Food & Cuisine in Manila
Sentro 1771Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00
Address: 1. Greenbelt 3, 2nd level, Ayala Center, Makati (757-3940 to 41) 2. Serendra Piazza, Ground level (856-0581, 856-0584)
Sentro 1771 has earned a reputation for redefining Filipino cuisine and bringing fresh modern touches to it. Classic favorites are given a twist, while cozy warm yet casual interiors make dining in Sentro 1771 a pleasurable experience. Must-tries include: Corned Beef in Sinigang (tamarind soup), Rated GG (galunggong fish), Honey Garlic Spareribs, Stir Fried Vegetables, Crispy Pata, and Clams Torta.
Dencio's GrillAddress: Branches in: Glorietta (63 2) 728-1243 Jupiter (63 2) 896-0320, (63 2) 896-9593 Paseo Center (63 2) 840-4187 Paseo de Magallanes (63 2) 757-0614, (63 2) 729-0098 Power Plant Mall (63 2) 898-0601 Araneta Center (63 2) 421-4732 Banawe (63 2) 742-9955 to 56 Capitol Hills (63 2) 952-9356, (63 2) 932-8768 Eastwood City Walk (63 2) 911-6951 Scout Albano (63 2) 376-4771 Trinoma (63 2) 901-3455, (63 2) 901-3454 Harbor Square (63 2) 552-7057 Robinsons Place - Manila (63 2) 525-1012
Dencio's is local favorite for serving dependable and mouthwatering Filipino dishes year-round. It's the best place to sample the famous sizzling sisig (chopped parts of pig's head served on a sizzling platter), kare-kare (vegetables, beef, and oxtail in peanut sauce), crispy pata (deep-fried pork leg), adobong kangkong (water spinach), seafood, and many others. Not to mention that the affordable prices make it so tempting yet guilt-free! Wash down your meals with a bottle of ice-cold San Miguel beer (which is served at very low rates at Dencio's) and you're in for a real great Filipino experience.
Italianni'sOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Branches in Greenbelt 2, Trinoma Mall, Greenhills, Glorietta 4, Libis, SM Megamall, Tomas Morato, and Alabang Town Center.
Dining at Italianni's evokes images of being in Italy, with warm its warm interiors and interesting wall decor of Italian people and culture. Come with an appetite as their portions are big, and they serve their own homemade focaccia bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for starters.
Choose from an extensive menu of traditional Italian favorites, including salads, pasta, risotto, and pizza, as well as many other meat and seafood dishes. Must-try includes the Mussells Lombardi, Parmesan Crusted Fish Fillet, Bacon-wrapped Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta, and the classic Spaghetti with Meatballs. The restaurants also have excellent wine selections.
L'Opera Ristorante ItalianoOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Unit 12, the Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City
Phone number: 889-3663
L'Opera brings you traditional Tuscan cuisine in a classy, intimate setting ideal for celebrating special occasions and romantic dinners. You can choose from an extensive selection of mouthwatering Tuscan dishes, including veal, duck-filled ravioli, homemade pastas, lobster, carpaccio, and Italian cheeses. Pair this with their fantastic selection of wines and you are sure to have an Italian meal you will never forget.
PaparazziOpening Hours: 11:30 to 22:30
Address: Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing, EDSA Shangri-La
Phone number: 633-8888
For all Italian cuisine lovers out there, Paparazzi offers a unique Italian experience by providing you with many ways to enjoy your favorites that has made it a popular choice for even the most discerning customer. From a la carte to buffet, the menu covers traditional Italian favorites in a classy, chic setting. Pair this with your choice of drinks, as their bar list is also impressively extensive. Popular dishes include Tomato Pumpkin Fondue, Vegetable Linguini, Roasted Sea Bass with Crispy Potato, Lamb Rack with Mint, and Grilled Tiger Prawns.
- Monday to Friday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM lunch
- Monday to Saturday 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM dinner
- Sunday 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM.
PepatoOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Level 1, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati
Phone number: 757-2636
One of the restaurants of celebrated chef and entrepreneur Margarita Fores, Pepato, meaning "with pepper", offers a truly flavorful Italian dining experience. Prepare your taste buds for an adventure in Italian cuisine with Pepato's delicious, sophisticated, yet simple dishes. The menu also offers vegetarian items.
Favorites include Buffalo Mozzarella, Bistecca Florentina-Style US Angus Steak, asparagus in truffle-cream sauce, Pan-seared goose liver, and many others.
Banana LeafOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Branches at the Podium, Greenbelt, Powerplant Mall, SM City North Edsa, and Robinson's Place Ermita.
Banana Leaf is a well-loved restaurant in Manila for its authentic Southeast Asian dishes bursting with flavor and affordable prices. The menu boasts of a range of dishes from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, with ingredients specifically sourced to create each mouthwatering dish. Fragrant and delicious rice choices are also available.
Dishes are served in banana leaves, truly enhancing the experience. The creative menu developed by experienced master chefs has landed Banana Leaf several awards. If you love Asian food, this is definitely a restaurant not to be missed.
NihonbashiteiOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: 800 A. arnaiz Avenue, Makati City
Phone number: 8188893/8188894
Nihonbashitei offers authentic Japanese cuisine, and even imported Japanese Wagyu Beef Tenderloin Steaks. The menu features traditional Japanese food and sets to choose from.
Little TokyoOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Mile Long/Makati Cinema Square
Phone number: 819 5008 / 819 5009
For some of the best Japanese food in Manila, you should head over to Little Tokyo where you can have your pick of varying authentic Japanese restaurants. Each dish brings you a taste of Japan, with only the freshest ingredients making Little Tokyo a top destination for Japanese in the metro.
OmakaseOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Branches at: Casa Susana, Madrigal Avenue, Alabang (850-3964 ) Unit 207 Interpid Plaza, E. Rodriguez Jr Avenue, Libis Quezon City (4370075)
Omakase's name is synonymous to authentic Japanese at great value and great prices. Who says you have to spend big to enjoy real Japanese food? Although the casual interiors and laid-back ambiance makes one feel like they are dining in a regular budget restaurant, the food is definitely the exact opposite. Specialties include the American Dream, Crazy Maki, Jurassic Maki, Seafood and Beef Teppan, and good old California Maki. Their sushi samplers and bento boxes are also mouthwatering.
Casa Armas Tapas Bar y RistoranteOpening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Branches in Greenbelt 3, the Podium, Bel-Air Village Makati, Level 3 Trinoma Mall, and 573 J. Nakpil St. cor. J. Bocobo St. in Malate
Casa Armas has established a name for itself in the food scene in Manila. The family-owned restaurant brought to Manila the tastes of Spain, and the passion and culture of the people is undoubtedly evident in every dish and the restaurant's atmosphere. Chic yet low-key interiors make it an ideal restaurant for intimate meals.
Sample the flavors of Spain in their mouthwatering tapas selection, paella, and other classic favorites. With exquisite selections of Spanish wine and dependable Filipino hospitality, Casa Armas is one of the Metro's most loved restaurants.
Sala BistroOpening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Ground floor, Garden Side, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
Phone number: 729 7500
Sala Bistro brings the best of flavorful European dishes and a range of refreshing signature cocktails and drinks to Philippine shores. An excellent choice for intimate meals with friends and romantic dinners, the classy ambiance of Sala Bistro will make you feel as if you're in a charming restaurant in Europe.
Their all-day menu consists of a delicious medley of French and Mediterranean dishes, as well as Australian, US Prime, and US Angus steak. Their weekend brunch specials are definitely something to look forward to, with special meals to sample.
People's PalaceOpening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Ground floor, Garden Side, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center Makati
Phone number: 729 8888
People's Palace offers a refreshing approach to Thai food. The seamless combination of clean white decor with bright, spicy color accents reflective of true Thai fashion, and modern Thai dishes make People's Palace a staple for Asian food in the Metro.
Sample Thai favorites such as their Thom Yum soups, Crispy Catfish and Green Mango Salad, assorted curries, and stir-fried dishes! The menu also consists of an excellent selection of delicious fragrant rice and noodles to fill you up.
Their house iced tea and the mango lassi makes a great pair to the flavorful and spicy dishes, while the smoothie selection is great for cooling down on hot days.
Fun and intimate evenings at People's Palace call for cocktails and martinis of course and their bar list never fails.
Cupcakes by SonjaAddress: Serendra, Fort Global City
Cupcakes by Sonja are an irresistibly cute cupcake shop where walls are adorned in pastel colors, and where each cupcake is to die for. Sonja Ocampo, owner of the shop, has worked with the famed Magnolia Bakery in New York, and has brought these delicious sugary treats to Philippine shores.
Choose from cupcakes of every color and flavor, a real heaven for any sweet tooth. Just some of the delectable flavors include Goin Bananas, German Chocolate Cup, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Simply Pineapple, Pistachio Dacquoise, and Bunny Huggers Carrot Cake.
Kublai's RockOpening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Magallanes commercial center, beside Brothers Burger
Phone number: 851 6086
Eat-all-you-can Mongolian buffet, mouthwatering dishes, and rock-and-roll music - that's the theme of Kublai's Rock. An old name in the local food scene, Kublai's is a favorite for family meals during the day, but is converted to a bar where good old classic rock is played at night.
In true Mongolian style, feast to your heart's content as you choose from the variety of fresh ingredients laid out before you, choose your sauces, and in just a few minutes your piping hot bowl is brought to you. Don't forget to go with an appetite, as it is an eat-all-you-can buffet. Excellent value for money!
Conti'sOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Branches in: Serendra, Fort Global City 61 President’s Avenue, BF Homes Commercial Center, Parañaque City 53 Connecticut Street Greenhills, San Juan City P1 Level, Trinoma Mall, Quezon City
Having been around since 1997, Conti's is an established family restaurant, known for their mouthwatering dessert selections such as Mango Bravo cake, and their most famous house special, Baked Salmon. From refreshing, crisp salads, steaks, pasta, and pork chops, Conti's is a reliable and dependable choice for great family meals.
Catering services are also available.
XocolatAddress: Branches at Ground Level, Bonifacio High Street in Serendra; 172 B-Gonzales St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City; Lobby, Promenade Greenhills Shopping Center; 2nd Level Bldg A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City; and Center Courtyard, Eastwood City Walk 2.
Xocolat is a-dream-come-true for any ultimate chocolate lover. Here is where you can find anything and everything about chocolate, and not to mention, the best hot chocolate in town. It is absolutely sinful dessert in the form of their super moist brownies, including Original Sin, Revel Bars, and Java Buzz. Die-hard chocolate lovers can even purchase old fashioned cacao beans (even organic cacao beans are available).
Xocolat also has souvenirs available, such as mugs, Chocolate Fondue Ritual Kits, and charming room decor.
Via MareOpening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Branches at: Rockwell Powerplant Greenbelt 1 Serendra The Landmark Greenhills Promenade SM Mall of Asia The Strip Medical City
Via Mare is a well-loved restaurant, having established a name synonymous with topnotch culinary fare, especially for seafood and Filipino dishes. Dining on traditional Filipino food is brought to another level with modern interiors. Must try dishes include their crispy adobo flakes, pancit luglug, arroz caldo, bibingka, and seafood! On hot days, you will cool down with their always refreshing version of the halo-halo.
The Kebab FactoryOpening Hours: 11:00 to 22:00
Address: Branches at: Burgos Circle, Fort Bonifacio 2nd Floor, Atrium, SM Megamall
If you are looking for your fix of delicious kebabs and Mediterranean food, the Kebab Factory will surely hit that spot. Owned by an Indian family who are well-known in the food scene, you surely won't be disappointed. Specialties include the Chicken Mast Kebab, Shiskebab, and Lamb Chop Tandoori, among others. Vegetarian dishes are also available. If you prefer your food more or less spicy, feel free to suggest this to the chef.
CAV Wine Shop and CafeOpening Hours: 16:00 to 23:00
Address: Lot 5, Quadrant 8, Bonifacio High Street, Fort Global City
Phone number: 856 1798
CAV has successfully brought to the Philippines true wine appreciation in the form of this charming cafe, complete with enomatic wine dispensers, an excellent wine selection, wine appreciation and pairing events. The menu features European favorites for all-day dining and a cocktail menu.
CAV also features the special CAV cards which allow you to sample wines from the wine dispensers, which you can load up for future visits.
AbeOpening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: 1. Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza (856-0526) Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm / 5:00 pm – 12:00 am 2. Level M3, Trinoma Mall (901-5691 or 901-5692) Opening hours: Monday – Sunday / 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Pampanga is undoubtedly a gastronomic destination in the Philippines, and you can have it right here in Metro Manila. Abe proudly serves delicious traditional Kapampangan food, as well as a variety of gourmet dishes. Abe is an excellent choice for dining with friends and family in a casual setting, true to their tagline, "Where good friends dine".
Must-tries include Abe's chicken supreme, Lamb Adobo, Knockout Knuckles, and Paco Fern Salad, and Bringhe, and Bamboo Rice, among others.
Elbert's SteakroomAddress: 3rd floor, Sagittarius Building III 111 H.V. De La Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone number: 339-3363, 0915-3151813
An authority on steaks in the metro, Elbert's has grown a loyal following that come repeatedly for outstanding service and excellent USDA certified steak imported from Wisconsin. They specialize in steak, and steak lovers out there will appreciate all the love and thought put into preparing each dish. Steaks are served medium rare, unless otherwise specified. Owner Elbert Cuenca is in the restaurant most times, making sure operations are smooth, and entertaining customers.
The restaurant is small and homey, ideal for romantic dinners and celebrations with loved ones.
Gulliver's of San FranciscoOpening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Address: Great Eastern Hotel, 7842 Makati Avenue
Phone number: 896-7475
Rich carpeted interiors, dim lights, and English-style furnishings make Gulliver's truly reminiscent of 18th century England. The atmosphere makes it ideal for romantic dinner and intimate gatherings, with the highlight of each occasion being the steak that Gulliver's has truly made a name for itself in. Apart from steak, other must-try includes Grilled Halibut, Lobster Tail, and Fillet Mignon.
Santi's DelicatessenOpening Hours: 09:00 to 20:00
Address: 1. WIC Building, 7431 Yakal Street San Antonio Village, Makati City Tel: 844 1154 2. San Antonio Plaza Arcade, Forbes Park Makati City Tel: 894 1293 3. The Promenade Bldg., 198 Wilson Street Corner P. Guevarra, San Juan City Tel: 381-2926 / 381-2934 4. 2nd Level, Filinvest Festival Mall Filinvest Corporate City Alabang, Muntinlupa City Tel: 850 3967 5. Trans-Orient Maritime Agency Building 66 Timog Ave., Quezon City Tel: 426 8315 6. RS 120&121 Joya at Rockwell, 28 Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City Tel: 403 0144 / 403 0688 7. G/F, Astoria Plaza, Amber Avenue Ortigas Center, Pasig City Metro Manila Tel: 638 8969 / 638-8970
The best of European food can be found in one place: Santi's Delicatessen. Here you will find an extensive range of the freshest salamis, sausages, pate, bacon, spices, flavorings, mustards, marmalades, confectionery and baked goods, even cheese and spirits, wine, and juice. This is your one-stop shop for European goods. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday.
Terry SelectionOpening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Address: 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension Makati City
Phone number: 844 1816
An established name in the Manila gourmet scene, Terry Selection offers a selection of cheese, wine, and charcuterie from around the world, as well as a delectable menu for you to savor for lunch or dinner. Come in and feel free to create your own sandwich, or take home ingredients to make your own fare at home.
Menu must-try includes the Chori-Quezo sandwich, Joselito Special Sandwich, and the Chixmosa sandwich.
Mickey's DeliOpening Hours: 07:00 to 23:00
Address: 144 Jupiter corner Orbit Street,(between Makati Avenue and Reposo Street) Bel Air 2 Village, Makati
Phone number: 8969560, 8991440
The story of Mickey's Deli goes back 100 years ago, in Munich, Germany. Tightly-guarded and family recipes of the Baeumler family have been brought to the Philippines in the form of the deli, where you can enjoy high standards of the finest German cuisine, sausages, and authentic meat products. Sample the many varieties of delicious products and wash it down with delicious German beer, also available at the deli!