Chinese restaurant in Manila
Peking Duck Served 2 Ways (PHP1850) – half duck
Lettuce Wrap Peking Duck at Gloria Maris Greenhills
Minced Duck with Lettuce for Peking Duck’s 2nd Way
Fried Pigeon at Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant in Greenhills, Manila
Crispy Fried Pigeon (PHP690) – per piece

Website / Address: Corner Missouri St, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines


House of Zhou

Located in Solaire Resort, House of Zhou is popular for its imperial food, drawing inspiration from the famous Honk Kong concept of tea restaurants called Cha Chaan Teng.

Butter Prawns at House of Zhou at Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines

The restaurant offers authentic Cantonese and Chinese cuisine from a wide variety of dishes, including noodles, hot pot, sandwiches, and steaks.

Must-Try Food at House of Zhou: Sichuan-style Poached Beef in Hot Chili Oil, Sauteed Beef with Shimeji Mushrooms in Black Pepper Sauce, Tiger Prawns with Superior Stock and Butter, Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab

Lifting one Butter Prawn at House of Zhou at Solaire in Entertainment City
Tiger Prawns (PHP850) – with superior stock and butter.
Chinese:上汤牛油焗虎虾
Korean: 버터를 넣은 육수에 쪄낸 대하
Beef with Shimeji Mushrooms at House of Zhou at Solaire Resort in Manila
Sauteed Beef (PHP880) – with shimeji mushroom in black pepper sauce
Chinese: 菘茸菇黑椒炒牛柳粒
Korean: 후추 소스를 재운송이버섯 소고기와

Website / Address: Tambo Entertainment City, 1 Aseana Ave, Parañaque, 1701 Metro Manila, Philippines


Ilustrado

Ilustrado started serving guests in 1989 and quickly became one of the best restaurants in Manila for Filipino and Spanish food, frequented by both locals and tourists.

Stairs and Mother Mary Fountain at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros
Close-up of Paella Ilustrado at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros

If you’re looking for places to eat in Manila while experiencing a rich Filipino culture, you should visit the Ilustrado Restaurant located in the historic Walled City of Intramuros, which brings you back to the time of Spanish colonialization.

Ilustrado Restaurant in the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila
Hispanic inspired space consists of a Spanish garden courtyard
Mango Smoothie and Daiquiri at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros
On the table: – Ripe Mango Smoothie blended with Yogurt (PHP170) – Dalandan Mango Daiquiri (PHP210)

The Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros offers traditional Filipino dishes, along with Asian flavors blended with heritage Spanish and global cuisines by Chef Bernice Pimentel.

Sisig with Sauce at Ilustrado Restaurant in Manila
Pork Sisig (PHP210)
Pouring gravy on US Beef Tenderloin at Ilustrado Restaurant in Manila, Philippines
US Beef Tenderloin (PHP1450) – 200 grams
Frozen Filipino meringue roll at Ilustrado Restaurant in Manila
Frozen Brazo De Mercedes (PHP250) – meringue, mantekado ice cream, yema custard, graham crust

They even have the live Filipino musicians that serenade the tables, individually.

Three Musicians perform at a table at Ilustrado Restaurant in Manila

How about a fire show with your dessert? Every time I see something on the menu that says flambeed tableside, I always want to try it!

What a show it was to see the Mango Jubilee prepared. First time seeing a three ladle fire show.

Must-Try Food at Ilustrado Restaurant: Paella Ilustrado, Lengua Con Setas, Bagnet with Classic KBL Sauce, Australian Lamb Ribs, Mango Jubilee, Tsokolate Ilustrado, Dalandan Mango Daiquiri

Top-down entire plate of Paella Ilustrado
Paella Ilustrado (PHP895) – Spanish paella done the Ilustrado way: chicken, chorizo, prawns, manila clam, squid, bell peppers, grean peas, tomatoes, annatto, boiled egg, lime, calrose
Ox Tongue and Daiquiri at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros
On the table:
– Lengua Con Setas (PHP495) – slow-cooked slices of ox tongue in mushroom brown sauce
– Dalandan Mango Daiquiri (PHP210)
Bagnet at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros in Manila
Bagnet with Classic KBL Sauce (PHP530) – Ilocano version of crispy thrice cooked pork belly
Holding a piece of Australian Lamb Ribs at Ilustrado Restaurant Instramuros in Manila
Australian Lamb Ribs (PHP1250) – 350 grams
Dripping Mango Jubilee at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros
Mango Jubilee (PHP375) – for two people. Flambeed mango balls, orange liqueur, almonds, sampaguita ice cream
Chocolate Ilustrado, Cappuccino and Cafe Mocha at Ilustrado Restaurant Intramuros
On the table: – Tsokolate Ilustrado (PHP125) – Ilustrado’s in between version of tsokolate “e” (espeso) and “a” (aguado)
– Cappuccino (PHP120)
– Cafe Mocha (PHP120)

Website / Address: 744 Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna), Intramuros, Manila 1002, Philippines

Activities while you’re in Intramuros:
1. Intramuros Bike Tour & Filipino Food with Live Performance (check best price) – a small 5-hour group tour visiting all the must-see spots in Intramuros with a Filipino buffet and live music/cultural show after.

2. Intramuros Bamboo Bicycle Tour (check best price) – choose from express tour, Intramuros experience, sunset tour, half-day cultural experience.


Japan Fudo Street

Located in Ayala Malls Vertis North, Japan Fudo Street is famous for serving authentic Japanese cuisine offering a wide variety of items like takoyaki, sushi, tempura, yakitori, etc.

Chicken Kushiyaki at Japan Fudo Street
Negima Yakitori (PHP60) – negi & chicken thigh grilled with teriyaki sauce

The dining experience is quite different too. It is like a street food hall and restaurant combined. The interior takes you to streets in Tokyo lined with food vendors for a pick-me-up.

Spider Roll at Japan Fudo Street, one of the best Japanese Restaurants in Manila
Soft Shell Crab Roll (PHP380) – soft shell crab tempura roll
Raw Beef Liver at Japan Fudo Street
Beef Liver (PHP150)

You’ll find street food stalls lined up and a communal dining area but may still choose to opt for a full-service sit-down dining experience.

Holding one takoyaki at Japan Fudo Street
Takoyaki (PHP120) – Japanese octopus balls

A unique thing about this restaurant is that it also offers Japanese grocery items that guests can take home to cook.

Beef Cubes at Japan Fudo Street in Manila
Beef Cubes (PHP180) – grilled Japanese beef cubes

If you are looking to satisfy your Japanese food fix in one spot, then Japan Fudo Street is one of the best restaurants in Manila for it.

Chicken Rice Bowl at Japan Fudo Street
Tori Teri Don (PHP245) – grilled chicken teriyaki over rice

Must-Try Food in Japan Fudo Street: Takoyaki, Mix Seafood Roll, Chawanmushi, Agedashi Tofu, Beef Heart

Takoyaki at Japan Fudo Street in Manila, Philippines
Takoyaki (PHP120) – Japanese octopus balls
Seafood Roll with Teapot behind at Japan Fudo Street at Ayala Malls Vertis North in Manila
Mix Seafood Roll (PHP265) – 4 kinds of seafood: hamachi, grouper, salmon & tuna
Chawanmushi at Japan Fudo Street in Ayala Malls Vertis North
Chawan Mushi (PHP120) – steamed egg
Agedashi Dofu at Japan Fudo Street at Ayala Malls Vertis North
Agedashi Tofu 揚げ出し豆腐 (PHP160) – deep fried tofu with tendashi sauce
Grilled Beef Heart at Japan Fudo Street
Beef Heart (PHP180)

Website / Address: Ayala Malls Vertis North, North Avenue Brgy, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


Kamayan

Kamayan is part of DADS World Buffet which specializes in authentic Filipino cuisine. The kitchen theatre of Kamayan is a site of attraction as you watch chefs cook these delicious Filipino dishes.

Travelling Foodie Tip: DADS World Buffet is three buffets in one: Dads, Kamayan and Saisaki. However, if you’re sure you only want to do one of the three buffets, you can do so at a cheaper price. Similarly, there are still some Kamayan-only restaurants.

Bagnet at Kamayan at SM Megamall in Manila
Bagnet

Did you know? Kamayan means “with hands”, which describes a traditional Filipino way of eating by hands over a family-style feast on banana leaves.

Look at this mountain of Crispy Pata! I’ve had lobster mountains and fried chicken mountains, now I can add fried pork mountain to my collection.

Mountain of Crispy Pata at Kamayan in Manila
Crispy Pata

I always visit DADS World Buffet (or sometimes just Kamayan Buffet) whenever I’m in Manila because of their Lechon and Filipino dishes. It is one of the best restaurants in Manila to get your fix since it is a buffet!

Pig's Head Lechon at Kamayan at DADS World Buffet in SM Megamall
Lechon de Leche

Must-Try Food at Kamayan: As part of Weekday Lunch Buffet (PHP738), Lechon de Leche, Bagnet, Crispy Pata, Sisig Cones, Sizzling Sisig, Crispy Kangkong, Crispy Baby Crabs, Grilled Squid (Inihaw na Pusit), Bibingka, Puto Bumbong

Sisig Cone at DADs World Buffet's Kamayan in Manila
Sisig Cone

Website / Address: SM Megamall, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines


Kipp’s Chicken

Established in 1981, Kipp’s Chicken is one of the best restaurants in Manila for fried chicken, a hidden gem located in the food court of SM Megamall and SM Southmall.

This locally owned fast food restaurant has been a fan favourite among locals who frequent those malls since childhood. I make it a point to eat here whenever I visit Manila.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua admiring the Fried Chicken Mountain at Kipp's
Find someone who looks at you the same way I look at these fried chicken

Other menu items include spaghetti and macaroni salad.

Lifting the Spaghetti at Kipp's Chicken in SM Megamall Food Court in Manila
Spaghetti (PHP50)

Must-Try Food at Kipp’s Chicken: You just have to try their beloved fried chicken made from a family recipe. Have that with their home-style gravy and Spanish rice, and you have yourself a winner!

20 pieces Fried Chicken and 3 cups Spanish Rice at Kipp's Chicken in Manila
On the table: – 3x 2pc Chicken with Spanish Rice (PHP149) – 2x 6pc Chicken (PHP365)
Spaghetti and Fried Chicken at Kipp's Chicken in SM Megamall in Manila
On the table: – Spaghetti (PHP50) – 3x 6pc Chicken (PHP365)

Website / Address: SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Ave., Brgy. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong City, Ortigas

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La Creperie

La Creperie is one of the best places to eat crepes in Manila. Aside from their popular gourmet crepes and crepe cakes, they offer traditional French food, including popular dishes like Coq Au Vin (chicken in red wine) and Blanquette de Boeuf (beef stew simmered for hours).

Strawberry Mango Jubilee Gourmet Crepe at La Creperie in Manila, Philippines
Strawberry Mango Jubilee (PHP355) – crepe lightly stewed with fresh mango and strawberry in an orange rum sauce, topped with vanilla ice cream

La Creperie also serves Filipino breakfast that includes pasta and other traditional dishes.

If you’re looking for a show, the Crepe Suzette is flambeed tableside.

I love crepe cakes! And the 20-layer hand-crafted Mille crepe cake at La Creperie hits the spot! You must try their homemade Salted Butter Caramel.

Salted Butter Caramel Crepe Cake at La Creperie in Manila
Salted Butter Caramel Mille Crepe Cake (PHP195)

If you’re looking for where to eat French food and desserts in Manila, La Creperie is the restaurant for it.

Must-Try Desserts at La Creperie: Salted Butter Caramel Mille Crepe Cake, Matcha Mille Crepe Cake, Apple Crisp A La Mode Crepe, Mango Hazelnut Au Chocolat Crepe

Matcha Crepe Cake at La Creperie at Ayala Malls Vertis North
Matcha Green Tea Mille Crepe Cake (PHP195)
Mango Hazelnut Chocolate Crepe at La Creperie, Manila's best crepe
Mango Hazelnut Au Chocolate Crepe (PHP325) – chocolate crepe, fresh mangoes, hazelnut spread, salted butter caramel, sliced almonds, whipped cream
Apple Crisp Gourmet Crepe at La Creperie in Manila
Apple Crisp A La Mode Gourmet Crepe (PHP280) – stewed apples with cinnamon sugar, oatmeal walnut crisp, salted butter caramel and vanilla ice cream

Website / Address: Ground Floor, Ayala Malls Vertis Triangle Exchange, North, North Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


Locavore

Even before I flew to Manila and also when I arrived, Locavore Kitchen & Drinks came highly recommended by friends, family and followers so I had to check the place out.

Fried Pork Hock at Manila's Locavore
Crispy Pata (PHP695) – Pata, Cherry Tomato, Shallots, Lechon Puree, Fried Garlic, Spring Onion

Did you know? Locavore means a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

Gising Gising at one of Manila's best restaurants, Locavore
Gising Gising (PHP275) – Sigarilyos, French Beans, Shallot and Garlic Confit, Gata, Spring Onion

Known for introducing new modern Filipino food to authentic cuisine, Locavore strives for a sustainable dining concept with a menu using ingredients from local farmers and local drinks all over the Philippines.

Boneless Lechon Belly at Locavore in Quezon City, Manila
Boneless Lechon Belly (PHP650) – Ala Cebu Lechon, Pinakurat Bagoong Dipping Sauce, Pickled Red Onion & Cucumber
Glass of Margarita at Locavore Kitchen & Drinks at Eastwood City in Manila
Margarita (PHP450) – carafe

Chef Mikel Zaguirre combines classic Filipino dishes with twists using his French cooking background, making Locavore to be one of the best restaurants in Manila for both locals and tourists.

Sizzling Sinigang at Locavore Kitchen & Drinks at Eastwood City
Sizzling Sinigang (PHP550) – Beef Short Ribs, Sauteed French Beans, Sampaloc Gravy, Garlic Confit
Pandesal Bread Pudding at one of the best places to eat Filipino food, Locavore Kitchen
Pandesal Pudding (PHP175) – Custard, Pandesal, Cheese, Salted Egg, Dulce De Leche, Gatas

As a sisig lover, I am a big fan of their oyster sisig, which is quite uncommon to find and my first time having. It’s so good you’ll want to try both versions.

Fried Oyster Sisig at Locavore Eastwood City
Fried Oyster Sisig (PHP370) – Aldan Oyster, White Onion, Garlic Chili

Must-Try Food at Locavore Kitchen & Drinks: Luglog, Fried Oyster Sisig, Lechon Oyster Sisig, Baked Scallops with Aligue Butter, Sugpo Con Mayonesa, Green Curry Bicol Express, Turon, Torta Mangga

Lifting the Luglog Noodles at Locavore, one of Manila's best Filipino restaurants
Luglog (PHP350) – Aligue, Glass Noodles, Bisque-Atsuete Sauce, Pusit, Shrimp, Chicharon, Spring Onion
Lechon Oyster Sisig at Locavore, one of the best restaurants in Manila
Lechon Oyster Sisig (PHP380) – Aldan Oyster, White Onion, Garlic Chili, Lechon Bits
Basked Scallops with Butter at Locavore in Manila, Philippines
Baked Scallops with Aligue Butter (PHP525) – Scallops, Aligue Butter, Pandesal Crumbs
Black Tiger Prawns in Mayo and Butter at Locavore
Sugpo Con Mayonesa (PHP980) – Jumbo Black Tiger Prawns, Aligue, Garlic Butter, Japanese Mayonnaise
Green Curry Bicol Express at Locavore in Manila, Philippines
Green Curry Bicol Express (PHP480) – Beef Short Ribs braised for 5 hours in Coconut Cream and Cilantro, Roasted Green Chili Peppers, Bagoong Alamang
Banana Puff Pastry Dessert at Locavore in Manila
Turon (PHP190) – Puff Pastry, Banana, Rhum, Candied Langka, Dulce De Leche
Mango Meringue Cake at Locavore in Manila
Torta Mangga (PHP230) – Mangga, Meringue, Tablea, Dulce De Leche

Website / Address: 1880 Eastwood Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines


Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant

One of the most popular Chinese food is dim sum. Located at Z-Square Mall, Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant is one of the best places to eat dim sum in Manila.

Xiao Long Bao at Lucky Rainbow Dim Sum in Manila
Siao Long Pao (PHP160) – 6pcs, pork soup dumplings

The restaurant itself specializes in seafood and Chinese cuisine, but dim sum at Lucky Rainbow is widely acknowledged for its fresh and flavorful taste and the many varieties it comes in.

Travelling Foodie Tip: Go during their happy hour where select dim sum choices are 40% off. Mon-Sat (10am-2:30pm and 5:00pm-10:30pm)

My most favorite dim sum there was the Yan Suy Dumplings which are like Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) but with coriander inside to add an extra dimension of flavour.

Coriander Shrimp Dumplings at Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant in Manila
Yansuy Dumpling (PHP120) – 4pcs

This value dim sum restaurant serves up some delicious dim sum ranging from PHP78-160 (CAD1.97-4.05). And with the 40% off the price during happy hour, you got yourself an awesome treat!

Must-Try Food at Lucky Rainbow: Yansuy Dumplings, Pan-Fried Radish Cake, Xiao Long Bao, Ham Soy Cok, Shrimp Rice Roll

Four Kinds of Dim Sum at Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant in Manila
Dim Sum on the table:
– Pan Fried Radish Cake (PHP99) – 3pcs
– Yansuy Dumplings (PHP120) – 4pcs
– Beef Ball (PHP88) – 3pcs
– Xiao Long Bao (PHP160) – 6pcs

Website / Address: Unit 201-204 Z-Square Mall, Del Monte Ave, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines

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Lugang Café

Lugang Café is a Taiwanese restaurant that belongs to the famous Bellagio Group of Restaurants that originated in Shanghai in 2001. The Manila location is very special because it is the first branch of Lugang Café outside China.

Shrimp Stuffed Youtiao at Lugang Cafe in Manila, Philippines
Pineapple with Shrimp Stuffed in Crullers (PHP380)

Did you know? Lugang Cafe was listed in Philippine Tatler’s 100 Best Restaurant Awards.

Lugang Café has fourteen world-class Chinese chefs who are dedicated to providing their guests with real Taiwanese dishes, undoubtedly making it one of the best restaurants in Manila serving authentic Taiwanese cuisine.

Xiao Long Bao at Lugang Cafe in Manila
Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao (PHP258) – 8pcs, soup dumplings

One of their most popular items is the Peanut Smoothie. Though I’m typically not big on peanut butter, I can say that I’m nuts for their smoothie!

Peanut Smoothie at Lugang Cafe in Manila, Philippines
Peanut Smoothie (PHP220) – peanut butter with ice and crushed nuts

Must-Try at Lugang Cafe: Xiao Long Bao, Spare Ribs with Plum Sauce, Stewed Tofu with Crab Meat, Oyster Omelette (Oajian), Peanut Smoothie

Crab Meat Tofu Soup at Lugang Cafe at SM City The Block
Stewed Tofu with Crab Meat (PHP480)
Pork Ribs in Sweet and Sour Plum Sauce at Lugang Cafe in Manila
Spare Ribs with Plum Sauce (PHP460)
Oyster Pancake at Lugang Cafe in SM North Edsa in Manila
Taiwanese Omelette w/ Preserved Turnip Bits (PHP220)

Website / Address: 2nd floor, The Block, SM City North Edsa, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines


Manam

Ask locals where to eat in Manila for Filipino food, and Manam easily comes out very popular as one of the best restaurants in Manila. Aside from Filipino food with a twist, Manam also serves many Asian cuisines with vegetarian options.

Shrimp in Crabfat at Manam Cafe in SM Megamall in Manila
Hipon in Crabfat (PHP255) – small

Did you know? The name Manam is derived from Malinamnam (delicious). I agree!

Marbled Beef of Manam's Crispy Beef Tadyang
Crispy Beef Tadyang (PHP355) – small beef ribs with garlic

A great concept Manam has on their menu is it has 3 portion sizes for non-dessert items (small/medium/large). I highly recommend getting more items of Small so you can try more.

Crispy Pata at Manam Cafe in SM Megamall
Crispy Pata with Garlic-Chili Bits (PHP295) – small deep fried pork hock

Travelling Foodie Tip: The SM Megamall location is Manam Cafe where they have cafe dishes not found at non-Cafe locations like the Three Cheese Ensaymada and Bibingka De Leche here!

Torching the Calamansi Tart at Manam Cafe in Manila, Philippines
Calamansi Tart (PHP220)

Ask me for my favorite Filipino dish and you’ll hear me say Sisig. And the one at Manam was the best I’ve had!

Scoop of Crispy Sisig at Manam, one of the best places to eat sisig in Manila

Perfectly crispy throughout the dish (which is quite rare) and flavourful with a bit of sauce! No wonder it’s their bestselling dish!

Must-Try Food at Manam: House Crispy Sisig, Crispy Pancit Palabok (PHP200), Crispy Beef Tadyang (PHP355), Three Cheese Ensaymada (PHP200), Bibingka De Leche (PHP240) and Ube + Sago (PHP110). 😋

Philippines Best Crispy Sizzling Sisig at Manam in Manila
House Crispy Sisig (PHP145) – small
Crispy Pancit Palabok at Manam, one of the best restaurants in Manila
Crispy Pancit Palabok (PHP200)
Crispy Beef Ribs at one of the Manila's best places to eat Filipino food, Manam
Crispy Beef Tadyang (PHP355) – small beef ribs with garlic
Three Cheese Ensaymada at Manam Cafe in Manila
Three Cheese Ensaymada (PHP200)
Filipino Rice Cake with Custard Flan at Manam Cafe in Manila
Bibingka De Leche (PHP240)
Ube Sago and Strawberry Camias Shakes at Manam Cafe in SM Megamall
Shakes on the table: – Ube + Sago (PHP110) – Strawberry + Camias (PHP155)

Website / Address: 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall Expansion Bldg. D, EDSA cor. J, Doña Julia Vargas Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines


Mendokoro Ramenba

Mendokoro Ramenba is a traditional Japanese restaurant that specializes in authentic ramen, rated among one of the best places to eat in Manila for Japanese ramen lovers.

Miso Tonkotsu Ramen at Mendokoro Ramenba, one of the best ramen restaurants in Manila
Miso Tonkotsu Ramen (PHP440)

Even when I asked my friends in the Philippines for the best ramen in Manila, the consensus was Mendokoro Ramenba. This is surprising considering some of Japan’s top ramen joints like Ippudo and Ramen Nagi have opened in Manila, whereas Mendokoro is locally owned.

Soy Sauce Tonkotsu Ramen at Mendokoro Ramenba in Manila
Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen (PHP400)

Mendokoro has an ordering system, wherein you order at the cashier and wait for your turn to sit at the ramen bar. The table is one long bar table seating that circles the kitchen so you get to dine facing the chefs at work.

Ramen Eggs at Mendokoro Ramenba in Manila, Philippines
Aji Tamago (PHP80)

Mendokoro offers a range of Ramen with twists in taste and is known for having a rich creamy broth beating those from Japan. Their noodles are made in-house as well.

I tried a couple of ramens and loved the Tantanmen ramen the most with its unique blend of chili oil and milky soup. Note though that Aji Tamago (marinated soft boiled egg) is not included in all their ramen.

TanTanMen Tonkotsu Ramen at Mendokoro Ramenba in Bonifacio Global City
TanTanMen Tonkotsu Ramen (PHP420)

Travelling Foodie Tip: They have some off-menu items like the Super Chashu Ramen and Ebi Tonkotsu Ramen. Be sure to ask what’s available for that day.

Seafood Tonkotsu Ramen at Mendokoro Ramenba in Makati
Ebi Tonkotsu Ramen – pork bone broth with rich roasted shrimp head oil, topped with prawns, scallops, squid, kani and bok choy. Like a shrimp bisque ramen

If you are looking for the more traditional ramen, go with the regular Shoyu ramen with a thick, rich broth. For heavy eaters, the off-menu Super Chashu Ramen has the regular Shoyu ramen as base with extra frills and meat including a torched slab of fatty pork.

Super Chashu Ramen at Mendokoro Ramenba in BGC, Manila
Super Chashu Ramen (PHP520) – the super chashu is marinated and slow cooked for an even longer time that it takes to cook the soup

Must-Try Food at Mendokoro Ramenba: Super Chashu Ramen (or Shoyu Ramen), Tatanmen Ramen

Website / Address: 26th Street Icon Plaza RCBC Building, Taguig, 1630 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Mesa

With over 17 stores in the Philippines and serving 123 different dishes, Mesa Filipino Moderne has been awarded as one of the best Filipino restaurants in Manila for three consecutive years.

Did you know? Mesa was established in 2009 by Mega Star Sharon Cuneta and her husband Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

Lechon Kawali with Shrimp Paste at Mesa Filipino Moderne in Manila, Philippines
Binagoongang Baboy ni Kaka (PHP295) – pan fried pork belly sauteed in shrimp paste with grilled eggplant

Mesa is the first and the only restaurant in Manila that provides on spot grilling, right on the table, which comes out as an exciting experience for guests.

Aside from Adobo, the other popular Filipino dish most people know about is Kare Kare which is a stew with a rich and creamy peanut sauce.

Kare Kare is typically made with oxtail or beef stew meat, but at Mesa they use beef short ribs which I enjoyed more than beef stew because the meat was just so tender.

Kare Kare Beef at Mesa Filipino Moderne at Eastwood City, Manila
Kare Kare Short Ribs (PHP430) – boiled and deep fried short ribs cooked in creamy peanut sauce

It is the only restaurant in the Philippines that serves Crispchon (“Crispy Lechon”), which is crispy roasted pig’s skin served two ways: (1) wrapped in pandan crepes ala Peking Duck with yan suy, cucumber and leek, and (2) tossed in chili garlic

The baby squid in olive oil is so good and a definite must-try. So far they Mesa serves the best version of this dish.

Olive Oil Baby Squid at Mesa Filipino Moderne at Eastwood City, Manila
Baby Squid in Olive Oil (PHP375) – baby squid sauteed in olive oil and seasoned with garlic and laurel

Must-Try Food at Mesa Filipino Moderne: Kare Kare Short Ribs, Baby Squid in Olive Oil

Website / Address: 116 Eastwood Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila, Philippines


Project Pork Crispy Pata

One of the most popular Filipino dishes is Crispy Pata, which is deep fried pork hock. So, where to eat the best crispy pata in Manila? That would be from Project Pork Crispy Pata.

Previously MahLuTong, Project Pork is not really a sit-down restaurant, but more of a take-out and delivery joint via Grab Food.

The Marikenyos’ know their crispy pata because this is the best crispy pata I’ve ever had! Project Pork’s herb-infused crispy pata has golden crispy skin with soft and juicy meat!

Travelling Foodie Tip: If you prefer more crispy skin, opt for the Crispy Ulo (head) which gives more skin than meat.

Project Pork’s Crispy Pata is prepared in small batches and made-to-order once you place the call/Grab order to ensure the quality of the meat.

Website / Address: 4, 1800 A. De Legaspi Street, Project 4, Quezon City, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines


Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

I love learning and trying new Filipino cuisines. There are more than a hundred distinct ethno-linguistic groups lending itself to its own category in the Filipino cuisine.

Dripping Calamansi on Pancit Palabok at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
Pancit Palabok (PHP245) – with SARSA XO sauce

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar by famous Negrense chef JP Anglo specializes in Negrenese/Ilonggo cuisine (from Negros Occidental), serving traditional Filipino and Negrense dishes using the local authentic ingredients.

Sarsa Batchoy Ramen at Sarsa Kitchen and Bar in Manila, Philippines
Sarsa Batchoy Ramen (PHP285) – grilled pork char siew, soft boiled egg & pork flakes

Filipinos love putting sauce on their dish so Sarsa, which means sauce, specializes in sauce-based Negrenese food with a modern twist, promising new flavors by revisiting cooking methods used in different regions of the Philippines, keeping the heritage of Filipino cuisine alive.

Bugtaw-Bugtaw at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar, best places to eat Negrense food in Manila
Bugtaw-Bugtaw (PHP190) – gising-gising with SARSA ginamos

Every six months, Chef JP Anglo introduces some new dishes into the menu that he develops over time. This tradition of Sarsa gives its guests something exciting to look for and for foodies to keep coming back.

Pancit Palabok at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar in Manila, Philippines
Pancit Palabok (PHP245) – with SARSA XO sauce
Lifting Char Siew Ramen at Sarsa Kitchen and Bar at SM Megamall
Sarsa Batchoy Ramen (PHP285) – grilled pork char siew, soft boiled egg & pork flakes

One of Sarsa’s signature dish is the Sizzling Kansi. A popular dish in Negros Occidental, Kansi is a hybrid of Bulalo (beef bone marrow soup) and Sinigang (sour pork soup).

Sizzling Kansi at Sarsa, Negrenese Bistro by Chef JP Anglo
Sizzling Kansi (PHP410) – beef bone marrow with batwan gravy

The modern twist here is instead of making it as a soup, it’s made as a sizzling dish with beef bone marrow and a batwan sauce. Batwan fruit is a sour fruit typically found in Southeast Asia.

So if you want to taste different Filipino food, Sarsa is one of the best restaurants in Manila to try!

Must-Try Food at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar: Sizzling Kansi, Twice-cooked Pork Belly, Banana Tsoknut Turon

Pork Belly at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar in SM Megamall, Manila
Twice-cooked Pork Belly (PHP350) – with ginamos gata & chili garlic sauce
Fried Banana Lumpia with Chocnut Sauce at Sarsa Kitchen + Bar in Manila
Banana Tsoknut Turon (PHP140) – plain

Website / Address: Bldg B, SM Megamall, 202 EDSA Cor Dona Julia Vargas Ave Ortigas Center, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines


Seascape Village

Seafood in the Philippines is quite abundant and one thing I look forward to is this concept in the Philippines called “Dampa and Paluto” where you order fresh seafood from a wet market (Dampa) then bring the seafood to various stalls that will cook the seafood to your liking (Paluto).

Live Lobsters at Seascape Village Wetmarket in Manila

Where to eat in Manila for seafood? The newest version of this is Seascape Village, where, instead of food stalls, they have different restaurants that will cook the seafood for you.

Seacape Village was my favourite seafood place in the recent trip that I actually went 5 times. It’s definitely one of the best places to eat seafood in Manila, and it has views of Manila Bay.

View of Manila Bay from Seascape Village in Manila

In regards to which restaurant to pick to cook your seafood, I highly recommend Asian Taste which was the only one we visited the entire times because it was that good.

Salted Egg Crab at Asian Taste Seafood Restaurant at Seascape Village in Manila
Salted Egg Crab (PHP330/kg for cooking)
A Salted Egg Mantis Shrimp at Asian Taste at Seascape Village Manila
Salted Egg Mantis Shrimp (PHP330/kg for cooking)

Travelling Foodie Tip: If you enjoy music, they have live music at night so be sure to check their schedule.

Chinese Lanterns at Seascape Village Manila

We were lucky that after eating at Asian Taste, free live entertainment was happening. We stayed the entire time during the show because the singers were very good and entertaining. It felt like being in a concert.

Chinese Flower Decorations at Seascape Village Manila

There are also food vendors at Seascape Village, so we got some pretty good bubble waffle and ice cream from Ya Dang to enjoy while watching.

Two Bubble Waffles with Ube and Avocado Ice Cream at Ya Dang at Seascape Village Manila
Bubble Waffle and Ice Cream (PHP135)

Must-Try Food at Asian Taste at Seascape Village: Salted Egg Crab, Baked Scallops, Steamed Scallops with Garlic and Sotanghon, and Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper, Oyster Omellete

Must-Try Food at Ya Dang at Seascape Village: Bubble Waffle with Avocado Ice Cream

A plate of crabs with salted egg yolk at Asian Taste Seafood Restaurant in Seascape Village Manila
Salted Egg Crab (PHP330/kg for cooking)
Baked Scallops at one of the best restaurants in Manila for seafood, Seascape Village
Baked Scallops (PHP330/kg for cooking)
Salt and Pepper Calamari at Asian Taste at Seascape Village in Manila
Fried Squid with Salt and Pepper (PHP300/kg for cooking)
Oyster Omelette at Asian Taste at Seascape Village in Manila
Oyster Cake (PHP330/kg for cooking)

Website / Address: Atang Dela Rama, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Seven Corners Restaurant

Seven Corners is a buffet restaurant that offers local and international cuisines in an open themed kitchen concept.

This popular buffet at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria gets its name Seven Corners from the seven interactive stations where every plate goes to get the flavors of the world: Tandoori, Japanese, Western, Salad, Pizza Station, Dessert and Asian Noodle.

Milk and White Chocolate Fountain at Seven Corners Restaurant, best buffet restaurants in Manila

From traditional Japanese sushi to Indian dishes, along with all-you-can-eat US Ribeye and Beef Ribs as well as crabs, shrimps and mussels and other seafood, there is something for everyone at one of Manila’s best buffet restaurants.

Fresh Crabs at Seven Corners Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria

Website / Address: Ortigas Ave, Corner Asian Development Bank Ave, Quezon City, 1100, Philippines


Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew

Preserving and promoting the Latin American food culture since its establishment, Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew promises its guest the traditional and twisted flavors of Latin American cuisine.

Hanger Steak at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
18 Hours Gaucho Steak (PHP550) – sous vide hanger steak, chimichurri salsa, crispy onions and mixed vegetables with Latin gravy
Steak Pasta at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Tittos’ Signature Steak Pasta (PHP595) – house made squid ink linguini with pan seared USDA Angus strip steak and buttered mixed vegetables served with Cuban garlic toast

Inspired by Latin and Filipino cultures of family-style sharing, co-owner and chef Jerwyn Rabo also brings Latin and Filipino flavours together with his recipes. Tittos also serves several Latin American-inspired alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Squid Ink Paella at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Paella Aaroz Negra (PHP520) – squid ink rice, squid rings, prawns mussels, smoked fish and French beans, topped with garlic mojo sauce and smoked paprika
Guava Lemonade at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Limonada Rosada (PHP110) – guava syrup infused in house made lemonade

And in line with the Latin American theme, the restaurant has fun and festive South American-inspired murals on the walls painted by six local artists, making the space one of the best restaurants to hang out with friends in Manila over drinks and bites.

Steak Burrito at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Kapitolyo, Manila
Steak Burrito (PHP320) – lava-grilled carne asada, chili beans, arroz Latino, and pico de gallo, wrapped in flour tortilla served with batata frita and Mexican crema
Beef Barbacoa Steak at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Churrasco Beef Barbacoa (PHP385) – sauteed beef barbacoa chunks in salpicao butter sauce topped with crispy onions and garlic chips

Be sure to check out the desserts here. The fusion desserts here are very good and unique!

Delce de Leche Cheesecake at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Delce de Leche Cheesecake (PHP250) – frozen ice cream cheesecake, dulce de leche, and caramelized corn flakes with strawberry puree and chocolate sauce

My favorite dessert on the trip was the Frozen Brazo de Mercedes, a refreshing take on the classic Filipino dessert.

Unlike the classic version which is a rolled cake made with a soft and fluffy meringue with a rich, decadent egg yolk-based custard in the middle, this Frozen version has three layers: frozen meringue, ice cream and frozen custard (with leche flan consistency)!

Frozen Filipino Rice Roll at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Frozen Brazo De Mercedes (PHP225) – frozen graham-crusted vanilla merinque and creamy custard, served with crushed Oreos, whipped cream, blueberries and strawberry slices

The sweetness level is just right since the classic version is usually very sweet! It was so good that my family was fighting for every bite.

Must-Try Food at Tittos Latin BBQ & Brew: Tapas de Chipa, Garlic Shrimp BBQ Pizzadilla, El Puerco a la Brasa, Costillitas, Dulce de Leche Cheesecake, Tittos’ Ube Churros, Frozen Brazo de Mercedes, Tittos’ Sangria

Cheese Puffs at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila, Philippines
Tapas de Chipa (PHP295) – soft and chewy cheese puffs served tapas-style with cream cheese smoked salmon and truffle honey
Garlic Shrimp BBQ Pizza Quesadilla at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew at Kapitolyo, Manila
Garlic Shrimp BBQ Pizzadilla (PHP325) – flour tortilla pizza with spicy chipotle BBQ sauce, shrimps, garlic confit, cherry tomatoes and melted cheeses, sprinkled with crumbled queso fresco and smoked paprika
Grilled Pork Belly at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
El Puerco a la Brasa (PHP395) – lava-grilled pork belly with dried red chillis, topped with mole verde sauce
BBQ Pork Ribs at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew, one of Manila's best restaurants to hang out
Costillitas (PHP425) – lava-grilled Cuban pork ribs served with mixed vegetables, house-made BBQ sauce and choice of side dish
Ube Churros Dessert at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Tittos’ Ube Churros (PHP225) – freshly fried ube churros, white chocolate frosting, and dulce de leche, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce
Red Wine Sangria at Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew in Manila
Tittos’ Sangria (PHP595) – carafe, red wine

Website / Address: 16 E Capitol Dr, Pasig, 1603 Metro Manila, Philippines


Wonderbowl by Nagi

From the Ramen Nagi brand, Wonderbowl by Nagi is a modern izakaya and premium ramen concept incepted in 2013 and re-conceptualized in 2019.

Aside from ramen where they have ones not available in Ramen Nagi, the Izakaya menu features hot and cold plates of Yakitori and Kushiyaki, which are skewered grilled meats, and sushi in all forms like rolls, masu cups and as dons.

Pork Rib Ramen at Wonderbowl by Nagi in BGC, Manila
Premium Bronto Butao Wonder Ramen (PHP490) – pork ribs
Torching Sushi Platter at Wonderbowl by Nagi at BGC in Manila
Aburi Platter (PHP610) – selection of 6 aburi sushi
Saikoro Steak and Chicken Skin Skewers at Wonderbowl by Nagi in Manila
Izakaya Grilled skewers on the table: – Chicken Skin (PHP120) – 2pcs – 2x Saikoro Steak (PHP220) – 2pcs

The drinks menu by Wonderbowl has beer, wine, Japanese whiskey, and specialty cocktails prepared to be paired with the food.

Cocktail at Wonderbowl by Nagi at the Globe Tower in BGC, Manila

As with traditional Izakaya, dining at Wonderbowl by Nagi means ordering a bunch of dishes to share and enjoy with drinks, making it one of the best izakaya restaurants in Manila to hang out with friends and family, or co-workers since it is located near office buildings.

Dissecting Shrimp and Spring Onion Kakiage at Wonderbowl by Nagi
Shrimp and Spring Onion Kakiage (PHP270) – crispy shrimps and spring onions in tempura batter
Lifting Supreme Sliced Ribeye Steak at Wonderbowl by Nagi in Manila
Supreme Sliced Ribeye Steak (PHP750) – sliced ribeye topped with a special foie gras and truffle oil sauce, with wasabi and leeks
Lifting noodles of Shrimp Dry Ramen at Wonderbowl by Nagi
Shrimp Grilled Ramen (PHP480)

For the Izakaya Grilled items, I loved the saikoro steak skewers! These diced beef steak are juicy, tender and melts-in-your-mouth with a nice touch of char taste!

Japanese Beef Skewers at Wonderbowl by Nagi, one of the best Izakaya restaurants in Manila
Izakaya Grilled Saikoro Steak サイコロステーキ (PHP220) – 2 skewers

Must-Try Food at Wonderbowl by Nagi: Saikoro Steak Skewers, Shrimp and Spring Onion Kakiage, Creamy Uni and Ikura Dry Ramen, Supreme Sliced Ribeye Steak, Nanban Karaage, Wonder Coffee Mojito

Shrimp and Spring Onion Kakiage at Wonderbowl by Nagi at BGC in Manila
Shrimp and Spring Onion Kakiage (PHP270) – crispy shrimps and spring onions in tempura batter
Uni and Ikura Dry Ramen at Wonderbowl by Nagi at Bonifacio Global City in Manila
Creamy Uni and Ikura Dry Ramen (PHP520)
Ribeye with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce at Wonderbowl by Nagi in Manila
Supreme Sliced Ribeye Steak (PHP750) – sliced ribeye topped with a special foie gras and truffle oil sauce, with wasabi and leeks
Fried Chicken Ball dipped tartar sauce at Wonder Bowl by Nagi
Nanban Karaage (PHP290) – glazed Japanese fried chicken with a side of tartar sauce
Coffee Mojito at Wonderbowl by Nagi in Manila, Philippines
Wonder Coffee Mojito (PHP210)

Website / Address: G/F, Globe Tower, The Globe Tower, 32nd St, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Hope this list helps you decide where to eat in Manila! There are seriously so many places to eat, but this Manila food guide should narrow it down for you at least.

I frequent Manila quite often so please let me know what you find are the best restaurants in Manila that I should visit next time.

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