83 PH restaurants shortlisted for Asian guide book

By Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 30 2012 03:38 PM | Updated as of May 02 2012 12:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 83 restaurants in the Philippines have been shortlisted for the 2012/2013 edition of the Miele Guide, which covers the best dining spots in 18 Asian countries.

The short list includes fine dining restaurant Antonio’s in Tagaytay City, which has been included in the Asia’s Top 20 list since the Miele Guide was created in 2008.

Aubergine Restaurant Patisserie in Taguig City, which made it to the Miele Guide in 2009, is also part of the list.

Below is the full list of the 83 restaurants that made it to the shortlist of the 2012/2013 edition of the Miele Guide (in alphabetical order):

1. 145 Fahrenheit Prime Steaks and Seafood, Metro Manila
2. 22 Prime, Metro Manila
3. Abaca Boutique Resort and Restaurant, Cebu
4. Abe (Serendra Branch), Metro Manila
5. Aboy’s Restaurant, Bacolod City
6. Achiote Taqueria, Metro Manila
7. Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant, Metro Manila
8. Ah Fat Seafood Plaza, Davao
9. Alive! Restaurant, Batangas
10. Antonio’s, Tagaytay City

Lamb adobo, one of Abe's specialties. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

11. Anzani, Cebu
12. Apartment 1B, Metro Manila
13. Aubergine, Metro Manila
14. Azuthai, Metro Manila
15. Bale Dutung, Pampanga
16. Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant, Metro Manila
17. Brasserie Cicou, Metro Manila
18. Café Cibo (Glorietta), Metro Manila
19. Café Marco, Cebu
20. Café Christina, Boracay Island

Aubergine Restaurant Patisserie in Taguig City ranked 18th in the 2009/2010 edition of the Miele Guide. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

21. Caruso, Metro Manila
22. Cav Wine Shop and Café, Metro Manila
23. Century Tsukiji, Metro Manila
24. Champagne Room, Metro Manila
25. Champetre, Metro Manila
26. Chef Laudico Bistro Filipino, Metro Manila
27. Chelsea Market Café (Fort Bonifacio), Metro Manila
28. Cirkulo, Metro Manila
29. Corner Tree Café, Metro Manila
30. Cru Steakhouse, Metro Manila

Handmade tagliatelle with Kurobuta pork belly at Cav, a restaurant and wine bar in Taguig City. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

31. Dos Mestizos, Boracay Island
32. Elbert’s Steak Room, Metro Manila
33. Hill Station Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Baguio City
34. House of Wagyu Stone Grill, Metro Manila
35. Ilustrado Restaurant, Metro Manila
36. Impressions, Metro Manila
37. Inagiku (Shangri-La Hotel), Metro Manila
38. Indigo, Boracay Island
39. Jasmine, Metro Manila
40. KaLui Restaurant, Palawan

Inagiku at the Makati Shangri-La hotel is known for its unique variety of sushi. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com 

41. L’Incontro, Metro Manila
42. La Cocina de Tita Moning, Metro Manila
43. La Tienda, Metro Manila
44. La Regalade French Bistro, Metro Manila
45. Lili Chinese Restaurant (Hyatt Hotel), Metro Manila
46. Lili Chinese Restaurant (Binondo), Metro Manila
47. Lolo Dad’s Café, Metro Manila
48. Lorenzo’s Way, Metro Manila
49. Lu Restaurant, Metro Manila
50. Lusso by Margarita Fores, Metro Manila

This Demi-pound burger at Lusso, a restaurant in Makati City, is stuffed with foie gras. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

51. Mabuhay Palace, Metro Manila
52. Mamou, Metro Manila
53. Mangetsu Japanese Fusion Restaurant, Metro Manila
54. Masseto, Metro Manila
55. Matutina’s, Dagupan
56. Mr. Jones, Metro Manila
57. Museum Café, Metro Manila
58. Old Manila, Metro Manila
59. Opus Restaurant and Lounge, Metro Manila
60. Peking Garden, Metro Manila

Smoked wagyu beef carpaccio is part of the degustation menu of Old Manila, the fine dining restaurant of The Peninsula Manila. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

61. People’s Palace, Metro Manila
62. Phat Wong Asian Café, Metro Manila
63. Phoenix Court, Metro Manila
64. Prime Café, Metro Manila
65. Restaurant 101 (Enderun Colleges), Metro Manila
66. Restaurant Cicou, Tagaytay City
67. Restaurant Verbena, Tagaytay City
68. Restaurant Alchemy, Boracay Island
69. Rikuseki An, Metro Manila
70. Sala Restaurant, Metro Manila

Foie gras with Moroccan spices, pomegranate glaze and fig jam was part of the Valentine menu of Restaurant Verbena in Tagaytay City last year. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

71. Sentro 1771 (Greenbelt), Metro Manila
72. Seryna Restaurant, Metro Manila
73. Shang Palace, Metro Manila
74. Sonya’s Secret Cottage Restaurant Inc., Tagaytay City
75. Tao Yuan, Metro Manila
76. Tatoy’s Manokan and Seafood, Iloilo City
77. Terry’s Bistro (Pasong Tamo branch), Metro Manila
78. The Goose Station, Metro Manila
79. The Gustavian, Cebu
80. Tosca, Metro Manila
81. Tsukiji Restaurant, Metro Manila
82. Va Bene Pasta Deli, Metro Manila
83. Villa Café, Metro Manila

The Goose Station's foie cone, or foie gras mousse in a phyllo pastry cone. Photo by Karen Flores, ABS-CBNnews.com

The restaurants were selected by the region’s top restaurant critics, the Miele Guide said. In the Philippines, they are F&B World editor-in-chief Anne Marie Ozaeta, BusinessWorld food editor Jeffrey Valisno, Philippine Daily Inquirer food writer Margaux Salcedo, The Philippine Star food columnist Stephanie Zubiri, and magazine contributor Teddy Montelibano.

Internet users may vote for up to three restaurants in the country they live in via an online poll on the Miele Guide website. They may also nominate a new restaurant.

“When voting, please consider food quality, ambience and service level. You should have eaten in the restaurant in the past 18 months and are not an owner or employee,” the Miele Guide said.

A separate round of voting will also be conducted among a selected jury composed of “respected foodies” and food and wine professionals from the region selected by the Miele Guide.

Miele Guide’s in-house team will then dine anonymously at the most highly-rated restaurants to come up with the Asia’s Top 20 list for 2012/2013 edition, which will be published in October.

Aside from the Philippines, other countries covered by the Miele Guide include Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.