Food is undeniably a rudimentary common ground for people across different cultures. Luckily, some of the best restaurants in the world have found their way to the Philippines, making it easier for us to try. And when I say best, I mean the best.
From easy fare, to fine dining, these Michelin-starred spots are sure to satisfy your cravings, without having to spend for a flight.
Tim Ho Wan
A staple in authentic Chinese cuisine, dim sum is a dish found in maaany restaurants around the world. But the question is, which one actually does it right? The answer: Tim Ho Wan. Offering a wide variety of dishes, Tim Ho Wan adds a modern twist to classic dim sum recipes. Hailing from Hong Kong, the restaurant now has five branches in Metro Manila. They have quite the big menu, so be sure to try them all. (The pork buns are to die for!)
Din Tai Fung
If you’re gonna try xiao long bao, more commonly known as soup dumplings, you have to try it in Taiwan’s famous dim sum restaurant Din Tai Fung. The tenderness of the dumpling married with the thrilling burst of delicious broth in every bite—need I say more?
FOO’D by Davide Oldani
On the fine dining side, FOO’D by critically acclaimed Chef Davide Oldani can be your next date-night reservation. Serving Italian pop cuisine, epicures are sure to be wowed by the restaurant’s rustic yet refined courses. FOO’D only seats 60 people, so plan ahead.
Much to the delight of noodle lovers, Tsuta Ramen is now available in the Philippines. One of the biggest and most popular food trends of the century, many ramen joints have since opened all over the globe, but Tsuta is the first of its kind to be awarded a Michelin star. Paying homage to Filipino cuisine, the Manila branch of Tsuta offers bowls with a Pinoy twist. If you’re looking for a unique ramen experience, then this is the place for you!
Known for its unique cooking style, Kam’s Roast makes delectable meat dishes that come with rice or noodles—not far from the traditional Pinoy kanin at ulam. The restaurant started out as a small hawker stall in Hong Kong, and now has multiple branches in Asia. With recipes passed down from generation to generation, Kam’s Roast is definitely a must-add to your list.
Coming Soon: Liao Fan Hawker Chan
The cheapest Michelin-starred meal from Liao Fan Hawker Chan will soon find its way to the Philippines! We can't wait to try this hawker stall from Singapore! The opening date hasn't been announced, but our tummies (and hearts) are more than ready.