Good Manila restaurants serving adobo and other Philippine dishes?
Hi, Asia Hopping! My husband and I will be in Manila on business for a couple of nights next month. Can you recommend good adobo restaurants in the city? We've heard so much about this dish and want to try it. Authenticity is important as well as ambiance. So I guess what I'm looking for is an elegant place serving authentic Philippine food, not just adobo but other dishes as well. Maybe even good, traditional Philippine desserts. We cannot go too far from Makati where we are staying because of time limitations. Thanks! - Reese M. (Guest)
Tell the taxi driver to take you to Acacia Estate in Taguig where the restaurant is located. He will probably know where that is. The ride might cost around PhP300 ($8) from Makati CBD. From EDSA, take Mckinley Road, then Lawton Avenue, then turn left to Bayani (Heritage Park) Road. Take the C-5 tunnel to reach the C-5 North-bound lane. Turn right to Levi Mariano Street and make another right to enter Acacia Estate.
I recommend Mesa on the ground level of Greenbelt 5. It's a family bistro serving chicken adobo and other interesting Philippine dishes. Fely J's adobo is also good. This restaurant is also in Greenbelt 5. Both Mesa and Fely J's are smart-casual bistros; not too down-home but not white-tablecloth either.
If you want a more authentic experience, try adobo the way locals eat it -- basic, stripped-down, and oh-so-delicious. Go where the office workers go for lunch. Here's a list of cheap restaurants serving adobo. The ambiance is super casual (shorts and flipflops perfectly acceptable). They're all over Makati.
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