10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This May
The latest places to check out in Manila.
(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!
Drive towards the deep south for a taste of delicious American and Filipino dishes. Chef Bryan Francisco makes the trip to Tropical Avenue (F.Y.I., this is much, much farther than the established Aguirre neighborhood) worth it. He describes his menu as "inspired comfort food" and though it may not look like much, his attention to detail is impressive. Everything is familiar, but is done amazingly.
Kapeng Mainit is at Tropical Avenue, BF International Village, Las Piñas City. Read more about Kapeng Mainit.
America's favorite steakhouse is now in Manila and we can't stop eating their...bread. This complimentary appetizer gives you a glimpse of what Texas Roadhouse is all about. Batches are baked every five minutes to ensure that every basket is full of hot, fluffy, buttery rolls. You can see this dedication in every dish on the menu. The steaks are hand-cut to guarantee a standard quality every time.
Texas Roadhouse is at Uptown Place Mall, Uptown Bonifacio. Read more about Texas Roadhouse.
KANDLE is shorthand for siblings Khryss, Don, King, Leslie, and Eli Ong, owners of this newly opened third-wave coffee shop and restaurant. Two of them are chefs, all of them coffee enthusiasts. The fact that their family owned an empty lot in a foodie neighborhood was just the last piece of the puzzle. Because the Ongs want to control the flavors of their dishes, nearly everything is made in-house. The rustic-industrial setting is thematic of their culinary style, which is comfort food with innovation.
KANDLE Café is at 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about KANDLE Café.
The Bookyard Café
This is what happens when two teachers decide to think outside the box. Owners Kenneth Orallo and Danj Valderueda just graduated from college and they realized that learning doesn't have to be limited to the classroom. So, with snacks and refreshments (named after literary characters and authors), they're encouraging the art of reading. The Bookyard Café is a library-slash-eatery set like a whimsical backyard.
The Bookyard Café is at G3 The Garden Heights Condominium, 269 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City. Read more about The Bookyard Café.
Sandwiches are back. Well, at least cheesesteaks are. Joe's Cheesesteak was something of an '80s Reposo favorite, but owner Grace Magalona shut it down in 1997 to focus on raising her family. Now, it has reopened, rechristened as "Joe's Cheesesteak" after her husband. With only one item on the menu, this restaurant is more of a grab-and-go. It's definitely a great option for students in the area rushing for a good meal in between classes.
Joe's Cheesesteak is at Katipunan Avenue corner B. Gonzales Street, Quezon City. Read more about Joe's Cheesesteak.
You can't pronounce the name of this restaurant without yelling. More than that exclamation point, we love the triumphant flavors the kitchen creates. Empingao! leans towards Latin-American food, so they're a great resource for tacos, ceviches, Cubanos, and empanadas. In true Chef Mikel Zaguirre fashion, he doesn't bind himself to rules of authenticity. He's all about building the most effective flavor combinations possible.
Empingao! is at P. Burgos Street corner San Lucas Street, Poblacion, Makati City. Read more about Empingao!.
Lo de Alberto
This open-air eatery opts for reliable Mexican grub. Mexican chef Balam Nazar moved to the Philippines in late 2015 to offer his brand of tacos, quesadillas, and burritos to the country. He makes adjustments for the local palate, but he also keeps the flavors of his fillings natural and light. According to him, it's all about sauces in Mexico, and boy, are freshly made condiments so ridiculously tasty. He should sell them by the bottle.
Lo de Alberto is at City Golf, Julia Vargas Avenue, Pasig City. Read more about Lo de Alberto.
Westwood is another food park alum that has set up a brick-and-mortar shop on Maginhawa Street. Russell Mae Canlapan owns the very popular Magpie Café at StrEAT Food Park, but this time, she's channeling the quirky and diverse cuisine of Los Angeles. Think sushi and burrito hybrids, snowy chicken, and fun ice cream inventions.
Westwood is at 80 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City. Read more about Westwood.
The non-descript white building next to a car wash doesn't give much away, but maybe Toast Manila is aiming for surprise. Inside, it's an exquisite picture of patterned white wallpaper and beautiful breakfast sets. Early-morning fare is owner Riz Villanueva's specialty and because she had her start cooking for kids in their family-owned school, she makes sure her dishes are appealing to everybody.
Toast Manila is at 135 Hoover Street corner Argonne Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City. Read more about Toast Manila.
This gorgeous café may be late in the churro game, but it knows how to come in swinging. La Maripili takes the lead when it comes to ambience. Owner Nuki Balaguer had the place designed to be reminiscent of her time in Spain, and while Spanish food is the primary inspiration, she localizes it by using Philippine ingredients. In her "toast" menu, she makes sure to fuse the two cultures together.
La Maripili is at Alabang Town Center Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Read more about La Maripili.