10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This April
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!
There's no doubt Filipinos are huge fans of Italian cuisine. That's why businessman Edi Tekeli decided to launch Paper Moon Milan's first branch in Manila. He's also the same guy who brought fashion brand Mango to Philippine shores over a decade ago! Paper Moon specializes in no-frills Italian food such as pizza and pasta. Sample the Pappardelle Paper Moon for a cheesy twist on your favorite flat pasta noodles.
Paper Moon is at Knightsbridge Residences, Century City, Makati City.
Hook by Todd English
Hook by Todd English offers poke bowls along with a variety of seafood favorites. This snazzy restaurant at Uptown Parade will tickle your taste buds with its refreshing recipes that's light on the tummy. Order the Platter Three for a taste of their Raw Sliced Salmon with Ginger-Scallion Jam that's not only zesty, but melt-in-your-mouth buttery!
Hook by Todd English is at G/F Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio.
Providore Backyard is Raintree Restaurant Group's latest al fresco concept. Although it's an extension of Providore, the restaurant's vibe is totally different and will make you feel it's summer and barbecue season all year round. The wood accents and faux-grass floor gives it that homey ambience that might just make you want to hang out all day. The Cali-Dog's salty-smoky flavor is a must-try, and no wonder, because Chef Kalel Chan shares that he went through 10 hotdog taste-tests to find the perfect sausage. Who can say no to that?
Providore Backyard is at G/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.
It's true when they say the bao is king at Don Bao. The restaurant will make you forget about your usual Japanese favorites with their steamed folded buns, bursting with umami goodness in each bite. Don't forget to try their Bao Chicka Bao Bao, a fiery bao made up of chicken, kimchi, and a secret special sauce, or Crazy Bao, which is made with kani, tempura flakes, tobiko, and a generous drizzle of eel sauce.
Don Bao is at 1 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
From the makers of popular churros chain Churreria La Lola comes Rico Rico, a paella stall smack in the middle of SM Aura Premier's food court. Rico Rico's vibrant colors will catch your eye, but the smell of paella cooking will automatically lure you closer. The Spanish food stall offers six types of paella bases that you can mix and match with their wide various toppings. Get the Negra 2.0 made with squid ink, bell peppers, and tender chicken chunks for its strong umami taste.
Rico Rico is at 4/F, Food on Four, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.
There's a new ramen place in town that boasts age-old recipes and tradition. Ramen Shokudo in Quezon City does not play around-Japanese chef Wataru Hosokawa says, "We just wanted people in Manila to taste the real stuff." The restaurant's chefs insist on making most of their dishes from scratch. The Toriton Tantanmen is impressive; the spicy thick broth is far from cloying while the noodles have just the right firmness. We're sure your ramen will be gone in no time!
Ramen Shokudo is at 401 Banawe Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City.
The Juice Pub
It's never too late to start your New Year's resolutions because The Juice Pub is here to help. This health hub at BF Homes aims to fuel its customers' bodies with all the good stuff-from superfood kale to beets and soy, they've got you covered. Their bestsellers include raw and colorful juices like the Gramercy and Tropical Lush. Go for the Kimchi-Wrapped Chicken Bowl for a filling post-workout meal!
The Juice Pub is at G/F Prime Elite Fitness Club Building, 243 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Kushikatsu Daruma is the newest global food franchise brought to Manila by Charlie Paw of Wrong Ramen and Bad Bird fame. Now, people don't have to book a flight to Osaka to taste the restaurant's best-selling kushikatsu or breaded and fried food on a stick. Kushikatsu's famous tagline, "No Double Dipping," is playfully written all over its walls, but once you've dunked your deep-fried snack into the signature sauce, you'll understand why-the bite-sized skewers will be gone before you even think of dipping again!
Kushikatsu Daruma is at 2/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.
Ibiza Beach Club
The waves are calling: Nothing's more perfect for this hot, humid weather than a relaxing trip to the beach. But then, not everyone has the luxury of time to actually travel out of town. Ibiza Beach Club brings that seaside feel closer to Manila, with a 1,000-seater flagship restaurant that's just like Mövenpick's bar in Mactan, only this time it's much bigger. It also serves an extensive menu including a 15-course grill and of course, cocktails that will accompany you while watching their Broadway-inspired performances!
Ibiza Beach Club is at 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
CargoFish's menu is short but sweet, offering only the U.K.'s most in-demand street food: fish and chips. Chefs Matthew Hornsby-Bates and Matthew Lim have brought this quintessentially British dish to Manila, with an outdoor concept that aims to be more than just a fish-and-chips shop. You can go for cod and a side of mushy peas, but there's also scampi, onion rings, and plenty of dips that will satisfy your crunchy cravings.
CargoFish is at 4/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.