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What are your top three restaurants in the world?

Don’t we all love to eat! It’s evident in the various restaurants opening in our country and whenever Filipinos travel, it’s the local food market we always look for aside from the shopping centers. I remember a relative of mine telling me that we should eat to live and not live to eat. But how can one resist really great food?

To get some tips on where it’s best to go for great food, I asked some prominent food bloggers to share with us what to them are their top three restaurants in the world!

Jill Bantang, the

1. Shrimp with candied walnuts at PF Chang’s.

2. Crazy Maki - Yuujin Japanese Cuisine at Wilson, San Juan.

3. The original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad - California Pizza Kitchen  

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Cyrene de la Rosa, food columnist (Chow Buzz), Interaksyon TV5

1. In New York (where I went for grad school and lived for seven years, from 2000-2007), it’s a toss-up between the roasted bone marrow with oxtail marmalade at Blue Ribbon Restaurant, New York-Soho branch; and the pastrami on rye at Katz’s Deli.

2. Beef suya (Nigerian grilled meat) from the Suya Hut of the Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos, Nigeria.

3. Bebek goreng with sambal matah (Balinese style raw sambal) at Bebek Tepi Sawah in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Jorry S. Palada,

After more than five years of being a food blogger, my favorite dishes are still those having the taste of home. Among them is KBL or kadyos, baboy, langka, consisting of slow-cooked char-broiled pork in mildly sour broth with jackfruit and kadyos beans which always brings gastronomic delight with an extra cup of rice. Then there’s the Native Litsong Manok Tatoy’s Restaurant along Villa Beach is famous for. And I also can't say no to a rack of baby-back ribs from Bourbon Street Bar and Restaurant.

Claude Tayag, columnist, Philippine STAR

1. Fresh oysters and grilled diwal (angel wing clams) from Roxas City, Capiz.

2. Tejadas de bacalao rebosado (fried salted cod fish coated in batter). Casa Labra, calle Tetuan12  (just  on the side of El Corte Inglés, Puerta del Sol, Madrid, Spain).

3. Corned beef and pastrami, Katz Deli, New York.

Jin Perez,

1. “Dinner in the Forest” at Aronia de Takazawa in Tokyo.

2. Seared scallops at Girl and The Goat, Chicago.

3. Roasted veal sweetbread at Ledoyen, Paris.

Sanju Gopaldas,

1.  Steak tartare from Antonio’s in Tagaytay.

2. Hotaro ika (Japanese Firefly Squid) Sushi from Nomura in Taipei.

3. “Molecular” xiao long bao from Bo Innovation in Hong Kong.

Frances Ang,

1. Hokkien prawn mee from Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee stall in Tiong Bahru, Singapore.

2. Tiramisu from Poulet, Singapore.

3. St. Louis spareribs from Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ in California.

Richard Co,

1. Chili crab from Roland Restaurant in Singapore.

2. Sushi from Sushi Hachi in Richmond, Canada.

3. Baked bun with BBQ Pork from Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong.

Luis Manuel D. Ermitaño,

1. Pigeon entier rôti (whole roasted pigeon) at Ma Cuisine (Passage Saint-Hélène in  Beaune, France) with a good, aged red Burgundy.

2. Besugo a la parilla (grilled sea bream) at Kaia (General Arnao 4, Getaria (Guipúzcoa), Pais Vasco, Spain) with txakolin.

3. Crab with a side of garlic noodles at Thanh Long (4101 Judah Street, corner of 46th Avenue, San Francisco, California).

Erwan Heussaff,

1. Poulet braisé with rice and three types of sauces, in Babylone Bis Paris.

2. Fresh salmon roe on steamed white rice and a side of uni, at any restaurant at the Tsukiji market in Tokyo.

 3. Crepe complete (egg, ham and cheese crepe) made with sarasin flour and a cup of cider from Au Vieux Quimper in Quimper, Brittany

Ray Florence Reyes,

1. Rated the 24th best restaurant in the world, L’Astrance, located at Rue de Beethoven in Paris, has this seasonal and carefully cooked fillet of turbot fish partnered with uni cream, sautéed, spinach, and citron confit.

2. There was this seafood risotto I absolutely fell in love with in a restaurant named La Caletta, located in Via Aurellia at the back of the Vatican.

3. Lastly, and not because it is Philippine based, chef Ariel Manuel of Lolo Dad’s in Malate makes some of the most memorable dishes. One in particular is the rack of lamb, cooked medium rare.


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