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 International in Tagaytay & Lake Taal

Antonio’s

One of the finest restaurants in the country, this upscale French-Euro-Filipino eatery offers the chance to rub elbows with politicians and oligarchs over delightfully presented dishes from foie-gras raclette to roa…
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 European in Davao

Claude’s Le Cafe De Ville

The polished wood floors, carved trellis work and white clapboard exterior make this beautifully restored colonial-era home one of Davao's treasures. Easily the most elegant and romantic restaurant in the city, Clau…
Top Choice International in Puerto Princesa

Artisans

The Scottish owner calls the style here 'obscurity'; it basically consists of anything he fancies. The menu is a best-of-the-world affair, where tikka masala mingles with Mexican, Indonesian rendang, sloppy joes, gi…
Top Choice Filipino in Cebu City

Cafe Laguna

The cosmopolitan Ayala Center does not have many options for good local food, but highly popular Cafe Laguna is an exception. Excellent, relatively affordable dishes such as chicken cooked in pandan leaves, crispy p…
Top Choice Italian in Puerto Galera

Arcobaleno Pizzeria & Ristorante

It doesn't look like much – basically a lean-to with just a few tables – but the medium-crust pizza here is the best in Puerto Galera, heaped with mozzarella and fresh toppings. There's a tall Italian staffing the k…