10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This January
New picks for your eats list this month
(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!
Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza
Celebrity baker Dean Brettschneider finally brought his sibling restaurants, Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza to Manila early this month. The two share more than just a space at S Maison: Plank gets their sourdough from Baker & Cook, resulting in pizza crusts that are chewy with a delicious tang. Baker & Cook also showcases Dean’s “new world baking,” where he brings together pastries and bread from all over the world, like English Lemon Drizzle and French Mille-Feuille.
Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza is at 1/F S Maison at the Conrad, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Stockwell Cafe + Lounge
This cozy café in Tomas Morato offers a line of high-quality beans plus six different kinds of alternative brewing techniques to choose from. Their friendly baristas are also eager to help out anyone curious about coffee, with owner Sherwin Choy planning coffee appreciation classes in the future. For now, enjoy their Stockwell 50/50, a creamy concoction with a bold chocolate-like kick. Pair it with the hefty Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, Stockwell’s “deconstructed and reconstructed” version of buffalo wings.
Stockwell Cafe + Lounge is at 61 Scout Tobias corner Scout Rallos Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
While tempura is one of the most popular Japanese dishes for Filipinos, not many are aware of its donburi counterpart, the tendon. A great place to introduce yourself to the dish is at Tendon Akimitsu, which just opened its third branch at the new Ayala Malls The 30th (alongside sister restaurant Ramen Nagi). Here, the tempura is less crispy that what you may be accustomed to—but never to the point of sogginess. The breaded prawns are covered with a sweet sauce that will be familiar to katsu fans and placed atop steaming hot rice. Overall, it's a new dining experience that Japanese food enthusiasts should try.
Tendon Akimitsu is at G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, 30 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.
Everything at Common Folk in White Plains spells comfort. While the drinks can be enjoyed iced, they are best when warm and served in pastel ceramic mugs. The Latte is creamy and mildly sweet—drinking it is almost like receiving a warm hug. But if there’s anything we would come back for, it’s the satisfying Say Cheese. It's a warm puddle of melted cheese oozing out between two slices of panini-pressed bread, then served with a tart tomato soup which cuts through the richness.
Common Folk is at 79 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City.
Jin Joo Korean Grill
If you love playing with your food, Jin Joo Korean Grill is perfect for you. The restaurant encourages DIY fun, from grilling your own samgyeopsal to melting your own cheese for the Cheese Dung Galbi. The food at Jin Joo is casual Korean with a twist, like their best-selling Jin Joo’s 8 Flavours or pork belly marinated with, you guessed it, eight different flavors (think Curry or Honey Garlic).
Jin Joo Korean Grill is at 5/F SM Aura Premier, C5 Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo
Tsukada Nojo’s bijin nabe or “beauty hotpot” became one of the hottest food trends in Singapore when they first opened a branch there, and now you can get in on the hype with their new branch at S Maison, Pasay City. The broth for the hotpot is made from melted collagen, which is extracted from premium Jidori chicken. The result is soup that is hearty and filled with a rich poultry flavor—with the beauty benefits of collagen!
Bijin Nabe by Tsukada Nojo is at 2/F S Maison at the Conrad, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Entering Buku-Buku Kafe's new branch at SM Southmall is like stepping inside another dimension. Their whimsical interiors, such as the grand book chandelier of books and light bulbs, will blow your mind. The restaurant is a reading nook, coffee shop, and dining destination rolled into one. Fill your mind and belly with books from the owners’ personal collection and delicious comfort food like the Triple Cooked Chicken Wings, perfectly crunchy and served with a tasty garlic parmesan Sriracha aioli.
Buku-Buke Kafe is at UG/F SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Piñas City.
Chef Kel Zaguirre of Locavore fame lets his creativity run wild again, this time with poke bowls. There’s no room for purists at Poke Poke—only adventurous food enthusiasts, who are the best bunch, anyway. It might seem like the menu's been haphazardly put together—with everything from unagi and fried chicken skin to steak cubes and white truffle oil—but each of the pre-assembled Signatures has the restraint and delicate balance of flavors that a good poke bowl should possess. Poke Poke also has a DIY bar, where you can create the most outrageous combinations.
Poke Poke is at LG/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City.
Man Ho at Marriott Manila
Chef Wei Wing Law uses only the freshest ingredients at Man Ho, even going out of his way to handpick them at the crack of dawn. The trouble is worth it, especially when it results in dishes like the Beef Fillet with Black Pepper Sauce, a favorite of Marriott executives, or the Radish, which looks like a simple steamed radish and yet tastes deliciously novel. You won’t look at Chinese food the same way again after having this feast.
Man Ho is at Marriott West Wing, Marriott Hotel Manila, 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay City.
House of Joe
Whether you’re a beer fan or just a casual drinker, House of Joe deserves a visit on your next Poblacion food crawl. The "true home" of craft beer, Joe’s Brew, has six different beers to choose from, all with their own distinct flavor profile. You can sample them all with the Beer Flight—just make sure you have a designated driver. Plus, you can pair your bottle with tasty grub from their neighbor, Holy Smokes.
House of Joe is at 5834 Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati City.