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January 13, 2017
Hottest New… Dining Destinations

Only in town for a few days and don’t want to miss out? LUXE rounds up the latest Manila restaurant hot spots to help you make the most of every meal…

Promising private nook The Test Kitchen serves as a creative outlet for Mich-trained chef Josh Boutwood, and somewhat surprisingly, is in partnership with casual resto chain The Bistro Group. Hidden away in the test kitchen of the Bistro Academy, this lovely, exclusive little gem can be enjoyed by reservation only – but it’s worth the forward-planning.

For a fun affordable fine-dine experience, visit 210° Kitchen + Drinkery, named after French-Basque chef William Mahi’s ideal roasting temperature. Relax in the mod space, with open kitchen and soon-to-launch upstairs bar, and enjoy vegetarian tart, pork belly or seared tuna.

Sexy Shanghai tapas concept Tomatito from chef Willy Trullas Moreno takes its cue from 1980s Spanish bars. Dine on slow-cooked pork, prawn snacks or octopus with Iberian ham and baby potatoes, then quaff vino tinto or cocktails such as Agua de Valencia (cava, fresh orange juice, vodka and gin).

Michy-spangled Akrame Benallal’s hit-success Parisian steakhouse Atelier Vivanda, which already boasts several Asian outposts, is your go-to for a hearty foie gras and ribeye followed by crème brulée. Enjoy a quick lunch, or linger for a dinner of shared dishes, with sociable seating inside and out.

Boasting 12 food stations, recent import Makansutra Hawkers at SM Megamall offers a vibrant hawker market of Singa and pan-Asian treats, including laksa, oyster omelette, Hainanese chicken rice, satay, chilli crab and carrot cake. Did someone say option paralysis? Tuck in!

The Test Kitchen
/ 9780 Bistro Academy / Kamagong St / San Antonio Village / Makati /
by reservation only / email:
210° Kitchen + Drinkery / G/F / Icon Plaza / 25th St & 6th Ave / Bonifacio Global City / Taguig / +63 995 015 2192 / 6-10pm Mon-Sat /
Tomatito / G/F / BGC Corporate Centre / 30th St & 11th Ave / Bonifacio Global City / Taguig / +63 2 805 7840 / 11am-1am daily /
Atelier Vivanda / U-A8 Forbes Town Center / Forbes Town Rd / Bonifacio Global City / Taguig / +63 2 848 2632 / 11am-midnight daily /
Makansutra Hawkers / 2/F / SM Megamall Building A / EDSA & J Vargas Ave / Mandaluyong City / +63 2 633 5042 / 10am-10pm daily /