Food is a central activity of mankind and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture. -Mark Kurlansky
It’s always a bitter sweet feeling leaving a venue. Leaving behind the experiences you had, the places you’ve visited, the people you’ve met. Packing up your suitcase furiously, trying to squeeze everything in.
I‘m currently sat in Manila Airport waiting to board my flight, dreading the 15 hours but looking forward to seeing my families beautiful little faces when I get back to a cold (and hopefully sunny) England.
Since all I can think about is Roast dinner with all the trimmings *, I felt I couldn’t leave Manila without sharing some of my favourite eateries with you…
*Tracy Shaw style.
Le Creperie 🥞
Sweet V Savoury…
I don’t think savoury pancakes/crepes were a thing back in the UK especially as i was growing up. It was generally pancakes with lemon and sugar (which incidentally is still my favourite to this day.) I remember the first time I tried a savoury crepe, it was in the south of France and it was a complete revelation. But being the creature of habit that I am, nearly every pancake day I still stick to my old faithful… the lemon and sugar.
…Except for this one…
What do you do when both sweet and savoury crepes on the menu look so delicious it’s impossible to choose which one to go for?
Answer: Have both of course!
… And that’s exactly what we did. Well, it was pancake day and if you can’t push the boat out on pancake day, when can you? And quite frankly, I didn’t give a crepe… I was going for it.
For my savoury pancake I chose the Super Complete, which was ham, egg, gruyere cheese, mixed mushrooms and tomato for 415.00 pesos (£6.50) My verdict? Super tasty and completely delicious…basically breakfast in a crepe… need I say more!
After my obsession in Singapore with Kueh dadar which, for those of you who aren’t familiar with this dessert, it is essentially a green pandan pancake with palm sugar and coconut flakes inside (and tasty as anything!) I decided to go against my norm and choose the Coco Crepe-aroon, 185pesos (£3.)
The filling was coconut flakes, dulche de leche sauce and lemon juice (… my poor teeth!) This was a little like Kueh dadar but sweeter, and if I may say, not quite as yummy.
Sarah, in our cast, simply couldn’t decide what toppings to have on her crepe… so she had them all…. she’s my kind of girl!
- Le Creperie
- V Corporate Center, 125 L.P. Leviste St. (Facing Soliman St. side), Salcedo Village, Makati City
- Mon-Sat 11am – 10:30pm
- Vegetarian friendly
Wholesome Table 🥕🥒🥑
I’ve noticed a couple of things during my stay here in Manila. Firstly that the Mangos here are the best I’ve ever tasted and secondly that the people here absolutely LOVE sugar.
If you are searching for some good clean food in Manila then I would recommend paying a visit to Wholesome table. The menu is great and caters for vegetarian, gluten free and vegan diets too.
I had the Buddha bowl, which was a little bowl of delicious goodness which involved organic brown rice with mixed vegetables, thai red coconut curry sauce, pea sprouts and homemade peanut brittle.
It definitely hit the spot.
- Wholesome Table
- Salcedo Branch GF Infinity Tower, H.V. Dela Costa corner Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati
- Mon-Sun: 7am-11pm
Spiral International Buffet, Sofitel
I think I’ve already made my feelings on buffets quite clear. There is a line in Friends Season 5 where Joey tells Chandler at the casino breakfast buffet, “This is where I make all my money back.” For me this buffet was ALL about the cheese… this is where I made all my cheese back.
I tried a variety of cheeses, my two favourites being the truffle Brie and beer infused cheddar… I know!
They don’t call it an International buffet for nothing. There is literally every cuisine here to try. Seafood, steak, carveries, Indian cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Sushi, Pasta, Pizza … the list goes on.
I have to say that the food here was magnificent and definitely the best I have tasted in Manila. Although pricey at £45 a head, totally worth the treat!
- Spiral International Buffet
- Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Pasay City 1300 Metro Manila,
- Mon-Sun: 6.30pm-10.30pm
The Refinery 🍳
If you find yourself craving really good coffee, I’d recommend this spot. The food is pretty awesome too and was definitely my favourite breakfast in Manila. I had a vanilla latte (150 pesos / £2.40) which was SO good I wanted another. I went for the Pomodoro (270 pesos / £4.30) which isn’t something I would normally pick off a menu but I thought I’d go against the grain. It was very tasty (albeit VERY garlicky… which isn’t the best move when you sing in people faces… poor Boq!) and I loved the toasted croissant bread – something I may have to try and replicate in my own kitchen at home.
- Missouri Street, G/F, Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, Makati, Metro Manila
- Mon-Wed: 6am- 1am
- Thu-Sat: 7am – 1am
- Sunday: 6am – 1am
I hope these recommendations are helpful should you find yourself in Manila, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone at the Diamond Hotel, Solaire and all the lovely folk who came to support our show here, you’ve been awesome. We’ve had a blast and I will never forget my time in Manila.
Next stop Shanghai… but first a little three week break at home ❤
Lots of love,