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12 Must-Try Dining Places This Summer

You simply have to try these 12 establishments which were recently recognized for their respective specialties.
spot_main.jpgIf your idea of summer fun is NOT going on a diet and sampling all the best eats you could possibly try, then you’re reading the RIGHT Cosmo article. We’ve listed 12 establishments you simply must visit for their respective specialties—be it Chinese cuisine, Japanese dishes, Filipino cooking, or even buffets for that matter.

Our basis? The recently concluded 2009 Nescafe Gold Spot Awards, which hailed these 12 establishments as Manila’s Best Restaurants in various categories. Now on its second year, the Nescafe Gold Spot Awards aims to honor the best establishments in the city and celebrate Manila as a dining destination. With four brand-new categories—Best Buffet, Best Restaurant Chain, New Restaurant of the Year, and Restaurant of the Year--over 489 restaurants were nominated by readers in 13 categories for this year’s awards. Lusso and Lolo Dad’s topbill the list of winners.

Nominations were shortlisted by a panel of judges composed of Becky Kho, editor-in-chief of Cosmo’s sister food magazine Yummy, Chefs Him Uy de Baron and Aileen Anastacio, popular blogger Franco of Table for Three Please (awarded Best Food & Beverage Blog by the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards), food writer and food blogger JJ Yulo, and actress and foodie Cherie Gil. Over 270, 000 online votes were cast for 55 restaurants in 11 categories from December 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010. Winners for New Restaurant of the Year and Restaurant of the Year were selected solely by the panel of judges.

Here are the 12 dining establishments you simply must sample this summer:

  1. For The Best Japanese Food: Inagiku
  2. For The Best Chinese Food: Shang Palace
  3. For The Best Filipino Food: Abe
  4. For The Best Italian Food: Paparrazi
  5. The Best Steakhouse: 22 Prime
  6. For The Best Buffet: Spiral
  7. The Best Deli: Santi's Delicatessen
  8. The Best Dessert Place: Cupcakes by Sonja
  9. The Best Bar: Cav Wine Bar and Resto
  10. (People’s Choice) Best Restaurant Chain and Best Service: Cibo
  11. New Restaurant Of The Year: Lusso
  12. Restaurant Of The Year: Lolo Dad's
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