Grab that microphone and belt your heart out at this ever-popular karaoke bar. It is frequented by all sorts of characters, including professional entertainers (singers and stand-up comedians) hired by the bar to amuse the crowds. Patrons come here mainly to get onstage themselves and display their own singing prowess. The decor is strictly for bookworms--floor-to-ceiling shelves stacked with leather-bound books (fakes, of course). Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served with savory snacks.
Come on for a variety of options like Stuffed Turkey with cranberry sauce, Roast Beef and Baby Back Ribs, Sushi and Sashimi, Norwegian Salmon in various preparations, or New Zealand Lamb with mint jelly. Dads even has a salad bar to delight a vegetarian's heart. This is all part of the buffet and is priced at a reasonable fare. Although it does get crowded, the place retains a certain degree of elegance. One word of advice: Come early to avoid the queue. Fully licensed bar.
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.
The atmosphere here is decadent Havana, just before the fall of the city to Castro. The food is allegedly Cuban/Caribbean, but that is almost incidental; most people come here just to party. There is a stylish cigar bar and lounge (aptly named after Hemingway) on the second floor; ask the management how you can become a member and be allowed to spend a neat sum for the prized Havana cigars in stock. Downstairs in this restored old house, the lively proceedings can sometimes spill out on the street in a spontaneous party.
Frequented by the beautiful people of Mandaluyong, this restaurant offers local paparazzi a wealth of material to use. Aside from the outstanding cuisine people come here for another reason - to see and be seen. Using imported ingredients, the Italian chef whips up such delectable dishes as risotto with king prawns, linguini with clams, and roast lamb wrapped in crispy Parma ham. The tiramisu is a sheer delight. The predominantly black and white decor is accented with copper tints, wood surfaces, and wicker furniture.
Not to be confused with other 'Stars' restaurants, Stars of Giorgio serves Middle Eastern-Mediterranean cuisine in a modern-day interpretation of an exotic Arabic setting. The restaurant is best known for its lamb dishes such as the provocatively named house specialty - Shank of Venus. Ask for the vegetarian menu if you prefer something light and healthy. Some sweet fanciers swear by Giorgio's cheesecake. Patrons can discover their fortune by picking a 'serendipitous message' from a crystal bowl after dinner. A full selection of beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Sanbashi has been described by a local food writer as a 'temple to Japanese cuisine'. Indeed, even within the short of span of time that the restaurant has been in operation, the culinary offerings by the Osaka-born chef have attracted a coterie of devotees. Named after literary giants, the dishes include such temptations as Proust of Beef Cold Shabu Shabu and Lorca of Kami Corn Cream Korokke. The desserts range from lavish creations like Fruit Parfaits to the soul of simplicity - Green Tea ice cream. A wide selection of drinks is available.
At Harbor View, you get the sensation, that you are on a cruise on Manila Bay, but the restaurant actually sits on a jetty. From here you enjoy a marvelous view of the bay and Roxas Boulevard. The nilasing na hipon (deep-fried shrimps) is delectable and likewise the crispy pata (pork knuckles). You may select a live fish or crab from an aquarium and have it cooked in any way you like. Fresh fruit juices impart extra zest to the taste of food. Beer and alcoholic drinks are also available.
The hobbit, a benevolent dwarf, was a character in an enormously popular series of books by J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings, now a major motion picture. Based on that theme, all of the waiters at this bar are midgets. The Hobbit House has been around in Manila so long, it is virtually an institution, serving as a regular venue for live music. It offers a dark, smoke-filled interior, where alcoholic drinks of every description are passed around. As for the food, Tanguigine and Garlic Rice and Rib Eye Steak are just some of the dishes you can call for here. If you are in the mood for a great meal, some live music and a hip ambience, then an evening at Hobbit House will not disappoint.
If you're looking for quality French food at reasonable prices, then Je Suis Gourmand is one of Manila's best options. The food is impeccable; try the seared foie gras salad to start and then some of their perfectly cooked seafood as an entree. The restaurant has famed chocolate truffles available for dessert, along with a reasonable wine and alcohol list. The staff are knowledgeable and attentive, adding to a complete, satisfying dining experience. Call for reservations and opening hours.
If you are looking for a place to binge on your delicious local meals and spirits, then G-Point Smörgåsbord & Bar is the place for you. Try their Swedish Meat Balls and Fish and Fries or if you can't seem to settle on one meal, go for their lunch buffets. You can also make your own cocktails at the bar or just pick one of their classic creations. Their Margarita and G-toy are quite popular. The place offers a very laid-back and relaxed ambiance with dim lights and a quirky and chic furnishings.
A reconstructed 19th century house in Intramuros Ilustrado comprises a coffee shop a dining area and a ballroom for functions. At the coffee shop old carriage wheels hang from the ceiling while theater/art show posters liven up the walls. White table cloths and polished wood furniture impart a certain formality to the dining area. Paella and other Spanish and Filipino dishes are featured on the menu along with the exotic house specialties like Adobadong Usa (venison cooked in vinegar and soy sauce) or Kalderetang Kambing (goat stew). Ilustrado offers full bar service and a choice of wines to complement your entree.