10 New Restaurants You Need to Try This October

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!




Meet Rackshack: RACKS’ hip younger sibling. While this new ribs place boasts a more youthful vibe than its predecessor, you can still expect delicious ribs that meet the high standards RACKS’ has set in their more than 10 years in the food scene. Barbecue nights are more fun with their five different kinds of sauces, from the original Mother Sauce to an Asian-inspired Hoisin, which you can also mix and match.


Rackshack is at 5/F SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City.


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Kko Kko Home

After opening Korean fried chicken place Kko Kko a year ago, Grace Lee expands to Kapitolyo with a new concept: Kko Kko Home. This branch is special because it also serves as a test kitchen for the rest of their stores. So, aside from their signature Chicken Cheese Fondue and Yang Nyum, expect surprises and specials made from Grace and her mom's own home recipes that you might not be able to find in their other stores.


Kko Kko Home is at 67 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.


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Café Enye

For Spanish cuisine with a twist, head to Café Enye, which just opened a new branch in Bonifacio Global City. Chef Claudia Schulze showcases a menu of what she calls colonial-Spanish cuisine, taking inspiration from the countries Spain either conquered or traded with. The results are new takes on classics like a Morrocan-Style Paella or the mouthwatering Cochinillo a la Casa.

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Mezzanine Floor, Citi Plaza, 34th Street, Bonifacio Global City.


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Highlands Bistro

Highlands Bistro may have revamped their menu, but their steak continues to be one of the best in Pasig City. Even so, Chef John Kingston doesn’t want to be known only for his steak, and everything else on the menu is worthy of the spotlight, too, like their Baked Oysters Rockefeller or Seared Tuna with Black Sesame Coating. But if you’re really just here for your protein, go all out and get the Highlands Mixed Meat Sampler, a selection of chicken kebab, prime rib, and pork chops.


Highlands Bistro is at G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City.


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Mitasu Yakiniku

You’re already familiar with Korean barbecue, thanks to all the new places popping up one after the other. Perhaps it’s time you tried a different kind of Asian barbecue. Mitasu Yakiniku offers Japanese yakiniku on a charcoal grill, creating a subtle smoky flavor that pairs well with the sweet-spicy yakiniku dipping sauce. For the best of everything, treat yourself to the Premium Assorted BBQ Set, which will get you premium cuts of beef like hanging tender, Australian wagyu striploin, and Kalbi rib-eye.


Mitasu Charcoal Yakiniku is at 785 Banawe Street, Quezon City.


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Kiss The Tiramisu

Gone are the days when you had to choose between cake or ice cream, because Kiss The Tiramisu masterfully blends both in one decadent dessert. This ice cream spot in South Korea continues to draw crowds even after two years and several international branches, and it isn’t hard to see why. Their Original Tiramisu is the classic cake-in-ice-cream form, with vanilla soft-serve, mocha and chocolate cookie crumbs, dark chocolate shavings, and the best part: A layer of creamy mascarpone cheese.



Kiss The Tiramisu is at Three Central, Valero Street, Makati City.


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YDG Coffee

This café’s name means “Your Daily Grind,”—apt, because not only do they grind their coffee fresh every day, you’ll want to bring your daily grind here, too. While you’ll come for their excellent coffee (the team learned the ropes from the baristas of El Union Coffee), the food will convince you to return over and over again. After all, how can you stay away from their Grilled Cheese Sandwich, cheesy and buttery with three kinds of cheese oozing out from sourdough bread? This laid-back and spacious café also has fast WiFi, so you can make this your second office away from your stuffy work cubicle (your “coffice,” if you will).


YDG Coffee is at Mandala Park, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.


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GILT Burger

Don’t expect your usual cheeseburger at this hole-in-the-wall in Makati. At this burger joint, owners Gian Reyes and Alexa Arce play around with out-of-the-box flavor combinations inspired by their own experiences. Think Mi Goreng-breaded chicken fillet patties, beer-infused cheese, or an indulgent burger with truffle-and-caviar mayonnaise.


GILT Burger is at 7615 Guijo Street, Makati City.


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Sushi Nori

Folks in BGC, you can now get fresh sushi rolls—fast—at Sushi Nori’s biggest location yet. Aside from their signature overloaded sushi and maki, they’ve also added Bento Boxes exclusive to W City Center, which you can get at their Express Lane. These trays, with a good mix of different kinds of sashimi, maki, and sushi, will give you the best of everything. If you can’t get enough of sushi, don't miss their unlimited sushi promo every Saturday only at this branch.


Sushi Nori is at G/F W City Center, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.



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This new concept from the group behind Taco Vengo is a taqueria on one side and neighborhood café on the other, because who says tacos and coffee can’t go together? Stray from your usual brew and have the Love, Rosie from Vengo Neighborhood Café—this iced espresso has boba and rose syrup for a drink that tastes like a coffee-and-tea fusion. Vengo has also expanded the menu to include Crunchy Tacos. Their Shiitake Mushroom Tostada is so sumptuous, you won’t even notice it’s meatless.


Vengo is at C. Palanca Jr. Street corner Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.


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