It’s the last most popular restaurants list before the Ber months take their turn and boy, do we have a lot in store for you! As a matter of fact, this countdown has six newcomers! Some of these newbies include a Singaporean brand known for its salted egg snacks, an ice cream parlor from Boston, and the latest go-to places for your Greek food fix!
Can you guess which restaurants they are? Read on and find out!
10. Tim Hortons
Starting off the countdown at number ten is a Canadian coffee chain making its fifth most popular restaurants list appearance for 2017! With its relatively cheap prices and yummy offerings, it’s no surprise that foodies can’t seem to get enough of it ever since it arrived in the country early this year.
For those in need of a coffee fix, looloo app users recommend the Double Double. Its name comes from the double the amount of cream and sugar mixed in it, making for a sweeter and creamier coffee! “The combination brought out the brewed coffee’s taste,” says Rachel T. in her looloo review. “If you like sweet and creamy coffees, you’ll definitely want to try this.”
Tim Hortons has branches in Uptown Place Mall, and Venice Grand Canal Mall in BGC, UN Square Mall in Ermita, Manila, and One Central Makati
9. Mamou Too!
In the mood to splurge for some tender and mouthwatering steaks? You’ll surely find them over at Mamou Too! in Rockwell, Makati! One you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on is the Dry Aged USDA Prime Grade Bone-in Ribeye Steak. “OH. MY. GOODNESS. THIS. IS. HEAVEN.” Unisse C. says in her looloo review. “It’s that good. Tender. Bursting with flavor. Those fats! YES. *sigh* Lost for words now.”
The Dry Aged USDA Prime Porterhouse is another must try steak from Mamou Too! JP G. describes it as “nothing short of amazing” in his looloo review. “It was perfectly cooked to medium rare and the meat was succulent and filled with flavor. Being the carnivore that I am, I devoured it. Cardiac delight to the max!”
If steaks aren’t your thing, the Truffle Cream Pasta is another recommended dish by looloo app users! “My first bite of the Truffle Cream Pasta sent me straight into truffle oil heaven,” Madeleine A. narrates in her looloo review. “I loved it! I now understand why everybody raves about it, and rightfully so, because it deserves all the praise. The flavor is so distinct, and it is so unforgettable. I felt like I wanted to order another one to take it home and eat it the morning after, just so I don’t forget the taste of it when I wake up again.”
Mamou Too! is located at G/F Power Plant Mall, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati
8. Bean & Yolk
Are the words sunny side up, scrambled, and poached enough to get you eggs-cited? Then Bean & Yolk should be in your must eat in list if you haven’t been there yet! The first of six newbies on the list, Bean & Yolk is one of the hole-in-the-wall restaurants in the Poblacion area of Makati. Here, eggs and coffee take the centerstage, making it perfect for any breakfast food-loving foodie!
You’ll find a couple of sandwich options in the menu so choosing which one to go might be easier said than done. Try Cara’s Fave, which is made up of buttered slice brioche, fried egg, mozzarella, cheddar cheese, and hot honey! “This is sooo good! I definitely get why people are drooling over this one. Despite being a regular-sized sandwich, this was quite filling,” Bernisse C. says in her looloo review. “It’s so simple – cheese, egg, honey and toast – yet so perfectly delivered. Cara’s Fave may as well be my fave. Two thumbs up!”
For something to drink, try the S’mores Mocha! Made up of espresso, Malagos dark chocolate, frothed fresh milk, and burnt marshmallows, Cindy S. says that “aside from being seriously IG-worthy, it’s amazing coffee!” in her looloo review. “It’s one of those drinks that hits the soul on the first sip.”
Bean & Yolk is located at Bel Air Soho Suites, Polaris Street, Poblacion, Makati
Making its seventh most popular restaurants appearance list for this year is OOMA! Needless to say, OOMA is a favorite of foodies here in the metro so expect to find its three branches filled with customers especially during lunch and dinner!
If you manage to snag a table, make sure to order the dishes that make OOMA consistently popular among diners, the aburi or torched makis as well as the Hanger Steak! Among the aburi makis, the Salmon Skin Aburi Maki is a favorite among looloo app users! But if you’d rather explore the rest of the aburi makis, go for the Scallop and Tuna! “This baby needs to be eaten in one pop to be appreciated,” recommends Jaymie P. in her looloo review. “Do so and you will be rewarded with an awesome burst of texture and flavor. Each bite will give you a taste of scallop and tuna and everything else wonderful in between.”
OOMA has branches in SM Megamall, Bonifacio High Street Central, and Edades Tower and Garden Villas in Rockwell Center, Makati
6. Irvins Salted Egg
The second newbie on the list brings the latest additions to the salted egg craze here in the metro! Singaporean brand Irvins Salted Egg opened its first branch here in the country just last August 11 and its salted egg-flavored snacks are instant hits among foodies!
There are two different kinds you can choose from: the potato chips and the fish skins. Wondering which of the two is the best? There’s only one way to find out which one suits your taste and that’s to go and get your own bag of Irvins! But here’s a tip: it’s not uncommon to see the sold out on signs the counter of its Megamall branch so make sure to get yours early!
Irvins Salted Egg is located at G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
The next newbie on this rundown comes in at number five! Empacho serves Filipino comfort food that will probably remind you of home but with an innovative twist that will keep you wanting more and more!
Take Empacho’s version of the Kare Kare as an example. Instead of using tender cuts of beef as per tradition, Empacho has the Crispy Pork Kare Kare instead! In her looloo review, Mary Love S. describes this dish as “amazing” and the sauce as “peanuty and absolutely divine. In fact, it was flavorful enough to be enjoyed without the shrimp paste (bagoong).”
Is sinigang you’re favorite? Then make sure to the order the Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberry. Yep, you read that right. Strawberry! The addition of the berries makes for a tangier soup that will appeal to those who love all things sour!
Empacho is located at 2/F, 170 Tomas Morato Avenue corner Don Roces Avenue, Sacred Heart, Quezon City
Landing in at number four is the fourth newcomer in this month’s rundown, Hamaru! Located inside The Food Hive, one of Quezon City’s many food parks, Hamaru is not a food stall but actually a standalone restaurant! Have your cameras at the ready because Hamaru’s dishes are seriously picture perfect! And the best part is they don’t just look really good, they taste really good too!
The three-piece Oyster Motoyaki is a much raved about dish by foodies. In Yogo and Cream C.’s looloo review, the Oyster Motoyaki is described as “bite-sized oyster meats were enveloped in the umami tasting puree. Slurping it was easy because of how it was prepared. It also has a very satisfying taste that made us think we can pile a lot of those shells in just one seating.”
Hamaru is located at The Food Hive, 80 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City
3. Emack and Bolio’s
Do you believe that ice cream on a cone can be over-the-top? If you don’t, let us introduce you to the fifth first-timer on this list: Emack & Bolio’s!
A popular ice cream chain from Massachusetts, Emack & Bolio’s first Philippine branch opened last July and serves ice cream and yogurt made from live culture and non-fat milk! Heavily inspired by the fun, colorful, and outrageous decade of the 70s, what differentiates Emack & Bolio’s sweet concoctions from the rest is its Marsh “Mellow” Cones! They’re basically waffle cones covered in different toppings. Among the choices available are Fruit Loops, Rice Krispies, and Oreos!
Emack & Bolio’s is located at G/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig
2. Souv By Cyma
Compared to other international cuisines, Greek cuisine isn’t something that you can easily and frequently find here in Manila. Souv by Cyma, the last and highest ranking newbie for the August rundown, plans to change that by serving everyday, straightforward Greek dishes that won’t intimidate diners unfamiliar with the food.
Named after a traditional meat dish called souvlaki, Souv’s menu offerings will probably sound exotic so if you need an introduction to the cuisine, the Meat Platter is the perfect place to start. The choices of meat you can pick from include pork, chicken, or lamb, but if you find it hard to choose, you can go for two of the meats or even all three! Your choice/s of meat is served with garlic yogurt sauce, pita, tomatoes, pickles, and Greek coleslaw.
Souv By Cyma is located at G/F Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
1. Mendokoro Ramenba
Reigning supreme for the second straight time is a ramen restaurant that has been on this rundown for five consecutive months! And judging by how numerous looloo app reviews call its ramen the best there is in the metro, it might not come as a shock to anyone that it’s number one yet again.
“Mendokoro Ramenba is by far the best ramen place I’ve been to in Manila,” Nic S. says in her looloo review. “No, I’m not overhyping it – this is legit stuff so go there now!!” The sister restaurant of Ramen Yushoken in Alabang, Mendokoro Ramenba has attracted countless of foodies to its small yet cozy spot in Makati that the waiting game can take up to an hour or even more! But worry not because we guarantee you it’s worth the wait!
The Shoyu Ramen is the best place to start if you’re a first-timer at Mendokoro. “Broth was exceptional. Char siu melts in your mouth. Noodles are so fine,” Shellah Marie R. describes in her looloo review. “It’s like heaven in every bite. It’s definitely heaven in a bowl.”
Mendokoro Ramenba is located at Shop 18, V Corporate Center, Soliman Street, Salcedo Village, Makati