2015 has been a busy year. Straight after New Year, I was already assigned to review restaurants, gadgets and some stuff that I hadn’t even heard off. Assigned as the writer/photographer and sometimes just as the photographer, it was a privilege to try some of Manila’s up-and-coming or even best restaurants.
So, after the 5th or so restaurant review, it got me thinking that if this continued until the end of the year, I would make a list of the best I’ve tried that I am willing to spend my own cash on. So, without further adieu, here are my top 5 picks for 2015.
5 Restaurants I Loved in 2015
5. Le Jardin
Magret de canard a l’orange
Saumon fume Maison
Coquilles St. Jacques poelees, puree de pommes de terre aux truffes
Le Jardin has just got to be on this list. The quiet and elegant French restaurant located at Bonifacio Global City serves up some of the most authentic French dishes in the Metro. Trained and inspired by chef Gils Brault of the world famous Trois Gourmand will ensure you a dining experience you will never forget.
Prices starts at Php2,200 for a 3-course meal, Php2,800 for a 4-course meal, and Php3,200 for a 5-course meal and I assure you that is money well spent as long as you don’t eat here every day.
You can read more about it here: Le Jardin: Celebrate Heart’s Month with Authentic French Cuisine
Penthouse at W Fifth Building, 5th Ave. Cor. 32nd St. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Taal Vista Hotel’s – Taza restaurant is maybe not located in Manila but it is certainly worth the drive. A restaurant priding itself with the freshest local ingredients from Tagaytay and nearby towns of Batangas, Taza truly does serve the freshest food from farm to table.
Tomahawk Pork chop, Php 650.00
Duck and Mushroom Lasagna, Php 450.00
The house pizza ranges from Php 300.00 – Php 395.00
Did I mention that they probably have the best pizza ever? The pizza alone is already worth the trip to Tagaytay. You can read more about it here: Taal Vista Hotel’s Taza – Fresh Table: From Farm to Table
Taza – Fresh Table by Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines
3. New World Makati Hotel Restaurants
New World Makati Hotel’s Jasmine and Cafe 1228 are hotel restaurants that are worth the visit. Executive Chef Robert Davis of Cafe 1228 and Chinese Executive Chef Wong Kam On will cook delectable dishes for you for events, special occasions or even just for dining in.
Australia’s best beef
A selection of Australia’s finest cheeses
Steamed live garoupa in soy sauce, this dish actually symbolises “abundance year after year”
Braised baby abalone, sea cucumber, and dried oysters that symbolize all of the good things to come
Just thinking about it makes me crave for more. More here: New World Makati Hotel: Enjoy Premium Canadian Beef in Manila
New World Makati Hotel
Esperanza Street corner Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati City 1228, Philippines
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