Where To Order Empanadas And Meat Pies In Metro Manila
Flavourful, umami fillings wrapped in delicious pastry with variations fit for every savoury craving - what more could you want? Whether you're looking for empanadas, meat pies, or savoury puffs, you're sure to find your next favourite from these foodie gems.
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1/10 Casa Luisa
Casa Luisa’s empanadas come in an impressive variety of inventive flavours, sweet and savoury. While the mango-sampaguita and white cheese empanadas (a seasonal special) and pizza alla diavolo empanadas (their take on a pizza pocket) will surely win you over, the French onion soup empanadas in undoubtedly their pièce de résistance. Wrapped up in a rich, buttery pastry, the filling consists of thyme, caramelised onions, gruyère cheese, and a decadent red wine and beef marrow bone broth glaze.
Tatler Tip: stock up on their frozen, ready-to-bake empanadas so you can indulge whenever your empanada cravings hit!
2/10 Bianca Bakes
They're called party pies for a reason! Bianca Bakes makes classic Aussie pies in hit variants like steak and mushroom, minced beef, and chicken and leek, each sure to be crowd-pleasers. These meat pies have an excellent filling-to-crust ratio. Each pie is healthily-packed and encased in a yummy buttery crust that is good enough to eat on its own. Their boxes of six are great for sharing, available as an assorted pack, too.
Crispy, flaky, and packed with flavour, each of Bailon’s fried empanadas has the ideal ratio of filling to crust. This time-tested chicken empanada classic has been around for years, showing no signs of going anywhere. It’s made its way onto the phone books of a great many titas of Manila, and for good reason - add them to yours and see for yourself: +632 8 843 6673 and +632 8 843 3721.
Tatler tip: Bailon is no one-trick pony - their lumpiang ubod is a great find as well.
4/10 Holy Smokes
Venture beyond the typical empanada iterations with funky flavours from Holy Smokes, each accompanied with a unique sauce to match. Choose between their chorizo and goat cheese empanada, which comes with a truffle honey sauce; their ebi empanada, stuffed with shrimp, Japanese mayonnaise, cream cheese, tobiko (fish roe), and nori (dried seaweed) paired with a mango wasabi sauce; or their smoked beef empanada with a mango habanero sauce. Trust us, they are great!
5/10 Costa Brava
Almost every one has heard of their famous caramel cake, but did you know that Costa Brava also makes killer chicken pot pies? Some fans of the deliciously-filled pastry even kid that they have been brought to tears with how good these pies are. Order yours by calling +632 8 896 1267, +632 8 896 6872, +632 8 984 3949, or +632 8 403 6627.
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6/10 Half Saints
If you’re feeling extra nostalgic, this mushroom and cheese sofrito empanada may hit the spot. Reminiscent of the wonderfully familiar cheese pimento, this empanada is filled with tomatoes, pimiento, garlic, onion, cilantro, and chilli sautéed in olive oil and loaded with melted cheese.
Tatler Tip: while you’re at it, check out Half Saints’ picture-perfect and insanely innovative crema de fruta cake (and yes, it’s as delicious as it is beautiful).
7/10 Puff Daddy
Puff Daddy’s got the goods that’ll keep you coming back for more. Go for their corned beef, tuna pie, or Jamaican beef puff pastries for timeless meaty classics, or check out their spinach & feta or elote corn puff pastries to learn just how good vegetarian eats can be.
Tatler Tip: they’re taking a hiatus this July, so make sure you follow them on Instagram to stay in the loop when they return.
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8/10 Wildflour Café + Bakery
Even as the Wildflour empire expands into the realms of burgers, Italian fare, Filipino comforts, and more, the ever-popular Wildflour Café + Bakery continues to be a reliable foodie destination. Beyond their alluring cronuts and toothsome cakes, the bakery also churns out savoury delights like the classic chicken pot pie, to their more experimental galbi-jjim meat pie.
9/10 Bondi & Bourke
We couldn’t write about classic Aussie meat pies without including Australian institution Bondi & Bourke. Their juicy steak pies are filled with braised Australian beef, rich gravy, and caramelised onions, and served with potato salad or mixed greens, making for a hefty and tasty meal.
10/10 Southbank Cafe + Lounge
Speaking of the land down under, Southbank Cafe + Lounge brings a piece of Melbourne to Metro Manila with exceptional Australian coffee from Allpress Espresso and fan-favourite dishes like smashed avocado toast, chicken parmigiana, and of course, classic meat pies with minced beef and melted cheese, available in a spicy version as well. While their meat pies are currently off the menu, you can pre-order them now as they’re making their much-awaited return this July.
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