Best Restaurants To Order Your Holiday Feast From
For when, you know, you’re too lazy too cook or feel like eating out with the fam
Eat Here: FOO’D
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Thanks to FooDee Global concepts—the same people who brought us Todd English, Tim Ho Wan, among many other favorites—us food-loving Manilenos can now enjoy “pop cuisine” or luxury fare made accessible by no less than Michelin Star Chef Davide Oldani.
The cuisine, Italian in origin, takes simple ingredients and transforms them into divine and delicious Michelin grade food. Think: caramelized whole onion turned in to decadent antipasto via 24-month aged Grana Pedano gelato, Grana Pedano hot cream and Maldon Salt (Cipolla Caramelata). It’s hot and cold, sweet and salty, creamy soft and crispy all at the same time! Also recommended are the Iberico Pork Ribs with Porcini Sauce and Liquorice for it’s down-to-earth flavors and contrasting textures, and Lemon Curd (Dehydrated Meringue, Cacao Crumble, Curry Almonds, Lettuce Gelato) for a party-in-your-mouth like no other.
Located at Ground Level, High Street Park, Shangri-la at the Fort, BGC, Taguig.
Open 11AM to 10PM
Call (917) 711 44 69 for reservations
Eat Here/Order In: Smokin' Pig Legendary Rib Joint
Cuisine: American Soul Food
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Meat lovers’ with a big appetite require fork-tender, fall off the bone kind of meat, a lot of feel-good carbs (mac & cheese with extra cheese anyone?) and some really, really good brew. Enter Smokin’ Pig, the home of American comfort soul food sure to sate all aforementioned cravings. The house specialty is low-and-slow cooked meats with pork ribs as the hero of the menu. Enjoy it Dry or dusted with Smokin’ Pig’s signature dry rub, or Wet or slathered in their Original Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce. Pair it with Cajun Dirty Rice, buttery, creamy mashed potatoes, or—yasss—all kinds of cheesey mac & cheese. Order in or eat here and enjoy the lush green view, a bottle of local craft beer in hand, with the fam.
Located at UG/F Capitol Green Street Building, Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, QC
Open Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 11AM to 10PM, Friday to Saturday, 11AM to 11PM
Call (2) 990 5324 for delivery and reservations
Order In: Senor Pollo
Cuisine: Latin American
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We Pinoys love fried chicken. But instead of getting a bucket from our favorite fast food chain, how about trying something different? Head over to Senor Pollo and get a taste of Latin American chicken—whole roast, fried, or sisig style. Founded by the same chicos behind El Chupacabra, one can expect authentic-tasting Latin American food and a bang for your buck (get a whole roast chicken and two sides for P560). But while Senor Pollo is oozing with street art-cool ambiance (the kind you’ll want to share on Instagram), the vibe might not be for lolos and lolas. Come back after the holidays instead and have a round (or two) of La Chupaditas with friends.
Located at 5767 Ebro Street (near Kalayaan Avenue), Makati and at F7 Building, Scout Rallos corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City
Open 11:30AM to 12PM
Call (977) 142 9273 for inquiries
Eat Here: Locavore
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Locavore champions everything local, from the ingredients they use to the items they feature on their menu. Everything is locally grown, produced and made. Choose from Filipino comfort food favorites made fun, creative and extra hearty, like Dinuguan na Lechon with Garlic Confit and Sizzling Sinigang na Shortribs. Starting to salivate yet? Us, too. Have a couple of locally crafted brews with the clan while you’re at it—but not without pulutan! The Oyster Sisig, Kare Kare Wings and Street Food Platter are musts. If you have balikbayans coming over, make sure to order Boracay’s famous Chori Burger and bring back memories of that whole family trip from years ago.
Located at 10 Brixton Street, Barrio Kapitolyo, Pasig and Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, BGC, Taguig
Open 5PM onwards daily
Reservations are for 5PM, 7PM and 10PM only
Eat Here: Sandaya Yakiniku
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Love Japanese food? Then the inconspicuous Sandaya Yakiniku is a must if you’ve never been for their quality selection of meats and seafood that you can grill yourself. Add rice and wrap in crisp lettuce before dipping it in Sandaya’s signature sauces. Staples such as sushi, sashimi and tempura are also available in case you’re looking for something familiar. Though the ambiance is pretty casual and straightforward, the whole family is sure to enjoy cooking and eating together. Just make sure to call ahead as some patrons ask to close the whole place down for private dinners.
Located at 2/F Colbella Building, Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati
Open 5PM to 11PM
Call (2) 893 2039 for inquiries