Looking for satisfying spots for degustation in Manila this 2017 has been a challenging endeavor for die-hard foodies. Choosing amongst the staggering numbers of best restaurants in Manila for fine dining is time-consuming enough, but there are also many hidden gems to try outside the metro.
Not only are there many fine dining restaurants in the Philippines, there is also an increasing number of “foodies” in these establishments, some who really appreciate good food and others who are just there because they heard the restaurant was the place “to be.” If you’re a real foodie or just someone who appreciates some peace, quiet, and privacy when they dine, you might want to look for a restaurant where it’s by reservation only.
Here are some famous restaurants in the Philippines which are strictly by reservation only. Get your phones ready to dial up and savor an intimate dining experience at these establishments.
Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Cavite
0917-899-2866 / 0918-899-2866
One of Tagaytay’s finest dining establishments, Antonio’s will take you on a gastronomic adventure around the world with their selection of internationally flavored dishes care of world-class chef Tony Boy. Aside from the menu, Antonio’s guests also enjoy the private restaurant’s elegant ambiance with its sophisticated interiors, high ceilings, and lush garden view. Take your dear beloved on a ride outside Manila and head to Tagaytay for an elegant date to remember.
Recommendation: Try their Antonio’s Trio and enjoy the best three kinds of meat dishes.
2. Pio’s Kitchen
96 Scout Reyes corner Scout Fuentebella, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City
In the busy Tomas Morato neighborhood, there hides an exclusive sit-down dining restaurant showcasing the concoctions of Chef Chin Gallegos. This heritage house can accommodate only eight to 50 guests. Aside from the laidback, homey vibe, Pio’s Kitchen opens its spaces to cater to each clients’ needs and preference.
Recommendation: The Galician Menu is a fusion of Filipino and Spanish dishes perfect for seafood lovers.
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, across the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
Forget what they say about airplane food being bland. The dishes served at this aviation-themed restaurant featuring the expertise of Chef Colin Mackay are anything but. Savor food from a menu of contemporary Euro-Asian fusion while dining at this quiet and private airport-inspired haven at the bustling city of Makati.
Recommendation: Make a reservation at The Grill Room for breakfast to enjoy the soft ambiance of morning sunlight filtering in and accentuating the high ceilings.
4. The Purple Owl
Gardenia Loop, Villa Pura, Tagaytay City, Cavite
The Purple Owl opened its doors in 2014 and offers a haven to people seeking home-made comfort-food. The Yonzon family’s house is the site of private dinners and even has an events activity area care of Hoot Designs. Featuring Mrs. Gee’s Kitchen, guests can choose a full course meal of their choice to match your preferences for a date night, movie marathon or whatever your activity may be.
Recommendation: Packages have a perfect balance of meat, carbs, and vegetables.
5. Mecha Uma
RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 25th Streets, cor. 6th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Named after a Japanese expression meaning ‘absurdly delicious’ food, Chef Bruce Ricketts and his team make sure that the food lives up to their restaurant name. Known for their Omakase-style Tasting Menu, Mecha Uma also offers a la carte serving.
Recommendation: Sit on the Chef’s table bar area and watch your Instagram worthy food being prepared fresh.
6. Purple Yam Malate
PY Curated Foods, Inc.
603 Julio Nakpil corner Bacobo, Malate, Manila
523-3497 / 0926 713-3523
The ube craze has reached the West and now the NYC fave has returned to its local roots. The Purple Yam Modern Filipino Restaurant was originally located in Brooklyn, New York, founded in 2007 by Amy Besa and Chef Romy Dorotan. The Malate branch is now open to serve customers on weekends in a private dining set up. Choose from dinner on Fridays and Saturdays or brunch on Sundays. Aside from relishing dishes that creatively use the purple root crop staple, guests can choose from other Filipino hit dishes starting from 1,500 per head.
Recommendation: Try the Pandesal Slider with kesong puti.
Sources: Primer, Click The City, Booky, Our Awesome Planet