New Restaurants to Discover

Around Metro Manila

By Therese Aseoche

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With this wet and stormy weather, we’d love to seek solace at cozy restaurants that serve the best comfort food. Warm your soul at these newest restaurants to discover this month of July!


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5579 Alfonso Corner Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+63) 917 719 1881 | Facebook, Instagram
Open every day from 7 P.M. to 2 A.M.

Located below the quickly growing popular Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen, Yoi is an experimental kitchen serving up recognizable Japanese meals with a Scandinavian twist — and vice versa — that makes each dish so comforting, yet surprisingly different. Order a selection of nigiri sushi with a side of sake, or indulge in its Lamb Ribs and Salmon with Ikura Yogurt and Spinach Uni Rice with an ice cold glass of Japanese beer.


5655 Don Pedro corner Jacobo Street, Poblacion, Makati City
(+63) 927 255 1503 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 11 A.M. to 12 midnight

A new addition to the neighborhood of Poblacion is this French-inspired bar and restaurant called Estée serving a modest selection of European dishes at affordable price tags. Must-tries are the Caviar Pie, Chips and Truffle, and Pierre Laboeuf.


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88 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
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Open Monday to Saturday from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M.

This newly opened restaurant nestled in the notable street of Esteban Abada parallel to Katipunan Avenue is serving gastronomic dishes that will change what you think about Japanese cuisine. TETSUO’s grungy, street punk vibe will catch you off-guard at first, but surprisingly provides you with the best atmosphere to enjoy classics like the soba, karaage, and donburi without inhibition. Its star dishes include TETSUO’s Signature Fried Chicken, Torched Salmon Bowl, and the Pork Bun.

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GF, Grand Midori, Bolanos Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(+63) 966 331 1352 | Facebook, Instagram
Open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 A.M. to 1 A.M., Friday to Saturday from 11 A.M. to 2 A.M.

This new tapas restaurant is set to impress with its impressive menu and depth of flavors, partnered with an array of finely selected wines from all over the globe. Indulge in its charcoal grilled meals like the Pescado Del Dia A la Parilla (whole European fish) or any of its mouthwatering steaks. Finish it all off with a glass of your favorite wine or a make-your-own gin and tonic!

Extra Virgin

GF, Milano Residences, Century City, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
(+63) 956 948 2635 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Thursday from 3 P.M. to 11 P.M., Friday to Saturday from 4 P.M. to 12 midnight

Extra Virgin offers a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine and makes it healthy without compromising on taste. All dishes are made from scratch and, as you indulge in each and every one of them, made with love as well. Treat your taste buds to Pork Crackling over a rice pilaf, a juicy plate of Hunter Chicken, and a Virgin Cannoli for dessert.

Hakata Ikkousha

UG/F Festival Supermall, Water Garden Expansion, Filinvest Corporate City, Commerce Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(+632) 842 18 73 | Facebook, Instagram
Open every day from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.

This ramen shop is just a few months old yet it has already captivated ramen lovers around Alabang. It lets you personalize your own ramen bowl, from the texture of their noodles to the spiciness of the broth, to allow you to enjoy your dish without the frills or fuss.


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GF One Bonifacio High, 28th Street, Taguig City
(+63) 917 142 0588 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6 P.M. TO 12 midnight

Chino, a well-loved Mexican restaurant in Hong Kong, has just opened its first-ever international branch in Manila to wow Filipino foodies with its unique concept. They serve an array of authentic, well-known Mexican dishes but with flavors and culinary techniques inspired by Japanese cooking — odd when you first think about it, but amazing when you really get to experience it. Order the Market Fish Ceviche with citrus dayap and cashews, Grilled Corn with chipotle and cotija cheese, and all the different kinds of tacos you’d want to eat!

Bad Diet

Richworld Building, 8060 Estrella Street, San Antonio, Makati City
(+63) 977 413 0468 | Facebook, Instagram
Open Monday to Saturday from 8 A.M. to 12 midnight

This cozy art bar located in Estrella Street welcomes people from across the city who would want to purchase art, eat comforting and affordable meals, or just to hang out with friends over drinks. Try their Bad Diet Mad Wings and their Grilled Cheesy Hamburgers.

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