Summer may officially be over but it’s a good thing discovering new restaurants in Manila can happen all year round!
Here are the ten most popular restaurants in Manila for the month of June, based on looloo reviews! As we enter the wet season, may these places help brighten up the many rainy days ahead of us.
*Popularity is not based on some unknown subjective basis but is quantitatively based on the number of reviews written last month by the wonderful looloo community, the largest and most active community of reviewers in the Philippines.
10. Lazy BastardJupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati
Drive along Jupiter St. in Makati at night and you’ll quickly spot a neon sign that screams “Bacon & Burgers This Way!” Once you’ve failed this EQ test and decide to walk in, you’ll be welcomed by yet another neon sign. One that’s now all over Instagram.
Thankfully, Lazy Bastard isn’t just all about neon signs. With an average rating of 4.6 (out of 5) on looloo, reviewers are obviously on to something.
From descriptions ranging from “a promise of love” to “Oh. My. Burger. God.”, it’s easy to understand why this tiny place gets quickly packed with burger, bacon, and hotdog fans. (But mostly bacon fans.)
Don’t miss their Sloppy Joe + Bacon, Bacon Cheeseburger, or their Bacon-Wrapped Hotdog! Did we mention they serve bacon?
Quite interestingly, reviewers have also been talking about Lazy Bastard’s elevator. Hmm.
9. Ramen YushokenMolito Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa
We’re now smack dab in the middle of 2015 and the fact that Ramen Yushoken is still part of this month’s trending list (two years after Manila’s ramen craze) only means ramen is truly here to stay.
As the number one ramen restaurant in Manila for 2014, it doesn’t look like much has changed. Five-star reviews continue to be given and “northerners” still make the trip to Alabang to get their Tantanmen and Shoyu ramen fix – with an order of gyoza, of course.
For those who might be tired of ramen, why not try a different way of eating it and order tsukemen instead? Or even their hot and dry ramen version called Shoyu Maze Soba!
8. Mad Mark’sUP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
The popular ice creamery best known for their Half-Baked Madagascar is finally in Katipunan!
Just like in their other branches, if you want to find out just what this Half-Baked Madagascar ice cream is all about, you’ll need to make sure to get it early enough in the day as it tends to run out pretty quickly.
Don’t think Mad Mark’s is all about just ice cream though! They also have full sized meals. looloo reviewers especially rave about their tender Signature Steak, which at ₱305, proves that Mark has definitely gone mad!
7. StrEAT: Maginhawa Food ParkMaginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City
StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park‘s collection of different stalls with cuisines ranging from Southeast Asia to Mexico is the newest addition to the continuously growing foodie area that is Maginhawa.
The food park attracts young foodies and college students like goblins to gold mines so don’t drop words like “hip replacement” and “taxes” if you want to blend in.
The park opens at 5 PM and features everything from chili burgers to burritos, and cotton candy milkshakes to freshly brewed coffee.
6. Wicked KitchenMaginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., UP Diliman, Quezon City
At Wicked Kitchen, sinning never tasted so good. As reviewer Wendell L. put it, “This place gave the word WICKED a new meaning.”
This kitchen has got reviewers gluttonous for Greed (s’mores) and running for Sloth (lava cake). If you’re not in the mood for sinful desserts, Wicked Kitchen also serves pastas (their Ex’s Lasagna will reaffirm your thoughts of walang forever), salads, sandwiches, and rice bowls.
5. Magnum Manila CafeSM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
If you haven’t been killed by Magnum Manila Cafe‘s Death by Chocolate lava cake yet, your time is running out.
Magnum Manila Cafe is set to close later this month so why not drop by for a sweet ending?
If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’re probably lying to yourself, but in any case, Magnum Manila Cafe also offers savoury dishes crafted by Chef Him Uy de Baron like roasted pumpkin soup, chicken poppers, and seared salmon.
4. Bad BirdHole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Makati
‘Cause baby now we got Bad Bird…
There’s little bad blood here though, as looloo reviewers are still showing Bad Bird some mad, mad love.
Bad Bird took the typical Southern classic dish of chicken and waffles and added their own spicy Asian twist: umami-seasoned chicken and sides of kimchi, dirty rice, or corn on a stick. Love anything spicy? Get your chicken Chemical-spicy for that full sweat-inducing, nose-dripping MSG experience.
During weekends, Bad Bird gets mad packed, too. So don’t come strolling in expecting to eat in five minutes if you’re hangry because this is one of the busiest spots in Hole in the Wall.
3. Silantro Fil-Mex CantinaEast Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
Silantro was muy caliente last year when it was included in not one, not two, but three of our lists: The 10 Best Manila Restaurants in 2014, The 10 Most Reviewed Restaurants in Manila In 2014, and 6 Tacos in Manila That Are Worth Ruining Your Diet For! And with rave reviews still pouring in, it’s easy to see why this Filipino-Mexican fusion powerhouse is now on its fourth list.
Reviewers can’t seem to get enough of their Caliente Wings, Quesadillas (with sinfully gooey cheese oozing out), and the wildly popular Beef Nachos.
With reviews like Paula P.’s “I DIED AND WENT TO NACHO HEAVEN,” these Beef Nachos must really be something else! As looloo reviewer Mary Love S. puts it, “The crispy chips were drowning in cheese! It was LOVE. (Though a messy kind of love).”
2. Rita’s Italian IceUP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Summer being over doesn’t mean anything to Rita’s Italian Ice! They’re still as busy as ever, pumping out dollop after dollop of their famous Italian ice and frozen custard creations. With the crazy heat waves we’ve experienced last month, it’s no wonder the place is always packed with customers!
Gelati is still the top go-to item for most reviewers, since you’ll get the best of both Rita’s ice cream variants in its alternating layers of Italian ice (a fruit-based frozen dessert) and creamy frozen custard (ice cream made richer and creamier with egg yolk).
With Gelati, you can also have fun experimenting with different flavor combinations. Some popular choices we found among reviewers were the Cookie Dough Ice, Strawberry Banana Ice, and classic Vanilla Custard flavors.
1. Dean & DeLucaEdades Tower and Garden Villas, Rockwell Center, Makati
If you’re looking for a taste of New York here in Manila, why not try Dean & DeLuca? The New York upscale grocery chain caused quite the buzz when it first opened in the country last April, so don’t be surprised that it’s bustling with excited customers all day!
The place feels more like a restaurant-slash-cafe with its modern New York-style interiors, elegant design, and peaceful ambiance. Some of the reviewers’ most popular choices are the margherita pizzas, creamy pastas, and flavored New York Sodas. When it comes to desserts, the fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth Hokkaido Cheesecake seems to be your best bet.
Some reviewers found the serving sizes a bit small for their price, but many have also noted Dean & DeLuca’s good food and friendly, attentive staff. Go try this slice of New York for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!
With 3 out of 10 places on this list being ice cream shops, it looks like June had more cold treats than cold, rainy weather.
What do you guys think of June’s trending restaurants? What other places do you think should be in this list? Let us know in the comments below!