10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This May

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!




This new restaurant at Katipunan serves straight-up homestyle dishes that are guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Nono's is the brainchild of Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto, who's also known as the mastermind behind pastry shop Classic Confections. Their Pepito's Steak Sliders is a must-try. According to Chef Baba, this protein-laden snack was named after her grandfather. Talk about nostalgia!


Nono's is at G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.


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Matcha fanatics, say hello to this new dessert place called Tsujiri. Although the Japanese brand has been around for more than a hundred years, it is only now that Filipinos will get to taste their many matcha-based sundaes and sweets. Their Citronne Matcha Cake is one for the books, where matcha cream is found between two layers of green, earthy-flavored chiffon. A zesty calamansi glaze is then used to bind the whole thing together.


Tsujiri is at 2/F S Maison at the Conrad, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.


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Wicked Dogs

Wicked Dogs was once only a small neighborhood restaurant at BF Homes. Now, it has expanded to another neighborhood: Poblacion. This new branch flaunts a new, edgier look to match Makati's lively city vibe, apart from adding fresh items to their menu. Wicked Dogs' extensive booze list is also another reason to visit and bring your friends!



Wicked Dogs is at 2/F Lokal Hostel, 5769 Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati City.


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Bodega Kitchen & Bar

When Bodega Kitchen & Bar opened their doors to the public, no one knew what to expect. And this resto-bar does not, in any way, look like a warehouse, unlike many people's expectations. One thing is certain, though: Bodega serves non-traditional Filipino fare that will tickle anyone's fancy and challenge your diets. Take, for example, their Jogging Bukas, which is a platter of artery-clogging bagnet, crispy pata, and chicharon bulaklak.


Bodega Kitchen & Bar is at G/F Two Central, 109 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.


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La Coctelera

A cocktail is never "too early" at La Coctelera. This hidden bar (although, technically, not a speakeasy because of its signage) is located on the second floor of Rambla, one of Rockwell's most loved restaurants. Sample a wide assortment of handcrafted alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages made by expert mixologists. Their traditional tapas and bar chows are also worth a try!


La Coctelera is at 2/F Rambla, Joya Building, Joya Drive, Rockwell, Makati City.


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Palm Grill

Palm Grill is more than just a restaurant, says co-founder Miguel Moreno. It is, rather, a celebration of everything good in life, including family. And a juicy fried chicken. Found in Tomas Morato, this new eatery specializes in chicken-based dishes whose recipes have been passed down to generations. Don't leave without sampling Oswalda's Fried, a subtly sweet breaded chicken that's deep-fried to a crisp.


Palm Grill is at 175 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Castor Street, Diliman, Quezon City.



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Papi Chulo's

Here's another Mexican restaurant to satisfy your Mexican food obsession. Papi Chulo's is the latest taqueria to open in the South. Their eclectic interiors evoke a vibrant and young atmosphere, something most Mexican joints are known for. Their Chorizo Burrito is a new take on the classic rice-centric dish where they use Filipino-style chorizo, refried beans, potato sticks, and lots of sharp cheddar. 


Papi Chulo's is at 256 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City.


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Poultry Stack

Apart from Café Ysabel, the Gonzalezes have added yet another restaurant under their name. Tucked away at Scout Tuazon Street in Quezon City, Poultry Stack is a cheerful-looking restaurant that serves no-frills food that doesn't only focus on chicken dishes (contrary to their title). An example of a crowd favorite is their calamansi cheesecake, which is made up of a generous layer of citrusy gelatin and spun sugar atop a brown butter cheesecake.


Poultry Stack is at 24-C Scout Tuazon Street, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.


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Mulberry Door

Mulberry Doory is the newest concept of Trish Panlilio, otherwise known as the creator of The Gourmand Market and custom catering services, nawwTy's Kitchen. This restaurant at Burgos Circle is nothing short of elegant, with fresh flowers laid on the table and quaint trinkets spread all over. This sophistication also reflects on the food they serve, which gives a luxe twist to ordinary favorites. 


Mulberry Door is at 26th Street, G/F 8 Forbestown Center, Burgos Circle.



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Bluesmith Coffee

If you want a good caffeine fix, look no further. Bluesmith Coffee offers espresso beverages that are sure to give you that kick you need when you're in a slump. This industrial-inspired café also has waffles, pasta, and rice dishes to fit your every mood!


Bluesmith Coffee has branches at MJ Plaza, 2310 Chino Roces Avenue, Magallanes, Makati City; and Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City.


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