7 Family-Friendly Restaurants That Are Perfect for This Weekend

Bond over food. Always over food.

It’s almost Proustian…or Pavlovian. These family favorite restaurants take you back to your childhood with each bite. Why not get the family together this weekend and reminisce about the good ol’ days?

Peking Garden

You must remember running around the huge Peking Garden restaurant in Glorietta. It was so huge that no matter how full it would get, there was still enough room for kids to horseplay; but it was the peking duck that made mom and dad bring us back there for every celebration. Their Greenbelt 5 location is much smaller but the dishes will still remind you of large family gatherings around a lazy susan teeming with food.

Peking Garden is at 4/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City.

Chef Jessie


It’s hard to separate Chef Jessie Sincioco from her Le Souffle days. Thankfully, Chef Jessie ticks all the boxes for Sunday lunch with the family. Weren’t the soufflés such fun to eat? What kid (and kid at heart) wouldn’t want another bite of their chocolate soufflés, drizzled with vanilla sauce?  

Chef Jessie is at Rockwell Club, Amorsolo Square, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Rockwell, Makati City.


This is probably the first place you ever tried to eat raw fish with chopsticks, dunking the whole piece in a little dish of soy sauce muddled with wasabi.

Sugi is at Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City.

Terry’s Bistro and Gourmet Store

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Terry’s is churros con chocolate meriendas with you mom or lola. It’s shopping for jamon with your dad or lolo. Terry’s is a large paellera around which family is gathered and your cool tito gave you some wine to sip.

Terry's has branches at BCS Building, 2297 Chino Roces Avenue, Magallanes, Makati City; One Lafayette Square, 132 L. P. Leviste corner Sedeno Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City; The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

Bistro Manuel

Lolo Dad’s may be gone but Bistro Manuel is up and running and ready to feed you the most refined comfort food to celebrate your family’s milestones again.

Bistro Manuel is at Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

Max’s Fried Chicken


Admit it, as soon as you hear the words “chicken all you can,” your heart beats a little faster and you lick your lips in anticipation.

See a list of Max's branches.

Via Mare

This gastronomic institution, under the doyenne of Philippine cuisine, Glenda Baretto, has been giving the world a taste of our dishes long before Anthony Bourdain pronounced Pinoy food the next big thing. Their pancit luglog should be our national dish!

See a list of Via Mare branches.

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