The 10 Best Manila Restaurants In 2014

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So many restaurants in Manila, so little time!

Whether you’re searching for the best restaurant in the metro or you’re just looking for new places to try, this list of the 10 Best Manila Restaurants in 2014 might be a good place to start. Here you’ll find a good mix of classic spots and a few that you might not have even heard of before.

They may serve different cuisines and have different price ranges but one thing puts them all together – they’re all highly rated by the looloo community!

10. IppudoSM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Number of Reviews in 2014: 170
Average Rating for 2014: 4.40 / 5.00

Famous among frequent Hong Kong travelers for its Hakata-style ramen from Japan, rumors swirled that Ippudo was coming to the Philippines. After a prolonged period of hype and anticipation, the same group that brought us Yabu (also on this list) finally opened Ippudo in 2014 and topped looloo’s Trending List for weeks!

Pork Buns from Ippudo Manila

Pork Bun from Marc David M.’s looloo review for Ippudo

While they may be known for their Akamaru, Shiromaru, and Karaka-Men bowls, Ippudo also has its reviewers raving about other items on their menu. When you’re ready to wait in line or when you get a chance to time your visit perfectly (which according to some is right when the mall opens or at around 3 PM), don’t forget to try their “fall of the cob” crunchy corn and their “awesome” pork buns.

9. Ramen NagiSM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Number of Reviews in 2014: 417
Average Rating for 2014: 4.37 / 5.00

It looks like being the most reviewed restaurant and being rated top 2 best ramen restaurant wasn’t enough for Ramen Nagi. Clocking in at number 9, they’re also one of the best-rated restaurants in Manila! (Lucky for us, they now have branches all over the metro!)

Black King from Ramen Nagi

Black King from Joys D.’s looloo review for Ramen Nagi

Here, diners don’t mind waiting in line and being seated beside people they don’t know. Who cares about eating with strangers anyway when you’re slurping on a warm ramen bowl you’ve fully customized yourself! If filling out their quiz-like form is too much work though, just go with any of their Kings (Red, Black, or Green). For a classic taste of Ramen Nagi, go for the no-brainer choice, their creamy Original Butao King!

8. Izakaya KikufujiChino Roces Ave., Little Tokyo, Makati
Number of Reviews in 2014: 89
Average Rating for 2014: 4.49 / 5.00

A testament to just how good the food is at Izakaya Kikufuji is how some reviewers have mentioned the less than stellar service and difficult parking (especially during peak hours) yet still ended up showering the place with 4 and even 5 star ratings.

5 Kinds of Sashimi from Izakaya Kikufuji

5 Kinds of Sashimi from Jill R.’s looloo review for Izakaya Kikufuji

The highest rated and most popular restaurant in Little Tokyo, Izakaya Kikufuji has been around serving authentic Japanese food for years. From their famous Spicy Tuna to their fresh bowls of Chirashi to their much raved about Chicken Teriyaki and Gyu Kushi – if it means having excellent food, you may as well be ready to forgive the service and take a cab to get here!

7. The Snack ShackV. Luna Extension, Maginhawa, Quezon City
Number of Reviews in 2014: 110
Average Rating for 2014: 4.47 / 5.00

The lone burger place on this list, Snack Shack may have just a small, humble spot in Maginhawa but their crazy affordable burgers (₱70 for a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, anyone?) is what gets their customers to come in droves.

Snack Shack Burger

Burger from Karlos C.’s looloo review for Snack Shack

But price alone couldn’t have gotten this place a 4.47 rating with over 100 reviews in just one year. Some have called this the “best budget burger in town” while others swear it’s worth the wait (that can sometimes take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour!). If you hate waiting, the Snack Shack team allows you to call or text your orders for pick up. Cheap, delicious, and convenient? Sold!

6. Silantro Fil-Mex CantinaEast Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
Number of Reviews in 2014: 204
Average Rating for 2014: 4.42 / 5.00

Now with almost 400 reviews and a 4.42 average rating to boot, Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina continues to be a blockbuster hit in the Kapitolyo area.

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina Quesadilla

Quesadilla from Adrian L.’s looloo review for Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Serving Mexican food fare in huge portions and with most costing under ₱200 per dish, it’s become a frequent choice not just for foodies but also for friends looking to pig hang out after a long day at work. And if there’s one dish you absolutely must try at Silantro? It’s their Beef Nachos. When more than half of their reviews for 2014 mention their nachos and with some even saying it’s “the best nachos” they’ve ever had, you know you have to try it for yourself.

5. ManamGreenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Makati
Number of Reviews in 2014: 110
Average Rating for 2014: 4.51 / 5.00

Manam has been happily collecting 5-star reviews from its customers ever since they opened. They aren’t your typical Filipino restaurant, after all. Ever heard of Watermelon Beef Sinigang? Ube Sago Shake? How about Sizzling Kaldereta?

Watermelon Sinigang from Manam

Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon from Hazel C.’s looloo review for Manam

Although the Watermelon Sinigang looks like it’s now a new favorite for a lot of their customers, the Filipino food purists will be happy to know that the Manam team didn’t just think of offering only these delicious twists to the classic Pinoy dishes. The original versions of Sinigang, Bulalo (made with USDA beef belly no less!), Pinakbet, and many others are also available, handy to have for days when you’re looking for some good ‘ol Filipino comfort food.

4. YabuGlorietta 5, Ayala Center, Makati
Number of Reviews in 2014: 88
Average Rating for 2014: 4.63 / 5.00

The katsu place that started it all.

Yabu may now have a total of nine branches in the metro but don’t expect the long lines to go away any time soon. A great example of a restaurant brand that provides consistently good food and excellent service, it’s not surprising that they’ve built an army of loyal patrons who keep coming back despite the multitude of restaurant options opening in the city.

Special Katsudon Set from Yabu

Special Katsudon Set from Chichi T.’s looloo review for Yabu

Tried and tested looloo reviewer favorites are their Hire and Rosu Katsu, Menchi Katsu for the cheese lover, and Katsu Curry if you’re looking for something different. If you’re dining in hungry and think you’ll still have stomach space left after the filling katsu set, you can’t miss their Chicken Salad and Superior Potato and Egg Salad for appetizers.

3. SpiralSofitel Philippine Plaza, CCP Complex, Pasay
Number of Reviews in 2014: 93
Average Rating for 2014: 4.62 / 5.00

Rated as looloo’s best buffet on our mid-year report in 2014, it looks like Spiral still holds that crown.

Spiral Buffet

Photo from Celina T.’s looloo review for Spiral

The hefty price of almost ₱3,000 per head doesn’t seem to faze its customers. Then again, why would it when you’re guaranteed access to their 21 dining ateliers ranging from Japanese to French to what chocolate lovers might consider heaven – their Chocolaterie! And let’s not forget about the famous Cheese Room. The only thing that stops you from trying everything here, is your appetite. Get your money’s worth and make sure you come starving!

2. Ramen YushokenMolito Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Number of Reviews in 2014: 191
Average Rating for 2014: 4.55 / 5.00

Rated as THE best ramen restaurant in Manila, Ramen Yushoken obviously has to be high up on this list.

Shoyu from Ramen Yushoken

Shoyu Ramen from Erick B.’s looloo review for Ramen Yushoken

Over the years, Yushoken has earned the reputation for consistently serving awesome tantanmen, the “best gyoza,” and of course, the “best Shoyu” bowl. If you still haven’t tried them, for the love of ramen, head to Alabang and tell us (better yet, write a looloo review!) if Yushoken really is one of the best!

**If you’ve missed the latest Manila ramen news, there’s a hot new ramen joint in town that’s raking in crazy five-star reviews. Brought in by the same team behind Ramen Yushoken, Mendokoro Ramenba in Makati will definitely make 2015 an interesting year for Manila’s best ramen list.

1. Bamba BistroAguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
Number of Reviews in 2014: 82
Average Rating for 2014: 4.68 / 5.00

All the love for ramen wasn’t enough to beat the stellar reviews that this quaint, homey place in BF Homes received in 2014.

Bamba Bistro

Mom’s Canneloni, Sliders, and Queen Elizabeth from Ruth S.’s looloo review for Bamba Bistro

Read their glowing reviews and you’ll find out just why so many diners have fallen in love with Bamba Bistro. Now a famous foodie haunt in the Parañaque area, it looks like they’re attracting patrons from all over the metro.

Some of their popular favorites include the lamb adobo, duck ravioli, Bamba burger, and for dessert lovers, their famous Pizookie. Based on all the five star reviews they’ve gotten, 2014’s best restaurant in Manila sure knows how to serve comfort food you’ll keep coming back for.

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Peanut Dela Cruz

A picky eater living vicariously through other people’s looloo reviews, she is either thinking of food or eating. Her hobbies include finding new places to eat and occasionally responding to spam text messages.