LE JARDIN is a penthouse garden-themed French restaurant by celebrated French Chef Gils Brault, famous for his top-rated Trois Gourmands restaurant in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. It’s popular for serving classic dishes cooked the traditional French way, and for making their own breads, cheeses, and desserts.
Chef Hasset Go of MedChef, together with Chef Jonas Ng of Mango Tree and Huat Pot fame, trained and worked as apprentices under Chef Gils Brault in Vietnam for 6 months. They were able to convince Chef Gils to partner with them and open his traditional French restaurant concept in Manila.
Working with owner partners James Ng, Peter Mangasi, and Mike Tayag, they opened one of the most romantic French restaurants in Manila on the penthouse of W 5th.
KETTLE is a casual restaurant in the East Wing of Shangri-la Mall offering the yummiest comfort food by Chef Chiloy Santos. Its name is inspired by the classic kitchen container, symbolic of the resto being a “holder” for the different comfort food favorites from the 4 families that own the resto — Santos, Tenchavez, Meer and Tanjangco family.
These are the same families behind the successful Meat Plus in Subic, Tender Bob’s, and the newly opened Chef Samurai Japanese Resto (also in Subic).
Foodies have been raving about the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Here are our other suggestions on what to order…
Five awesome culinary experiences highlight the national dish of this island country.
On his Philippine episode of “No Reservations,” celebrity TV Chef Anthony Bourdain hailed lechón, a roasted pig specialty of this island country, as the “The Best Pig Ever.”
Lechón is so popular in the Philippines that an annual festival, called Parada ng Lechon, or Parade of Lechón, is held every June 24 to commemorate the country’s patron saint, St. John, and inhabitants from all over the Philippines converge upon the municipality of Balayan in the province of Batangas to parade decorated golden-red or golden-brown pigs with their mouths stuffed with apples.
Chowzter.com is a global search for the tastiest food item on earth via research, crowdsourcing and local bloggers. A Global Chowzter Awards is held annually to determine the tastiest dishes around the world.
A Chief Chowzter is appointed in each key foodie cities around the world to curate the city’s best dishes and to nominate the food in the Global Chowzter Award.
Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet is the Chief Chowzter for Manila.
The Battle for the Best Tonkatsu is heating up in Manila! Here are our favorites so far in 2014…
1. KATSU SORA
KATSU SORA is the premium Katsu restaurant of the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Group,offering 4 kinds of premium pork tonkatsu — Spanish Iberico, Japanese Kurobuta, Spanish Shimofuri, and Canadian Sakura Pork.
Also, what makes the Katsu Sora experience unique is the introduction of the Buffet Bar of Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup.
“Sora” means “sky“, and the name stands for their promise to bring you to Katsu heaven. 🙂
The concept is similar to Tokyo’s Butagami, where they offer the widest variety of premium pork for your Tonkatsu pleaure.
We love KATSU SORA‘s Iberico Pork Tonkatsu Set served with a Juugukokumai Rice (healthy 15-grain Japanese Rice) and their Buffet Bar of Japanese Salad, Japanese Rice, and Japanese Miso Soup. Some diners still prefer the Kurobuta because of its tenderness and more marbling of fat. Budget is P700/head.
The resto is just a bit cramp, with narrow aisleways and high traffic at the buffet bar during the peak hours. Make sure to reserve in advance to get a seat.
For ramen lovers, hop on to HOKKAIDO RAMEN SANTOUKA and order the Shin-Aji Motsu Ramen to complete your Japanese dining experience. 🙂
KATSU SORA 2/F Greenhills Promenade, San Juan, Philippines Mobile: +63 915 874-1990 Facebook: Katsu Sora Twitter: @KatsuSora2012
Operating Hours: Monday to Thursday 11.00am – 11.00pm Friday and Saturday: 11.00am – 11.30pm Sunday and Holidays: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Last call for orders: 30 minutes before closing time
TONKATSU by Terazawa is a Japanese Katsu Restaurant by Chef Akinori Terazawa from Nagoya, Japan, franchised locally by The Bistro Group. It’s a rebranded concept of Ma Maison Japanese restaurant in Greenbelt 2, focusing solely on Chef Terazawa’s specialty, which is the Tonkatsu.
DONOSTI is the name of the San Sebastián region in the Basque tongue, known to serve the best Spanish cuisine in Spain. It’s one of the best Spanish restaurants in Manila specializing in San Sebastián cuisine.
CAVIAR Resto & Champagne Bar is an elegant modern European restaurant that showcases Frank van der Walle’s 8-year culinary experience in Europe, and his sommelier brother Bastiaan Van Der Walle‘s well-curated strong wine and scotch list.
It’s the most romantic restaurant in Alabang because of its elaborate interiors and the lovely outdoor setting with vertical gardens.
To celebrate Aidan’s birthday, we treated ourselves to their signature Family-Style Sunday Brunch.