10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This August

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!



Lan Kwai Speakeasy

Quezon City is home to a lot of food destinations for your every craving: Want steak? They have it. How about ice cream? Yes. Amazingly cheap cocktails with great bar chow? Say hello to Lan Kwai Speakeasy. Only a few steps away from Katipunan Avenue, keep your eyes peeled for this hidden establishment with a bright red neon sign sitting across a 7-Eleven


Lan Kwai Speakeasy is at 42 Esteban Abada Street, Quezon City.


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Nha Em

Vietnamese food has been gaining ground these past years, with banh mi stalls popping up here and there, as well as the increasing ubiquity of pho and Vietnamese coffee. Now, you don't have to go to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh to sample traditional Vietnamese fare because Nha Em's menu is filled with an assortment of the country's classic dishes. A must-try is the Banh Xeo, a thin and savory crepe-like street food usually eaten with fresh mustard leaves.


Nha Em is at 5/F Sky Park, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.


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Marugame Udon

Move over, ramen, because udon is finally taking the spotlight. Think of udon as ramen's distant cousin, with thicker and softer noodles that are just as good swimming in a rich broth as it is stir-fried. Located in Bonifacio Global City, Marugame Udon will leave you wanting more of their chewy noodles that are freshly made from scratch.



Marugame Udon is at B7 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.


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Krispy Tomato Brick Oven Pizza

Veering away from traditional pizza flavors like cheese and pepperoni is Krispy Tomato Brick Oven Pizza. This little neighborhood joint in Quezon City is making unusual flavor combinations like blueberry, ricotta, and bacon happen. We won't be surprised if it actually takes off because why not? It's every bit comforting and familiar, with the perfect balance of sweet and salty to satisfy even the pickiest palate.


Krispy Tomato Brick Oven Pizza is at 318 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.


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Persephone - A Seasonal Kitchen 

This vibrant new restaurant along Jupiter Street will make you want to snap photos all-day long. Their murals are as colorful and animated as their well-executed dishes. Take, for one, their Tapsilog, which might sound ordinary by name. But one look and you might end up staring at it for a good few seconds. Made with kimchi, poached egg, flavorful beef strips, and different-colored veggies, this tapsilog may actually pass off as a local bibimbap.


Persephone - A Seasonal Kitchen is at 120 Jupiter Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City.


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Aruga Café

Add Aruga Café to your roster of restaurants to try in Makati. Found in the lobby of Aruga by Rockwell, this restaurant makes for a perfect hideaway if you want to be alone, or a nice place for intimate meet-ups with friends. Helmed by Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara of Mesclun fame, Aruga Café will give you a memorable experience of good food and a welcoming atmosphere.



Aruga Café is at G/F Aruga by Rockwell, Waterfront Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City.


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Who would be crazy enough to put a scoop of gelato on their salad? Well, if you're talking about that kind of crazy, then allow us to introduce you to Gelatofix. This restaurant chain from Cambodia is taking the Metro by storm with their creative menu items, from sushi-shaped frozen dessert to their towering Magic Boxx, a savory-sweet confection made of bread, fruits, and gelato.


Gelatofix is at G/F BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner 30th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.


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Epilogue at S Maison gives a luxurious twist to everyone’s all-time favorites. The star of the show is the Maestro, where a generous portion of foie gras sits atop a perfectly cooked sous-vide prime Angus tenderloin steak. It is, indeed, a masterpiece—one you’ll look forward to every time you’re here because it is that good.


Epilogue is at G/F S Maison at Conrad Manila, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.


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If you’re stuck in the city and hankering for traditional Filipino food, Damiana’s at Legazpi Village may just be the solution to all your cravings. Their Makati branch (the original is at Boracay) looks like a well-kept ancestral home, with family photos pinned on walls, as well as chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. One essential dish you can’t miss is the Tinolang Manok, which sounds simple but it’s really a complex dish where the natural flavors of the vegetables and chicken broth come together to provide that savory familiarity with every spoonful.



Damiana's is at 110 C. Palanca Jr. Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.


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Pizza Studio

Go to Pizza Studio in Uptown Bonifacio if you’re feeling experimental. This pizza franchise from Los Angeles, U.S.A. caters to the Filipino palate, and they aren’t afraid to be very creative with their toppings. The Sisig Pizza is what you imagine it to be—savory sisig bits laying on a bed of a cheesy crisp pizza crust, with drizzles of mayonnaise and surprising hints of zesty calamansi flavor.


Pizza Studio is at G/F Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio.


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