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New Eats! 5 Restaurants To Try with the Family this December
  • Oppa Chicken
    How many fried chicken flavors can you have in one sitting? At the newly-opened Oppa Chicken, be prepared for a lot. The restaurant, which just opened its first branch last November 28 in Pasig, is a local brand whose menu is inspired by the flavors of Korea.

    Ganjang Chicken


    Snowing Cheese

    Be sure to sample the Yangnyum (Oriental Sweet & Spicy) and Ganjang Chicken (Oriental Soy Garlic), the latter covered with sticky soy sauce and garlic. For those who want to indulge without the guilt, there's the Baked Chicken or the Ovenroasted chicken, which are prepared with less oil. There's also something for the younger members of the family: Snowing Cheese offers a cheesy surprise with every chicken bite.

    Padak Chicken

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    Bulsazo Chicken

    Love salad? The Padak Chicken with green leeks is for you, with balanced bites of fresh, crunchy vegetables and tender meaty chicken. And for the brave, enjoy the explosion of fiery flavors with every bite of the Bulsazo Chicken -- it's not called "The Atomic Bomb" for nothing. Priced reasonably at P280 per half serving (8 pieces) and P550 for a whole serving (16 pieces), Oppa Chicken is sure to become your family's next favorite haunt.

    OPPA Chicken is located at Portico Pasig - The Shoppes at Portico, Capt. Henry Javier St., Brgy. Oranbo, Pasig City. Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

    Taza Fresh Table

    Tagaytay has become the Pinoy family's weekend getaway destination of choice because of its proximity to Manila. There's nothing better to do while enjoying the cool weather and a view of Taal Lake than to eat the freshest produce Mother Earth has to offer.


    And that's exactly what you'll find at Taza Fresh Table -- a scenic 180° view, and innovative international cuisine from the best ingredients meticulously sourced from local suppliers, 95% of which are sourced from regions where they are produced. Tucked quietly in the vast gardens of Taal Vista Hotel, many people are only just discovering this gem of a restaurant. 

    Mushroom Soup with truffle oil


    Tomahawk Pork Chop

    Cannoli with Ube Ricotta and Langka Cream

    Start your meal with the fresh flavors of Alugbati Salad (P290), then order the creamy Mushroom Soup with three kinds of Tagaytay mushrooms. The humongous serving of their tender Tomahawk Pork Chop (P800) can be shared (if you'd want to share it, that is) amongst family. Then, finish off with one of Chef Jayme Natividad's sublime creations, the Cannoli Ube Ricotta and Langka Cream -- the perfect ending to a highly satisfactory meal.

    TAZA Fresh Table is located at Taal Vista Hotel along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City. Call +63 (2) 917-8225, +63 (46) 413-100 or +63 (917) 809 1254, visit their website or their Facebook page

    Thai BBQ



    Introduce your family to the authentic flavors of Thailand with Thai BBQ Original, a franchise that has a cult following in Los Angeles, United States. Launched just last November 29 in Manila, Thai BBQ Original brings you the complex interplay of sour, sweet, salty, and spicy, which defines Thai cuisine.

    Tom Yum Goong


    BBQ Spareribs

    Deep-fried Catfish served with Mango Salad

    Prepare your palate for the feast to come with the sour and spicy flavors of Tom Yum Goong (P380). For the main dish, you can't go wrong with the tender and flavorful BBQ Spareribs (P580), the smoky BBQ Chicken (P530), or Shrimp Curry, all of which come with a generous portion of Shrimp Fried Rice. Have a side serving of everyone's favorite, the Deep-fried Catfish served with Mango Salad (380), to cleanse your palate. It's a perfect complement to the other dishes, or you can just eat it on its own.

    Visit Thai BBQ Original at 28th St. corner 5th Ave. BGC, Taguig City. For more information, visit Thai BBQ Original Restaurant on Facebook and @thaibbq.manila on Instagram.




    Marco Polo Hotel's all-day dining restaurant Cucina lets you enjoy the perks of hotel dining at a price that is not so steep. Though not technically a new restaurant, Cucina has a new chef de cuisine in Guiseppe Rivoli, who boasts of a culinary career spanning over a decade and with experience in London, Italy, Singapore, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia.

    This holiday season, enjoy Chef Guiseppe's signature dishes such as minced beef roll with spinach, ham, bacon, parmesan cheese, and herbs or also known as Pollpettone alla Siciliana. The slow-cooked Baby Short Ribs in Balsamic Sauce with Roasted Potato and Bell Pepper melts in your mouth; the Caciucco with Prawns, Mussel, Clams, partnered with Garlic Crostini, is easily a favorite.

    Cucina is open daily for lunch from 12:00 NN to 2:30 PM, and dinner from 6:00 to 10:30 PM. Buffet price starts at 1,500 nett per person, children aged 6 and below get to eat for free, while children aged 7 to 12 years old are charged half the price. For reservations, call (02) 720 7720 or 720 7777, or visit their Facebook page or follow @MarcoPoloManila on Twitter or Instagram. 



    Launched only in August this year, a straight-up Filipino dining experience awaits you at Sangkap as Chef Raymar Reyes takes on a modern rendition of classic Pinoy dishes from different regions in the country. Your first bite of each unique dish will be reminiscent of a home-cooked meal but with a modern, more flavorful spin.

    Bagnet Kare-Kare


    Cebu Lechon Sinigang

    Among their bestsellers are Sangkap Classic Piniritong Manok (Regular at P400, Family at P720), Bagnet Kare-Kare (Regular at P320, Family at P630) and Cebu Lechon Sinigang (Regular at P350, Family at P520). The family servings are generous and ample for sharing.

    Don't leave without trying their uniquely Pinoy desserts: there's a Kakanin Sampler for Christmas, as well as novelty ice cream flavors like Calamansi, Bicol Express, Champorado, and Palitaw (P90 per scoop).

    Sangkap Filipino Restaurant is located at Portico, Captain Javier Street, Pasig. They are open daily for lunch from 11 am to 2 pm, and for dinner from 5 to 10 pm. Visit their Facebook page for details, or call 0917 500 3187.

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