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Manila: Unique Filipino Food Culture

Manila: Unique Filipino Food Culture

by Yulian Rohmy

The Philipines is located on over 7000 islands and boasts a colourful history, cultural heritage, and beautiful beaches. Manila, the capital of the country, is a highly urbanized city and it was the most densely populated location all over the world in 2018. Manila was named after flowers and literally means 'where indigo is found'.

This city is a major tourist attraction where you can find a number of places of interest, the oldest Chinatown, hidden architectural gems, ancient churches, and secret tunnels. Visit Manila and enjoy its nightlife and go shopping in gigantic malls. It doesn't matter if you come here to feel the diverse history of the Philippines or have fun at local clubs, it's just a must to try authentic Filipino dishes made from seafood, tropical fruits, chicken or pork. Read the article and find out the best restaurants where to eat the most delicious food in Manila.

Versatile food 
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Cafe Ilang-Ilang
#5 of 10196 restaurants in Manila , Philippines
Address: Manila Hotel, 1 Rizal Park, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6325270011
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Cafe Ilang Ilang is a luxurious place at the historic hotel and it offers a rich selection of cuisines, including Asian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Western and, of course, Filipino. This restaurant is well known for themed nights and an eat-what-you-can buffet. It's definitely worth visiting this elegant modern restaurant and trying its delicious lechon. It's a popular Filipino dish and it's a roasted suckling pig with perfectly crispy skin. Nobody can miss its savory aroma. Also, order exotic balut - a hard-boiled duck egg. 

For meat lovers
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The Singing Cooks & Waiters
#9 of 10196 restaurants in Manila , Philippines
#12 of 2527 restaurants in Pasay , Philippines
Address: Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6328320658
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It's a must to come to The Singing Cooks and Waiters restaurant at the heart of Manila to enjoy Filipino traditional dishes and great live cooking shows and dances. The name of the places speaks for itself: the staff sings well-known songs and entertain you while serving local food. Try traditional Filipino stews - bulalo that is a stew cooked from beef shanks and marrow bones, or kare-kare which is an oxtail stew with peanut sauce and vegetables. 

If you like raw seafood
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Sky Deck
#74 of 10196 restaurants in Manila , Philippines
Address: The Bayleaf Intramuros, Muralla St, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6323185000
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Visit Sky Deck located on the roof of The Bayleaf Hotel to see the entire Manila from the 360-degree view, have a talk with your friend and watch the impressive sunset. The motto of this place is 'Just make the moment count'. To make the moment even more beautiful, select a dish among local favourites. Don't miss the opportunity to try kinilaw that is a raw seafood dish similar to ceviche. It's made from raw cubed fish in a vinegar dressing and it's usually served as an appetizer. 

For sweet-toothed people
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Spiral
#15 of 2527 restaurants in Pasay , Philippines
Address: Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel CCP Complex 1300, Roxas Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6328326988
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The Spiral restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Manila. Spiral is divided into 21 dining ateliers where you can degust dishes of various cuisines: a rich selection of seafood delicacies, the finest meat and gorgeous desserts. Visit this restaurant if you have a sweet tooth and enjoy one of the greatest halo-halo worldwide. Halo-halo is a great summertime treat to cool down as it is a mix of crushed ice, evaporated milk, sweetened beans, and fresh fruits.

To any taste
Steakhouse
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Cru Steakhouse
#6 of 10196 restaurants in Manila , Philippines
#9 of 2527 restaurants in Pasay , Philippines
Address: 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6329889999
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If you're crazy about grilled food, especially prawns, come to CRU Steakhouse. As its name suggests, this restaurant is well known for its hand-seasoned juicy steaks. This place introduces the dry-aging technology when the cookers keep meat in the refrigerator cooler whose specific temperature and humidity add new flavours to steaks.

Authentic Filipino chicken dish
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Guevarra's
#40 of 2501 restaurants in Mandaluyong , Philippines
#17 of 943 restaurants in San Juan , Philippines
Address: 387 P. Guevarra St, cor Argonne, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6327051874
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Have you heard of adobo? It's a classic Filipino tangy chicken stew. Chicken pieces are marinated in spices and soy sauce and stewed with vegetables in a pot until the meat becomes tender. Taste one of the most delicious adobo at Chef Laudico Guevarra's. It's also famous for its morcon, Filipino-style chorizo that is marinated and rolled thin slices of beef. 

Traditional appetizers
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Cosmic
#9 of 1427 cafes in Makati , Philippines
Address: 2/F (above Ministop) 5057 P. Burgos, Cor, 1210 General Luna, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: +639467700000
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Sisig is a popular local appetizer that is usually cooked from juicy pork and savory chicken liver seasoned with chilly peppers, calamansi and onions. Try vegan sisig at the vegetarian Cosmic bistro in Manila. Here it's made with mushrooms, chopped onions, and fried tofu and topped with crispy vegan bagnet.

Filipino pork dishes
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Dong Juan
#64 of 13318 restaurants in Quezon City , Philippines
#22 of 10196 restaurants in Manila , Philippines
Address: 72 Mo. Ignacia Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Phone number: 6323740265
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Visit the Dong Juan restaurant to eat the best crispy pata in Manila. The cooks boil pig trotters and knuckles until they get tender, then they deep-fry them until the meat becomes golden and crisp. This dish is served with a soy-vinegar dip. By the way. burgers are just incredible here.   

Have a nice meal while travelling in Manila!

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