Back in the day a typical restaurant fare in Manila usually consists of either Chinese, American, Italian, or Filipino food. However, with the sudden boom of food culture in the Philippines, you can find a ton of restaurants serving different types of food from all over the globe. Here are some of the best ones:
People’s Palace Makati offers one of the best dining experiences when it comes to modern Thai cuisine. Their Pad Thai and Pork Satay are absolutely delectable, and their selection of desserts include Mango Sticky Rice and Coconut Ice Cream. They also have an al fresco dining area where guests can lounge around while drinking cocktails. It might be a bit pricey, but it’s well worth the expense. People’s Palace is located at Greenbelt 3, Ayala Centre, Makati City.
For those looking for a unique Filipino experience, Naimas is the way to go. Located at Amorsolo cor. Rufino Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Naimas offers a plethora of Northern Philippine (Ilocano) dishes. A must try would be the Bagnet or a deep fried crispy pork belly, and the Tapang Baboy Ramo, or cured wild pork.
Now, if you’re looking for a classical Italian dining experience, Carpaccio Ristorante Italiano located at 7431, Yakal Street in Makati has exactly what you need. While a bit on the pricey side, the food totally speaks for itself. A must try would be the Saffron Risotto as well as the Carpaccio Alla Cipriani, and of course their pizza. They also have a wide selection of wines that you can choose from. Definitely a go-to place if you love Italian food.
If Chinese food is more to your taste, then an interesting place to go to would be Kwong’s Provisions at Hole in the Wall Makati. Hole in the Wall is a food hall in Century City Mall that offers a lot of different cuisines to choose from at a relatively affordable price. Kwong’s Provisions serves Chinese street food inspired by the food served in San Francisco’s Mission Street. Their Soft Shell Po’boy is a must try, same with their Braised Short Ribs Rice Bowl.
If you’ve got a hankering for Australian Surf and Turf, then Bondi and Bourke should be on top of your list. Located at Cattleya Condominium in Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Bondi and Bourke serves top quality Australian seafood and meat served in a simple way. Their ribeye steaks are a must-try, along with their mussel and oyster selection.
Ooma is a modern Japanese restaurant and rice bar located at Rockwell Edades & Garden Villas, Amorsolo Dr., Rockwell, Makati. They have an amazing selection of sushi as well as rice bowls. Their must-tries include the Tempura Soft-Shell Crab Maki, the Hanger Steak, and the Uni Udon.
For those looking for something new, then Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking is right up your alley. It’s located at Crossroads Bldg., 32nd St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, and is about a 20-30 minute drive if you’re coming from Greenbelt in Makati. Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking serves Eastern European cuisine, which is pretty unique in the Philippines. Their Stuffed Pjeskavica, which is a grilled serbian hamburger, and their chicken “Batak” are absolutely amazing, and will surely keep you coming back!
Latin American Street Food
If you have a hankering for Latin American street food, then look no further! Brasas in SM Jazz Mall, Makati has everything you need! Their Empanadas Latinas is absolutely amazing, and tender and delicious beef of their Caldo de Costillas will surely leave you wanting more. They also have refreshing cocktails if you’re in the mood for some alcohol (who isn’t?).
Korean food has also been slowly making its way throughout the food world, and there’s no better place to get it than Korea Garden Restaurant in Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati. They serve Korean staples such as Bibimbap, which is white rice topped with meat and vegetables, as well as Kalbi Chim, which is a Korean beef stew. Korea Garden Restaurant has been one of the mainstays when it comes to Korean food in the Philippines as they’ve been in business for over 41 years! They serve good quality Korean food at an affordable price, so be sure to check out their food.
Argentinian cuisine can be pretty hard to find in Metro Manila, but Gaucho in Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City can satisfy that fix. It’s about an hour’s drive from Makati, but the food is surely worth the travel! Their Guiso de Lentejas y Arroz which is a dish of roast beef slices with lentils and rice is just to die for. Another dish is the Cordero Entero a la Cruz, which is young lamb slow roasted in a fire pit inside the restaurant. If you’re interested in a unique dining experience, then Gaucho is perfect for you.
Middle Eastern Cuisine
Middle Eastern food in Manila is pretty easy to come by, but the really great ones that serve truly authentic Middle Eastern food are few and far between. Among these is Ziggurat, located in Sunette Tower Bldg., Durban St. cor. Makati Avenue. They serve a mix of Middle Eastern food, along with some Indian favorites. They have amazing Kebabs, and their Hummus is one of the best. When it comes to Middle Eastern favorites, then Ziggurat should be your go-to place.
Of course, Spanish cuisine is a mainstay in the Philippines. The Spanish occupation of the country lasted for more than 300 years, so Spanish food in the Philippines will surely be amazing. One of the best comes from Cirkulo Restaurant located at the ground floor of the Milkyway Building, Arnaiz Avenue Corner Paseo de Roxas, San Lorenzo, Makati City. While the food is a bit on the more expensive side of things, the amazing culinary experience is well worth the expense. Their Paella is cooked perfectly with delicious seafood, and no words can describe how good the beef belly ribs are. It’s a great place for dates, family dinners, and business meetings as the food and the restaurant leave a lasting impression.
German Cuisine and Bar
For those looking for German food, look no further than Brotzeit, located in Glorietta in Makati. They have a glorious selection of German Beers, and paired with their German sausages, it’s a match made in heaven! Their beers also pair amazingly well with their dishes, and it’s a welcome change from the usual fare that you’ll find in Manila.
La Creperie located at V. Corporate Center, Soliman St. Cor. H. V. Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati serves French food in a cafe setting. As with their namesake, they serve crepes, both sweet and savory, as well as great coffee. Their Churro Crepes and Angus Beef Crepe just taste magnificent and it’s a welcome change from the usual coffee spots that are all around Manila.
Of course, American Cuisine will surely make this list. One of the best ones is Bubba Gump, located conveniently in Greenbelt in Makati. Inspired by the film Forrest Gump, they serve a wide variety of shrimp dishes as well as American hamburgers and delicious milkshakes. If you’re looking for American food that’s made with great ingredients, then Bubba Gump has exactly what you need.
Japanese and Peruvian Food
For a really unique taste treat, you can head to Nikkei over in Frabelle Business Center, Unit GO3, 111 Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati. Nikkei serves a unique combination of Japanese and Peruvian food, and surprisingly, it’s very good! Must-haves would be the Salmon Nigiri and the Parmesan Scallops.
If you’re looking for a great Greek food experience, you can head on over to Cyma located at Greenbelt 2 in Makati. They serve good authentic Greek cuisine, and it’s basically a taste of Greece in the Philippines. Their Souvlaki and Lamb dishes are quite amazing, and of course, you can’t have a Greek meal without their Baklava!
The Old Swiss Inn located Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue Corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City serves authentic Swiss cuisine, and they also have great fondues! They have amazing Corned Beef Hash and Scrambled Eggs which is good at any time of the day, not just during breakfast. Their cheese fondues are delicious and their Raclette appetizer is just to die for! For desserts, they have a classic Toblerone fondue that’s made with 100% Toblerone chocolate. Really an amazing place that you should definitely visit.