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Here are the Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants by Young Chefs and Restaurateurs in Manila of 2019:
METRONOME is a modern French restaurant in Makati by Joël Robuchon-trained Chef Miko Calo, RJ Galang of Bakere/Man Eat Manila fame, Restaurateur Elbert Cuenca and Alain Borgers, formerly from the Shangri-La Group.
Overall, at the end of the meal, we asked Chef Miko, “Why is your food so good?” It looks simple, classic French (not fusion), but when you taste it, the flavors overwhelm you with their simplicity. Ang galing!
For the best experience, make sure to reserve the banquet tables which are very conducive for conversations with friends until closing time. Definitely, order the Egg and Spaghettini for the small plates, the Duck for the mains, Chocolate Textures and Baba Au Rhum for dessert. Budget ₱2,500/head for the dining experience or + ₱1,000 for the tasting menu + drinks. Indeed, it deserves all the hype and the food is worth every peso.
Metronome is the best French bistro in Manila.
METRONOME by Miko Calo
G/F The Grand Midori Makati, Bolanos St., Legaspi Village, Makati Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Reservations taken between 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Mobile: +63 917 147 3776 Telephone: +632 618 4337 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Metronome Instagram: @restaurant.metronome Website: www.restaurantmetronome.com
Located at Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall in Makati, a mano is a modern Italian restaurant by Amado Fores—son of Asia’s Best Female Chef, Margarita Fores—that promises faithful and fresh Italian food. a mano means “by hand,” pertaining to the handcrafted quality of the ingredients, the food and the service.
2019 witnessed the osteria battle of new Modern Italian concepts in Manila and, for us, a mano is the winner in that battle in terms of high quality of pizza, pasta, steaks and overall vibe. Ang galing!
Overall, we love a mano because of the hand-crafted quality of the food and the overall service. You can come back here every day and order different items, so you get to enjoy every dish on the menu.
Order our favorites: Taglierini O Tajarin, Bianco for the pasta, Stracciatella for the Pizza, the Bistecca or Pollo al Burro for the main, and don’t miss the Tiramisu for dessert. Budget about: ₱1,500/head for a full 4-course meal.
I think Amado is the next Larry Cruz, who was a great restaurateur (before my blogging days)—with well-executed restaurant concepts based on his well-traveled background and taste for good food even though he does not know how to cook.
Don’t miss Amado’s awesome concept, and make sure to reserve.
a mano by amado fores
R1 Level (Stall 144), Lopez Drive, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Mobile: +63 917 552 6266 Email: email@example.com Facebook: a mano Instagram: @amano.ph
The Test Kitchen 2.0 moved from the actual test kitchen of the Bistro Academy in Kamagong to the posh neighborhood of Rockwell with bigger space, a la carte versions (vs tasting menu) and the cool kitchen lab playground of Chef Josh Boutwood.
Overall, this feels like eating in a Michelin-star restaurant in London with food grounded on aged meats, seasonal ingredients and in-house fermented food. It’s updated with the latest trends (but not faddish) with a nice curated selection of natural biodynamic wines. I love the tour of the test kitchen, aging rooms and different fermented ingredients used in the menu.
Start with the charcuterie and bread of the day and order the appetizer of cucumber, squid, dill and beef, horseradish, cauliflower. For your mains, the chicken, seabass and wagyu steak are quite good. Best to eat family style. The desserts were not remarkable so just order what you want to try to end on a sweet note with cold brew.
Budget about ₱2,000/head for a 4-course meal plus ₱1,500/head if you’ll get the steak and the wine pairings.
The Test Kitchen 2.0 by Chef Josh Boutwood
G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mobile: +63927-958-9727 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @thetestkitchenmnl
Here are the 10 Best Restaurants/Cafes of One Bonifacio High Street!
1. Elephant Grounds
Elephant Grounds Manila is the Hongkong third-wave coffee franchise concept by The Standard Group (of Yabu and Ippudo fame) with the dynamic chef duo of Nicco Santos (executive chef) and Quenee Villar (formerly of Hey Handsome).
In Manila, it’s known more as an all-day brunch One Bonifacio restaurant, noted for its food more than its coffee. As the opening hype and queuing lines die down, here’s what we think of Elephant Grounds in Manila.
Overall, you’ll love meeting up at Elephant Grounds because you can feel the creative energy from the people, the service and the food. Excellence attracts excellence; I do hope they maintain this culture and quality of the food and drinks.
It’s like a Chef Nicco restaurant with a third wave cafe hip vibe. Don’t miss the Duck & Waffle, Sourdough Toasts, Duck Krapow and Toasted Rice Ice Cream. Budget about ₱500/head.
Congratulations to Chef Nicco Santos and Quenee Villar for a job well done with the food and execution of the cafe concept at Elephant Grounds!
ELEPHANT GROUNDS MANILA Independent micro-roaster and café concept from Hong Kong
Lower Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Operating Hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday to Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM Mobile: +63 999 887-1417 Facebook: Elephant Grounds Manila Instagram: @elephantgroundsph
2. La Picara
First, La Pícara, pronounced as la pí-cara (with emphasis on the pi), means the mischievious or naughty.
It’s a Spanish restaurant with Tropical Cuban/Central American-inspired design that transports you from the city into an oasis in the center of the Philippine Stock Exchange.
The food was surprisingly very good, Spanish food with a naughty playful twist of Filipino ingredients or Asian interpretation but still classy elegant Spanish food.
We tried it three times in the last few weeks before their grand opening. Here’s what we loved that you should try:
Honestly, we initially thought this was just-another-resto-riding-the-Spanish-wave in Manila, but it turned out to be one of the best restaurant concepts at One Bonifacio High Street Stock Exchange Mall.
We recommend starting with the Sangria Picara and tapas of Kimchi Croquettas plus Sisig Tacos and the Burrata Salad, ordering the Chili Crab Paella and Beef Cheeks for the main course and ending with Puto Flan de Queso for dessert. Budget about ₱1,000/head for a full meal + drinks.
Best to go with a group of 4-6 so that you can really enjoy the paella. Best to reserve the round or group tables inside because this area is where you get transported into a tropical oasis with a relaxing view after a hard day’s work.
Congratulations to Isabel and Felipe for the awesome Spanish restaurant concept. Welcome to the vibrant restaurant dining scene of Manila!
George Town Super Steak is a steak house specializing in steaks and seafood cooked in the Spanish Mibrasa closed charcoal grill oven. The Mibrasa-cooked meats have a nice sear and are not dry because the oven keeps the juice sealed into the meat. Once you’ve tried it, it would be hard to appreciate other meats cooked on a normal grill.
La Cabrera, the Argentinian steak house, uses their own charcoal grill oven, and the steak houses in hotels often use a similar Josper grill to cook their steaks. George Town SS aims to make higher quality Mibrasa-cooked steak more accessible with better value for money in a mall setting.
We visited Super Steak with the family and here are some tips to make your visit memorable…
Overall, after enjoying the Mibrasa-cooked meats, it’s hard to enjoy other grilled meats in other places because you’ll look for that seared tight juiciness in your meat. I love that the ambiance is down-to-earth but with high quality of steaks you can only taste at steak houses in hotels.
Our favorites include Triple Cheese Potato Skins for the appetizer; Super Steak Signature Burger, Fire-Grill Baby Back Ribs, Dry-Aged Ribeye 700 grams, Norwegian Salmon Fillet Skin-On for the meats; and the Strawberry Pretzel Mousse for dessert. Budget about ₱1,500/head. Best to go with a group to share and try more dishes.
Congratulations to George Pua and the No Limits Food, Inc. team for an awesome home-grown steak house concept!
George Town Super Steak (Meat and Seafood)
3rd Level, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday (7.00 am – 10.00 pm)
Friday – Saturday (7.00 am – 11.00 pm) Telephone: +632 8363-1447, 8361-3937, 8293-5562 Mobile: +63 917 532-0000 Email: georgetown.supersteak.1BHS@gmail.com Facebook: George Town Super Steak Instagram: @georgetownsupersteak
Malongo Barista Atelier is a French specialty coffee studio featuring premium and organic coffees and teas plus a coffee roasting facility inside the workshop. The chain’s first branch outside of Paris, the BGC store also serves authentic French crepes with savory versions by Chef Alain Llorca and sweet versions by Chef Jean-Michel Llorca.
Malongo Barista Atelier Philippines
Ground Floor, One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Operating Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 7.00am to 10.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 7.00am to 11.00pm Email: email@example.com Instagram: @malongoph Facebook: Malongo Atelier Barista Philippines
Finally, you can now cruise from Manila to Coron on Discovery Fleet’s live aboard boat designed with the lifestyle non-diver market. Cruisin’ with your friends and family is the best way to travel around the Philippine archipelago—exploring islands by day, traveling by sea by night.
We experienced the inaugural trip of Nature Escape – Coron onboard My Discovery Palawan with the following route: Batangas – Apo Reef – Calumbuyan Island – Culion – Coron Bay – Siete Pecados – Busuanga.
NATURE ESCAPE – CORON
Take the route less traveled and explore the Philippines’ immaculate island destinations. Discover stunning marine sanctuaries and unspoiled islands. By escaping the crowds, you’ll be able to appreciate the beauty around you even more and experience nature at its best. Our unique and exclusive itinerary takes us around Apo Reef, Calumbuyan Reef and the picturesque Siete Pecados. The gorgeous panoramic views are like no other, and the experience will always be etched in your memory.
Join us on our next voyage! Starts at US$ 1,200 (₱55,000+ per person + 12% VAT).
Inclusions: • 5-day/4-night accommodation • Air-conditioned Regular Cabin (twin occupancy) with private toilet and shower • Full board buffet meals (excluding drinks) • Welcome drinks • One (1) Complimentary Massage • Snorkeling and island-hopping activities
*Unless otherwise indicated, lunch and dinner will be served on board.
When you think of Fukuoka, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yup, Ramen!!!
Fukuoka is home to one of the best ramens you can ever taste in Japan, the birthplace of the tonkotsu (hakata) style ramen, known for its milky-white pork bone broth goodness that we are most familiar with in Manila.
But the Kyushu region has much more cultural and gastronomical feasts to offer. Situated in Japan’s third-largest island and close to Korea and China, Fukuoka has developed a unique interesting culture that has been influenced by Korean and Chinese cuisine.
These local specialties are probably best sampled at popular yatai street food stalls found around the city. Here are our top recommendations…
Operating Hours: Theme Park
Sunday to Friday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am to 7.00 pm Water Park
Sunday to Monday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm SEA LIFE
Sunday to Thursday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11.00 am to 7.00 pm
2-DAY Combo Ticket
2-Day access to Theme Park, Water Park & SEA LIFE.
Adult: RM 381 (~$92 ~₱4,600)
Child/ Senior: RM 324 (~$78 ~₱4,000)
Did you know that you can enjoy Wolfgang Steakhouse USDA Prime Dry-Aged Steak during your home festivities this holiday season?
We celebrated our friend Spanky’s birthday with an awesome Wolfgang Steakhouse feast catered at the home of our lovely hosts Ray and Love Lynne of En Route.
Here’s what you can expect from your Wolfgang NY Steakhouse celebration in the comforts of your home…
First Things First
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener Catering
Available only within Metro Manila Telephone: +632 7505 6272 Mobile: +63 917 702-8913 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @wolfgangsteakhouseph Facebook: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH Website: www.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph Set Menu A: ₱3,500/head + service charge (minimum 12 up to 50 guests) Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Caesar Salad, USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, Sauteed Broccoli, Chocolate Mousse Cake Set Menu B: ₱5,500/head + service charge (minimum 12 up to 50 guests) Seafood Platter, Wolfgang’s Crab Cake, Sizzling Canadian Bacon, Beverly Hills Chopped Salad, USDA Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse Steak, Grilled Salmon, Mashed Potatoes, Steak Rice, Creamed Spinach, Sauteed Broccoli, New York-Style Cheesecake
The Wolfgang Steakhouse Catering truck serves as the mobile kitchen for your event, and it only requires 10A electricity to plug into.
The kitchen is outfitted with the same broilers used for sizzling, cooking steaks.
The USDA Prime Steaks are flown in weekly from the US and dry-aged for 28 days for tenderness and flavor concentration.
The steaks are guaranteed good with Executive Chef Chris Oronce and his culinary team running the mobile kitchen.
The brunch scene in Manila is getting exciting. The popular Southeast Asian eatery, Your Local, in Legaspi recently changed their opening hours to 8.00 am daily, offering breakfast curated by Chef Natalia Moran of Boracay fame.
GF Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City Email: email@example.com Telephone: +632 823-6206 Mobile: +63 917 654 3355 Instagram: @YourLocalPH Website: http://yourlocal.ph Facebook: Your Local Operating Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 8.00 am to 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Sunday Brunch: 8.00 am to 3.00 pm