Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants In Manila Last Month: October 2015


If you’ve watched the trailer for A Second Chance (the sequel to everyone’s favorite sawi film, One More Chance), then chances are you bawled your eyes out. But you’ve got every reason to because c’mon guys, Popoy and Basha are getting married!!!

And as if that isn’t #hugot enough, Adele just released her new single and it’s making us feel all sorts of things.

So what to do with all these emotions? We use them as excuse to eat, of course! Here are the top ten most popular* Manila restaurants on looloo for October to help you cope with all dem feels!

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10. Bad Bird

You don’t have to wait for Friday to be happy again because it’s fry-day every day over at Bad Bird! If there’s one thing that can turn a horrible week around, we all know it’s their umami fried chicken! (plus a side of their waffles, dirty rice, corn on the cob, or hush puppies).

Bad Bird

Photo from Ronith Jazel D.’s looloo review for Bad Bird

Misty G. says it all in her looloo review: “The chicken was so worth it! Served freshly cooked and hot, flavorful, and in just the right portions.”

If you’re ready to try something more extreme for your next Bad Bird visit, choose the chemical level of spiciness for your chicken, guaranteed to create a deliciously spicy explosion in your mouth!

Bad Bird can be found on the 4/F of Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila.

9. Lazy Bastard

There’s something about Lazy Bastard that speaks to the sloth in all of us. Because if we didn’t have jobs, money grew on trees, and getting fat were impossible, what we’d really be doing is stuffing our faces with burgers, hot dogs, and bacon all day err day. #lifegoals

Lazy Bastard Burger

Photo from April H.’s looloo review for Lazy Bastard

If you’re into the whole messy look, then you’re going to love the Sloppy Joe, two buttery buns overflowing with ground beef cooked in LB’s secret tomato-based sauce.

And if you want to get fit but you’re too lazy to work out, try their Fat Salad Dog. It’s the closest thing on their menu to a “healthy” meal (P.S. It’s bacon-wrapped hotdog topped with chili and coleslaw!) Hey, you tried.

Lazy Bastard can be found at B, 22 Jupiter St. cor. Galaxy St., Bel-Air, Makati, Metro Manila.

8. Genki Sushi

If Genki Sushi is what all Manila restaurants will be like ten years from now, then we’ve got a lot to look forward to! Just a warning for the technologically-challenged though: you will be pressing a lot of buttons!

Genki Sushi

Photo from Denise J.’s looloo review for Genki Sushi

This Japanese franchise gives us Back to the Future vibes with touchscreens hovering over every table. You view the menu and place your orders on the gadget and within minutes, you’ll hear a whirring sound and see a mini bullet train arriving with your plates of sushi!

It’s hard not to go overboard here because there’s just so much to try, from their Egg Pollock Roe, to their Crispy Spicy Salmon Rolls, to their Shrimp Tempura (be sure to check your running bill on the screen from time to time!)

Genki Sushi can be found on the 2/F of BGC Stopover, 31st St. cor. Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.

7. Le Petit Souffle

With how Le Petit Souffle combines French and Japanese cuisines, it could possibly be the best idea ever. Their fusion cuisine has brought about dishes like the Foie Gras Mac and Cheese (macaroni topped with sharp cheddar, Emmental, shimeji and crimini mushrooms, Hungarian sausages, and seared foie gras) and the Japanese Boeuf Curry Souffle (a savory take on souffle filled with strips of beef short plate, Japanese rice, and curry sauce).

Le Petit Soufflé

Photo from Jialing H.’s looloo review for Le Petit Soufflé

And the fact that they have Chef Miko Aspiras as the man behind their desserts makes their menu that much more mouth-watering. Finish off your meal here with his signature dishes like the Valrhona Grand Cus, the decadent cake that everyone can’t stop raving about, the Strawberry and Lychee Parfait, and the Matcha Parfait.

Le Petit Souffle can be found on the 3/F of Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila.

6. Applebee’s Grill and Bar

At long last, we now know what it’s like to eat at America’s largest casual dining chain…without actually having to step foot in the US! After announcing last year that they were setting up shop here in the Metro, Applebee’s is finally alive and kicking in BGC, with plans to open up another branch in Eastwood soon. We’ve got Global Restaurants Concepts Inc. to thank (the same group who gave us IHOP) for feeding us with hearty American food our stomachs have been grumbling for.

Like how they do it in the States, you can expect big portions at our own Applebee’s. So bring the whole family to try their signature dishes like the Pot Stickers, the 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders, the Quesadilla Burger, and the Applebee’s Riblets.

Applebee’s Grill and Bar can be found at W Global Center, 9th Ave. cor. 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.

5. Churreria La Lola

“I’m so sick and tired of Churreria La Lola’s churros!” said no one ever.

Churreria La Lola

Photo from Unisse C.’s looloo review for Churreria La Lola

It is now on it’s third consecutive month on this list and it’s showing no signs of stopping! Will we ever see any of their stalls empty? I guess we’ll just have to find out.

But for now, it looks like no one’s stepping off the bandwagon just yet. On your next visit (which is probably soon), try mixing it up by getting both the Classicos and Chocochurros in one cone!. Also, watch out for the reincarnation of their Churroreos this November!

Churreria La Lola can be found on the 2/F of Atrium, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

4. Rita’s Italian Ice

So when will Rita’s ever stop being on this list, you ask? Maybe when hell freezes over because we just can’t seem to stay away from their ice, custard, and blendinis!

Rita's Italian Ice Manila

Photo from Clarisse H.’s looloo review for Rita’s Italian Ice

It was tenth place last month, making us believe it was on its way out. But like some kind of a prank, it has reclaimed its spot in the top half of this month’s trending list (fun fact: it’s now on its fifth straight time here!)

For the South peeps who feel like they’ve been left out by the whole ice craze, it’s now your turn to get your brains frozen because Rita’s Alabang is now open!

Rita’s Italian Ice can be found at UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

3. Honey Creme

“What is this and how do I eat it?” The usual question from customers who have not seen a honeycomb IRL or know what it tastes like. But despite how alien-looking it may seem, having it as a topping on soft-serve ice cream makes for a deliciously sweet experience! Take note, their honeycombs are 100% real and are shipped all the way from the bee farms of New Zealand!

Honey Creme Manila

Photo from Carla M.’s looloo review for Honey Creme

If you’re not into bees, their raw honey, or the honeycombs they build, there are plenty of other options when it comes to stuff you can put on your ice cream. Some of Honey Creme’s crazy creations are the Caramel Popcorn, the Organic Cotton Candy Affogato, and the Rock Salt Dark Chocolate!

Honey Creme can be found on the 4/F of SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.

2. Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Now on its fourth time on the list, it’s safe to say that we have a problem. We’re officially addicted to Silantro and none of us are willing to kick the habit, even if it means our pants get tighter and we’d have to buy looser tops to hide our food babies.

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

Photo from Ronith Jazel D.’s looloo review for Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

We hate to point fingers but really, Silantro’s to blame for making their Beef Nachos so deliciously crispy and heavily-laden with melted cheese. Just one bite of this stuff can get you hooked for life!

Kriya L. sums it all up in her looloo review: ordering even just the Beef Nachos itself at Silantro is always a win!

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina can be found at 2/F of UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

1. The Halal Guys

After what seemed like ten years of waiting in anticipation, they’ve finally arrived in Manila! We can now relate to everyone else who’s been to New York and raved about their deliciously unforgettable encounter with The Halal Guys! #OPnomore

The Halal Guys Manila

Photo from Theodore A.’s looloo review for The Halal Guys

We’ve got Jaime Daez to thank for bringing this well-loved NYC food cart to us, and for being the FIRST one in the WORLD to sign up for a franchise! The man does not waste time. And like some sort of a Christmas gift for the foodies of Manila, a take-out counter will be opening up at the Fort before December!

For the first-timers, you can’t go wrong with their best-selling Gyro and Chicken Platter, served with pita bread, jasmine rice, lettuce, and tomatoes and topped off with their famous creamy white sauce.

The Halal Guys can be found on the 5/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

*Popularity is not based on some unknown subjective basis or paid inclusion 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.

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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.