Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants In Manila Last Month: February 2017

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There’s a lot of love going around for the month of February, especially for the ten restaurants that made it to the most popular restaurants list!

For this rundown, we have three newbies and two that have been on the list for three months straight! Want to know which restaurant made it to the top spot? Read on and find out!

10. Izakaya Kikufuji

Izakaya Kikufuji is a name that many foodies know by heart, especially those who just can’t get enough of Japanese cuisine. Undoubtedly one of the biggest crowd drawers of Little Tokyo in Makati, Izakaya Kikufuji makes its first appearance for the year on the most popular restaurants list at number ten!

Izakaya Kikufuji, Little Tokyo, Makati

Photo from Melody T.’s looloo review for Izakaya Kikufuji

Izakaya Kikufuji boasts of an extensive menu, which includes sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki, and even sukiyaki! But if there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget to order, it’s the Wagyu Beef Cubes! If you’re wondering just how good the wagyu is, Ted R. calls it a “steak from heaven” in his looloo review, adding that the “wagyu cubes were like butter. So tender you wouldn’t believe its meat you’re eating. The marbling of the beef was beautiful.”

Izakaya Kikufuji is located at Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati.

9. Mighty Quinn’s

Whether you’re going for beef, pork, or chicken (maybe even all three!), Mighty Quinn’s has just what we need once the cravings hit.This meat lover’s heaven offers flavorful, succulent, and tender barbecued meat that will get you so hooked, you’ll think about having seconds.

Picking the meat to try might be easier said than done so why not choose the bestseller: the Brisket! In his looloo review, EJ B. recommends dipping the meat into the Mighty Quinn’s BBQ sauce before eating it together with a side of pickled vegetables and chilies to maximize the what he describes as “exciting flavors” that exploded in his mouth!

Mighty Quinn’s is located at 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

8. Little Owl Cafe

Coming it at number eight is the first of three newcomers on this list. The owners of Lola Cafe and Liberty Kitchen bring us yet another restaurant that begins with the letter ‘L’, Little Owl Cafe! Little Owl Cafe is everything you’re looking for in a relaxing, cozy nook where you can rest and unwind, complete with delicious and Instagrammable comfort food!

Little Owl Cafe, Quezon City

Photo from Ruth S.’ looloo review for Little Owl Cafe

And by comfort food, we mean the likes of the grilled cheese sandwich! Little Owl Cafe’s take on this classic ranks as one of Ruth S.’s top three grilled cheese sandwiches, according to her looloo review. Midz S. praised the combination of cheese, tomato jam, and arugula in her looloo review, saying that the “saltiness of the cheese, bitterness from the arugula, sweetness from the tomato jam and the crunch from the toast is probably something I’d go back for.”

Little Owl Cafe is located at 65 Broadway Avenue, New Manila, Quezon City.

7. Hey Handsome

Hey Handsome has been on this rundown for three straight months. If that should tell you anything, it’s that foodies seem to be wanting more and more of the Peranakan cuisine that this restaurant offers! Sounds pretty exotic? Trust us, Peranakan cuisine is more familiar to you than you probably think!

Hey Handsome, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Photo from Muffy T.’s looloo review for Hey Handsome

Peranakan cuisine is actually a mix of Thai, Chinese, Malay, and other Asian flavors and these are precisely what Hey Handsome showcases in its menu! Hey Handsome recently launched a lunch menu that includes dishes such as the Chicken Rice (steeped chicken served with grilled bok choy, house soy, chili, and chicken rice), Fried Chicken (with house soy, squid ink kropek, coconut gravy, pickled turmeric egg, tofu, cabbage, and sambal assam), and Squid Ink Baguette (with fresh mixed vegetables, fried egg, oyster mushroom, tofu, dehydrated kale, and house coconut sauce).

Got room for dessert? Try the Donut Caramel, which comes with pinipig, rose ice cream, and marzipan meringue or the Donut Sang Kaya, which is served with pandan dressing and soy sauce ice cream. Yes, you read it right! Soy sauce ice cream!

Hey Handsome is located at Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

6. OOMA

The second restaurant making a top ten most popular restaurants list appearance for the third month in a row is OOMA! Known as the home of the bestselling Hanger Steak and aburi (torched) makis, OOMA has more to offer to those who are looking to try something new and different but equally oh so good!

OOMA, Rockwell, Makati

Photo from Sandra Y.’s looloo review for OOMA

Are you a fan of tataki? OOMA offers three different kinds: salmon, hamachi, and tuna. If you can’t decide which to get, try the tuna, which Rhency L. describes in her looloo review as “surprisingly cheap and unsurprisingly GOOOD.”

There’s also the Buta Kakuni, which is made up of slow-roasted pork belly, pickled carrots, radish, scallions, and coconut sauce. Speaking of the coconut sauce, Justine D. calls it “the most addicting sauce” she’s had in OOMA in her looloo review!

OOMA has branches in Bonifacio High Street Central, SM Megamall, and Edades Tower and Garden Villas, Rockwell Center, Makati.

5. Nikuya

Ever imagined finding Japanese hot pot and Korean barbecue together in one restaurant? It might seem too good to be true but yes, such a place exists and it happens to be the second newbie on our list! It’s called Nikuya, which you can find over at Estancia in Capitol Commons!

Nikuya, Estancia, Pasig

Photo from EJ B.’s looloo review for Nikuya

As you’ve probably figured out by now, dining at Nikuya involves a lot of patience and a lot of cooking if you’ll go for the shabu-shabu and charcoal grill. But if you’re worried about coming out of your lunch or dinner smelling like smoke, cast your fears aside because Nikuya’s grills are smokeless!

The shabu-shabu comes with assorted vegetables, rice cakes, fish balls, squid balls, and noodles as well as the optional choices for meat. You also get to pick two types of soup to cook them in! As for the charcoal grill, there are plenty items you can choose from like the traditional samgyupsal and yakiniku!

Nikuya is located at G/F Estancia, Meralco Avenue, Capitol Commons, Pasig.

4. Bliss Bowls

Are you up for something you normally won’t see and try on a normal day? Or are you looking for something healthy and invigorating to eat that isn’t dull and boring? Bliss Bowls has got you covered with its colorful and definitely Instagrammable smoothie bowls!

Bliss Bowls, Megamall, Mandaluyong

Photo from Norman Lester T.’s looloo review for Bliss Bowls

One of the best things about Bliss Bowls is that the smoothie bowls are only prepared upon order using the freshest fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients! And take note, Bliss Bowls does not make use of preservatives and sweeteners when making the smoothies! So not only are the smoothie bowls fresh upon order, they’re really healthy too!

The Cacao Kiss, for example, has ingredients like bananas, strawberries, unsweetened cocoa, coconut milk, granola, and coconut flakes. Bliss Bowls recommends this if you want an energy boost as well as a natural antidepressant!

Bliss Bowls is located at 4/F Bridgeway, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

3. Ping Pong Diplomacy

Ping Pong Diplomacy might sound like a name that came out of nowhere but a quick look at world history will tell you differently. It’s actually the term used to refer to the exchange of ping pong players between China and American back in the 70s! It may seem like a random event but it helped the political relations between the two countries.

Ping Pong Diplomacy, SM Aura, Taguig

Photo from Dennis O.’s looloo review for Ping Pong Diplomacy

True to the inspiration behind its name, the third and final newcomer on this list offers a modern, creative twist on the Chinese dishes we all know and love by adding some American flair to them! A must order at Ping Pong Diplomacy is the Dan Dan Chicken Skin Rice. Made up of crispy chicken skin, fermented chili, and toasted peanuts, Reich T. calls it “the rice that launched a thousand ships, the alpha and the omega” in her looloo review, saying that it is “what dreams are made of.”

Other favorites among looloo app users include the Simple Fried Egg (Ruth S. describes it as “Simple yet so goooooooood” in her looloo review) and the Crunchy Eggplant. Clarissa P. swears in her looloo review that “even kids will like this and will not notice that they were actually eating eggplant.” It’s that delicious!

Ping Pong Diplomacy is located at 3/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

2. Paradise Dynasty

If you’ve heard of Paradise Dynasty, chances are you’ve also heard of its eight-flavored xiao long bao. If you haven’t, now is a good time to head at S Maison to see just what you’ve been missing! These eight flavors consist of Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic, Szechuan, and of course, the Original! End up liking one flavor more than the rest? You can also order a single-flavored baskets of xiao long bao!

Paradise Dynasty, S Maison, Pasay

Photo from Ruth D.’s looloo review for Paradise Dynasty

While its colorful xiao long bao might be the crowd favorite, Paradise Dynasty has an extensive array of offerings for those who are looking for more than just soup dumplings! From appetizers like Lettuce Roll with Homemade Sauce and Drunken Chicken to rice dishes and a variety of La Mian (noodles), your craving for the best Chinese food will surely be satisfied!

Paradise Dynasty is located at 2/F S Maison at Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay.

1. Genki Sushi

Snagging the top spot as the most popular restaurant in the metro for February is Genki Sushi! Genki Sushi has been delighting foodies with its bullet train service and wide selection of sushi, sashimi and other Japanese favorites like tempura!

Genki Sushi, Bonifacio Stopover, BGC

Photo from Dennis O.’s looloo review for Genki Sushi

If you’ve been to Genki Sushi before, you probably know how nerve wracking the running bill can be, especially when there’s still so much more you want to eat! Lucky for us, Genki Sushi has recently introduced promos (such as the Buy 1, Take 1!) to lessen the damage to our wallets! Make sure to check Genki Sushi’s social media pages to find out more about these limited-time promos!

Genki Sushi has branches in Bonifacio Stopover, UP Town Center, and Ayala Malls The 30th.

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Bella Javier

Bella is a lover of all things sweet, a multi-time winner of the timeless children’s party and icebreaker game, Name That Tune, and a self-proclaimed queen of wishful thinking. A wanderer whose hunger lasts 24/7 and a proud owner of an oldies playlist mixed with songs she can sing fluently but does not understand, she’ll choose neither Edward or Jacob when asked that same old question.