The US has baseball, most of Europe’s into football… what do we think Filipinos’ favorite pastime is? Malling.
As lame as it might sound, the complex sport involves a mix of rugby (charging through crowds), power-lifting (shopping bags are heavy!), and with the number of restaurants, competitive eating.
It’s that last bit that we’ll be focusing on for our mall restaurants series, where we feature the most-popular restaurants in Metro Manila’s favorite malls, based on looloo users’ reviews! We’re kicking things off with a Makati favorite, the best restaurants in Greenbelt mall!
10. BurgerBar (Greenbelt 2)Average Rating: 4.26
Number of Reviews: 438
BurgerBar isn’t just popular in Greenbelt, it’s actually one of the most-reviewed places on looloo. When the burger craze hit, BurgerBar was leading the charge, offering all sorts of burgers that tasted nothing like what you’d get at a drive-thru. The burger joint was so successful in fact, that it spun-off into its fast-expanding and equally successful look-alike cousin, 8 Cuts Burger Blends.
9. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant (Greenbelt 3)Average Rating: 4.31
Number of Reviews: 94
We’re a bit worried that the younger generation won’t get the Forrest Gump reference, but we’re happy to see that the original branch of Bubba Gump has managed to keep customers coming back for their shrimp and other seafood specials. Life is like a box of chocolates, mama says? Well, to be quite honest, life wouldn’t be so bad if it were like a bucket of Bubba Gump’s shrimps either.
8. Manam (Greenbelt 2)Average Rating: 4.32
Number of Reviews: 198
The recent name change from “Namnam” to “Manam” is pretty much just that: a name change. They still serve some of the best Filipino dishes in Greenbelt, with their own special spin on things. You can order something from the Classics side of the Manam menu, but your adventurous side will be rewarded when you try things from the Twists side, like their Sinigang na Beef Short Rib with Watermelon or the Corned Beef Sisig!
7. Bizu Patisserie (Greenbelt 2)Average Rating: 4.34
Number of Reviews: 93
Yes, they’ve got some of the best macarons out there, for dessert or to take home. Still, don’t let that keep you from trying out their other dishes as well. If you haven’t bothered to check out Bizu’s menu, they’ve got everything from mussels, to lamb, to steak frites! Their Eggs Benedict are supposedly pretty good, too!
6. Chili’s Grill & Bar (Greenbelt 5)Average Rating: 4.37
Number of Reviews: 148
It’s always go-big-or-go-home when it comes to dining at Chili’s. American-sized portions and flavors continue to attract people looking for a hearty meal. Not for the calorie-conscious, their salads, steaks, burgers, chicken, and pastas (basically anything on their menu) aren’t exactly what you’d call healthy by most standards, but they’re definitely worth squeezing in just one more cheat day for.
5. Sentro 1771 (Greenbelt 3)Average Rating: 4.40
Number of Reviews: 79
Sentro has become synonymous with what’s probably their most famous dish, the Corned Beef Sinigang. No, it’s not the same corned beef you’ll find canned and stocked in your pantry at home. It’s the kind of stuff that you crave for when it’s gloomy and raining out, the kind of stuff that makes you want to cuddle up under the covers with, the kind of stuff that wins this classic Filipino restaurant a spot on this list.
4. Cyma (Greenbelt 2)Average Rating: 4.42
Number of Reviews: 76
For years, Cyma’s been one of the few Greek restaurants in the country that has continued to win over palates of Filipinos who are more used to Asian and American food over much else. Their meat dishes, and their salads especially, are extremely popular among looloo users. If Zeus himself hosted a banquet at the summit of Mt. Olympus, the food would probably taste like what you’d find on Cyma’s menu.
3. Lusso (Greenbelt 5)Average Rating: 4.44
Number of Reviews: 64
With a name like Margarita Fores attached to the place, it’s no wonder the place has gotten such high ratings. The place oozes class and elegance, from both the food, and the decor. In fact, the chandelier you’ll find inside, once hung from the ceiling of the Manila Peninsula hotel’s ballroom. Dining here will definitely cost more than your usual dinner date, but should you decide to, the wow factor you’ll get from it is worth so much more than you’ll spend.
2. Cafe Breton (Greenbelt 3)Average Rating: 4.47
Number of Reviews: 120
Finding Cafe Breton at the 2nd spot on this list was a surprise, even for us. But hey, looloo reviewers looooove their crepes! The cozy ambience at this branch is perfect for Sunday brunches or afternoon merienda, sitting down with a La Pinay dessert crepe and tea, or a Blueberries and Cream crepe with coffee. It’s the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long day of shopping.
1. Peking Garden (Greenbelt 5)Average Rating: 4.74
Number of Reviews: 60
Peking Garden isn’t your run-of-the-mill Chinese restaurant. It’s the type of restaurant you ask your parents to take you to on your birthday or on a special occasion, something worth celebrating over an order of what reviewers argue is “the best Peking Duck in the the metro.” Out of all the reviewers who’ve submitted ratings for this place, only 11 have given it less than 5 stars. If you love Chinese food and you’re in the Greenbelt area, this place should be at the top of your list, as it is in ours!
*Rankings are based on average review score, for places with at least 60 reviews submitted.