Don’t Know Where to Eat Tonight?

Try One of These 8 Places

By Naveen Ganglani

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We’ve all been in that situation: our group of friends gather together before it’s time to get something for dinner, only we can’t quite decide where to go. Do we want to end up somewhere the food’s cheap and so is the booze? Would we prefer a place known for its drinks while the pika-pika options are passable? Do we want good meals and not care so much about what we drink to wash it down with? Or do we drive to a popular place where, despite the prices, we don’t mind spending for good quality?

Here are 8 choices for you and your barkada to check out in case you guys don’t have a clue on where to go:

The New Kamameshi House

Zobel Roxas Avenue, Palanan, Makati

An oldie but a goodie. This place has been around quite a while – it’s possible your parents found out about it before even you did – but The New Kamameshi House, or “Kamameshi,” in simpler terms, always does the trick.

An old-school but always-reliable restaurant, Kamameshi is Japanese comfort food at its finest. It helps too that the environment feels almost as cozy as an actual home.

What to order: Tori Kamameshi, Yakitori, Gyuniku


Smile Elephant

45 West Capitol Dr, Kapitolyo, Pasig

Thai food is always a good idea, but unfortunately most restaurants under that cuisine can be really expensive. There are some, however, that is both budget-friendly and leaves you satisfied. One of those is Smile Elephant, hidden in the always busy area of Kapitolyo.

Once entering the restaurant, you’ll jump to the conclusion that the food you’ll get has the same vibe as your chill surroundings. But once you take that first vibe of whatever you order, you’ll feel as if you’re dining at a high-end resto.

Oh, and trust me when I say that the best part will be when you ask for the bill. It’s surely a place where you’ll get your money’s worth.

What to order: Fried Lemongrass Chicken, Phad Thai Noodles, Bangkok Fried Rice


La Vie Parisienne

Ground Floor, LPL Center, 130 Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati

There are little things better than spending the night eating good food and drinking even-better wine. If that’s the kind of vibe you enjoy, then troop over to La Vie Parisienne.

The restaurant has a rich collection of wine options for fairly decent prices, and quality food choices to complement your drink of choice. Choose from a wide array of red, white, or rose selections while munching on cheese, pasta, or other yummy dishes.

What to order: Any type of wine, Hungarian Grilled Sausage, Gouda Cheese



G/F Joya Building, Estrella Street, Guadalupe Viejo, Makati
Ground Floor, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan

I’m sure many foodies will agree with me when I say that a restaurant with seemingly endless foods – from breakfast to pasta to sandwiches to mains to coffee and to alcohol – are always go-to options. Not many of that type of places can match the ambiance and quality of Refinery.

After my first visit to the Rockwell branch, I immediately knew I would be returning countless of times in the future. No matter the time of day you visit, or whatever you might be craving for, Refinery’s got you covered.

What to order: Double Truffle Fries, Hangover Pasta, Refinery Burger, Salmon Risotto

La Chinesca

248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Holmes, Paranaque

It’s no secret that tacos are one of the best, if not the best, default food choices when you think about what type of meal can sastisfy your tummy following a hard day of work. And while there are tons of great options in the metro, La Chinesca may very well be the greatest one.

Sure, parking is difficult and seats are limited to due to the tight space, but once you get a chance to take that first bite of whatever you order, you’ll be in taco heaven. It doesn’t hurt as well that there are fun drink options to complete your meal.

What to order: Carne Asada, Carnitas, Guisada De Res, Paloma


Soban K-Town Grill

3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati

K-BBQ has become one of the most popular nighttime options, which is why it’s no coincidence that a bunch of Korean Grill restaurants have opened up over the past few years. Truth be told, Soban in Greenbelt is where you want to go.

Since what they serve at Korean-BBQ places are the same almost everywhere, the secret is in finding a good balance between quality of food and price, and where you can go to get other unique sides not served anywhere else. At this place, you get exactly just that and more.

What to get: Try as much of everything as you can


Ebi 10

5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati

Another one of the ever-growing list of Poblacion restaurants on the rise, Ebi 10 has barged into the list of reliable Japanese restaurants. The confines of the resto are small, much like many of Pob’s other locales, but rest assured the quality of food that will be served to you is going to tickle your taste buds.

The next time you head to Poblacion – and you better be doing that, because it’s the in-thing right now – make sure to check out this place.

What to get: Jumbo Shrimp, Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki, Steak w/ Ponzu Garlic Sauce


Vatos Urban Tacos

Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

My favorite discovery of the past year, Vatos Urban Tacos is a fusion of Mexican and Korean foods that were designed to bring out your most inner happiness.

Like many great restaurants, selecting food from the menu is near impossible because everything will sound so damn yummy. And trust me when I say the food itself won’t disappoint.

The ambiance is equally incredible and can serve both as a dinner-time or drinks option. Speaking of booze, you have to vist Vatos more than once in order to take advantage of what they have to offer.

What to get: Honey Tequilla Chicken Wings, Surf ‘N Turf, Barbacoa Pork, Passion fruit Frozen Margarita


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