Rene has operated this place for around 20 years and is still providing tasty Vietnamese meals. It is a simple place where you can sit inside the native restaurant or outside where there are a few tables. They are quite busy at lunchtime and closed on Mondays. Try the delicious steak sandwich which comes in a baguette.
Favorite Dish: Steak sandwich
You can smell the delicious chicken bbq a 100m before you reach this place. As you enter the gate you will see on the left the huge bbq grill. Inside there are private little huts that can seat up to 8 people. Before this place only sold chicken but now the menu is quite extensive offering delicious thai curries and other favourites. I personally thought the portions were a little on the small side and will not return, but on the other hand locals will eat huge plates of rice with a topping (called ulam). Ulam is a filipino word which doesn't really have an exact translation but basically it means the main dish that accompanies the rice. Poorer Filipinos normally eat rice and share a can of sardines or corned beef between them, this would be the "ulam". Also in the compound is the Balai bungalows, good quality accommodation in large bungalows.
This place has a wood oven for making delicious pizzas, also has a few rooms to rent at budget prices. There is a long bar in the dining area, seats outside too, at this long established place (15 yrs). You can usually find the British owner sitting at the bar nursing his rum bottle, interesting to talk to but a bit eccentric. Last time i went i thought the pizzas were a little expensive compared to other places.
Mondays and Fridays this establishment serves up a tremendous buffet at 299, mostly filipino food so try it, you will enjoy for sure. The restaurant is in the ground floor of the hotel, maybe 200 metres from Mendoza Park. LIVE ACOUSTIC GUITARIST TOO!
This place serves the biggest pizza that i have ever seen but costs around 1000 pesos, they also deliver too. Fortunately when we ordered it there were 10 of us otherwise we would have had difficulty finishing it. It They also serve individual slices and smaller pizzas too. Nothing wrong with the taste either.
Phoenix restaurant is on the road directly across from the airport, and serves good seafood as well as enormous bowls of soup, good for two.. It doubles up as a sing-a-long and unfortunately or fortunately, depends how you look at it, there seem to be a lot of "hostesses " on the premises. Private rooms are available upstairs.
My wife and friend went in there the other day for a quick bite and ordered her meal, and there was only one other table occupied, until 30 minutes later 4 people sat at a nearby table and ordered. Their food was served 20 minutes later, but still no food for my wife, but after waiting an hour she confronted the waitress, who removed a dish from the other customer's table and said "this must be yours". Needless to say she and her friend walked out and will not be returning!
Since the Vietnamese were here as refugees many of them opened up Chow Long Eateries which is the same as PHO, noodle soup, but in recent years the Vietnamese left for other countries and nearly all the "Chow Longs" are run by locals, but if you want to try the best there is one opposite the National Bureau of Statistics between Valencia St. and Burgos St. on rizal Avenue.
There are 2 branches of the restaurant, the original in Manalo extension served bbq chicken but now they have extended their menu and have curries BBQ fish etc and is very popular. A second branch opened up last year, around km 4 on the right hand-side of the northern highway. For me this is better as it is a garden restaurant.
Pho Saigon is around km4 on the northern highway, the owner's filipino name is Lily, i forget her Vietnamese name but it is enjoyable to go there just to try something different. The food is good but i think that it is not real authentic Vietnamese as the dishes are not as spicy as they should be because the locals here are not so keen on spicy food, anyway it's worth a visit. Prices are cheap, there were 6 of us and the bill came to less than 1,500 with drinks
We frequent this restaurant quite often if we are in town, there are actually two branches, one in Rizal Avenue and the other in Manalo St, preferring the latter as there are several small huts in the garden for the diners. There is a large selection of all kinds of local favourites and my wife usually has a mixed seafood dish and i a fish dish and we share a large pineapple rice or similar. With a couple of drinks you get change out of 500 pesos. We find this good value for money and often take a doggy bag away with us.
Favorite Dish: Try the Balinsasayaw express which is a mixed spicy seafood dish with veg and cheese
Pop into Swiss Brunos and pick one of your favourites from the menu. he has a large selection of quality foods and all of them are good. The premises ar split into 2 rooms with the wine and deli, as well as imported treats on the right and the cosy restaurant is on the left. There are five tables with neat table cloths, but be advised this restaurant is a non-smoke, but there is a small table outside should you wish to pop out for a quick one. Bruno has the best selection of wine in the city and a good selection of cheeses and cold cuts. There is also a small book exchange and a magazine rack to catch up on the latest news. It is open from 9 daily except Sundays and closes around 9pm
Favorite Dish: Most of the time i order the double hamburger, which comes in a bun with a little salad and a choice of mustard or mayonnaise.
This restaurant is a simple place located at the intersection of Burgos St and Manalo st, 2 minutes from the post office. It serves delicious spring rolls and other tasty Vietnamese treats. perhaps this is not the place to go if you are real hungry but fine for a snack. We visited the restaurant yesterday where we enjoyed spring rolls, heavenly rice and french bread sandwiches for around 150 pesos
Favorite Dish: fish spring rolls were delicious, 5 pieces for 40 pesos
The food was perfect, the soup was divine, the main dish (shrimps, veggie mix, and stingray) were awesome, and the desserts were amazing.
Favorite Dish: They have unique dining rooms, immaculate clean toilets you actually remove your slippers inside and lots of arts and crafts all over the place.
This place is just the right place for beer and pulutan (finger food or appetizer) or simply just to relax and hangout, it has good ambiance and the music here is great.
Favorite Dish: This place is also known for its exotic delicacy Tamilok, a wood worm dipped into spicy vinegar.