MBKRS Awards 2010 winners
(I totally agree with all the awards except for one…)
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(Wow, congratulations to Tina Pamintuan for winning this award! I haven’t had the chance to eat at L’Incontro ever since she took over… I’m eating there soon. My vote for the Best Italian still goes to C’Italian Dining in Pampanga 🙂
- C’ Italian
- Cantinetta (Pasong Tamo Ext)
- Café Caruso
- Chef Jessie
- La Regalade
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- La Tienda
- Casa Armas (Malate)
- Gaudi (Serendra)
- Alba’s Restaurante Español
Best Japanese Restaurant – Tsukiji
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- Tao Yuan
- Peking Garden
- Hai Shin Lu
- Gloria Maris (Greenhills)
- Choi’s Garden
- Chateau 1771
- The Goose Station
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- Ba Noi Vietnamese Restaurant
- Ristras Mexican Grill
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- Charlie’s Grind & Grill
- Brother’s Burger (High Street)
- Mr. Jones
- Sango Burger Master (Mile Long)
- Murray & D’Vine
- Bizu Patisserie
- Sonja’s Cupcakes
- Café Mary Grace (High Street)
- Chocolate Fire
- Le Bistro Vert
- The Goose Station
- Ba Noi
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Best Hotel Restaurant : International Buffet – Circles (Makati Shangri-La)
- Circles (Makati Shangri-La)
- Paseo Uno (Mandarin Oriental)
- Heat (Edsa Shangri La)
- Crossover Buffet (The Dusit Thani Manila)
- Escolta (The Peninsula)
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- Cicou (Hotel Celeste)
- The Fireplace (Hyatt Hotel and Casino)
- Red (Makati Shangri-La)
- Old Manila (The Peninsula)
- 22 Prime (Discovery Suites)
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- Summer Palace (Edsa Shangri-La)
- Inagiku (Makati Shangri-La)
- LiLi (Hyatt Hotel & Casino)
- UMU (Dusit Thani Manila)
- Shang Palace (Makati Shangri-La)
- Luis de Terry (LU)
- Tippi Tambunting (Masseto)
- Adrian Cuenca (Elbert’s Steak Room)
- Stephanie Zubiri (Modern Epicurean Kitchen)
- Sunshine and Rob Pengson (The Goose Station)
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- Antonio Escalante (Antonio’s)
- David Pardo de Ayala (The Discovery Group)
- Jessie Sinsioco (Chef Jessie)
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(Who won ba? I missed this…)
- Gene Gonzalez
- Juan Carlos de Terry
- Margarita Fores
- Colin Mackay
- Glenda Barreto
People’s Choice Award — People’s Palace!
(Most foodies were disappointed that People’s Palace was not part of the nominees for Best Thai Restaurant, so the foodies rallied to vote for it as the BEST Restaurant in the People’s Choice Award Category. 🙂
Check out the official MBKRS website for more info.
Congrats to Ines Cabarrus and Elian Habayeb for the successful 2010 MBKRS Awards!
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Disclosure: I was one of the judges for the awards, but I’m not part of the organizing team. I did help the MBKRS team in marketing the awards online.
P.S. More online-related categories (like best restaurant website, best food blogger, best online delivery, etc.) next time, please…
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Awww. I cant believe C’Italian lost to L’Incontro 🙁
yeah… the judges need to travel to Pampanga and experience C italian dining…
I can’t believe People’s Palace was not included in the Thai category, too!
And I agree with you , Anton. I think Chef Jessie has lost her touch… I was disappointed when we ate at Enchante last month. I was looking for the oomph but alas, it was “out of stock” that night. 🙁 The overall experience was a letdown, especially with the price we had to pay. It’ll take a lot of effort and convincing to make me go back there again… sayang.
Kudos to chef Antonio Escalante for winning the MBKRS Awards 2010’s best chef and best continental cuisine. To Aubergine, I hope you win next time.
can’t believe the goose station won. it was one of my worst dining experience!
and brother’s burgers??????
Brothers’ Burgers, seriously? Also I can’t believe C’Italian and Vieux Chalet didn’t win 🙁 I know M in MBKRS stands for Manila, but it goes without saying that neighboring towns/provinces are also included and alas, they sometimes offer the better dining experience. Lastly, your comment on including online categories esp. best food blogger is perfectly apt for today’s foodie generation. Expecting more from next year’s MBKRS Awards! 🙂
I can’t believe Kikufuji was even nominated. this restaurant had its time but the quality has deteriorated so much.
Yes, People’s Palace should have been nominated. L’Entrecote should not be nominated as a French restaurant at all. I think it is in the wrong category. This place does not represent French Cuisine at all.
Not to many people know of Menggetsu, a great, small fusion Japanese restaurant in Creek side (beside Sango. The food is excellent. I agree with Kai, definitely Nobu inspired recipes but otherwise very good.
As a whole, I agree with most of the choices as taste is relative.
i didnt agree with most of the winners or even the nominees….but the credibility of this group crashed when brother’s burger won! o well. what was once an award that i thought could have the potential to be taken seriously is now just a joke.
i think army navy should have won over brothers burgers :))) oh wait, its not nominated. hahaha 🙂
Thank you Sir Anton and Ms. Giselle Cruz for believing in us!It’s people like you that we enjoy our jobs a.k.a our lives. Vieux Chalet is not just a restaurant…it’s a lifestyle that we wish to share to you guys! Salute! Mabuhay!
margarita fores won the lifetime achievement award
Brother’s Burger really??? Abe and Romulo’s Cafe should have been nominated for Best Filipino restaurant in my opinion.
Its great that the goose station was the only restaurant to win 2 awards. It was my best dining experience in the country and they truly deserve it.
Hi Anne, why not try it again? if somany of the expat chefs eat there it might not be as bad sa you think 🙂
What?! So you mean there were some judges who did not eat in the restaurants nominated?
**roll eyes* shock** That might be a bit unfair. To judge properly one must eat there.
While I agree in most of the nominations, I think that should be part of the criteria – that all judges must have dined in all the restaurants no more than the last 12 months. Also that no judge must own a nominated restaurant.
Congrats to the winners!
Yup! I just ate there and it is yummy!
My heart still goes to Gaudi and Casino Espanol for the Spanish Cuisine category.
I also believe Vieux Chalet should have won…… but that is only my opinion.
Best Burger goes to Charlies Grind & Grill!!! Brothers Burger??? That was kind of a shocker…
I don’t agree with most of the winners. Especially the goose station and rob and sunshine pengson winning. I ate at the goose station and was greatly disappointed. Totally not worth the money we’ve spent and for an expensive restaurant all my requests can’t even be accommodated.
Aubergine should have won. Worth every penny spent there!
brother’s burger? have any of them tried other burger places? brother’s burger? really? what about wham and hotshots? byte club?… i’m surprised benjarong’s not in the list of thai places. tsukiji? i can think of other better japanese places to eat at. i’m surprised carpaccio’s in the list of best italian places. i never liked the food there. i think la nuova, l’opera and bellini’s are better. hmmm… where’d hossein’s go? this is a great place for indian/middle eastern food. maybe more research could’ve been done by the judges… this is a bit disappointing… 🙁
i don’t know what happened, but mbkrs just lost whatever credibility i placed in it. a lot of the restaurants nominated are subpar, it’s no wonder most of the winners are undeserving (case in point – brother’s burger). these are definitely not the best, and i’m truly disappointed at the results.
and i dont agree that cafe juanita is better than abe. cafe juanita isn’t bad, but there’s nothing special about the food. i felt cheated paying that much for kare kare that tasted like something I make at home. sorry.
thanks anton for your kind words …. new menu out tonight testing and tasting ongoing whole day already ….and once again for all the lovers of true classic italian cuisine …. will share some most of the recipe via my FB page … my kitchen by chef chris’
to begin with are the founders of these awards, Ines Cabarrus & Elian, themselves credible? oh please. she has a certificate from a wine course from the boonies in australia comes back & calls herself a “sommelier”.
this is just a business, a bad one and hopefully it fizzles out as it deservedly will. a total waste of time. what a sham.
let’s just go on, eat our way around this great city of ours and fill our stomachs & find our gastronomic bliss. may we all find good eats wherever our noses lead us to. we don’t need nobody’s telling us where that is.
nom, nom, nom
well deserved for margarita!
Tsukiji restaurant, referred to as the winner for Best Japanese Restaurant, is the original one on Pasay Road and not the one at Century Park Hotel.
Please get your facts right….
This award-giving body is not very credible.. too many eyebrow-raising citations handed out that it’s actually borderline insulting to the ones who truly deserved their awards.
MBKRS was a joke last year. It is an even bigger joke this year. To begin with, and most glaringly obvious, none of the restaurants are even secret at all. To think, that’s the name of this whole project.
I agree with previous commetns that the people behind it are not qualified nor authoritative. Elian’s a just a deejay and Ines (whose family owns last year’s best Japanese restaurant) is a wine instructor who insults sommeliers around the world by calling herself one. Last year’s event was mostly to recognize all the bars and restaurants that have hosted their commercial parties (like the best Chinese Zong’s). This year’s was simply to boost their egos even more.
Many judges (just like the couple who came up with this sham) don’t even eat out a lot (like some bloggers who try restaurants only once, and usually when it’s too early to review).
Bottom line, there is no real authoritative food guide (both the Golden Spoon awards and Miele Guide questionably and shamelessly promote a local editor’s husband’s restaurants to the hilt). best to just frequent your favorite food bloggers and just go from there.
To me, the one restaurant that singularly defines a BEST KEPT RESTAURANT SECRET is the little ramen bar on Pasay Road. I’m glad it’s not a nominee and I’m not divulging since it should be kept a secret. hehe.
BTW, I am not Filipino, so don’t count this post as being pinoy crab mentality.
cant help but notice that most of the judges for these “awards” are also the nominees and the eventual winners (see judges list from related post). weird…
here, here! well said Jense.
i know that ramen shack you speak of! the owner is the ultimate ramen nazi! surly & always scowling, its a pisser sometimes but he’s got the best bowls of ramen in town so i i just tune him out, dig in & savor the flavor 🙂
Think the organizers should’ve automatically disqualified their sponsors, even if some of them were deserving of the awards. Just leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Also I agree, the categories seem to be a mish-mash of restaurants that didn’t seem to actually belong in their supposed categories. And why call it ‘secrets’ when most diners know about these restos? I think food bloggers such as yourself Anton, and other legitimate food reviewers, should refrain from further participating in the judging of these joke awards. It ultimately also reflects on your reputation, w/ all due respect.
spiral was not nominated under best hotel buffet??
congratulations to the winners!
Boss anton dapat po nanalo ang charlies! hehehe!
Best Burger joint of all times, we compared it nothin comes close.
all the best.
I love Vieux Chalet 😀
I agree that it is a good Italian restaurant but how does C’Italian Dining in Pampanga get your vote for Best Italian restaurant in Manila?
natawa ako sa brother’s burger, anton! i share the exact sentiments 🙂
Perhaps they should just change the name of this “awards” thing and remove “Secret”.
Maybe they are related to the people who own Brothers Burger, really weird. I don’t think they are even a restaurant. Goose Station also does not deserve two awards. I saw that he is a judge so that explains it.
I hope the organizers read these comments so they can see how the public has reacted. I don’t even know anyone who has actually bought their book, why do you need books when there are so many much more credible foodie blogs out there.
Bistecca in Rockwell is my favorite steak restaurant in Manila. It also a great place for a high end burger for lunch.
interesting! i’ve only been to 50% of the winning restos. :p
Brother’s Burger winning over Charlie’s Grind and Grill???
You gotta be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She is a brilliant woman.
I am sorry but people i have tried both C! in Pampanga and L’incontro. Though I think L’incontro had better food when it was still under Chef Gino, the food there now is still much better than C!.
Have you tried the Gnocchi of C?? It’s the size of squid balls and has the texture of the gummy thing they put in ginataan. There Panizze is good though.
Also, please try Amoroma in Tagaytay, and Mona Lisa Ristorante in Alabang, both are very good.
Best Filipino resto–Cafe Juanita??? Oh no, no, no. Far from it. Ate here about 10 years ago and wasn’t impressed. Thought I’d try it again since I’ve been hearing good reviews about it. Sad to say, it was completely disappointing. None of the dishes we ordered lived up to expectations. Even the breading of the fried lapu-lapu with tamarind sauce was not good. More like camaron rebosado.. And definitely, I disagree that this is better than Abe. No way..
Brothers Burger is a joke, maybe they sponsored the event. even mcdonalds is better than their dry burgers! Charlies and Sango are both 10x better than Brothers. and how is brothers a best kept secret? this is pathetic. if they cant even get a simple burger category correct, what more the others?
Spiral should at least be nominated in hotel buffets, and they should also have another category for MOST OVERPRICED and OVERRATED – The Goose Station! (so they can win a 3rd award)
ITS HARD TO KEEP SOMETHING A GOOD A SECRET!
most of these places WERE best kept secrets! (in fact i still havent heard most of these places) But thanks to word of mouth these restaurants are getting more and more recognition-which means more customers. You guys should realize that a restaurant has to rely on getting its name out there so people are aware they exist so that people will go and keep them in business or else you little “secret” will always remain a secret to you and a few selfish eaters and they wont be there for long! so think about that.
But you are right in the sense of having some of their sponsors join though as well as the credibility of the judges and organizers.
perhaps someone more qualified should put something up. if any of you complainers know of any perhaps u can pitch it to them. It would do the food & beverage world a favor.
are u serious?? the kare-kare of cafe juanita is sooooooooo much 100000000000x better than abe. its like comparing apples and orangres. haha im sorry but im glad u and i are not a judge coz i definitely think cafe juanita is better than abe.
i agree with u with brothers burger though. i personally think Charlie’s got robbed!!
10 years ago? seriously?
to each his own i guess
thats true! sir anton, you should lead a bevy of qualified people. there should be a bloggers best awards. now that has more credibility!
seriously? a little award that conjured up from thin air with no credibility is making noise? …what has the world gotten to? let them have their little contest. its amusing to watch =)
Is this contest done by rating each restaurant for specific entrees under each category or by just plain voting for favorite restos? Criteria, anyone?
Voting among a panel of judges 100+ people in the food industry
i see. so it’s a popularity contest, not a food judging/competition. thanks for the clarification! keep up the good work Sir Anton!
Our dining experience at Ninyo Restaurant(selected as 1 of the 2010 best fusion restaurants) was extremely disappointing. It makes one wonder if the selection criteria for best food industry categories consider not only the back of the house performance but also the front of house experience?
The owner, Mrs Laus, works the front of the house for Ninyo’s Restaurant. Our family of 9 adults and 4 kids came for lunch one Sunday afternoon.Each person including the kids ordered an individual appetizer and main course. Our total bill this afternoon was up to PHP14,000.00. In spending this amount in one place, one would think that the restaurant owner would have introduced themselves, or even thank us for our patronage. Yet, Ninyo Restaurant left us a negative taste in each of our palette due to the owner, Mrs. Laus inability to recognize value.
It was more important for her (Mrs Laus)to argue that our parents’ shared one of their food dish ordered for tasting with the family members. Therefore, because of this, Mrs Laus insisted that this would not entitle my parents to their senior citizen’s discount. How tacky tacky tacky could one be? This is so petty compared to what we offered in value.
Should this represent the Philippines’ selection for 2010’s Best Fusion Restaurant?
Absolutely NOT! Perhaps, one could say that Mrs Laus is the detriment to any future growth of this place. Too disappointing.
I agree.. we just tried Mamou and it was LESS than average, I felt like we were robbed in broad daylight! It was a Php3,000 dinner and I could have been more full and happy going somewhere else.
I also bookmarked and tweeted this. Thank you so much for showing great concern for other people. Much Respect!