Restaurants

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…
Top Choice International in Port Barton

Jambalaya Cajun Cafe

A homey and quirky vibe and a great beachfront location makes Jambalaya the place to hang in Port Barton. Yes the signature seafood jambalaya (P350) and gumbo (P300) are expensive, but they just about feed two. Deli…
Top Choice International in Tagaytay & Lake Taal

Antonio’s

One of the finest restaurants in the country, this upscale eatery offers the chance to rub elbows with politicians and oligarchs over delicious and delightfully presented dishes – if you can get a reservation. Seati…
Top Choice Filipino in Taal

Feliza Taverna y Café

The former residence of Felisa Diokno – secretary to the first president of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo – this superbly converted ancestral home has opened as a restaurant and B&B. The beautiful dining roo…
Top Choice Seafood in Zamboanga City

Alavar Seafood House

Seafood, of course, is the specialty here – choose the species, size and cooking method from a menu of delicacies. What sets Alavar apart is the beautiful trellis-covered backyard. Enjoy a lantern-lit dinner serenad…
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 International in Romblon Island

Romblon Deli & Coffee Shop

Front and centre on the waterfront near the ferry docks, this unassuming venture is the beating heart of Romblon's expat scene: part bar, part bistro, and part tourist info centre. If you've been eating elsewhere i…
French in Cebu City

La Vie Parisienne

A little slice of France in the middle of Cebu, this bakery and cafe offers light bites on a large outdoor patio and, next door, fine dining at La Maison Rose, done up like a French Indochine villa. The latter feat…
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…