BEST OF MANILA: 40 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila 2014! (Top 11-20)

BEST OF MANILA: 40 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila 2014
(Top 1-10) | (Top 11-20)(Top 21-30)(Top 31-40) 

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Here’s a year-end roundup of the Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila for 2014 (Top 11 – 20)…

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YOUR LOCAL is a hip neighborhood bistro in Legaspi Village by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos. They serve their own fun interpretations of Southeast Asian favorites and their own unique take on all-day breakfast. I like the vibe, the well-curated menu, and the secret entrance to the next-door cafe.

Read More: YOUR LOCAL: Makati’s Secret Hip Neighborhood Bistro @YourLocalPH

GF Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City  
Telephone: +632 823-6206 
Mobile: +63 917 654 3355
FacebookYour Local
Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday: 11.00am – 2.00pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturday: Brunch 10.00am – 3.00am, 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended. 

12. 12/10

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12/10 is a Japanese restaurant by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos, also known as The Girl + The Bull. The name of their second restaurant is a tribute to their anniversary date. The restaurant is an izakaya-inspired drinking joint featuring a customize-your-own degustation.

It’s like the younger, hip brother of Mecha Uma–another “graduate” of the BF Aguirre Food Street– offering contemporary Japanese cuisine to a mainstream foodie audience in the metro.

Read More: 12/10 December Love Affair! a hip Izakaya Joint by @thegirl_thebull (a review)

12/10 Izakaya Japanese Restaurant
7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday, 5.00pm to 11.00pm
Telephone: +63 915 663 2823
Facebook12/10 Restaurant

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is a must.



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GINO’s BRICK OVEN PIZZA is a Neapolitan-style Pizzeria originally from Katipunan, by passionate Filipino food entreprenuers Jutes & Cello Templo (of Cello’s Donuts fame). The name of the resto is a tribute to their son, Gino.

The Makati branch is the Gino’s 2.0 version. The taste is so authentic, some people think it’s owned by Italians.

We loved their Burratta, homemade pasta, and Neapolitan pizza! 

Read More: GINO’s BRICK OVEN PIZZA MAKATI: Burrata, Homemade Pasta, Neapolitan Pizza with Spicy Honey! @jutey_boy

Bautista near corner Tordersillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
FacebookGino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Mobile: +63 917 964-5339 (for reservations)
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.




LOCAVORE /ˈlōkəˌvôr/ is a Filipino Restaurant and Bar that proudly uses mostly organic ingredients grown locally in the Philippines. The name of the restaurant pertains to “One who eats goods grown locally whenever possible.” 

Chef Mikel Zaguirre leveraged his experience as former head chef of La Regalade to bring out the flavor of each ingredient in a Filipino dish and present it in a colorful way. 

We had our doubts when we tried the restaurant, but we were pleasantly surprised…

Read More: LOCAVORE: Filipino Food Reinterpreted using French Techniques by Chef Mikel Zaguirre!

10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Store Hours: Monday to Sunday  Lunch 11.30am – 2.30pm,  5:00pm onwards 
Telephone: +632 632-9600
Mobile: +63 923 588-9419

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.



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DUCK & BUVETTE (formerly Café Provencal) is a French Bistro & Bakery inspired by French Countryside Cuisine using handpicked ingredients. They specialize in Duck Confit and Buvettes (small plates).

It’s a great example of how to reinvent an old restaurant concept to meet foodies’ evolving expectations.

Read More: DUCK & BUVETTE: A Café Provencal Reinvention @DuckBuvette @ShangPlaza

2nd Floor, Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 631-0675
FacebookD&B – Duck & Buvette
Operating Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.


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LA CABRERA is an Argentinian Steakhouse and the Manila branch of Parrilla La Cabrera by Chef de Cuisine Gaston Riveira. This local iteration is through the efforts of Carlo Lorenzana of Shi Lin fame, and Carlo Lorenzana of Cellar de Boca Argentinian Wine Kitchen in Davao (yes, they have the same name. :D).

Argentinian Steak is considered the best in the world. In La Cabrera Manila, however, they use USDA steak. It still gets good reviews when it’s the Argentinian Chef who prepares the steak.

Read More: LA CABRERA MANILA Argentinian Steakhouse at 6750 (A Review)

LA CABRERA Grillado and Bar
Ground Floor, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Makati, Philippines
Operating Hours: 11am-3pm/5:30pm-10:30pm
Mobile: +63 905 290-0703
Facebook: La Cabrera Manila

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.



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TUAN TUAN is a homegrown Chinese Brasserie concept specializing in Mui Garden’s Curry (by Vancouver’s Chef Gordon Mui), Deer Garden’s Halibut Fish Soup, and Tuan Tuan’s Snowy Baked Buns, set in a French-inspired ambiance.

Its name means “to put together“, which is in line with the restaurant’s aim of putting together the best Chinese comfort food, from the best chefs, in the best ambiance. Tuan Tuan was conceptualized by the Lugang Cafe group. 

Read More: TUAN TUAN: Hong Kong Comfort Food in a French Brasserie Ambiance! @SMMegaMall

3rd Floor, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Mega Mall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 632-7483 
Mobile: +63 915 500-8026
Operating Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
FacebookTuanTuan Chinese Brasserie

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.



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KITCHEN 1B is a wholesome and healthy restaurant by Marivic Diaz-Lim of Apartment 1B fame. After surviving breast cancer, she is on a mission to promote a healthier lifestyle for foodies. 

We had the opportunity to try Kitchen 1B for both breakfast and lunch. Here’s our experience…

Read More: KITCHEN 1B: Wholesome Restaurant Alternative by Apartment 1B

KITCHEN 1B: The Wholesome Alternative
Ground Floor, KL Tower, Gamboa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(Entrance also on Soria Street)
Telephone: +632 403-5405, 843-2392
Mobile: +63 918 897 5877

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.



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CHEF DU PARTIE (or CDP for short), is a restaurant offering global cuisine by Malou Fores (MMF) of Mamou & Recovery Food fame, Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara (KKA) of Mesclun & Chuck’s Deli, and Kristine del Gallego-Locsin (KGL), formerly of Lu.

They offer dishes inspired by Paris, New York, and Manila. They also specialize in cocktails and have a well-curated wine list by their partners. It’s a great destination for foodie dates or food and wine pairing.

I took my wifey out on a date in CDP for the first time since giving birth to our youngest son, and here’s what we think about it… 

Read More: CHEF DU PARTIE (CDP): A Global Table Restaurant by MMF, KKA, & KGL (A Review) @PowerPlantMall

Chef Du Partie (CDP) Global Table Restaurant
148B Level R1 Power Plant Mall, Lopez Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City 1200
Telephone: +632 556-4454
Contact Anne Berges +63 917 832-9828,
Operating Hours:
Sunday to Wednesday: 12.00nn to 3.00pm, 6.00pm – 11.00pm
Thursday to Saturday: 12.00nn to 3.00pm, 6.00pm -2.00am
Notes: Credit Cards Accepted. Reservation is a must.

Note: Credit Card Accepted. Reservation is recommended.



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VA BENE is a yummy artisan Italian pasta deli by Chef Massimo and Carolyn Veronesi. Originally located at Petron Gas Station on the corner of Edsa and Pasay Road, it is best known for serving what many consider the Best Italian Pasta in the Metro

After 3 years of operation, they finally opened their 2nd branch near the BGC Cinemas, with a bigger kitchen, a bigger dining area, and more offerings. We recently visited the new branch with our La Salle Engineering batchmates and we all loved it!

Read More: VA BENE Pasta Deli by Chef Massimo Veronesi @ BGC Cinemas

Cinema Level, 3/F (same level of 4DX Cinemas)
Bonifacio High Street, 5th Ave. corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
Contact Person: Carolyn Veronesi
Mobile: +63 917 722-5780
Telephone: +632 556-9442 | +632 216-9879
Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday 11.00am – 11.00pm

Note: Credit Card Accepted. No Reservations.


BEST OF MANILA: 40 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila 2014(Top 1-10) | (Top 11-20)(Top 21-30)(Top 31-40) 


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One thought on “BEST OF MANILA: 40 Most Awesome NEW Restaurants in Manila 2014! (Top 11-20)

  1. I had tried Va Bene and it is really an excellent authentic Italian restaurant. Congratulations to Chef Massimo and Carolyn Veronesi for their new branch at the BGC. I had attended a pasta class with Chef Massimo. He really knows what he is talking about and you will see the passion he has when he explains things.

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