When it comes to food, you can never run out of options here in Greater Metro Manila. If you’re in need of trying something new this month — be it for a Mother’s Day treat or to get some much needed R&R during Finals — check our these newly opened restaurants and cafés that are worth looking out for:
This new restaurant at Ayala Triangle Gardens will completely change your preconceived notions about Japanese curry (or any kind of curry, in general). CAMP Curry, hailing from Tokyo by Chef Takashi Sato, has reached our shores to serve only the freshest vegetables of the season with your choice of meat (shrimp, pork belly, beef, or sausage) and your preferred curry sauce — Tokyo best-seller Brown Keema Curry, uber spicy but hella healthy 100% veggie Green Vegeful Curry, and one that can only be found in Manila, the Red Bisque Curry, inspired by the Filipino’s love for seafood.
Nomi Matcha & Açaí
GF, W City Center, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open every day from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M.
(+63) 915 741 3534, (+63) 916 708 8041 | Facebook, Instagram, Website
Cost for two – PHP 500
Here is another piece of heaven built for matcha addicts! Nomi Matcha & Açaí will serve you everything — from a warm cup of matcha latte to a melt-in-your-mouth matcha cake — that will have you singing praises. Don’t miss out on the café’s star dessert: Tiramisu Dream! Not only is it Insta-perfect for the feed, but it’s also so addicting that you’ll have to stop yourself from ordering more.
Da Gianni Cucina Italiana
We may have said those a lot about other restaurants, but Da Gianni Cucina Italiana is one place you should go to for a truly authentic Italian culinary experience. You’ll get your money’s worth with such a varied menu consisting of delicious pasta dishes, pizzas, mains, and more. Matteo Guidicelli’s knowledge of Italian cuisine, as well as his attention to detail and care for customer experience, shines through the quality of the dishes he serves.
Although you can’t expect the quantity of a single dish to fill you up straight away, this hardly becomes a problem because it means you get to try out as many dishes as you can. You’re allowed to splurge every once in a while after all!
Shawa Wama’s shawarma is more than what you’re used to. Those who’ve already tried it consider it being their next big addiction, but there’s no other way to find out for sure until you’ve had it yourself. You can choose among lamb, beef, or chicken to put on pita bread, over rice, or over hummus! And, of course, it’s not shawarma without the sauce which Shawa Wama also offers in varying flavors! It’s amazing how everything is so affordable given the quality of the ingredients and the size of its servings.
But that’s not all this grab-and-go stall has to offer; you can also expect delicious veggie options in its menu. Top it all off with yogurt and sorbet on a hot day!
GF, The Plaza at Arya Residences, McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open every day from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M., 6 P.M. to 10 P.M.
(+632) 836 71 41, (+63) 927 374 8539 | Facebook, Instagram
Cost for two – PHP 2,500
Savage is an open-flame casual dining restaurant where you can unabashedly go… savage! Almost everything that is served goes through the restaurant’s pride and joy — its open-fire cooking grill placed over burning oak wood, the very same perpetrator that unlocks the deepest flavors of any meat to go beyond your wildest imaginations.
Its menu is carefully curated to not overwhelm you with choices. There’s only one thing you’ll be gravitating towards when you dine in anyway, and it’s honest-to-goodness meat — from flank and rib-eye to lamb and pork chops. Savage is that one place you can feel like a true carnivore, precisely the way your pre-historic ancestors have been.
Unli kushikatsu for PHP 490 a pop? Yes please!
Osakatsu is the newest Japanese restaurant to grace Makati City with satisfying comfort food at an affordable price. Choose from 20 different skewers — quail egg, mushroom, and shrimp to name a few — which you will prepare and fry at your own table. It’ll be a messy experience, but definitely a fun one, as you coat the skewers with flour, Osakatsu batter, and panko crumbs before dunking it in the deep fryer.
Osakatsu also serves ramen bowls, sushi, and other Japanese favorites, but just sticking to the 490-peso buffet will be enough to fill your stomach after a tiring workday.
Cholate Bar and Café
When looking for a new cozy place in the south to satisfy your sweet tooth, Cholate Bar and Café is a welcome respite. Don’t let first impressions fool you; this humble café offers a worthwhile experience with its quality comfort food, addicting chocolate drinks, and homey ambiance. It’s got a shelf full of reading books, board games, and card games that you can play with your friends too!
Akrotiri Modern Eurasian Cuisine
Akrotiri takes pride in its high-class Mediterranean dishes that bring together coastal cultures from all over the world. It offers the usual suspects of soups and salads, a unique list of appetizers that will have you drooling at the corner of your mouth (the Grilled Prawns in tamarind dressing and Tiradito Maya Maya with spicy dressing are calling out our names!), and different meats and seafood that you just know are carefully curated to appease all gastronomes in the south. This restaurant is one worth the long drive.
Do you know any new place we might have missed? Share them with us in the comments below!