There’s no need to traverse the rush hour traffic to Makati or BGC when you have a wealth of restaurants and bars around the Pasig business district. Whether it’s a new place that just opened that you and your friends want to discover or an old spot with all the staple comforts that you love—there’s no excuse not to meet up!
Why not plan your next trip with the girls while enjoying Sasa’s varied Asian menu? The new restaurant at the basement of Estancia Mall takes some of the continent’s best dishes to the kitchen of Chef Raymar Reyes, whose culinary training brings a touch of refinement to the bold flavors across the different cuisines.
Whether or not the next flight destination is on the table, dream up a trip with the delicious fried yasai itame—a Japanese stir-fry that’s crispy and bursting with taste on every layer—and the shrimp and curry laksa or black pepper prawns to conjure up hawker-style spices into your night. Bring all the girls and indulge a little bit by finishing dinner off with the mango sticky rice. It will give you a reason to meet up again for a spinning class!
What’s a dinner out in Kapitolyo without considering the favorites from Locavore? If it’s not a last minute plan (since you definitely need to make a reservation because it’s still always full), here’s a reminder of why Locavore gets people to come back.
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Kare-kare wings, anyone? The glazed chicken wings with buttermilk ranch dressing and bagoong on the side are such fun flavors to play around and start the night with. It’s great to have before a more sinful thrice-cooked pata dish that can go around the table with an extra serving of rice. Fine, if you want to be a little bit healthy, get the tortang talaba and enjoy the Kalibo oysters on a bed of arugula, just so you can say you ate your vegetables!
Gather up four of your girlfriends and enjoy this set menu of Korean cuisine at Masil: galbisal (boneless ribs), bulgogi (marinated beef), chadol bagi (beef brisket), yukhue (beef tartare, Korean style), pajeon (vegetable pancakes), doenjang jjigae (soybean stew), and gyeranjjim (steamed egg). It’s an action-packed variety of beef dishes that you can barbecue at the table in this hidden restaurant along Oranbo. The number of Koreans who come here to dine are a good indication of the authenticity of the flavors, and you might just get tempted to enjoy them with a bottle of soju while you’re there!
When it’s a no-fuss kind of night and you just want to relax with your friends, head to Gerry’s Jeepney for a boodle fight! The Maginhawa restaurant is now in Kapitolyo, too, offering different boodle sets named after Metro Manila’s densest jeepney stops. The fun concept puts together simple barbecue and inihaw dishes on the traditional banana leaf for full enjoyment. Their Pampanga specialties, binagoongang lechon kawali, and salmon sinigang are also available ala carte.