Cooking Fatigue? More Restaurants Are at Your Service


There's no need to feel pressured if you're not baking bread or unlocking a new life skill. You're surviving and that's that. You don't need to learn how to cook when there are a variety of restaurants eager to make eating during the enhanced community lockdown much more enjoyable.

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Grace Park

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Margarita Forés has slowly reopened her empire of restaurants. Both CIBO and CIBO di Marghi are already offering a basic menu for pick-up and delivery. Grace Park, Forés' farm-to-table Rockwell haunt has also joined the fray, serving delicious treats from Norwegian salmon to Australian ribeye. Its subsidiary M Grocer is also in service, offering rice, adlai, specialty bottled goods (from sardines to taba ng talangka), and bread. View the menu.


One Rockwell, Makati; Grace Park accepts deliveries between 11 a.m. and to 4 p.m.; in-house deliveries are accepted in Makati and Taguig; P50 delivery charge for residents of Rockwell; minimum of P1,000 for deliveries outside Rockwell.; (+63) 939-934-7223; [email protected]


a mano

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Meanwhile Amado Forés has also kept busy reopening his Italian haunt a mano. Many, if not all, of a mano's pizzas and pastas from regional Italy are available as well as its massive bistecca from Creekstone Farms sided with delicious potato skinamong other bestsellers. It even offers dessert like tiramisu and Nutella chocolate cake. View the menu.

Power Plant Mall, Makati; available for takeout, pick-up, and delivery, between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; (+63) 917-552-6266

Lazy Oeuf

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From the brains behind Metronome, Lazy Oeuf is an offshoot of French favorite Metronome by chefs Miko Calo, Alexa Versoza, and company. Designed to change every week, this grab-and-go version was intended as a way to sustain the restaurant staff and make clamoring fans satisfied. View the menu

Viber or WhastApp (+63) 917-147-3776, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Monday to Saturday) 

Your Local

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One of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country has also decided that it was high time for its famous salmon donburi to be enjoyed at home. Your Local has made available nearly its entire menu (though wine can only be delivered in places without a liquor ban), so that includes the beef rendang buns, lamb rendang, and feel good fried chicken.

Call (+63) 917-654-3355; pay via bank transfer, send proof, then book your preferred courier

Rambla and Las Flores

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Cold cuts, tapas, paella? These are only some of the few delicious things you can order from Bistronomia's Rambla and Las Flores, both of which recently reopened to spice up your meals at home. Las Flores even offers "Celebracion Platters," set meals for three or four people complete with starters and mains. View Rambla's menu and Las Flores' menu. Both establishments are also giving a 20-percent discount for curbside pick-ups.

Available on Grabfood, Lalamove, and Food Panda. Rambla is at Joya Building, Joya Drive, Makati; (+63) 926-690-9774; Las Flores is at One McKinley Place, 25th Stree corner 4th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; (+63) 916-619-3365

Italianni's, T.G.I. Friday's

Adding to the list of restaurants offering frozen, ready-to-cook versions of their beloved meals are some Bistro Group favorites. Italianni's has a whole herb-roasted chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and marinara sauce. Friday's has chicken fingers, liempo, and adobo.

Meanwhile, many of its other restaurants are offering delivery, pick-up, takeout: El Pollo Loco, Denny's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and both Italianni's and Friday's. Get 10% off when you use your BFF card upon ordering. 

All operational Bistro Group restaurants are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; available on Grab Food and Food Panda; click here for a list of contact numbers 


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After weeks of IGTV videos of cooking for frontliners, Chef JP Anglo has made the decision to reopen in a limited capacity. Starting April 27, Sarsa is now available for delivery every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There's no isaw in the limited menu, but you won't be starved of Anglo's specialties: chicken inasal, batchoy, coconut grilled liempo, sisig, and more. View Sarsa's menu here

Sarsa's delivery process starts with a Viber order to (+63) 906-208-2759; pay your bill via digital bank transfer, then wait for your food. Orders are only until 2 p.m.



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This Japanese confectionary is back and spreading some sweetness amid the bitterness of being stuck indoors. Available on the menu are the cheese loaf, Hanjuku cheesecake in original and chocolate, and the light Double Cheesecake (in whole). Deliveries are set by date and location, so make sure to schedule your cravings. View Kumori's delivery schedule.

BBX Chicken

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Bad Bird, the chicken shop that decided to give Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto a lifetime supply of fried chicken, has been available during most of the enhanced community quarantine, but recently it opened its subsidiary BBX Chicken in Glorietta. The menu is still all about fried chicken, but there are also people-pleasers like all-day breakfasts, burgers, and desserts.; open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; available on Grab Food, Grab Pabili, Lalamove, and Food Panda

Bar Pintxos and Txoko

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These two Spanish digs are ready to add a little Spanish flair to your dinner. Though the menu is selective, limited mostly to tapas and pintxos (though Txoko is also offering paella, lamb, cochinillo, and octopus), it's a little taste for those special occasions that have been postponed due to the quarantine.


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Available only on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday; (+63) 956-473-5135; pick-up at 102 Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati; booking via Grab or Lalamove will be arranged by the customer. Orders are cut off at 4 p.m.

Coco Ichibanya, Mos Burger, Mitsuyado Sei-Men UCC

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Hubert Young's group of restaurants has also joined the fold of eateries offering grab-and-go and delivery. Only certain branches are open for service: for Coco Ichibanya it's Rockwell, for MOS Burger it's Robinsons Galleria, and for Mitsuyado Sei-Men it's 22 Jupiter.

UCC has more branches open, like Burgos Circle and One Rockwell. Orders can be coursed through Grab Food, Lalamove, Angkas, Joy Ride, and Mr. Speedy.

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Sweet Ecstasy

Sweet X has caught the attention of many burger lovers not just for reopening and sating cravings, but also for leaving a table of food out for frontliners. There are four branches open (Jupiter, Scout Tobias, Greenhills, and Molito) and most of the menu is available too (yes, the Steam Burger is there, and so are wings and pickle fries). View Sweet Ecstasy's menu.

Message the respective branch for your orders, pay via bank transfer, and then arrange your preferred courier.

Oyasumi Ramen

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This underrated but excellent ramen joint in San Juan has made its entire ramen menu available: iekei, black pepper, kara miso, truffle, tomato, and black pepper. (To all Oyasumi fans, the gyoza is available too.) The minimum order is P500, which is more than enough for a bowl of ramen plus dumplings. Assembling your ramen is easy, too: just heat the soup, cook the noodles as you usually would, then add everything else.

Also read: Where to Get Ramen Kits in Manila

308 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan; 8275-0309, choose whether you're going with pick-up or delivery; enjoy. 

Sentro 1771

A few weeks ago, the kind folks of the 1771 group revealed the recipes for their iconic corned beef sinigang and tomato kesong puti salad, but starting May 2, you can get the real thing. Sentro 1771 at Capitol Commons will be open for curbside pick-up, takeout, and delivery. The menu will change every week to give you something to look forward to until the end of the quarantine.

(+63) 917-81407794; (+63) 917-862-6467; (+63) 917-864-3845

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Sasha eats to live and lives to eat. For five years, she handled's food section and edited the last two installments of its Top 10 Food books. She also recently participated at the Madrid Fusion Manila as curator.
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