Thursday, January 22, 2015

12 Restaurants in Manila You Loved in 2014

Flavors of the Month: 12 Restaurants in Manila You Loved in 2014


Manila's restaurant scene last year was nothing short of exciting, starring local concepts, international brands, new commercial spaces and outlet expansions. Judging how action-packed the food and dining scene was in 2014, we look forward to an even extra-loaded 2015 with all the confirmed (and rumored) restaurant openings to appease our never-ending cravings of good eats.

They came, we saw, and our bellies conquered. In this edition of The Click List, we list the most-read restaurant article we published for every month of 2014. Which one is your favorite?

The Breakfast Table: A Happy Place Where it’s All Breakfast All the Time
From the makers of The Breakfast Store come their first sit-down restaurant celebrating the most important meal of the day. Located at the foodie haven Maginhawa Street, this restaurants charms its diners with pretty interiors conducive to good conversations, and warm smiles which is what breakfast is usually all about.

8 Things to Know About New Katsu Restaurant ‘Kimukatsu’
Japan’s famous mille feuille-style katsu restaurant opened at the 5th floor of East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall, and opened its second branch at Century City Mall, Makati. Because of this mille feuille-style of preparation, the cutlet--boasting of 25 layers of thinly-sliced pork--surrenders upon careful bite and melts in your mouth in no time.

Cool Beans Library Café: A Haven for Food-lovers and Bookworms Alike
Readers were into another discovery along Maginhawa Street that combines books and food. With an impressive book collection and a notable collection of magazines and comic books, the library-cafe perks up bookworms with locally-sourced coffee and feeds the hungry with affordable comfort food in big portions.

More Belgian Bliss with Opening of Magnum Pleasure Store in Manila
Remember when everyone went gaga for the irresistible Belgian chocolate bar known as Magnum? There was even more fanfaring for this popular ice cream when it was announced that they were opening the much-anticipated Magnum Manila last summer. Aside from Magnum Manila's savory dishes and plated Magnum desserts, the highlight of the pleasure store experience is the chance to Make Your Own Magnum where you get to create the Magnum bar of your sweetest dreams --from flavors and toppings to dips and drizzles.

‘Vikings Luxury Buffet’ Brandishes New Look, to Open 3 More Branches
Vikings first opened in 2011, and we went ahead and featured the then brand-new expansive restaurant located nearby SM Mall of Asia. Three years and five branches later, Vikings is stronger than ever, with its SM Megamall outlet featuring a hip and contemporary feel to match the new Mega Fashion Hall, and as always, a vast selection of dishes (over 200 of them) on the buffet spread.

Latest Scoop: Baskin-Robbins, World’s Largest Chain of Ice Cream Shops, to open in BGC this July
Baskin-Robbins returned to our shores and was slated to open its first Philippine store at BGC last July, but we were so excited as all you ice cream lovers were and announced it a month ahead. In the article, we share 10 fun facts about the popular ice cream brand. We also gave you readers the first look of the store when we dropped by the grand opening event!

Banzai: The Great Authentic Japanese Buffet
With a sprawling floor area of 1,200 square meters and a seating capacity of 500, Banzai currently holds the title of being the biggest all-Japanese buffet in Metro Manila. Basing on the proliferation of buffet spots in the metro these past couple of years, eat-all-you-can concepts will always gain the attention of Manila foodies with seemingly bottomless appetites. Visit Banzai on a weekend and be treated to a Festival of Japan performance highlighting common culture parades and dances.

SALT: Steaks under P200 and the freshest grilled tuna we’ve had in a while
This Makati restaurant that opened June of 2014 also garnered a spot in our rundown of the 12 most read posts in our Food & Drink section for 2014. Place two words together like "Steak" and "Budget" and for sure hungry foodies will be all eyes and ears. If you're on the lookout for affordable steak, this hole in the wall serves local T-bone Steak that will fit your P200 budget. Don't forget to try the grilled tuna, too!

Now Open: Barkin' Blends Dog Cafe in Quezon City
Manila's first dog cafe opened its doors in Loyola Heights last September 6, 2014. This new breed of cafe allows animal lovers to enjoy a cup of coffee in the company of cute puppies--and why not? Puppies make the world (and our hearts) a better place. Visitors are allowed to interact with the cafe's own dog residents in the Dog Zone, and they can also enjoy cake slices and coffee blends in the Humans Only Zone.

Now Open: NiU by Vikings at SM Aura Premier
Toward the festive 'ber' months, buffet favorite Vikings unleashed its upscale buffet concept at SM Aura, Taguig, promising fans of eat-all-you-can concepts an evolved dining experience. This time around, NiU buffet guests will be pampered by an extra impressive food and drink lineup, served in an elegant and luxurious setting.

Now Open in Century City Mall: Hole in the Wall, a Gathering of Fun Food Concepts
From sweet treats like Japanese cheese cake, eclairs, gourmet cookies, to savory provisions of Chinese and Vietnamese food, artisanal bacon, sandwiches, and fried chicken, foodies are in for an ultimate foodtrip at Century City Mall's upscale version of a hip and happening food court. It's your go-to food hub at the mall when you're in the company of hungry friends and family that have picky or particular cravings, as the food choices here are plenty and cuts across different cuisines. Three more food concepts will be rolling out soon, so there are more reasons for a revisit.

Something for Your Sweet Tooth: Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain, Now Open in BGC
We end this list on a sweet note: Farmacy Ice Cream and Soda Fountain, Wildflour Bakery + Cafe's BGC neighbor and sister restaurant, opened last month. A hop and a skip away from Wildflour, this new sweet spot offers scoops of homemade frozen delights and a smattering of soda concoctions. Have you gotten your dairy on at this restaurant?

*Google Analytics date of Restaurants listed per month taken from total pageviews of Restaurant feature article within the month (articles published in 2014)
*Prices, menu, and other information published are the featured establishment's data as of date of article published and may be subject to change without prior notice

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