I haven't done this since 2019! I mean, the world stopped for about 2 years due to the pandemic and I guess we've all been affected by that. So cheers to 2022 for its bravery.
Gosh, it's so hard to create this list because the Year 2022 has been a culinary adventure for me and my family.
Starting my list with Amano at the Power Plant Mall. The food and coffee here tastes so good! Especially the pizza and butter pasta. It is best to reserve a table here especially if you're dining during lunch or dinner because it is usually full. Otherwise, prepare to wait or you can just dine between 2-5pm when it is possible to get a table.
Moving on to Marudori which is at 8 Rockwell, just across Power Plant Mall. Marudori is a ramen-place that serves only tori paitan or chicken. I love love the tantanmen and DD is overly crazy about their version of gyoza which is similar to xiao long bao.
Another favorite at Power Plant Mall is Milky Way. We used to dine at the Pasay Road branch ages ago and I don't know why it was only last year that we started dining at their branch inside the mall. Oh right, it all started with dinuguan cravings. The best dinuguan! Actually, we love all their food. Another must-try at Milk Way is the adobong pusit.
Also discovered Hey Papi! at The Grid Rockwell. This food stall serves Cuban food. I'm not really well-versed in Cuban food but I love this place because of their cassava sticks. Yum!
And along Poblacion in Makati, you can find SOMS Noodle House. If you're a foodie like me, you'll know that this is the same SOMS just over the bakod of Rockwell, hahaha. I mean, do you remember the tables and chairs along the sidewalk, and the big table umbrellas? I think my earliest post about SOMS was around 2009. Post is- Som's Thai Food.
Then there's Yaku at The Podium. We're not really newbies at Yaku but since we started visiting Podium again after the lockdowns, we got to reacquaint ourselves with this restaurant. Yaku is a yakiniku with great Japanese food and reasonably priced. Serving portions are also good for sharing and you can get unlimited free house tea. My default order here is the Moriawase and Spicy Salmon Sashimi.
Nanyang is another favorite in Podium, but there are branches in Makati and BGC also. This has been a consistent favorite because the food greatly reminds me of my fave laksa and nasi lemak in Singapore. Nanyang also serves kopi and teh.
Overall, the Year 2022 made us feel that moving around freely are getting to be normal again. Cheers to 2023 and may it bring more good tidings to every one.