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Indulge Your Inner Gourmet by Ordering From These 15 Restaurants

Esquire Essentials on GrabFood: burgers, pizza, pasta, and more!

Indulge Your Inner Gourmet by Ordering From These 15 Restaurants

Food is one way Filipinos enjoy life. While other people can eat and run during mealtimes, a lot of Pinoys treat these like sacred ceremonies.

When the hour for eating comes, you call on your family and friends and wait until everyone is seated at the dining table. Once everyone receives their food, only then will the meal start. Filipinos also love to savor these moments — from sampling different dishes and drinks to conversations made with loved ones.

Because of Filipinos’ love affair with food, GrabFood is now making it easy and hassle-free for everyone to enjoy their favorite epicurean delights and discover new ones. The food delivery app has come up with a carefully curated list of premium restaurants that offer delivery. Select restaurants also provide Self Pick-Up and Scan to Order options on GrabFood.

1| Bondi & Bourke

Bondi & Bourke’s Australian-inspired menu is a carnivore’s dream come true. Try their U.S. and Australian Prime Ribeye Steaks, New Zealand chops, grilled kebabs, as well as charcuterie and cheese boards.

Esquire Essential:

  • Creekstone USDA Prime Grade Ribeye

2| Cibo

Cibo is all about Italian comfort food. Besides pizza and pasta, it also has sandwiches, rice meals, and set meals called the CIBO EATalian boxes.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Farfalle Alla Genovese, Sautéed Mushrooms, Basil Pesto
  • Penne Al Telefono, Mozzarella, White Cheese, Basil

3| Da Gianni Cucina Italiana

Not all pizzerias can boast of having a genuine brick oven from Italy. Fun fact: the restaurant is owned by actor Matteo Guidicelli, his cousin, and their friends.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Quattro Formaggi Pizza
  • Slow-Cooked Shortribs

4| Bizu

It seems like Paris is the place to be these days. For a taste of the Parisian life, try the delicious French pastries and entrées from Bizu. You can even order a lobster dish for a luxurious meal.

Esquire Essential:

  • Macaron de Paris

5| Chef Jessie

Chef Jessie Sinsioco owns a string of restaurants and is a renowned chef in the fine-dining industry. On GrabFood, you can order her set menu featuring international cuisine. Dishes include soups, salads, appetizers, meat and seafood mains, and desserts.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Princess Carmen Cake
  • US Black Angus Prime Fillet Mignon

6| Barcino

Barcino is known for its curation of premium Spanish wines and dishes. You can even make your own paella with Barcino’s paella-making kits available on GrabFood.

Esquire Essential:

  • Paella de Pollo y Almendras

7| Elephant Grounds

For specialty coffee and brunch eats with a Southeast Asian flair, check out Elephant Grounds. Its menu includes hearty sandwiches and rice bowls, light meals and snacks, and its signature coffee drinks.

Esquire Essential:

  • Thai Shrimp Salad

8| Basil

Thai cuisine lovers, check out Basil, a fine-dining Thai restaurant that first gained popularity in White Plains. It is one of the go-to places to enjoy authentic Thai dishes.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Tom Yum
  • Thai Pomelo Salad
  • Crispy Spring Roll
  • Chicken Green Curry
  • Pad Thai
  • Crispy Fish with 3-Flavored Sauce

9| BCN by Las Flores

Enjoy the cuisine of Barcelona, Spain, by ordering from BCN by Las Flores. The restaurant is known for a wide variety of paellas, seafood and meat delicacies, and appetizers.

Esquire Essential:

  • Paella Negra

10| Caruso Ristorante Italiano

Order from this fine-dining restaurant when you want a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. It is also the only Italian restaurant in Makati City known to serve the highly prized White Alba Truffles all year round.

Esquire Essential:

  • Margherita Pizza with Mozzarella Bufala

11| Azuthai

For authentic home-style Thai comfort food, check out Azuthai. This restaurant’s menu is prepared by Chef Watee, who hails from Bangkok, Thailand, and has worked in several 5-star hotels and resorts in Thailand and Switzerland.

Esquire Essential:

  • Thai Bagoong Fried Rice

12| Crosta Pizzeria

Not only can you find vegan pizzas in Crosta Pizzeria, but the restaurant also offers delicious premium sourdough pizzas and stuffed crust pizzas.

Esquire Essential:

  • Vegan Stuffed AF
  • Meatless Lover
  • Vegan Green Sausage

13| Aperitif

Famous for its graze boxes that contain premium cold cuts and cheese, Aperitif also offers luscious desserts like cakes, croissants, and cookies.

Esquire Essential:

  • Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Chocolate Triple Fudge Cake

14| 8 Cuts

Besides the typical cheeseburger, this local burger joint offers unique specialty burgers like the blue cheese-filled Bleu 2.0 and breakfast-in-a-burger Hangover 2.0. It also has sides like onion rings, fries, chicken wings, and other food like pasta and rice meals.

Esquire Essential:

  • Bleu 2.0

15| Cup Point Coffee by Sunnies

This specialty coffee shop has treats for both coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers with a sweet tooth! Check out its selection of hot and iced coffee-based drinks and non-coffee drinks like milkshakes.

Esquire Essentials:

  • Iced Americano
  • Iced Honey
  • Iced Dirty Matcha

Go ahead and indulge your inner gourmet — and of your loved ones’ too — by ordering from these restaurants via GrabFood. By the way, this is just part one! Keep your eyes peeled for more premium restaurants and food picks from GrabFood.

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