Favorite Guiltless Restaurant Picks In Manila / Also Top Guiltless Date Places in Manila

Eating different cuisines in Manila is a great way to experience a slice of life in different parts of the world. I am not an expert in differentiating which one is more authentic because you would have to have a good palate, a good memory and a thick wallet to do that. I do, however, have my own list of favorite restaurants in Manila that serve different cuisines. If you ever decide to try them out, you will be able to get a taste of my food preferences and how restaurateurs perceive either their own food or an adaptation of another cuisine through their restaurants. Sometimes, they even try to provide the same ambiance, culture, language and service of the country they are representing. Oftentimes, everything suits your taste that you end up assuming that this must be what I would be served when I go to that country. Note: Some restaurants here adjust their recipes to satisfy the Filipino senses.


As for this blog post, favorites are favorites. It's so hard to rank them and there is no need because they have different cuisines. Only my favorite locations are listed and I've included restaurants opened by locals (even those with no particular cuisine). We are not going to discuss the price because premium ingredients are generally expensive and restaurants are supposed to make some business (if you don't like to eat at home and make it yourself). If you eat in one of my favorite restaurants and you don't like the food I marked with Y, it just means that we have different tastes. I rest my case. This post will appear again once in a while with new additions (new restaurants and pictures) so stay tuned! I will search the metro and pickle my brain for some more.

New 2015
A Taste of Mediterranean
Restaurant: Tapenade in Makati
♥ : Soup, Mains, Greek Salad, Bomboloni
My Tapenade Experience: Tapenade at Discovery Primea Makati

A Taste of Latin America
Restaurant: Punta Manila in Shaw, Mandaluyong
♥ : Vientre de Cerdo (Pork Belly), Ropa Vieja (Shredded Brisket), Ambiance with Live Music

A Taste of Mexican
Restaurant: El Chupacabra in Makati
♥ : Ambiance, Cheap Food

A Taste of Classics
Restaurant: Nostalgia Dining Lounge in Ortigas
♥ : French Onion Soup, Fresh Bread, Pork, Chicken, Salmon, Tartufo, Ambiance with Live Music
My Nostalgia Experience: Nostalgia Dining Lounge in Ortigas, Pasig

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A Taste of Italy
Restaurant: Casa Nostra in Makati
♥ : Truffle Pasta
My Cosa Nostra Experience: Cosa Nostra Makati

A Taste of Japan
Restaurant: Ramen Santouka in Glorietta
♥ : Shio Ramen with Pork Cheeks

A Taste of Filipino

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Restaurant: Aysee in G-Strip, Greenhills Shopping Center (Closed, Have Other Branches)
♥ : Sizzling Pork Sisig
My Aysee Experience: Aysee Greenhills Sisig

Bipolar Food
Restaurant: Van Gogh is Bipolar in Teacher's Village
♥ : Black Mountain Rice, Mood-Altering Food, Jennifer's Love Potion
My Van Gogh is Bipolar Experience: Van Gogh is Bipolar Maginhawa

A Taste of New York and Miami


Restaurant: Sunrise Buckets at The Grove Rockwell
♥ : Juan's Buffalo Wings, IBC Rootbeer Float, the Ambiance
My Sunrise Buckets Experience: Sunrise Buckets The Grove Rockwell

A Taste of Switzerland
Restaurant: Vieux Chalet in Antipolo
♥ : Raclette, Pasta, Pizza, Soup

A Taste of Canadian-Style Milk Tea and Japan



Restaurant: Bubble Tea in Tomas Morato, also Greenhills
♥ : Milk Tea, Yakisoba, Japanese Fusion Dishes, Cakes Free WIFI

Craving for Steak and Pasta
Restaurant: Mamou in Serendra
♥ : Steak, Truffle Cream Pasta

A Taste of Korea



Restaurant: YeDang, near Ortigas Metrowalk
♥ : Bibimbap, Cold Noodles, Samgyeupsal
My Yedang Experience: Yedang Korean Restaurant in Manila

A Taste of Korea



Restaurant: Jang Ga Nae, near Ortigas UA&P
♥ : Salad, Grilled Woo Sam Gyup
My Jangganae Experience: Jang Ga Nae Korean Restaurant in Manila

A Taste of Japan


Restaurant: Ramen Bar in Eastwood
♥ : Ramen, Yakiniku Beef

A Taste of Korea
Restaurant: Sarambang, near Ortigas Metrowalk
♥ : Chadol, Samgyeupsal

College Favorite


Restaurant: Chocolate Kiss in UP Diliman
♥ : Eggplant Parmigiana, Hainanese Chicken, Carrot Cake

Culinary School Kitchen
Restaurant: CCA in Eastwood
♥ : Tomato Cream Pasta, Risotto

A Taste of India
Restaurant: New Bombay in Podium
♥ : Palak Paneer with Cottage Cheese, Masala, Naan, Gulabjamun

A Taste of Paris

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Restaurant: Bizu Patisserie in The Promenade, Greenhills
♥ : Macaroons (esp. Pistachio, Vanilla and White Truffle), Focaccia Bread

A Taste of Italy


Restaurant: L'Opera Ristorante Italiano at The Fort
♥ : Truffle Pasta
My L'Opera Experience: L'Opera Fort Best Truffle Pasta

A Taste of Serbia
Restaurant: Balkan Express, near Wilson Greenhills
♥ : Cevapcici, Goulash, Stuffed Pljeskavica

A Taste of Thailand




Restaurant: Thai Dara in Gilmore
♥ : Thai Iced Tea, Tom Yum, Panang Curry Beef
My Thai Dara Experience: Thai Dara in Gilmore

A Taste of Thailand




Restaurant: Som's near Rockwell in Makati
♥ : Red Beef Curry, Thai Iced Tea
My Som's Experience: Som's Thai Food in Makati

A Taste of Persia



Restaurant: Mister Kabab in Quezon City
♥ : Kabab with Margarine Rice
My Mister Kabab experience: Mister Kabab, 12 a.m. Craving Satisfied

A Taste of Hungary


Restaurant: Magyar in Magallanes (closed)
♥ : Goulash with Sauerkraut, Paprika Dishes with Spaetzle
My Magyar Experience: Food Trip: Magyar Under P350, Hungarian Food in Manila for 2!

A Taste of Vietnam




Restaurant: Aquanox in Ortigas (try other branches, this one is closed)
♥ : Regular Beef Pho, Vietnamese Iced Coffee, Prawns on Sugarcane
My Aquanox Experience: Aquanox Vietnamese Kitchen

A Taste of Vietnam


Restaurant: Ba Noi's in Makati
♥ : Regular Beef Pho
My Ba Noi's Experience: Ba Noi's Makati Vietnamese Restaurant

Diner Experience




Restaurant: The Real Thing Diner in Tomas Morato, Quezon City
♥ : Creamy Tomato Soup, Chicken Amigo, Coke Experience
My The Real Thing Diner Experience: Real Thing Diner


A Taste of Vegan
Restaurant: Corner Tree Cafe in Juptier, Makati
♥ : Sicilian Tomato Soup, Croquette, Tofu Burger with Salad

A Taste of Good Old Pinoy




Restaurant: Dayrit's, Bonifacio Stopover in Taguig
♥ : Homemade Spam, Crispy Ribs
My Dayrit's Experience: Food Trip: Fort Bonifacio on a P300 Budget

A Taste of International Cuisine


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Restaurant: Oakroom Restaurant & Bar in Ortigas (their menu changes, seasonal) - now Nostalgia Dining Lounge
♥ : Pasta, Ambiance

Evening & Music Delight




Restaurant: Annabel Lee Cafe in Tomas Morato, Quezon City
♥ : Crackatoa, Singing
My Annabel Lee Experience: Annabel Lee Cafe Piano Bar in Manila

Big, Unique Burger Delight


Restaurant: Big Better Burgers, with Branches
♥ : Hahalapeno Burger
My BBB Experience: Big Better Burgers Hahalapeno

A Little Outside Metro Manila
Fresh Green Food
Restaurant: Sonya's Garden in Tagaytay
♥ : Fresh Salad and Dressing, Tomato Cream Pasta, Fresh Bread, Dalandan Juice, Tarragon Tea

Forest Food Trip




Restaurant: Kainan sa Dalampasigan in Nasugbu, Batangas
♥ : Sago't Gulaman, Baked Mussels, Seafood
My Kainan sa Dalampasigan Experience: Kainan sa Dalampasigan Nasugbu

I am a picky eater but I'm learning to undo this flaw slowly. In general, I stay away from raw food, endangered and cute animals and innards. Finally, I am allergic to chocolate but I still eat it if it's really good.

Go ahead, pick one! Just comment if you need additional info.

75 comments:

  1. Yup! Did you read that I promised to add more?=) Where to next? Haha. In fairness, lahat mga date places and favorite food mo din. Wait, I'll add it to the title!

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  2. Great blog. Guiltless you are doing very good job.For seeing you blog I would to create mine also I will my Dubai holidays in it.

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  3. nice list, i would like to try chocolate kiss and van gogh is bi polar as well

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  4. Great list! I sooo wanna try out Van Gogh is Bipolar...

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  5. Great list =)
    Tried around half of the list have many to try out pa pala!

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  6. I watched that bipolar cuisine on TV...being a psych major, I wanna try that!

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  7. It is really interesting blog and you are really amazing. Great job! Hopefully I can eat those foods too it looks so very delicious. Thanks.

    Kirstz | restaurants in Laguna Philippines

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  8. Filipino/Ilocano: Comida Ilocandia, Timog QC (http://geekykitch.com/comida-ilocandia-timog/)

    Milk Tea: Bubba Lab, Marikina (http://geekykitch.com/bubba-lab-milk-tea-marikina/)

    Thai: Krung Thai

    French: Le Petit Cheri, Alabang

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  9. New Bombay Indian Restaurant at The Podium for their yummy tandooris..curries..you can't get anymore authentic Indian dishes than here and at affordable prices.

    The Thai Kitchen in Robinsons Galleria...an affordable Thai buffet for P250.00 only! not as extensive as other buffet places but quite a steal...it also comes with a round of iced tea..

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  10. Try Bistro Filipino by Chef Lau.
    Quite different than usual flavors but very enticing and satisfying to the soul :)

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  11. Filipino: I love Rodic's tapsilog in UP Diliman.

    Korean: Try the famous chicken galbi with mozzarella cheese at Yoogane in Il Terrazo.

    Thai: I love the vegetarian pad thai in My Thai, Gateway. Two thumbs up!

    Milk tea: Nothing beats Cha Time's taro milk tea and QQ milk tea. =)

    Chinese: I love the classic sweet and sour pork and chicken and pineapple at Yang Chow, Eton Centris. Budget-friendly but very satisfying and filling. =)

    Desserts: Mochiko green tea and Merry Moo's salted caramel ice cream. Both are available at Mezza Norte and other food markets. =)

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  12. try nyo po sa viking in moa at meron silang bagong branch sa sm north edsa lahat po ng klaseng pagkain meron sila.

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  13. Try the Japanese carinderia in Tondo..
    Hapon Suzuki Japanese Carinderia at Hermosa St., Tondo.

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  14. Make a visit to Leona Art Restaurant. The place exhibits a relaxing ambiance and great food.

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  15. Try Beso for their spanish cuisine and Vikings the best buffet ever

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  16. Try to visit Buffet 101 in Mall of Asia :D Very relaxing place and awesome food.

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  17. Try Relik Tapas Bar and Lounge at The Fort for Spanish-Mediterranean comfort food (2nd Floor, Commercenter Building, 31st Avenue corner 4th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City) :)

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  18. Try Lolo Dad's Cafe at Qurino Ave. corner Leon Guinto Street in Malate. They offer Provencal Food! Plus they have a romantic and relaxing setting. ;)

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  19. Try Big D's Smokehouse located along Katipunan.

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  20. Try out Big Guys pizza right now! If you're a pizza lover, you will love the 36 inches specialty pizza.

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  21. Try Vikings-Luxury Buffet in MOA, especially now that they have a birthday promo till Nov. 30. The celebrants gets to eat for free as long as accompanied by one paying adult. Great food and great bargain! :)

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  22. Try Cafe Lidia. They serve affordable and delicious pasta- Pasta Lidia is their best seller.

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  23. I loved eating at Buffet 101. They have all types of cuisine.

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  24. Wow! Awesome list! Will definitely visit as many as I can! Thanks a lot! :)
    Below are some of the restaurants I've been to. I'm posting a link to my blog in case you want to view the pictures :)

    Circles Event Cafe in Shangri la Makati.
    Love the Iranian mixed grill (lamb kubideh, lamb chops, chicken larri, prawns, and fish) and Mixed baklava
    http://ph.openrice.com/manila/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=24552

    Naci Comfort Food & Dessert in Greenhills
    The Peking Chicken Pizza and Chef Ed's Pork Shank are a must try!
    http://ph.openrice.com/manila/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=24552
    The appetizers are heavenly as well. The genius behind Naci's outrageously delicious food is Chef Ed Quimson. http://ph.openrice.com/manila/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=24035

    101 Hawker Food House in Makati
    The Cereal prawns and Coffee Spareribs are the best here.
    http://ph.openrice.com/manila/restaurant/commentdetail.htm?commentid=22381

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  25. just try all Filipino Cuisine, madami pa tayong pwedeng ipagmalaki!!!

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  26. Viking and buffet 101 you will surely comeback for more since you haven't try all the food they put on the bable

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  27. Try Chinese Fun-Due. Which consisted of Seafood balls, fried squid, vegetable cakes, and choice between 2 fondues. Cheese and Curry & Spiked Sweet Chili @ Chow Fun, San Juan Metro Manila. :)

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  28. You should try Gayuma ni Maria in V. Luna Extension, Sikatuna Village. With that said, the place is characteristically flirty, kitschy and chic, with heart-shaped designs stamped on its interiors, and with a warm and cozy ambiance that’s just right for a romantic but casual date place.

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  29. try: il ponticello, antel, valero, salcedo village and la grotta ristorante italiano, herrera, legaspi village :)

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  30. You should try Elbert's steak room ( American and european fine dining)located at 3/F Sagittarius Bldg. III, 111 H. V. Dela Costa St., , Makati City. Best steak!!! As in!!

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  31. I suggest you try A Venetto Pizzeria at Glorietta. They provide big servings plus they have a much lower service charge compared to other restos. Oh and did I say their Baked Ziti with Hungarian Sausages are to-die-for? :)

    Btw, I'm glad I joined your Pasta e Basta raffle because it led me to this treasure (for foodies like me) blog post.

    Thank you!

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  32. The cakes in Slice at Bonifacio High Street are awesome.
    Also try Beso for A Taste of Spain.

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  33. well, you can find everything in Buffet 101 or vikings :)

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  34. Try Nathaniels Buko Pandan Salad Siomai and Puto Pao. Nathaniel's, a popular food takeout place that originated in San Fernando, Pamapanga. they are popular for the oh so sinful frozen buko pandan and the quirky puto pao.I'm a Kapampangan and really knows Great food.
    Located at ITC Commercial Complex, Panay Corner,Timog Ave.QC

    Thanks!

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  35. I work at RCBC Plaza and one of my ultimate favorites is HUNGRY HIPPO. It's simple but their breakfast is UH-MAAAAAZIIIIING! Big servings and delicious to the last bite.

    You should add it to your list for breakfast foodies like me =)


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  36. Whenever we are within Manila Area, we would prefer buffet so Dad's Kamayan and Saisaki in Megamall is our choice. But if you ask me, you can try visiting our place here in Angeles City, Pampanga and you'll be amazed on the variety of restos you'll find here! To name a few, we have Zapata's Cantina (Mexican), C Italian, Brettos, VFW (American), Cottage Kitchen (American), Rumpa, Dainty, Puzzles Cafe (American), Bale Capampangan (somewhere in San Fernando) and a LOOOT of Authentic Korean Resto at Koreatown :)

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  37. I feel lucky to be situated in Makati where best foods are just stone throw away. But there is one restaurant that I definitely recommend with family & friends, the Paella. Paella restaurant is located in Dela Rosa St. Corner Washington, landmark is car wash. Ask anyone around the area and for sure you will be directed.

    The place specializes on Paella and pasta dishes. Some of my favorites are pesto, bolognese and their delicious fried chiken. Tasty dishes that are very affordable, P65-P85 per meal. They do catering as well and the staff and the chef/owner himself is very friendly. I'm a loyal customer for more than 5 years now. "Jessica Soho" even featured them on the TV show. ^_^

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  38. I do suggest if you are on a budget and wanna have buffet, Tramway is the best. Its worth the money with their wide array of food choices.


    Julie Gonzales

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  39. Adobo Connection, May unli rice pa don and foods are delish which is affordable.

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  40. I like Relik Tapas & Bar. Their food is a bit pricey but the taste is just fantastic. I like their lunch set menu. For P350, you can get Pumpkin soup, salad & a main dish, you can choose from oxtail or fettucini. Both are just so great tasting. It is found at Commerzcenter building, The Fort

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  41. I super love Bar Dolci's salted macarons. You should try yoogane and chef noodles too for your Korean food cravings. Buddha Bar has a little bit of Bangkok, Filipino, French, Chinese dishes and they taste so gooodddd!

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  42. HUNGRY HIPPO is for foodie persons! Try this.

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  43. Try Taste of LA in tomas morato. It has a very romantic atmosphere. And after dinner there, head over to heavenly chocolates for the perfect dessert after the perfect date.

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  44. hi there if you want a veggie fix and eat healthy try Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe ♥♥♥

    the foods were so delish and not just that soooo afordable! you can eat your hearts out with a good and healthy food with robbing a bank ;)

    http://food.clickthecity.com/b/Sy10df3/greens-vegetarian-restaurant-and-cafe-sct-castor

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  45. Try City Buffet (Rob Galleria & SM Fairview). :)

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  46. I Dont know where exactly this, but hearing Lolo Dads are of the best. Will even try that this coming holiday.

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  47. Chinese Cuisine King would be Peking Garden in the metro!

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  48. I do suggest Capricciosa in Greenbelt. first tasted their food when I was in Guam for a business trip. It's Italian :)

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  49. TRY CHINESE CUISINE MAMON LUKE IN QUEZON AVE QC.

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  50. I'd suggest trying Mang Vic's Bulalohan located at Marikina-Infanta Road (Marcos Highway), Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo City.

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  51. I'm not from Manila so i really dont have any ideas of nice places to eat at, sorry, how about Pepper Lunch in Mega Mall, they have awesome dishes! If your ever in Tagaytay tho i'd say try out RSM, lutong bahay, the best!

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  52. Try Moshi Koshi Noodle House at Market! Market! Their noodles are freshly made. Prices are affordable yet never compromise the serving size. Food is tasty too.

    Thank you!

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  53. There a little shop in Masankay Area called "La Mien", they serve good noodle dish and their kutchai dumplings are good. The Noodle are hand pulled right and very nice, specially the beef.

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  54. Ate Melody Try this Resto L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano Best Italian Restaurant here sa Manila. :) http://www.foodpornjunkies.com/2012/03/02/lincontro-ristorante-italiano-my-best-italian-meal-so-far/

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  55. Try Sentro 1771 in 2/L Greenbelt 3 Ayala Center, Makati City & Adobo Connection | An Adobo Affair in 500 Shaw Centrum Building Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong City. If you happen to went to Clark, Pampanga try to eat at Binulo or C' Italian Dining the food is so yummy :)

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  56. hello, im don't usually eat on a restaurant maybe because if haven't had someone to date. haha. but i searched some restaurant where you can spend another date.yiii.. :)
    here
    "Aubergine
    32nd and 5th Building, 5th Avenue corner 32nd Street
    Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. Tel. 856 9888
    The food: You probably can't go wrong ordering any beef entree on their menu, but their Wagyu comes highly recommended. They also make their own bread from the restaurant's in-house patisserie, which also has an excellent selection of to-die-for desserts.
    Perfect for: Steak lovers"
    : )

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  57. try Filipino Cuisine... Since we are Filipino still there is a lot of foods we don't know that we have pala.. :)

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  58. Try out : Torch Restaurant Greenhills
    Home Studio Bldg, 63 Connecticut St Greenhills, San Juan (02) 477-3771 , they've got the best pizza, ever! :)

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  59. isa sa pinaka the best na magluto at the best ang mga pagkain is in ILOiLO... the best sila!
    may kakaibang sipa na ma tratrade mark talga ang mga ilonggo

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  60. ito na yata ang pinakamahirap na mechanincs sa giveaway na sinasalihan ko. Paano ako makapagbigay ng new foodie finds in Manila, I've never been in Manila pa :-(

    Sabi dito sa nakuha ko sa MarketManila.com: Milky Way, Pasay Road for pinoy food, Ukkokei Ramen Ron, Pasay Road for ramen, Sala/People’s Palace Greenbelt, Inagiku, Shangrila for Japanese, Lusso for drinks and pica-pica and of course Margarita’s Cibo for pasta.

    Sana makapunta din ako kahit isa sa mga kainan na yan. :-)

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  61. I suggest you try Torch Restaurant in Greenhills.
    Yummy food. good ambience.

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  62. Il Piccino- try this one for a more private, romantic and quiet date night :)

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  63. You mentioned 2 Thai restaurants above. I want to suggest another one here in Marikina serving, for me, the most authentic thai cuisine in the country. its name is Krung Thai just beside the Marikina Public Market

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  64. Try Wafu in Greenhills if you're looking for a Date Place. It's a really nice place and I am sure you will love the Lotus Chairs that they have. Ambiance is superb! They also have a tepanyaki table at the 2nd floor. It's a Japanese Restaurant and I have read that you don't like raw food, but their pork and beef are awesome! :D

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  65. Try Viking in MOA.The best for me..and also Watami,at Moa also,They were able to flawlessly blend classic and new flavors with contemporary Japanese cuisine while also adding a distinct flair to their every dish.

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  66. Try Krung Thai in Marikina. Their bagoong rice is delicious and very afordable

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  67. Kokoro Ramenya along Roxas Boulevard. It has a nice view of Manila Bay.

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  68. Chicboy :P, North park ofcourse, C2 cuisine crispy pata, love desserts in banawe :)

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  69. Vikings, Chilis, Buffet 101, Cravings

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  70. Elarz. adobo to, pasig, Yummy roast eastwood

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  71. Bento Meals at Ran Ramen Tei (the fort), Lunch Express Meals at Shiok (the fort) , Beef Caldereta at Kainan Au Gusto Pasig, Pancit at Little Ongpin Panciteria, Little quiapo

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Hi. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I'd love to hear from you =)