Restaurants

Top Choice 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

Blackbird

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…
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 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 …
Cafe in Manila

Van Gogh is Bipolar

Every bit as interesting as it sounds, this chaotic restaurant is a delight for the senses, inhabiting a tiny space packed with curios and artworks. It's run by artist Jetro, who cooks entirely original, delicious f…
Ilocano in Manila

Victorinos

With its checkered tiled floors and antique furniture, there's more than a hint of elegance at well-heeled Victorinos, yet its prices remain very affordable. It specialises in delicious Ilocan cuisine, with its lech…
Burgers in Manila

Charlie's Grind & Grill

Charlie's still cooks up Manila's best burgers, with a magnificent menu of American diner food from black Angus and wagyu burgers to pulled-pork sandwiches and duck-fat fries. Choose from its selection of internatio…
Vegetarian in Manila

Pipino Vegetarian Food

Pipino has one of the most creative vegetarian menus in Manila. Here you'll get anything from a watermelon steak with taro miso mash to portobello mushrooms inasal (marinated in soy and barbecued). It also serves up…
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

Barbara’s

In an elegant space within the Casa Manila complex, Barbara’s does a buffet dinner that includes a cultural show (7.15pm) with traditional music and dances such as tinikling (traditional dance using sliding bamboo p…