If you’re on the edge of your couch every night, hanging on to every cheesy word Tolayts says to his “my labs” Tiffany, do not be ashamed…you’re not the only one! OTWOL has officially arrived to take over our TV screens, and we have taken to social media to express all dem feels.
But just as #OnTheWingsOfLove exploded on Twitter, there were ten restaurants in Metro Manila that trended on looloo the past month. Just in case you’ve been too busy shipping the JaDine loveteam to notice what the top food places were last September, this list should get you right back on track.
Give your heart a temporary break from all the kilig moments and treat your stomach to these good eats!
10. Rita’s Italian Ice
Three months later, and Rita’s is still hanging onto this list like how Overly Attached Girlfriend clings onto her boyfriend. Now on its fourth consecutive time here, this little shop is proving to be big competition for all the other dessert places in Manila.
This place continues to be popular after all these years because of loyal supporters like AAA M. Ilon her looloo review, she claims that she’d feel like a traitor if she were in the Greenhills area and didn’t drop by Rita’s. True love right there!
9. Rib City
Ever since its soft opening earlier this year, Rib City has been building up an army of devoted meat-lovers. And now, it has finally made its first appearance on this list! On looloo, it has been getting a lot of love not just for its fall-off-the-bones ribs, but more so for the cost-to-benefit ratio it provides customers. According to Preecess P. in her looloo review, her ₱700 landed her a plate of ribs good for 4 to 5 people, plus 4 side dishes of her choice!
Aside from their bestselling ribs, other bang for the buck meals here include the Herb Crusted Fish Fillet, Pub Burger, Grilled Chicken, and Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. For dessert, the word is their White Toblerone Cheesecake is a heavenly way to cap off your RBCTY experience!
8. Single Origin
Peruvian-Japanese restaurant Nikkei has been piquing everyone’s interest lately and it looks like they’re not done making waves in Metro Manila’s food scene yet. The Nikkei group recently introduced us to its newest member, Single Origin, and it’s shaping up to be the next favorite HOHOL spot in BGC. It attracts the crowd with its chill vibe accentuated by homey wooden interiors, and compels its customers to stay with its great food and coffee.
Its menu is a long list of mouth-watering entrees, but some of the bestsellers here are the Surf and Turf Beer Dough Pizza (who can resist a chewy crust topped with steak cutlets?) and the Bleu Burger (they made thick wagyu patties 10x better by stuffing them with bleu cheese!) Pair your meal with their espresso-caramel concoction, the Creme Brulee 8oz.
7. The Lost Bread
Contrary to its name, this place is definitely not lost because it has found its way into this list again! Will we ever be able to move on from their ridiculously over-the-top concoctions? Not sure. But for now, it’s still the most popular stall in StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park and every sweet tooth’s dream come true.
Marc G. in his looloo review said that the milkshakes here go beyond good looks. “Aside from the Instagram-ish look, cool name of the milkshakes, and different ingredients put together (cotton candy, popcorn, alcohol, cereals, etc.) the milkshake itself taste really good. I enjoyed it! It’s the best milkshake I’ve tasted so far. I will definitely come back for more.”
6. Ippudo Manila
Remember when Ippudo, the most popular ramen house in the world, first came to the Philippines last year and revived the dying ramen craze? Unbelievable lines, endless pictures of Akamaru bowls on Instagram…you know the story.
The novelty of the place has simmered down since then, but it looks like Ippudo is making a comeback on looloo! Manila restaurant reviewers are once again telling tales of having to wait forever for a table and later saying that the food made up for everything.
To make your ramen experience even better than the last time you ate here, here’s a tip from Ippudo: order up an extra side of tamago, slice it open, and let the yolk make your soup extra rich and creamy. Try it out on your next bowl of tonkotsu broth!
5. Papa Diddi’s Ice Cream Company
Do not confuse Papa Diddi with P. Diddy. While the latter raps about ice, the former serves ice…cream!
Papa Diddi was actually a lawyer by profession and a foodie at heart who made it a tradition to treat his family on weekends to homemade ice-cream, straight from own his hand-cranked machine. His son Paul Perez, owner of Papa Diddi’s Ice Cream Company, got the love for the dessert from his father and created the business as homage to him.
Last month, restaurant reviewers weren’t shy about professing their love for Papa Diddi’s creations (can you even count how many pictures you’ve seen of their ingenious rice krispies bowl?) But this month, there’s even more to look forward to because they have something new on their menu! On your next visit, give their sweet empanadas served with dulce gato ice cream a try!
Papa Diddi’s Ice Cream Company can be found at 168 Maginhawa St., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
4. Churreria La Lola
Churreria La Lola makes a back-to-back appearance on looloo’s trending list, but loses hold of the first place spot sliding down to the fourth. But this little slip won’t make much of a dent in its already massive fanbase. Have you tried lining up for a cone of their churros? It gets pretty crazy!
According to Agnes S. in her looloo review, the long wait was worth it. “This one left me speechless to be honest. I was a bit skeptical at first because churros is churros is churros. But man, the bread has that perfect crisp that goes really well with their dip. Plus points that it was served hot too!”
If you’ve been coming to Churreria La Lola only for their sweet offerings, you need to try their savory stuff too! Order up the new Churros Bravos (the churro-fied version of patatas bravas) and Jamon Y Queso Xuxo (churros stuffed with Manchego cheese and topped with jamon).
3. Wicked Kitchen
Something wicked this way comes (again!) We tried being angels for a month, but we just couldn’t stay away from the sinfully good food at Wicked Kitchen. This place got its spot back on this list because we’ve broken our healthy-eating streak and succumbed to the temptation of the Greed. Let’s admit it, this s’mores dessert gives us life and all efforts to avoid it will only be futile. Bring on the calories!!!
As if to further ruin our diets, did you know that there’s an even more evil version of the Greed?! Called Gluttony S’mores, you get a half-baked chocolate cookie skillet topped with toasted marshmallows. It’s (literally) TDF so try it at your own risk!
2. Silantro Fil-Mex
Silantro was third on looloo’s trending list of Manila restaurants for June and then fourth in July, but then it took a break from the spotlight in August (must be tiring to be that famous all the time, right?) But now it’s back as the second most popular restaurant for September! It’s going to take much more than the long lines to keep looloo reviewers away.
Anjela S. peppers her looloo review with exclamation points to express how much she enjoyed her Silantro meal: “Loved it here!!! Best burrito ever! And nachos! And quesadillas! And also the rib fingers and beef skewers!! Would definitely come back! Giving it 5 shining 5 stars!”
This restaurant has got us saying things like “Oomagaaawd!” and “Oomaziiing!” for three months in a row now. It has been slowly inching it’s way up this list (8th place in July and 2nd in August) and has finally grabbed the number one spot for September, a sign that the “oomay” factor isn’t hitting us yet.
Elizabeth S. said in her looloo review that her first OOMA experience got her to understand what all the fuss about. “Nothing got me excited more than the Uni Udon. Being a fan of Uni, I wanted to see if it would work with the noodles. Surprisingly, it did! Damn, this Bruce Ricketts is a genius.” Wasting no time, she quickly followed up her first visit with a second one!