The funny thing about Manila is that I truly appreciated its cuisine and food offering when I traveled a bit this second half of the year. Blame it on a big appetite or just really curious taste buds, really, but I think Manila's got game when it comes to variety and culinary quality. I am by no means, a food blogger, or a food writer and I recognize how hard it is to be one.
As a confessed picky eater, I am not fan of anywhere that requires lining up or filled with massive groups of people, so I guess that's my considerations when it comes to food.
I am not usually in the mood to talk about my favorite restaurants but since my big boss at work and a friend from Amsterdam asked for some recommendations, especially they're new in the city, I'm compiling my favorites. These are my top restaurants, but feel free to jump in and suggest!
- Duck & Buvette, 2/F Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City | (02) 631-0675
- I've rhapsodized about D&B for a long time now and if you ever have a craving for maple candied bacon, the best duck confit in town, and truffled roasted cauliflower.
- This is a good place to go to if you don't mind coming to the Shangri La Mall, which is my second top mall in the PH. My first is Powerplant Center.
- Poco Deli, 21 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig, (02) 477-4332. I had a massive craving for bacon slab and rice with egg and Poco Deli, in its simplicity, is the best place to go for that. I especially loved the truffled pasta dish and the homemade gorgonzola ice cream. I took home a cup of red velvet ice cream, too!
- Shrimp Bucket, Ground Floor, Grand Hamptons Tower 1, 31st Street, corner 2nd Avenue, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, (02) 550 2898
- My first meal at Shrimp Bucket was actually not shrimps, but pan seared fish in soy ginger. Recently, I went to the UP Town Center branch and had a taste of the salted egg shrimps. OH MY. SARAP!
- Alqueria, Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall. Best Spanish resto according to my Amsterdam-based cousin and I agree! Sarap their gambas, sangria and not too many people when I was there.
- Your Local, Esteban St, Makati City. What I loved so much was Your Local's minimalist, well-curated design. It was far from tacky, which Manila has a lot of. It reminded me of my other favorite restaurant, Wildflour, at BGC, which had wooden interiors and typewritten menus. While I am in no foodie, Your Local's short, well chosen menu is much appreciated in a world of too many choices. So I chose pomelo salad and salmon donburi. YUM!
- Wildflour, Net Lima, Bonifacio Global City. It used to be my go to lunch place when I'm feeling extra special, back that time I worked at Sun Life. I loved their mimosas, their kimchi rice, the steak, the breads. I don't think one can order anything bad from this restaurant!
- Las Flores, G/F One Mckinley Place, 25th St., Bonifacio Global City (In front of Pacific Plaza). Also one of my go-to restaurants if I have visitors, even now that I'm already in Colgate. Love, love the cocktails, the authentic Spanish vibe, the paella, the fish. Everything :)
- Eat Fresh, 691 Jose Abad Santos St., Greenhills, for Chinese street food. Ah, my favorite recent discovery! Be in casual clothes when you come though. Also, there's not a lot of parking slots, here, too!
- El Chupacabra for the best Mexican street tacos in town. This one is kinda like a street resto but amazing food, nonetheless.
Where to Go For Filipino Food in Makati, The Fort:
- Sarsa, Bonifacio Global City | Modern Filipino food
- Sala Bistro, in Greenbelt. For fancy schmancy comfort food dining, come here.
- Sentro 1771, Serendra, for the best top Filipino food.
- Kabila, Museum Cafe, Greenbelt
- Romulo Cafe, Jupiter St., Makati City
- Pino, Pipino in Jupiter St.
- Wooden Spoon, Powerplant Center
- Namnam, Greenbelt, Makati City
- Mesa, Greenbelt 5
Enjoy food tripping!