TOMATITO MANILA is an 80’s-inspired Spanish Tapas and Paella restaurant by Shanghai-based El Willy Fun F&B Group (by Chef Willy Trullas Moreno) in partnership with the Rambla/Las Flores/La Lola group (by the Barcelona trio of Uri Singla, Dani Aliaga, and Sergi Rostoll).
The name is inspired by Spanish Flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres, also known as Tomatito. It also means “little tomato“–a fun brand name since it easily rolls off the tongue. The concept is a mix of Spanish popular culture, the 80’s bar, and a seductive red theme.
So is the concept really sexy? We tried Tomatito with our former P&G friends and here’s what we think about it…
We love SAMBA! It simply is one of the best restaurants to open in Manila this 2016!
We really liked the unique Peruvian flavors because of the authentic ingredients used, like the chilis, leche de tigre, corn beer, and pisco. It’s also healthier to eat here because the cuisine is more focused on seafood, vegetables, grilled cooking, and the use of extra virgin olive oil in their soups.
I recommend ordering the following 3-course meal but served family style:
Appetizers: Ceviche Limeño, Conchas al carbon, and Anticucho de Pulpo Main Course: Brazilian Moqueca de Camarao, Arroz con Mariscos, and Lomo Saltado Dessert: Merengado Chirimoya and Trio de Arroz con Leche
Budget about P1,000/head for a full 3-course meal experience + drinks.
The drinks are expensive, but if you were to try just one Peruvian cocktail, I would recommend the pisco sour.
The clubhouse ambiance is a bit boring, but it’s fun to eat at the al fresco area with the cool breeze and the view of the pool.
Congratulations to the entire Shangri-La Fort team for this successful Peruvian dining concept!
Finally, New Yorks’ famed barbecue joint is now open in Manila!
Mighty Quinn’s is iconic for their New York-style Barbecue cooked the old school way–with wood and time. While they aim to honor their Texas roots, they break away in their use of non-traditional meats such as pork ribs, burnt ends, and heritage livestock.
New Yorkers have raved over their tender and moist beef brisket, savory smokey pulled pork, and impressively massive ribs, all slow smoked to perfection!
What separates Mighty Quinn’s from all the regular barbecue joints is their focus on every part of the menu, from the side dishes down to the drinks. Of course, their meats are still the main attraction.
Here’s what we liked at the newly opened Mighty Quinn’s Manila…
FooDee Global Concepts (the same people behind the successful Tim Ho Wan, Todd English, Mesa, and Sunnies Cafe) has brought Michelin Star Chef Davide Oldani‘s pop cuisine concept FOO’D (/fú-dō/) to Manila.
Chef Oldani defines “pop cuisine” as accessible luxury cuisine with Italian roots, taking the simplest ingredients and turning these into a beautiful dish.
FOO’D’s unique selling point is that they offer Michelin-grade food, fine ambiance, and quality service at a reasonable price, from their P800 three-course menu to their P1,200 four-course menu. And because everything is upgradeable, you can start at P800 then work your way up (you can even go crazy with a P3000 menu and load up on the experience).
Here are some of the exciting world-renowned signature dishes brought to Manila by Chef Oldani…
FOO’D by Davide Oldani
Ground Level, High Street Park, Shangri-la at the Fort, BGC Taguig Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 10.00pm Mobile: +63917 711-4469 Facebook:FOODbyDOManila Website: http://www.cucinapop.do/
(Note: The restaurant doesn’t have a strict dress code; guests can come in smart casual attire)
Cebu, the country’s oldest city, has so much more to offer than the famed Sinulog Festival, with century-old churches, long white sandy beaches, world class diving, unspoiled countryside, and a rich culinary history – Cebu City has something for everyone!
Food is central to the Cebuano experience! Your trip wouldn’t be complete without tasting the best lechon and trying out the local and international cuisines Cebu is proud of!
Check out our list of local finds that will make you say “Lami Kaayo” (delicious)!
GAIA CAFE is a community-based Kankanaey cafe by Gawani in Ambasing, Sagada. Its tree-house-inspired cafe made from scraps is located on a cliff with a 270-degree view of the valley on the way to Sumaguing Cave.
The name means “Mother Earth” in Greek, and they only serve organic, community-sourced ingredients from around Sagada. The menu is mostly vegetarian, but not limited to it.
Here’s what to expect in this cafe featured in the movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”…
GAIA CAFE AND CRAFTS Ambasing, Sagada, Philippines Mobile: +63 949 137 6777 (Smart) +63 915 727 6831 (Globe) Operating Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11.00am to 7pm Facebook: Gaia Cafe and Crafts