Restaurants aren’t like movies where you bring them out into the world, and they stay the same after they outlive their maker. Restaurants change, and reviews go obsolete.

We still want to help people find nice places to eat, so this time around, we decided to just dump all our favorites onto one page. This list is biased towards our sort-of discerning tastebuds, so don’t expect laboratory objectivity.

Updates monthly, more useless categories on the horizon.

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Newcomers on Fire

Opened within 2017 and already widely discussed and popular

8 Treasures

Lower Level, Petron Station, EDSA corner Arnaiz Ave., Makati

An authentic Hong Kong Roast restaurant located in the unassuming Petron gas station on the corners of EDSA and Arnaiz Avenue. The restaurant features a chef from Hong Kong who has lived and worked in the Philippines for 20 years.

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Famry

Hole in the Wall, 4/F Century Mall, Kalayaan cor. Salamanca St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati

A stall in Hole in the Wall that offers home-cooked Taiwanese food with a fun twist. Famry has a short, fun menu that makes choosing what you want a breeze.

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Kazunori

2301 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

A Japanese café and restaurant concept that offers both Western-Japanese fusion like pastas and pizzas, and traditional Japanese like udon and tonkatsu.

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La Chinesca

248 Aguirre Ave. BF Homes, Parañaque

Chef Bruce Ricketts’ Mexican restaurant with East-Asian influences in BF Homes. They are best known for their tacos, and quality food at digestible prices.

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Panaderya Toyo

The Alley At Karrivin, 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

The new bakery from the much celebrated Toyo Eatery, with passionate breadmaker Richie Manapat at the helm. The bakery does not use store-bought yeast and all bread is made using traditionally fermented sourdough.

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Best Foreign Franchise

A restaurant chain originating from outside the Philippines

Coco Ichibanya

Level 1, Midtown Wing, Robinsons Place Manila (+5 locations)

A Japanese curry fast food chain hailing from Tokyo. CoCo Ichibanya is known for its playful and almost arcade-like atmosphere, their fast service, and consistent flavors.

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Nanbantei

3/F Greenbelt 3, Esperanza St., Ayala Center, Makati (+4 locations)

An international chain of Japanese Yakitori restaurants, that originated in Roponggi, Tokyo, and has locations in Singapore, Shanghai, and the Philippines. Nanbantei is a casual dining restaurant.

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Lugang Cafe

Level 1, Main Mall, South Arcade, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City (+6 locations)

Owned by the Bellagio Group of Shanghai & Beijing, Lugang Cafe is their first restaurant outside of China serving Taiwanese cuisine. The first Lugang Cafe opened in Shanghai in 2001, and Manila now is home to 7 Lugang branches.

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Ramen Nagi

Robinson’s Magnolia (+12 locations)

A chain from Tokyo that strays away from traditional ramen in favor of the modern and innovative.

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Din Tai Fung

G/F SM Megamall Fashion Hall Mandaluyong City (+2 locations)

A worldwide chain restaurant originating from Taiwan in the 50’s. With 119 branches in 14 countries, Din Tai Fung is best known for xiao long bao, and branches around the world are known for originating novel flavors.

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Food Court Masters

Great bang-for-buck eats from mall-chain food courts

De Original Jamaican Pattie Shop

De Original Jamaican Pattie Shop is a venture specializing in handheld, Jamaican-style savory meat pastries known as “Jamaican patties”. Stalls can be found across various mall food courts and cinema snack bars the nation over.

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Express Sincerity

Food Court, Lower Ground Level, Magnolia, Aurora Blvd. corner Doña M. Hemady St., New Manila, Quezon City

Express Sincerity is the food court version of Binondo institution Sincerity Restaurant, located at the Robinsons Magnolia food court. Like the original, they serve the noodles, hot dishes, and fried chicken that have come to be their bestsellers.

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Potato Corner

Various locations

Potato Corner is a homegrown franchise offering French fries and other fried potato treats, given a spin with seasoning options including Cheese, BBQ, and even Salted Caramel. In recent years they have started to expand to open outlets overseas.

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Bodhi

Food Court, Lower Ground Floor, Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

Bodhi is a fast food stall known for their Chinese-Filipino specialties such as adobo, pancit, asado, and the like—but with no animals harmed in the process. In place of the usual pork, beef, and/or chicken, Bodhi uses different kinds of mock meat.

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Falafel Yo

Level 4, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City

Falafel Yo is an Israeli joint located at the cinema of Greenbelt 3. As the name implies, they specialize in the Middle Eastern chickpea fritter dish known as falafel, which can be had in a wrap with different vegetables for munching on the go.

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Modern Classics

Less than 5 years old, but will become an institution

Bar Pintxos

: G/F Gesu Bldg, Don Jesus Blvd, Alabang Hills, Cupang, Muntinlupa (+1 location)

Bar Pintxos is a tapas bar specializing in different variations of pintxos as well as other Spanish creations. Owned by the same folks behind deli brand Tierra de Espana, the restaurant debuted in Alabang before opening a second branch in BGC.

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Manam Comfort Filipino

Various locations

Manam is a Filipino dining establishment owned by the Moment Group of Restaurants.
It specializes in traditional and modern interpretations of Filipino food with its two-part menu, where you’ll find both “Classics” and “Twists”.

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Victorino’s

114 Scout Rallos corner 11th Jamboree street, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Victorino’s is a restaurant specializing in Ilocano classics done true to tradition and using authentic Ilocano ingredients. Located at the heart of Quezon City, it also offers a full range of desserts care of pastry chef Heny Sison.

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Lung Hin

44/F Marco Polo, Meralco Ave, Ortigas, Pasig

Lung Hin is Marco Polo Manila’s in-house Chinese restaurant, offering classic and contemporary takes on Cantonese cuisine. As of current, the kitchen is helmed by Hong Kong chef Ken Leung, who has worked in numerous Chinese establishments around the

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Yushoken

Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave, Alabang, Muntinlupa

A no-frills ramen joint known for their tonkotsu ramen, tsukemen (dipping ramen), and gyoza. Located in Alabang, Yushoken employs recipes handed down from Koji Tashiro, deemed successor of “Ramen God” and tsukemen creator Kazuo Yamagishi.

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Old School Institutions

Consistently good restaurants that are 10 years or older

Toho Food Center

422 T Pinpin St, Binondo, Manila

The New Toho Food Center is the reopened version of Toho Food Center, a Chinese eatery in Binondo known to be Manila’s oldest restaurant which had burned down in the 80’s. It offers the standard Chinese and Chinese-Filipino eats at reasonable prices.

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Kashmir

Festejo Bldg, 816 Arnaiz Ave, San Lorenzo, Makati (+2 locations)

Kashmir is the oldest Indian restaurant in Manila, owned by three Indian sisters who first opened the restaurant’s doors in Ermita in 1974. It continues to make a buzz with its classic dishes, originating from the different regions across India.

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Cirkulo

Milky Way Bldg, 900 Pasay Rd, San Lorenzo, Makati

A Spanish restaurant in Makati first opened in 1995, offering tapas, mains, and other Spanish-Filipino bites. The kitchen is led by Chef J. Gamboa, who also works his magic at the Milky Way Cafe, as well as Azuthai and Tsukiji restaurants.

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People’s Palace

G/F Greenbelt 3-Garden Side, Ayala Center, Makati

People’s Palace is a restaurant in Greenbelt offering Thai food expressed in chic, modern ways that manage not to lose sight of traditional flavors. Its kitchen is heralded by Chef Colin MacKay, known for his work at Sala Restaurant among others.

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Aristocrat

Various locations

Aristocrat is an establishment specializing in barbecue and other Filipino specialties. Established in Malate in 1936, the original standalone eatery has since expanded business to become a restaurant chain with branches all over the metro.

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Best Local Mall Chain

A local chain of restaurants with at least 3 branches

Café Breton

Various locations

A French-style bistro specializing in crepes, known for popularizing the famous Brittany dish in Manila.

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Nhà Em

Various locations

A new mall chain that offers Traditional Vietnamese cuisine, Nha Em already has 3 locations.

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Yabu

2/F Megamall Atrium, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City (+8 locations)

One of the first katsu-focused Japanese restaurants in Manila, trained by the famed Chef Kazuya Takeda of Tonkatu Takeshin in Tokyo.

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Senor Pollo

Eastwood Citywalk 1, Libis, Quezon City (+5 locations)

The seminal restaurant that sparked the peri-peri chicken trend across Manila, Señor Pollo is affiliated with El Chupacabra, Crying Tiger, and Mexicali.

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Cibo

Various locations

The go-to restaurant for celebrations, Cibo is an iconic restaurant that showcases authentic Italian flavors.

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Underrated Gems

Top-notch restaurants that are often overlooked

Jyukai

2153 Chino Roces Avenue Corner Herrera Street Unit C-1, G/F, Marvin Plaza Building 1230 Makati

Eclipsed by the more popular Kikufuji, Jyukai is a less than 5 minute walk away, with unbeatable chirashi prices at lunchtime.

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Nadai Fujisoba

Various locations

Ramen might be the Philippines’ most beloved Japanese soup import, but Fujisoba’s cheap and consistent soba and udon bowls provide a stellar, lighter alternative.

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Duck and Buvette

Unit 206, Main Wing Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA Corner Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

This French bistro offers food so delicious and luxurious, it doesn’t feel like you’re eating in a mall.

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Fowlbread

BGC High Street, Taguig City

This is the best, junkiest, chicken sandwich in Manila, which is criminally overlooked.

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Lagrima

GF BSA Mansion, 108 Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village 1229 Makati

The Lagrima today is far from what it was in its first year, and better for it. The flavors at this small Mexican joint are explosive, and their horchata is outstanding.

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Best Local Fast Casual Chain

National/regional fast food chain founded in the Philippines

Andok’s

Various locations

Andok’s is a litson manok fast food chain, most often found in stand-alone branches or outdoor kiosks that provide ample ventilation for their grilled fare.

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Tokyo Tokyo

Various locations

Tokyo Tokyo is a chain that offers accessible Japanese food. The menu reflects Filipino flavor preferences.

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Chowking

Various locations

A fast food joint that serves Chinese food, with flavors adjusted for the Filipino palate. They specialize in dimsum, rice bowls and noodle soups.

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Jollibee

Various locations

Arguably the most well-known and beloved Filipino fast-food chain with branches in other countries, the bee has become synonymous the world over for its representation of Filipino tastes when Anthony Bourdain famously tried it himself.

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Coco Hut

Various locations

A step above your regular fast food fare, Coco Hut offers comfort Filipino food at your convenience, from daily lunch staples like fried chicken and tilapia, to party favorites like kare kare and barbecue.

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Restaurant Without a Restaurant

Good food found beyond the bounds of restaurant walls

Xáncho

Xáncho offers stews, roasts, and other home-cooked dishes. Taking inspiration from various (mostly Mediterranean) cuisines, and employing quality ingredients, their creations make for a novel and sophisticated way to indulge in comfort food favorites

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Lokanta

Lokanta is a venture from the owners of known shawarma purveyor Food Channel. They similarly offer Philippinized Middle Eastern specialties such as wraps, rice meals, and dips, but employ a more fusion-leaning approach and using organic ingredients.

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Summayah’s Kitchen

Summayah’s Kitchen is a home-based venture of various dishes spanning classics from various cuisines the world over. Also on the Summayah’s line-up are bottled dips and sundries to stock up on for hassle-free entertaining straight from your own home.

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Rosanna Salvador Dayoan’s Ilocos Food 

Sidcor Sunday Market

Rosanna Salvador Dayoan’s is an Ilocano-owned stall open every Sunday at the Sidcor Market. They serve authentic Ilocano fare done with traditional methods and true-blue Ilocano ingredients for an authentic experience at the heart of Quezon City.

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Saffron Plates

Saffron Plates is a purveyor of various home-cooked Indian classics, including street snacks, biryani, curries, and desserts, all home-cooked from Rashmi Dowlani’s home kitchen. Their food is available for delivery, and every Sunday at the Legazpi Ma

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Late Night Stars

Spots to go to during cravings that kick in at ungodly hours

Behrouz

G/F Metrowalk, Meralco Ave, Pasig City

When cravings for Persian food kick in, Behrouz is a no-fail choice with branches up north for many of us who are out and about until 5 in the morning.

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Mala Tang

207 A. Mabini Street, San Juan City

An affordable hotpot and roast place that keeps it straightforward and casual.

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Long Time Ago

5050, P Burgos St., cor. General Luna,Poblacion,Makati City Makati 1210

A late night Chinese restaurant with dishes from duck gizzard to cold pig ears that doesn’t hold back on the spice.

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Makchang

1547 Adriatico Street

Authentic Korean BBQ right in the heart of Manila.

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Korean Traditional Chicken

Don Pedro Street, Makati

Nothing fancy, just a humble little spot that serves some of the best Korean fried chicken in town.

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Late Night Stars: Local Edition

Late-night, local players with a cult following

SuperSix Grill House

533 Remedios St. Malate, Manila (3.06 mi) Manila, Philippines 1004

More than just a grill house, Super Six serves smoky skewers with the best cuts in the heart of Malate.

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Tapsi ni Vivian

Various locations

Tapsi ni Vivian is a cross between a casual restaurant and an eatery that offers more than just their tapsilog.

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Lugawan sa Tejeros

Chino Roces Ave, Makati

Here you’ll find the most perfect bowl of lugaw at an affordable price.

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Lovers Pares

Washington cor Roosevelt Street

A streetside eatery that serves affordable pares and classic Filipino carinderia favourites.

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Panchita’s

J Victor St, Makati

Serves some of the best and most affordable BBQ sticks, and has been around for 20 years.

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Buzzed

Awarded for concept & quality of cocktails & other drinks

Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar

Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th St. cor. 5th Avenue, BGC, Taguig

A stylish steak restaurant in Shangri-La at the Fort with a bar side that serves creative cocktails. The restaurant is suitable for large groups, while the bar side feels more intimate and has small tables.

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Batala Bar

830 Arnaiz Ave. Makati

A bar that exclusively uses local liquor and flavors in their drinks, and also offers a selection of locally brewed beers on tap. The bar shares a space with Philippine Artisan Trade, which supports local, sustainably made entrepreneurial projects.

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78-53-86

White Plains West, 42 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City

A vinyl bar along White Plains that focuses solely on creating the perfect classic cocktail. This bar features the personal vinyl collection of the owner, but exclusively plays jazz.

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Lit

G/F Serendra, BGC, Taguig City

A speakeasy focusing on Japanese whiskey and other Japanese spirits. LIT is a narrow bar designed in the spirit of the long, 10-20 person capacity ones in Tokyo. They offer the largest selection of Japanese whisky and spirits in Manila.

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The Curator

134 Legazpi Street cor. C. Palanca St. Makati

The bar that started the movement for bespoke and craft cocktails in Manila. Founded by beverage enthusiasts, the Curator operates as a coffee shop in the day and a cocktail bar at night.

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Last Stop

Come for the drinks, stay until the last call

20:20

20A, La Fuerza Plaza One, 2241 Don Chino Roces

A stylish bar and restaurant that plays some of the most subversive music in Manila.

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Tago Jazz Café

#14 MAIN AVE, Cubao Quezon City, Philippines 1111

Tago which literally translates to “hidden” is an intimate Jazz bar tucked away in dimly-lit Cubao. Home to a lot of Jazz musicians and enthusiasts, Tago was once endorsed by Herbie Hancock—yes, that’s the guy that composed and performed “Rockit.”

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Oarhouse

1688-B Jorge Bocobo St. Manila, Philippines 1004

A Malate institution that’s home to Manila’s creative folk.

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Café Curieux

Bel-Air Soho, Caceres Street Makati, 1200

A French-owned bar and bistro popularly known for their affordable selection of house-distilled, infused rum.

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Kampai

2/F 5779 Felipe St., Barangay Poblacion Makati 1209

Kampai (which means “cheers” in Japanese) is a casual, nondescript bar that serves affordable Japanese-inspired cocktails.

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Dirty and Delicious

Hole-in-the-walls with delicious reputations

Cocoy’s Mami Pares House

Visayas Avenue, 5A Ledesma Court Street, Quezon City, 1128 Metro Manila

A staple in the QC area, this perpetually crowded joint has been serving diners their version of pares and mami for over 20 years.

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Ying Ying

234 Dasmariñas St, Binondo, Manila, 1006 Metro Manila

It's easy to get lost in the labyrinthine streets of Binondo and stumble upon a great eat, but Ying Ying's cheap prices and extensive menu make it a great starter restaurant for the uninitiated.

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Michelle’s Tapsihan, Bulalohan, at Pansitan

30 Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

This roadside eatery has only gotten bigger in recent years, thanks to their loyal following in the Pasig area.

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Analisa’s

8 Kamuning Rd, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila (+1 location)

This tiny take out stall has a few branches littered throughout the city, all as obscure as the other. It's easy to miss this shrine to Filipino fried food, but once you find it, bring home a crispy ulo.

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Mommy Alma’s

146 Archerub Bldg Timog corner EDSA, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

This humble hole-in-the-wall is anything but modest when it comes to the flavors of their smashing Batil Patung, a Tuguegarao-style pancit.

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