I’m a child of the South, so accessing NAIA has never been a problem for me. But I do have a lot of friends who live in Northern Manila, who are no strangers to the inconvenience of traveling to NAIA to catch their flight.
Fortunately, more and more airlines are flying to and from Clark – both for local and international destinations. You may think that Clark is still quite a long way from Manila, but this isn’t the case at all. You can reach Clark from Trinoma in just under two hours, and without the stress of Manila traffic.
We celebrated Valentine’s with our creative entrepreneur friends in the new restaurant of Chef Alain Raye of La Regalade Manila fame. There were mixed reviews when it opened towards the end of last year so we dined with optimistic caution.
Q&A stands for Question & Answers for the culinarily curious or Quality & Attention for the ones looking for Michelin-star taste and service in Manila. The 1 Michelin-starred Chef Alain Raye fell in love with a Filipina during his La Regalade days, and now he is permanently based here with the love of his life.
Is it now worth going to Q&A Kitchen in Makati? Here’s what we think…
Q&A kitchen & bar Unit 2D, Second Floor, ACCM Building, 102 San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City Operating Hours: Kitchen: Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bar: 5:00 pm til late
Closed Sunday Mobile: +63 917 859-5678 Landline: +632 624-4388 Instagram: @QandAKitchen Website: http://qandakitchen.com/
Ninyo has long been part of my list for the most romantic restaurants in the city. What started as Manila’s Best Kept Secret, the humble ancestral house of Chef Nins Laus, is transformed into this quiet and intimate hidden paradise with its garden-like charm. From the moment you step in, you’re already greeted by the candle lights, beautiful pavilions, hanging vines, koi ponds, and antique accents in the interior. —which unfailingly keeps taking the breaths of many lovers.
Aside from the gorgeous ambiance, it’s also a foodie destination for good food, with Chef Nins’ creative take of European-Asian fusion dishes. Note that Ninyo always updates its menu so its degustation is always a good idea. A set menu is a great option, easier than choosing from a wide array of food.
RAMBLA COCINA MODERNA Salcedo is the second branch of Bistronomia restaurant group’s popular Spanish tapas bar in Rockwell named after the famous street of La Rambla in Barcelona. It’s bigger in terms of space but still exudes the good neighborhood tapas bar vibe.
One of the best Spanish tapas bars in the Salcedo neighborhood area, here’s what we love about Rambla Salcedo…
A big benefit of the Japanese diaspora is the merging of their culture, particularly their cuisine with the countries they emigrated too. Nikkei refers to the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. First popularized by Nobu Matsuhisa, the cuisine has since trickled down to smaller restaurants and found its way to Manila.
Nikkei has been in the Philippines for over 3 years now, and they recently opened their sister restaurant Nikkei Nama in One Bonifacio in BGC. Nama translates to “fresh” or “light” which reflects in the food served at Nikkei Nama by Head Chef Juan Barcos.
It caters to the younger, well-traveled appetite and value-conscious BGC dining crowd. It also exclusively features the Chifa (Chinese-Peruvian) rice bowls.
Here’s what we liked at Nikkei Nama…
Nikkei Nama 2/F One Bonifacio High, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Monday to Thursday, Sunday) 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (Friday to Saturday) Mobile: +63 966 533 7573 Website:www.nikkei.com.ph Facebook:Nikkei Nama Bar