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The Brunch Bunch

April 25, 2016
Top Picks… Brunch

Is there anything better than a meal that merits cocktails before noon? We don’t think so! And with everything from homely, hearty helpings to scrumptious healthy spreads being fired up by some of the Metro’s most charming eateries, we’ve forked out the top brunch boites, where you can unbutton those slacks and soak up the best Pinoy-powered pleasures.

Begin with Apartment 1B’s all encompassing collection of midday mouthfuls at the eatery's cosy Makati digs, where chef Marivic Diaz-Lim serves up gourmet comfort spoils like orange french toast with toasted almonds, and belly-bulging buffalo wings. Or, for something a little easier on the waistline, dip into Wholesome Table where you’ll find mouth-watering breakfast bowls inspired by the flavours of Shanghai and Seoul, as well as superfood specialties and guilt-free veggie burgers.

And, while you might not be the first chirper on the tree, you can still score a delightful bite at whimsical Early Bird Breakfast Club until the afternoon rolls in. This vibrant little stunner boasts a vibey outdoor courtyard; perfect for a kick-starting gargle and perfectly plated brunch punch, like a decadent croque madame or ‘breakfast of champions’ starring pan-seared bangus with garlic lemon butter relish and breakfast rice topped with poached egg.

Feeling oriental, petal? Simply sashay into rave-busy dim sum palace Tim Ho Wan for a Mich-starred munch of their famed baked pork buns, or simply bao down to Taiwan import Din Tai Fung and get a mouthful of their iconic soup-filled dumplings packed with flavour bombs of soft pork, crab roe and black truffle.

Apartment 1B / G/F / 1 Lafayette Sq / 132 LP Leviste cnr Sedeno St / Salcedo Village / Makati / +63 2 843 4075 / 7am-11pm daily /
Early Bird Breakfast Club / Unit C / G/F / Forte Pointe 2 Bldg / The Fort Complex / 28th St / Bonaficio Global City / Taguig / 7am-10pm Sun-Thu, 24h Fri-Sat / +63 2 808 9269 /
Wholesome Table / 30th St cnr 7th Ave / Bonaficio Global City / Taguig / +63 2 867 0000 / 11am-11pm daily /
Tim Ho Wan / G/F / SM Mega Fashion Hall / Mandaluyong / +63 2 654 5160 / noon-9pm daily /
Din Tai Fung / G/F / SM Mega Fashion Hall / Mandaluyong / +63 2 997 1935 / 10am-10pm daily /