Cafe Mezzanine: Volunteer Fireman's Coffeeshop
Cafe Mezzanine has a unique interior decoration, being a coffeeshop of Mr. Gerry Chua, President and Founder, and concurrent Communication Chairman of Filipino-Chinese Fire Brigade nationwide. The Cafe provides the funds for the needs of the brigade.
Inside the Cafe, you'll see fireman's helmets, hose, etc. It is like a display of firemen's gear. It definitely does not look like the stereotype Chinese restaurant. While waiting for your order to be served, you can have souvenir pictures with the firemen's gear.
Favorite Dish: No particular favorite yet, but the iced brewed coffee and rice toppings were good.Related to:
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DAMPA: Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!
You have to try DAMPA. This experience was really unique for me, and when I take friends there, they are astonished.
What is Dampa ? Filipino small restaurants just next to a fish-market. You can buy any kind of fish and seafood in the fish-market and you give it to the restaurant of your choice for cooking it. They add the rest of the ingredients. Alternatively, the restaurant staff can buy the fish for you. You pay for cooking and service.
I experienced the Dampa in Paranaque, on the Sucat road, on your right hand while driving from NAIA to SM-Paranaque (There is a gate with the inscription DAMPA, opposite to Pizza Hut, if I remember well). There are many different restaurants of this kind on both sides of the short drive leading to the fish-market.
That's really something to remember from Philippines !!! (Wow!!! I am already hungry by writing this !!!)Related to:
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Pier One: good food with a harbour view
Pier One is a local restaurant built on reclaimed land on the Manila harbour. It has a nautical theme and features music every night in addition to food. This was the site of the VT meet I attended in Manila.Related to:
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starbucks: expensive tasteless coffee
Well this needs description if u r from a third world, doen to earth tea loving country like india. This is a chain of coffee house that sells absolutely tasteless hot coffee at exobirant prices with a pretty decent service. Their food items and frap iced coffees r good though. Yea, I guess the only thing I'd call is worth the buck they charge is their mocha or java frap. But still expensive
Favorite Dish: Mocha frap venti
Beagle with cream cheese
Salcedo Market - Dela Costa Street: Best Chicken in Manila
Every saturday (6 AM to around 2 PM), there's a street market in the Salcedo Park in Makati. In general, this is a good place to have your saturday breakfast/lunch in. But rest aside, their barbecue chicken is the best i every had anywhere in the world!
its a must have! I think its for PHP 120.
Serye: Gr8 chicken barbeque
Their chicken barbecue is a must and really great. Order the half-chicken barbeque, comes for PHP 250 and is good enough to last one fully meal. I won't call it the best though as that title goes to the one found in the Salsedo Market in Makati on Saturday mornings. But yes, may be the 2nd best.
Favorite Dish: Chicken barbecue
California Pizza Kitchen: Great Pizzas
the name says it all. they got the best pizzas in town. their other menus is also good. they are the upmarket chain of restaurants but just like italiannis their food is also worth the buck.
they have the best ice tea in town!
Italiannis: Best Italian Place in Manila
Everything italian about them. great quality, outstanding italian food. one of those places where you would definately want to eat out. Pizzas, Pastas or other Italian stuff - all very good. their wine is also nice. they are on the expensive side. good for the occassional weekend dinner type of places. But the quality and size of their portions is worth the buck
what is nice about them is while you wait for your order, they give you bread and olive oil. that freshly baked bread is really good. i usually get full by the time i get my food!
Red Ribbon: ...
well i would guess that i started with a bakery went on to add some italian meal items like pasta, lasania etc. good food if you are in this city for long and just want some regular carbonara etc. they have a few filipino dishes as well like caledreta.
Their cakes and pasteries are very good and also the local filipino bakery items. it is a popular and well regarded cake and bakery chain with decent prices.
Mister Kabab: Best chicken curry
This is a "one of its kind" place in Manila. Why? Cuz its great food, not the run-of-the-mill manila fast food chain like mcdonalds, jollie bee, kfc etc and still open 24 x 7! its a hit even with the locals (filipinos) due to its swarma and the fact that its a different place to go to at late in the night. Apart from that its location is very near to all the local bars and night-clubs in quezon city so kids after they party come here for food.
the reason i spelled kebab as kabab in the name of this resaturant is cuz that's how its written on their sign board!
another very big plus point is the rates. very cheap. just the other night we ordered 2 chicken biryani, one chicken chelo kebab, one potato cutlet and 2 cokes. the bill came at peso 460. less than $10. wow. so cheap and so good.
Favorite Dish: Chicken biryani is what they call it but its a mix of chicken biryani and chicken curry. the reason i don't call it chicken biryani is cuz the chicken is not mixed with rice! neways, its the best thing out there. very very good. best chicken biryani/curry i ever had in manila.
their patato cutlet is also one of my favorites
their other stuff like chicken chelo kebab is also good.Related to:
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Indian Pakistani Restaurant: bad location good food
on Del Pillar street in Malati just a few meters away from La Cafe. so the address, if you know Manila well speaks for itself. Do not go there with a family! its the shadiest area of town. The restaurant itself is shady. primarily run by Pakistani punjabis. the 2nd floor of the restaurant is actually a boarding lodge for all the freelancing hookers that work in La Cafe or elsewhere in Malate. so you know what kind of a place I am talking about.
Now going on to the real business - the food - its a hit and miss, but please note if its a hit, you won't find such a hit even in the best places in India! I am not kidding. though recently they had a change in their cook and so the quality has been consistently low since the last 3 times i have been there. with the old cook named Malik, the aalo tikki was the best. but he is back in pakistan i think for good, so aaloo tikki is gone. another good thing about this place is that its open until 3 am. the best part of this place apart from the food (when its a hit that is) is the rates. its absolutely cheap! Cheap even by indian standards. Its a must try if you don't mind going to a shady area. Even if it happens to be a miss, you won't mind as its not that heavy on pocket. Though the only thing is that you need to have a good digestive system, that is if it goes a miss with the food. their pakistani channa and regular channa dal is also good. the best part in food though is the roties. very traditional and very delicious!
Swagt: Good chole bhature
In Makati near Dela Rosa. The best is their chole bhature. they are like the ones cooked at home and not the typical street side heavy ones. everything else is not that great. Rates are ok, not that expensive but then food portions are also kinda small.
Bollywood Cafe: good location not so good food
In Greenbelt 3. Hit and Miss stuff. Their seekh kebab is the best and one of its kind in Manila. Apart from the seekh kebab, I havnen't found any other dish worth its buck. thhe buck i am talking about is also on the expensive side even with Indain food in Manila standards.
Prince of Jaipur: hit and miss
Three branches in Manila. Absolutely different taste for similar dishes, but that's the story of Indian food. it ain't no mcdonalds. But the thing with Prince of Jaipur is that even the quality is significantly different in the three branches. the best one is in the main Prince of Jaipur in Fort Bonifacio. The you have one in Eastwood and one in The Mall of Asia but their quality is a notch below the one in Fort. Its again as expensive as Queens if not more. But I'd give queens as the best Indian food in Manila award.
New Bombay: Decent Indian food
OK food. Actually depends on which branch you are eating. The thing with Indian food is that it can't be standardized like McDonalds that wherever you go the same dish will taste the same. It just doesn't work like that. In fact the same dish in same restaurant can taste a little differently every time you eat, even with the same bloody cook! Its not your mom cooking after all that you'll love it all the time. So to cut the crap, Its a good place to eat Indian food but its a hit and miss thing, at times you may like it and at time you won't. If you are in Manila for a long time, you can try a few things out here or maybe even eat here everyday. But if you are here as a short time tourist and want Indian, you better try the likes of Queens or Prince of Jaipur as some standard of quality you'll always get, though for a price of course. Not that I mean to say New Bombay is any cheaper. Tea for 60 bucks is not cheap! Their best branch is in Makati on the Dela Costa street right in front of Somerset. This is also their oldest branch. They have other branches in Greenhills, The columns in Makati, and Gloriatta.
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