Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Manila

Van Gogh is Bipolar

Every bit as interesting as it sounds, this chaotic restaurant inhabits a tiny space packed with curios and artworks. It's run by artist Jetro, who cooks entirely original, delicious food in a riotous atmosphere tha…
Top Choice Cafe in Manila

Coffee Empire

A chic industrial open-plan warehouse setup with hessian sacks of single-origin green beans on display in the glassed-in 'green room', plus drawers of roasted beans for sniffing. Excellent food, including huge break…
Top Choice Filipino in Manila

Purple Yam

Bringing fine dining to Malate, Purple Yam of Brooklyn, New York fame run this modern Filipino fusion restaurant out of a beautifully renovated ancestral home (1949). It works on a reservations-only system so that t…
Top Choice Filipino in Manila

Locavore

Locavore uses locally sourced ingredients to stunning effect, creating French–inspired takes on Filipino classics like Bicol exprés, kaldereta (beef stew) and of course halo-halo (various fruit preserves served in s…
Top Choice Fusion in Manila

Sala

Arguably Manila’s finest restaurant for almost 15 years, this refined European bistro is headed by Scottish chef-owner Colin Mackay, who also runs People's Palace and Blackbird. It features top-level service and an …
Top Choice Spanish in Manila

Las Flores

With a slick industrial interior and an authentic menu of Catalonia–inspired tapas and mains, Las Flores is justifiably one of Manila's most popular restaurants. Paella (five types) serves two. Steaks – including a …
Top Choice Cafe in Manila

Corner Tree Cafe

The Corner Tree provides a tranquil escape from busy Jupiter St, not to mention heavenly vegetarian fare that even diehard meat-eaters will love. The soups, stews, spinach filo triangles and smoothies are our favour…
Top Choice Mexican in Manila

El Chupacabra

Bringing the Mexican street-food craze to Makati, El Chupacabra is a grungy open-air taqueria cooking up a mouthwatering selection of soft corn tortilla tacos. Go for the spicy chipotle shrimp or sisig (sizzling gri…
Top Choice Spanish in Manila

Casa Armas

Foodies have been enamoured with this cavernlike Spanish restaurant for years; it's best known for tapas favourites such as calamares a la plancha alioli (grilled calamari with garlic sauce) and gambas al ajillo (si…
International in Manila

Blackbird

Blackbird is set up inside the art-deco Nielson Tower, a historic 1937 airport control tower, with dining in the old terminal. The menu is international fusion – you can expect the likes of prawn Scotch egg served o…