Top Picks Manila Restaurants
Raging Bull Chophouse and Bar
This Manhattan-inspired steakhouse features art deco interiors edited with a modern eye, keeping the energy current and aesthetically sultry. Sleek, ultra-chic with a trendy, upscale ambience, Raging Bull is certainly Instagrammable. In fact, you couldn’t go wrong dining here, whether on a romantic date with that special someone or wining and dining your top client to close that big deal. Order your choice cuts from sustainable farms in Australia and the US and wait for them to return from the Josper grill, cooked to divine perfection. Add to that the bar’s funky out-of-the-box cocktails that pack a punch and you’re all set for a stellar meal.
Commanding a panoramic view of the Makati skyline is Raffles Makati’s charmingly arresting restaurant, Mirèio. From fresh flowers to velvet art deco furniture, the striking brasserie paints a picture of idyllic visits to sunny southern France. The vibrantly designed open kitchen focuses on hearty Provençal-style heirloom recipes passed on through the generations and passionately prepared by chef Anne-Cecile Degenne using top-tier ingredients. An elegant twist on the catch-of-the-day is the Palawan red mullet stuffed with fragrant rice and citrus spices. Poultry and beef are minimally seasoned and served next to simple sides to bring out the meats’ intrinsic flavours. Indulge in their curated desserts topped with winter berries or summer peaches, offset by dark chocolate and a helping of liquored creams.
Situated on pre-war aviation headquarters, the Nielson Tower has been converted into a coveted dining space and experience in the heart of Makati City. Visitors are greeted with an art deco bar offering signature cocktails, one of which owing to its history, the Blackbird Aviation, an aeronautical take on the classic martini. Inside, the dining area features a sleek, black-and-white motif. Outside, there is the option to dine in the garden, where one can find a hushed peace in the busy metro. From European classics like Italian pizzas to Asian specialities such as lamb rendang, each dish on the East meets West menu was geniously curated by the acclaimed chef and owner Colin Mackay. This beautiful balance is a nod to Blackbird’s understanding of contemporary fine dining.
Arguably the best thai restaurant .Ideal for a night out with friends, its chic ambience, high-quality food, and consistent service turns first-timers into regulars.
Make sure you make a reservation as it's always packed.
A go-to dish is the morning glory. These veggies are prepared with a spectacularly addicting salty-sour sauce and crisp pieces of pork tossed in for a savoury pop.An all-time favourite is the pomelo salad. This dish delivers layers of acidity paired with some sweetness, and served at a refreshingly cool temperature.The crispy pork and sticky is true to its name. Paired with traditional sticky glutinous rice, each piece crackles beautifully as you bite down, until it eventually melts in your mouth.The People's Palace experience isn't complete without a scoop of their famous coconut ice cream.
Gallery by Chele
Innovative to say the least, chef Chele González, together with chef Carlos Villaflor, have outdone themselves with Gallery by Chele, the revamped version of what was formerly Gallery VASK. The essentialist menu highlights the beauty, power, and spirit of the Philippines, featuring creations influenced by a variety of cultures and cuisines all tied together through the use of locally-sourced ingredients. Chele’s passion for this country shines through such interpretations and he proves to loyal punters and critics alike that world-class dishes can be developed with what we have here at home. The restaurant’s interiors by Kenneth Cobonpue feature contemporary woodens shine bright as well. designs all throughout from the the walls to tables, and even the bar. The warm tones are soothing and welcoming—a good complement to the non-stop action from the open kitchen where its young talents shine bright as well.
The Tasting Room
With the seasoned chef Frederic Thevenet at the helm combined with its elaborate gilded and marble accented interiors, The Tasting Room is certain to impress. Frederic’s artful skills and culinary prowess interprets French cuisine with an Asian flair, which translates into a luxurious, decadent dining experience served amidst a gold-toned room. Raise your glass to a sophisticated bar stocked with all your favourite tipples and a list that boasts innovative signature cocktails. This modern European restaurant in the City of Dreams Manila will have you back in no time for more exquisite “tasting.”