Salamangka is a café and bar in Eastwood that takes inspiration from magical beings in Filipino folklore. The interiors are covered in murals that reflect mythical creatures and magical elements, one such mural is that of a Balete tree that is painted in a corner.

The bread-and-cheese combo once again finds its way to the Filipino stomach through cheese bread, a panaderya staple referring to small snack-sized buns with a bread base (usually of the neutral,pan de sal-like sort) covered with a processed “cheese” layer that forms its exterior as it bakes.

Precious Trading Co. was founded in 2016 by couple Rochelle Mendoza- and Mark Martin, in response to the cancer diagnosis of a loved one.

One of the lesser local dishes is our version of tamales.

Yes, American-style diners have existed in the Philippines for decades, with many of us having grown up dining at establishments like A&W Restaurant (root beers and cream sodas, anyone?) and Filling Station (iconic for its kitschy interiors).

Yes, American-style diners have existed in the Philippines for decades, with many of us having grown up dining at establishments like A&W Restaurant (root beers and cream sodas, anyone?) and Filling Station (iconic for its kitschy interiors).

Past the trauma we’d endured during our 2017 supermarket white bread taste test, we’ve taking on its darker, heartier, more flavorful sister: wheat bread (or more formally, whole wheat bread).

On one side is the restaurant: large picture windows allow for natural light to stream in and shine off your plates. They call this side the “kitchen” as it is somewhat designed to look like one, complete with a kitchen counter that displays their specials and desserts, and a hexagonal backsplash.

We think it’s about time that salads get over their rep of being just “for rabbits”. When you get fresh produce and know what to do with it, salads become a satisfying meal that becomes incredibly fast to make once you get the hang of it.

Tapas by Manta is the bar that accompanies the chic neighborhood restaurant Mantra Bistro, which we consider one of the underrated gems of our city. Ranjit Chimni’s restaurant that is located in the back of the Grand Midori building has been extended to include cocktails and finger dallas filipino restaurant inspired by North Indian Street Food.



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