10 New Restaurants to Try South of Metro Manila
Are you headed for Paranaque? Las Pinas? Alabang? Things never go south in the south.
(SPOT.ph) The south. Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa. It's a mysterious adventure, one that's always novel for northerners. It only takes one trip (preferably on a Sunday because you can probably fly to Hong Kong and back for the time you'll spend driving there on a regular day) for you to realize why the southerners of the Metro never want to leave. It's a trove of good eats. Trust us, we've only listed 10—so far.
Test Kitchen Caffé
With all the restaurants serving comfort food so evolved to be barely unrecognizable, Test Kitchen Caffé shines for being straightforward but totally awesome. There are no gimmicks, just pure flavor.
Must-tries: Beef Short Ribs (P375), Liempochon (P225), Peri Peri Chicken (P195), Cherry Cheesecake (P150)
Test Kitchen Caffé is at B6L7 Tropical Avenue, BF Homes, Las Piñas City. Read more about Test Kitchen Caffé.
Fat Butchik’s is tucked away on the third floor of a nondescript building. This hidden restaurant on a roof deck offers pork belly smoked two hours for every pound. It's diligence that results into nothing but an honest-to-goodness taste party in your mouth. Chef Butch Adiviso uses his smoked meats to full effect, but even the items that never made it to the smoker are excellent.
Must-tries: Slow-smoked Pork Belly (P180 to P280), Bowl o’ White (P150), Barely A Cookie (150)
Fat Butchik’s is at 346 El Grande Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Fat Butchik’s.
Kantori Yakitori is all about fun dining. Conveniently located at the heart of busy food strip Aguirre Avenue, this chill restaurant is a dream for awesome Friday nights. Think of it as a hangout for you and your friends, with great food on skewers perfect for their amazing cocktails.
Must-tries: Tsukene (P58/stick), Shiro (P48/stick), Saikoro Beef Yakitori (P158/stick)
Kantori Yakitori is at 51 Unit D Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Kantori Yakitori.
Drive-by Taco Shop
When you're on Aguirre and you're craving tacos, drive by Drive-by Taco Shop. It's charmingly cramped, but thankfully, their Mexican snacks are quick and easy to enjoy. We love that the tortillas are homemade and corn-based, which creates a chewier, tastier canvas for their wonderful taco fillings.
Must-tries: Chicharones Taco (P125), Marv’s Goat Taco (P140), Shrimp and Steak Burrito (290)
Drive-by Taco Shop is at 167 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Drive-by Taco Shop.
Bread and Botany
This little shop might be all about sammies, but they're definitely not your childhood-lunch variety. Their chicken is made with love (literally, if you learn about the owners' story), and their gin-based drinks are all exciting. Bread and Botany’s menu is compact, but well-made. Their ingredients are all freshly prepared and creatively assembled.
Must-tries: Family Meal (P380), Mr. McEgg (P220), Tori Sando (P230)
Bread and Botany is at 2/F The Prime Building, Aguirre Avenue, Parañaque City. Read more about Bread and Botany.
This taqueria’s fun, unorthodox take on tacos will have you coming back again and again. Chef Mikel Zaguirre’s interpretation of this Mexican fare puts the spotlight on Tex-Mex-style hard shells, filling them up with fresh ingredients in exciting combinations. If you're a churro lover, then you'll love this place.
Must-tries: Shawarma (P170), Smoked Salmon (P190)
Taqueria 101 is at Doña Soledad Avenue, Better Living Village, Parañaque City. Read more about Taqueria 101.
Forget the semantics and focus on the flavors. Burger Geek is a nerd in the sense that everything is A-plus. We love how they cook their burgers. They use a smashing technique that's so precise, you're sure to get a crusty patty that's soft and succulent on the inside. That kind of stuff is what gets you on the honor roll.
Must-tries: The Hangover (P335), The Class President (P310), Umami Fried Chicken (P295)
Burger Geek is at Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Burger Geek.
The Smoking Joint
The former Knuckle Sandwich Station just converted themselves to a cool smoking joint—with a 4:20 p.m. opening time and many, many other puns. The meats are smoked meticulously for hours and The Smoking Joint knows how to show it off. It appears on nearly everything on the menu. The men behind this little restaurant have a lot of balls, too. When we found out that they were smoking ground meat for their burgers, we had to wonder what they were smoking.
Must-tries: Brisket (P190/100 grams), Ribs (P250 to P950)
The Smoking Joint is at 308 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about The Smoking Joint.
Just when you think you won’t find anything new amid all the sweet shops available, Milkbox pops up to offer you the Wonut. It's a marriage between waffles and donuts, and it is heavenly. This place really steps up their waffle game. They even turn the breakfast griddles into sundaes.
Must-tries: Pumpkin Spice Shake (P245), Tres Leches Waffle Sundae (P245/two scoops, P340/three scoops), Wonuts (P210)
Milkbox is at LG/F New Wing, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. Read more about Milkbox.
Sinigang by Orange Whisk offers nine different ways for you to enjoy this revered Filipino dish. Yes, nine (and counting!), but what else did you expect from a restaurant called Sinigang? But they're pretty good with other Filipino favorites. They even have an award-winning humba.
Must-tries: Sinigang na Salmon sa Libas (P325), Lechon Bagnet (P375)
Sinigang is at 162 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Read more about Sinigang.