Manila’s dining scene is heating up: 7 restaurants and cafes worth checking out if you’re in town

It was a seismic moment for the global reputation of Filipino food. Earlier this year, Kasama in Chicago was awarded its first Michelin star for an “Ambitious, clever and distinct meal, where traditional Filipino food is given a creative spin”.

Long overdue for one of Asia’s most diverse exciting cuisines, the recognition nevertheless reminded global gastronomes that the Philippines’ food and dining scene continues to rise both internationally and domestically.

Nowhere is that clearer than in the capital, with Manila restaurants absolutely buzzing with newfound energy and excitement.

In common with the rest of the world, after a brutal two and half years, they are delighted to be back, doing what they love, serving customers and wowing palates.

That’s thanks to an extraordinary bounty of native produce from across more than 7,000 islands, ancient techniques, but most of all, riffing and innovation from chefs who are clearly thrilled to be representing a country’s cuisine as it continues to thrive.

Perfect for visitors set on taking the pulse of this fascinating food landscape, here are seven spots championing Filipino and global cuisines which underline why it is such an exciting place to dine.

1. TOYO EATERY