10 Pinoy restaurant brands that didn't start in Imperial Manila


Posted at Mar 10 2017 02:39 PM | Updated as of Mar 15 2017 12:34 PM

MANILA – Who said Metro Manila always gets first dibs when it comes to well-loved homegrown restaurant brands?

Here are some proudly Pinoy dining concepts that debuted in other parts of the country before opening in Imperial Manila:

1. Zubuchon

This restaurant from Cebu rose to fame after chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain called its lechon the “best pig ever” in his food and travel show, “No Reservations.”

Zubuchon had just opened its first Manila branch at Talisay Street near corner Yakal Street in San Antonio, Makati.

Zubuchon's spicy boneless lechon. Vladimir Bunoan, ABS-CBN News

2. Hukad sa Golden Cowrie

Another popular restaurant chain in Cebu, Hukad sa Golden Cowrie opened its first Metro Manila branch at Trinoma mall last year.

Hukad, known for its unlimited rice offerings and an extensive menu covering many regional specialties, also has branches at Mall of Asia and S Maison.

Read more about the restaurant here.

Inside the Trinoma branch of Hukad sa Golden Cowrie. ABS-CBN News/Handout photo

3. Mario’s

This restaurant was put up in 1971 and is considered one of the most established restaurants in Baguio.

Mario’s, which is popular for its Caesar Salad among many other dishes, also has a branch at Tomas Morato in Quezon City.

Caesar Salad at Mario’s.

4. Don Henrico’s

Speaking of Baguio, here’s another popular restaurant from the City of Pines. Don Henrico’s first served its own take on Italian food at Session Road back in 1993.

Today, Don Henrico’s has seven branches in different parts of Metro Manila.

Pizza at Don Henrico’s.

5. Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps

This popular restaurant from Davao opened its first Metro Manila branch at The Block SM North Edsa in August last year.

Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps can also be found at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Read more about the restaurant here.

Crabs are the star of the show at Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps. Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBN News

6. Nathaniel’s Bakeshop

This restaurant best known for its buko pandan and siomai was founded in 1994 in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Nathaniel’s eventually expanded to Manila, with branches in Quezon City, Alabang and San Juan.

Some of Nathaniel’s bestsellers.

7. Razon’s

It’s hard to mention Pampanga without thinking of Razon’s, the well-loved restaurant chain known for its halo-halo and pancit luglug, among others.

Aside from Pampanga, Razon’s also has several branches in Metro Manila.

Razon’s is known mainly for its halo-halo and pancit luglug.

8. Kuppa

This café chain from Bacolod City is known for serving top-notch coffee and delicious eats.

Kuppa has since attracted diners and coffee lovers in Manila with its two branches at Bonifacio Global City.

Kuppa serves not only coffee but also some delicious eats.

9. Cyma

Yes, your favorite Greek restaurant did not originate in Manila. Cyma opened its first restaurant in Boracay more than a decade ago.

Today, Cyma has branches all over Manila, from Quezon City to Makati.

Cyma specializes in Greek cuisine.

10. Casa Verde

It was the Cebuanos who got a first taste of Casa Verde’s famous ribs and giant burgers. The restaurant opened in Cebu in 2002, and eventually expanded to Manila.

Today, Casa Verda also has branches at UP Town Center in Quezon City and at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

Casa Verde’s “burger squad.”