When coming to the Philippines, it’s not unusual for tourists around the world to choose to stay in Pasig. Aside from being accessible to the city’s main airport, Pasig City is itself a bustling business district in the heart of the Metro Manila area. And it possesses a variety of interesting restaurants, to boot. Here are just 9 of the hottest restaurants you should go and visit for yourself:
Black Olive Cerveceria
This 2-level establishment is a bar and restaurant in one. Light snacks, pizzas and drinks are the main specialties here. The dimly lit surroundings and warm tones of the interior allow for one of the most relaxing venues for an evening dinner.
Some of their signature dishes include the Prawns Dipped in Squid Ink Batter, Paella cooked in Olive Oil and the Barbecue Pork Riblets. Pork Chops and Pizzas are also among their must-try items.
If you’re in the mood for trying Filipino cuisine, then this is the place to go. Sentro 1771 is the first modern Filipino restaurant in the country, with its signature dish being the corned beef short ribs stewed in tamarind broth, locally known as sinigang.
The architecture is built in a modern minimalist style that is light and spacious, while the furniture gives a distinct Filipino vibe. While the food remains traditional, it’s also been reinterpreted to cater to more than just the local palate. Some of the things you’ll enjoy are the ox tongue lightly fried in olive oil and topped with garlic mushrooms, rice topped with grilled squid, garlic shrimps and the papaya salad. It’s a perfect place for either lunch or dinner.
Tipsy Pig Gastropub
Famous for its Filipino-Mexican fusion of comfort foods, the Tipsy Pig is a restaurant by day and a bar at night. With its patrons enjoying light snacks, pizzas and other finger foods with its wide selection of drinks. Some of its must-try dishes are the tacos and nachos with minced pork liver and meat, known as sisig. Other favorites include the Flaming Wings, which are extra spicy chicken wings and the boneless crispy pig knuckles – known as crispy pata.
Otherwise known as Peanut Butter Company, this resto specializes in anything and everything involving peanut butter. From a simple shop selling the homemade spread, PBCo now has a concept café with an extensive selection of both desserts and savory dishes.
Their pasta dishes include the Cold Asian Noodles, which is made with a unique peanut butter and sesame-based dressing. For the main entrées, the Cajun Fish Fillet is served with peanut sauce and a mango-tomato salsa to offset the spiciness.
Their sandwiches include the Elvis which combines peanut butter, bananas, and bacon. Other sweet treats are the Crunchy Jamberry and the Marshmallow Dream. If you’re up for more desserts, try their milkshakes and their signature ice cream toasts.
One of the new concept stores in Estancia is Artisan Emporium, a bakery that produces its own specialty pastries. If you’re in the mood for a light snack in the afternoons, then this is the place to go to.
Each piece of bread is baked and shaped by hand and the spreads that are served with them range from anything to sweet blueberry, to the tasty liver paté. They also serve a hearty selection of soups and stews in bread bowls, including Chicken a la King and Clam Chowder. Sandwiches like the Chicken Galatina are also among the establishment’s bestsellers.
Burgers and Brewskies
If you’re looking for a place to hang out at night, then Burgers and Brewskies is your best bet. As the name suggests, this establishment serves burgers, side dishes and cocktails. All of which are perfect eats for people looking to chill out after a long day. Almost every single entrée on the menu has bacon from the burgers to the sides, making them an instant favorite for meat lovers. Some of their best items include the Fried Marble Potatoes with Bacon Bits and the Kandi Burger, which includes spiced and candied bacon.
They also have a variety of drinks, like margaritas and martinis if you’re in the mood for celebrating the night away or just hanging out with friends to cap off a day in the city.
Charlie’s Grind and Grill
Burgers and milkshakes are some of the most enjoyed combinations for any foodie and this place serves one of the best and biggest in the city. From a simple joint next to a car wash, this restaurant has evolved into a full-blown restaurant that also serves buffalo wings, and hot dogs.
Some of their most unique items are the Fries cooked in Truffle Oil, the Angus Burger with cheese-stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and the Charlie’s Beer Burger are also among its bestsellers.
Three Sisters’ Restaurant
Classic Filipino food never goes out of style and one of the oldest establishments in that area is the Three Sisters’ Restaurant. Established in 1941, it’s definitely one of the area’s long-runners with a colorful history. Its signature dish is their 2-stick pork barbecue with java rice, which made the place famous for its large serving. Other popular items are the barbecued quarter chicken leg and the local pancit bihon – a noodle dish that’s a mainstay in traditional Filipino dining. These time-tested favorites are some of the best it has to offer, and a must-try for tourists who want to sample the local eats in this country.
Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats
Ice cream is one of the world’s most popular desserts and Mad Mark’s is one of the most popular joints that serves the best exotic flavors. Dig in with favorites like the Half-Baked Madagascar which combines vanilla and cookie dough, the Sumatra Strong Brew which features a strong coffee kick and the Javan Hot Chocolate.
If you’re looking for something more savory, then try the signature steaks made with Angus beef and the sandwiches that feature USAD beef. These are sure to satisfy your cravings.
These are just some of the most talked about locations for a great culinary quest when you visit the Philippines. From traditional fare to places that put a distinctly local twist on international dishes, come and visit the country for a uniquely satisfying food experience.