5 local diners to try in the Philippines

Chew Love

Tollhouse

Don Vicente Restaurante Latino

The Coffee Table

Circa 1900

Cebu City, Circa 1900

Housed in a cluster of restored ancestral mansions, Circa 1900 is a great venue for gourmet dining or special events. Everything’s to be savored here, including the Grilled Grouper with Baby Crabs & Salted Egg Sauce, and the Truffled Squid & Prawn Risotto. Sanjercasvil Rd, Gorordo Ave, Lahug

Angeles City, Tollhouse

The kitchen at Tollhouse is always buzzing, as the chefs roll out fresh home-made pastas like the baked macaroni made of long noodles with all-beef tomato sauce, or the tropical chicken with mushroom sauce baked with mashed potatoes. They also cook up rich, traditionally prepared cakes with icings simmered up to seven hours. Santo Rosario St (also at New Point Mall, Marquee Mall and SM City Clark)

Tacloban City, Chew Love

Opened just months after Typhoon Haiyan, Chew Love is a happy, vibrant place to make new memories. Serving Filipino-Asian comfort food, it has received several awards including Eastern Visayas’ Best Kare-Kare. The Gold Digger halo-halo is also famous, boasting creamy iceberg and chunks of sweet Philippine mango. Gomez St, Downtown

Zamboanga City, Don Vicente Restaurante Latino

Just like its home city, Don Vicente is a melting pot of cultures, serving gourmet Mexican and Italian cuisines with the Filipino brand of personalized hospitality. Favorites include the flavorful Mexican asada steaks and Italian pastas. Crispin Atilano St, Tetuan

Naga City, The Coffee Table

The Coffee Table holds poetry readings, quiz nights and open-mic evenings for anyone who wants to perform. Bestsellers include the Spicy Pili Affogato on Vanilla Ice Cream and Bicol Express Linguine. The coffee is made of local beans by independent roasters or Lavazza. 2/F ADC Hotel, Magsaysay Ave

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This article first appeared in the December 2016 issue of Smile magazine. 

Written by

KC Ramirez

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