We lined up for almost 4 hours at a MAXI Mango pop-up to see what the hype is all about

Most Filipinos know Davao for its durian, but as MAXI Mango tries to prove, the province also grows the most delectable mangoes. The Davao-based business that started in 2017 has been gaining social media buzz in Metro Manila since it brought its first pop-up stall in Glorietta mall in Makati last month. Ever since word ...

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Jollibee’s ‘Amazing Aloha Yumburger’ with pineapple and bacon is back in PH, and it’s actually pretty good

Jollibee’s ‘Amazing Aloha Yumburger’ with pineapple and bacon is back in PH, and it’s actually pretty good

The late Anthony Bourdain called the Jollibee Amazing Aloha Yumburger a “very tasty burger” with a “nice char.” But even for Jollibee fans like me,...

Inside the Paw Club Philippines: A pet cafe, grooming salon, and hotel in one

Inside the Paw Club Philippines: A pet cafe, grooming salon, and hotel in one

Time spent with pets is never time wasted, which is why we at Coconuts Manila did not think twice about trying out the new Paw Club Philippines with our furry best friends.  The...

From NYC to BGC: Magnolia Bakery brings its famous cupcakes, banana pudding, and more to Manila

From NYC to BGC: Magnolia Bakery brings its famous cupcakes, banana pudding, and more to Manila

The original Magnolia Bakery in New York City has, in some ways, become a pop culture icon in itself — it was even filmed in a scene of Sex and the City, and was...

Burrow Café: This almost inaccessible cafe is the place to escape the chaos of Manila

Burrow Café: This almost inaccessible cafe is the place to escape the chaos of Manila

Almost a two-hour drive from Manila, Antipolo is a town nestled in the Sierra Madres that’s perhaps best known for being home to a Catholic icon called the Our Lady of Peace and...

Bai Nian Tang Bao debuts in BGC with classic Shanghainese dishes, soup dumplings, and giant tang bao

Bai Nian Tang Bao debuts in BGC with classic Shanghainese dishes, soup dumplings, and giant tang bao

We all know the BGC area is known for its bars and nightlife scene — but imagine our surprise when we rolled up to Uptown Mall last Thursday morning and felt the party vibes...

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

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 had.

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

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 8339623.

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

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 percenters. 

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

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 here.


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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.