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Discover Your New Favorite Food by Ordering From These Premium Restaurants

Esquire Essentials on GrabFood: meal sets, baked goodies, and more!

Discover Your New Favorite Food by Ordering From These Premium Restaurants

There are many terms to describe someone passionate about food, like “foodie,” “gourmet,” “food nerd,” and “food connoisseur.” Something is truly delicious if it can make these people blurt out an excited “Ohhhh!” after taking a bite.

If you’re one yourself, you know that the hunt for exciting delicacies never ends. Some foodies even make it their New Year’s resolution to discover new favorites! The challenge then is to sniff out the restaurants that serve these can’t-be-missed dishes.

To help the food connoisseur in you explore the world of food, the folks over at GrabFood curated a list of premium restaurants that can meet your high standards when it comes to THE food's flavor, preparation, and even presentation. All of these restaurants are available for delivery through the app, with some even offering Self Pick-up and Scan to Order transactions. Check them out here:

1| Madeca

The idea behind this restaurant began when a group of friends discovered a unique way to serve sisig. Instead of simply putting it on a sizzling plate, the popular bar chow was cooked with garlic rice, wrapped with a tortilla, and turned into a burrito. Since then, Madeca’s Filipino-Mexican fusion offerings have made their way to many must-eat food lists in the country.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Mexikanin Sisig
  • Mexikanin Adobo Flakes

2| Mamou

Imagine a ridiculously good home cook who loves to use truffle oil, grills a mean steak, and serves elevated versions of International comfort food. That’s Mamou - A Home Kitchen in a nutshell.

Esquire Essential:

  • Angus Rib Eye USDA Prime Grade Steak

3| Manam

Some would say that the best-tasting Filipino food is the one served at home, but Manam’s fare really comes close. Its menu is divided into classics and twists, giving you the option of enjoying homestyle favorites and discovering new ones!

Esquire Essentials:

  • Crispy Pata with Garlic Chili Bits
  • House Crispy Sisig

4| Manila House Private Club

Members of this exclusive club get to enjoy its restaurant’s casual-dining menu featuring elevated International cuisine. And now, even non-members can, too! Try the club’s desserts and gourmet meal sets by ordering them on GrabFood.

Esquire Essential:

  • Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
  • MH Club Sandwich

5| Milky Way Cafe

Each mouthful of Milky Way Cafe’s Halo Halo is bliss — no wonder it’s been included in many top halo-halo lists in Manila! Regulars also hail its iconic, home-cooked Filipino dishes and homemade desserts.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Pancit Sotanghon at Miki Guisado
  • Bacon Potato Salad

6| Mireio a la Maison

Restaurants that serve authentic French cuisine are hard to come by in the country, so it’s always amazing to discover one that does. Mireio a la Maison of Raffles Makati Hotel offers Provencal-inspired delicacies, or cuisine hailing from southeast parts of France.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin
  • Beef Ragout Spaghetti

7| Mo' Cookies

Mo’ Cookies caused quite a stir when it launched its bigger-than-your-palm cookies that are crispy on the outside but oh-so chewy and gooey on the inside. For cookie aficionados, this cookie shop must be heaven-sent!

Esquire Essentials:

  • The Chocolate Chip
  • Dark Chocolate Macadamia

8| Nikkei

Japanese food is a no-fail option among foodies, but Japanese-Peruvian? Enter Nikkei, a fusion restaurant that introduces you to a new take on Japanese cuisine. Think sushi and sashimi but with Latin elements like corn, peppers, and lots of citrus!

Esquire Essentials:

  • Ceviche Roll
  • Spicy Tuna Roll

9| Nono's

Nono’s is another crowd-favorite for people who love restaurant-style comfort food. Its mouthwatering, filling meals remind you of home and can even help you de-stress after a long work day. Nono’s gained a following for its cakes before expanding its menu to include savory dishes.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Nono’s Homestyle Fried Chicken
  • Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion Cake

10| Greyhound Cafe

Thai restaurant Greyhound Cafe is anything but traditional, but worry not. Even purists will delight in its flavorful Thai-fusion dishes, making anyone crave even more.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Complicated Noodles
  • Light Tom Yum Soup

11| Pink's Burgers and Hotdogs

There has never been more excitement over a hotdog than when Pink’s Burgers and Hotdogs announced its plan to open shop in Manila back in 2016. This reaction shouldn't come as a surprise since Pink’s is one of the most popular hotdog joints in Los Angeles, USA.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Cheeseburger
  • Double Chili Cheeseburger

12| Lugang Cafe

Filipino foodies love umami-rich cuisines so it makes sense that they are easily drawn to Taiwanese dim sum, noodles, and saucy meat and seafood entrées. Thankfully, Lugang Cafe’s excellent Xiao Long Bao and Roast Duck are available for delivery.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Steamed Pork Xiao Long Bao
  • Roast Duck

13| Pound

This Todd English-approved restaurant makes eating burgers a stylish affair. With its signature house-ground beef patty cooked medium rare and house-baked brioche buns, Pound has mastered the art of burger-making.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Backyard Cheeseburger
  • The Pound Burger

14| Recovery Food x Mamou

After a night out with friends, you usually crave a hearty dish to fill your stomach. This is what Recovery Food x Mamou is all about. It offers its customers extra special meal sets that can help combat a hangover.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Angus Rib Eye USDA Prime Grade Steak
  • 28 Day Dry Aged USDA Porterhouse

15| Tim Ho Wan

Described as “the world’s cheapest Michelin-star restaurant,” Hong Kong-born Tim Ho Wan made its mark by introducing the world to its savory Baked Buns with BBQ Pork. It also has stellar dumplings and dim sum that would be a sin to miss out on!

Esquire Essentials:

  • Baked Buns with BBQ Pork
  • Salted Egg Yolk Buns, steamed or fried

Make 2023 the year of food discovery by ordering from these restaurants via GrabFood! For more delicious, high-quality meals and drinks to try, check out the first and second installments of the food delivery app’s curated list of premium restaurants.

Download the GrabFood app on Android and iOS. Follow GrabFood Philippines on Facebook.

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with GRABFOOD.
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