Japan’s Melonpan Ice brings its gelato sandwiches to Quezon City with its first-ever Philippine store

Japan is known worldwide for its yummy desserts — both for its traditional sweets like soft rice cake mochi and the newer, trendier stuff such as crepes that come in a variety of unconventional fillings. Filipinos clearly love Japanese food concepts. Just look at the slew of Japanese food brands that have opened in the metro — ...

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Ministry of Crab, the well-known Sri Lankan seafood restaurant, comes to Manila – here’s a look inside

Ministry of Crab, the well-known Sri Lankan seafood restaurant, comes to Manila – here’s a look inside

COCONUTS HOT SPOT — Sri Lankan cuisine is hard to find in Manila. Ask a Filipino where to score great Sri Lankan seafood fare, and you’ll probably get blank stares in...

Medley: Mediterranean ‘slow food’ makes great new option for quick, healthy lunches in BGC

Medley: Mediterranean ‘slow food’ makes great new option for quick, healthy lunches in BGC

Fast food — that is, quick and easily accessible food — gets a bad rap. It’s usually associated with greasy burgers or carb-heavy, rice-based meals, but a new...

The Return of Little Caesars: A blast from the past, yes, but it’s a real hit-or-miss with those menu items

The Return of Little Caesars: A blast from the past, yes, but it’s a real hit-or-miss with those menu items

When the American pizza chain Little Caesars announced last month that it would be making a comeback in our country, it hit more than a few Filipino millennials with a wave of...

We tried Selftea, the Manila milk tea stand that prints drinks with customers’ selfies on top

We tried Selftea, the Manila milk tea stand that prints drinks with customers’ selfies on top

Having a milk tea in hand has been second nature to Manileños whenever out and about on a hot day. We can’t help ourselves — it’s yummy, refreshing, and dare we...

Pinkbird: A built-for-Instagram millennial pink palace, but also, sadly — an underwhelming Korean restaurant

Pinkbird: A built-for-Instagram millennial pink palace, but also, sadly — an underwhelming Korean restaurant

Manileños have been keeping up with the Korean culture fever, eating their way through the frenzy thanks to tons of relatively affordable K-BBQ restos that have been popping up...

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown

Walking around Manila, you don’t get a sense of the city’s rich and layered history from the street level. Destruction from World War II and the severe lack of...

Modern Merienda: Manam Cafe recreates classic Filipino snacks

Modern Merienda: Manam Cafe recreates classic Filipino snacks

In the Philippines, merienda is a light snack that’s just as important as any other meal.  Usually consumed once in the morning and another in the afternoon,...

Review: Kisoya, the Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant from South Korea, comes to Quezon City

Review: Kisoya, the Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant from South Korea, comes to Quezon City

Apparently, in the past few years, Robinsons Galleria has transformed from a run-of-the-mill mall into a legit destination for hip, trendy types looking for new food and shopping...

Crazy Cone: New Maginhawa joint serves fried chicken bites and savory sauces in a handy cone

Crazy Cone: New Maginhawa joint serves fried chicken bites and savory sauces in a handy cone

Flower bouquets have always seemed like an impersonal gift to me. It’s one of those things that people buy in a mall at the last minute, yet hope to have seen as a grand...


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Coconuts Manila Hot Spots

In this section, you can read about the places that we actually visit,  maybe even on a regular basis. From the best-kept watering holes in Malate to the up, and coming pintxos bar in the south of Manila, let the writers of Coconuts Manila’s writers take you to the most happening spots, that often have a great ambiance in addition to awesome food. We write about tapas bars, speakeasies, farm-to-kitchen restaurants, hot dog joints, fattening food trucks… anything, really! Sometimes, we get to talk to the people behind the bar and inside the kitchen, too. Sometimes, we get media invitations (hey, it’s the part of the job!). Don’t worry, we’re a very transparent bunch. Before you go on your next food trip, make sure to check out Coconuts Manila’s hot spots first. You don’t want to miss the restaurants with the seal of approval of our writers and editors.