Must see restaurants in Manila

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    Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe

    Earthy and laid-back, Greens serves wonderful vegetarian and vegan fare, including eggplant parmigiana and delicious logic-defying meatless sisig (usually…

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    Famous across Manila for its fried chicken and other home-style Hokkien cooking; run by a third-generation family.

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    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…

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    Friends & Neighbors

    This slightly upscale turu-turò (point-point, or fast food) restaurant is a great introduction to home-cooked Filipino food, in an air-conditioned setting.

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    La Tienda

    As the name (The Store) implies, this long-running Spanish eatery doubles as a gourmet food shop. The restaurant proper doles out fine tapas such as…

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    Across from the Mind Museum, this intimate New York–style bistro serves up anything from buttermilk fried chicken and waffles to Manhattan clam chowder…

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    Ristorante delle Mitre

    Nuns often help cook dishes named after archbishops in this unique and attractive bistro decked out in Catholic paraphernalia – appropriately opposite San…

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    Hungry Hound

    A modern gastropub with dark-wood panelling and a winning menu of American food and English pub classics, with an occasional Asian twist. It shares a…

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    Patio de Conchita

    Patio de Conchita is an atmospheric turu-turò eatery within an ancestral house in the heart of Intramuros. Decent food and cheap beer make it popular with…

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    Dong Bei Dumplings

    Their handmade dumplings – you can see them being made in the window – are a northern Chinese variety, in contrast to the Hokkien (southern) cuisine that…

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    President Tea House

    This bright and shiny clean restaurant is the original branch of what has become one of Manila’s more popular Chinese chains; it’s known for dim sum but…

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    Cafe Janealo

    Well located next to Manila Cathedral, this is a great place to escape the heat with a cold caffeinated beverage. A few pasta dishes, sandwiches and…

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    Gerry's Grill

    The original location of the now-widespread Filipino restobar chain is a Quezon City institution. Look no further for an introduction to Filipino bar food…

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    New Quan Yin Chay

    An unassuming turu-turò style vegetarian place in the heart of Chinatown, serving stewed or barbecued fake meat plus dim sum. The fried cashew 'shrimp' is…

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    Salazar Bakery

    Experience the singular joys of black mung bean hopia (dense Chinese Filipino sweet cakes), sticky moon cakes and all manner of odd and exotic baked goods…

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    Fiesta Market

    This open-air food fair outside the Market! Market! mall is lined with eateries serving regional cuisine and is one of the rare places for a cheap meal in…

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    Midtown Diner

    Filipino take on an old-school meat-and-potatoes American diner. Home in on the budget set meals, which include a soup and iced tea.

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    A Venue Food Market

    This outdoor food court next to A Venue Mall is a great introduction to Filipino food, including many regional specialities.

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    Robinsons Place

    Ermita’s main mall has scores of eating options, including an extensive top-floor food court.

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    Seafood Market

    The long ice counter here looks much like the seafood tank at a grocery store. Point to your preference, then watch as a team of chefs cooks your meal;…