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This Place serves the very best in Indian, Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern cuisine. The architecture of the building is resonant of the pyramid of ancient Mesopotamia - the ziggurat, which is another name for a temple and hence the name. Get a little adventurous and try the sheesha or hookah. The decor is enticing, with jeweled cushions and delicate drapes, hanging down from the ceiling, which create an air of enigma.
This restaurant, helmed by Roland Laudico and Myrna Segismundo was opened in 2006 to great acclaim. It aims to highlight the wonder, color and flavor of contemporary Filippino cuisine, in a charming, slightly off-beat setting. There's a fascinating wine list, carefully chosen; pair a good glass with the mozzarella stuffed smoked milk fish balls, or the wagyu beef filet, drizzled with cashew-humba sauce. The chefs use incredibly complex methods for cooking, including a beef consomme that requires hours of cooking and preparation, and Laudico is one of Manila's top fine dining destinations. Call for reservations.
Chef Jessie Sincioco was previously head chef of the beloved La Souffle restaurant, before decided to move on to fresh pastures. She opened her new restaurant, Enchante, to great acclaim in 2009. Uniquely, the restaurant has its own proposal area for amorous couples looking to tie the knot. Classic French cuisine is featured here, including a delightful French onion soup and a perfectly cooked steak. The Provencal stew is a perennial favorite, as is the smoked fish, redolent of French country cooking. Reservations are highly recommended; call for opening hours.