Blackbird Is One of Monocle's Top 50 Restaurants of 2019

Monocle enjoys their prawn scotch egg.

Blackbird, which has been open since 2014, has always been top-of-mind when it comes to Manila's most beautiful restaurants (Fun fact: The Nielsen Tower where the restaurant is located used to be the air control tower of the former Manila International Airport), but it's now getting international recognition, too. Blackbird's Executive Chef Kerwin Go announced on his Facebook page that the restaurant made it to Monocle's Top 50 Restaurant Awards.

Blackbird's feature on The Monocle Drinking & Dining Directory
Photo by Erika Dizon.

Monocle is a British magazine that has since grown into a media company that includes radio, web, and retail. It has several special issues like The Monocle Drinking & Dining Directory, its annual dining issue of which the Top 50 Restaurant Awards is part. 


Chef Kerwin shares with through Facebook a glimpse into the selection process: "About [three to four] months ago, the bureau chief from Hong Kong e-mailed us, telling us we were part of a long list of restaurants. We chatted over the phone and talked about Blackbird."

Kerwin adds that their award, which they only found out when the Monocle issue came through the mail, was as a surprise to the team: "After the interview, we didn’t really expect to be included in the list. As some of the restaurants that are a part of it are those that I look up to." Anyone who's had its signature Lamb Cutlets with Potato Gratin (P1,280) or juicy Jack’s Creek MB5 Wagyu Striploin (P1,120/100 grams) aren't that surprised. Monocle also recommends the "prawn scotch egg with coconut sambal on betel leaf." Congratulations, Blackbird!

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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