Turning Japanese: Sen-Ryo gives a welcome break from the onslaught of fast food and milktea

At a glance, Manila’s dining scene would appear to have had an exciting past 12 months, with a slew of new restaurants and stores opening in major malls or in stand-alone locations. Look closer, however, and it becomes apparent that most of the new concepts to meet with a lot of fanfare were either fast ...

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Palm Grill brings Southern Mindanao’s hard-to-find comfort food to the heart of Quezon City

Palm Grill brings Southern Mindanao’s hard-to-find comfort food to the heart of Quezon City

When most Filipinos think of Jolo, Sulu, they often imagine a town wracked by violence and bloodshed. For restaurateur Jose Miguel Moreno however, Jolo was once a beautiful,...

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...

Kowloon House now serves a 1 liter-sized boba milk tea – and it’s actually pretty good

Kowloon House now serves a 1 liter-sized boba milk tea – and it’s actually pretty good

The Cantonese chain restaurant Kowloon House has been in the Philippines for a long time — for over 50 years, to be specific. A 24-hour joint that serves siopao (pork buns)...

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...

The Coconuts Taste Test: Here’s the lowdown on Christmas hams worthy of your noche buena feast

The Coconuts Taste Test: Here’s the lowdown on Christmas hams worthy of your noche buena feast

One of the best things about a Filipino Christmas is the noche buena tradition, an opportunity for the whole family to gorge on delicious food on the midnight of Dec. 25. Local...

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...


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Coconuts Manila Reviews

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.