5 Restaurants I’ll Miss by Our Table Guest, Wysgal

By Guest on 29 April, 2007

Many thanks to the folks of Table for Three for inviting to post on their blog this month!

Over the last four years I’ve chronicled bits and pieces of my life in my blog, most of which seems to have revolved around eating out in Manila. And now I find myself counting down the days before I leave for Philadelphia, where I hope to get an education. And I find myself making lists of all the things I want to do, things I need to see, places I need to visit, and restaurants I need to dine at over and over. So here I leave you with a list of restaurants that I will definitely miss when I find myself living on a student’s budget and with only enough time to prepare myself meals to eat over the sink.

Cafe Juanita (+632 6320357) – While not a truly Filipino restaurant, I think of dining here as being very similar to dining in the comfort of my great grandmother’s house. I love the feel of their mismatched furniture and convoluted menu with Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Filipino dishes. The fact that it’s not located in a mall and can be found relatively close to home is a plus, and all friends and family members I’ve brought to Cafe Juanita has loved the place.

Omakase (+632 6376013)- A relative newcomer to the restaurant scene, I still go nuts over their fried makis and special sushi (with cream cheese, with salmon skin, with spicy tuna bits) and their spicy tuna salad. Their menu is slightly less varied than oldtimer Sugi, but for a quick sushi fix Omakase is just around the corner. I shudder at the thought of paying inflated prices for sushi abroad (think a few dollars per piece!).

Cafe Breton (+632 6875971, Podium Branch) – I still remember making the trek to the first Cafe Breton branch in Malate, which suggested back then that each and every trip for crepes from Cafe Breton was something special. Now that they have a number of branches around the city, I can get my crepe fix more easily and I’m happy to say that their crepes still taste great and the service is still amazingly quick.

Antonio’s Tagaytay (+63917 8992866)- While not technically in Manila, Antonio’s remains one of the best fine dining restaurants around. They’re not as strictly chi-chi as Old Manila or Prince Albert (you can actually wear flipflops to dinner in Antonio’s and not feel self-conscious about being underdressed), but I have not yet been disappointed. With a full set menu starting from Php1500++ a head, you get a great meal, easygoing (and romantic if you want it to be) ambiance, and the relative privacy that comes with visiting a restaurant two hours outside the city.

Pancake House ( – I rave about Pancake House so much some people suspect I’m a majority stockholder. This is one restaurant that will forever remain a classic in my book. It’s nice to see that even now that they’ve taken steps to professionalize their operations, it still feels like the same Pancake House of my youth. I can never get tired of their crunchy filling tacos, slightly sweet spaghetti, and the best pancakes I have ever had!




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  • APRIL 29, 2007 9:40 AM

    katrina said...

    Thanks for steering me to this blog, Wysgal! Ingenious premise. I like to read several reviews about a restaurant before trying it; this way, I get three in one blog.

  • APRIL 30, 2007 4:38 PM

    joey said...

    Pancake House!!! Oooh, I would miss it too! :)

  • APRIL 30, 2007 10:30 PM

    Franco said...

    Although the city of brotherly love, may have its own culinary charm(ie. the Cheesesteak :))nothing for me beats coming back to a pinoy home cooked meal. That's what I would miss.:)

    From the three, thank you wysgal.

    Have fun being a student again.

  • MAY 1, 2007 6:19 PM

    christine said...

    Great list, wysgal! I missed Pancake House and Max a lot while I was away. But if I were to move again, I would so miss Omakase too, among other places!

  • MAY 1, 2007 6:28 PM

    Roselyn said...

    I love Pancake House as well and miss it a lot now that I live abroad.

    Great restaurant suggestions - I'll try them out when I'm next home.