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There's no better time to innovate.
It was a golden age for restaurateurs. Restaurants were getting bigger, concepts were becoming more and more ambitious, international chains were setting up shop in the Philippines. Local entrepreneurs were unstoppable.Then, the virus hit.In a matter of days, businesses were shut down. ...
 
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Joel Binamira shares his insights on the local restaurant scene.
An informal survey held by Zubuchon’s Joel Binamira (a.k.a. Marketman) shows that people are not yet ready to go back to dining out—or spend as much for it.In an Instagram post on May 14, Binamira asked his followers: “Once quarantine restrictions are ...
 
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It's a favorite of Chinese Filipinos.
Iconic Chinese eatery Century Seafood Restaurant has shut down, largely as an effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.UPDATE: The restaurant will only be closed until further notice.A message from manager Ericsson See has been making rounds on the Internet. According to him, the ...
 
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If this is the future of dining, then...it looks pretty good.
We've all seen the memes: restaurant tables split up by clear acrylic boxes, robots replacing humans on the floor. Heck, there's even a photo of a restaurant for one, which was essentially a lone table and chair set atop a hill.As the world settles into ...
 
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You may be stuck indoors, but you can still make her feel special.
Mother's Day used to be a huge day for restaurants. Hours are filled, tables are booked. It may be a fake holiday, but it's had a marked effect on our lives. There are flowers, chocolates, gifts, reunions. But this time, we're at home, likely ...
 
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You don't have to worry about cooking.
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 ...
 
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Restaurants are scraping by in the new normal.
It wasn't really the sink."Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o'erwrought heart and bids it break," wrote William Shakespeare in Macbeth.I need to say something out loud to make it real to me. And to be ...
 
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We need to recognize innovation, even when it was ill-timed.
There are many reasons a restaurant doesn't work. Sometimes overheads are just too much. Sometimes the venue's just wrong. Sometimes there's a pandemic. Sometimes there are personal reasons. Sometimes the food is just bad. Sometimes it's the timing.Metro Manila has seen it's ...
 
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You can still have the best ramen in the Metro.
Ramen Yushoken and its sibling restaurant Mendokoro Ramenba are famous for many things: first, they arguably have the best ramen in the country; two, they probably also have the best gyoza in the country; three, they do not offer takeout. Though the last ...
 
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It's is the lone Philippine establishment on the list.
Jordy Navarra's Toyo Eatery once again lands a spot on Asia's 50 Best Restaurant list, this year nailing 44th. Toyo Eatery opened in 2016, celebrating Filipino food and culture in a refined but casual setting. Despite the delicacy of every dish, Navarra sticks to ...
 
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The singer-songwriter is perhaps still best-known in the Philippines as a chain of chicken restaurants.
Most young people might just know the name as a chain of restaurants specializing in roasted chicken, but for older generations, Kenny Rogers was a singer, songwriter, and actor responsible for enduring hits like “Islands in the Stream” (a duet with Dolly ...
 
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It's a little tease of its crab bonanza.
We had already ordered. It was noon and Ministry of Crab had just begun offering special lunch sets, a small taste of its extensive Sri Lankan-inspired menu. It had two courses: a pair of lumpiang ubod squares, whose sweetish sauce turns the simple spring rolls ...
 
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It's only a taste of what's to come.
Who says the restaurant industry is going through a slump? Restaurants come and go, but it seems like there are more coming in than ever before. Big local concepts and huge international franchises are still on their way, but here are some starters—restaurants ...
 
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No-frills, but we just keep coming back for more.
Diners—they’re a wholly American institution that to us, Filipinos, usually mean retro-style interiors, greasy food, and bright neon lights. Historically, these chrome-covered fast food havens are more than that. Often open 24 hours a day, diners offer a respite for people coming ...
 
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The best burger isn't always the most famous one.
We just can't shake off our love for a good burger. We've done iconic burger places, luxurious burgers, and meatless burgers. It's just such an easy and satisfying meal that can be as simple as a disc of ground meat between two slices ...
 
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It's shawarma rice all day.
A brunch invitation from Chef Francis Lim feels a dream. It’s not because the food will most likely be too good to be true—the seasoned chef has, through the years, proven his mettle—but Francis Lim is the hype man/chef behind the kitchens ...
 
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But it is too good not to share.
For burger fans, there's nothing like taking that first big juicy bite of their go-to Sweet Ecstasy burger. Even though you may pretty much have an idea of what you want to order at this burger place, you should know that this ...
 
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Francesco Ricasoli is the 32nd baron of Brolio in Chianti.
Baron Francesco Ricasoli of Brolio, the oldest estate in Chianti, was recently in Manila to dine with fellow wine lovers and to share his celebrated wines.Francesco Ricasoli, 32nd Baron of Brolio The 32nd baron of Ricasoli resides Castello di Brolio, a family-owned fortress ...
 
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Ovo serves a buffet breakfast and a brunch menu for lunch and dinner and then transforms into an after-hours cocktail bar. 
When chef Mikel Zaguirre (Locavore/Bad Bowl) invites you for a tasting at one of his new concepts, be sure to bring reinforcements. He is not the type to pull back on either flavor or quantity. His style is usually described as indulgent, ...
 
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Head up north for your dose of unique food finds
The Metro Manila bustle has gotten us dreaming of weekend escapes that appeal for the charm they promise: a change in scenery and routine, a relatively peaceful hours’ worth drive, and a culinary experience unlike any other. Sure, there are many getaway ...
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