‘Travelling Foodie’’s where to eat in Manila

At Kipp’s Fried Chicken

As a Traveling Foodie, I travel the world to explore a destination’s food scene. This time, I went back to my home country, Philippines, where I ate my way in Manila, finding some of the best restaurants in the National Capital Region.

Every time I visit Manila, I find that the food scene has grown and changed in a rapid pace. It’s really a testament to how much Filipinos love food that popular worldwide chains are opening in Manila as well.

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Here’s your guide on where to eat and what to order in Manila.

  1. Akimitsu Tendon, a Tempura restaurant hailing from Japan. Must Order: Ebi Tempura Roll, Hokkaido Tempura
  2. Barcino, an authentic Spanish restaurant.
Must Order: Paella de Rabo de Toro (oxtail paella), Gambas Al Ajillo
  3. Coral Garden, a Fujian-Chinese restaurant with unique dishes. Must Order: Crispy Bean Curd, Coral Supreme
  4. Crisostomo, a Filipino restaurant by multi-awarded Chef Florabel Co- Yatco. Must-Order: Calamares ni Tales, Lengua Laruja
  5. Eastwood Richmonde Café, a hidden gem in Eastwood City. Must Order: Baked Bass, Ensaymada
  6. Fresh at Solaire, all-you-can-eat with fresh meat and seafood grilling station. Must Order: Grilled Lobster
  7. Gallery by Chele, one of the best tasting menu restaurants in Manila. Must Order: Tasting Menu
  8. Gloria Maris.
Must Order: Peking Duck, Crispy Fried Pigeon
  9. House of Zhou, imperial Chinese cuisine.
Must Order: Tiger Prawns with Superior Stock and Butter, Sauteed Beef with Shimeji Mushrooms in Black Pepper Sauce
  10. Ilustrado, a Spanish-Filipino restaurant in a historic setting. Must Order: Paella Ilustrado, Lengua Con Setas
  11. Japan Fudo Street, one-stop-shop for Japanese food. Must Order: Mix Seafood Roll, Beef Heart
  12. Kamayan, the best all-you-can-eat for Filipino food. Must Order: Buffet
  13. Kipp’s Fried Chicken, hidden gem fried chicken joint. Must Order: Fried Chicken with gravy and Spanish rice
  14. La Creperie, best place to eat crepe.
Must Order: Salted Butter Caramel Mille Crepe Cake, Mango Hazelnut Au Chocolat Crepe
  15. Locavore, innovative Filipino restaurant.
Must Order: Fried Oyster Sisig, Green Curry Bicol Express
  16. Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, best value dim sum. Must Order: Yansuy Dumplings, Ham Soy Cok
  17. Lugang Café, Taiwanese restaurant hailing from Shanghai. Must Order: Xiao Long Bao, Peanut Smoothie
  18. Manam, Filipino comfort food with a twist. Must Order: House Crispy Sisig, Crispy Pancit Palabok
  19. Mendokoro Ramenba, a locally owned ramen joint that beats Japanese franchises.
Must Order: Super Chashu Ramen, Tatanmen Ramen
  20. Mesa, Filipino Restaurant owned by Mega Star Sharon Cuneta. Must Order: Kare Kare Short Ribs, Baby Squid in Olive Oil
  21. Project Pork, take-out/delivery place with the best crispy pata. Must Order: Crispy Pata, or Crispy Ulo
  22. Sarsa, innovative Negrenese restaurant.
Must Order: Sizzling Kansi, Twice-cooked Pork Belly
  23. Seascape Village, the best Dampa-and-Paluto place.
Must Order: Salted Egg Crab and Baked Scallops at Asian Taste, Bubble Waffle with Avocado Ice Cream at Ya Dang 
  24. Seven Corners Buffet, all-you-can-eat US Ribeye and Beef Ribs Must. Order: Buffet
  25. Tittos Latin BBQ and Brew, Latin American restaurant with a great space to hang out. Must Order: Garlic Shrimp BBQ Pizzadilla, Frozen Brazo de Mercedes
  26. Wonderbowl, modern Izakaya restaurant.
Must Order: Saikoro Steak Skewers, Shrimp and Spring Onion Kakiage

Raymond Cua is a traveling foodie, always thinking about his next destination and meal. He’s a food and travel blogger, content creator, and founder of Travelling Foodie. Raymond and his work have been featured in top media outlets including Travel + Leisure, BBC Travel, and Huffington Post. Follow his adventures on Instagram: @TravellinFoodie for Food and @JourneyTraveler for Travel.

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