There's a gazillion of choices to satisfy your every craving...from genuine Filipino restaurants ranging from the tony to the turo-turo, Chinese lauriat and dimsum places, Japanese sushi bars and misono grills, Indian, American, Italian...you name it.
Best Filipino restaurant: Kamayan is still the leader of the pack. You have a choice of eating the traditional way (with your fingers) or with kubiertos (flatware...less fun).
Best Chinese food: At President in Chinatown.
Kamayan and President are always packed with locals (Filipinos and Filipino-Chinese, respectively), which is always a good sign. They're huge, well maintained establishments as well.
Favorite Dish: No Filipino culinary experience is complete without experiencing adobo (pork and/or chicken stewed in soy sauce, vinegar, pepper corns, and garlic). Seafood dishes such as Kamayan's Yaman Dagat in chili sauce are also sure fire hits. Kare-kare (oxtail in peanut sauce) with bagoong (fish paste) shouldn't be missed.
At President's be sure to try their eel and 'two-toned fried rice.' Sheer heaven.
There are too many to mention! I loved the tradtional Filipino restaurants where you can enjoy freshly prepared fish (milkfish, yum!) and plates such as 'Pork Adobo'(with plenty of garlic), 'Roasted Lechon' (pork) and 'Pangsit' (fried noodles, mostly eaten as merienda, a snack).
In some traditional restaurants you may eat with your hands! I loved that, since I am from Indonesian descent and on occasion my family an I do the same at home.
Dampa is a cluster of small restaurants lined-up adjacent to a fish market. THe restaurants offer whatever is available fresh from the market. Most locals opt to shop in the fish market themselves and have the sea produce cooked in any of the restaurants, by any conventional cooking method one would like whether grilled, deep-fried, etc. just name it and thé restaurant staff will cook it.
Favorite Dish: Seafoods galore- shrimps, fish, squid, etc. cooked grilled, deep fried, raw/cooked in vinegar(kilawin) or as Filipino soup-base (sinigang)