Restaurants in Manila

Eating out in Manila is one of the city’s joys. Seafood is sumptuously fresh while the country’s distinctive cuisine ranges from lechon (roast crackling pig) to big-flavoured soy and vinegar-infused sauces. Even the most ‘expensive’ restaurants marked below are reasonably priced by ‘western standards’.

The Manila restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$25)
Moderate (US$15 to US$25)
Cheap (up to $15)
Unless stated, these prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, 12% government tax and service. If ‘service is not included', 10% tipping is customary.

Ang Bistro Sa Remedios

Price: Expensive

Fine exponent of Pampanga country cuisine served in an intimate and elegant dining room oozing class. Rich food with house specialities such as knockout knuckle and oxtail kare-kare for those not overly concerned about their waistline.

Address: 1911 M Adriatico Street, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 523 9153.

Café Ysabel

Price: Expensive

Run by one of the country's most famous chefs, Gene Gonzalez, Café Ysabel boasts an excellent menu of local dishes and international classics alongside myriad exotic coffee concoctions. Classical dishes include tournedos Rossini fillet of beef and sole meunière. The restaurant itself is located in an atmospheric antique 1920s Filipino house and is popular with Manila’s professional classes.

Address: 455 P Guevarra Street. corner of CM Recto, San Juan, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 726 9326.

Museum Café

Price: Expensive

Museum Café, or M Café, sits in close proximity to the Ayala Museum and treats smart set diners to a smorgasbord of modern Asian cuisine, fancy coffees, sweet-toothed desserts and signature cocktails. Spiced Asian crab cakes, sushi and tandoori-spiced chicken embody its pan-Asiatic influences. This chic glass-walled eatery is an ideal place to breakfast until Greenbelt 4 Mall opens at 1000.

Address: Ayala Museum complex, Makati Avenue/corner of De la Rosa Street, Makati, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 757 3000.

The Orchidarium

Price: Moderate

This novelty vegetarian restaurant in Manila is conveniently located in Rizal Park. The creative mock meat menu is eye-catching: from vegetable sashimi and tofu honey ham to sweet and sour (tofu) fish. Set amid a tranquil garden of butterflies and orchids.

Address: Teodoro F Valencia Circle corner with Finance Road, Luneta Park, Malate, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 522 9547.

Café Juanita

Price: Moderate

Eclectic décor characterizes this fun restaurant tucked away in Pasig City. Filipino and Asian-fusion food is served amid a forest of festive decorations, antiques and kitsch paraphernalia. Local favourites include boneless bangus fish (marinated in vinegar and garlic) and ratatoy – a Filipino version of ratatouille. Prices are at the upper end of the moderate category.

Address: 21 United Street corner West Capitol Drive, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 632 0357.

Red Crab

Price: Moderate

For seafood lovers, Red Crab is heaven. The Manila restaurant's speciality is what else but crab - cooked in every thinkable way. Thai chilli, white pepper and butter ginger are just a few crustacean creations. This chain has branches around Manila. Prices are for a starter and crab dish with beer.

Address: 104 JS Building, Tomas Morato corner with Scout Delgado, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 374 8406.

Travel Café

Price: Cheap

Franchised by the Department of Tourism, this funky little café in Manila is somewhere to sip coffee, talk travel with an on-site consultant, and peruse travel literature. Cheap snacks and traditional dishes such as pork adobo feature on a menu that includes the famously expensive alamid coffee derived from the civet cat’s digestive system. Price is for snack and coffee.

Address: Level 2 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Centre, Makati City, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 729 2233.

Dampa

Price: Cheap

Seafood aficionados will adore the seafood 'paluto' restaurants along the Bay of Manila. The Dampa is essentially a fish market selling fresh seafood with restaurants opposite to cook your produce tout de suite. Simply select your lobster or red snapper, choose a restaurant, and request your fish cooked the way you like it. Aling Mahrsya Restaurant prepares delicious prawns in butter garlic and grilled squid.

Address: Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 496 4329 (Aling Mahrsya Restaurant).

Razon's of Guagua

Price: Cheap

Located in a shopping mall, this outlet is part of a fast-food chain delivering tasty express snacks. Besides glassy noodle pancit luglug, its most popular treat is halo-halo (literally, ‘mixed-mixed’) – a sort of Filipino Knickerbocker glory dessert. Price represents one dish with soft drink while service not included.

Address: 1st Level, Padre Faura Hallway, Robinsons Place Mall, Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Telephone: (02) 521 2466.
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