Osteria is a casual Italian neighborhood bistro that serves simple pasta, meat specialties (definitely no pizza) and wine. Osteria Daniele, named after one of the partners of the Bistronomia group of Rambla fame, kicks off the battle of Osteria in Manila.
Here’s what our team thinks of Osteria Daniele in Manila…
Ground Floor, Tower 1, High Street Corporate Plaza
9th Ave. corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Telephone: +63 915 874-5792 Email: [email protected] Facebook: OsteriaDanielePH Instagram: @osteriadanieleph Website: www.bistronomia.ph
This Thai wine dinner last May 3 at Benjarong, Dusit Thani Manila was quite impressive.
Dubbed as “Epicurean: A Thai Gastronomic Journey,” it featured Thanintorn Chantharawan “Chef Noom” of Michelin-starred restaurant Chim by Siam Wisdom; Visootha Lohitnavy “Nikki,” oenologist and winemaker of GranMonte; and Watcharapon Yongbanthom “Chef Ja,” Benjarong Manila’s Thai Chef de Cusine.
We enjoyed the dinner so much. Plus, it gave us a new appreciation of fine Thai cuisine in Manila.
Here’s a photo essay of the gastronomic Thai dinner at Benjarong…
Tapenade is one of our favorite restaurants in the metro for all-day dining and meetings with friends or business associates because of the salad bar and the Mediterranean take on the food. You can eat healthily and not be bloated after the meal. What’s more, each dish is something different from what’s usual in Manila.
Here’s what we like in the latest menu of Tapenade at Discovery Primea.
Ground Floor, Discovery Primea Hotel
6749 Ayala Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City Operating Hours: All Day Dining 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM Dress Code: Smart Casual
FLAME Restaurant is Primea’s fine casual restaurant, by Executive Chef Luis Chikiamco, which now focuses on Modern Asian cuisine that is “all at once playful and sophisticated.”
This is one of the best places to dine in Makati, with a 16th floor vantage point of the metro and food that is always on point and relevant.
Here’s what we loved at FLAME Restaurant when we dined with the family:
16th Floor, Discovery Primea Hotel
6749 Ayala Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Dress Code: Smart Casual
Gilarmi Cocktail Lounge, the lobby lounge of Discovery Primea, is one of the best hotel lounges in Manila.
Usually, hotel lounges are just token spots for guests to hang out in and not really places to come looking for quality. But we were surprised by how good the quality of the comfort food was paired with gin and tonic or cocktails.
Here’s what we love at Gilarmi Lounge.
Ground Floor, Discovery Primea Hotel
6749 Ayala Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City Operating Hours: 7 AM to 11 PM daily
Lampara Restaurant, in Brgy. Poblacion, Makati, is a Neo-Filipino Bistro by Chèf Rj Ramos (Samar), Chèf Alfonse Sotero (Iloilo) and Chèf Prince Tan (Nueva Ecija). These chef-owners are younggraduates of Enderun and the deliciously hip Hey Handsome.
Its name was inspired by fire and the passion of these chefs to push the Filipino dining scene forward in Brgy. Poblacion.
We heard mixed reviews, and some say it’s all hype. We got to try it for ourselves and here’s what we think.
Hong Kong’s mango dessert expert Hui Lau Shan opens its Philippine flagship store in SM Megamall on March 23!
Hui Lau Shan 許留山 is a household name in Hong Kong globally known for their 200+ innovative dessert creations and refreshments using Philippine carabao mangoes.
The first store started as a traditional herbal tea shop in the early 60s, selling herbal jelly and a variety of herbal teas, which are believed to provide Chinese medical health benefits. With their passion for innovation, they made a product breakthrough by adding the mango sago in the 90s, catapulting Hui Lau Shan to fame and earning them the title of Hong Kong’s Fresh Fruit Dessert Pioneer.
As a frequent flyer to Hong Kong, I found no difficulty spotting all the Hui Lau Shan shops located around the touristy spots. With over 300+ international stores in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Macau, Canada, Taiwan, Paris, Vietnam and Melbourne, it only makes sense that the Philippines should be part of the growing chain.
Bench Cafe is the “Love Local” Filipino Cafe of the Bench fashion house in partnership with Foodee Global Concepts. It specializes in Bench-to, a Filipino Bento version, and Halo-Halo plus merienda specialties.
Their flagship store is in Bonifacio High Street, and they recently opened their version 2.0 in Greenbelt 3. Here is the best of Bench Cafe in 2019.
Bench Cafe High Street
The Bench Cafe flagship store is hidden on the 2nd floor inside Bench High Street.
Nikko is one of the more beautiful places we have visited in Japan. Famous for its heritage sites and breathtaking mountains, it is also known for the many onsens built around the hot springs that dot the area.
About a 2-hour train ride from Tokyo, Nikko is the perfect destination for travelers who want to see a more rural side of Japan.