List of Manila’s 2013 best new restaurants from Esquire

Esquire Philippines does a portrait of John Lloyd Cruz’s not-so-well known back in its February 2014 issue. Oddly enough, there’s not a single photo of the heartthrob’s face on its minimalist cover, for a change. But the info about his growing reputation as a valued patron in art circles is revealing, if not refreshing. Most of us don’t know that JLC seriously dabbles in art and there are photos of all those paintings and sculptures in his apartment.

Esquire Feb 2014

At a street price of P200, Esquire is kinda out of my budget (LOL) but I realized I can pay even P500 for a dose of intelligent reading :) Another reason why I bought the magazine is the list of Manila’s Best New Restaurants (2013 edition) + three restos in Cebu as determined by Erwann Heussaff and the Esquire team.

Curiosity got the better of me and I wasn’t really surprised to find that I only ate in four of the 19 places mentioned (well, three are in Cebu!). Food bloggers tend to take their jobs seriously and rush to the newest places in town just to get first dibs. As for me, I wait for the right moment, the right company and perhaps the right budget..if not, an invite will suffice. hahaha. Also, sometimes I just don’t care. Never in history have I witnessed the opening of gazillion restaurants that it’s so dizzying and one would be hard put in keeping up.

Sarsa, El Chupacabra and Beni’s Falafel probably are the cheapest joints in the list. Anyway, sharing Esquire’s Best New Restaurants 2013 to you so that like me, you can check out what needs to be visited. Here goes:

In Bonifacio Global City:

VASK (Restaurant of the Year)
11th Ave. cor. 39th St. BGC

Donosti
GF NAC Bldg.
32nd St. BGC

Black Sheep
The Penthouse at W
Fifth Ave. cor. 32nd St.
BGC

Sarsa
Forum South Global
7th Ave. cor. 25th St.
BGC

OTKB
B4 Bonifacio High Street
9th Ave., BGC

Shine Bakery & Cafe
3/F SM Aura
Taguig City

IN MAKATI -

El Chupacabra
5782 Felipe St.
Bel-Air Makati

Beni’s Falafel
4363 B. Valdez St
Poblacion, Makati City

Grace Park
One Rockwell
Rockwell Drive, Makati City

Rambla
G/F Joya Bldg.
Joya Drive
Rockwell, Makati

Stockton Place
227 Salcedo St.
Legaspi Village, Makati City

IN MANDALUYONG CITY -

Green Pastures
4F Shang-ri La Plaza East Wing

Kettle
5F Shang-ri La Plaza East Wing

IN ALABANG -

Ramen Yushoken
Molito Lifestyle Mall
Madrigal Avenue
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

The Black Pig
2F Commercenter Bldg.
Commerce cor. East Asia Drive
Filinvest City

IN QUEZON CITY –

Bawai’s
Belitudo Lifestyle Strip
79 Katipunan Avenue
White Plains, Quezon City

IN CEBU CITY -

Phat Pho
Crossroads, Banilad

La Lagrima Taqueria
Elizabeth Pond 225-G
Kamputhaw, Cebu City

Tavolata
Design Center of Cebu
AS Fortuna cor. P. Remedio St.
Mandaue City

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