Though the financial crisis may mean less foreign tourist hope articles like this helps our tourism industry!

I’ve only eaten in one of the establishments mentioned but that list will be one less a month I think!

Trip Planner

If you plan to be moving about Manila most of the day, renting a car and driver is more convenient than hailing a string of taxis, and not much more expensive. Filcar Transport Services, based in downtown Makati, charges from $60 for a 10-hour day. Book ahead: 63-2-894-1754; Web:

Salcedo Community Market

Jaime Velasquez Park, Bel-Air Baranguay, Makati. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices for prepared foods range from 25 cents for a piaya to $8 for 250 grams of Luzon-style lechon. No phone.


G/F Serendra Complex, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Daily, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight. Generous lunch for two about $40. Reservations recommended. 63-2-856-0526

Milky Way Café

2/F 900 Arnaiz Rd. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (available Sundays for private parties). Meal for two, about $20. 63-2-843-7124

Claire dela Fuente Grill and Seafood, Seafood Paluto Restaurants

Seaside Macapagal Avenue, Pasay. Daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. More than enough food for two, with beer, about $25 (including the cost of seafood purchased at outside stalls). 63-2-497-2311 or 497-2440


G/F 900 Arnaiz Rd. (formerly Pasay Road), Makati. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (available Sundays for private parties). Dinner for two, including a couple of glasses of sangria, about $65. 63-2-810-2763 or 810-8735

Adriatico Café

1790 M. Adriatico St. (at Remedios Circle), Malate. Daily, 7 a.m. to 6 a.m. — that’s right, it’s closed for all of one hour a day. Tsokolate and puto for two, about $11. 63-2-525-2509

Robyn Eckhardt

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