Manila: Food Guide - Dining Out
A bustling city with a laid-back, casual nature
Manila boasts a stunning variety of authentic cuisine from all parts of Asia as well as homegrown Philippine and surprisingly good continental European fare. American and international restaurant chains also abound, so if your tastes range from Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Italian, French, Mexican, or simply pizza and burgers, you won’t be disappointed in what Manila has to offer.
Local Philippine cuisine is bears some similarities to the rest of South East Asian food. Rice based dishes are very popular, as is Pansit, a stir-fried noodle dish similar to yakisoba. Popular locations for dining out include central Makati, Malate and Chinatown. Local fruits in Manila are a real treat. Mango, guava, banana, papaya and coconut are some of the more familiar varieties, but it is highly recommended that one try the more exotic local fruits such as kalamansi (an exquisite variety of citrus), mangosteen, jackfruit and the infamous durian.
Manila’s malls contain enormous food courts, numerous coffee shops and family restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. There are many supermarkets with plenty of local food and international brands, and also high-end food store chains such as Marks and Spencer for gourmet and imported foods. Both can be found in Metro Manila’s many shopping malls. For the adventurous food shopper, farmers and wet markets are authentic, if not always pleasant places to shop for local fish and produce. In general, food and restaurant prices in Manila range from the very inexpensive to very costly and offer a stunning variety of culinary treats.