ICYDK, These Are The Groups Behind Metro Manila’s Most Popular Restaurant Concepts

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Aside from traffic, malls, and hipsters, another thing that Metro Manila doesn’t run out of is places to eat. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the city, with new ones continuously popping up out of nowhere.

But as diverse and random as these restaurants seem to be, it may come as a surprise that a lot of them were actually created by the same groups! If you’re curious to find out who’s behind your favorite restaurant concepts, here’s a rundown of the most prominent restaurant groups and their respective brands.

Side note: This list should also come in handy for all the times you never know where to eat!

FooDee Global Concepts

The great thing about Metro Manila’s dining scene is that it’s a blend of both local and imported concepts, giving us foodies the best of both worlds. And one of the groups we have to thank for that is FooDee Global Concepts!

On one hand, they have homegrown restaurants we’ve all come to love like Todd English Food Hall, Pound by Todd English, Sunnies Cafe, MESA Filipino Moderne, and Bench Cafe.

But they’re also the ones responsible for bringing popular international brands like FOO’D, Llaollao, Tsuta, and the Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan to Philippines shores.

The Bistro Group

One of the hardest things in life is deciding where to eat when you’re in a group. The usual answer when you ask your friends for recommendations is “kahit saan,” making it impossible to agree on a final place.

Luckily, The Bistro Group has a bunch of restaurants under them that appeal to a wide range of taste buds. Haul your friends over to TGI Fridays, Italianni’s, Fish & Co., Village Tavern, or Denny’s to make sure everyone’s happy!

Photo from Bernisse C.’s looloo review of T.G.I Friday’s

But of course, they also have restaurants that are a bit more niche. There’s Krazy Garlik for those who like strong flavors and Bulgogi Brothers for the Korean fans out there.

The LJC Group

When it comes to Filipino restaurants, we tend to get really picky because there’s no point in spending on food that we could easily cook ourselves at home. So we stick to the tried and tested brands that have proven to be skilled in the Filipino cuisine.

Some of these concepts include Abe, Fely J’s, Lorenzo’s Way, Bistro Remedios, and Cafe Adriatico. While many might think that they’re competitors, they’re actually all under the LJC Group, explaining their common passion and expertise in Filipino food.

LJC does have a non-Filipino concept under their wings though. Cafe Havana, a bar that comes alive at night, has gained quite a number of fans among the expat community in Makati.

The Max’s Group

Competition has never been more stiff for restaurants as it is today, simply because there are so many of them now. While many don’t last for more than a few years, there are those that have withstood the test of time, some having been around since our parents’ younger years.

Max’s Group seems to be really good at creating concepts that outlast fads, with classic restaurants like Max’s Restaurant, Pancake House, Dencio’s, Teriyaki Boy, Yellow Cab, and Kabisera under their management.

While most of the brands they handle cater to the older crowd, they have Krispy Kreme and Jamba Juice for the millennials!

The Moment Group

Some restaurants are good at creating buzz but aren’t exactly worthy of a second visit. That’s not the case for The Moment Group though who has a lineup of restaurants that aren’t only hip but are also the type you’d want to keep coming back for.

They’re responsible for crowd favorites like 8 Cuts, OOMA, Manam, and Din Tai Fung, all of which you’ve probably been to more than a couple of times. Some of these restaurants are so popular you might even have to stand in line to get a seat inside!

If you’re looking for something new to try from this group, head to Makati and get yourself some shawarma from Shawa Wama, a Mediterranean grab-and-go restaurant.

The Raintree Hospitality Group

If you’re treating family or friends out to a meal and you want it to be in a nice and classy restaurant (that won’t completely wipe your wallet out), the Raintree Hospitality Group has some options that will be perfect for you.

Included in their selection of restaurants are Providore, Chelsea Kitchen, Izakaya Sensu, Saboten, and Friends & Family. The last one, which is the newest addition to the group, is a Filipino restaurant in BGC that boasts of an elegant yet homey feel. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area!

They also have concepts like Chotto Matte and The Coconut Club that were made for those who like to drink and have a good time after work.

The Tasteless Group

Aside from getting to eat food that we don’t normally have at home, we eat out because of the experience. When a restaurant has a fun concept and great ambiance, it makes for a much more memorable time for you and your family / friends / date.

When it comes to innovative restaurant concepts, trust the Tasteless Group to come up with the most creative ones! Some of their brainchildren include Hole In The Wall, Scout’s Honor, Le Petit Souffle, and Hanamaruken.

They also have some pretty recent additions to their lineup. There’s PizzaExpress, a franchise of the popular restaurant from London, and Cuba Libre, which serves up hearty Cuban dishes.

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Denise Jose

Denise is a recovering food addict. She distracts herself with photography and keeps off the pounds by doing pilates. She is still struggling, however, and has occasional relapses. Her food comas are mostly induced by oily burgers and chocolate desserts.