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)

One stay at Sentro 1771 and you'll never forget that iconic orange pot / PicHelp: unlimitedgrubgrabs.wordpress.com
One stay at Sentro 1771 and you’ll never forget that iconic orange pot / PicHelp: unlimitedgrubgrabs.wordpress.com

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.

Sentro 1771 Sinigang Corned Beef

Call your Lola’s gang, but they surely got nothing on this Beef Sinigang.

Sentro 1771 Keso Flan

What’s more delicious than cheese and yummier than leche flan? Keso Flan.

2. Café Juanita (Pasig City)

Cafe Juanita's interior is a work of art that gives you a unique "homey" feel / PicHelp: magingalagadngsining.wordpress.com
Cafe Juanita’s interior is a work of art that gives you a unique “homey” feel / PicHelp: magingalagadngsining.wordpress.com
Cafe Juanity Crispy Pork Binagoongan

Crispy. Pork. Binagoongan. ‘Nuff said.

Cafe Juanita Burong Filipino

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.

Kabila Filipino Bistro Seafood Kare Kare

Take care wherever you are, we’ll just be here eating this Kare-Kare.

Kabila Filipino Bistro Fresh Lumpia

This fresh lumpia is a true work of art.

4. Romulo Café (Quezon City)

Romulo Cafe is one resto that you don't wanna get off. Don't believe us? Try to visit it and feel it's magnetic vibe / PicHelp: firingyourimagination.blogspot.com
Romulo Cafe is one resto that you don’t wanna get off. Don’t believe us? Try to visit it and feel it’s magnetic vibe / PicHelp: firingyourimagination.blogspot.com

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.

Aracama Filipino Cuisine Sinugba Roasted Beef
This Sinugba (roasted beef) will make you forget what you’re supposed to forget – it’s that good.

Aracama Filipino Cuisine Ensaladang Talong

Ensaladang Talong never looked (and tasted) this good.

Aracama Filipino Cuisine Laswa Soup

This Laswa Soup is far from malaswa, iykwim.

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)

Commune is a cafe and bar, it's a hip place where can take more than a sip (of coffee) / PicHelp: ruerodier.blogspot.com
Commune is a cafe and bar, it’s a hip place where can take more than a sip (of coffee) / PicHelp: ruerodier.blogspot.com

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)

Mesa, located in a high class mall is one of a kind go to place if you're looking for Filipino cuisine with modern twist / PicHelp: www.adventurousfeet.com
Mesa, located in a high class mall is one of a kind go to place if you’re looking for Filipino cuisine with modern twist / PicHelp: www.adventurousfeet.com

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.Mesa Crispy Boneless Tilapia with 4 Sauces

Crispy Boneless Tilapia, not with one, not with two, not with three, but with four sauces.

Mesa River Shrimp on the Rocks

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.

Crisostomo Sinigang Mestizo

Take revenge on these Mestizos.

Crisostomo Crispy Tawilis

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.

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