Before all other restaurants in the Manila dining scene, there was Toho Food Center—the oldest dining establishment in the city, having opened in 1888. Located in Binondo, Manila, the establishment was rebuilt in the 80’s after burning down in a tragic fire from a neighboring restaurant. This does not seem to have brought down their overall impact, however. Now sporting the moniker as the New Toho Food Center, the establishment continues to offer well-loved takes on Chinese and Chinese-Filipino classics to this day.
Within its doors is a no-frills eatery where interiors are nondescript and Instagrammability is not a strength, but the food speaks for itself: flavorful Chinese roasts, crisp fried chicken, and noodle dishes brimming with toppings. It’s the very kitsch and familiarity, and continued good quality, that keeps diners coming back.