Top Choice Spanish in Manila

Casa Armas

Foodies have been enamoured with this Spanish cavernlike restaurant spot for years, which is best known for tapas favourites such as calamares a la plancha con alioli (grilled calamari with garlic sauce) and gambas …
Top Choice Mexican in Manila

El Chupacabra

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

Purple Yam

Bringing fine dining to Malate (and a much-needed lifeline) Purple Yam of Brooklyn, New York fame, have expanded their horizons to open up inside a renovated ancestral home on a boutique strip of Nakpil St. It's an …
Top Choice International in Manila


If its setting is anything to go by, Colin Mackay's new restaurant is special. Blackbird is set up inside the art-deco Nielson Tower, a historic 1937 airport control tower (Makati's only pre-war building), with dini…
Seafood in Manila

Harbor View

This long-standing and popular fresh seafood inahaw (grill) restaurant juts into Manila Bay. The breezes can be delightful on sweltering days, but check the wind direction as sometimes it sends the bay’s insalubriou…
Spanish in Manila


Set in a reconstructed Spanish-era house, this is fine dining of the stiff-upper-lip variety. Traditional Spanish-Filipino dishes like paella join salmon, duck and lamb chops on the menu. The attached Kuatro Kantos …
Thai in Manila

People’s Palace

This stylish modern Thai restaurant does a mix of classic and envelope-pushing dishes, all with authentic flavours and gorgeously presented. Dine indoors among chic surrounds, or opt for the outdoor terrace on a bal…
Middle Eastern in Manila

Shawarma Snack Center

It doesn’t sound like much, but this street-side eatery serves the richest and most flavourful falafel, muttabal (eggplant dip), hummus and kebabs in downtown Manila.
Korean in Manila

Korean Palace

Still the best Korean restaurant in town; try the stone pot bibimbap (rice with meat, vegetables, egg and chilli; P400; vegetarian version also available) or Korean barbecue (P300 to P400).
Thai in Manila

Sala Thai

This was one of the city’s very first Thai restaurants, and although the kitchen remains competent, you’ll find more inventive, more flavourful (and more expensive) Thai food in the newer Makati restaurants.