10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This March
New picks for your eats list this month.
(SPOT.ph) Stumped for ideas on where to eat? Are there too many choices? We're breaking down Manila's extensive dining landscape with a list of places to try every month. Always keep your restaurant index fresh!
This Hole In The Wall favorite has branched out by opening at SM Mega Fashion Hall. The new standalone branch features bare concrete walls and dark marble tables, with a mural of a monster bird wreaking havoc to complete the edgy look. While the fried chicken continues to be a scene-stealer, this new Bad Bird also offers a menu of grilled skewers and out-of-the-box cocktails (Kimchi Bloody Mary, anyone?)
Bad Bird is at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City.
The first Zubuchon in Metro Manila is just a stone’s throw away from Ayala Avenue, and the flagship branch is big enough to roast 24 pigs at once. Because of how good their lechon is, we’re sure they’ll need to roast as many as they can. In an exclusive interview with SPOT.ph, owner Joel Binamira shares that “[the] pigs are transported from Cebu to get the lechon as close to the original taste as possible.” Looks like you don’t need to fly far south for some lechon Cebu now!
Zubuchon is at Talisay Street, Barangay San Antonio, Makati City.
Not everyone can be a morning person, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on breakfast fare, thanks to the rise of all-day breakfast places. An excellent one along Katipunan Avenue is Tyler’s Café. Sunny and inviting with floor-to-ceiling windows, this café will make you want to linger for hours. It helps that their all-day breakfast menu is delicious too—the Brisket and Eggs is the perfect heavy meal, any time of the day.
Tyler's Café is at 317 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.
After months of anticipation, Canada’s favorite coffee chain finally opened in Uptown Mall, their first branch in Southeast Asia. Now, you can have a taste of their famous Original Brew, which you must get as a Double-Double (or with two sugars and two creams). Pair your coffee with their Timbits—Tim Hortons’ version of doughnut bites are dense and moist, perfect for dipping in your coffee.
Tim Hortons is at U/GF Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.
Dalat Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Vietnam’s rice meals can be overshadowed by the more popular banh mi or pho. If you find yourself curious about what other dishes the Southeast Asian country has to offer, head over to Dalat Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine. The restaurant offers their own take on classics like com tam or bo bi tet, Vietnam’s traditional breakfast.
Dalat Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine is at 7467 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City.
Yuan Asian Bistro
Yuan will make you rethink what “Asian” restaurant means. Refusing to stick to only one kind of cuisine, this restaurant plays loose and breaks rules, mashing together Southeast and East Asian flavors in ways you didn't think were possible. One fine showcase of this is the Laksa Tantanmen, the delicious love child of ramen and laksa.
Yuan Asian Bistro is at Unit 4 Victoria Brixton Plaza, 1 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
Just in time for summer, brothers Leo and Paolo San Luis opened the first local Vampire Penguin branch in Ayala Malls the 30th early this March (while both Filipinos, the two first opened shop in California). The duo takes the traditional baobing or Taiwanese shaved snow and plays around with it to turn your favorite desserts into ice creations. Feel like some strawberry cheesecake shaved snow, by any chance?
Vampire Penguin is at 4/F Ayala Malls the 30th, 30 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
The contemporary warehouse look of this izakaya will clue you in that Soru isn’t your usual Japanese restaurant. Soru Izakaya blends the modern and the traditional, not just in their interiors but also in their food, which are reinvented versions of familiar Japanese fare. Must-tries are the aburi and maki, which are a feast for the eyes and the belly.
Soru Izakaya is at 140 Maginhawa Street, Barangay Sikatuna, Quezon City.
The Lost Bread
The Lost Bread’s first mall branch ditches the industrial-heavy look of their Maginhawa sibling for more vibrant interiors reminiscent of your favorite outdoor café. Your favorite milkshakes are still here and they are as crazy as ever—the best part is, you can now have them in to-go cups! Something new on the menu is the French Toast Bites or The Lost Bread’s signature French toast, cut into cubes and covered with your choice of flavored sugar.
The Lost Bread is at 4/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City.
“I want to play with Filipino ingredients,” says Chef Mia Capay of Bistro United. And that’s exactly what she does at this new restaurant in Kapitolyo. Bagnet and sisig, for example, make their appearance here as ravioli while the kare-kare is made using porchetta or pork belly roast for a meal that’s extra indulgent. Not to be missed is the Tilapia Ice Cream—a sweet-savory flavor with chunks of tilapia for contrast makes this dessert unforgettable.
Bistro United is at D-Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.