For you foodies out there, we prepared a list of diners we think are perfect places to begin the new year with. Go ahead and challenge yourself to try these out before January ends. Rest assured, your taste buds would thank you for these gastronomic experience.
1. Bad Bird
Initially making waves as one of the stalls in a uniquely conceptualized food hall in Makati, Bad Bird’s first standalone branch can finally be found in SM Mega Fashion Hall.
Why it’s a must-try: Their renowned umami fried chicken that chicken aficionados swear by. And did we mention it’s available in three levels of spicy to suit your fancy too? They’ve got Safe, Spicy, and Chemical for your every mood.
2. Bliss Bowls
While this restaurant opened over a year ago, the vibe it exudes is one of freshness and authenticity. The first smoothie bowl bar in the Metro is a sure winner.
Why it’s a must-try: If your New Year’s resolutions involve healthy living, then these beautifully made-to-order bowls is a great way to start the habit. We bet lovers of Flotsam and Jetsam’s Makai Bowls would be blissful to have a piece of ElYu right smack in the city.
Our love for Japanese cuisine knows no boundaries, and Yayoi takes things a step further. With more than 500 branches worldwide, we’re just thankful it landed in our shores.
Why it’s a must-try: It’s named the Number 1 Teishoku restaurant for a reason. The various set meals are numerous, so you could have a little bit of everything of Japan’s delectable fares in one tray. Yayoi even has a state-of-the-art ordering system that even has booths dedicated for solo diners to enjoy.
4. Yo! Panda
Take a gastronomic trip to Hong Kong minus the passport. Now, all you need to do is head on over to Yo! Panda for their homegrown interpretations of Asian-inspired savory and sweet dishes.
Why it’s a must-try: For one, both the ambiance and food are as IG-worthy as it gets. But apart from being picture-perfect, the food is just divine. Their bestselling signature egg waffle sundae is an excellent pick-me-upper. Plus, they’ve got everything from giant xiao long baos to bao burgers. What’s not to love?
Award-winning chef Tatung Sarthou is at it again with his culinary genius. This time, in the guise of Agos and its brilliant take on modern Filipino cuisine.
Why it’s a must-try: This is the place to be for those get-togethers with family and friends, all while relishing on the vastness of its menu highlighting the history of our cuisine. Chef Tatung makes sure to also pay homage to regional dishes to reacquaint our taste buds with authentic Filipino food.
Bonus: The Dessert Museum
While technically not a restaurant, it’s definitely a haven that foodies are bound to enjoy. Set to open on February 13, 2018 at S Maison, your sweet tooth is bound for the ride of its life.
Why it’s a must try: If Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory came to life, we have no doubt in our minds that this would be it. Imagine eight themed rooms which also features fun facts about your fave desserts. Then, if that’s not enough, there’s the meticulously handcrafted artisanal sweets for tasting. Need we say more?