Where To Eat In Manila: 5 Restaurants You Shouldn’t Miss
I’ll be the first to say that no date is complete without a full stomach. A part of being a male escort is knowing the local cuisine of a particular country. That is why when I visit a new country, I always make it my priority to find out the best establishments are to bring my clients. The Philippines is a country that’s rich with culture as it is with its cuisine. Through centuries of being influenced by different cultures, they have made their palate of dishes to be diverse, unlike any that I have ever seen around Asia.
Dining and Dating Go Together
In my job as a male escort in Manila, the Philippines’ capital, I have been able to visit a wide variety of restaurants. I have chosen a select few to share with you to try on your next trip to the Philippines.
Here are five of my top picks of restaurants that you shouldn’t miss.
Starting light on this list is Bamba Bistro, a local dining restaurant within BF homes. Its signature dish is the local tapa, which is a form of beef steak that the locals love best paired truffled egg.
Beyond the iconic tapa, it’s known for its fantastic side dishes. These side dishes include foie gras salad and lamb kofta balls, which show the restaurant’s versatility in cooking middle eastern meals. For those looking for an Italian twist, their seafood Aglio olio is a highly recommended dish, mixed with olive oil, a dash of chili, and an assortment of shrimps, squid, and mussels
Bamba Bistro found at 55 Aguirre St., BF Homes, Parañaque City.
Elbert’s Steak Room
Looking for a dash of steak and wine in an elegant Chicago-style interior? Then Elbert’s Steak Room might be the hidden gem for you. Many restaurants usually found within long rows of other options, but Elbert’s steak room chooses to hide away from the busy streets in a comfortable area away from the traffic and the noise.
One of their bestsellers is the USDA “SUPER” Prime Ribeye, which costs around Php 2,900. Best served medium rare; you can also order side dishes to enhance the experience such as potato wedges and complimentary wine. The menu might be a little pricey for most customers, but what you are paying for is quality meat paired with the privacy and cozy environment of the restaurant.
Elbert’s Steak Room found at 111 H.V. Dela Costa Street in Salcedo Village in Makati City. It is open from Mondays to Saturdays between 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 6:30 to 10 pm.
If you are looking for more of an artsy and atmospheric experience, then the 12/10 might be the right pick for you. Owned by local chefs Gab Bustos and Thea de Rivera, 12/10 feels a lot like home for art projects both for your eyes and your mouth. The feel-at-home furniture makes a stark contrast to its décor of art pieces, which dramatically reflects the same image of its selection of Japanese cuisine plated uniquely.
The cozy interior of the restaurant makes the meals even more of an outstanding piece. The fusion of Asian cuisines seen through its raw tuna salad and its Katsu Sando, a mix of pork and wagyu beef. Among all items on their menu, my favorite has to be their Mackerel Ceviche.
Though 12/10 does not have a lot of desserts, they do have several sweet tonics to end the night on a delicious note.
The 12/10 can be found at 7635 Guijo Street, at San Antonio Village within Makati City. It is open from 5 pm to 11 pm from Mondays to Saturdays.
Craving a little wine and meat to top of your date night? The first-ever jamoneria in the Philippines, the Txanton might be the place you’re looking for. You cannot deny that it is an elegant way to end the night. Much of the experience comes from eating in their comfortable high-end surroundings of specialized stemware and rows of ham and wine selections.
Txanton has a wide variety of products for sampling, such as hams, anchovies, chorizos, wines Bordeaux, Masseto, and their iconic Spanish Riojas. Besides serving exotic meat and wine, traditional tapas from the Philippines are also available for those looking to compare and contrast the variety of flavors in Txanton. If you and your partner are not familiar with pairing the right wine with the right meat, their suggestions are readily available for newcomers to the experience. If you do visit, it is a must to try out their Jamon Iberico, which has flavors that I cannot find anywhere else.
Beyond being an intimate space for couples, there are also larger rooms that can accommodate up to12 people.
Located at the heart of the business district in Makati City. You can find the Txanton at Alegria Alta, Chino Roces Avenue Extension. It is open from 11 am to 11 pm from Mondays to Saturdays.
One of my favorite destinations as a male escort in Manila is visiting Makati solely to visit Blackbird. At the top of my list, the restaurant named after the infamous constellation is a relatively new establishment. However, this restaurant has achieved high praise. Monocle’s 50 favorite restaurants published in mid-2019 in being the only Philippine restaurant in the list among seven other Asian establishments. Blackbird has a diverse selection of dishes from around the world.
Head Chef Kerwin Go’s experience in the industry has earned him a lot of praise. I have to admit that his signature dishes have me convinced. I’d recommend the Hanger steak, which blends well with the mix of butter and red wine sauce. To top your meals off, have a taste of the Baked Alaska. The Baked Alaska is a soft and delicious sponge cake paired with strawberries and passionfruit seeds for a delectable dessert.
The Blackbird is at the Nielson Tower Makati Avenue within Makati City and is open daily from 11 am to 12 am.
You have to taste a culture to understand it- Deborah Cate
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