‘Travelling Foodie’’s where to eat in Manila
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.
Here’s your guide on where to eat and what to order in Manila.
- Akimitsu Tendon, a Tempura restaurant hailing from Japan. Must Order: Ebi Tempura Roll, Hokkaido Tempura
- Barcino, an authentic Spanish restaurant. Must Order: Paella de Rabo de Toro (oxtail paella), Gambas Al Ajillo
- Coral Garden, a Fujian-Chinese restaurant with unique dishes. Must Order: Crispy Bean Curd, Coral Supreme
- Crisostomo, a Filipino restaurant by multi-awarded Chef Florabel Co- Yatco. Must-Order: Calamares ni Tales, Lengua Laruja
- Eastwood Richmonde Café, a hidden gem in Eastwood City. Must Order: Baked Bass, Ensaymada
- Fresh at Solaire, all-you-can-eat with fresh meat and seafood grilling station. Must Order: Grilled Lobster
- Gallery by Chele, one of the best tasting menu restaurants in Manila. Must Order: Tasting Menu
- Gloria Maris. Must Order: Peking Duck, Crispy Fried Pigeon
- House of Zhou, imperial Chinese cuisine. Must Order: Tiger Prawns with Superior Stock and Butter, Sauteed Beef with Shimeji Mushrooms in Black Pepper Sauce
- Ilustrado, a Spanish-Filipino restaurant in a historic setting. Must Order: Paella Ilustrado, Lengua Con Setas
- Japan Fudo Street, one-stop-shop for Japanese food. Must Order: Mix Seafood Roll, Beef Heart
- Kamayan, the best all-you-can-eat for Filipino food. Must Order: Buffet
- Kipp’s Fried Chicken, hidden gem fried chicken joint. Must Order: Fried Chicken with gravy and Spanish rice
- La Creperie, best place to eat crepe. Must Order: Salted Butter Caramel Mille Crepe Cake, Mango Hazelnut Au Chocolat Crepe
- Locavore, innovative Filipino restaurant. Must Order: Fried Oyster Sisig, Green Curry Bicol Express
- Lucky Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, best value dim sum. Must Order: Yansuy Dumplings, Ham Soy Cok
- Lugang Café, Taiwanese restaurant hailing from Shanghai. Must Order: Xiao Long Bao, Peanut Smoothie
- Manam, Filipino comfort food with a twist. Must Order: House Crispy Sisig, Crispy Pancit Palabok
- Mendokoro Ramenba, a locally owned ramen joint that beats Japanese franchises. Must Order: Super Chashu Ramen, Tatanmen Ramen
- Mesa, Filipino Restaurant owned by Mega Star Sharon Cuneta. Must Order: Kare Kare Short Ribs, Baby Squid in Olive Oil
- Project Pork, take-out/delivery place with the best crispy pata. Must Order: Crispy Pata, or Crispy Ulo
- Sarsa, innovative Negrenese restaurant. Must Order: Sizzling Kansi, Twice-cooked Pork Belly
- 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
- Seven Corners Buffet, all-you-can-eat US Ribeye and Beef Ribs Must. Order: Buffet
- 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
- 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.