As someone who claims to love food more than people, I decided to compile a short list of my favorite restaurants in the city. These are go-to restaurants that if I’m lazy to think of a new place to eat in, I’d just pick any of these. If I wasn’t so lazy right now, I’d probably create an even longer list. But because I wanted to really highlight the cream of the crop, here below are my top favorite restaurants in Metro Manila.
5. Teriyaki Boy (Php 300 – Php 500)
Even though it’s a really simple and casual restaurant, I love how Teriyaki Boy can instantly fix my cravings for Japanese food. It might not be the best or most authentic Japanese restaurant, but they’ve got Gyu Yakiniku Don and Shake Sashimi that make my belly very happy. And since there are branches scattered almost anywhere in Metro Manila, I can easily stop over and pig out.
4. Press Cafe (Php 300 – Php 500)
I may be biased that Press Cafe is located inside Fully Booked, which is like a writer’s haven. But truth to be told, I love their Mozzarella Sticks and Pumpkin Soup. Every time I watch a movie or go shopping in Power Plant, the only restaurant that comes to mind when I want to eat already is Press.
3. Stockton Place (Php 500 – Php 1500)
Fine, I’ve only tried eating here twice. But I cannot get their Butternut Squash Soup out of my mind. (They had really good wine, too.) It’s a charming place—I loved everything about it. And if you read my review about them here and discover what my #1 favorite restaurant is, you’ll know why I just had to put Stockton in the list.
2. 2nd’s (Php 500 – Php 1500)
More than my girl crush on their restaurant manager (sister of Rhian Ramos), I can’t get enough of their Three Mushroom Risotto and Lamp Shepherd Pie—so much that I even Googled how to cook Three Mushroom Risotto so that I can try cooking it at home. I’ve had dinner/lunch with friends here, celebrated my graduation here, went on a date with the Cupcake here, and I may as well have my birthday dinner here.
1. The Goose Station (Php 2500 – Php 5000)
The only restaurant that satiates my thirst for the best food in town. Every time I eat here, the menu never fails to surprise me with something new and delightful. Although I’ve tried a variety of their 10-course meals, what I always look for is their version of Eggs Benedict, and their Caviar Parfait. It has a quiet and very intimate setting—so if you’re looking to propose to your girlfriend, look no further. NOTE: This is not a hint.