Filipino Restaurants in Manila, Part 2: Where to Eat with Balikbayan and Foreign Guests
Last year, we rounded up ten restaurants where you can devour traditional and modern Filipino favorites--a list quite handy for whenever a balikbayan relative comes home craving Pinoy food, or when you need to give a Filipino Cuisine 101 and impress hungry foreign guests.
Now that Independence Day is just around the corner and that this year, Filipino cuisine is put on spotlight (it's included as part of 2015's food trends!), we decided to share even more love for our own local food with a second list. There's always something to rave about Phlippine cuisine, and the best way to appreciate Filipino dishes is to eat them, of course. Prepare your belly for extra rice, as we share ten more Metro Manila restaurants for whenever you're craving for luscious Pinoy food.
1. MilkyWay Deli
cafe.milkywayrestaurant.com | FB: /MilkywayDeli
Offering homestyle Pampango cuisine for decades, this old favorite most famous for their homemade ice creams and the Pinoy iced dessert is also popular for their packaged home cooked fare to bring home and re-heat--comfort food made conveinient to-go.
Top Hits: Milky Way Halo-Halo (P99), Milky Way Ice Cream (P105), Milkyway Buco Lechias Sherbet (P105), Dinuguan at Puto (P195), Chicken Asparagus Sandwich (P195), Crispy Hito with Bagoong and Mustasa (P445)
2. Bistro Pamana
www.pamanarestaurant.com | FB: 'Pamana Restaurant' | IG: @pamanarestaurant
Bistro Pamana is the little sibling of Pamana, a popular restaurant in Tagaytay (with roots from the Barrio Fiesta family) that also has a branch in Boracay. This quaint restaurant decorated with family memorabilia is known for their collection of timeless Filipino food that uses recipes that have been handed down each generation.
Top Hits: Baked Bone Marrow with Adobo Pate & Toast (P200), Aligue Carbonara (P230), The Best 3 Way Adobo (P260), Bulalong Corned Beef (P270), Ginumis with Panucha Ice Cream (P110)
3. Cafe Juanita
FB: "Cafe Juanita"
Kitschy and quirky, colorful and un-boring to the eyes and palate is what first-timers will experience (and loyal patrons enjoy) once stepping inside this restaurant. Hungry diners come for their favorite Filipino dishes good for sharing, and stay longer for the unique yet homey ambiance.
Top Hits: Bagnet Salad (P422), Kare-Kare (P636), Lengua Estofado (P539), Crispy Pork Binagoongan (P422), Sticky Toffee Pudding (P69)
4. XO46 Heritage Bistro
www.adventmanilagroup.com | FB: "XO 46 Bistro Filipino" | IG: @xo46_heritage_bistro | Twitter: @xo46_official
Filipino heritage food--the time-tested, traditional way of cooking 'slow'--is what's at the forefront of this restaurant. Different regions of the Philippines are represented in the restaurant through many of their dishes. The staff always greets and serves you in the local language, to add to the entire homey and welcoming Filipino ambiance. XO46 also showcases Heritage Dishes every month.
Top Hits: Binagoongan sa Gata (P365), Bangus Salpicao (P295), Ginisang Mongo at Tinapa (P275), Kare Kareng Crispy Tadyang (P550), Kilawin na Tanigue sa Dayap
locavore.ph | FB: "Locavore Kitchen & Drinks" | IG: @locavore.ph
This restaurant took the latter part of 2014's social media feed by storm -- everyone could not get enough of their creative renditions of favorite Filipino comfort food (and apparently, can't stop taking photos of them too!). From sizzling everything to lechon-loaded dishes, food here is proudly locally grown, locally produced, and locally made.
Top Hits: Kinilaw Platter (P380), Oyster Sisig (P380), Sizzling Sinigang (P530), Boneless Lechon Belly (P550), Turon Con Leche (P220)
6. Aracama Filipino Cuisine
www.aracamamanila.com | FB: /AracamaManila | IG: @aracama_manila | Twitter: @aracama_manila
Chef Fernando Aracama showcases regional Filipino cuisine that incorporates his fresh, flavorful ideas in this restaurant in BGC. While late-night patrons stay till the wee hours for its cocktail bar, live music and dj sets, diners seat themselves hungry earlier for a homegrown dinner feast by the popular Negrense chef.
Top Hits: Pancit Molo (P150/P350), KBL Kadyos Baboy Langka (P390), Inasal na Manok (P390), Dulce Gatas & Bunuelos (P280)
7. Pino Resto Bar
FB: /PinoRestoPH | IG: @pinorestoph | Twitter: @pinorestoph
Formerly in Maginhawa (and one of the OGs in the popular QC foodie street, opening in 2009), Pino is now located in Malingap Street and still serves hearty Filipino food served with a twist. Their Kare-Kareng Bagnet remains as everyone's favorite since the year they opened, and for veggie-loving foodies, its hippie vegetarian sister restaurant, Pipino, is just right beside it.
Top Hits: Mini Sisig Tacos (P255), Kare-Kareng Bagnet (P275/P625), Sisig Carbonara (P215), Kalderetang Lengua (P265/P595), Chunky Choco Tempura (P125)
8. Casa Roces
FB: /casarocesphils | IG: @casaroces | Twitter: @casa_roces
Just a stone's throw away from Malacañan Palace is an ancestral home renovated and 'repurposed' as a restaurant offering heirloom recipes. Have a taste of their take on Filipino and Spanish dishes in a refined old-world setting.
Top Hits: Crispy Lengua Caesar Salad (P175), Sopa Molo Castiliana (P210/Good for 3), Malacañan Frozen Soufflé (P415)
www.raintreerestaurants.com | FB: /raintreekabila | IG: @raintreerestaurants
This Filipino establishment by Raintree Restaurants is located just next door at the other side (or 'kabila') its sister establishment, M Cafe, and explores the Philippines through its menu of flavors that span the regions. Their selection of beverages (even cocktails) also showcases many of our local fruits and ingredients, so have a glass or two.
Top Hits: Alaminos Longganisa (P295), Kabila’s Pork Bagnet (P395), “Chavacano Style” River Prawns in Crab Fat (P650), Lola Ata’s U.S. Beef Pepper Sinigang (P375), Lengua Estofada (P595)
10. Chef Laudico Guevarra's
FB: /ChefLaudicoGuevarras | IG: @guevarras_ | Twitter: @Guevarras_
Power couple Chefs Roland and Jackie Laudico has transformed a heritage house in San Juan into a culinary playground by offering their creative masterpieces in an upscale buffet setting. Eat all you can of Filipino fare and other food favorites in an old-world, Spanish themed environment.
Top Hits: Kare-Kare, Callos, Chicken Pastel, Dinuguan, , Angus Beef Tapa, Lechon, Bagnet. Buffet available for Weekday Lunch (P446.88 Mon-Fri), Weekday Dinner (P558.88 Mon-Thu), Weekends and Holidays (P670.88 Friday Dinner, Saturday and Sunday Lunch and Dinner).