Top 10 Places to Eat & Drink in Manila

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Manila

Manila is a popular tourist destination. It has always attracted tourists from all over the world. Ever since “Thrilla in Manila” matchup between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Manila has been a frequently visited place in Philippines. With the increasing influx of tourists every year, it is about time that we discuss about the best places to dine in Manila.

  1. Wildflour

Wilflour is a popular café and bakery at Manila. With great ambience and variety in menu, this is a great place to visit with friends and family.

  1. TuttoDomani

TuttoDomani is a great place to hang out at because of the casual layout and stunning ambience. You feel instantly at home here and is therefore, a must visit place.

  1. Early Bird Breakfast

An innovative restaurant, Early Bird Breakfast offers a breakfast menu. For all those who get up late can also have breakfast here as the restaurant serves breakfast at all times of the day.

  1. Rocket Room

If you are looking for a place to have drinks and a quality time with friends and coworkers, Rocket Room is for you. It portrays Manila nightlife at its best. You can choose from a range of drinks and cocktails as well as a wide variety of menu.

  1. NiniIchi Nana

Another great bar, NiniIchi Nana is perfect for a night out with friends or a date. If you are one of those people who work hard but party harder, this is the perfect place for you. From thumping music beats to quality cocktails on the offering, this is a must visit bar in Manila to experience the nightlife.

  1. E.S Bagels

For all the bagel lovers out there, LES Bagels is the perfect place to fulfil your bagel needs. The menu is flooded with bagel items. Even for those who don’t like bagels, this is a great place to visit because of the variety in the menu.

  1. Hatch 22

For all the tourists who want to explore the tastes of Filipino foods, Hatch 22 is the place to be in. You can try local dishes here as well as continental dishes at great prices.

  1. Aling Nene

Another great local restaurant is Aling Nene. The menu is full of local dishes and the prices are really affordable. The restaurant specializes in barbeque items. The place is also packed with locals, so all tourists looking for a true Filipino experience must visit this restaurant at least once.

  1. The Curator

This is one restaurant which is getting popular with each passing day. It is predominantly a coffee shop which offers variety of coffees in the day and cocktails at night.

  1. Dampa Seafood Market

Been to Manila and haven’t tried seafood? We’ve got you covered. With Dampa Seafood Market, you can actually choose which seafood you want, how you want it cooked and how much quantity you want. Highly customizable menu means that all seafood lovers can satisfy their seafood cravings here.

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Burger Avenue, Taft

Burger Avenue opened its doors in De La Salle University last August 8, 2015 and it’s such an honor for me to be invited by Aldous to meet the owners and to try their food. Burger Avenue has its first branch in Fort Strip, making the branch in DLSU to be their second.

Burger Avenue
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Miss Kim and Sir Martin, the owners, told us their bestsellers. However, I’m really up to try something different like Wasabi Burger.Burger Avenue (2)

To be honest, I am not totally a fan of wasabi; I rarely try it to my sushi so taking this order is really a challenge. The Wasabi Burger regular is P95 while the ¼ pound is P 145. The soft bun is especially topped with oats, while the patty is juicy and generous. Consuming wasabi in large scale would have you a mint sensation running to your nose up to your head. If appropriate, I should call it “brain freeze” or much better, minted brain. LOL! Despite the trial I had, I must say that their burger is delicious and supreme.Burger Avenue (6)

I had Strawberry Milkshake which is surprisingly in the mason jar! I also like the fact that their shake is not too sweet but still flavorful. There are no berry tidbits, though.Burger Avenue (4)

Meanwhile we also had our Crazy Fries P 90 and it is spicy because of the topped chili con carne. Their onion rings P 55 are unexpectedly big! It’s crunchy but a little oily so I prefer and like their Crazy Fries as the side dish.

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Burger Avenue also offer rice meal called All Day Breakfast Bowls. Shiela tried their bestseller Chodobo, a love team of chorizo and adobo. It comes with super garlic fried rice and sunny side up fried egg. The egg is also beyond normal, do you agree?Burger Avenue (5)

Burger Avenue is very pocket-friendly, yet the quality of the burger is not compromised. The place in DLSU branch could be small but the confidence of the restaurant is regained because of the good ambience. I hope that they would consider putting up a branch in Quezon City, too.

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Price: 5/5

Serving: 4/5

Taste: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

Burger Avenue

De La Salle University, Manila

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Potts Point Café, MOA

The transition of my life has been pretty crazy lately. In February, I quit my job because my family needs me more at home and my job was not really a practical work to stay. In March, I got a seasonal home-based work that pays 1.5 higher than my previous job. In April, I was totally in to my online job’s deadlines that I didn’t get to think it’s already May! I almost forgot that I attended a food event last April because it’s been really quite a while that I attended series of events so it was a valid reason that I have forgotten it. LMAO. It’s not a lame excuse, okay!

Too much of the introduction and let’s get to the point – Potts Point Café. This café is an organic restaurant, Aussie-inspired.  Most coffee shops don’t do much with food and restaurants don’t serve much coffee so this is how Australian café rolls – a combination of food and coffee. It’s a good thing that Manileños could try this now because that day, April 11, was the grand opening in SM Mall of Asia (Bay Side 2nd floor South Veranda). Take note though, that some of the guards misheard me that I was looking for Padis Point. As I have said, they were not familiar because it just opened.

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I know it’s summer and it’s hot. However, the ribbon cutting gets hotter because of this chef, Chef James Torres! POTTS POINT (4)

To start-off, the appetizer was served. Shakshuka with Organic Pork Sausage and Organic Eggs with Toasted Baguette (P 265) is a dish that is drowned in tomato sauce with chili peppers and onions. The eggs here are served poached and the whole dish tasted like a sauce of lasagna.POTTS POINT (1)

The soup served on our table is Cream of Organic Cauliflower with Truffle Foam (P 180). I like that it is not too creamy and the salt is just right. I can taste more of milk in this soup (or maybe I have tasted the foam portion more)POTTS POINT (2)

The Roast Australian Lamb with Bone Marrow served with Brown Rice and Demiglace (P595) is the best thing. The meat is so soft and flavorful with the full-bodied brown sauce. Lip-smacking dish!POTTS POINT (8)

My favorite dish – pasta! What we had is Salmon Linguine with Capers in Dill Cream Sauce (P 365). I have read that dill sauce is good for salmon and yes, it’s proven because this dish is superb! It’s my first time tasting it. Oh the greatness of firsts!

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The Australian Grass-fed All Beef Burger with Australian Cheddar, Pickled Beets, Olive Oil Aioli and House-made Brioche Bun with Baked Sweet Potato Wedges (P 395) is expensive. Lol. I mean it’s delicious like the burger chains Filipino locals used to dine but this one, the cow is “grass-fed” with tender loving care which makes this burger special.POTTS POINT (7)

The Strawberry, Kiwi and Mango Trifle with Light Vanilla Custard and Cookie Crumble (P185) have nothing special but their English Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream (P 210) is a-must try. I was totally into it. I could have emptied the dish if I’m thick-skinned. Hahaha! #SugarRushAlert.

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Expecting that this is casual fine dining restaurant, the serving is meant to be not as humungous as the hungry people would like but the taste of their food could please you so paying a visit is worthy. The spacious café has a dim-light and an open kitchen. The staff is courteous and young and that makes the resto juvenile even if it has a formal vibe.

Serving: 4/5

Taste: 4/5

Price: 4/5

Place: 4/5

Service: 4/5