10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This Month
The latest places to check out in Manila
(SPOT.ph) Stumped 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 luxury French bakery is finally in the Philippines! Complete with chandeliers and pastel hues, Laduree Manila is more of a very exquisite grab-and-go at the moment, but a full cafe is in the works. Here, you'll find the famous macarons (Laduree pioneered these cookies as we know them), plus ice creams, teas, chocolates, and candles. Such pretty treats come for a pretty penny, though. One piece costs P150.
Laduree is at 8 Rockwell, Makati City. Read more about Laduree.
The warm lighting, the dark wood walls, the shelves of wine and coffee paraphernalia. It's easy to dismiss Single Origin as another one of those pub types, but man can they make breakfast food. One of two collaborations between Ba Noi's Dodjie Violago and Shi Lin's Carlo Lorenzana, Single Origin makes sure to complement their quality brews with even better food. You can't go wrong with the Crab Fat Pasta, but the waffles are a definite must-try.
Single Origin is at C3, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Single Origin.
New York Pinoy Deli
Resorts World Manila's latest restaurant is pretty much a melting pot of quirky comfort food. We love the ceiling detail that mimics the view of New York skyscrapers from the ground. It speaks of NYPD's approach to cuisine. With items like Laing Lasagna and Tinapa Spaghetti, this restaurant offers a different perspective to favorites. The line-up of soups and salads (which you can avail for a special fee when you order a main) hints at the location's past. NYPD used to be Mercado, the casino's buffet.
New York Pinoy Deli is at G/F Casino Area, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Pasay City. Read more about New York Pinoy Deli.
Chef Carlo Miguel is back at what he does best: pub-style gastronomy. The best part about The Brewery is the beer. A section of the restaurant is dedicated to a cool microbrewery, an impressive factory that churns out fresh ales prepped according to German brewing standards. The restaurant is so proud of this fact that they even include it in some of their dishes, like soup and pizza. This place is definitely a great spot for friends.
The Brewery is at The Palace, 10th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Fort, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about The Brewery.
Nikkei is the first arrangement between Carlo Lorenzana and Dodjie Violago (they opened two restaurants within a week of each other. Phew!). Their nook on Rada may be small and their dishes quick bites, but remember what they say about tiny packages? This chic industrial space throws grenades of flavor—from a little mound of ceviche to a spoonful of scallops. Japanese and Peruvian may just be the best culinary marriage since...well, fusion cuisine was conceptualized.
Nikkei is at Frabelle Building, Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Read more about Nikkei.
5 Loaves & 2 Fish
Husband-and-wife team Dinah and Anthony Miro left everything in God's hands when they decided to open this restaurant. There's obviously divine intervention at work here because their food is heavenly. 5 Loaves & 2 Fish is huge and homey, built for celebration and anchored on values like generosity, faithfulness, and love. Dinah handles the kitchen and she pops out surefire hits—classics done perfectly.
5 Loaves & 2 Fish is at G/F The Rock Lifestyle Hub, Holy Spirit Drive, Don Antonio Heights Subdivision, Quezon City. Read more about 5 Loaves & 2 Fish.
Any self-respecting wings lover needs to drop by this cool new place at Kapits. This venue aims for fuss-free chill, allowing their customers to just kick back, hands full of Sriracha-rubbed or salted egg-coated chicken. On top of the wings, the owners also picked out favorites from every U.S. state—from down-south dishes that hit home to Cubano sandwiches. The extensive menu also twists popular local bestsellers, like Boracay's Chori Burger, into their own interpretation.
Wishbone is at 56B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Wishbone.
This posh steak place was originally established in Tokyo, Japan by Matthew Crabbe who ethnically hails from Australia. It's named after his paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather, both of whom were spectacular people. Ruby Jack's doesn't scrimp on quality: The meats are sourced from Japan, Australia, and the U.S.; and cognacs, whiskies, and wines are carefully curated. Everything from Ruby Jack's menu is made with exacting standards—only the best, just like in Tokyo.
Ruby Jack's is at UG/F City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. Read more about Ruby Jack's.
Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe
Puzzle opened in 2014, but it wasn't until a few months ago, when its story reached the pages of the BBC, that the cafe made it onto people's radars. The Canoys opened the cafe to help out one of their own, Jose, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age. The close-knit family not only wanted to secure his future, they also strive to create an environment for the friendly 21-year-old to interact. The idea snowballed, and currently Puzzle employs nine individuals with special needs. The effect is two-fold: It also allows customers to be more aware of people with special needs.
Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe is at 1 Comets Loop, Blue Ridge B Subdivision, Project 4, Quezon City. Read more about Puzzle Gourmet Store and Cafe.
Lover of the grill? Make your way to White Plains. Smokin' Cues is your introduction to how the rest of the world uses this magnificent cooking tool. This hole-in-the-wall dishes out yakitori, Pinoy-style barbecue, Moroccan meats, and Kansas-style pork belly. Mouth watering yet? They even do non-grill stuff. When a craving for McDonald's elusive Twister Fries hits, make a beeline for this place. They have their own version and it's available all-year-round.
Smokin' Cues is at 42 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City. Read more about Smokin' Cues.