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Chef du Partie

Chef du Partie (G/F Power Plant Mall, Makati City, Manila) – this trendy restaurant, managed by a well-traveled trio of female chefs/restaurateurs, serves well-regarded dishes such as Truffle Macherroni (Macherroni with white truffle paste, cream, grana padano, and parma ham), Black Stew (Baby squid with chorizo, tinta, aioli, and sliced Italian bread), Maine Lobster Vongole […]

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Café Juanita

Café Juanita (19 West Capitol Drive, Pasig City, Metro Manila) – this restaurant specializes in Filipino home cooking. Among the dishes served here are pork adobo, angel-hair pasta with aligue (crab fat) sauce, and deep-fried asohos (whiting) and laing (taro leaves in coconut milk). The detailed interior décor makes diners feel as though they’re eating […]

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Blackbird

Blackbird (Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, Manila) – this Art Deco-themed restaurant, located in the affluent Makati business district, was once the control tower of the old Manila Int’l Air Terminal back in the 1930s & 1940s. Nowadays, this restaurant serves a variety of European-inspired dishes. Recommended items include Cheddar & Zucchini Brioche, and […]

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Black Sheep

Black Sheep (The Penthouse, W Fifth Avenue, 32nd Street, corner 5th, Bonifacio Global City, Manila) – this is another gourmet restaurant located in a luxury skyscraper. This restaurant has a constantly changing menu – still, this doesn’t prevent well-heeled diners from showing up here. This restaurant is better-known for its selection of over 120 single […]

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Bistro Pamana

Bistro Pamana (G/F Greenbelt Mansion, 109 Perea Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Manila) — this trendy restaurant provides a selection of Filipino dishes, such as Salmon Belly sa Sampalokat Pinya, Humba (pork belly served with steamed & friend mantao), Crispy Baby Pusit (breaded & friend baby calamari sautéed in green chili and garlic), and Sizzling […]

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Bamba Bistro

Bamba Bistro (55 Aguirre Avenue, corner Arsenio Luz Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City, Manila) – this restaurant (with yuppie-friendly décor) has a variety of interesting, tasty dishes — ranging from the Steak ala Manila (marinated tender steak with scrambled eggs, truffle oil, and fried rice), Le Cochon Sliders (sliders of crispy pork belly with friend […]

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Bag O’Shrimps

Bag O’Shrimps (Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Road, Taguig City, Manila) – for those in the mood for seafood, this California-influenced, harbor-themed restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Diners can choose between fresh clams, mussels, crab, and of course shrimp. A variety of sauces is also available.

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Apartamento 1B

Apartment 1B (132 L.P. Leviste Corner Sedeno Streets, Salcedo Village, Sedeño, Makati, Metro Manila) – located just walking distance from the Salcedo Market, this two-level restaurant serves various local dishes. The Puree of Squash & Ginger, Baked Samosas (with mushrooms, spinach & cheese), the beef lasagna, and White Toblerone Cheesecake dessert are among the highly […]

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71 Gramercy

71 Gramercy (71/F Gramercy Residences, Century City, Kalayaan Avenue, corner Salamanca Street, Makati City, Manila) – this New York-style restaurant (and club) is located at a glamorous spot in Manila: the 71st floor of the city’s highest residential skyscraper: the Gramercy Residences. Along with the restaurant, there is also an outside roof deck terrace with […]

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Car Rental

Car Rental – due to the chaotic traffic in Manila, experienced visitors there usually advise first-time travelers not to rent a car (at lease if they’re simply trying to get around Manila). However, if one intends on traveling outside of Manila at some point, then a rental car many be handy after all. Here are […]