New year, new rundown of the most popular restaurants in the metro! Can you guess which restaurants started 2017 right by clinching a top ten spot on this list? Here are some clues to help you out: the hippest food park you’ll find in Manila, a Peranakan restaurant now serving a lunch menu, and the BGC branch of 2016’s Best-Rated Japanese Restaurant!
10. Bliss Bowls
Who says desserts can’t be healthy? Who says smoothies can’t be served in bowls? Definitely not Bliss Bowls! Coming it at number ten, this newcomer introduces its diners to the smoothie bowl! The smoothie itself has a thick consistency because no ice is added to the fruits and vegetables when they’re blended. It’s then poured into a bowl and topped with fruits, granola, and other toppings.
One of Bliss Bowls’ best sellers is the Berry Bliss! A blend of strawberries, beets, bananas, mango, and coconut water, it only has 224 calories! Strawberries, bananas, granola, and coconut flakes are added on top of the smoothie for the added crunch. “The bowl looked so gorgeous,” says Clarissa P. in her looloo review. “And not only that, it was delicious!”
Want something that will remind you of chocolate but loads healthier? The Cacao Kiss has 373 calories and is made up of bananas, strawberries, unsweetened cocoa, coconut milk, nut butter, coconut flakes, sea salt, granola, and almond butter drizzle!
Bliss Bowls is located at 4/F Bridgeway, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.
9. Mendokoro Ramenba
Although it was known at first as Ramen Yushoken’s little sister, Mendokoro Ramenba has made its own mark in the local foodie scene, appearing in different looloo lists since it first opened in 2014! Now that it’s 2017, this ramen favorite makes yet another appearance; this time as the ninth most popular restaurant in Manila for January!
Just how good is the ramen at Mendokoro? According to Regh D.’s looloo review, Mendokoro has the “beeeeest ramen I’ve tried so far!” The shoyu ramen in particular is “so amaaaazing.” Wayne P. agrees, declaring in his looloo review that “the search for the best ramen in town is O-V-E-R… This Shoyu ramen from Mendokoro Ramenba is SUPERBBBBBB!”
While we can list down every looloo review that has sung praises for Mendokoro (and trust us, there’s a lot), nothing beats trying it out for yourself, especially if you haven’t yet! So what are you waiting for? Seats are limited and lines are long so you gotta move quick!
Mendokoro Ramenba is located at V Corporate Center, Soliman Street, Salcedo Village, Makati.
8. Mighty Quinn’s
Mighty Quinn’s only opened last December but it managed to snagthe second spot on December’s most popular restaurant’s list. One month later, it makes its second straight appearance! Mighty Quinn’s appeals to a side of Filipino appetite that we can never ever deny: our love for ribs and barbecued meat.
Mighty Quinn’s barbecued meat comes in three main categories (beef, chicken, and pork) and each category has three options. But if you’re unsure about where to start, go for the Brisket, Mighty Quinn’s most popular offering! Joel A. calls it “the best” brisket he’s tried in Manila in his looloo review while Kiko G. adds in his review that “you can tell right away that the beef brisket is tender. The guy at the carving station was slicing the whole brisket like it was butter.”
Your choice of meat comes with sides, which includes potato salad, buttermilk broccoli salad, dirty rice (rice fried in beef brisket fat), among other options.
Mighty Quinn’s is located at 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.
7. Grub Hub
Grub Hub is definitely a breath of fresh air among the metro’s food parks with its creativity! You won’t find nondescript chairs and tables or stalls just randomly arranged at Grub Hub. Its trendy, themed interiors divides the whole place into three dining areas (and take note, one of them is air conditioned!). The stalls are housed in what is called as the Hobbit Hall, which is an ode to The Lord of The Rings.
It’s so hard to resist the temptation of going snap happy at Grub Hub since the whole place is Instagram-ready! But remember, this is a food park so when you’re tired from taking countless photos, grab yourself something to eat from stalls such as UP icon Mang Larry’s Isawan, Yzzy Eats (its BFLC or Bacon Fried Like Chicken is a favorite among foodies!), and Brook’s (many looloo app users recommend the Beef Chimichangas!).
Grub Hub is located at 47 Visayas Avenue corner Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City.
If there’s ever a list of the most awaited international franchises of the recent years, Pablo will surely make it to the list. The wait was so long that it lasted more than a year and when it finally opened its doors, the lines were no joke many foodies had to deal with to get their hands on the prized cheese tarts.
It’s been a few months since its exciting opening and lucky for us, Pablo has updated its menu to include more choices! For flavors, there’s the chocolate and matcha cheese tarts. The much-awaited premium cheese tarts have also arrived in Pablo’s stores!
Want to buy a cheese tart without hurting your wallet? Then get yourself some mini cheese tarts! They may be smaller in size but they’re still packed with flavor! Craving for something cold to beat the heat? Try the Matcha Cheesecake Soft Serve Ice Cream. “This is LIFE CHANGING,” Maria Carmila M. describes in her looloo review. “The consistency was super smooth but dense, you can taste the matcha, the cheesecake and the ice cream in such incredibly balanced proportions that you will simply be amazed.”
Pablo is located at B2, Bonifacio High Street, 11th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, and at 1/F Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil Street corner Adriatico Street, Ermita, Manila.
5. La Brazorria de Lasevil
The salted egg craze has seen the fusion of the local favorite with different kinds of food, including ice cream, chips, and fried chicken. But have you heard of salted egg and Brazo de Mercedes together in one dessert? If not, it’s time to head over to La Brazorria de Lasevil over at Ayala Malls The 30th!
La Brazorria de Lasevil’s salted egg-flavored Brazo is named Brazo de Luna and before you can dismiss it as some weird flavor combination, reviews at the looloo app prove that it’s more than worth a taste. Edwin I. calls it “an addicting twist to the traditional Brazo” in his looloo review. “Salted egg food lovers will appreciate how the taste is so pronounced,” Kristin A. adds in her review. “I think it’s a great balance between the saltiness of the egg and the sublime sticky sweetness of the custard.”
If you prefer to stick tol Brazo de Mercedes as you know it, La Brazorria de Lasevil has the Brazo de Remedios (traditional) and the Brazo de Oscar (sugar-free)!
La Brazorria de Lasevil is located at G/F, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
4. Jin Joo Korean Grill
Newcomer Jin Joo Korean Grill is where DIY style of eating meets the much-loved, foodie favorite Korean cuisine. Looloo app users who’ve given this newbie a try went for the Cheese Dung Galbi. Dung Galbi is Korea’s take on pork ribs and at Jin Joo, they’re taken to the next level by wrapping them in cheese.
Wondering how? “A server melts the cheese, swirls them around each rib part and then places them on your plate,” Midz S. narrates in her looloo review. The Cheese Dung Galbi is served with rice, corn, kimchi, and egg, which can be turned into fried rice.
If you don’t mind splurging or if you’re with a group of people you can split a large portion of food with, try the Jin Joo 8 Flavors, which is basically samgyeopsal in eight different flavors, which include smokey BBQ, honey garlic, and even wine!
Jin Joo Korean Garden is located at 5/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
Another restaurant that ended 2016 and started 2017 in the most popular restaurants list is Providore! This restaurant, which also calls itself a bar, bistro, and a store where you can find pantry essentials and sweet treats, serves comfort food that may be simple but will surely hit all the right spots.
If you read the reviews for Providore over at the looloo app, many of them recommend a dish called Steel Plate Cooked Garlic Butter Salpicao Steak. It’s a mouthful of a name but it’s as straightforward as it can get. Don’t forget to eat the steak together with the onions and garlic for the maximum flavor! And yes, we recommend ordering rice!
Providore is located at G/F, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
2. Hey Handsome
The word Peranakan might not ring a bell when you hear or read it but trust us, your tastebuds will recognize the flavors of this cuisine. It’s actually a blend of flavors from Indonesia, Thailand, China, and other Asian cuisines. The Peranakan cuisine is front and center at Hey Handsome, which lands at number two on this rundown!
To the delight of foodies everywhere, Hey Handsome recently launched a lunch menu! It includes the Chicken Rice which, as Josette P. points out in her looloo review, “shall not be called as Hainanese Chicken no matter how similar they look because they differ in taste.” The dish is made up of steeped chicken, grilled bok choy, house soy, chili, and chicken rice.
There’s also the Minced Beef (with grilled corn, egg, rice, and nam prik loap), Fried Chicken (with nasi ulam, house soy, and sambal assam), and Grilled Pork (with nasi ulam, sambal matah, and grilled cabbage). If you’re curious about the rest of the menu, you know where to eat lunch the next time your in BGC!
Hey Handsome is located at Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
1. OOMA (BGC branch)
2016 turned out to be an awesome year for OOMA, tallying a grand total of seven most popular restaurants list appearances last year. Think it can match (or even exceed) its record this year? Looks like OOMA is off to a good start! Why? Because OOMA, particularly its BGC branch, snags the top spot for the most popular restaurants list for the second month in a row!
OOMA’s fresh take on Japanese cuisine has without a doubt endeared it to foodies all over the metro who brave long lines and waiting times just to get a taste of its aburi (torched) makis. Whether it’s Scallop and Tuna, Salmon Skin, or one of the other varieties of aburi maki, these rolled sushi have been a hit with OOMA’s growing number of loyal customers. And of course, there’s the Hanger Steak, which is one of the most recommended dishes by looloo app users!
OOMA is located at LG/F Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.