Philippine Restaurants to Try Before Kicking the Bucket

Looking for delicious restaurants to try when you get back to the Philippines? Do add these restaurants to your bucket list as you can!


Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

  Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen  

If I can layout a definitive guide to my absolute favorite restaurants, I will beautifully note (with heart’s on top of the “i’s”) Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen in it. Unknown to many Filipinos, Mama Lou’s used to be one of the South’s impressive neighborhood secrets. It was previously located in BF Homes with its pioneering name – Cafe Francais.


Several years since its emergence, the owners decided to relocate to a more spacious home in Evia Lifestyle Center. The improved restaurant is considered as a foodie’s destination for authentic Italian dishes.


The brains behind this comforting Italian restaurant is French-Canadian Richard Tremblay and his late Filipina wife Marilou. With Marilou’s passing, the operations have been headed by Richard and her daughter Crystal. Their food ranges from PHP80 to PHP700. New customers are highly encourage to try the scrumptious Truffle Mac & Cheese and the best-selling Lasagna.


Location: Evia Lifestyle Center, Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas


The Tasting Room


The Tasting Room


Fine dining is usually perceived as a self-centered activity for the chosen few. A relatively new player in the scene seeks to change this impression! It is none other than the local adaption of the Michelin-starred restaurant in Macau – The Tasting Room.


Let’s start with its muted ambiance. The place is dazzled with golden hues to exude to keep things classy, but not too flashy. The restaurant’s unique approach to the fancy grub allows you to personalize your dinner as much as possible.


The Tasting Room, led by the talented Chef William Mahi, poses emphasis on European haute cuisine. Expect nothing less than an exquisite dining experience with a degustation menu of 5 to 8 courses. Prices range from PHP3,200 to PHP4,500.


Location: G/F Crown Towers, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Ave., Parañaque


Me Love You Long Time

Me Love You Long Time

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Aptly named Maginhawa Street, it boasts with an abundance of gastronomic variety that food bloggers and enthusiasts alike will clamor over. It is a paradise for people who always want to eat something new. This is why it comes as no surprise that the street boasts with a Southeast Asian concept restaurant.


Me Love You Long Time (MLYLT) serves a fusion of Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Thai dishes. A friendly staff will welcome you to their humble abode. The place is relatively compact, but it can sit up to 6 small groups. Consider eating the Pad Thai (my favorite Thai dish) for PHP109 or the Laksa (a spicy noodle soup with coconut milk) for PHP149.


Location: StrEat Food Park, 91 Maginhawa St, UP Village, Quezon City


Izakaya Kikufuji


Izakaya Kikufuji


One of the hardest tasks to fulfill in Makati is spotting good food with a considerably tight budget. You will be overwhelmed by the assortment of restaurants with varying price tags.


Neat, delicious, accessible, and (consistently) satisfying encapsulates the appeal of Izakaya Kikufuji. Experience the authentic charm of a Japanese restaurant as its space is narrow and well-utilized. There are tables paired with chair as well as tables geared toward Tatami style. Prices are between PHP120 and PHP750.


Location: Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City


The round up has ended. Here are just some of the best restaurants that you must try when you visit our homeland. If you have other sizzling suggestions, feel free to drop a comment below.

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.


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