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Lantawan at Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa

The top five fine dining restaurants in the Philippines

By Sue Tidy on 21st November 2017

Eating well in the Philippines has never been easier as the thriving tourist industry provides more and more top quality restaurants, serving the best of local produce, presented with flair and culinary attention to detail.

Whether you want to check out one of the trendy eateries in the vibrant capital of Manila or prefer to relax against a backdrop of stunning rural or ocean views, each of the restaurants below offer a chance to sample traditional cuisine, a fusion of indigenous recipes with Asian and Spanish influences.

Lantawan at Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa

Lantawan at Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa

This luxury resort on Panglao Island is home to the cool and ambient Lantawan restaurant led by Executive Chef Rexon Pacau.

Overlooking an impressive infinity pool and the azure blue ocean is certain to provide the ultimate dining experience for guests, with no requirement being too much for the friendly and attentive staff.

Guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to the fresh delicious food on offer daily. As well as showcasing the best Filipino cuisine, a huge variety of freshly prepared international dishes are available.

Bolder guests may be tempted to experience Filipino culture through their tastebuds by tasting traditional Pork Abodo, Sisig Ravioli or Bangus Belly. The fusion of flavours and exotic tastes of local cuisine will certainly leave guests in awe.

Alternativley guests can enjoy a cosmopolitan menu featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes such as Paella Valenciana cooked with freshly caught seafood and Pollo Croquettas.

The continental cuisine offered to guests is equally as impressive with Escargots, Slow Roasted Angus Beef and Baked Salmon just some of the tantalising dishes on offer.

Address: Barangay Tawala, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines / +63 2 654 6480


Mecha Uma

Tucked away across the corner of 25th Street and 6th Avenue, this privately run Manila restaurant serves global cuisine with Japanese inflections, using air flown specialites from Japan and an extensive use of local organic produce.

With it’s trendy decor and busy vibe, this small busy space can seat 18 in the a la carte section and has seating for 10 at the chef’s table, which offers high seating at the counter of the open kitchen.

Chef Bruce Ricketts creates dishes for an a la carte menu that is regularly updated with seasonal dishes, whilst the tasting menu is tailored specifically for each evening with only the freshest ingredients used.

Opening times are 6pm to 11pm Monday to Saturday.

Address: G/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center 1634, 25th St, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines / +63 2 801 2770


Gallery Vask

Gallery Vask

Not just somewhere to eat great food, this curated art space in Manila is decorated simply but tastefully with an all white background. Clean modern lines let the cuisine and artwork do the talking.

This compact restaurant has seating for 20 and a bustling open kitchen which allows guests to feel part of the creative process.

Spanish chef Chele Gonzalez works with food producers throughout the country to create a menu that celebrates Philippine history, culture and traditions and translates it into flavours.

He uses native products in innovate dishes with a modern perspective and there is a choice of tasting menus, which come with descriptions of each dish and it’s story.

The constantly evolving art space uses local and international artists’ work in a variety of mediums such as photography, sculpture, painting and digital art.

Opening times are 6.30pm to midnight Tuesday to Saturday.

Address: 5/F Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines / +63 917 546 1673


Toyo Eatery

Housed in a converted Manila warehouse, you will find a warm welcome at this friendly and relaxed space which has an air of urban chic with the open kitchen and sturdy wooden tables.

For larger parties you can reserve the upstairs private dining room which has seating for 17 at a large acacia table. There is no dress code and the ambience is fresh and casual.

Local chef Jordy Navarro oversees a team who are passionate about showcasing the very best of local produce. They use simple ingredients and team them with unusual flavours to give a modern twist.

There is a set menu, a la carte and a 10 course tasting menu and a good selection of craft beers and cocktails to complement your meal.

Opening times are 6pm to 11pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Address: 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati, 1231 Metro Manila, Philippines / +63 917 720 8630


Antonio’s

An hour and a half drive south from Manila will take you to the city of Tagaytay, Set high on the ridge of a volcano there are stunning views of the countryside and Lake Taal.

A winding road from the town takes you to this hacienda style mansion surrounded by lush gardens. The peaceful rural location lends an air of romance and the restaurant is a popular choice to celebrate anniversaries and special occassions.

With elegant chandeliers and white framed colonial style windows looking out over the gardens, this is fine dining in a fine setting and the refined atmosphere is well accentuated by top class service and an exceptional menu.

Chef and owner Antonio Tonyboy Escalante has put together a menu heavily influenced by European cuisine but has also incorporated popular local dishes to give variety and interest.

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday, reservations are essential and dress code is smart casual.

Address: Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Luksuhin-Mangas Road, Alfonso, Tagaytay City 4120, Philippines / +63 918 899 2866