Run out of new dining opportunities in your neighborhood? Then it’s time for a foodie adventure elsewhere. Over the years, the cities of Muntinlupa and Parañaque have grown as popular culinary destinations with BF Homes’ Aguirre Avenue becoming widely considered as one of the best places in the metro for a food crawl. Chill out and head South with our picks of the must-try restaurants in southern Metro Manila.
Bean & Yolk
Breakfast food and coffee are yummy at all hours of the day and if you’re in the South, you’ll be happy to know you can come to Bean & Yolk anytime for a hearty serving of both. With Bean & Yolk’s wide selection of tasty sandwiches, rice meals, and smoothie bowls, there’s always something new and delicious to try at this sunny all-day brunch spot!
Expect laid-back evenings of good food, good drinks, and good company when you visit Bar Pintxos in Alabang. The pintxos and tapas spot is one of the best places in the area for authentic Spanish food with crowd favorites like Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus) and Mixta Paella. Luxe Pintxos Platter, which is a tray of the restaurant’s best-selling pintxos options, is also a great choice.
Parmigiano Ristorante Pizzeria
Satisfy your pizza and pasta cravings at Parmigiano, a casual Italian restaurant in Molito with airy indoor and outdoor dining. The authentic Italian dishes and generously-sized servings are perfect for hungry foodies eager for a filling meal. Some of the best-sellers on the menu include the cheesy Pasta del Parmigiano and the 6 Cheese Pizza.
Address: Unit 10 Molito Lifestyle ext. Bldg., Molito Commercial Complex, Madrigal Ave. cor. Alabang Zapote Rd., Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Opening Hours: Daily, 11 AM to 9 PM
Website: https://parmigiano.zapestore.com, Facebook, Instagram
Few things are more delectable than amazing tacos—and Chef Bruce Ricketts delivers this daily at La Chinesca. The cozy restaurant along the popular Aguirre Avenue serves a wide variety of freshly made soft tacos topped with different combinations of meats and sauces. A must-visit for anyone who loves Mexican food!
Another local favorite is Mensakaba Geishu, a small and no-frills Japanese diner along Aguirre Avenue that neighborhood residents hail as an affordable and authentic ramen paradise. Every bowl of ramen is simple yet extremely well-made and flavorful with crowd favorites that include Shoyu Ramen, the spicy Tantanmen, and Miso Ramen.
Address: 349 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 AM to 2 PM, 5 PM to 9 PM
There’s plenty to like about Chef Tina Legarda’s Bamba Bistro, a charming gem in the South that offers elevated comfort food and international flavors. It’s a challenge to pick from the many amazing choices on the menu, but some of the best-selling dishes include Le Cochon Sliders, Duck Ravioli, and Cream Cheese Stuffed Beef Patties.
If you’re on the hunt for a true hole-in-the-wall experience, Tatsunoko is a must-visit (although it can be a challenge to find). While there’s nothing fancy about this humble eatery, but Tatsunoko has gained a stellar reputation for serving amazing and authentic Japanese food at a bargain. Whether you want to sample every type of sashimi on the menu or prefer heartier rice and noodle dishes, you can’t go wrong here.
Address: 452 El Grande Ave., Parañaque City
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday, 5 PM to 10 PM
There’s a whole gastronomic world down South that foodies will enjoy. Make sure to pack all your new normal essentials, including your face masks, face shields, and hand sanitizers. And don’t forget your appetite!
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*Featured photo via Bamba Bistro, Bean & Yolk, and La Chinesca Facebook pages