10 New Places for Good Eats: The Next Big Food Hubs in Manila
More and more neighborhoods are giving us reason to eat well.
(SPOT.ph) There's always another food adventure waiting to be discovered. If you've made your rounds through Maginhawa, tasted every nook and cranny of Aguirre, and eaten your way through Legazpi Village, then maybe it's time to take out your adventure book, wear your stretchy pants, and dine the way Magellan sailed through the world—with curiosity and gusto.
Paw through these up-and-coming food hubs. It's eating time.
16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
For the longest time, this nameless building housed only Kapitolyo long-timers Nav, Longganisa Sorpresa, and Uncle Moe’s. Period. If you've driven past recently, however, you might have noticed a profusion of restaurant signs. These eateries are hidden in plain sight—past a tiny entrance and through a narrow corridor. They’re container vans converted into snug eateries that range from seafood, Mexican, contemporary, and more.
Uptown Place Mall (near The Palace) and Forbes Town Road, Bonifacio Global City (near Burgos Circle)
The number of construction projects surrounding this area is probably the reason Uptown Place Mall is slightly off-radar—that is, compared to the more popular Bonifacio High Street and its neighboring complexes. Its line-up is far from complete so we’re sure to see a lot of mall staples, but we love how Uptown Mall is offering interesting food choices that you won’t find in other places, including several flagship eating imports.
Hey, remember when Burgers & Brewskies was the only restaurant in Forbes Town? Burgos Circle is as thriving and reliable as ever (it also has some great new additions), but try crossing the path between L’Entrecote and Melo’s. It’s the proverbial yellow brick road to more food. You’ll see old standbys like Big Bad Wolf, Susi, and Wrong Ramen, but endure the heat and your hunger. Forbes Town Center is the place to be on this side of BGC.
Restaurant Index: Uptown Place Mall: Paper Moon, Morganfield’s, Tuan Tuan (soon to open), Lugang (soon to open), Peperoni Pizzeria; Forbes Town Road: Atelier Vivanda Manila x BRVT, Wagyu Beef, CoCo Ichibanya
8 Missouri Street, San Juan City
Gloria Maris and Promenade Mall touch on Missouri Street, so that should be enough of an indication. There is one building, however, that’s been on everyone’s must-try eating list. 8 Missouri is a new dining complex that puts together some unique gastronomical choices. It features the first Philippine branch of Dohtonbori, which still attracts long lines to this day, as well as a quirky ice cream parlor that has 101 flavors.
If you’re not convinced, the building next door is a bank that houses a Hai Chix!
Congressional Avenue, Quezon City
Box Park MNL may be the main reason people are driving this way, but there’s so much more in this area. The food bazaar is a thrilling foodie escapade with varied choices. If the selection gets overwhelming, just walk along the street. There’s a taco shop, a burger place, a neighborhood café, and a health shack. We’re pretty sure it’s just going to get better from there.
F7 Pop-Up, Quezon City
It’s been a long time since Señor Pollo was the only restaurant in this area. Now, F7 is a flourishing one-stop foodie destination comprising convenient stalls and comfort staples for fast dining. A walking distance away is his and her restaurants, Mr. Grahams and Mrs. Grahams.
Pilar Village, Las Piñas City
When northerners go to the south, they drive to Aguirre and, well, stop there. There is however, a greater resource for gastronomy farther in. What we love about Pilar Village is the vibe: It’s not as commercial. The restaurants are admittedly farther apart, but we love that out-of-town feeling we get every time we visit.
Restaurant Index: The Rib Shack, Naked Burger Café and Bar, Bulalo Expedition
Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
This green oasis has been around for a while, and we’re not quite sure why it’s not the crazy bustling restaurant destination that it should be. Adjacent to Shangri-La Plaza and a walking distance from SM Megamall, it wins in terms of location. It has a good range of eats—from restaurants to bars to resto bars, coffee shops to dessert stops to family restaurants, Middle Eastern delicacies to South American specialties. Plus, it hosts a weekend market, Friday to Saturday, complete with live music.
Restaurant Index: El Hijo de Cabra, Habib Persian Cuisine, Le Miel Café et Patisserie, Boulangerie 22
Read more about Greenfield District.
Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
This neighborhood has been around for quite some time now, but it's only in the last couple of years that its restaurant roster has moved up from a lone Korean barbecue place. Poblacion has probably some of the most diverse options on this list. This place really comes alive at night, and it's not uncommon to find buddies hopping from one eatery to another. Quite chill and at just the right level of rowdy, this barangay is the ultimate hangout for friends.
Better Living, Parañaque City
Chef Mikel Zaguirre of Locavore and formerly FAT fame just opened a taco shop in this area. We’re sure that not only will it be another great addition to an already established roster of eats, it’ll boost interest as well. Better Living pretty much fulfills all your favorite restaurant chains, but it has many restaurants unique to it, as well. It’s actually a capsule culinary world tour.
Restaurant Index: Taqueria 101, Bake and Brew, Bono Tei, Sawsawan, Hanako
Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Pasig City
Have you ever driven past this establishment on a Friday night? It's packed with people and cars (parking is near impossible). This residential-commercial space attracts a mixed set: cubicle dwellers who lunch and night owls who are looking for an after-work breather. You'll always find eateries scattered all over Ortigas, but Sapphire Bloc pulls together a good selection in one stop.