10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This November
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!
Woody's Texas Barbecue
Is exuberant Elian Habayeb forsaking Mexican food for barbecue? Not really, but he did convert the first ever Chihuahua branch on Makati Avenue into something closer to home—his home, we mean. Lebanese-born Elian, after all, moved to Texas when he was 13 years old. Each piece of meat is painstakingly smoked to draw in flavor and draw out tenderness. Woody's features the same lively vibe that the old Tex-Mex joint has become known for, but it's more chill. No more salsa parties. It's just about kicking back with the family now.
Woody's Texas Barbecue is at 7838 Makati Avenue, Makati City. Read more about Woody's Texas Barbecue.
There are three important practices at Milkbox: coffee, waffles, and ice cream. This sounds like your typical corner sweet shop, that is, until you see what this Alabang hub does with them. A lot of crazy things—or should we say, "cwazy" things. Milkbox specializes in innovative but not exactly over-the-top desserts: waffles crowned with huge scoops of ice cream, messy mason jar milkshakes, and, the prized piece from the collection, the Wonut (that's the lovechild of a waffle and a donut).
Milkbox is at LG/F New Wing, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Milkbox.
Adaäm & Yves
We’re fans of beautiful breakfasts, and Adaäm & Yves is the latest place to go for an exquisite start to your day. Twenty-five-year-old Sean Go goes for an organic spin with all the dishes he offers, but everything is so precise in both flavor and presentation. He’s so detail-oriented, you can bet that each tiny curl of Parmesan isn’t just to make you want to Instagram your meal. It has a deeper, tastier purpose.
Adaäm & Yves is at Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Adaäm & Yves.
The Rib Shack
This lone restaurant on this side of Pillar Village will appeal to any taste. Owners Ernest and Twinkle De Jesus are parents so they considered families when they designed their restaurant. Catering to families means catering to a lot of cravings. The strategy is simple: a lot of meat, a lot of grilling, and a lot of sauce. Everything is carefully seasoned to stand out but to never overwhelm. At night, the place morphs ever so slightly to become a casual after-work drinking place. The formula is definitely a win.
The Rib Shack is at PDC Compound, Rose Avenue corner Aguirre Avenue, Las Piñas City. Read more about The Rib Shack.
This is a slice of Japan in the middle of Bonifacio Global City. In keeping with a tranquil Japanese theme, the entrance is even decked out with a miniature stream. Inside, it's a study of exquisite streamlined aesthetics. Chef Kiyoshi Ogawa is a master of Japanese culinary traditions and he makes sure to show off every one of them in this restaurant. From bento to sushi, you can find them here, all meticulously prepared.
Ogawa is at 2/F The Fort Entertainment Center, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Ogawa.
Terrace 45 is just of the latest house-turned-restaurants in the area, but it's more than an eatery. It's an actual home. Converting the rooms into dining areas creates intimate venues perfect for groups who are dining. You get that feeling of popping inside a close neighbor's house for dinner. Every decision is a family affair, and the recipes are precious heirlooms in their own right. Classic dishes are updated, but everything is still so familiar.
Terrace 45 is at Dr. Lazcano Street corner Scout Santiago Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City. Read more about Terrace 45.
This Southern diamond-in-the-rough applies restaurant-quality techniques to street food. The name is a portmanteau of kanto and yakitori, which is the Japanese style of skewering and grilling their meats. Conceptualized by a group of friends who randomly threw ideas at each other, Kantori is meant to be a hangout so expect nothing complicated, except for the complex flavors that Chef Kelly Parreno manages to pull out.
Kantori is at 51D Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Kantori.
This hipster hideaway is a third-wave coffee haven that makes a seriously killer chicken and waffles. How they manage to come up with that rustic dish while concocting coffee, we’re not sure, but we’re not complaining. We’re always up for the unorthodox. Co-owner Dylan Avila tells us that this Nix Alañon-designed space was built to energize and comfort. The menu is sparse, just delicious basics that won't stress you out about what to order. Duh. Chicken and waffles.
Catabolic Cafe is at 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. Read more about Catabolic Cafe.
It's hard to make out what this hidden restaurant is based on the name—and even the venue. No Reservations, which shares space with Taco Vengo and Anu'Man, is one of the new eateries filling up a still-being-developed building in Kapitolyo. It's a modest space with a brick-inspired white wall as its most identifying feature. It leaves a lot to the imagination, but the flavors are dynamite. Interestingly enough, Chef Jay Angeles goes for modern Asian. The subtlety in the space does nothing to prepare you for the impact of his flavors. They're not typical comfort food, but the combinations are perfectly comprehensible. We're still thinking about those spring onion waffles!
No Reservations is at 2/F 16 United Street, East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about No Reservations.
Mati's Meat & Bread
A sort-of-but-not-really offshoot of Melo's Steakhouse, Mati's in Alabang sizzles with their tableside steak options. It's their own unique dishes, however, that make them quite a knockout. Co-owner Paul Macasaet likes his hearty dishes so he's come up with heart-stopping creations like Balut Aligue and Truffled Bone Marrow. Don't be scared. The food here is meant for sharing so you don't have to bear all that weight.
Mati's is at Festival Supermall Expansion, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Mati's Meat & Bread.