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Max's Fried Chicken: The Best Fried Chicken
When you hear the name of Max's, it is definitely synonymous to Philippines' finest fried chicken. Sarap (delicious) to the Bones.
Favorite Dish: Fried Chicken
Fresh Lumpia (vegetable spring roll)
Buko pandan for dessert
Wok Inn: Estero Style
Almost similar to Estero de Binondo. Ingredients are displayed in full view in the dining area where customers can choose which food they want and what type of cooking. Then, the cooks inside the kitchen can also be seen on how the food are being prepared.
Though the price of food is least expensive, I noted however that the price of their rice (P25 per cup) and drinks are now a little bit pricey (P40 per can of soda).
Favorite Dish: Sipa - fried meat spring roll (lumpia) but moulded differently.
Crispy Spicy Shrimp
Aristocrat: A Filipino Tradition
I don't know when Aristocrat first opened but they have several restaurants all over Metro Manila and almost everybody must have eaten there at least once.
D._Pepper suggested that we lunch there on the day we were to take photos around the Malate and Intramuros area so we did...him, me, and bulogoy.
It's a big restaurant with several dining areas...smoking (non-a/c) and non smoking. They were busy when we got there and we were told that if we wanted to be seated right away, we can stay in the non-a/c dining area...no way! It was too hot and humid and I wouldn't have enjoyed lunch if we did that. Fortunately, the other dining room had some free tables since it was already past 1pm. We got lucky, I guess.
Favorite Dish: We ordered our favorites...Egg foo yung, barbecued pork, and honey chicken. Dessert was really really good leche flan.
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Chef d' Angelo: Italians best while you are in Manila
food are excellent! the ambience can be between casual and light formal because it is inside the mall.
Favorite Dish: They have good freshly made pizzas, pastas, salads, 3 types of italian soup, awesome burgers served with french fries, italian desserts and waffles if you prefer some sweet snacks or as dessert with different toppings on it.
I like the pastas, the ' Seafood Medley' with tender shrimp and calamari lightly sauted, it is servd with a delicious scampi sause over fettuccini and 2 pieces large garlic bread.
Cafe Twenty Eight Bar Restaurant: Cozy, classy and quiet
Located in Ermita at 1335 Mabini Street, Malate, Manila. Is is next to City State Hotel where I was staying. Hard to find it is inside a historic building called Casa Tesoro. You have to walk inside the lobby where you can find the best antiques on display, climb up a steps to your left, there is this door that will lead you inside. It is a nice cozy restaurant that offers Yakitori style food grilled right in the counter. You can also order European food such as french fries, sausages, and deep fried calamari is the one I love the best. It is a relaxing place to be where you can have a quiet drinks and watch live telecast of your favorate sport. Music is perfect for easy listening, staff are friendly and seems to be very popular for European tourists. I will recommend it for a romantic dinner or drinks. Food and drinks is cheap. Apparently the place is newly opened. While I was there guests are watching Rugby League a popular sport in Australia and New Zealand.
Favorite Dish: Deep Fried Calamari cooked to perfection soft and moist in the inside served with mayonaise and or hundred island dressing for only 150 pesos.
People's Palace: Authentic Thai Food!
Casual modern setting. Great place to have a long dinner with friends. Excellent food. One of Malate's best restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Sticky rice with manggo for dessert, The chicken curry, and the fish cakes. Yummm ...everything is really good.
Board Walk Strip of Restaurants: Board Walk
The restaurants in Board Walk are must-try. They are located in Port Area Manila near the Luneta Grandstand. The restaurants are located by the bay and they serve fresh seafoods and native dishes.
Favorite Dish: Fresh Seafoods
Becky's Kitchen: Bakeshop Icon in Malate District
Becky's Kitchen is an icon at the Malate Area of Manila. This unassuming bakeshop has two branches, one here in malate and one in Marikina City. This Bakery Started out more than 30 years ago as a small bakery that specializes in brownies and food of the gods confections and although it is a popular bakeshop, they resisted on expanding and they still have the two shops, which are frequented by people all over the Metropolis as I once did as I was just studying in nearby De La Salle University. Their iconic brownies are chewy and fudge like and has a creaminess in it. they have assorted toppings with the brownies and other specials are the food of the goods cake and assorted cheesecakes and pastries.
opens: tuesday to Sunday 6:30 am to 8:30 p,
Favorite Dish: what else but the brownies! i love the regular brownies, which cost 260 pesos a box, also the brownies with walnuts, at 290 pesos a box. food for the gods costs 300 a box and the assorted cheesecakes at 700 to 850 pesos a box.
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People's Palace: People's Palace
Owned by a Dutch guy they say, but this is the first Thai restaurant in Manila that actually serves thai food that didn't try to conform to the filipino palate. Excellent food even for someone like me who's not really fond of spicy dishes.
Favorite Dish: Delicious (and hot!) Thai food.
Army Navy Burger + Burrito: Local Tex Mex Burrito and Burger Chain
One of the Popular Locally Owned Tex Mex Fast Food Chain is the Army Navy- Burgers + Burrito which is a relative newbie in the mexican and tex-mex fast food scene at it was founded only in 2009 but now has more than 35 branches around the Metro Manila Area and around the Philipines! the restaurant has a military barracks type of ambiance where the restaurant is built like a galvanized iron lke quonset hut and set up with a few tables and chairs inside and outside the fast food area. the area is a typical fast food joint but there are no waiters as you order at the counter and then wait for your number to be called and have your meal after a few minutes as they cook their meals from scratch.
opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, everyday
Favorite Dish: they have a modest selection of meals like the bully roy burger which are priced 160 pesos for 1 patty and 200 pesos for 2 patties and 240 pesos for 3 patties. Humongous Breakfast Burritos with topping such as carne asada and longganisa at 165 to 195 pesos an order, soft and crunchy tacos at 90 to 160 pesos for single and double; starving sailort 12 inch sandwich at 235 pesos an order, fearless fried chicken at 175 pesos with rice included and a lot more. they special drink is the Libertea iced tea at 75 pesos for a large order.
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Hobbit House: Hobbit House
Ok, this was originally a tip I had from a travel magazine I had which turned out to be a great stop. First of all, most of the wait staff and bartenders are "dwarfs, midgets or little people"? I don't know the politically correct term so I am going to leave that alone. However that seems to be part of the gimic to get you in the door.
The best part I felt was the live music. Filipinos are known worldwide for their ability to mimic famous Western singers. The entertainment at the Hobbit House is some of the best I have ever heard.
Favorite Dish: I had a burger and a beer. The food was good, but the entertainment was awesome.
Cafe Adriatico: Genteel Turn-of-the-19th-Century Manila
The establishment has a fin de siecle (19. Century) Manilenyo atmosphere with attentive but not intrusive service. It is a favorite place for merienda (late afternoon snacks or collation) and very, very late night noshing. The fare reflects the best of Ibero-Filipino cuisine, including QUESONG PUTI at PAN DE SAL (white cheese made from water buffalo milk with small crispy rolls).
Favorite Dish: LENGUA MECHADO - beef tongue in a slightly tart sauce with garni of green olives, small onions, and mushrooms.
DAVID'S TEA HOUSE: NOT JUST A CUP OF TEA!!!
This restaurant is located in Adriatico street in Malate and despite it's name it is not really a place to go for a cup of tea, but a place to enjoy excellent Chinese food, possibly with an adjustment in the taste to suit local customers. Among the items on the menu is New Zealand Lamb and Angus Beef. There is also a good choice of soup.
Cafe Adriatico: The Iconic Restaurant in Remedios Circle
Cafe Adriatico started the bustling Restaurant Scene in Malate District in the late 70's when then newspaperman Larry J. Cruz founded this Corner Restaurant along the Remedios Circle as a place to hang out and eat classic filipino and spanish dishes of yesteryears and started the string of restaurants that sprouted in the district. after 35 years, only a few remained ans Cafe Adriatico is one of them.
this restaurant consists of two floors designed in spanish colonial setting and offers classic filipino and colonial spanish dishes and a rarity in manila, you can smoke in the second even if it is air conditioned.
opens: Monday – Saturday / 7:00 – 6:00 am
Sunday / 7:00 – 4:00 am
Favorite Dish: they have the good old filipino comfort food of yesteryears like chocolate eh (pure cocoa tablets shaken into hot chocolate) at 150 pesos a hot cup, classic filipino spareribs adobo at 320 pesos an order, callos madrilena at 360 pesos an order and lengua estofado at 420 pesos an order.
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The Fireplace: Premier Steakhouse of Hyatt Manila
this will be a two part tip with more pictures.
the Fire Place steakhouse of Hyatt Manila and Casino Hotel is one of the more popular luxe steakhouses in the Philippines. it is voted among the top 5 steakhouses of the Philippines by Philippine Tatler with princely prices to Boot! The Ambiance is Very European with large oak tables and chairs and lots of Chilled European wines inside the comfy dining area with a mini staircase to a mini second floor full of Bottled Wines for regular patrons with bottle service. The Star attraction of the place besides the premium steaks is the large Wood Oven Fireplace made by Beechwood Ovens of Australia and with Beechwood also imported to fire the big oven. The place is the most expensive restaurant of the Hyatt Manila and has the most expensive Price for a Steakhouse in Manila with an average of $ 200 per person if you will splurge on their premier Grade 9 Snake River Farms 10 ounce Rib Eye or Grade 8 Australian Rib Eye 10 ounce Wagyu Steak and with wine pairings and sides and soup and salad.
Favorite Dish: The Grade 9 US Snake River Farms 10 ounce Wagyu Rib Eye done Medium Rare at 4,100 pesos an order (no soup or salad or sides or dessert included in the order, you order them separately) and the Australian Grade 8 Tajima Rib Eye Wagyu Steak at 4,200 pesos an order (same as above, no other extras included). they also offer cheaper cuts of steak like the Certified Angus beef like Porterhouse 25 ounce at 3,800 pesos an order or Rib Eye 12 ounces at 2,400 pesos an order and local Bukidnon Philippine Wagyu Rib Eye Steak at 10 ounces at 1,500 pesos an order. they also have a limited selection of main courses like tiger prawns or cod fish to complement their steak line. They also have cheaper set meals from set A to D with assorted cuts of steak plus bread and salad and sidings and dessert for cheaper alternative rand prices are 2,400 pesos for set A, 3,200 pesos for Set B, 3,600 Pesos for Set C and 4,800 pesos for set D.
opens: Dinner 6:00pm to 11:00pm – Daily
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