Manila, the capital city, is the sum of more than seven thousand islands of this archipelago. A melting pot of different ethnicities and influences, the capitol is a canvass of contrast -– skyscrapers and modern buildings puncture the skies while poverty is a usual sight on the streets. But, this is what makes Manila a great city to discover – the opulence, the chaos, the contemporary, the outdated – they are all rolled together in every nook and cranny of the “Pearl of the Orient”.
And what better way to experience the above-mentioned adjectives about Manila City, but through food, of course! Locale City Guide brings you 7 yummy finds in Manila for a binge trip with your friends or with your love ones.
1. Sofrito – The Authentic Puerto Rican Homecooking in Malate
Craving for a new taste? Sofrito Malate offers , as what they say, AUTHENTIC Puerto Rican cuisine. Imagine learning about the culture of our Latin brothers through the comforting Sancocho soup, the irresistible Sandwich de Bistec, the delicious cold dessert Piragua and a lot more hearty dishes. Opens from 12 Noon until 11PM, shell out P350.00 only for a filling feast.
Sofrito is located in Malate Pensionne Inc at 1171 M. Adriatico St., Malate.
2. Uncle Cheffy
Uncle Cheffy is a chain of restaurants known for their brick-oven panizza – a rectangular-shaped, thin-crust pizza, which is eaten by rolling a strip with arugula and alfalfa sprouts and eaten as a hors d’oeuvre. Aside from the yummy panizza, Uncle Cheffy’s menu is loaded with pasta and salad, like the must-try Lovely Jenny Salad; and their soup, seafood, chicken, pork and beef meals, sinfully good desserts and the variety of family platters that can feed the whole gang. Your P300.00 is all good for a satisfying eat.
You won’t miss Uncle Cheffy as it is located in the al fresco area of Robinsons Place Ermita, Adriatico corner Pedro Gil Streets.
3. Go!Kizip Korean Restaurant
Korean cuisine is now a part of Filipinos’ food culture. Korean restaurants are sprouting in different areas in the Metro and one Korean haunt frequented by foodies is the Go!Kizip Shabu Shabu & Grill. Banchan or side dishes are served generously. Their Kimchi pancake is very, very good, as well as the Bibimbap! And of course, the Bulgogi and Samgyupsal will make you extremely happy. Open for 24 hours, your P400.00 will be worth it.
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Go!Kizip is found in 1776 M. Adriatico St., Malate.
4. Cafe K | Hotel Kimberly Manila
A café inside Hotel Kimberly Manila called the Café K serves Filipino and Asian cuisine. From the traditional Filipino favorites like the appetizing Beef Steak Filipino, yummy Seafood Marinara and a lot more, Café K even serves sandwiches in big servings that can really curb your hunger. Try their Chicken Burger for your carbo-loading. Your P500.00, can very well satisfy your cravings here in Café K.
Hotel Kimberly Manila is at 770 Pedro Gil St., Malate and is open from 6AM to 11PM
5. Caliber Cafe | Armada Hotel Manila
International and Filipino cuisine await you in the beautiful Caliber Café located in Armada Hotel Manila. Elegant and cozy, Caliber Café serves beautifully plated food that will definitely put a smile on your face. Immaculately pleasing, the food tastes heavenly as well. Their Traditional Ceasar Salad is something to try and the Chocolate Salami is a delightful treat, too!
Armada Hotel Manila is located at 2108 M.H. del Pilar St., Manila.
6. Century Tsukiji | Century Park Hotel
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Authentic Japanese food is what you can expect in the classy, but affordable Century Tsukiji. Everything on the menu is appetizing – from the fresh sashimi, to the oishi ramen, to the beautifully rolled maki, to the satisfying Bento meals – Century Tsukiji in Century Park Hotel Manila is a must- try for food lovers out there! Open daily and P1,000.00 can provide you award-winning Japanese fare.
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Century Tsukiji is one of the dining facilities at the ground floor lobby of Century Park Hotel, located at 599 P. Ocampo St., Malate.
7. Tambayan Gastrobar
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A refreshing place to go hang out in the Bohemian Malate is Tambayan Gastrobar. Popular for young travelers, Tambayan offers nice interiors and Filipino comfort food that’s friendly to your pocket., but big in taste! Try their ‘pares’ or local beef stew, where the meat is tender and goes well with the garlic rice. After a filling meal, it doesn’t hurt to order one of their signature frozen drinks while relaxing in one of Manila’s trendy tambayan. Ready your P450.00 for good chow.
Tambayan Gastrobar is on Bocobo St. Malate, just a stone’s thrown away from Robinsons’ Place Ermita.
That’s 7 places for you to go food-trippin’. One restaurant a day may satisfy your curious tastes in the nation’s capital. Have a happy time discovering these dining spots that you can share with anyone!