Thirteen incredible restaurants were hailed Manila's finest in cuisine in last week's 2009 Nescafe Gold Spot Awards, held at Encore in the Fort. The March 17 event was attended by the movers and shakers of the Manila dining scene, including editor-in-chief Myrza Sison, Nescafe Philippines representative Logan O'Brien, and the contest's highly-esteemed panel of judges.

Now on its second year running, the Nescafe Gold Spot Awards celebrates the capital's romance with food by awarding the best restaurants in town according to the areas they excel in. For this year's 13 categories, food-loving readers nominated over 489 bistros, bars, and eateries which were then short-listed by the panel of judges--namely, Yummy editor-in-chief Becky Kho, top Pinoy chefs Him Uy de Baron and Aileen Anastacio, award-winning food blogger Franco of Table for Three Please, food writer and blogger JJ Yulo, and gastronomically-inclined actress Cherie Gil.

Here is the complete list of winners, determined by over 270,000 online votes:

CUISINE AWARDS (determined by both readers and the panel of judges)

Best Japanese: Inagiku
Best Chinese: Shang Palace
Best Filipino: Abe
Best Italian: Paparazzi
Best Steak house: 22 Prime
Best Buffet: Spiral
Best Deli: Santi's Delicatessen
Best Dessert Place: Cupcakes by Sonja
Best Bar: Cav Wine Bar and Resto

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS (determined by readers)

Best Restaurant Chain: Cibo
Best Service: Cibo

NEW RESTAURANT AND RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARDS (determined by the panel of judges)

New Restaurant of the Year: Lusso
Restaurant of the Year: Lolo Dad's

Check out the gallery below to view the victorious restaurants for yourself--and sneak a peak at some of their delectable fare!


(Photos of Lolo Dad's, Cav, and 22 Prime by Vincent Coscolluela; photos of Lusso by Patrick Martires; photos of Cibo by Miguel Nacianceno; photos of Abe and Cupcakes by Sonja by TJ Tantiangco; photos of Santi's Delicatessen by Dakila Angeles for Yummy magazine; photo of Vanilla Sunshine cupcake by David Hanson for K-Zone magazine)

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