Author: Peter Matthews
The capital and second largest city in the Philippines, Manila boasts a vibrant restaurant scene with influences from Spain, China, Japan and America.
With its history as a Spanish colony in the late 1500s, and American and Japanese occupation in the first half of the 1900s, Manila’s colonial influence can be seen in its varied food scene.
While a trip to Manila would not be complete without experiencing Filipino street food, indulging in the city’s wide variety of restaurants is a must.
Whether you are looking to dine privately in true Filipino style or to relax on the shores of Manila Bay while feasting on the freshest catches of the day, our round-up of the 5 best restaurants in Manila will leave you spoilt for choice.
Harbor View Restaurant
Located on the shores of Manila Bay, Harbor View Restaurant is a Filipino seafood venue offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and the bustle of city life.
Diners can choose from an extensive menu of fish, crabs, lobster and more – straight from the aquarium – and watch their dishes be freshly grilled on volcanic rocks right before their eyes.
100 Revolving Restaurant
As the only revolving restaurant in Manila, 100 Revolving Restaurant is an unique dining experience that cannot be missed.
Located on the 33rd floor of the MDC 100 building in Eastwood, diners can enjoy chef Jessie Sincioco’s extensive French menu while taking in superb panoramic views of the entire city.
La Cocina de Tita Moning
For a private dining experience in true Filipino style, a visit to La Cocina de Tita Moning in the San Miguel District of Manila is a must.
Housed in a mansion and decorated with early 20th century antiques, the family-run restaurant serves Spanish cuisine inspired by the owner’s grandmother. Diners are also treated to a tour of the mansion.
Seafood Market and Restaurant
On first glance the counter at Seafood Market and Restaurant looks like that of your local supermarket, but there is so much more to this market-style restaurant than what meets the eye.
The dining experience starts with guests picking out their fish of choice and then watching the restaurant’s team of chefs cook their meal Asian style, in a flaming wok.
My Kitchen by Chef Chris
Located at the Oasis Paco Park Hotel Manila, My Kitchen by Chef Chris is one of the most highly regarded Italian restaurants in Manila.
Offering traditional Italian cuisine with a unique twist, the restaurant uses the finest ingredients available to make a wide variety of pastas, pizzas, freshly baked breads and desserts.