Filipinos love to eat, I kid you not. I visit the Philippines every couple of years and have to physically and mentally prepare myself for the eating marathon. Food comas are experienced on a daily basis, and my recent trip was no exception!
Filipinos eat rice with every meal, including breakfast! So I was keen to try a traditional Filipino breakfast with rice!
The Lobby – Manila Peninsula Hotel (pictured above). The Filipino breakfast was 900 pesos which included fruit juice, coffee, fruit, eggs and your choice of meat (I chose pork Tocino). A pricier option, but you do get drinks and fruit included. Plus, you’re sitting in the gorgeous Manila Peninsula Hotel! (Instagram post)
Heaven & Eggs – Glorietta 4. The Filipino breakfast with Longonisa was 390 pesos. A convenient location that is open early, however, this was my least favourite Filipino breakfast.
Mary Grace Cafe – Greenbelt. The Filipino breakfast with Beef Tapa and a ham and cheese omelette was 425 pesos. This was my favourite breakfast. Generous servings, reasonable price, great service in a cosy cafe in a convenient location. Also, the cheese rolls here are amazing!! (Instagram post)
Local – Filipino cuisine
When in the Philippines, well it only makes sense to sample the Filipino cuisine!
Manam Comfort Filipino – Greenbelt. I quite enjoyed lunch at Manam Comfort Filipino. The service was fantastic and I liked how Filipino dishes could be served classic or with a modern twist. For example, the Leche Flan pictured above is made with coconut milk instead of evaporated milk. Creamy and delicious with a feathery light texture!
Sentro 1771 – Greenbelt. A modern Filipino restaurant that was recommended by Filipino friends. Standout dishes were Sinigang na Corned Beef (corned beef short plate and boneless beef shanks in a tamarind broth with native vegetables). So you get the perfect broth, the Chef asks you to taste test it before it’s served. Inihaw na Baboy (freshly grilled pork belly). Pork Belly, what’s not to love!? It was so tender and full of flavour. Camote Cups (carved sweet potato filled with stir-fried cabbage, Baguio beans and carrots). A spin on the traditional Lumpiang Sariwa. (Instagram post)
Fely J’s – Greenbelt. I dined here for dessert one night with some local friends. I tried the Claude’s Dream dessert (pictured above right) which is Macapuno ice cream with coconut and pandan jelly. It was ok, but not out of this world. I would definitely like to go back though and try the other menu items.
Local – Other cuisine
Bizu Patisserie – Greenbelt. Conveniently located in Greenbelt, I wandered in here for brunch. I tried the Crab Cake Breakfast (pictured above left). Quite a rich dish! Bizu is a beautiful and light-filled cafe that also offers high tea. A great one to visit with the girls. (Instagram post)
Wildflour Cafe + Bakery – Salcedo Village. In my search for coffee in Makati, I stumbled across this place which is next door to Toby’s Estate. While the coffee is better next door, I did love the food here. I tried the sweet corn and polenta, fried egg, homemade sausage, mushroom gravy and freshly baked bread (pictured above centre). They bake bread and pastries onsite, so request a table inside and enjoy the bread making action and aroma! (Instagram post)
Yardstick – Legazpi Village. One of my Twitter followers recommended this speciality coffee shop. I was not disappointed! For a detailed review and photos of Yardstick, check out my coffee post. (Instagram post)
Ogetsu Hime – Bonafacio Global City (BGC). Located at Sky Park in SM Aura Premier, Ogetsu Hime is the place for Japanese food lovers. Sushi, Sashimi, Teppanyaki, Sukiyaki, Ogetsu Hime has it all covered! I enjoyed the sashimi (pictured above right) which was super fresh and beautifully presented! (Instagram post)
Filipino food chains
Now, what’s a visit to the Philippines without indulging at the popular Filipino food chains.
Jollibee. My first meal in the Philippines is always Jollibee. What do I eat? The Spaghetti with an extra Yum burger or piece of Chicken Joy (pictured above left). It’s not the healthiest of meals, but it is a tradition (Instagram post)
Chow King & Goldilocks. Chow King and Goldilocks are my go-to “shopping break” meals! When I’m looking for a quick snack after hours of shopping, I pop into a Chow King or Goldilocks. I usually grab an Asado Siopao and Halo-Halo from Chow King (pictured above centre and right) or a plate of rice, BBQ pork and Siopao at Goldilocks. (Instagram post)
Shakey’s Pizza & Max’s Restaurant. When I’ve spent the whole day shopping and looking for something a little more substantial to eat, I go to Shakey’s Pizza or Max’s Restaurant. These chains are located in most (if not all!) major shopping centres in the Philippines.
International food chains
Filipinos love their local food, but they equally love their international chains!
Nadai Fujisoba – Bonafacio Global City (BGC). It was my first time visiting BGC and I loved it! I strolled along High Street, people-watched, dog-watched and checked out a few stores (OK, so I bought a few pairs of shoes and a new handbag!). After my stroll, I stopped in at Nadai Fujisoba and ordered a Chicken Katsu Don and fresh coconut (pictured above right). A strange combination, but it sure hit the spot.
Chilli’s – Greenbelt . I dined at Chilli’s (pictured above centre) with some local work colleagues. I was after something light so opted for a salad (I had been indulging a little too much by this time!). Chilli’s is a great place for groups, families, happy hour drinks and a familiar American food menu.
Toby’s Estate – Salcedo Village. My saving grace! Feeling homesick for Australian coffee, I made a special trip to Toby’s Estate in Salcedo Village. Heaven, just heaven! For more about my visit, check out my coffee post. (Instagram post)
Starbucks. Starbucks is extremely popular and everywhere! I’m not usually a Starbucks drinker, but when I needed a caffeine hit, I ordered a double-shot cappuccino.
TWG Tea – Resorts World Manila. My last food adventure was at TWG Tea at Resorts World Manila, which is conveniently located near the airport. I enjoyed a few pots of speciality tea and French Macarons. TWG is a beautiful place to relax before your flight and grab a few presents for back home.
As much as I love eating out and trying new places, there’s always something really special about having a home-cooked meal. I enjoyed a Filipino food feast with my Manila family one night. Family, food and laughs. Nothing beats it!