Usher in the Lunar New Year with a bountiful feast prepared by Manila’s top hotels. Indulge in a gastronomic journey featuring specialties that celebrate felicity and great happiness as we celebrate the Year of the Dog.
Dinner with family is one common thing that we do in the new year. For all our Chinese friends, we have some of the best Chinese new year dinner ideas that will make the night memorable.
We love good steaks, which are culinary staples in any milestone celebration with your special someone. We’ve been to most of the steakhouses in Manila, and we decided to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary with our all-time favorite.
CRU is the award-winning steakhouse of Marriott Hotel Manila located in Newport City. We were pleasantly surprised by how Cru was able to maintain its steakhouse charm and continue to reinvent the steakhouse experience.
Here are some tips for celebrating your milestones at CRU Steakhouse this 2018…
CRU Steakhouse Ground Floor, Marriott Hotel Manila, 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City, Manila Operational Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 6:00pm-10:30pm Friday and Saturday, 6:00pm-11:30pm Telephone: +632 988-9990 local 8109 Website: Cru Steakhouse
(Dress Code: Strictly Smart Casual. No shorts for men, no flip-flops)
People often ask me which unique Filipino restaurants in Manila I bet would get a Michelin Star by 2020, and Toyo Eatery would always be at the top of my list.
Toyo by Chef Jordy Navarra is an avant-garde Filipino restaurant concept rooted in the values of sustainability and Filipino pride. I had one of my favorite dinners during the holiday season right here.
Here’s what to expect from the Toyo experience…
TOYO EATERY The Alley at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, Philippines Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays dinner only 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Reservations: +63 917 720-8630 Email: [email protected] Facebook: Toyo Eatery Instagram: @toyoeatery
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SOUV! is a progressive Greek concept focusing on spit fired meat by Chef Robby Goco and the hip restaurant cousin of Cyma. The name is short for Souvlaki referring to grilled skewered meats in Greek cuisine.
Chef Robby Goco did it again! He creates winning restaurant concepts like Cyma, Ristras, Charlie’s, Green Pastures and now Souv! for over a decade now in Manila.
Overall, I’m impressed that Chef Robby Goco was able to create concepts for the new generation of diners with a deep understanding of what they look for. I like how he synergizes what he learned from the Cyma and Green Pastures menu.
I would recommend the following: Mezze:Greek Nachos, Clams & Spinach Fonduta, Sticky Chicken Wings, and Strapatsada. Salad:Cranberry Grains Salad Lunch: Lamb with a side ofClam saffron avgolemono soup Pasta: Greek Tuna Roe and Seafood Yiouvetsi to share. Mains:Angus Beef Short Rib, Lavraki and Meat Platter to share. Drinks: Vineyard Lemonade (Red or Retsina) and Santorini Donkey Dessert: EVOO & Sea Salt and the Pistachio Rice Pudding (off menu item)
Budget about P600/head. The pricing is about the same with Cyma but I like the food better.
Best to go with a group so that you can try a little bit of each. Don’t forget to reserve.
Congratulations to Chef Robby Goco and the Cyma team!
SOUV! BY CYMA Net Park, 5th Ave, BGC, Taguig Facebook: @SOUVbyCyma Instagram: @souvbycyma Mobile: +63 949 481-9621 Operating Hours: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
2. DR. WINE
DR. WINE, one of the best wine bars in the Metro today, recently opened their private dining area called The 3rd Floor.
It was awesome experiencing their inaugural wine dinner, with a vintage Pelissero Barbaresco, and the winemaker himself in attendance.
The Third Floor is open for private dining reservations at P25,000 during weekdays and P50,000 consumable during weekends. The communal table with bench sitting can comfortably seat 15 diners, but the whole place can accommodate more with people standing or sitting in the sala area.
You can bring your own music or enjoy the sounds from the vinyl player. You can also bring your own chef or cook your own food from the open kitchen. Just note that it actually is on the third floor with a steep staircase.
It should be a great place to celebrate your private parties this Christmas season, or your birthdays or other milestones with close friends and family.
Congratulations to Dr. Wine and the launch of The Third Floor concept!
DR. WINE THE THIRD FLOOR 3rd Floor, 5921 Algier Street Poblacion Facebook: @dr.winemanila Instagram: @dr.winemanila Telephone: +632 751 8915 Opening Hours: 5:00PM – 12:00AM
For The 3rd Floor reservations, please call +63 917 887 4426
ZUBUCHON is the Cebu-based Lechon Restaurant by Joel Binamira of Market Manila specializing in what Anthony Bourdain described as the “Best Pig… Ever!” The name is a coined word from “Zubu“, the 18th century reference to the island of Cebu, and “Chon” from lechon, which means roasted pig.
The restaurant concept is inspired by native dishes dating back to the time when Magellan Landed in Cebu in 1521. Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s Chronicler, mentioned the Filipino food during that time, which includes black pig, grilled seafood, millet and rice cakes,coconut in the form of water, milk, vinegar, and liquor.
We love Zubuchon! This is the Best Lechon Restaurant to open Manila this 2017!
I like how they are committed to a No MSG philosophy, support Backyard-raised pigs, and serve dishes that are deliciously affordable at less than P300/dish. I also like how Joel created this as a social enterprise to provide employment, where the employees are stockholders, and making a lot of money isn’t a priority.
Make sure to order the Baked Scallops, Dinuguan, Ensaladang Talong or Kamatis, Spicy Zubuchon, Kamias Shake, and the Dessert Sampler of Biko, Budbud Kabog, and Mango. Budget about P500/head.
Best to eat here as a group so that you can taste as many dishes as possible. Vegetarians and Seafood lovers are also guaranteed to enjoy this lechon restaurant.
Congratulations to Joel and the whole Zubuchon team for successfully bringing Zubuchon to Manila!
26th St. Bistro is The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf bistro concept that serves extraordinary comfort food aside from their extensive coffee and tea selections. First opened in 2012, the brand has consistently stayed true to their distinctive dining concept of offering both a cafe experience and delightfully different everyday meals.
It's the go-to places for meetings with friends or afternoon snacks by the millennials in the BGC area because of its location and a wider range of meals options.
The 26th St. Bistro experience just got better with their new menu items and here's what the Team Our Awesome Planet raves about.
LA PIAZZA is an Italian trattoria and ristorante serving Italy’s best-kept fine dining secrets, with an awesome view of the Okada fountain.
It’s a great place to experience what Okada is all about in terms of its dining philosophy. You can also witness the world’s biggest multi-color dancing fountain here, before heading off to party at the Cove Manila.
Here are some tips and recommendations on how to plan your romantic La Piazza date…
LA PIAZZA RISTORANTE ITALIANO Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City Parañaque City, Philippines. Operating Hours: Lunch (Sat to Sun) 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Dinner (Mon to Sun) 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Telephone: +632 555-5799 Email: [email protected] Website: http://www.okadamanila.com/la-piazza
KAZUNORI is a 3-in-1 Japanese Restaurant concept — Kazu Cafe, Sushi Bar and Fine Japanese Restaurant specializing in seafood sushi and sashimi. It is located inside the Mazda showroom, along the slowly gentrifying area of Pasong Tamo Extension.
The restaurant is named after the chef himself and was conceptualized by Ryan Cruz and Elbert Cuenca of Yushoken and Mendokoro Ramen fame.
We previously visited Kazu Cafe with our friend Lui from Australia, when it just opened to a lot of hype. We recently tried it again with our boys and here’s what we think about it…
KAZUNORI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 2301 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati Telephone: +632 989 3152 Operating Hours: Kazu Cafe: Open daily 11.00am to 11.00pm Japanese Restaurant: Monday-Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm and 6:30pm to 11:00pm Facebook: @kazunorijapanese
Cove Manila, envisioned to be the biggest lifestyle and nightlife destination in Southeast Asia, is the newest premier club to open in the metro!
The $120M mega-structure boasts of a 9,000-sqm luxurious beach club and nightclub fitted with a butterfly-shaped pool and three-storey buildings, which house luxurious cabanas with private hot tubs, all found under one massive dome structure!
Located within the biggest integrated resort in the Philippines, Okada Manila, Cove Manila opened its doors last Friday, with Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki fittingly as the headliner. Did I mention it can fit up to 4,500 people?
Here’s what to expect when pools and club music come together…
Tendon Kohaku is a specialty tempura rice bowl concept that started the recent craze in Singapore with over hour-long queues.
Tendon, of course, is the concatenated word from Tenpura (tempura) and Donburi (rice bowl dish) referring to different tempura served over rice in a bowl, while Kohaku means “amber” in Japanese, which is representative of the color of the tempura (crispy golden exterior + our amber colored sauce).
The concept was founded by Japanese restaurant group Kings Know Inc. with presence in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and now in Manila. The Philippine franchise is by the UCC group of Hubert Young, responsible for the successful opening of Coco Ichibanya Curry and Mitsuyado Sei-men Tsukumen in Manila.
Eating tempura in Manila will never be the same after you’ve tried this!
TENDON KOHAKU MANILA 3/F Uptown Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursdays: 11.00 AM – 10.00 PM, Friday – Saturday: 11.00 AM – 11.00 PM Facebook: @tendonkohaku Telephone: +632 838-2476
The first Michelin-starred Ramen in Tokyo by Master Chef Onishi Yuki has finally opened its doors in the Philippines!
Tsuta originated from Chef Yuki’s ancestral family name and from the strong belief that Ramen is the “noodles of which Japan can boast to the world.” He actually prefers to use the term Soba, which literally means “Japanese Noodles,” instead of Ramen, which is from the Chinese word Lamian (拉麵 noodles). This does not refer to our common understanding of soba as the fat buckwheat noodles.
Some Filipinos think it’s already too late for Tsuta’s entry into the Ramen Game in Manila. While this may be true for ho-hum quality ramen, it’s never too late for high-quality ones like Tsuta, as proven by its successful launch in mature ramen markets like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
So, is Tsuta better than Ramen Nagi or Ippudo? Read on to find out.
UG/F C3 Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11:30 AM until supplies last. Facebook: Tsuta Philippines Instagram: @TsutaPhilippines