When it comes to food, the Philippines is so rich with undeniably great cuisine just as it is rich with beautiful destinations. The Filipinos have a knack for combining flavors and making the most of any ingredients at their table, hence putting out a palatable and unpretentious Filipino food that everyone enjoys!

That’s why aside from being a beach destination, the Philippines is also becoming the “it” food destination.

In this blog, we’ve listed the top 10 Filipino food you must try!

Related article: 16 Philippine Destinations to Eat Authentic Filipino Food (And Go Sightseeing)

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10 Filipino Food that Will Have You Drooling 

1. Adobo

 

filipino food adobo

No list of Filipino food would be complete without adobo. This ever-present dish in the Philippines is what balikbayans always miss and is a safe choice to introduce Philippines food to foreigners.

The meat (chicken, pork, or lamb) is marinated in vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices which is a practical way to preserve the food without refrigeration. 

2. Sinigang

filipino food sinigang

If we were to describe the taste of Filipino cuisine, it would have to be mostly sour rather than spicy. And sinigang serves you that.

This Pinoy classic consists of a delicious broth soured by tamarind, tomatoes, and sometimes, kamias. Aside from the meat, sinigang has different vegetables. Popular variants are pork sinigang, beef sinigang, prawns sinigang.

3. Sisig

filipino food sisig

The sisig meat is primarily chopped up parts of the pigs’ face— Filipinos don’t waste anything when it comes to food, that’s why no cut of the animal goes to waste. Some sisig recipes have mayonnaise and raw egg to be mixed in while hot and give it a creamier texture. While other sisig recipes don’t have raw egg and are crispier than the usual recipe. This is served sizzling on a hot stone plate and is a favorite pulutan (food that perfectly matches with beer) among Filipinos. 

The best Filipino restaurant that serves sisig is Manam. It has several branches in Metro Manila.

4. Kare-Kare

filipino food kare-kare

Kare-kare is one of the most favorite ulam of Pinoys. The stew is made with peanut butter and ground rice. It has oxtail and mixed vegetables. Kare-kare is best eaten with rice and bagoong (shrimp paste).

5. Lechon

filipino food lechon

This is a famous Filipino food not just to Pinoys but also to foreigners. Lechon is a whole roasted pig usually served on special occasions. It’s kind of expensive, that’s why when you see lechon on an occasion, it must be grand. 

What people love about lechon is its crispy skin and juicy meat which is best paired with liver sauce. Anthony Bourdain claimed that this is the best pig ever! He wouldn’t say this for nothing right?

The famous Filipino restaurant that serves one of the best lechons is Rico’s Lechon.

6. Crispy Pata

filipino food crispy pata

Just like lechon, crispy pata is a delicious and must-try Philippines food. Crispy Pata is the pig’s whole leg deep-fried into perfection to achieve the right crispiness. It is served with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce on the side with some chopped up garlic and chili.

7. Bulalo

filipino food bulalo

When the weather becomes cooler, Filipinos usually crave a hot stewed meal— bulalo. Bulalo is made by slow-cooking beef shanks and bone marrow. Like sinigang, it also has a mix of vegetables along with the beef. 

The most famous place to eat bulalo in the Philippines is Batangas and Tagaytay. Some Filipinos who live in the metro will drive up north just to have that bulalo fix. 

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8. Kansi

filipino food kansi

If you love sinigang and bulalo, you’ll definitely love Kansi, too! Kansi is an Ilonggo dish which is a combination of sinigang and bulalo. But the sour taste overpowers the soup. The meat is the same as bulalo using beef shank and bone marrow. Kansi is one of the must-try Pinoy ulam s in the Philippines!

9. Chicken Inasal

filipino food chicken inasal

 

This dish is basically a grilled chicken but this is not the ordinary grilled chicken you’ll see everywhere. If you want to taste the authentic chicken inasal, you should go to Bacolod as this is where the dish originated from. They marinate the chicken soy sauce, vinegar, and different spices that make Bacolod chicken inasal unique. They also use chicken oil to pair with rice. 

10. Kwek-Kwek

filipino street food kwek-kwek

Now let’s talk about street food in the Philippines! This Filipino street food is something you shouldn’t miss. The best street food in the Philippines is kwek-kwek. It is a quail egg covered in orange batter. Most of its goodness relies on its sauce and street food vendors have their own recipe. The best choice would be vinegar with chilis and garlic. 

If you want to be more adventurous, you should try isaw. It is a grilled chicken or pork intestine on a stick. 

Related article: 13 Irresistible Filipino Street Food You Should Try

BONUS!

Of course, a meal isn’t complete without a dessert! So here are two best Filipino desserts you should try!

Halo-Halo

 

filipino food halo halo

This dessert is becoming famous worldwide and we can’t see any reason why it should not. Halo-halo is like heaven in a glass filled with oh-so-good Filipino sweet treats like nata, kaong, gulaman, macapuno, banana, shaved ice with milk, and so much more! Filipinos usually love to eat this during the hot season but now, whether it’s hot or not, they always crave it because that’s just how good it is!

Suman

filipino food suman

Rice cake is one of the most distinct foods in Asia because of our rice-growing agriculture. And when in the Philippines, you’ll see different kinds of rice cakes everywhere and one famous kakanin is the suman

It is usually cooked in coconut milk and seasoned with a little sugar and salt for flavor, and are typically steamed in banana or palm leaves. It’s a common dessert or snack that can be found in different parts of the Philippines, with different versions using various ingredients. 

The Philippines may have been known to have the most beautiful beaches in the world but as famous as its amazing spots, the Filipino food is also something worth bragging about as it not just fills your tummy but also your heart.

Affordable and Easy to Cook Ulam Ideas 

If you’re the main cook in the house, there will come a time when you will run out of ulam ideas to cook for your family (or yourself!) So here are easy to cook ulam ideas if you can’t think of anything else to cook on a lazy day. 

1. Chicken Gising-Gising 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 90 grams Knorr Ginataang Gulay Mix
  • ½ lb. winged bean sigarilyas, sliced
  • 2 long green chili pepper sliced
  • 5 Thai chili pepper optional
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 thumbs ginger chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic, onion, and ginger.
  2. Add chicken pieces. Stir fry until the exterior turns light brown in color.
  3. Add 1 cup water. Let boil.
  4. Combine Knorr Ginataang Gulay Mix with 2 cups of water. Mix well and then pour into the pan. Cover and continue cooking between low to medium heat setting for 20 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp paste, long green pepper, and winged beans. Cover the pan and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  6. Add Thai chili peppers if desired. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with rice.
  8. Serve and enjoy! 

2. Pineapple Chicken Afritada 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 1 piece Knorr chicken cube
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces pineapple chunks in can
  • 1 piece potato diced
  • 1 piece carrot sliced
  • 1 piece red bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 piece green bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 piece onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Fish sauce and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic. Continue cooking while stirring until it starts to turn golden brown in color.
  2. Add onion. Saute until it softens.
  3. Add chicken. Cook each side for 1 minute or until the color turns light brown.
  4. Pour the tomato sauce, juice from pineapple chunks, and water into the pan. Stir. Cover the pan.
  5. Once the liquid starts to boil, add Knorr Chicken Cube and bay leaves. Cover the pan and then adjust the heat to a low setting. Continue cooking for 18 minutes.
  6. Use a kitchen tong to turn the chicken pieces over. Continue cooking the opposite side for 12 minutes.
  7. Add pineapple, potato, and carrot. Cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper.
  9. Add bell pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Serve and enjoy! 

3. Tortang Giniling 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. ground pork or beef
  • 6 pieces raw eggs
  • 1 medium-sized onion diced
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  2. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the onion, garlic, and tomato.
  3. Add the ground meat and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Put in the bell peppers and green peas. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper then stir to distribute. Transfer to a large bowl. Let it cool down.
  6. When the cooked ground meat reaches room temperature, beat the eggs and pour into the same bowl. Stir to distribute all the ingredients.
  7. Heat a clean non-stick pan. Add the remaining cooking oil.
  8. Scoop 1/3 of the egg and pork mixture to the pan.
  9. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until you see that the eggs are fully cooked. Avoid overcooking the eggs. Do the same step until the mixture is consumed.
  10. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  11. Serve and enjoy! 

4. Bistek Tagalog 

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 1/2 kilo beef, (use lean beef), sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • oil, for frying
  • 1 large onion, cut into large rings

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle meat with garlic powder. Combine calamansi juice and fish sauce. Pour over meat and marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Shake off excess marinade from meat and pan-fry in batches. Cook meat for a few minutes on both sides. 
  3. Return all of the meat into the pan. Add water to the leftover marinade and pour onto the meat. Cover. Simmer for half an hour or until the meat is tender.
  4. Stir in soy sauce. Add onions and cook for another couple of minutes. Squeeze the juice of one or two calamansi before removing from heat.
  1. Canned Tuna sisig

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. can tuna
  • 2 medium red onions minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup crushed chicharon
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 to 4 pieces Thai chili pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare the tuna by draining the liquid. You can place it in a cheese cloth and squeeze until the liquid comes-out.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Pan fry the tuna until it turns light to medium brown.
  3. Add onion. Continue to saute until the onion becomes soft.
  4. Add scallions and chili pepper. Saute for 2 more minutes.
  5. Season with garlic powder, ground black pepper, and soy sauce. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add half of the chicharon and put the mayonnaise into the pot. Mix well. Set aside.
  7. Melt butter in a sizzling plate (metal plate), put the cooked tuna sisig on the plate. Continue to cook for 30 seconds or until sizzling hot.
  8. Top with remaining chicharon. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Need more ulam ideas? Check out our easy-to-cook recipes here

Frequently Asked Questions About Filipino Food 

What is the best and most popular Filipino food? 

The most popular Filipino food is Adobo, but there are also other equally good ones, including: 

  • Sisig
  • Sinigang 
  • Lechon 
  • Bulalo
  • Crispy Pata
  • Chicken Inasal 

What are some cheap and easy-to-cook ulam ideas? 

Some easy-to-cook Pinoy ulam ideas are: 

  • Chicken Gising-Gising 
  • Pineapple Chicken Afritada 
  • Tortang Giniling 
  • Bistek Tagalog 
  • Canned Tuna Sisig 

What is the most famous Filipino restaurant in Manila?

There are several famous Filipino restaurants in Manila, including: 

  • Manam
  • Romulo’s Cafe 
  • Mesa 
  • Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico 
  • The Aristrocrat
  • Abe’s Restaurant
  • Via Mare 
  • Locavore  

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Your Philippine trip isn’t complete without eating Filipino food because that’s one of the best ways to fully enjoy and understand a place and make the most of your trip. Aside from seeing the good scenery and learning history, trying the local food adds to your knowledge about the place’s culture. And the Philippines, with over 7,000 amazing islands, have a lot of local dishes that every traveler must try!

In this blog, we will tour you from North to South to get familiarized with the specialties around the Philippines that you should not miss.

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Philippine Destinations to Eat Authentic Filipino Food

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1. Luñis – Batanes

lunis from batanes

It’s a traditional recipe of pork cooked with just rock salt. It is then stored in jars drowning in its own lard. Luñis is quite similar to dried pork adobo and is best served with supas (turmeric rice), another Ivatan specialty.

2. Balut – Pateros

balut, a filipino exotic food

Balut is a 16 to 21-day old fertilized duck egg that contains not only a yolk but also a semi-developed duck embryo that’s eaten from the shell. Pateros is the “Balut Capital of the Philippines” and even celebrates the Balut Festival for over three decades now. The nearby river where ducks love to swim made this industry big and Balut made it very special.

3. Sisig – Pampanga

sisig with egg on a sizzling plate

It is a culinary specialty of Pampanga made from parts of the grilled pig head, chicken liver, usually seasoned with calamansi, onions and chili peppers. The word “Sisig” was first mentioned in a Kapampangan dictionary meaning “to snack on something sour” and “salad.”

4. Bagnet – Ilocos

crispy pork bagnet served with rice

Bagnet is locally known as Chicharon in Ilocano. It is a boiled, air-dried, and deep-fried slabs of pork liempo (belly) seasoned with garlic, black peppercorns, bay leaves and salt.

5. Vigan Longganisa – Vigan City

vigan longganisa

This delicacy is a staple when visiting Ilocos. It is a pork sausage made with ground lean pork, ground pork fat, brown sugar, garlic, onions, bay leaves, soy sauce, vinegar, black pepper, and salt. The difference of Vigan longganisa to ordinary longganisa is that the latter is sweeter while Vigan longganisa is a bit dried and has garlicky flavor.

6. Buko Pie – Laguna

a slice of buko pie

Everyone who has been to Laguna never left the province without a buko pie in hand. It is a baked young coconut custard pie and a specialty in Los Baños, Laguna. This delicacy is top pasalubong from Laguna.

7. Bulalo – Tagaytay

bulalo in a large bowl

It is a light-colored soup that is made by cooking beef shanks and bone marrow until the collagen and fat has melted into the clear broth. It typically includes leafy vegetables (like pechay/bok choy or cabbage), corn on the cob, scallions, onions, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce. Some people from the north or Metro Manila go to Tagaytay just to eat bulalo.

8. Lomi – Batangas

delicious lomi batangas

Lomi originated in Lipa, Batangas back in 1968. A dish that has thick egg noodles, pork liver, fish balls, kikiam, and quail eggs, all swimming in a thick broth and occasionally topped with a whisked egg. This is such a significant part of Batangueño’s life that they celebrate a Lomi Festival every June, alongside the capital’s Foundation Day itself.

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9. Pancit Habhab – Quezon Province

pancit habhab

Pancit Habhab is a local delicacy of sautéed noodles mixed with chopped pork, shrimps, vegetables, onion, and garlic. It is placed on a rectangular Banana leaf and should be eaten without using utensils but only your mouth. If the ordinary pancit has calamansi to add flavor, in Quezon, they use vinegar to get the sour taste which is oh-so-good by the way!

10. Laing – Bicol

laing originated in bicol

Laing is a dish of shredded or whole Taro leaves with meat or seafood cooked in thick coconut milk spiced with labuyo chili, lemongrass, garlic, shallots, ginger, and shrimp paste originated in Bicol region.

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11. Lechon – Cebu

crispy lechon cebu

Cebu is the Lechon Capital of the World where Anthony Bourdain tasted and described as “the best pig ever.” It is a whole roasted pig cooked on a large stick over a pit filled with charcoal. 

12. Chicken Inasal – Bacolod

chicken inasal in bacolod

Inasal is a chicken marinated in a mixture of calamansi, pepper, coconut vinegar and annatto, then grilled over hot coals while basted with the marinade. It is served with rice, calamansi, soy sauce, chicken oil and vinegar. It is a popular specialty dish in the city of Bacolod. 

13. Batchoy – Iloilo

delicious batchoy in a large bown in iloilo

It is a noodle soup made with pork offal, crushed pork cracklings, chicken stock, beef loin, and round noodles. Its origins can be traced to the district of La Paz, Iloilo and it is often referred to as La Paz Batchoy.

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14. Sinuglaw – Davao

flatlay photo of sinuglaw
Photo from Maggi

Sinuglaw, originated in Davao, is a dish composed of grilled pork belly and fish ceviche. This can be considered as a main dish or an appetizer. The name “sinuglaw” was derived from two famous cooking methods in the Visayas and Mindanao areas: sugba, meaning to grill; and kinilaw, which means to cook by soaking in vinegar or citric acid.

15. Curacha – Zamboanga

delicious crabs (curacha) in zamboanga

Curacha Alavar, sometimes referred to as curacha con salsa Alavar (“Curacha with Alavar sauce”) in Chavacano creole is a Zamboanga specialty made from spanner crabs (curacha), garlic, ginger, salt, and Alavar sauce. The key ingredient is the Alavar sauce, a secret blend of coconut milk, taba ng talangka (crab roe paste), and various spices.

16. Tuna – General Santos City

tons of fresh tuna in general santos city

General Santos City (GenSan) is known as the Tuna capital of the Philippines because of its high quality “Sashimi-grade” Yellowfin Tuna that is mostly exported, while the rest are processed into canned goods, or sold locally.

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Makati has always been the go-to place for after-work hangouts and shopping. But that’s not all the city has to offer because if you take a closer look at the central business district, you’ll discover lots of restaurants in Makati that every foodie will enjoy.

20 Must-Try Restaurants in Makati

If you’re in search of samgyup in Makati or steakhouse in Makati, we got you covered! We’ve rounded up all the best restaurants in Makati that every foodie must try!

  1. Rue Bourbon
  2. Ramen Nagi
  3. Little Tokyo
  4. Samgyupsalamat
  5. Yabu
  6. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
  7. Lampara
  8. Le Petit Souffle
  9. Blackbird at the Nielsen Tower
  10. Wild Poppy
  11. People’s Palace
  12. New Bombay
  13. La Cabrera
  14. Buddy’s
  15. Caruso Ristorante Italiano
  16. Korea Garden
  17. Rockwell Glasshouse
  18. Romulo Cafe
  19. Tsukiji
  20. Tapenade

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Discover the best restaurants in Makati in this food guide as we listed all food spots to visit if you’re looking for a buffet in Makati, Poblacion restaurants, Makati Ave restaurants, and more!

1. Rue Bourbon

Rue Bourbon restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Rue Bourbon

What once started as a humble after-work bar in 2009, Rue Bourbon Makati is a bar and restaurant inspired by the famous Mardi Gras festival in Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Aside from the palatable food they serve, Rue Bourbon Makati curated a revolutionary product that has since been the foundation of its success–Caramel Beer.

Address: Ground Floor, Aguirre Bldg., 108 H.V. Dela Costa Corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: American

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

2. Ramen Nagi

ramen nagi restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Ramen Nagi Manila

Ramen Nagi Makati is one of the most popular ramen joints in the Philippines today. Unlike other Japanese restaurants in Makati, Ramen Nagi allows you to customize your own bowls from the noodles: from the soup and thickness of the noodles down to the toppings. They’re popular for their specialty gourmet ramen like the Butao King and Black King.

Address: Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Japanese

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

3. Little Tokyo

little tokyo restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Nodaya Little Tokyo Garden Makati

If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine and you’re looking for the best Japanese restaurant in Makati that serves nothing but authentic Jap food, make sure to go to Makati Little Tokyo in Legaspi Village. It is a compound full of quaint Japanese restaurants, some of which serve the best Japanese food this side of town. 

Address: Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Japanese

Average Cost: PHP 500 for two

4. Samgyupsalamat

Samgyupsalamat restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Samgyupsalamat – 삼겹살라맛

Craving for samgyup in Makati? Where else can you satisfy your tummy better than Samgyupsalamat? This Korean restaurant in Makati is one of the largest and fastest growing chains in the Philippines thanks to their affordable prices and oh-so-good meat and sides!

Address: 2/F Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Korean

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

5. Yabu

Yabu restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Yabu: House of Katsu

Yabu is a Japanese restaurant in Makati and across the Philippines that specializes in all things katsu. One of their must-try dishes is their Kurobuta Pork set that comes with unlimited rice, cabbage salad and fruits. Make sure to visit Yabu Makati if you want to taste the most awesome katsu in town!

Address: Glorietta 2, Glorietta 2, San Lorenzo, Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Japanese

Average Cost: PHP 1,500 for two

6. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

wildflour cafe makati

Photo credits to Wildflour

A mainstay of the Metro Manila brunch scene, Wildflour offers experimental dishes and perfected comfort favorites. They’ve got bowls of speciality salads, a vibrant selection of smoothies, rich milkshakes, and coffee-based concoctions. In each of its branches, chef-owner Ana de Ocampo has crafted and executed this signature experience that’s been reeling in the regulars since her first in 2012. Their must-try dishes are the Wildflour Breakfast and Fried Chicken and Waffles.

Address: Wildflour has several branches in Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisines: American, Italian, Bakery, Coffee

Average Cost: PHP 1,500 for two

7. Lampara

Lampara makati

Photo credits to Lampara

As soon as you enter Lampara, what catches you is the open space marked by high ceilings. It also has a relaxed open veranda to feel the breeze and check what’s happening outside, and a little glass-house nook with a cozy Mod, ’60s-vibe where you can have drinks. And as good as how the restaurant looks, their food is one of a kind that’s why it’s no surprise that Lampara comes to the list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati.

Address: 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City  

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Filipino

Average Cost: PHP1,200 for two

8. Le Petit Souffle

le petite souffle restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Le Petit Souffle

A mix of French elegance and Japanese aesthetic, Le Petit Souffle offers a serene and romantic ambiance that will surely impress you and your date. With its garden-inspired interior, this modern French-Japanese bistro gives an outdoor vibe while being indoors. Because of its decor, there’s truly no doubt this dining spot is Instagram-worthy, yet perfect for a casual dine out. Serving both sweet and savory food, guests keep returning for their much-loved Foie Gras Mac & Cheese and Squid Ink Rice. You might also enjoy some delicious desserts and Souffles to match the romantic hanging lamps, dim lights and imitation trees.

Address: Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: French, Japanese

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

9. Blackbird at the Nielsen Tower

Blackbird at the Nielson Tower makati

Photo from Blackbird Makati

One of the best fine dining in Makati is Blackbird. It is a contemporary European and Asian restaurant headed by Chef Colin Mackay. Blackbird Makati has an aviation theme that is inspired by the Manila International Air Terminal which was built and used to stand on the same location in 1937. With Blackbird’s simplicity and sophistication, it has also become one of the best romantic restaurants in Manila.

Address: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Fine dining

Cuisines: European, Asian

Average Cost: PHP 2,000 for two

10. Wild Poppy

Wild Poppy makati

Photo credits to The Wild Poppy

The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant that serves modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites, and signature cocktails. The ambiance of this bar & restaurant emits a cozy vibe that puts you in a relaxing mood while enjoying meals and cocktails. The interiors have a vibrant and warm contrast, giving guests a great time with great food.

Address: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Asian fusion

Average Cost: PHP 500 for two

11. People’s Palace

People's Palace Thai restaurants in makati 3

Photo credits to People’s Palace Thai

People’s Palace Makati is a modern Thai restaurant that offers appetizing dishes that will take you to Thailand! Some of the most popular dishes that People’s Palace Makati serve are the Pork Satay, Prawn Spring Rolls and Prawn, Pomelo and Coconut Salad for starters, Tom Yum Goong and Chicken in Pandan Leaves.

Address: G/F Greenbelt 3-Garden Side, Ayala Center, Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Thai

Average Cost: PHP 1,500 for two

12. New Bombay

New Bombay Makati is an Indian restaurant in Makati that serves an extensive selection of authentic traditional Indian dishes. Some of their popular dishes are Chicken Tikka Masala, Fish Curry, and Aloo Paratha. What makes them a catch is that you can easily satisfy your Indian food craving as New Bombay Makati has several branches in the metro. 

Address: Glorietta 3, San Lorenzo, Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Indian

Average Cost: PHP 500 for two

13. La Cabrera

La Cabrera Manila restaurants in makati

Photo credits to La Cabrera Manila

No need to fly to Argentina to taste the best steak in the world because just in the metro lies a restaurant known for its thick, premium, and juicy steaks—La Cabrera Makati. It is a famous steakhouse in Buenos Aires, Argentina created by Chef de Cuisine Gaston Riveira. Now, it’s making a name for itself as one of the best steakhouses in Makati.

And here’s an awesome fact that will convince you to eat at La Cabrera Makati: La Cabrera is #19 on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2015.

Address: 6750 Ayala Ave., Makati

Type of restaurant: Fine dining

Cuisine: Argentine

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

14. Buddy’s

Buddy's restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Buddy’s

We’re not exaggerating when we say Buddy’s Makati serves nothing but oh-so-delicious food! This restaurant is a festival-inspired Filipino restaurant boosting with colorful patterns. When you visit Buddy’s Makati, make sure to try the pancit lucban, longganisa and lumpiang ubod.

Address: Ground Floor, The Link, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Filipino

Average Cost: PHP 300 for two

15. Caruso Ristorante Italiano

caruso restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Caruso Makati

Caruso Ristorante Italiano offers some of the most authentic Italian dishes meant to satisfy your taste buds. To make their dishes more authentic, they use ingredients that are directly imported from Italy. From their pasta and steak to their pizza baked in wood-fired oven, you’ll surely have a great time at Caruso Makati.

Address: LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air, 1209 Makati

Type of restaurant: Fine dining

Cuisine: Italian

Average Cost: PHP 2,000 for two

16. Korea Garden

Korea Garden restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Korea Garden Restaurant

Korea Garden is one of the oldest Korean restaurants in Makati. Their interior gives you a homey vibe and their traditional Korean dishes are one for the books! Among the must-try dishes at Korea Garden Makati are Kalbi Chim (beef rib stew), Tak Kui (grilled spicy chicken thighs), Nackchi Bogum (spicy octopus), and bulgogi made with chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp.

Address: 128 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Korean

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

17. Rockwell Glasshouse

Rockwell Glasshouse Restaurant in Makati

Photo from Harlan + Holden Glasshouse

The Rockwell Glasshouse is a modern-day structure surrounded by lush green plants that mimics the feel of a greenhouse in the middle of the city. Huge Fiddle Leaf figs, gold details and lavish furniture adorn the interior of this elegant spot, which makes it the perfect place for an endless conversation over coffee or wine with your date. Natural lighting emits from the glass exterior, allowing for a simple, yet elegant ambiance. And the food tastes as lovely as the facade. Rockwell Glasshouse’s menu consists mainly of salads, pastas, sandwiches and coffee. The more indulgent meals include a selection of rice bowls, all-day breakfast fare, and cake. Must-try menu items include Bottarga Pasta, Fried Portuguese Sardines with Garlic Rice and Eggs, and the Parma Ham and Emmental Cheese Sandwich. So if you’re looking for Rockwell Makati restaurants, make sure to try this.

Address: R1-GH, The Glasshouse Rockwell Center, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Fine dining

Cuisine: American

Average Cost: PHP 900 for two

18. Romulo Cafe

Romulo Cafe restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Romulos Cafe Makati

If you can’t get enough of Filipino food, Romulo Cafe is the perfect place to be. They serve traditional Filipino comfort food taken straight from authentic heirloom recipes. And while you’re at Romulos Cafe Makati, you can also take a glimpse of Philippine history through its museum-style interiors.

Address: 148 Jupiter St. cor. Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati

Type of restaurant: Casual dining

Cuisine: Filipino

Average Cost: PHP 1,000 for two

19. Tsukiji

Tsujiki restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Tsukiji Japanese Restaurant – Makati

Another fine dining restaurant in Makati you should add in your list, especially if you love Japanese food, is Tsukiji Makati. They serve premium Japanese cuisine prepared by Chef Toshiro Okajima and his team since 1989. Their specialties include Sushi and Sashimi sourced from all over the world. Make sure to visit Tsukiji Makati if you want to taste authentic Japanese food in the metro.

Address: Third Floor, Milkyway Building, 900 A Arnaiz Avenue Corner Paseo de Roxas, San Lorenzo, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Fine dining

Cuisine: Japanese

Average Cost: PHP 4,000 for two

20. Tapenade

Tapenade restaurants in makati

Photo credits to Discovery Primea Tapenade Makati

Believe it or not, you can experience Morocco and Sicily to North Africa at a fine dining restaurant in Makati—Tapenade. This restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean food without burning a hole in your pocket. 

Address: Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Urdaneta, Makati City

Type of restaurant: Fine dining

Cuisines: Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean

Average Cost: PHP 2,500 for two

Frequently Asked Questions About Restaurants in Makati

Q: What are the best restaurants in Makati?

A: If you’re in search of samgyup in Makati or fine dining in Makati, we got you covered! Here’s a list of all the restaurants in Makati that every foodie must try!

  • Rue Bourbon
  • Ramen Nagi
  • Makati Little Tokyo
  • Samgyupsalamat
  • Yabu
  • Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
  • Lampara
  • Le Petit Souffle
  • Blackbird Makati
  • Wild Poppy
  • People’s Palace
  • New Bombay
  • La Cabrera
  • Buddy’s
  • Caruso Ristorante Italiano
  • Korea Garden
  • Rockwell Glasshouse
  • Romulos Cafe Makati
  • Tsukiji
  • Tapenade
  • Pancake House Makati
  • Early Bird Breakfast Club
  • Jade Garden Makati

Q: Where can I have a dinner date in Makati?

A: From Circuit Makati restaurants to Poblacion restaurants, here are some of the most romantic places to have a dinner date in Makati.

  1. Le Petit Souffle
  2. Rockwell Glasshouse
  3. Filling Station
  4. Early Bird Breakfast Club
  5. Blackbird Makati
  6. Wild Poppy
  7. People’s Palace
  8. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery
  9. Lampara
  10. Tapenade

Related article: Best Date Restaurants in Manila: 12 Affordable Valentine’s Dining Spots for In and Out of the Metro

Q: Is dining in Makati expensive?

A: Dining in Makati is quite expensive compared to other cities in Metro Manila. But there are other food spots that offer affordable prices to fill your tummy. 

Q: How much does it cost to eat in Makati?

A: You must prepare at least a budget of PHP 1,000 for two.

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Anyone who loves to dine knows that Metro Manila’s food landscape is a mix of different cultures around the world but has its own distinction that takes Filipino cuisine to a next level. Well, that makes Manila food culture lively, communal, vibrant and oh-so-fine! So if you’re looking for the best restaurants in Manila, you’ve come to the right place!

Here are the 10 best restaurants in Manila 2020!

10. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant

Address: Plaza San Luis Complex, Gen. Luna St, Intramuros, Manila.

Intramuros always fill our history and sightseeing cravings but other than these, it’s also a good place to find the top restaurants in Manila. One of these is Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant. If you’re looking for authentic Filipino food to add to your historical day trip, Barbara’s is the perfect place to go to. Try all of the dishes from their grand buffet, while enjoying cultural dance performances.

Cuisines: Filipino, Spanish

Average Cost: PHP800 for two

Zomato Ratings: 3.8/5

9. NIU by Vikings

Address: NIU by Vikings is located at SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Photo from NIU

Cuisine: Seafood, American, Mediterranean, Japanese

Average cost: PHP3,000 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.5/5

Dive into a night of international cuisine, a world-class buffet, a romantic live piano, and indulgence that you deserve! NIU is one of the restaurants under the Vikings Group. Two words that NIU live by: fresh and intricate. Thus, they commit to bringing the finest dishes from all over the world. So expect this to be another best buffet in Manila.

8. Seoul-Sky 100 Revolving Restaurant

Address: 100 Revolving Restaurant is located at 33th Floor, MDC 100 Building, Eastwood Avenue, Bagumbayan, Quezon City.

If you want an over the top (literally and figuratively) dining experience, try Chef Jessie Sincioco’s 100 Revolving Restaurant in Quezon City. It will take you for a spin, literally because it revolves, giving you a 360-degree view of Metro Manila. Among the must-try dishes, there are the Assorted Seafood Gambas, Grilled Lamb Chops, Spicy Puttanesca, and Dark Chocolate Souffle.

Cuisine: Korean

Average Cost: PHP2,000 for two

7. Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant

Address: Lemuria is located at 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City.

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If you’re looking for a place under the radar, try Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant. It is a hidden romantic restaurant in Quezon City that serves expressive French Mediterranean cuisine made from scratch using only the best and freshest ingredients. Their menu evolves to offer new discoveries of flavor combinations that challenge the adventurous palate desiring cuisine beyond the mainstream offerings.

Cuisines: French, Mediterranean

Average Cost: PHP3000 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.2/5

6. Cru Steakhouse

Address: 2 Resort Dr, Pasay City.

Truly one of the most enjoyable experiences every meat lover will agree on is indulging themselves into a juicy steak. They use dry aging—a unique method that involves hanging the meat in a refrigerated cooler. The meat is kept at a specific temperature and humidity from 10-28 days and comes out with a new array of flavor and depth. 

Some of the prominent businessmen and personalities have also dined here so there’s no doubt that Cru Steakhouse has the best steak in Manila.

Cuisines: Steak, Italian, American

Average Cost: PHP4,000 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.3/5

5. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

Address: 11 Isabelo Mendoza St, San Roque, Marikina.

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If you’re a morning person and you love breakfast, don’t miss the Rustic Mornings by Isabelo. It’s one of Marikina’s hidden gems that doesn’t only serve delicious food with quality service, but also has a garden-style set up that’ll surely make your romantic date memorable as it is one of the best romantic restaurants in Manila.

Cuisines: American, Filipino

Average Cost: PHP1200 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.6/5

4. Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Address: Wildflour has several branches in BGC, Makati, and Ortigas.

Photo from Wildflour

A mainstay of the Metro Manila brunch scene, Wildflour offers experimental dishes and perfected comfort favorites. They’ve got bowls of speciality salads, a vibrant selection of smoothies, rich milkshakes, and coffee-based concoctions. In each of its branches, chef-owner Ana de Ocampo has crafted and executed this signature experience that’s been reeling in the regulars since her first in 2012. Their must-try dishes are the Wildflour Breakfast and Fried Chicken and Waffles.

Cuisines: American, Italian, Bakery, Coffee

Average Cost: PHP1,500 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.4/5

3. Blackbird

Address: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City

Photo from Blackbird

One of the best fine dining restaurants in Manila is Blackbird. It is a contemporary European and Asian restaurant headed by Chef Colin Mackay. The restaurant has an aviation theme that is inspired by the Manila International Air Terminal which was built and used to stand on the same location in 1937. With Blackbird’s simplicity and sophistication, it has also become one of the best romantic restaurants in Manila.

Cuisines: European, Asian

Average Cost: PHP3,100 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.6/5

2. Spiral Manila

Address: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

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Enjoy a lavish meal at one of the best restaurants in Manila. Spiral is divided into 21 dining ateliers. In France, an atelier is an artist’s special workshop and in Spiral, it is where secret recipes are masterfully prepared right your very eyes. This buffet destination features a wide range of cuisine created with the focus and attention to detail by seasoned culinary artisans. Spiral is also a multi-awarded dining destination making it the best buffet in Manila!

Cuisines: European, Asian, Indian

Average Cost: PHP6,000 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.9/5

1. Manam

Address: Manam has branches at SM Megamall, Greenbelt, and others.

Photo from Manam

When it comes to places for the best Filipino food in the metro, Manam tops the list. It’s a reliable option, whether you’re treating balikbayans who are craving for a taste of home or introducing foreigners to the Pinoy cuisine. When in Manam, never miss their Crispy Pork Sisig. It’s safe to say that it could be the best food in Manila as it’s like a masterpiece made for your tastebuds. You should also try the Kansi, Crispy Pancit Palabok, and Ube + Sago Pampalamig.

Manam is definitely one of the best restaurants in Manila.

Cuisines: Filipino

Average Cost: PHP700 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.5/5


Bonus! More best restaurants in Manila!

Jin Joo Korean Grill

Address: Jin Joo Korean Grill has several branches around Metro Manila.

Photo from Jin Joo

The craze with Korean restaurants, especially Korean BBQ, is all over the metro. You’ll find groups of people in long lines, waiting to have a go at these restaurants. Jin Joo Korean Grill sets themselves apart from other K-BBQ places with their playful vibe and unique take on Korean food. Take Jin Joo’s 8 Flavors, which features eight flavors of samgyupsal that comes with six kinds of unlimited banchan (side dishes) that they change every day. 

Another fun dish is the Cheese Dung Galbi that allows you to dip barbecued baby back ribs into an oh-so-good combo of melted mozzarella and cheddar. With all these offers, no wonder it’s included in the best korean restaurants in Manila.

Cuisines: Korean, Korean BBQ, Grill

Average Cost: PHP1,500 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.0/5

Shake Shack

Address: Shake Shack Philippines has branches in Taguig and SM Megamall.

Filipinos got excited when the New York based burger shop announced that they’d bring their world-class burgers to the Philippines! Shake Shack might be named for their signature shakes which are often hailed as some of the best in the industry but what people really line up for are their famous burgers. Many claim that they have the best burger in Manila! 

Cuisines: American

Average Cost: PHP900 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.1/5

China Blue by Jereme Leung

Address: China Blue is located at Conrad Manila, Seaside Blvd. cor. Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Photo from Conrad Manila

As you step into the high-ceilinged dining room of China Blue, you will notice the gorgeous details of the walls, cushions, and tablescapes in dark brown, gold, and blue tones. A team of skilled chefs under the prominent chef Jereme Leung meticulously crafts innovative interpretations of classic Chinese cooking. Diners would feast upon non-traditional dishes that are rooted in classic Chinese cuisines and infused with a refreshing and contemporary twist. What sets this best Chinese restaurant in Manila is that people get to enjoy a stunning view of Manila Bay while dining.

Cuisines: Chinese

Average Cost: PHP2,200 for two

Zomato Ratings: 4.5/5

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Calling out all food lovers out there! We’re giving you 15 budget-friendly, drool-worthy, and super delicious menu items to try out in these best affordable restaurants in Manila! Get your camera phones ready, your tummies rumbling, and PHP200 ($4) worth of cash. We’ve got your cravings (and budget) covered!

1. The Burgery

Photo from The Burgery

The Burgery is known for its juicy, medium-done patties and overflowing nachos. Considering their cheap prices, they offer more than what is expected from a budget-friendly meal, with each bite releasing a sweet amount of meat juice that’s perfect for meat lovers. We will not include this in the list of best affordable restaurants in Manila for nothing!

Bugsy Burger – PHP145 | Fat Tony Burger – PHP185
Location: Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St, Carmona, Makati

2. Chubs Chasers

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Formerly known as Chubs Steak at Manok, Chubs Chasers is the same casual Filipino-American diner serving their signature Divine Steak and Carvilicious Chicken. With the expansion of their menu, they have now included ribs, burgers, pasta, desserts, and other entrees into their menu.

Parmesan Flaming Wings – PHP 199
Location: 86 Visayas Avenue Extension, Tandang Sora, Quezon City

3. Lagrima

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Lagrima, located in Legazpi Village Makati, offers authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. With a wide selection of fillings for both your burrito and taco, you are free to customize the flavors to your liking. Their amazing Horchata (Rice Milk) is loved by many too and it’s surely a must-try in their delicious menu. Get ready for an explosion of flavors when dining in this yummy taco and burrito joint.

Super Taco –  PHP 190 | Quesadillas – PHP 150 to PHP 200
Location: G/F BSA Mansion 108 Benavidez St, Legazpi Village, Makati

4. Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters

Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters is a fast food-type of restaurant that specializes in Pugon Roasted Chicken and other savory dishes, such as Kaldereta Mac n’ Cheese, Angus Beef Steak, and Sinampalukang Sopas. Guests are welcome to order unlimited rice for only Php 6.00, making their menu budget-meal worthy and perfect for unli-rice lovers. With a powerful distinct taste, you can easily tell from the flavor that it’s from Pugon’s. Even their Atsara is good. For anyone needing a hot meal served quickly, this dining spot is perfect for a quick dine out.

Pugon Roast Chicken  – PHP 99 to PHP 119
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City

5. Esquinita Kitchen & Pub

Esquinita Kitchen & Pub is a hole-in-the-wall, casual restaurant along Estrella in Makati offering affordable Filipino-Mexican cuisine, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Perfect for a group meal, this dining area will keep your tummies filled and satisfy your cravings.

Sisig Rice – PHP 99 | Crispy Sinigang PHP 169
Location: 78 A Estrella St. Bel Air, Bel-Air, Makati

6. The Wild Poppy

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The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant that serves modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites, and signature cocktails. The ambiance of this bar & restaurant emits a cozy vibe that puts you in a relaxing mood while enjoying meals and cocktails. The interiors have a vibrant and warm contrast, giving guests a great time with great food.

Chicken Ren Damn  – PHP 120 | Hoi Belly – PHP 140
Location: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila

7. Grape Escape

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Grape Escape is a wine lounge and kitchen and is the first of its kind in Maginhawa. It offers something far greater than the typical menu and is usually visited by students from nearby schools and institutions. They even have a wide selection of wines and a number of dishes to match the awesome food. If you’re seeking for a fancy but affordable place, Grape Escape if the spot for you.

Chicken Fritters – PHP 175
Location: 99 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Teachers Village, Quezon City 1101

8. Gata

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Gata offers flavors of Bicolano cuisine, especially since most would consider it a piece of Bicol right in the middle of Quezon City. They serve authentic Bicolano dishes like Laing, Bicol Express, Adobong Bicol, all with fresh gata or coconut milk. All of these can be customizable so you won’t worry too much about the spice levels.

Adobong Bicol Rice w Egg | Homemade Bicol Longganisa with Garlic Rice and Egg | Crispy Danggit Bicol with Garlic

Rice and Egg  – All for PHP190
Location: Unit 3 143 Mother Ignacia Ave. Brgy, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

9. BonBanhmi

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Known to be truly authentic when it comes to Banh mi sandwiches, this hold-in-the-wall dining destination is owned by a Vietnamese couple and is said to make the best Banh mi in Manila. Everything in their menu is under PHP250 that’s why it is one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila! So it’s perfect for a budget-friendly dine out.

All Banhmi  – PHP99 to PHP119
Location: Food Patio, 7th Floor, PBCom Tower, 6795 Ayala Ave cor V.A. Rufino St, Salcedo Village, Makati

10. Tittos Latin BBQ + Brew

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If you’re looking for the best affordable restaurants in Manila, visit Tittos. It is a taco place located along the foodie strip of Kapitolyo. It serves a menu of unique Filipino dishes with a Latin American twist. The ambiance is nice and it doesn’t get too crowded, so it’s just right for a simple, casual dine out with some friends. You might even want to try out their cocktails, which are a great compliment to their outstanding dishes.

All Tacos – PHP125 to PHP155
Location: 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

11. Bai Nian Tang Bao

Bai Nian Tang Bao is a soup dumpling specialty restaurant that serves a wide array of Chinese comfort food. You’ll find yourself enjoying their Soup Dumplings, Fish, Scallops, Rice Bowls and Pork Dumplings. Everything on their menu does not disappoint!

Chicken Soup Pork Wonton – PHP119 | Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles – PHP179
Location: Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

12. Bento&Co.

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Bento & Co. is a neighborhood Japanese restaurant that thrives in their ‘make-your-own bento’ concept. You can modify your order based on your mood and hunger level. You can definitely feel the Japanese taste through their food and the ambience of the restaurant. If you’re down to customize your bento box to your liking, why not try out this awesome Japanese food spot.

Katsudon – PHP175 | Make-Your-Own Bento – PHP125 to PHP200
Location: No. 2 Scout Dr Lazcano, Paligsahan, Quezon City

13. Faburrito

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Faburrito is a healthy Mexican restaurant that serves freshly prepared wraps, burritos and other Mexican specials. Some of their menu items include Steak Salad, Nachos, Mango Salsa, Fish Salad, Chicken Quesadilla, Tacos and Lemongrass Tea.

Chicken Quesadillas – PHP 169 | Battered Fish Bowl – PHP 195
Location: G/F The Columns, Ayala cor Sen Gil Puyat Ave, Salcedo Village, Makati

14. Bowl Master

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Bowl Master lives up to its name by serving you fresh and flavorful bowls perfect for every meal! Their tipid meals are perfect for those who are always on a budget. Bowl Master is definitely one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila.

Rice bowls – PHP85 – 105
Location: Double Dragon Plaza The Meridian Pasay City

15. Kko Kko

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Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mother.  Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean Lunch Cox), each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. Find yourself enjoying authentic Korean cuisine in this sweet dining spot. Other food items include Onion Rings, Cheesy Chicken, Chicken Wings, Bibimbap, Bread Bowl, Beef Bulgogi, Soy Chicken.

2-pc Chicken with Rice – PHP118
Location: The Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City

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From a quiet humble residential neighborhood, Poblacion has quickly transformed into one of the hottest nightspots in the metro. This district is famous for bars, pubs, and has also become a bustling food destination, with best restaurants Poblacion Makati serving everything.

Every now and then, a new restaurant, bar, or hotel is sprouting in this area, making it hard for tourists and locals alike to decide where to go. Luckily for us, Discover MNL took us to their top picks for a staycation, coffee, lunch, or party in this buzz-worthy street!

Check out what these best restaurants Poblacion Makati has to offer!

1. Commune Cafe + Bar

a man at the bar preparing coffee

Photo credits to Commune

Address: 36 Polaris cor Durban St., Poblacion, Makati City

What to order: Flat White (PHP130) and Iced Toddy (PHP145/165)

As their name suggests, this cafe was born out of love for coffee and the connections it fuels, which is why more than a cafe, it’s a venue for startup events and community meet-ups, making it the favorite of creatives and freelancers in Metro Manila. They pride in only using single-origin beans from Mount Matutum, Mount Kitanglad, Sagada and other Arabica growing regions in the Philippines.

2. Filling Station Bar and Cafe

a car inside the Filling Station Bar Cafe

Photo credits to Filling Station Bar Cafe

Address: 5012 P. Burgos Ave, Makati City

What to order: Strawberry Milkshake (PHP295), Cookies and Cream Premium Milkshake (PHP325), Old Timer Burger (PHP528), John Wayne’s Rib Eye Steak (PHP1,595)

In the feed of the Filipino Instagrammer, this restaurant is characterized by its aesthetic: red booths, neon lights, 50s memorabilia (Manilyn Monroe photos, life-size wax images of Elvis Presley, James Dean and Superman), and a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado, among others. It has been in Poblacion since 1991, built by a former US navy cook. What we loved most about the place, though, is its humongous servings and excellent milkshakes! That’s why this definitely makes it to our list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati.

3. Señor Pollo

chicken with side dishes at senor pollo

Photo credits to Señor Pollo Philippines

Address: 5767 Ebro, Makati

What to order: Quarter Roast Chicken (PHP155) with 2 sides (PHP245)

You’ve probably heard of this place, aside from being the holy grail of Latin American food and cheap beer, it’s also one of the first restaurants in Poblacion. More than the authentically Southern food, what makes it lovable is its humorous sayings plastered on the walls and bathroom stalls, and festive interiors including colorful banderitas present all through the year.  

4. Lobo Filipino Tavern

customers eating at LOBO Filipino Tavern

Photo credits to LOBO Filipino Tavern

Address: 4898 Durban, Makati

What to order: Lechon Kawali Kare Kare (PHP245), Kinilaw Banana Heart (PHP150), Kesong Puti Taco Wrap, (PHP165), Lengua Sisig (PHP150)

Owned by half-Ilonggo half-Persian Pinoy Big Brother alumnus Kian Kazemi, Lobo is his passion project that pays tributes to his Mom’s roots. A drinking place that takes its food seriously, this so-called tavern serves what Kazemi dubs as “progressive Filipino cuisine” as he adds his own elements to local dishes. Entering the rustic walls of Lobo feels like going to your grandmother’s grand home in the province: you know you’ll expect good food with great company!

5. Wild Poppy

nordic seats at The Wild Poppy

Photo credits to The Wild Poppy

Address: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati

What to order: Wabi Cha Cha Cocktail (PHP280), Pom Yum Salad (PHP220)

The Wild Poppy is a rooftop bar and restaurant serving Modern Southeast Asian fare and handcrafted cocktails. At first look, you’ll think of it as a good venue for a ‘titahan’ night: it has pillows, properly dimmed lights, floral accents, breezy air, and pastel-colored drinks. But with its filling plates and more than satisfactory concoctions, even titos, dads, and big barkadas frequent this place just to have a taste of the best that Southeast Asia has to offer!

6. Polilya

dainty couches at Polilya

Photo credits to Polilya

Address: 5658 Jacobo Street, Corner Don Pedro, Makati

What to order: Goldfinger (PHP360), Four O’clock Flight (PHP280)

With its distinctly eclectic furniture and ambient lighting, Polilya feels like a private club sans an expensive membership fee. The owner Ian Paradies started brewing his own line of craft beers under the Engkanto brand back in November 2016 and decided to give them a cozy and classy home with Polilya where he serves his signature craft designed to cater to the Filipino palate (sweet and sour) while being affordable and Instagrammable.

7. Loco Manuk

Address: 5072 SGC Building, P. Burgos corner B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City

What to order: BBQ Spareribs, Szechuan Caramel & Fried Garlic (PHP450) and Red Braised Pork Ribs Rice Bowl (PHP260)

Photo credits to Loco Manuk

Loco Manuk also makes it to our list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati. Their interiors are decked out in vibrant posters, funky decor, and bold patterned tiles, making it a perfect Instagram-friendly place. But unlike other IG-friendly restaurants, Loco Manuk’s food is just as vibrant and impressive as its interiors. Their cuisine is a fusion of Peruvian, Thai, and Filipino.

8. Lampara

interior and a fish dish at lampara

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Address: 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City  

What to order: Rice Cups (PHP220), Tofu (PHP180), and Veal Steak (PHP1,200)

As soon as you enter Lampara, what catches you is the open space marked by high ceilings. It also has a relaxed open veranda to feel the breeze and check what’s happening outside, and a little glass-house nook with a cozy Mod, ’60s-vibe where you can have drinks. And as good as how the restaurant looks like, their food is one of a kind that’s why it’s no surprise that Lampara comes to the list of best restaurants Poblacion Makati.

9. Tortuga

Address: 2/F Lokal Hostel, Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati City

What to order: Jamon Croquettas (P160), Patatas Bravas (P140), Chicken Skin (P150), and Chicken Cutlet (P180)

Photo credits to Tortuga

If you’re craving for something tropical, Tortuga is the best place to be! It’s like a tropical destination in the middle of the bustling district, with island vibes plus food and cocktails that are affordable. With their island-inspired interiors, you’ll definitely feel like you’re on a beach holiday. Every corner is very Instagrammable!

10. Pura Vida

Address: Don Pedro Street cor Jacobo Street, Makati

What to order: Basil Jam Cocktail (PHP270), Healthy Rasta Cocktail (PHP270), Chicharrones Con Yuca (PHP220), Enyucados (PHP230), Patacones (PHP230)

Meaning “pure life” in Spanish and used as a positive greeting in Costa Rica, Pura Vida imbibes nothing but fun and good vibes! Expect finger-licking good Costa Rican food, affordably good drinks, and reggae music. It’s a good alternative to the highly-westernized bars in BGC. If you don’t feel like partying hard on a Friday night but still want to have a chill time with some decent booze and good friends, Pura Vida is the place for you!

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Southeast Asia is nothing but an interesting region to explore! With its beautiful and magnificent destinations, tourists never miss including it to their bucket list. But aside from the great places you can visit, the region also serves its visitors with delectable Southeast Asian Food.

On this list, we’re giving not just the must-try dishes but also the most exotic food that will give you a crazy gastronomic experience!

PHILIPPINES

Aside from having the most breathtaking views of rolling hills and a taste of paradise through its pristine beaches, the Philippines serve the most palatable cuisines.

1. Sinigang

Sinigang is one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines. This Pinoy classic consists of a delicious broth soured by tamarind, tomatoes, and sometimes, kamias. Aside from the meat, sinigang has different vegetables. Popular variants are pork sinigang, beef sinigang, and prawns sinigang.

2. Balut

If you’ve been searching about the Philippines, for sure Balut has popped up in at least one article. It is a 16 to 21-day old fertilized duck egg that contains not only a yolk but also a semi-developed duck embryo that’s eaten from the shell! Disgusting for some but with a bit of getting used to, you’ll finally understand that this exotic Southeast Asian food is something you must try.


CAMBODIA

Cambodian cuisine may not be as world-famous as its neighboring countries like Thailand and Vietnam but it’s just as delicious and worth traveling to.

3. Fish Amok

Fish amok is Cambodia’s signature dish and among the most famous Southeast Asian food. The fillets of freshwater fish are smothered in coconut milk, eggs, fish sauce, and palm sugar. Kroeung, a paste made from pounded spices and other ingredients, such as turmeric, kaffir lime, lemongrass, and shallots, is also added. The traditional way to cook the dish is by steaming it in a bowl made of banana leaves.

4. Fried Spider

A-Ping or fried tarantulas are cooked just like any regular deep-fried dish, seasoned with spices and dipped into the water-based mixture. Your trip to Cambodia is incomplete without this.


VIETNAM

Vietnamese food is known to be robust in flavor, thanks to its generous combination of fresh herbs and greens combined with rice, noodles, seafood, pork, and beef. A typical Vietnamese meal consists of rice or noodles, meat, vegetables, soup, and fermented fish sauce.

5. Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)

Banh xeo or crispy pancake is made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, which you can fill with vermicelli noodles, shrimps, chicken, pork or beef slices, sliced onions, beansprouts, and mushrooms. You can buy this at roadside stalls and local markets. Eat like a local by wrapping your banh xeo in lettuce leaves or rice papers together with nem lui (lemongrass pork skewers), mint leaves, basil, before dipping in fermented peanut sauce.

6. Silkworm Pupae

It might be weird for some but insects are some of Vietnam’s delicacies. The silkworm pupae are among the most popular exotic foods in Vietnam. The pupae will be boiled and dried first before being fried with lemon and onion leaves.


THAILAND

Thailand is frequented by tourists mostly because of its delectable Thai cuisine. It’s no surprise that Thai food has become world-famous.

7. Pad Thai

Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes and is a go-to for tourists who are starting out their Thai cuisine exploration. These rice noodles are stir-fried with tofu, bean sprouts, eggs, and either shrimp or chicken, some other seasonings like chili, fish sauce, ground peanuts, and sugar. To make it more delicious, squeeze a lime juice before digging in. 

8. Larb Mote Daeng

Imagine eating red ants with their eggs? Yup! Only in Thailand. It’s made up of red ants with their eggs soured by lime juice. The thought of it makes us already cringe but it tastes unexpectedly great.

If you want to get a taste of Southeast Asian food and plan to travel to any of these places, don’t forget to book budget hotels with high-quality accommodation at www.zenrooms.com.

 

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They say you can tell a lot about a place and its history by its local food. While traveling, experiencing good food is a key part of any trip. Asia, being the largest continent, is what food haven is made of offering the rich and undeniably good cuisine. No wonder, Southeast Asian food is famous throughout the world and has become one of the main memories for many people who travel to the region.

Each dish offers a peek at the culture and history. With so many varied influences over centuries, Southeast Asian cuisine can range from simple to spicy fusion dishes daring the squeamish eaters.

Below, we’ve listed the best places to try authentic Southeast Asian food!

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

flatlay of Khao Soi with traditional side dishes

When we talk about the best street food in Southeast Asia, Thailand comes first to mind. Located in northern Thailand, this relatively (compared to Bangkok) quiet city hides some incredible culinary tastes from around Asia. Head to Khao Soi Khun Yai on Sri Poom Road to try some food like the locals. If you prefer richer tastes, David’s Kitchen on Bumrungrad Road is one of the most popular foodie destinations in the city.

While in Chiang Mai, make sure that you don’t miss out on trying the Khao Soi a.k.a. the Egg Noodle Curry.

2. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

gudeg pawon

If you’re a culture geek, you’ll enjoy Yogyakarta as it offers a great cultural experience with its temples and history. But not only that, because aside from being a good place to immerse yourself with a different culture Yogyakarta also offers a palatable gastronomic experience! It provides a palatable selection of Southeast Asian cuisine for the adventurous foodie!

Check out Jimbaran for a great selection of local and national food; 7km north of the city and available by bus (Sendangadi, Mlati, Sleman). You should also visit Abhayagiri (Dusun Sumberwatu Sambirejo, Prambanan, Sleman) for a really interesting dining experience with a great view.

While you’re here, make sure to eat Gudeg Pawon, a great savory dish for almost any foodie. There is also a sweet version available. One of the best places to eat Gudeg Pawon is Warungboto in the Umbulharjo neighborhood.

3. Jakarta, Indonesia

creative flatlay of nasi goreng

Being the Capital of Indonesia, there’s a lot of options when it comes to food. Indonesia’s landscape has led to many different food cultures. You’re going to find that you will either be eating at a Warung (a permanent restaurant) or a Pedagang kaki lima (basically a street peddler). Both are good and offer different food experience.

If you want a fine-dining restaurant, go to Namaaz and if you’re looking for something cheaper (but still delicious), head to Plan B.

Make sure to try the national dish of Indonesia, Nasi Goreng, and Nasi Padang that has fried rice and mixed-curry dish from Padang.

4. Colombo (and Mount Lavinia), Sri Lanka

 

sri lanka food fish curry

When it comes to Sri Lankan cuisine, expect a lot of seafood! If that’s your thing, then make sure you schedule a stop at Colombo in Sri Lanka and Mount Lavinia. When you do, you’ll be able to enjoy a great food with a beach view! The creatively named Ministry of Crab at the Old Dutch Hospital Fort is a great place to eat and has a pretty good view. Alternatively, head to The Sizzle along Walukarama Rd.

Don’t miss the Fish ambul thiyal, or sour fish curry. The taste is incredible.

5. Singapore

flatlay of Char Kway Teow

Because of its location, size and population, Singapore’s variety of food is unbelievable. Street food-wise, you’re looking at Chinese, Malay and Indian options, but when you decide to go to a restaurant, your choices of Southeast Asian food are infinite.

Head to the Summer Pavilion at the Ritz-Carlton or Colony on Raffles Avenue for a truly unique and fine-dining experience. Make sure to also check out the popular street food dish Char Kway Teow, a true local favorite of noodles and dark soy sauce.

So, if you’re a foodie and looking for a place to update your palate, don’t miss Singapore!

6. Pampanga, Philippines

sisig with egg on a sizzling plate

One of the best places to try Southeast Asian food is the Philippines. And where else is better to head to than in the Culinary Capital of the country, right? Pampanga is best known for its great culinary expertise giving its visitors a great Southeast Asian food experience.

The best dish you can try is sisig. It is a culinary specialty of Pampanga made from parts of the grilled pig head, chicken liver, usually seasoned with calamansi, onions and chili peppers. The word “Sisig” was first mentioned in a Kapampangan dictionary meaning “to snack on something sour” and “salad.”

7. Quezon Province, Philippines

pancit habhab on a banana leaf
Photo source: Flickr / Doods Dumaguing

Another great place to try authentic Southeast Asian cuisine is in Quezon Province. Pancit Habhab, a local delicacy, is among the popular foods in Southeast Asia. It is made of sautéed noodles mixed with chopped pork, shrimps, vegetables, onion, and garlic. It is placed on a rectangular Banana leaf and should be eaten without using utensils but only your mouth. If the ordinary pancit has calamansi to add flavor, in Quezon, they use vinegar to get the sour taste which is oh-so-good by the way!

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What better way to escape Thailand’s bustling city than having a drink or two at the finest rooftop bar Bangkok? After a long day of shopping and sight-seeing, the best way to enjoy the city would be to find a rooftop bar, kick back, relax and admire the city skyline (sipping on a cocktail in hand, of course).

Here are 10 of our favorite spots to help you find the best rooftop bar Bangkok!

1. ThreeSixty Lounge

Address: 123 Charoennakorn Road, Millenium Hilton Hotel, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Opening Hours:
5pm to 1am
Prices: Start at THB 300

If you want to have a good time while seeing Bangkok’s beauty with a drink in hand, go to ThreeSixty Lounge. It’s the perfect setting to relax, unwind and take in unbeatable 360° views. They serve an array of traditional cocktails, a full range of spirits, from premium vodkas to 30-year old Scotch, rum-based Latin Winter, Calvados, and Rosé Pink Sangria. This is definitely a good rooftop bar Bangkok to visit!

2. Red Sky

Bangkok view from Red Sky Bar
Photo from Red Sky Bar

Address: Centara Grand at CentralWorld 56F, Thailand
Opening Hours:
6pm to 1am
Prices: Start at THB 300

Red Sky Bangkok is a fancy rooftop bar and restaurant at Centara Grand CentralWorld Bangkok. Offering impressive panoramic vistas from its 56th floor, it’s the best rooftop bar Bangkok has, for dinner and drinks, especially after a day of shopping. This bar provides the perfect venue for an informal but stylish dining experience.

3. ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant

Address: 38th Floor, Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, 36 Narathiwat-Ratchanakarin Road, Yannawa, Bangkok, Thailand 
Opening Hours: 5:30pm to 1am
Prices: Start at THB 110

Meet, sip, dine and have a great night out on top of the city with ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant. This chicly designed rooftop bar presents great experiences with 360º cityscape views. Unwind at sunset with an inspiring beverage and an extensive variety of beverages and bar snacks. Delectable cuisine matched with a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an appealing selection of wines and sophisticated nightcaps. They also have private areas that you can book if you want to have a more intimate gathering.

4. Sky Bar

Photo from Sky Bar Bangkok

Address: The Dome at lebua 63rd floor, 1055/42 Silom Road, Bangrak, Thailand
Opening Hours: 6am to 1am
Prices: Start at THB 300

Sky Bar Bangkok is an upscale rooftop bar in Thailand for people to enjoy sunsets and socialize before dinner at any of the 3 restaurants at The Dome, atop the State Tower Building on the 63rd Floor in Bangkok’s Silom Business District.

The Sky Bar Bangkok is one of the world’s highest open-air bars, overlooking a panoramic view of the city and the Chao Phraya River. With such an enthralling ambiance coupled with a seductive selection of the finest vintages, beverages, cocktails, and appetizers, the Lebua Sky Bar Bangkok soars as one of the prized destinations in the city. No doubt, the rooftop bar is known as the coolest bar in Bangkok.

5. Park Society Rooftop

Photo from Park Society Bar

Address: Sofitel So Bangkok (on Sathorn Road), 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, 10500 Bangkok
Opening Hours: 5pm to 10:30pm
Prices: Start at THB 270

Park Society Restaurant, on the 29th floor of Sofitel Bangkok, is where modern Western cuisine meets spectacular views. With a choice of indoor and alfresco dining options, plus an artistic culinary team led by award-winning Chef Joost Bijster. The area is easily accessible by MRT Lumpini Subway and BTS Sala Daeng Skytrain station and has easy access to main and local attractions and shopping areas.

6. Breeze Restaurant

Address: 1055 State Tower, Silom Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: 6pm to 1am (to 3am Friday – Saturday)
Prices: Start at THB 150

Another best rooftop bar Bangkok is Breeze. This rooftop restaurant quickly became known as the “new face of Asian dining” a stunning venue where design, cuisine, and service come together for an evening unlike any other.

7. Vertigo and Moon Bar

Address: 1055 State Tower, Silom Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Opening Hours: Vertigo – 6pm to 10.30pm, Moon Bar – 5pm to 1am 
Prices: Start at THB 500

Located on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel in Bangkok’s Silom Business District, Vertigo Bar Bangkok and Moon Bar impresses its visitors for its stylish and sophisticated rooftop open-air grill and bar, the first of its kind in Asia. You can delight in fresh seafood grill and premium steaks prepared by their chefs while you enjoy the breathtaking and panoramic views of the city. Moon Bar Bangkok offers a stunning venue for any occasion. With the bar’s friendly and romantic ambiance, you’ll definitely get a luxurious comfort as their premium drinks are served. Don’t miss this Banyan Tree Bangkok sky bar when in Thailand!

8. CRU Rooftop Champagne Bar

Address: 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: 5pm to 1am 
Prices: Start at THB 300

Offering indulgences like Caspian Sea Caviar, a variety of G.H. Mumm Champagnes and cocktails, and an atmosphere of convivial cool, CRU keeps you entertained with a DJ and panoramic seating with unhindered views for each and every guest. If you want to have a romantic moment here, we suggest you go at around 6pm so you can enjoy the sunset and beautiful changing colors of the sky.

9. Brewski Bar

people chilling at the brewski bar
Photo from Brewski

Address: Radisson Blu Plaza 489 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening Hours: 5pm to 12am 
Prices: Start at THB 190

Not yet ready for a hangover bar Bangkok? Good because you can still have a drink or two at Brewski Bangkok. It is the highest duplex rooftop craft beer bar in Thailand. With 100 craft brews and ciders, you will definitely have the time of your life at the top while enjoying the breathtaking views of Bangkok as you admire the skyline panorama.

10. Mahanakhon Bangkok Skybar

Address: King Power Mahanakhon, 114 Narathiwas Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok
Opening Hours: 11am to 1am 
Prices: Start at THB

What better way to feel like on top of the world than dine at Thailand’s highest restaurant and bar? The Mahanakhon Bangkok Skybar takes up the 76 and 77th floors of the 1,030 feet King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper. What sets this rooftop bar Bangkok apart from other sky bars is its big attraction, the terrifying glass floor.


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About the author:

TIZIANA TAN – Born in enigmatic Vietnam; raised in metropolitan Singapore. Still dreaming of beautiful beaches, clear waters and an endless supply of smoothie bowls.

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Traveling to Singapore can be pretty pricey knowing that it’s the most expensive city in the world to live in. Accommodation and food take the most of your travel budget as these costs more than other expenses. Sure you’d have to pay high prices for services but in return, you’ll get what you paid for (that’s the beauty in Singapore.) But don’t worry, if you’re still thinking about your budget, there are ways to cut down your expenses especially on food. We’ll help you find out the best places to eat cheap food in Singapore.

We’ve listed cheap and good restaurants in Singapore for you to check out!

1. Lau Pa Sat Festival Market (Telok Ayer Market)

Address: 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Daily, 24 hours
Must-try: Satay (traditional meat skewers) from any of the stalls on Boon Tat Street after dark
Prices:
S$5.50 and up on average

Located at the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District, Lau Pa Sat is convenient and not to mention a landmark food center with over 50 stalls featuring both local favorites and regional cuisines like Filipino, Costa Rican and Thai. Inside this food center, you’ll find the best affordable restaurants in Singapore.

After dark, Boon Tat Street which is right beside Lau Pa Sat transforms into an alfresco food street, serving up traditional satay with a delicious peanut sauce, chicken wings and other seafood dishes that will leave you wanting more! Prices are a little higher than other hawkers but the quintessential victorian architecture, convenience, and variety of yummy food make up for it!

2. Maxwell Food Centre

Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Daily, 8am to 10pm except on public holidays
Must-try:
Tian Tian Chicken Rice, #01-10/11 (opens 10am to 8pm, closed on Mondays)
Prices: S$3 and up on average

Situated between Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar MRT Station, Maxwell Food Centre is another convenient hawker that is known for its wide selection of local delights, cheap and good food in Singapore. From traditional Hainanese Chicken Rice to healthy juices and smoothies, Maxwell Food Centre has become another favorite to locals and tourists alike. Furthermore, having seen the likes of celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsey and Anthony Bourdain, the food centre promises more than just good food but also a local flair that is sure to excite any foodie! At Maxwell Food Centre, you’re sure to find the cheap eats in Singapore.

3. Newton Circus Food Centre

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Address: 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Daily, 12pm to 2am except on public holidays
Must-try:
Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette, #01-73
Prices:
S$4 and up on average

The recently renovated Newton Food Centre is located right by Newton MRT station (1 stop from Orchard MRT station) making it super accessible. It is said that the food centre serves up one of the best oyster omelettes, BBQ chicken wings, beers, and cheap food in Singapore. It’s no surprise that it’s a favorite among both locals and tourists. With a wide array of local treats and cheap food in Singapore, you’ll never be short of options!

4. Bricklane

Photo credits to Bricklane SG

Address: 70 Stamford Road #01-22, Li Ka Shing Library Building, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Daily, 11am – 12am
Must-try:
Brown Rice and Chicken
Prices:
S$5 and up on average

One of the best cheap restaurants in Singapore is Bricklane. Located in a casual and relaxed nook at the vivacious SMU, Bricklane offers a wide variety of alcohol drinks— sojus, draught beers, sangria and many other different types of cocktails. On top of that, they also serve healthy protein bowls that are affordable and fit to students’ budget. Bricklane is among the good cheap cafes in Singapore that will give you value for your money.

5. NY Night Market

Photo credits to NY Night Market

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #01-29, [email protected], Singapore
Opening Hours:
8am – 11pm (Sun – Thu)
Must-try:
You’re Bacon Me Hungry, Steaks
Prices:
S$7 and up on average

If you’re looking for cheap and good restaurants in Singapore, NY Night Market is a good option. Fusing inspiration from cosmopolitan New York and the bustling night markets of Seoul, NY Night Market is one of South Korea’s fastest-growing restaurant that offers Singapore budget food. Drawing inspiration from the busy streets of New York City, this restaurant is decorated with an eclectic selection of American signs. The queues can get pretty long especially during lunch and dinner because aside from having a unique concept, they also offer cheap food in Singapore.

6. Makansutra Gluttons Bay

Address: 8 Raffles Ave #01-15, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Daily, 5pm to 2am except on public holidays
Must-try:
Sambal Stingray
Prices:
S$5 and up on average

You can find the food street near Esplanade which is an iconic performing arts center here in Singapore. As its name suggests, the food center is a popular joint among food-enthusiasts and features special deals like the Singapore La! Sampler (S$29) and the Makansutra Prime Kiasu Set (S$39). The establishment is recommended for first-time tourists who want an introduction to local delicacies and party-goers looking for a quick bite before heading to nearby nightspots. You can also find the cheap eats Singapore here.

7. Kopitiam at Changi Airport

Address: Changi Airport Terminal 3, Basement 2
Opening Hours:
Daily, 24 hours
Must-try:
Appam (Traditional Indian Pancake)
Prices:
S$5 and up on average

Only here for a night or two and staying at ZEN Rooms Changi Airport and still looking for cheap and good food in Singapore? Fret not. Get access to an array of local regional delights at affordable prices! Kopitiam at Changi Airport Terminal 3 features 21 cheap restaurants in Singapore with a good selection of local foods. Get a taste of Singapore even on a quick stopover. The Indian Appam is a big hit among locals and tourist alike, try the traditional version served with orange sugar and desiccated coconut!

8. Food For Thought

Address: 93 Stamford Road, #01-04/05, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
Opening Hours:
Daily, 10am – 7pm
Must-try:
Tropical Fruit Yoghurt Bowl, Basic Works, and burgers
Prices:
S$4 and up on average

If you want to eat cheap food in Singapore but in an Instagrammable place, go to Food For Thought. Housed in Singapore’s oldest museum, the National Museum of Singapore, Food For Thought aims to create a space where people can catch a glimpse of our city’s past, present, and future, and the stories we tell about them. But not only that, it’s also one of the best cheap cafes in Singapore! They serve hearty, local-inspired bistro fare – honest food in Southeast Asian flavors with a globalized influence. It’s a great spot to have your morning brunch before going on that museum tour!

About the author:

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TIZIANA TAN – Born in enigmatic Vietnam; raised in metropolitan Singapore. Still dreaming of beautiful beaches, clear waters and an endless supply of smoothie bowls.

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