Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants in Manila Last Month: May 2016

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Summer may now be over but thankfully there’s always that one thing we can do no matter the season: eat!

Thanks to looloo reviewers, this month’s lineup includes a good mix of classic spots plus some new ones you can try out. From chocolate-oozing xiao long baos, to hugot lines for food, to perfectly crispy lechon belly, this list is perfect for your foodie needs!

10. Silantro Fil Mex

Whether number 33 or number 2 on the waiting list, looloo reviewers have no trouble anticipating the delicious dishes from Silantro! Despite being in the scene for a while now, it’s still one of looloo reviewers’ favorite places to be! With delectable choices, affordable prices, and hefty servings, this Filipino-Mexican restaurant will make you go all heart-eyes emoji.

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Photo from Zai M.’s looloo review for Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Silantro offers an array of dishes from the seafood paella, to lamb chops, to the classic cheese quesadilla. All you really have to do is enjoy the food. With two branches in the Metro, you’ll have no problem grabbing your share of burrito!

looloo reviewers have been raving about Silantro’s quesadillas! Zai M. couldn’t contain her excitement in her looloo review as she wrote, “Hands down the best quesadillas I’ve ever tasted! Cheese ba kamo? Cheese kung cheese! A must-try for all cheese lovers like me!”

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina can be found at these locations.

9. Hugot Cafe

Heartstrings in a knot? Want to eat your heartaches away? With dishes called, “It’s complicated” or drinks like, “two-timer,” Hugot Cafe is the place to be whether you’re single, in a relationship, ‘it’s complicated,’ or just want to mingle.

Hugot Cafe, Tondo, Manila

Photo from Allana J.’s looloo review for Hugot Cafe

Hugot Cafe serves vanilla ice cream-topped shakes in mason jars, chocolate glazed waffles, and coffee. But, reviewers don’t just flock to the shop for some sweets — mostly it’s for the hugot ambiance it offers.

Allana J. says even their servers blurt out hugot lines! She wrote, “I remember the one in charge of the line said ‘may available po akong seat para sa isa, sinong nagiisa? yung walang boyfriend, walang asawa, walang kasama! yung forever alone!'”

Hugot Cafe can be found along Hermosa St. cor. Limay St., Tondo, Manila.

8. Cafe I’m Here

Cafe where? This little cafe hidden in the streets of Timog is a gem among coffee shops. The place is so comfy you could sleep there for a while. Part of their ambience is their several rooms where you could do just about anything like catch up with friends, study a little bit, or you know, sleep!

Cafe I'm Here, Timog, Quezon City

Photo from Ruth D.’s looloo review for Cafe I’m Here

After a glass of milkshake and a taste of their cheesecake, which Dyosaphine C. describes in her looloo review as, “oh sooo good,” you’d want to relax and soak in the comfort this little cafe has to offer. So, cafe where? Cafe I’m Here.

Cafe I’m Here can be found at 3/F CTTM Square, 68 Timog Ave., Timog, Quezon City.

7. Le Petit Soufflé

Are you craving for some Japanese food? Or maybe French? Why not both, right? Le Petit Souffle has made it to looloo’s trending list a bunch of times in the past couple of months with their desserts and delightful ambience. Found in Century City Mall, this quaint little shop could be a hideaway while you’re in Makati! Famous for their infusion of two of the top cuisines in the world, Le Petit Souffle will make you love matcha even more after you try a few of their desserts.

Matcha Valrhona, Le Petit Souffle, Makati

Photo from Julie L.’s looloo review for Le Petit Soufflê

For first-timers out there, try one of their most popular desserts: the matcha soufflé. Reich T. even described it in her looloo review as, “Heaven in every spoonful. I don’t even need the creme anglaise. The pastry is flavored well, subtle sweetness with a lil matcha kick. I just died and went to matcha/soufflé heaven!”

Le Petit Soufflé can be found at 3/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Poblacion, Makati.

6. Din Tai Fung

Earning a spot in the top ten list yet again is the well-loved Din Tai Fung! This Taiwanese favorite still has looloo reviewers going crazy over their xiao long bao and fried rice.

You’ve probably tried their famous pork xiao long bao, right? What about the Chocolate Lava Xiao Long Bao. Yep, chocolate. Oozing, rich, and delicious chocolate.

Chocolate Xiao Long Bao, Din Tai Fung, Megamall

Photo from Kyle B.’s looloo review for Din Tai Fung

After a long day of shopping in Megamall, why not brave the long lines for their delicious Taiwanese food? Din Tai Fung is a crowd favorite, and at the rate it’s going, there’s no doubt it’ll remain that way for a while.

Din Tai Fung can be found at G/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

5. Ippudo

Who can ever get enough of ramen? Opening a new branch in Uptown Mall, Ippudo still continues to bless us with their ramen among other food choices. looloo reviewers, however, have recently been raving about their matcha creme brûlée.

Matcha Creme Brulee, Ippudo

Photo from Jayson J.’s looloo review for Ippudo

Just the right amount of sweet, creamy, and matcha goodness, it’s not surprising that this creme brûlée is a big hit among matcha lovers. Topped with a vanilla ice cream scoop, sprinkled with matcha powder, and garnished with a mint leaf, this creamy dessert would be perfect after a steaming bowl of ramen.

Ippudo can be found at these locations.

4. Izakaya Kikufuji

Back again on the top ten list! And quite a jump as well, from 9th to 4th! People can’t seem to get tired of Izakaya Kikufuji! And it’s gonna be a long time until that happens. And as per usual, looloo reviewers are still fangirling about their uni, wagyu cubes, and tempura!

Izakaya Kikufuji, Little Tokyo, Makati

Photo from Dell C.’s looloo review for Izakaya Kikufuji

Despite their long lines, a lot of their loyal customers very well know that their food is worth it! On weekend lunches, they serve free sashimi and free fried mackerel! looloo reviewers agree that the waiting time is nothing compared to the satisfaction after devouring all that yummy Japanese food.

Izakaya Kikufuji can be found at 2277 Chino Roces Ave., Little Tokyo, Makati.

3. Locavore

This famous Filipino food haven has long kept people excited over what they have to offer! Their Pasig branch is always packed so you’ll have to reserve days in advance if you want to make sure you’ll get a table. Thankfully for our friends in the BGC area, they now have a brand new branch in Forbes Town Center!

Boneless Lechon Belly, Locavore, Pasig

Photo from Jairus d.’s looloo review for Locavore

It also looks like looloo reviewers found a new favorite — their Boneless Lechon Belly. Cooked to perfection, the dish was favored by Abe C. as he wrote in his looloo review, “Liked that the only fatty part was the natural portion under the skin, but it wasn’t too thick, so the selection of the pork belly was well done by Locavore’s team. It was still soft, moist and flavorful. Well plated, the outright winner of our visit.”

Locavore can be found at these locations.

2. OOMA

OOMA always seems to find its way onto looloo’s Most Popular list. Offering a wide variety of Japanese food, from aburi maki to kakuni to tempura, it’s easy to see why this restaurant gets long lines especially on weekends!

Hanger Steak from OOMA

Photo from Joy Vee A.’s looloo review for OOMA

Recently, looloo reviewers have been talking about their Hanger Steak. They’re perfectly cooked tenderloin beef slices, laid on top of rich ponzu butter, blanketed with sweet baby potato chips, and then drizzled with truffle oil. The servers also tell you to glaze it with soy sauce to give it that extra burst of flavor.

OOMA can be found at 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

1. Passion by Gerard Dubois

Bagging the top spot for this month is Passion by Gerard Dubois! This French-themed restaurant has enticed us with its fabulous ambiance and heavenly desserts and pastries. Started off in Hong Kong in 2012, it is now gracing Manila with its sweet, sweet presence.

Passion by Gerard Dubois, BGC

Photo from Mary Love S.’s looloo review for Passion by Gerard Dubois

Famous for its exquisite presentation of the food, Passion doesn’t disappoint with the taste either. This is what Aileen L. had to say after her visit, “It seems when the food gets in front of you it’s like you don’t want to touch it and you just want to stare it that whole day as the presentation was so beautiful. That feeling you want to eat them all and you want to take them home. Delicieux.”

Passion by Gerard Dubois can be found at Shop C2, Net Park Bldg., 5th Ave. cor. 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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Thea Uyguangco

Thea is a nineteen-year-old university student with a love for budget fares, cheap food, discount makeup hauls, and clearance sales. She is hungry for adventure, hungry for spontaneity, hungry in general. Hailing from the City of Golden Friendship, she doesn’t need first class airline seats, luxurious hotels, and other-priced clothes to be happy; just good company, yummy food, and a new travel destination.