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Top Ten Restaurants In Manila For Filipino Flavors
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Top Ten Restaurants In Manila For Filipino Flavors

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Manila’s cuisine takes influences from Asia, central Europe and the cooking styles of the regions around it. As such, it is home to some of the tastiest food in the country. We line up the 10 best restaurants to find unique flavors in the Filipino capital.
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Casa Roces

Casa Roces gives visitors a formal dining experience with a relaxed ambience and dishes crafted into cleanly presented fusion plates of Filipino and Spanish cuisines. The restaurant has the feel of a European brasserie, with high-end food and service but no stuffiness, despite its location in an historic 1930s house. A more recent acquisition is the Galeria Roces, which exhibits changing contemporary art shows has turned Casa Roces into a ‘dining and arts venue’.

1153 JP Laurel cor Aguado St. San Miguel, Manila, Aguado St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila, +63 2 708 4020

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La Cocina de Tita Moning

La Concina de Tita Moning’s menu was created by Suzette Montinola, who gathered her late grandmother’s timeless recipes and began serving them to close friends and members of the public. After much success, the restaurant has become a popular place to experience authentic Filipino cuisine. Previously the family home, ‘The Legarda Mansion’ in which the restaurant is located doubles up as a museum. This experience is highlighted by quirky features such as individual bells on each table in case the efficient service falters. Begin with cocktails on the veranda for a memorable evening.

San Rafael St, San Miguel, Manila, 1005 Metro Manila, +63 2 734 2141

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LULU Restaurant

Dishing up contemporary cuisine and inspired by traditional Filipino flavors, LULU specializes in breakfast and brunch. It is a popular destination for healthy yet comforting food. Although it has an impressive selection for vegetarians, the restaurant is also known for its quality steak and small bites giving you little tastes from a variety of cuisines. With clean and modern decor both inside and out, the building is spacious and airy.

Soliman, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 917 644 1688

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People’s Palace

Fusing contemporary influences with classic Thai dishes, People’s Palace is a renowned destination in Manila due to its zesty flavors and dishes presented in a minimalist fashion. The restaurant has a bar and garden lounge, which makes it ideal for romantic candlelit dining. Run by successful chef and restaurateur Colin Mackay, his high standards ensure the restaurant runs smoothly. The menu offers a selection of dishes from hot soups to spicy noodles and notable vegetarian options. Finish with one of the fresh juice cocktails to cleanse the palate.

Garden Side Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center, Legaspi Street, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, +63 2 729 2888

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Kashmir surrounds you with the aromatic delights of traditional Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, with additional menus offering Malaysian and Arabian dishes. Knowledgeable staff are available to assist you in ordering your dishes, so those who are a little uneasy with extreme flavors and spices needn’t worry. Fruity and spicy flavors are merged in order to create traditional Middle Eastern food, and the restaurant is known in the local area as one of the best for Indian cuisine.

816 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati, Makati, Metro Manila, +63 2 844 4927

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Lugang Café

Courteous staff welcome you into Lugang Café, for high-quality, fresh Taiwanese food. The clean and modern decor is understated and tasteful, and ideal for a formal lunch or dinner. The restaurant is run by the Bellagio Group of Shanghai and Beijing, who have used their previous successes to ensure the high quality of this establishment. Within the kitchen, eight expert Chinese chefs create dishes from the large menu, which the wine selection accompanies perfectly.

Connecticut St, San Juan, Metro Manila, +63 2 775 7599

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Café Ysabel

Café Ysabel provides a cozy setting that’s practically a Manila institution. Set in an ancestral home, the restaurant offers an authentic Filipino feel, and consistently serves top quality food from breakfast through to dinner, with a range of homegrown and international flavors.

455 P. Guevarra St, San Juan, Metro Manila, +63 2 726 9326

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Kokoro Ramenya

Kokoro Ramenya is one of the best places in Manila to go for quality ramen noodles. However, the restaurant also specializes in a range of rice and sushi dishes. The menu offers up simple food and fresh tastes, including delightful Japanese deserts such as Uji Kinok. The contemporary decor emphasizes the peaceful ambience within the restaurant.

Fisher Mall, 325 Quezon Ave, Santa Cruz, Quezon City, 1104 Metro Manila, +63 2 294 1688

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Gloria Maris

Feast on delicious dim sum at Gloria Maris, as well as an array of hot dishes, in addition to the popular Shabu Shabu. This restaurant serves consistently delicious Chinese cuisine and has become a reliable spot for both locals and tourists. Simple flavors complement the authentic Chinese menu which is executed flawlessly. Staff will go the extra mile to ensure that your meal is enjoyable.

Gateway, Aurora Blvd , Araneta Center, Socorro, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila, +63 2 332 5067