Southern Comfort: 8 Restaurants Worth a Visit in Parañaque and AlabangJanuary 24, 2014
Lately, it seems like the area in and around Parañaque and Alabang has been a hotbed for lots of fresh and trendy food-related developments. “Have you tried the sushi in that new place in BF?” or “Man, that ramen place in Molito has got my girlfriend hooked!” are the kind of ice-breakers that have dominated the dinner table conversations of me and my friends. It’s clear that the South’s been doing a good job of luring more and more Metro Manileños to the area. Here are 8 reasons why I think they’ve been doing so well.
1. Ramen Yushoken (Ramen)
Location: Molito, Alabang
Ramen Yushoken’s menu proudly declares that all their ramen recipes are taken straight from Koji Tashiro, a champion in the craft of ramen and son of Japanese Ramen God, Kazuo Yamagishi. Literally translated as “Champion House,” Yushoken strictly follows a no take-outs rule. You’ve got no choice but to finish your entire bowl of ramen right in the restaurant.
2. Sensei Sushi (Japanese Fusion)
Location: 268 Aguirre Avenue, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
Chef Bruce Ricketts is the culinary mastermind behind Sensei Sushi, a cozy hole-in-a-wall between a Korean grocery and a Thai massage place. Its specialty? Japanese fusion cuisine with playful takes on your typical nigiri as well as other Japanese staples.
3. The Girl + The Bull (Comfort Food)
Location: 346 Aguirre Avenue, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
Another newcomer on Aguirre Street, The Girl + The Bull serves a wide array of familiar comfort food such as Buttermilk Fried Chicken, dangerously beefy burgers, salads with bacon, Cider-Spiced Whiskeys, and many more.
4. Magnum Opus Fine Coffee Gallery (Coffee)
Location: 115 Aguirre Avenue, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
Joining the throng of third-wave coffee shops popping up all over the Metro is Magnum Opus Fine Coffee Gallery. Known for its Belgian Heartbreaker, this coffee shop provides specially-crafted brews (made from meticulously-curated beans) for those who’d like a more classic take on their favorite caffeinated beverage.
5. The Black Pig (Charcuterie, Bar, and Restaurant)
Location: 2/F The Commercenter Alabang, Filinvest
The Black Pig is a gift for those looking for a bar that serves international craft beer on tap. Chef Carlos Garcia’s charcuterie and meal offerings make this an ideal place to chill after a long day at work or school before heading home. We’ve featured The Black Pig before on Pepper, which you can read all about here.
6. Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar (Fine Dining)
Location: Unit A-206, Westgate Center, Alabang
If you’re on the hunt for a special dinner date place, or if you simply want to unwind with friends and family with a bit of bubbly, Caviar, with its spacious lounge-like interior, just might be the perfect place for you. With Valentine’s just around the corner, you can expect tables to be hard to find come the 14th. If you’re interested in the place, you better make your reservations soon.
7. Mama Lou’s (Italian)
Location: Block 1 Lot 36 Tropical Avenue corner Palace Street, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
Driving to Mama Lou’s requires a keen eye since this home-style Italian restaurant is easily missed if you’re not familiar with the area. Known to serve up a more authentic kind of Italian cuisine, Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen has long been a favorite of hungry diners looking for a good Italian fix.
8. Bono Tei (Japanese)
Location: 333 El Grande St. Cor. Jakarta Street, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
One of the mainstays in B.F. Homes, Bono Tei is best known for their gyoza and sushi. However, they also serve a wide range of other traditional Japanese dishes. Their Yosenabe hotpot in particular is a frequent order for seafood lovers among their regular customers.