5 best restaurants in Manila
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Hip and yummy cuisine
The new kid on the block is Stockton Place, run by a fresh young talent whose enthusiasm has created a clever menu and an approachable atmosphere. A youthful buzz permeates the place and complements the food perfectly. Our favourite was the much raved-about Rib Eye Steak and the large selection of yummy desserts. All plates went back to the kitchen wiped clean!
227 Salcedo St., Makati City
Tel: +632 844 9530 http://www.yedylicious.com/2013/12/stockton-place-steak-restaurant-salcedo-makati.html
Home cooked meal, Filipino style
Your home from home in the Philippines is Victorino’s, an unpretentious restaurant which serves up amazing (and obviously authentic) local cuisine. Make sure to order unique Ilocos dishes like Lomo-Lomo, Poqui-Poqui and Kinirog. It’s also great value and perfect for the whole family. It’s always full on weekends so book well ahead. P.S. Don’t leave without trying their signature cakes!
11th Jamboree St, Quezon City
Tel: +63 917 833 4148
Tel: +632 217 6563
Fusion at its finest
As a former Spanish colony, the Philippines retains much of its old ruler’s influences. The tasty influence has to be Spain-inspired cuisine. Top of that pile sits Vask Tapas Bar with its signature 14-Course Modern Asian-European Degustation menu, expertly prepared by a Spanish chef who has worked for three of the Top 10 restaurants in the world. Try it with wine pairing. It’s exquisite.
Clipp Centre, Cnr 11th Ave and 39th St, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Rural feel in the city
You may need a map to find this one, stuck as it is in the suburbs, but it’s well worth the effort. The restaurant experiments with traditional Filipino flavours and creates new takes on regional delicacies like sugpo aligue and palabok negra. You’re surrounded by bamboo and acacia trees as well as equally complementary décor, full of local souvenirs and antiques. It’s a laid back yet elegant meal.
Molave Lane, Acacia Estates, Barangay Ususan, Taguig City
Tel: +63 915 846 3234 http://cheftatung.com/
Van Gogh Is Bipolar
You’ve never eaten anything like it
Aside from sporting an unconventional name, this restaurant has an equally unconventional backstory. The owner, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, studied mood-altering food to trigger body hormones for his diet. He then turned his home into a restaurant, serving up dishes with names such as Virginia Woolf’s Tears and Mel Gibson’s Darkest Sin. All come with curative “chill” or “happy” properties. Book ahead!
154 Maginhawa St., Quezon City
Tel: +63 922 824 3051