Screw That Diet While In Manila

I am passionate about two things: people I love and food. My happiest times are when I am surrounded by my favorite people over a sumptuous meal.

Now that I live in Cebu, I always look forward to meeting family and friends in restaurants when I visit Manila. And if given a choice, I would always choose a place I have never been to.

I regularly read blogs of Manila's most famous food bloggers and this gives me an idea of what restaurant to try when I am in town.

On my last trip to Manila, I got to try a couple of new places and paid a visit to my favorite restaurants such as Amici, Sugarhouse, Via Mare and Cibo among others. Three weeks was a long time to be in Manila.

Here a collage of all the good meals I had. I highly recommend all these restaurants. Some are new favorites. My list is ever growing.

I heart Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones is a diner. And they all the comfort food you can imagine, from their thick milkshake to the best tapa that I have yet to try. Everything we ordered were good. I wanted to go back but then we failed to call for reservation and the place is just packed. This is the newest baby of the Raintree Group.

Mr. Jones
Greenblet 5
Legaspi Street, Legaspi Village
Makati City
+63 2 5013682 to 83

One Sunday, my younger sister treated us to lunch at Banapple along Katipunan Avenue. It was at this quaint colorful house turned restaurant. The food while not the healthiest is comforting and very affordable. Their desserts are heavenly.

Banapple Pies and Cheesecakes
225 Katipunan Avenue
Blue Ridge, Quezon City
+63 2 4392675
**There are two branches along Katipunan Avenue.

Another restaurant by the Raintree Group, the new Eastwood City Mall boasts of MOMO Cafe. I am actually not sure how it differs from another Raintree restaurant, Chelsea. All I know is that I enjoyed every minute trying out the appetizer, pasta, pizza, and the most delectable cakes.

MoMo Cafe
G/F, Eastwood City Mall
Quezon City
+63 2 9001006

Finally, a healthy meal after days of eating like there's no tomorrow. On my last full day in Manila, I braved driving alone from Bulacan to UP Village to try Kiss the Cook Cafe with a dear girlfriend. Let me tell you that the drive was all worth it. It's an artsy hole in the wall restaurant. Perfect for date nights. It reminded me of this restaurant I went to in Ubud, Indonesia.

Kiss the Cook Cafe
59 Maginhawa Street
UP Village
Diliman, Quezon City
+63 2 4343700

Lastly, here is a reminder of all the other meals/dishes I enjoyed in Manila.

First row (L to R): California Salad and Pumpkin Soup from Piquant in RCBC Plaza and
Sukiyaki from Kimpura in Trinoma.

Second row (L to R): Golden Spoon frozen yogurt, Japanese dishes from Kimpura and
Red Mango frozen yogurt

Piquant has always been my favorite restaurant in RCBC Plaza. It only serves healthy dishes. Kimpura is the restaurant of my childhood. So many good memories there as my father used to bring us there a lot. Golden Spoon's ice cream like frozen yogurt appeals to people who do not fancy the taste of yogurt as they taste more like ice cream. Red Mango is still my favorite frozen yogurt.

Until my next gastronomic adventure.

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