Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants In Manila Last Month: October 2016

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October brings about a celebration of different nationalities because it’s United Nations Month! And do you know where else you can find a mix of different cultures, specifically a delicious blend of different cuisines? Look no place else but this Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants list for the month of October!

What can you expect on this rundown of October’s bests? Four restaurants serving the best of Japanese cuisine (including the teishoku and Japan’s number one cheese tart!), two places where you can find awesome Southeast Asian dishes, the Pan-Asian restaurant known as our country’s only entry to the Conde Nast Traveler’s best restaurants of the world, and an American breakfast classic that you shouldn’t miss!

10. Your Local

It’s a pretty big deal when your restaurant makes it to the list of best restaurants of the world that Conde Nast Traveler put together. But when you’re the only one that makes it from your country, it’s an even bigger deal.

Your Local's Salmon Donburi

Photo from Midz S.’s looloo review for Your Local

Serving Pan-Asian dishes with a twist, a quick look at the looloo reviews for Your Local will tell your straightaway that the Torched Salmon Donburi is the restaurant’s most raved about dish. In her looloo review, Chrisalyn T. praises the dish for its perfect blend of flavors, the “light saltiness from the roe, sweetness from the corn, and sweet and sour flavour from what I guessed was aioli.”

To go with the Torched Salmon Donburi, make sure to order the Beef Rendang Buns or, if you prefer something with more heat, the Chili Crab Buns. The perfectly fried mantou buns have consistently received praise from looloo users! For something sweet and refreshing to start off your meal, go for the Pomelo Salad!

Your Local is located at G/F Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.

9. Yayoi

In a place where traffic gets worse by the day and the lifestyle is hectic and non-stop, convenience is the name of the game. At Yayoi, there’s no waiting around for servers to bring you a menu or to take your order. There won’t even be a long wait for your food to arrive!

Yayoi, SM Megamall

Photo from Anthony J.’s looloo review for Yayoi

How’s that possible? Each seat at Yayoi comes with its very own iPad you can use to browse the menu. The menu is straightforward and features what is known in Japan as the teishoku or set meals. Ready to order? You can do it using the iPad, too!

What’s even better than an efficient ordering system is that your food arrives fast and in under 15 minutes!

Yayoi is located at 3/F Mega B, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

8. Dine in the Dark Manila

The sense of sight is important when it comes to food. You need it when you cook. You need it to admire how the food is presented. You need it to know what exactly it is you’re putting in your mouth and tasting. But what if your sight is taken from you?

This is exactly what happens at Noche: Dine in the Dark Manila. You won’t be given any blindfold before you begin your dining experience. Instead, the dining area is pitch black and no cameras and cellphones are allowed inside so that you’ll get the full experience. Even the menu, which comes in four categories (meat, fish, vegetarian, and chef’s surprise), is in braille. Don’t worry because you’ll be oriented prior to dining and you’ll even receive a guide to help you read in braille!

So how is it like dining in the dark? “Dine in the Dark for me wasn’t a focus of how good the food was, but how we adapt and experience dining in total darkness,” says Josh G. in his looloo review. “It was such a fun experience. For someone who was afraid of darkness, I didn’t feel fear at all.”

Noche: Dine in the Dark Manila is located at 4/F The A Venue Suites, Salamanca Street corner General Luna Street, Makati.

7. Shaburi

Uptown Place Mall in BGC is quickly becoming one of the best foodie destinations in the metro with its wide variety of options. One of the latest additions to the place is Shaburi, which brings two of the things the Filipino foodies love so much: meat and eat-all-you-can dining.

Shaburi Manila

Photo from Jen L.’s looloo review for Shaburi

Shaburi is a hot pot restaurant all the way from Japan and has made a name for itself in other neighboring Asian countries because of its unlimited Wagyu beef. Yup, you read it right. Not only is it Wagyu beef but it’s also unlimited.

You can choose from five different soup bases (konbu, sukiyaki, soy milk miso, paitan chicken collagen, and hot miso) and what’s great is that you get your own personal pot to cook your food in. No more sharing with everyone else at the table!

Shaburi is located at 4/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

6. Sunnies Cafe

Making its third straight appearance on the top 10 most popular restaurants list is Sunnies Cafe. Now with two branches strong with the recent opening of its Megamall branch, Sunnies Cafe is without a doubt on its way to being the it thing in the local foodie scene.

Sunnies Cafe, Manila

Photo from Abe C.’s looloo review for Sunnies Cafev

It’s no surprise if you find many of the dishes on Sunnies Cafe’s menu making the rounds in social media. The Crispy Tacos, which is made up of asada steak, fried quail eggs, homemade crispy parmesan taco shells, and cilantro cream sauce, is a particular favorite that you’ve probably already seen on Instagram or Facebook!

Sunnies Cafe is located at B3, Bonifacio High Street, 11th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, and at 2/F Bridgeway, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

5. Hey Handsome

Returning to the top 10 most popular restaurants list is Hey Handsome, which is one of the two restaurants of Chef Nicco Santos (the other being Your Local). Hey Handsome specializes in Peranakan cuisine. It might sound foreign and exotic but we promise, the flavors are no stranger to you.

Hey Handsome, BGC

Photo from Midz S.’s looloo review for Hey Handsome

Peranakan cuisine is actually a mix of different Asian flavors and dishes, including Indonesian, Singaporean, and even Chinese! If that should tell you anything, Hey Handsome is like a crash course to that part of Asian cuisine you didn’t know existed until now!

You might’ve never encountered some of the items on the menu, such as the Bebek Penyet (duck) or Buah Keluak (goat), so for those not sure of what to order, the Laap Phet is a good place to start. Made up of minced duck, deep fried egg, herbs, and toasted rice, Abe C. says in his looloo review that it has the “most mainstream” taste that reminds him of Thai food.

If you’re looking for something more familiar, have the Cream Puff for dessert, especially if you happen to like a Davao favorite, durian.

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

4. OOMA

We all know that an appearance on the top 10 most popular restaurants list means that, one way or another, you’ve tickled the fancy of looloo users. So when you’ve made a total of six appearances on the list in one year, it’s safe to say that foodies love your food and they just keep coming back for more and more.

Such is the case with OOMA.

OOMA's Hanger Steak

Photo from Inna A.’s looloo review for OOMA

Helmed by Chef Bruce Ricketts, who is also known for Mecha Uma, OOMA has made its mark in the local foodie scene with its aburi maki offerings. What makes aburi maki different from traditional maki? For a different texture and flavor, a blowtorch is used to sear the aburi maki. If you don’t find any soy sauce dipping dish along with your maki, don’t go asking for one. Instead, you’ll be provided with a brush to help coat your maki with the sauce.

Up for something meaty? Order the Hanger Steak! Served with sautéed mushrooms, white truffle oil, sweet potato mash, crispy baby potato, herb aioli, and ponzu butter, the Hanger Steak is one of the best sellers you cannot miss at OOMA!

OOMA is located at 3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, and at Edades Tower and Garden Villas, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.

3. Makansutra

When thinking about Singaporean cuisine and dining, chances are the first thing that comes to mind are the hawkers. A trip to our Southeast Asian neighbor is never complete without visiting any of the hawker markets for a meal. Lucky for us, we don’t need a plane ticket to have a hawker market experience thanks to Makansutra opening a local food hall at SM Megamall.

Makansutra, Megamall

Photo from Abbie June M.’s looloo review for Makansutra

Contrary to popular belief, Singaporean food isn’t the only type of cuisine you’ll find at Makansutra. You’ll find Chinese, Indonesian, and even Indian dishes on the menu of the different stalls in the food hall.

For a complete hawker experience, don’t forget to try the Chili Crabs over at Hong Kong Street Old Chun Kee. If you’re the type who can handle a lot of heat in your food, pair that with the Laksa from Donald and Lily. Another hawker staple you shouldn’t miss is Ah Tee’s Oyster Omelette as well as the satay from Alhambra Padang Satay & Muslim Food.

Makansutra is located at 2/F Mega A, SM Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

2. Pablo

September’s most popular restaurant has managed another podium finish for October as people seemingly can’t get enough of Japan’s most famous cheese tarts. In fact, news of Pablo’s arrival began spreading more than a year ago and foodies everywhere were just so excited to try the cheesy, gooey goodness that Pablo is known for.

So when Pablo’s doors finally opened last September 14, long lines day in and day out greeted its first branch at Robinsons Manila.

Pablo Cheesecake Manila

Photo from Bernisse C.’s looloo review for Pablo

If you’re up for a cheese tart with a flaky and buttery crust, Pablo’s cheese tart is the one for you. In her looloo review, Bernisse C. likens the crust to a croissant while according to Clarissa P.’s review, she enjoyed how the “texture created a contrast to the rather very soft cheese filling.”

Pablo is located at 1/F Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil Street corner Adriatico Street, Ermita, Manila.

1. Denny’s

Denny’s might be a newcomer to the list of most popular restaurants but it doesn’t stop this American classic from clinching the first place for October! Opening its first branch in the country last October 7, Denny’s is open 24/7, making it perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any in between meals!

Denny's Philippines

Photo from Sandy P.’s looloo review for Denny’s

If there’s one meal you shouldn’t miss, it’s the most important meal of the day, breakfast. At Denny’s, breakfast food is done bigger and heftier than what we might be used to. A sure hit for chocolate lovers out there, the Choco Overload Peanut Butter Pancake Plate has two buttermilk pancakes stuffed with milk and white chocolate chips and are topped with hot fudge and peanut butter sauce.

Sounds filling? It doesn’t end there! It’s also served with two eggs, two strips of bacon, and hash browns.

Denny’s is located at G/F Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

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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.

  • mozzarella

    Denny’s is the most mediocre food where I live in the states, but maybe Denny’s food is different in each location depending on the kitchen crew and the franchisee. Of course we crave the food that is not common where we are.