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50 Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila Before 2015 Ends

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50 Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila Before 2015 Ends

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August is drawing to a close and you know what that means. The “Ber” months are fast approaching and you only have 20 weeks left to scratch restaurants off your bucket list. This list is unlike my guide to popular restaurants in Quezon City, Banawe, Makati City, Little Baguio, Kapitolyo, and Aguirre. If you think your bucket list is long, this restaurant list is the longest you will ever read on the Internet. This list contains your bible of 50 restaurants ~ yes that’s 50, not 10, 15, 20, but 50! Better bookmark this on your browser.

No pulling of legs, no marking of restaurants as “Most Popular”, “ Most Loved”, “Best Restaurants”, or “Most Awesome” restaurants, because YOU are the judge to these restaurants that have been sprouting in every corner of the metro. So before 2015 ends, pull out your calendars, form Viber groups with your friends, and time to lock in those dates with your buddies. Because that’s the only way you can get things done.

In no particular order, here are 50 restaurants you might want to try in Metro Manila before 2015 ends.

Restaurants to Try in Quezon City 2015

1. Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe
Location: 54 N. Domingo Avenue, Barangay Horseshoe, Quezon City (Near Robinsons Magnolia)
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm daily
Telephone Number Reservations: 696-3724
Email: mateosph@gmail.com
Facebook: Mateos PH
Instagram: mateosph

Mateos Restaurants to try metro manila 2015
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If you’re looking for a place to spend with your family or have a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day, Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe will enchant you with its home-style heirloom centric restaurant brought to you by Spaniard Mateo Del Castillo. Spanish Paella and Sangrias by their Garden Cafe is a family affair to jot down on your calendar.

2. Mr. Graham’s
Location: 51D Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 12nn – 11pm; Friday to Sunday 12nn – 12mn
Telephone Number: 0917 327 7051
Facebook: Mr. Graham’s Shop
Instagram: Mr. Graham’s Shop

Mr Grahams Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila 2015
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Mr. Graham’s quietly packs a punch in their manwiches while Mrs. Graham prettily prepares their macarons for your dessert. That’s how Mr. Graham’s operates in its tiny store. You might want to take note of their opening hours and plan carefully.

3. Happy Lulu
Location: 19 Ubay St, near Banawe cor NS Amoranto, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Telephone Number: 7123393
Facebook: Happy Lulu Kitchen

Happy Lulu Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila 2015
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Where else can you get sauteed oysters for only 200 bucks? That’s how Happy Lulu became the talk of the town in 2015, effortlessly showcasing Filipino-Chinese dishes that are affordable for an everyday meal.

4. Equatorial Coffee
Location: 325 Miranda Building, Katipunan Avenue Corner Dela Rosa Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 9:00pm
Telephone Number: 3660241
Instagram: Equatorialcoffee

Equatorial Coffee restaurants to try in metro manila 2015
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There’s more to Katipunan than Craft Coffee and Starbucks. Equatorial Coffee opened along F. De La Rosa to kick your senses with their graded coffee as you study for your exams.

5. Books and Borders Cafe
Location: 281 Tomas Morato, Diliman, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 12:00am, Friday – Sunday 7:00am – 2:00am
Telephone Numbers: 3751213 or (0932) 871 7856
Facebook: bookandborderscafe
Instagram: bookandborderscafe

Read, sip and dine. Following Tweedle Book Cafe’s footsteps is Books and Borders Cafe, banking on bibliophiles who’ll always want to curl up with a good book or two. With over 650 books and magazines to choose from, you’ll race through the pages of novels written by Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover or even Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman until 2:00am in the morning.

6. The Clean Plate by Twist
Location: Second Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am to 11:00pm
Facebook: The Clean Plate

Perhaps their old store at POS building wasn’t working, but Twist wants to start in a clean slate with The Clean Plate by Twist at UP Town Center. Wonton Chorizo Taquitos and Burritos draw out contrasting reviews but here at Candid Cuisine, you judge if The Clean Plate is worth the second chance.

7. Mantaro
Location: 57B Scout Tobias corner Scout Limbaga, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00am to 2:30pm, 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Telephone Number: 709-3704, 0905-229-9605
Facebook: Mantaro

Mantaro isn’t called the “Original Peruvian Restaurant” for nothing. The former Chef of Don Andres Luis Higa recently reopened his restaurant at Scout Tobias after branching out from Don Andres. You can still enjoy the rest of the Peruvian favorites here like Pulpo Al Olivo, Arroz con Mariscos and the Peruvian rotisserie chicken with three sauces they are famous for.

8. Caution Hot! 警告辣
Location: Magiting St, Teachers Village, Quezon City, Philippines
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30am – 11:00pm; Friday to Saturday 11:00am – 12:00mn; Sunday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Facebook: Caution Hot MNL
Instagram: CautionHotMNL

Caution Hot Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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If you’re tired of the usual ramen fad, Caution Hot! brings in the whole new level of spicy Chinese noodles at Teacher’s Village. Kuchay pork dumplings and fried egg topped on your noodle soup is hard to resist especially on rainy afternoons. Best to come here during weekdays where lines are manageable.

Candid Cuisine Tip: When going on food trips, must bring a power bank!

9. Rib City
Location: 63 Maginhawa Street, Diliman, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Telephone Number: 238-0844
Facebook: Rib City Food Concepts
Instagram: rbctyfoodconcepts

Rib City Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila 2015
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Rib City at Maginhawa offers you the choice to pair the Suburban slab of ribs with side dishes. People love the pesto pasta here too.



10. Eighteen Bistro
Location: 51-B Scout Rallos Street, F7 Building, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30am – 11:00pm, Friday 11:30 – 1:00am, Sunday 11:30 – 10:00pm
Telephone Number: 0917 595 0018
Facebook: Eighteen Bistro

Eighteen Bistro Restaurants to try in metro manila 2015
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Tucked in the narrow street of Scout Rallos is Eighteen Bistro, whose Beef Bourguignon and Spicy Portobello and Cream Cheese pasta chases away people’s thoughts of it being a newcomer in the dining scene. But their Heartbreaker, Hugo, Frisky, Screwdriver and Swimming Pool cocktails are what you should keep an eye on, especially when Eighteen Bistro celebrates these in P18.

11. Qubiertos Grill and Restaurant
Location: D. Tuazon corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 2:00am
Telephone Number: +6309235411219
Facebook: Qubiertos Grill and Restaurant

You won’t be able to stay no to Qubiertos’ pork sisig, spicy baby pusit and their special Kuya Tom’s Boneless Cebu Lechon. Get ready to call the nurse.

12. 49B Heirloom Kitchen
Location: 49-B Sct.Tobias corner Sct Fuentebella St., Brgy Laging Handa, Quezon City
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Telephone Number: (02) 239 1637
Official Website: www.49bheirloomkitchen.com
Facebook: 49B Heirloom Kitchen
Instagram: 49bheirloomkitchen

49B Heirloom Kitchen got our tastebuds mouthwatering with their Lengua and Sinigang. We can’t wait how Leonardo’s Lechon will make us squirm in our seats with the roasted pig stuffed with Keilbasa, Hungarian and Chorizo sausages. Meat Alert!

13. Yvan Navy
Location: Scout Tobias, Brgy Laging Handa, Quezon City
Facebook: Yvan Navy

Yvan Navy Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Quezon City just reached a whole new level of coolness with the opening of Yvan Navy chain. 100% quarter pounder beef burgers sell for only ~ wait for it ~ Php 50! And yes, they’re opening in B.F. Homes Paranaque soon!

Restaurants to Try in Makati City 2015

14. Coco Hut
Location: Jupiter Street, Makati City
Opening Hours:
Telephone Number: 333-3131
Email: info@cocohutfriedchickenandfish.com
Facebook: Coco Hut Fried Chicken and Fish

Coco Hut Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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You don’t have to go all the way to Muntinlupa for Coco Hut’s famous palabok and barbeque Hutbox. They have recently opened in Jupiter Street, Makati. Don’t forget to try out their Coco Langka, Tipsy Mussels, Laing and fried chicken.

15. Bondi&Bourke
Location: Ground Floor Cattleya Realty Condominium, Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Official Website: www.bondibourke.com
Telephone Number / Reservations: 09988406268
Facebook: Bondi & Bourke Makati
Instagram: bondibourkeph
Candid Cuisine Review: Bondi and Bourke by Chef Wade Watson

Bondi and Bourke Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Bondi&Bourke can claim the title of Manila’s first specialty Aussie Restaurant with pride. Chef Wade Watson delivers a humongous Aussie burger packed with lean ground prime beef and rib eye, fried egg, forest ham, caramelized onions, mozzarella, swiss cheese and pickled beets. Whew! That’s one loaded burger. And don’t forget to order Strawberry Lamingtons for dessert.

16. Kafe Batwan
Location: Kafe Batwan, 122 Joya Lofts & Towers, Rockwell, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00am to 11:00pm
Instagram: kafebatwan
Candid Cuisine Review

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Chef JP Anglo’s culinary playground Kafe Batwan teases you with bold flavors in this cafe-style Negrense restaurant. Kafe Batwan’s crowd favorite pancit palabok is a palate changer with its rich crab fat and squid ink sauce.

17. The Beef, Hole in the Wall
Location: 4th Floor, Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Telephone Number: 631-5961
Instagram: holeinthewallph
Candid Cuisine Review: Hole in the Wall

At The Beef, it’s plain and simple: Burger or Cheeseburger? The Beef at Hole in the Wall could very well be the best burger in the metro, with its philosophy to unclutter fancy burgers. As they say, “The best uncluttered burger on this side of the planet. No insecure oversizing. No customization. No fancy topping.”

18. Le Petit Souffle
Location: 3rd Floor Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 9:00pm, Friday to Saturday 10:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Email: lepetitsouffle@gmail.com
Facebook: Le Petit Souffle

Le Petit Souffle Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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If you’re envious of Tokyo’s wide breadth of French Japanese restaurants, look no further. Le Petit Souffle is one of the few French Japanese fusion cuisine restaurants in the metro to delight your cravings. Mac and Foie brings the best of foie gras and mac and cheese in a bowl, while the Squid Ink Rizo is not your usual risotto. But always make room for the Japanese Pancake Souffle.

19. Manila Maki
Location: 332 HV Dela Costa, GF Elizabeth Place Condominium, SAlcedo Village, 1111 Makati
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm; Friday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Telephone Number: 8227319
Facebook: Manila Maki

And if French-Japanese cuisine isn’t your cup of tea, Manila Maki’s Japanese Filipino inspired maki rolls and fusion dishes are meant to bring Filipino and Japanese favorites together. Longiyoza, anyone?

20. Bait’s by Chef Joseph Margate
Location: Ground Floor Signa Designer Residences, Valero corner Rufino St., Salcedo Village, Makati, 1290 Metro Manila
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sunday 4:00pm – 11:00pm
Facebook: Baits
Instagram: baitsmanila

Baits Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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From the makers of Crisp at 28th, Pink Panda and Hatch 22, Bait’s Seafood Kitchen is Chef Joseph Margate’s ticket to culinary stardom. His Nose-to-Tail 9 course culinary degustacion captures the strength of the pig in Milk-Based Pork Ravioli and open-faced Foie Gras Sandwich with the Pig Head’s Terrine, while remaining faithful to his seafood skills through Yellowfish Tuna.

21. Tsumura Sushi Bar
Location: 141 Sedeno Street Salcedo Village, Makati
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Telephone Number: (02) 887 4848
Facebook: Tsumura Sushi Bar

If one wants to take a break from Little Tokyo Makati, Tsumura Sushi Bar at Sedeno Street is where you can get generous servings of Uni and Octopus in your sashimi meal.

22. Kumori Bakery
Location: Lower Ground Floor Landmark Makati; Lower Ground Floor SM Makati
Telephone Number: 0917 828 5012
Facebook: Kumori PH
Instagram: KumoriPH

You don’t need to head to Hokkaido for the the creamiest cheese. Skip everything else and just grab that box of signature Hanjuku cheese in original and chocolate flavors.

23. Maisen Philippines
Location: Ground Floor Greenbelt 5, Makati City; Soon to Open in SM Megamall and SM North Edsa
Telephone Number: (02) 239 0390
Facebook: Maisen Philippines
Instagram: maisenph
Candid Cuisine Review: Maisen Philippines

Maisen Philippines Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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The Tonkatsu craze is far from over as the King of Tonkatsu has arrived in Philippine shores. You can expect the default Tonkatsu experience but the real question is, will Maisen Philippines be able to deliver the same quality of pork that’s so heavenly in Japan?

24. Smith’s Butcher and Grill Room
Location: 147 ACI Building, H.V. Dela Costa, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00am – 1:00am; Saturday – Sunday: 6:00pm – 1:00am
Telephone Number: 09273759467, 09154295167
Official Website: www.smithbutcherandgrillroom.com
Facebook: Smith Butcher and Grill Room
Instagram: smithbutcher

Smith Butcher and Grillroom Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Only at Smith’s Butcher and Grill Room will you be able to find a hardcore carnivore experience and as they claimed, “the best steaks in Manila”.

25. Frangos
Location: 9595 Buma Building Kamagong Street, Barangay San Antonio, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Telephone Number: 0917 800 7777
Facebook: Frangos.Inc
Instagram: frangos_ph

frangos restaurants to try in metro manila 2015
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Frangos is freshly grilling its Portuguese style chicken along Kamagong Street. Do we smell a new foodie street brewing here?

26. Tambai Bar and Grill
Location: 5779 Felipe Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 5:00pm – 12:00mn
Telephone Numbers: 0917-724-4654
Facebook: TambaiPH
Instagram: Tambai_Snackhouse

Tambai Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila 2015
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Who says Makati doesn’t have much cheap grub hubs to hang out? Tambai’s yakitori snackhouse transforms Felipe Street into a foodie’s destination, ala Shinjuku’s Omoide Yokocho. Get ready to get smoked and grilled.

Restaurants to Try in Taguig 2015

27. Donosti Pintxos Y Tapas
Location: Ground Floor NAC Building, 32nd Street between 7th and 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Telephone Numbers / Reservation: 02 8560206, +63 9178492205
Official Website: www.donosti.ph
Facebook: Donosti Pintxos y Tapas

Donosti Pintxos Y Tapas Restaurants to try Metro Manila 2015
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From Pintxos, to Paellas, Los Embutidos, Huevos and to a single glass of Don Ostia that is meant to make you tipsy, at Donosti Pintxos y Tapas, there’s only one cuisine important in this art-meets-molecular gastronomy restaurant: Basque. Transport yourselves to the culinary capital of Basque, Spain through Donosti Pintxos y Tapas.

28. Shawarma Bros
Location: BGC Food Truck
Food Truck Schedule: Monday to Friday 11:00am – 1:30am, Saturday 11:00am – 10:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Facebook: Shawarma Bros
Instagram: shawarmabros

Shawarma Bros Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Who doesn’t like cheap fast food? Shawarma Bros is a step ahead of the Halal Guys opening in Manila with their mobile food truck business. Catch their Beef, Chicken and Lamb Shawarma Rice with the schedule listed above.

29. Nadai Fujisoba
Location: Building 7 Bonifacio High Street, Global City, Taguig
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm, 5:30 – 11:00pm
Facebook: Fujisoba Philippines
Instagram: fujisobaph

If you’re sick of ramen, it’s time to try out soba with Japan’s Nadai Fujisoba franchise at BGC, Taguig. Cold soba is the answer to Manila’s sweltering heat so slurp it down like the salarymen.

30. Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu
Location: 1201 Bonifacio Global City Forums, Taguig
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am to 10:00pm
Facebook: Seolhwa Bingsu
Instagram: Seolhwabingsu

SeolHwa Bingsu Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Because Saint Marc Cafe is so 2014, Cafe Seolhwa Bingsu quenches the metro with its “first snow”. Aside from their Green Tea Bing Su, you can definitely enjoy Korea’s Berry Cream Cheese Toast and Chocolate Toast.

Restaurants to Try in Taft Avenue, Malate 2015

31. Cafe Travel
Location: Archer’s Nook Dormitory, 2464 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Facebook: Cafe Travel

Cafe Travel may be more of a wanderluster’s nook rather than a coffee place as its postcards-filled interiors jet-sets you to another destination in a minute.

Restaurants to Try in Marikina 2015

32. Boyong’s
Location: #15 E. Dela Paz Street, San Roque, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila
Opening Hours: Monday To Saturday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Telephone Number: (02) 682-0403 / (02) 682-5615
Facebook: Boyong’s

When you’re in Marikina, it’s almost a crime not to stop by this famous eatery that every local in the area takes pride in. Boyong’s Halo Halo sells for P40, burgers for P25 and pasta well below P100. Your 100 bucks will go far at Boyong’s!

33. Industriya
Location: 23 M. A. Roxas St, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Official Website: http://www.industriyamarikina.com/
Facebook: Industriya Marikina
Instagram: industriyamarikina

Industriya Marikina Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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The opening of Industriya in Marikina this year marks the start for Marikina to compete against the likes of Kapitolyo and Quezon City, this 200-seater restaurant giant becoming more than just an architecture genius, but catering to events that bring the family community together. Where else can you find Spicy Maguro Sarada, Lomo de Res Salpicao, Gambas al Ajillo, Bianca Pizza, Kare-Kare, Truffle Cream Pasta and Nachos Frescas all rolled into one restaurant? Say hello to Industriya, the jack of all trades.

34. Singlish Cafe
Location: Lilac Street, Marikina, Metro Manila
Telephone Number: 09399236158
Facebook: Singlish Cafe
Instagram: singlish_cafe

Singlish Cafe attempts to court Filipinos once again with Singaporean cuisine, which seems to remain unpopular among the crowds as choix de cuisine. Try out their Mee Goreng, Chicken Biryani, and Roti Praha, and see if Singaporean cuisine still can win the hearts of locals here in the metro.

35. Cookie Mug
Location: 116 Lilac St., SSS Village Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Telephone Number: (02) 218 0256
Official Website: http://CMSnacklounge.com/
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Facebook: Cookie Mug

Cookie Mug Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Premium Cookie Shots are what makes Cookie Mug one of the popular cafes in Lilac Street in Marikina, because a tequila shot is so last season.

36. Crazy Chicken
Location: 56 Lilac Street, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Facebook: Crazy Chicken Love

Like Boyong’s, Crazy Chicken in Marikina is not to be missed. You’ll go crazy with their Crazy Chicken Wings and Nacho Mucho, all outrageous dishes that steal the hearts of foodies in Marikina.

37. Miguel and Maria
Location: 89 Lilac Street, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Friday to Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 2:00 am
Telephone Number: 09989722456 / 4232624
Facebook: Miguel and Maria
Instagram: miguelandmaria

Miguel and Maria Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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Who says Marikina doesn’t know how to have a good time? There’s Miguel and Maria, the newest place to chill up to the wee hours of the morning. Just don’t forget to try out their no frills menu starting with Baby Back Ribs, Spiced Shrimps and Miguel and Maria’s Paella.

38. Steak-Off Grill
Location: No. 1 Commercial and Market Center, Katipunan Street, Sto. Nino, Marikina City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Telephone Number: (02) 881 4231
Facebook: Steak-Off Grill

The newest steakhouse of Marikina Steak-Off Grill deserves some attention, but it all depends on your taste and preferences. And just like Snackaroo of Quezon City, their T-bone steaks sell at the cheapest price of only P149 with rice and you can even get unlimited rice for only 20 bucks. You can’t complain if it’s that cheap!

39. QiZia Cafe
Location: SDS Medical Center Compound, Katipunan Ext. cor Pio del Pilar St. Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00am – 12:00am
Telephone Number: (02) 489 0760
Facebook: Qizia Cafe

Situated behind the SDS Medical Center, QiZia Cafe sells affordable comfort food meals for medical residents. For well below 500 bucks you can already snag one whole pizza and a plate of spicy seafood pasta. Again, you get what you paid for.

40. Cafe Lidia
Location: 64 Calderon Street, Calumpang, Marikina City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 11:00pm
Telephone Number: +63 2 647 7606
Official Website: www.cafe-lidia.com
Facebook: Cafe Lidia

Like Boyong’s and Crazy Chicken, Cafe Lidia completes the trio of must-try hidden gem restaurants in Marikina City, where its big servings of Pasta ala Lidia and Pizza Lidia attract locals and curious foodies who drive all the way to Marikina just to cross this from their bucket list.

41. Caffe Piansa
Location: 57 Dragon Street, Midtown Subdivision, San Roque, Marikina City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Facebook: Caffe Piansa
Instagram: caffepiansa

Caffe Piansa’s jail-inspired interiors might intimidate you, but its Adulterous Salad, Forcible Entree, A-bailable for Brunch, Execution Pasta and Tortured Pizza concepts are bound to make you commit a crime. Just drag partners in crime along with you. *wink*

Restaurants to Try in San Juan City 2015

42. 7Flavors
Location: 196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6:00am – 11:59pm
Telephone Numbers / Reservations: 5430325 / 5421935
Official Website: www.7flavors.webs.com
Facebook: 7Flavors Philippines

7Flavors Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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7Flavors is Chef Boy Lagro’s buffet restaurant, artisan bakery and cafe all-rolled into a lush urban dining spot. Its spacious parking lot provides an alternative choice for buffet in San Juan for only P360 per head for lunch and P450 for dinner.

43. CO/OP
Location: 189 A. Mabini, San Juan
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday and Sunday 7:30am – 10:00pm, Friday to Saturday 7:30am – 11:00pm
Telephone Number: (02) 925 5885
Facebook: COOPmanila
Instagram: co.op.manila

Co:Op Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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The quiet surroundings of Addition Hills badly needs something like Co/Op Manila to make it lively. Its lifestyle collection of clothes, trinkets and even soap bars makes it Manila’s own version of Tokyu Hands complete with a cafe in it. You can expect Fruity Waffles and Smoked Salmon Rosti Eggs Benedict warmly served by 7:30 in the morning for breakfast.

44. Oyasumi Ramen
Location: 308 P. Guevarra San Juan
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Facebook: OyasumiRamen
Instagram: OyasumiRamen

Oyasumi Ramen Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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What used to be Mu Noodle Bar in San Juan beside Department of Coffee is now nowhere in sight. Instead, Oyasumi Ramen (owned also by Mu Noodle Bar) replaces the Asian fusion cuisine restaurant with its specialty ramen shop to compete with ramen chains. Regulars of Mu Noodle Bar can still expect the classic Yokohama Iekei Ramen and the new crowd favorite Black Pepper Ramen, whose thick cut of kakuni can rival Hanamaruken’s. (You can still enjoy Mu Noodle Bar’s Three Cup Chicken dish at their New Glorietta store.)

Restaurants to Try in Kapitolyo, Capitol Commons, Pasig City 2015

45. The Round Table
Location: 56 C&D E Capitol Drive, Pasig City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 – 11:00 am, 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Telephone Number: (02) 706 1668
Facebook: RoundTablePH
Instagram: RoundTablePH

The Round Table Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
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The Round Table disrupts the usual buffet model of restaurants with their weekly themed buffet. For just P199 per person, you can get a unique tasting session of Beef Pares Soup, Quek-Quek, Ensaladang Mangga, Sotanghon Guisado and Sama Lamig which you won’t be able to find in other buffet restaurants. Best to check out their Facebook account for the weekly buffet menu.

46. Eum.ma.ne Modern Korean Cuisine and Soju Lounge
Location: Ground Floor, Estancia, in Capitol Commons, Pasig City
Facebook: Eum.ma.ne

Literally meaning “Mother’s Place”, Eum.ma.ne gives a new face to Korean cuisine in Estancia Mall with their unique comfort food dishes that you won’t find in the others. Bulgogi Jalapeno Poppers, Bossam Pork and Kimchi Quesadillas along with their Soju cocktails are some of the dishes that make Eum.ma.ne a place to stop by when in Estancia Mall.

Restaurants to Try in Mandaluyong City 2015

47. Ooma Japanese Rice Bar
Location: 3rd Level, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Telephone Number: 4035937, 8041646
Facebook: Ooma PH
Instagram: oomaph
Candid Cuisine Review: Ooma Japanese Rice Bar

ooma japanese rice bar bruce ricketts sm megamall menu 7

Chef Bruce Ricketts brings his name to the newest Japanese restaurant in SM Mega Fashion Hall Ooma Japanese Rice Bar. While Mecha Uma takes on his prowess in handling Japanese cuisine, Ooma is more commercialized, but popular dishes such as California TacoMaki and Aburi Maki can pass the expectations of those wanting a better change over the usual Japanese cuisine.

48. Din Tai Fung Philippines
Location: Ground Floor SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City (Beside Tim Ho Wan)
Telephone Number: +632 997 1935, +632 997 1936, +632 997 0931
Mall Hours: Daily 10:00am – 10:00pm
Email Address: dintaifung@momentgroup.ph
Facebook: dintaifungph
Instagram: dintaifungph
Official Website: www.dintaifungph.com
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With now over 14 stores globally including the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia, does Manila keep up with over five decades of Din Tai Fung standards set by founder Bingyi Yang?

49. The Halal Guys
Location: 5th Floor, SM Mega Food Hall, SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City; Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (Soon to Open)
Telephone Number: +632 858-7080
Official Website: www.thehalalguys.com
Facebook: The Halal Guys Philippines
Twitter: @thehalalguysph
Instagram: TheHalalGuysPH
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When news about the Halal Guys opening in Manila broke out, everyone was excited and couldn’t wait for New York’s most popular street food concept to arrive in Manila. You’ll have to try it out yourself to see if it’s at par with The Halal Guys’ global standards.

Restaurants to Try in Aguirre, BF Homes, and Down further South 2015

50. Neil’s Kitchen
Location: Lot C 701 and 704 Westgate Filinvest, 1770
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Telephone Numbers / Reservations: 7108962 / 7711334/ 09173112916
Facebook: Neil’s Kitchen
Instagram: neilskitchenph

Neil's Kitchen Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
Photo Credits: Facebook/Instagram Page

It’s one of the nicest restaurants-slash-events place in Alabang, its tall pillar of edifice emblazoned with its brand a refreshing change to the usual tent design for venues. Like its appearance, Neil’s Kitchen works like magic in its kitchen with its interesting, bold dishes starting with the Crab Cake Torta with Aligue Pasta and the Turon de Napoleon.

Bonus #51. Kantori Yakitori
Location: Unit 51D Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City
Opening Hours: Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday 5:00pm – 12:00mn, Friday to Saturday 5:00pm – 2:00am
Facebook: Kantori Yakitori
Instagram: kantoriyakitori

Kantori Yakitori Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
Photo Credits: Facebook/Instagram Page

If you’re looking for a place to chill in Aguirre, Kantori Yakitori has Sushi Fire Balls, Okonomiyaki and grilled innards to munch on while you chat with your buddies.

Bonus #52. Bucky’s Counter
Location: Mezzanine Level JJACC BLDG 169 Aguirre Ave BF homes, Paranaque City
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 1:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday to Sunday 11:00am – 10:30am
Official Website: http://buckysnotabrownie.tumblr.com/
Facebook: buckysnotabrownie

Buckys Counter Restaurants to try in Metro Manila 2015
Photo Credits: Facebook/Instagram Page

Forget the flourless Bucky’s Brownies being sold in Toby’s Estate, as Bucky’s has its own counter to visit in Aguirre, B.F. Homes. Their Chunky Blonde Waffle Style is such a sugar rush, you’ll want their cold brew selection to drown your palate in bitterness.

There you have it — Your Mega List of Restaurants to Try in Metro Manila before 2015 ends. It’s all up to you how you choose to spend your money. Some might exceed your daily budget, and you might never go back a second time. But whether you’re looking for a restaurant in Manila to celebrate birthdays, prenuptials, baptismals and anniversaries, or just to catch up with your buddies, this article will give you ideas and plan earlier. Why do you need individual lists for each city and dish when you can have ONE LIST TO BOOKMARK in your smartphones?

Bon Appetit!

Do you have any restaurants to suggest to fellow foodies? Have you tried any of these restaurants? Which ones do you think needs to be taken off from this list? Share your thoughts on Candid Cuisine!

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Vhalerie Lee
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