At Red Dot Modern Japanese Bistro, waitress didn’t know sushi from sashimi

But the Red Dot Uni (PHP235 for two pieces) was the best we've ever

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Makati’s Smith Butcher and Grill Room is high-end casual steakhouse done right

Smith Butcher and Grill Room is at G/F ACI Building, 147 H De La Costa St, Salcedo Village, Makati; +63 2

Makati’s Smith Butcher and Grill Room is high-end casual steakhouse done right

Big and meaty Aussie comfort food at Bondi & Bourke, sad about the clueless staff

Bondi & Bourke has come up with a popular concept which is playing well with the one

Big and meaty Aussie comfort food at Bondi & Bourke, sad about the clueless staff

The Belle & Dragon: Swift service, smart staff and ace east-west dishes on the dry run menu

Coconuts Critic's Table reviews are written based on unannounced restaurant visits by our writers and paid for by Coconuts Manila. No freebies

The Belle & Dragon: Swift service, smart staff and ace east-west dishes on the dry run menu

The Blackbird experience, not just about the food

Review of Blackbird, a fine-dining restaurant at the old Nielson Tower in

The Blackbird experience, not just about the food

Ukkokei Ramen Ron: Doing Ramen Right!

Ukkokei Ramen Ron, in Tesoro Building, 822 A. Arnaiz Avenue (formerly Pasay Road), Makati City, is doing Ramen

Ukkokei Ramen Ron: Doing Ramen Right!

Dek-A Thai Food: Great drinks and little else

Dek-A Thai, located in Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City, have good drinks but I honestly don’t think I’d ever go

Dek-A Thai Food: Great drinks and little else

Join the Club: The Clubhouse at Robinsons Magnolia Town Center

The Clubhouse located at Robinsons Magnolia Town Center, offers different types of food for different types of

Join the Club: The Clubhouse at Robinsons Magnolia Town Center

A Taste of New York in Manila

Nolita (short for North of Little Italy, a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City) offers authentic New York-style

A Taste of New York in Manila

No, thank you, Gyukaku Yakiniku

With obvious origins in Japan, Gyukaku Yakiniku claims to be the World’s Number One Yakiniku brand. In Manila, that isn’t the

No, thank you, Gyukaku Yakiniku

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Why waste money and calories on food that won’t make you happy? The Coconuts Critic’s Table is all about telling the restaurant experiences of our writers and our freelancer friends, as they are — no hype and no fluff. All the reviews are done unannounced and all meals are paid for by the Coconuts Manila team, so you can expect us to be one hundred percent honest and authentic. We’ll tell you what you need to know about a specific restaurant — from decor, service, price points and of course, food. Are the servers clueless about the difference between sushi and sashimi? Is the newest “deconstructed cake” an obvious baking mistake or a stroke of genius? Is the newest rockstar chef more than just a pretty face? We tell the bad and the ugly. Don’t worry, we tell the good stuff too. While we don’t often use superlatives to describe a poke rice bowl or a new lechon dish, we’re don’t scrimp on praises for restaurants, which deserve them. When we give a place our two thumbs up, it means that we genuinely enjoyed the food and the entire experience.