Here’s a list of oldie but goodie restaurants in Metro Manila.
We’re always excited when a new restaurant opens in Manila, but let’s not forget about the tried-and-tested joints that have survived amidst the ever-evolving food scene. Are you ready to walk down memory lane? Here are 8 old restaurants that still serve awesome food!
For 40 years, Via Mare has always come to mind when you think of where to go for an afternoon snack. And it’s great that after all these years the quality and taste of their dishes have not changed one bit! With branches in major malls in Metro Manila, you’ll find us munching on their bibingka and puto bumbong in between shopping sessions.
View complete list of Via Mare outlets here.
One of the key places to take balikbayan guests (unless they are Spanish), Cirkulo opened its doors in 1995 to give Filipinos a taste of scrumptious tapas, hearty cochinillo, and thirst-quenching sangria. 21 years later, this Spanish restaurant continuously updates their offerings to excite frequent visitors—of course, while keeping their well-loved dishes.
Cirkulo, Milky Way Building, 900 A. Arnaiz Ave. corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Metro Manila, 02 810 8735, 02 810 2763, elcirkulo.com
La Nuova Pasteleria
La Nuova is one of our favorite casual Italian spots for a reason. Even after 35 years, they are still whipping up delicious Italian fare the same way they did before. Each bite of their Profumo di Tartufo pasta reminds us of extended lunches with the family!
La Nuova Pasteleria, San Antonio Plaza, McKinley Rd., Makati, Metro Manila, 02 867 2370
Introducing Manila to teppanyaki-style dining, Kimpura has been a family staple for special occasions. Although you can opt for the ala carte menu, we’re sure that we’re not the only ones who enjoy watching the chefs perform tricks while prepping our food; it’s such a visual and gastronomic treat!
Kimpura, Unimart Building, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, 02 721 8816, 02 721 8869 | 4/F Greenbelt 5, Makati, 02 621 6791 | 3/F Trinoma Park, Quezon City, Metro Manila, 02 901 0813, 02 901 0692, www.kimpura.com.ph
The oldest Indian fine dining restaurant in Manila, Kashmir is still our go-to for the occasional Indian-food fix. The interiors are beautiful, with dim lights, intricately designed carvings, red walls, and Indian-inspired accessories, but the food shouldn’t be missed, of course! Our favorites include the Tandoori Machhli (fillet Lapu-lapu fish marinated in spice and curd), and the Tandoori Murgh (chicken marinated in yoghurt, garlic, giner, and combination of spices), which you girls have to try when you get the chance!
Kashmir, Festejo and Ella Building, 816 A. Arnaiz Ave., Makati, Metro Manila, 02 844 4927
Café Juanita is famous for their cozy vibe with homey Filipino food to match. The servings are good for sharing, so it’s a great place to introduce our local cuisine to foreign friends. Make sure to order their Iloilo Seabass, which is pan grilled and served with mushrooms and olives in tomato sauce; and their version halo-halo, for the ultimate Filipino treat!
Café Juanita, 20 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila, 02 632 0357
Way before steak’s many trendy versions today, Melo’s has been offering Certified Angus Beef and Wagyu since 1987. The place has an intimate vibe with a fine dining setting, which is ideal for date nights and special occasions. Once you take your seat, you will be presented with a steak cart where you can pick your own cut of meat before it is brought to the kitchen to be cooked to your liking. And with four branches in Manila, you can easily visit their establishments to get a taste of their marbled Wagyu pieces.
Melo’s, 41 Precinct, Westgate Center, Alabang, Filinvest, Muntinlupa, 02 771 2288, 02 771 3945 | 22 Jupiter St., Bel Air, Makati, 899 2456 | Burgos Circle corner Forbestown Road, Taguig, 02 403 5968 | 58 Sgt. Esguerra St., Quezon City, Metro Manila, 02 924 9194, melosteaks.com
Peking Garden celebrated their 21 years in the food industry this 2016. It’s great for large groups and family reunions, since they have function rooms available. The servings are quite large that it’s perfect for sharing, but make sure to order the the Barbecued Peking Duck served two ways, which is always present in every table.
Peking Garden, 4/F Greenbelt 5, Phase 2, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila, 02 729 0567, www.pekinggarden.com.ph