What’s Cookin’ Manila: My Food Finds in the Capital

My recent visit to Metro Manila was purely a series of grubs and munch. It’s been a while since I had the chance to go around the capital, so I made sure that the short trip will be adventure packed and enjoyable. Well, stomachily speaking that is. Haha! And yes, I did persuade myself to take on a Cebu Pacific Air Juan for Fun kinda’ challenge and searched for Metro Manila’s best themed cafes – which was concluded with a diverse list of four. 😉
This post will be the second and last blog entry about the quick jaunt in Manila, and this time, I’ll be jotting down my personal list of food finds around the metro. So, what’s cookin’ Manila?

(1) Merkanto International Street Food
Street food from Vietnam, Morocco, Thailand, Brazil and India – Merkanto might not have a multifold of cuisine to pick from, but each dish category promises to please the palate.
I ordered Chicken Tangine from the Moroccan station – couscous topped with two mini chicken breasts in a spicy-herby-fruity-sweet chicken stock. Yum! Price: P180. Also sampled the Com bo kho (P165) and Dosa (P90) from the Vietnamese and Indian Stations.

Address: Merkanto International Street Food #38 Mayaman St. UP Village, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 5:00PM to 12:00 Midnight. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 09281671250

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Merkanto International Street Food

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Indian Crepe, Dosa


(2) Bad Bird, Hole in the Wall
Big Bird
 was recommended by multiple friends, so I scrawled it on my MUST-VISIT list. Situated inside Hole in the Wall, the restaurant serving chicken plates is famous for it’s crunchy-on-the-outside-tender-and-tasty-on-the-inside fried chicken. Available in three plate varieties: (1) Waffle Plate, P290 (2) Corn and Coleslaw Plate, P330 and (3) Dirty Rice Plate, 320. Each plate includes two substantial cuts of fried chicken.
I ordered the Corn and Coleslaw Plate. Apart from the tasty chicken, the Japanese sweet corn brushed with Japanese mayonnaise and rolled in fish flakes is soooo delectably good!

Address: Bad Bird, Hole in the Wall, 4th Floor Century Mall, Makati
Operating Hours: Open daily from 11:00AM-10:00PM

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(3) Cafe Maxims, Resorts World Manila
I was staying at Belmont Hotel which is just a block away from Maxims Hotel. I’ve been passing Cafe Maxims many times, yet never had the chance to glance at their menu as I always speed off to Newport Mall whenever I am at Resorts World Manila.  Never even considered a lobby lounge to be a dining option whenever I am travelling, but Cafe Maxims changed this perception. I had my trip’s  first dinner here – a hefty serving (portion for 2 people) of Chicken Parmigiana, Fettuccine and pesto cream sauce. Delish!
And the churros!  It was really good, I had to go back the next night for another serving of those fried dough fingers. And it’s only at P250.  😉

Address: Cafe Maxims, Newport Pasay City
Operating Hours: 7:00AM- 12:00 Midnight Daily

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This closes the slobber-inducing blogpost of my weekend in Manila. Had a real great time in the capital and can’t wait to be back for more gastronomic adventure, and SHOPPING! ^_^

And I might be back sooner than expected. With the country’s no. 1 low-cost airline Cebu Pacific Air hosting over a dozen flights daily from Cebu to Manila – it’s pretty convenient and affordable to fly to the capital.

Have you tried any of the eats and restaurants on the list? Or do you have a suggestion on must-visit food places in Metro Manila? Tell me by commenting below. I’d love to swing by on my next visit. 😉

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