We enjoyed a sumptuous feast of native food served literally in bilao (tray made of dried leaves) and palayok (earthen pot used for cooking). One bilao full of seafood would have served 8-10 people but the five of us was able to finish them together with a palayok full of sinigang and mixed vegetables. I can feel my stomach grumble just by the thought of it.
Favorite Dish: Everything was delicious. Tastes just what an authentic native filipino dish would be at its best.
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.
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
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!
This restaurant is in a hidden spot near the city Coliseum and is run by a very nice girl who is a wonderful cook. The menu is not extensive but serves delicious Indian curries as well as chapatis, nan bread and chutney. There are also a few Thai dishes on the menu. The owner will always listen to advice on how to improve the meals, as my friend had the chicken curry with the meat served on the bone but after his suggestion, it is now served boneless. Possibly prices are a little high but good food.
Update---We tried this restaurant today and for starters we had potato samosas and chicken samosas---they were quite good but perhaps the pastry crust was a little too thick. Thai and Indian Curries were as good as usual and the Pad Thai was particularly good!!!
We went out with friends and really enjoyed the food here. As well as a few local and pasta dishes you will find a few Thai and Mexican dishes. We each chose a different dish and all were excellent including Fajitas, Thai curries, tom yam . The starters were also very good and tasty. The restaurant is situated in San Miguel Mercado, has an outdoor area where musicians will play, and an upstairs dining room too.
Bodato Burger is located in the food court on the second floor of Robinsons Mall and i usually stop and have a burger here while my wife is at the supermarket. My favourite is the spicy Burger which comes with fries and a drink for around 130 pesos. Other choices include crocodile burger and fish burger, all at similar prices. You will pay in advance and 10 minutes later your burger will be ready and for me it is much better than Macdonalds and the other fast food chains.
An Italian guy and his wife just opened a new Italian restaurant that is situated a few minutes from the airport in a picturesque garden. There are a good selections of pastas and pizzas at a reasonable price. Good Italian wines too! Try it, the ambience is also nice. They also open 7am for breakfast.
Nick and His wife Tina also have a small store on the prmises where you can buy Italian wines and other Italian products such as Parmesan, mozerella cheese, olives, olive oil etc, all at reasonable prices.
The name means " nest of the dragonfly " in English.
Favorite Dish: Lasagna is out of this world
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.
Doesn't look much from the outside but inside you will be served delicious food at reasonable prices. Chef Tan came from a big hotel in Manila and brought his wonderful cuisine here. They have tables with the revolving tray in the middle and we usually come here on special occasions. There are set menus for 10 people, several lunch boxes for 110 with four different choices inside. If you go here you will not e disappointed.
Favorite Dish: chicken lemon grass
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.
The ambience is lovely in this place- great views around - the water, the lush verdant mountains, and native decor.
The cosy atmosphere is complimented by lovely food that is made to order and using fresh locally grown ingredients. With very friendly staff, you won't go wrong sampling the food in this place!
Favorite Dish: I love the brekky- there's always native fare- Filipino fried rice with adobo or tocino with egg salad are my faves in this place. It comes with fresh juice and fruits too.
Leslies Palawan Tropical Hotel, Resort and Restaurant serves a buffet every day, but since Dampa opened up next door business has taken a downturn, but the buildings are good and has more ambience and character than the competitor next door. It is located on Mitra road with good views of the surrounding area.
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.
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.