Going Beyond Local
The Philippines has always been such a great destination for its rich and diverse food. With 7,107 islands and each having its own food culture and specialties, you can never run out of new dishes to try. The archipelago country has also become a melting pot of different cuisines colliding to create a unique food. In my 3 month vacation and fellowship with Kaya Collaborative, I traveled to various parts of the country and discovered places that goes above and beyond. I not only wanted to go to places that serve Filipino classics but also curate innovative food. The following are 5 unique places in 5 difference cities to eat and are worth capturing.
1. Hole In The Wall | Makati City
Location: Level 4, Century City Mall, 1210, Kalayaan Ave, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Located inside the brand-new Century City Mall, Hole in the Wall is an urban food park located on the 4th floor. It’s a bit upscale in comparison to a typical food park in Manila as it is indoors and in a mall. But its carefully crafted specialty dishes within the stalls makes it worth it. This is a perfect location for those once in a while treat yourself moments. Whether you are with barkada or family, this is a great spot as there is something for everyone’s cravings. Most of the food served is unique in that location such as Scout’s Honor shown above. It is a specialty cookie shop that serves sweet treats such as the campfire cookie to flavored milk.
2. Lost Bread HQ | Quezon City
Location: Unit B, 80 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
Deemed as one of the most insta-worthy restaurant in the Philippines, Lost Bread HQ is a win for sweet treats and dreams. Known for over the top shakes (spiked included) and soft serve, this is the place for millennials and millennials at heart. With locations at different food parks and malls, the HQ location at Maginhawa is a full-service restaurant. The menu includes dishes like grilled cheese with tomato soup and Siracha fried chicken. Be sure to save your phone or camera battery, because you will sure want to show off your drinks to your social media audience.
3. Container Turf | Parañaque City
Location: Aguirre Ave, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Recently opened this year at BF homes, Container Turf is a brand new open-air food park. With 3 stories of seating, it provides a wide range of food stalls that feature internationally inspired drinks, dishes, and desserts. Come at night and you will be immersed in a modern food night market escape. Being new and only open in the afternoon you can expect crowded nights especially during weekends. Parking could also be a challenge with only 5 parking spots in the location. However, there is additional parking at a designated garage with complementary shuttles. While it could be challenge getting there and finding a seat, it’s all part of the food adventure.
4. Cafe by the Ruins Dua | Baguio City
Location: 225 Upper Session Rd, Baguio, 2600 Benguet, Philippines
Craving for a fresh Filipino breakfast and a good cup of tea or coffee, Café by the Ruins Dua is a perfect stop at Bagiuo City. This popular breakfast location is an extension of the original establishment in front of Baguio City Mall. In this restaurant, you can find Filipino classic breakfast dishes such as longanisa, bangus, and champorado. What makes the food here special is that they strive to locally source their ingredients and create the dishes as fresh as possible. In the bottom floor bread can be seen being made. In addition, the restaurant also pays homage to art by surrounding guests with original art pieces by local artists around the walls. Dinning here for a breakfast, you can expect a taste of the local culture and warm hospitality.
5. House of Lechon | Cebu City
Location: Acacia St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines
Presenting one of the best of Filipino cuisine, the House of Lechon, is a true must-have when in Cebu. Sticking true to its name, the Lechon here is the best that I have ever tried. It was so good that I even forgot to take a picture of the food. But trust me, it is as good, or even better as is the décor and the service. They also serve other dishes such as pancit and sisigig. With no sauce needed, and lechon roasted daily, nothing else can be said than satisfying any lechon craving.