Top 20 Best Restaurants 2016
Nestled on Cebu's Mactan Island, Abacá offers world-class gustatory delights in an idyllic tropical setting. The revamped menu features California-Mediterranean fare by the Australian chef Patrick McCarthy. From cocktails to dessert, you are in for a charming dining experience.
Abacá Boutique Resort, Punta Engaño Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, +6332.495.3461 / +6332.236.0311
Cuisine: Continental / Mediterranean
An oasis away from the frenetic metro, this culinary gem by the regionally acclaimed chef Antonio "Tony Boy" Escalante, is definitely worth the long drive. Indulge in masterfully crafted fare paired with fine wine from a well-curated list amidst a lush country setting.
Purok 138, Brgy. Neogan, Tagaytay City, Cavite, +63917.899.2866 / +63918.899.2866
Cuisine: Modern European / South-East Asian
The newest of the chef Colin Mackay’s esteemed roster of restaurants, Blackbird occupies the historial Nielson Tower, the first international airport this side of the world, and offers exceptional day and night dining in a setting that exudes classic elegance and simplicity all at the same time.
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, +632.828.4888
Caruso Ristorante Italiano
Arguably home to the most authentic Italian cuisine in Manila, Caruso Ristorante Italiano’s extensive menu features stone oven-baked pizzas and freshly made pastas served up from an open kitchen. Each dish makes you dream of la dolce vita.
210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air, Makati City, +632.895.2451
Cuisine: French / Mediterranean
Combining fine European cuisine and premium pours from around the world, this gastronomic haven south of Manila gives every diner a delightful experience; complete with a cosy atmosphere that sets the mood for an intimate get-together.
Westgate Centre, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, +632.552.7930
Manila Marriott Hotel’s signature steakhouse is sure to win your heart with its choicest cuts cooked to perfection to suit the most discerning palate—with some of the world's best wines to boot. Cru is a carnivore's treasure trove.
G/F Manila Marriott Hotel, No. 10 Newport Blvd., Newport City Complex, Pasay City, +632.988.9999
Cuisine: Cantonese / Chinese
Highlighting authentic regional Chinese dishes and premium Cantonese fare, Crystal Dragon lets each diner savour a plethora of interesting flavours in an opulent oriental setting within the City of Dreams Manila.
UG/F City of Dreams Manila, Crown Towers, Aseana Avenue cor. Roxas Blvd., Parañaque City, +632.691.7782
At Makati Shangri-La, Manila’s signature Japanese restaurant, each culinary creation by the executive Japanese chef Wataru Hikawa embraces the essence of nature. Here, you can savour the rich authenticity of Japanese cuisine on every plate.
2/F Makati Shangri-La Manila, Ayala Avenue cor. Makati Avanue, Makati City, +632.813.8888 loc. 7842
Amidst stylish interiors that channel a chic Chinese Art Deco design, New World Makati Hotel's popular Chinese restaurant presents expertly crafted specialities from across China—from dim sum and barbecued delicacies to the finest seafood.
2/F New World Makati Hotel, Esperanza Street cor. Makati Avenue, Ayala Centre, Makati City, +632.811.6888 loc. 3338
Heaven for oenophiles, M Dining carries over 250 wines and 20 varietals encompassing 20 wine regions from around the world. To complement each pour are beautifully-plated masterpieces by the New York-trained chef Tippi Tambunting. Need we say more?
114 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, +632.810.3565 / +632.551.4142
Cuisine: Japanese / South American
Always on every gourmet’s bucket list anywhere in the world, the celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s eponymous restaurant, Nobu, showcases his expertise on Japanese-Peruvian fusion. Every epicurean creation is sure to please.
G/F Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Avenue cor. Roxas Blvd., Parañaque City, +632.691.2882 / +632.691.2885
Cuisine: Modern European
The innovative fusion of flavours and the elegant contemporary setting make The Peninsula Manila’s signature fine dining restaurant worth a visit. Indulge in updated classics surrounded by striking artworks from popular contemporary Filipino artists.
G/F The Peninsula Manila, Ayala Avenue cor. Makati Avenue, Makati City, +632.887.2888
Helmed by the chef Colin Mackay, this casual-chic restaurant serves consistently great modern Thai cuisine that has kept a loyal following throughout the years. Whether for lunch, cocktails, or dinner, this place remains a crowd favourite. The service? A notch above.
G/F Garden Side, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Centre, Makati City, +632.729.2888
Cuisine: European Steaks / French
Led by the Makati Shangri-La, Manila’s chef de cuisine Gilles Galli, Sage Bespoke Grill redefines casual dining with traditional grilled meat and seafood cooked on a Josper Grill. The result: worldclass grilled specialities tailored to one’s unique and discerning preferences.
2/F Makati Shangri-La Manila, Ayala Avenue cor. Makati Avenue, Makati City, +632.813.8888 loc. 7428
Cuisine: Modern European
Known for excellent continental cuisine, consistent service, and its quietly sophisticated setting, the chef Colin Mackay's stellar restaurant fronting a tranquil terrace, is a chic refuge amidst the busy Makati Central Business District.
P/L LV Locsin Bldg., Ayala Avenue cor. Makati Avenue, Makati City, +632.750.1555 / +632.750.5159
Smith Butcher and Grill Room
Cuisine: Modern Grill / Steaks
Steaks are taken seriously here: each cut is meticulously prepared and cooked in the open kitchen just the way you want it. Its modern interiors are infused with rustic touches for that warm and cosy ambience.
ACI Building, 147 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, +632.545.7675
The Tasting Room
Cuisine: Modern European Haute Cuisine
Bringing European haute cuisine to the table, The Tasting Room by the chef de cuisine William Mahi redefines fine dining with a choice of the season’s most delectable ingredients freshly flown in from all around the world, with state-of-the-art cooking methods that are meant to preserve and accentuate their natural flavours.
G/F City of Dreams Manila, Crown Towers, Aseana Avenue cor. Roxas Blvd., Parañaque City, +632.691.7789
Despite its menu revamp, the pintxos and tapas served at this old-time favourite remain sinfully good. Terry’s Bistro offers some of the best quality Spanish dishes in the metropolis, created by the chef and owner Juan Carlos de Terry, His passion for all things Iberican shows through in his cooking.
G/F BCS Prime Bldg., 2297 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati City, +632.729.7906
Savour modernist cuisine by the chef Jose Luis Gonzalez, who has worked at two of the world's most celebrated restaurants—Arzak and El Celler de Can Roca. The fusion of traditional tapas, modern gastronomy, and fine Spanish wines in an artistic dining setting, is close to mind-blowing.
5/F Clipp Centre, 11th Avenue cor. 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, +63917.806.5292
Wildflour Café + Bakery
The inviting aroma of freshly-baked artisanal breads welcomes you as soon as you step into its NYC loft-like dining space, which has become the hot brunch spot among Manila's business and expat set. At Wildflour Café + Bakery, brunch and all-day dining never disappoint.
6/F Frabelle Business Centre Bldg., 111 Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, +632.833.9799