Real foodies can find any excuse at all to eat out and celebrate.
It’s your weeksary with your bae so it’s pizza and pasta for dinner tonight! Or maybe it’s your dog’s birthday…therefore you need to get him some doggie treats and yourself a steak. And have you heard? DongYan’s baby is finally out in the world! Gotta buy some beer (and sisig) so we can say cheers to that!
Hopefully, you’ve found a reason to pig out this week because looloo’s top 10 trending restaurants for the month of November are out. And you’re not going to want to miss out on any of the food!
10. Paper Moon Cafe
If you worked hard this week and you feel like you need to treat yo’ self, splurge on a Mille Crepe Cake from Paper Moon Cafe! It may be pricier than the average cake (it’s ₱225 for a slice!) but it’s sure to send your taste buds to outer space! Chelyne C. in her looloo review described it as soft, creamy, and fluffy with just the right amount of sweetness.
These cakes, boasting of at least twenty layers of delicately-thin crepe, come in flavors like chocolate, strawberry, and mango. But if you like your desserts simple, the original one is for you!
Paper Moon Cafe can be found on the G/F of Glorietta 3, North Drive, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila.
9. Rita’s Italian Ice
It may take multiple visits to Rita’s as well as countless brain freezes to find the perfect ice + custard flavor combination, but it’s a task that looloo reviewers don’t seem to mind at all! Migs C. is quite the lucky one because he’s already found THE ONE! According to his looloo review, the cherry ice together with vanilla custard is officially his favorite.
If everyone’s going to keep coming back to Rita’s to try all out all the possible combinations, then this might just never leave this list! Six months and counting!
Rita’s Italian Ice can be found on the G/F of Cinema, Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd. cor. Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila.
8. Mendokoro Ramenba
…Now let me shoyu the shape of my heeeaaart!
If ramen is the way to your heart, then falling in love with Mendokoro Ramenba won’t be hard at all! Brought to us by the same people behind Ramen Yushoken, we don’t have to drive all the way to “the South” anymore for our favorite bowl of rich and spicy Tantanmen.
You might want to give the Tantanmen a break though and try out their other Tonkotsu Ramen flavors like the Shio, Shoyu, and Miso. They also have cold ramen and tsukemen! And don’t forget your extra side of Aji Tamago!
Mendokoro Ramenba can be found at V Corporate Center, Shop 18 Soliman St., Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila.
7. The Beef
Deciding where to eat at Hole In The Wall isn’t the easiest thing to do because how can there be so much good food in one place?! But burger lovers know EXACTLY which stall to line up for and it’s The Beef! looloo reviewers are going on and on about how this could potentially be the best burger joint in the Metro, which goes to show that sometimes less really is more.
There are only two options at The Beef: the Hamburger and the Cheeseburger. But you can’t possibly ask for more because the brioche buns are buttery and pillowy-soft and the burger patty incredibly flavorful and juicy!
The Beef can be found on the 4/F of Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila.
If you’re itching to book a flight to Japan but you don’t have enough dough yet, you can always satisfy your ramen cravings at Ippudo for now. It is after all Japan’s most popular ramen joint! Well-loved for its Hakata Tonkotsu, every slurp of its flavorful broth and ultra-thin noodles will transport you right to Japan!
If you’ve already tried their Akamaru, why not try the Gyokai Tonkotsu Ramen? CJ A. writes, “Once you take a sip of the soup, you can still taste the tonkotsu, and then the chicken from the chicken broth, and just when you thought that’s the end of it, you’ll taste the hint of katsuboshi or bonito flakes in the end. It’s magical.”
Ippudo can be found on the 3/F of Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center and on the G/F of Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil St. cor. Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila.
5. Bondi and Bourke
Aussies seem to be one of the coolest people in the world. They’re good at practically any type of sport, they’ve got all kinds of wildlife living amongst them, plus they get to chow down on really good food! But now that we’ve got Bondi and Bourke in the Metro, we can have a taste of the Aussie life any time we want!
Just like how they do it down under, you will be eating a lot of protein here. It’s all about burgers, ribs, and steaks! Carla M. in her looloo review raved about the US Prime Ribeye Steak, saying that it’s juicy, flavorful, and never ceases to be the crowd pleaser.
Bondi and Bourke can be found on the G/F of Cattleya Condominium Bldg., 235 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila.
Who needs to fly out to Japan when we’ve got our very own Tsukiji Fish Market right in the heart of the Metro? A drive to Megamall is all it takes to sample fresh Japanese food served to us by none other than OOMA! Now on it’s third time to land on this list, it’s a clear sign that people aren’t OOMA-y yet!
Angela Marie C. couldn’t help but go “Oomagawd, ang sarap!” in her looloo review, saying how the Aburi Maki tasted amazing. She also like the idea of brushing the soy sauce on the maki instead of dipping them in a saucer!
OOMA can be found on the 3/F of Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.
3. Le Petit Souffle
Now that the holiday season is upon us, it’s once again time to unbutton our pants so that we can eat ALL the food! And where better to stuff our pie holes than at Le Petit Souffle, the home of numerous mouthwatering French-Japanese dishes! If you haven’t tried their famous Foie Gras Mac and Cheese or the Japanese Beef Curry Souffle yet, be sure to indulge this Christmas!
Aside from the delicious mains, you also can’t miss out on their desserts! April H. recounts in her looloo review how the Valrhona Guanaja 70% Dark Chocolate Souffle with Creme Anglaise was pure perfection, deeming it her favorite out of all the souffles!
Le Petit Souffle can be found on the 3/F of Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila.
2. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina
If you’re wondering when the Silantro hype will die down, it’ll probably be when the nearby schools run out of students…aka NEVER! This spot in UP Town Center is every cool college kid’s favorite tambayan during long breaks, making the rest of us diners feel a lot more ancient than usual. But it’s good grub for cheap so it’s the perfect place to spend your allowance in.
Silantro’s Beef Nachos have reached celebrity status, ordered by practically every table in the restaurant. Reich T. in her looloo review enjoyed them, saying that the tortilla chips were light and crunchy and that she like how chunky beef strips were used instead of the typical ground beef.
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina can be found on the 2/F of UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
1. Halal Guys
It’s a back-to-back appearance on this list for the Guys behind one of the most famous food carts in NYC! Foodies in the Metro are still starstruck by the opening of the much-talked about Halal Guys, and it doesn’t matter that the lines get crazy if it means getting to try their best-selling Gyro and Chicken Platter slathered with their popular secret white and hot sauces!
Trina H. gushes about her first Halal Guys experience in her looloo review: “We were finally able to try Halal Guys in the Philippines! Amazing how delicious it was and the meat was really tasty! Masarap na siya and mas lalong sumarap pa with the white sauce!”
Watch out for their upcoming branch set to open up in the Fort!
Halal Guys can be found on the 5/F of Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.