Filipino food can be described as family style cuisine with bold flavors, sauces, and rice of course. While our cuisine was influenced by Chinese, Spanish, and even French origins, it has evolved into a truly authentic way of cooking. If you’re searching for restaurants that serve fares that can do more than just embody Philippine cuisine, here are 10 must-try eateries in Manila we found via PH OpenSnap.com
1. Sentro 1771 (Pasig City)
Order traditional foods, such as kare-kare and kilawin. There are also other delicacies you may not have tried, such as those they have come up with a twist, including people’s favorites corned beef sinigang and lamb caldereta.
Call your Lola’s gang, but they surely got nothing on this Beef Sinigang.
What’s more delicious than cheese and yummier than leche flan? Keso Flan.
2. Café Juanita (Pasig City)
This Burong Filipino is anything but boring. Get it?
Their most remarkable Filipino dish is the dinuguan chicharon, which not only tastes good, but also elevates the flavor of the traditional dinuguan.
3. Kabila Filipino Bistro (Makati City)
While they serve their own versions of Filipino dishes, such as tanigue kinilaw and bulalo, the original flavors of the foods remain intact. They also have bagoong, which is coconut-flavored.
Take care wherever you are, we’ll just be here eating this Kare-Kare.
This fresh lumpia is a true work of art.
4. Romulo Café (Quezon City)
Healthy Filipino dishes, including their very own chicken relleno with lots of garlic. This place is excellent for history lovers.
5. Aracama Filipino Cuisine (Taguig)
If you’re looking for some humble snacks, such as fishballs, this restaurant is the place to visit. While fishballs are not truly a dish, Aracama gives it up an upgrade by making them without extenders and they even come with three sauces.
Ensaladang Talong never looked (and tasted) this good.
6. Croque Café and Bakery (Makati City)
Even though the restaurant is designed with French style in mind, this shouldn’t fool you as it features a wide variety of Filipino dishes. Among the highlights of their menu are Croque Adobo and Silog Medley, both served with rice.
7. Wine Museum (Pasay City)
Aside from providing food for its clientele, Wine Museum is also a hotel and a museum, plus a wine education center where basics of wine-drinking are taught. This restaurant features Spanish-Filipino food, such as the Paella Colonial, their very own recipe.
8. Commune (Makati City)
A true patriotic restaurant where only local coffee is served, Commune is for those looking forward to tasting Filipino dishes. From the beef adobo to their tapa, this is certainly a great place to start a delightful treat.
9. Mesa Filipino Moderne (Quezon City)
If you’re searching for a high-end Filipino restaurant, here’s one to try. Mesa offers tried and tested methods of cooking good Filipino food, but they up their dishes with presentation.
Crispy Boneless Tilapia, not with one, not with two, not with three, but with four sauces.
Mesa’s River Shrimp on the Rocks: Simple, pero rocks!
10. Crisostomo (Pasay City)
This restaurant celebrates Filipino-Hispano cuisine with samples of Kare-Kare ng Kura, which is actually a dish made with tempura prawns that come with aligue and taro laing.
Take revenge on these Mestizos.
With Crispy Tawilis, platong pinagkainan ay parang winalis.
With the craftiness of Filipinos, it is no wonder that they are able to come up with creative ways to spice up and upgrade traditional Filipino food, while preserving their original flavors.
All food images came from PH OpenSnap.com