(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!
Griddle: Steaks X Chicken
What started as a side project to earn money for traveling became a full-time business for owners Cellina Santos and Jan Wesley Samson. The goal of this eclectic and quirky restaurant is simple: Save your money and use it for traveling instead. Griddle serves flavor-packed steaks and chicken that won’t burn a hole through your wallet. The owners’ love for travel shows through posters, knickknacks, and the small often overlooked details, like napkins designed to look like passports.
Griddle: Steaks X Chicken is at 106B Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Naxional South American Diner
Take a gastronomic trip around South America with Naxional’s Latin-American dishes. It’s difficult to decide which dish to order first, whether it’s the Steak Elote (P759), shredded corn with sirloin steak, Tajin spice, and seared asparagus, the Caldo Verde (P195), chicken potato soup with spinach and picnic fires, or the Tarte Tenación (P175) which features a flaky dough filled with caramelized fried plantains, then served á la mode. It doesn’t matter anyway, whichever dish you choose will leave you with empty plates, a full belly, and a desire to come back for more.
Naxional South American Diner is at 2/F Uptown Parade, 38th Street corner 9th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio.
Each dish at Botejyu is curated to feature authentic Japanese flavors. The restaurant boasts an extensive menu that represents various prefectures in Japan, like takoyaki, gyoza, spring rolls, ramen, and okonomiyaki. Botejyu is a one-stop shop for all your Japanese food cravings.
Botejyu is at G/F North Wing, Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
If you want to revisit Old Manila, Braska is the way to go. This contemporary restaurant offers innovative takes on classic Filipino dishes such as Tropical Waffles (P225) and Longganisa Meatballs (P325). Their stone-colored walls and wood planks give off a warm, inviting vibe that sets the mood for a relaxing afternoon with a good meal.
Braska is at 1669 Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila.
Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining
There's no shortage of Chinese restaurants in Manila, so it’s a big challenge to stand out—but Xiu does it with ease. With delicately painted walls and intricate chandeliers, this restaurant lives up to the expectations of even the most hard-to-please Chinese grandparents. Xiu exudes quiet elegance, but it still knows how to surprise you with dishes like the Baked Stuffed Sea Conch (P480), Baked Tiger Lobster with Cheese (market price), or the Longevity Balls (P28/piece).
Xiu Fine Cantonese Dining is at Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City.
Tilde Hand Craft Café
Tucked away in a quiet corner of Poblacion, Tilde Hand Craft Café is a modest, unasumming restaurant that specializes in making everything from scratch—by hand. Try the Tilde Sourdough Bread, a soft, chewy, and slightly tangy loaf that pairs well with homemade sweet orange marmalade or jackfruit jam. The Bacon Bolgnese and Kimchi Reuben are also standouts.
Tilde Hand Craft Café is at 5417 G/F EWC Building, Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati.
Caravan Black Coffee
Coffee junkies are always on the hunt for new cafés to visit, and Caravan Black Coffee offers just that. It’s a third-wave coffee shop that serves top-notch brews including Long Blacks (P110 to P120), Flat White (P145), and Iced Caravan Mocha (P160). They calibrate their coffee machines constantly, so the flavors remain consistent every time you visit.
Caravan Black Coffee is at G/F Net Park, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Your Local's Chef Nicco Santos does it again with his latest venture—Hey Handsome. Situated in the heart of BGC, Hey Handsome is a welcome and homey escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life with its sleek, industrial interior. Their menu is concise but nothing short of impressive, with dishes like Laap Phet, minced duck, fresh herbs, and khao man, Buah Keluak, lamb shanks bathed in a sweet sauce, and the Nasi Lemak, a silky and luscious sea bass.
Hey Handsome is at G/F Net Park, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.
Namoo House Premium Korean Barbecue
Namoo House operates on a three-fold commitment to their customers: Menu, design, and service. They offer quite an extensive menu of Korean dishes, including Aged USDA Prime Striploin (P795/100 grams), Kurobuta Pork Belly (P595/150 grams), and Stone Bowl Bibimbap (P395). With a contemporary and industrial design, this restaurant gives a warm, no-nonsense dining experience that’s all about authentic, premium, and delicious Korean food.
Namoo House Premium Korean Barbecue is at Uptown Parade, 38th Street corner 11th Avenue, Uptown Bonifacio.
China Blue by Jereme Leung
Chef Jereme Leung, pioneer of Jereme Leung Concepts Limited J.L., partnered with Conrad Manila to bring new Chinese flavors to the country through China Blue by Jereme Leung. The restaurant itself elevates your dining experience with a gorgeous ocean view, plush interiors, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Their House Specialty Steamed Truffle Mushroom Buns (P260) are a must-try.
China Blue by Jereme Leung is at 3/F Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.