Wagyu gumastos ng mahal.
If you haven’t heard already, WagyuMafia is coming to Metro Manila soon and it’s getting a ton of buzz because of one thing: their world-famous wagyu cutlet sandwich. The famed gyu-katsu sando is made with the finest wagyu beef, lightly breaded and fried in panko, and placed between crustless, pillowy white bread with a soy-vinegar sauce.
The downside? It costs ¥20,000 or approximately ₱9,700. And when you’re on a small salary or a tight budget, spending almost ₱10,000 bucks on a sublime sandwich can be out of bounds (even though you really want to try it). That’s why we’ve found a cheaper alternative in Metro Manila that’ll still serve you tender, melt-in-your-mouth katsu sando goodness.
Found in BGC, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH is known for their premium steaks as well as their katsu steak sandwich. Their Japanese-inspired Katsu Steak Sandwich is made with USDA Prime filet mignon cutlet and served with potato chips and tonkatsu sauce. And it only costs ₱1,288 compared to the whopping ₱9,700 at Wagyumafia.
So, if you’re craving Wagyumafia’s pricy katsu sandwich, but don’t have the funds for it, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse might be another option to explore. For more information on Wolfgang Steakhouse, check out their Facebook page.
Looking for something else within the BGC area? We’ve got a list of the Most Popular Restaurants in BGC— serving both sweet and savory that have gained popularity and hype these past few months. Read on to see more of these popular restaurants!
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From burgers to banana pudding, when it comes to food, Filipinos become one of the most patient people. People are either willing to wait in line for hours under the hot sun to try the best-seller from a well-known local/international brand or willing to wait if the long lines no longer exist.
Check out this month's Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in BGC!
If you’re the type of person who was willing to wait until the lines disappeared and you missed the opening days of popular restaurants in BGC, then don’t you worry. We’ve listed down 13 of the Most Popular Restaurants in BGC and what you need to know about their brand, their recommended dishes, and their claim to fame.
Looking for something savory?
Shake Shack – Central Square
An international franchise from New York, Shake Shack is a restaurant that specializes in burgers made with 100% Angus beef. Get ready for some jaw-dropping (and possibly jaw-breaking) reasonably priced delights which are surely worth the wait.
Claim to fame: Their burgers. They are so popular in fact that, a day before they opened their branch, there were already people in the queue the night before. To add, a customer had to wait at least 3 hours before they got to order.
Recommended dishes: 'Shroom Burger (₱445), Shack-cargo Dog (₱250) and their Manila Exclusive offers the Ube Shake (₱190) and Calamansi Pie Oh My (₱250 for single)
Bai Nian Tang Bao – Uptown Parade
A dim sum lovers paradise, Bai Nian Tang Bao is a restaurant hailing from Shanghai, China that serves up a wide selection of dim sum, noodles, dumplings, and more. Brush up on your chopstick skills because we’re sure that once you get a bite of their grub, you would find it difficult to put those chopsticks back down.
Claim to fame: Their xiao long bao which takes 12 hours to make but more specifically, their Giant Tang Bao. We suggest that you drink its broth with a straw.
Recommended dishes: Giant Tang Bao (₱259), Chicken Soup Pork Wonton (₱119), Chicken Soup Pork Xiao Long Bao (₱169) Shanghai Golden Shen Jian Bao (₱139)
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱300 off your bill!
Tsuta Ramen – Bonifacio High Street
Famous for being the first ramen shop in the world to receive a Michelin Star, Tsuta Ramen’s ramen bowls stand out from the others in the Metro with its authenticity and shoyu, shio, and miso-based broths.
Claim to fame: Their non-pork bone broths and the touch of truffle oil they add to their ramen.
Recommended dishes: Char Siu Ajitama Miso Soba (₱670), Char Siu Ajitama Shio Soba (₱620), Char Siu Ajitama Shoyu Soba (₱620)
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Konbo for ₱499!
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse – One Bonifacio High Street
A meat lovers destination, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse offers up steak prepped to the bone to extract all the flavor from the meat. Enjoy their steaks with their well-thought-out sides and wine pairings.
Claim to fame: Their dry-aged USDA Prime Angus Beef.
Recommended dishes: Classic Wolfgang Burger (₱828), Medallions of Filet Mignon Au Poivre (₱2,388), and Shrimp and Pomelo Salad (₱728)
Pink’s Hotdogs – Shangri-La Hotel at the Fort
Serving up food that can be both a snack and light meal, Pink’s Hotdog’s is a hotdog shop hailing from the US, offering up a wide selection of different flavored hotdogs, burgers, and sandwiches.
Claim to fame: Their hotdog toppings and the fact that celebrities in the US also enjoy their hotdogs.
Recommended dishes: Chicago Dog (₱250), Buffalo Wing Dog (₱250), Coney Island Dog (₱250), The Hollywood Legend (₱280)
Insider tip: Get up to ₱250 off your bill with Booky!
Mendokoro Ramenba – Icon Plaza
A ramen bar famous for offering miso-based ramen broths in the metro, at Mendokoro Ramenba, you’re assured that their ramen is made fresh and with a lot of love.
Claim to fame: Their miso ramen as well as their open kitchen concept where you can watch the chef prepare the ramen.
Recommended dishes: Aji Tamago (₱80), TantanMen (₱420), Shoyu (₱400), Miso (₱440), Gyoza (₱200 for 5 pcs)
Marugame Udon – Bonifacio High Street
A restaurant reminiscent of self-service udon joints in Japan, Marugame Udon prides itself on its filling bowls of udon, rice bowls, and side dishes. Affordable, satisfying, and delectable, what more could you ask for from dishes in a Japanese restaurant?
Claim to fame: Their affordable udon dishes and their self-service experience.
Recommend dishes: Beef Ontama Bukkake Udon (₱210 for regular), Chicken Paitan Udon (₱200 for regular), Katsudon (₱190)
Din Tai Fung – C1 Bldg.
Can’t get enough of xiao long bao? Then head onto Din Tai Fung, a restaurant known for having a xiao long bao bar and for serving up several variants of this beloved dim sum.
Claim to fame: Their dim sum, dumplings, especially their xiao long bao which you can watch them prepare.
Recommended dishes: Braised Beef Noodle Soup (₱325), Black Pepper Beef (₱395), Pork Xiao Long Bao (₱160 for 5 pcs.)
Sariwon Korean Barbecue – Bonifacio High Street Central
Awarded by the Seoul Metropolitan Government as the Best Korean Restaurant, Sariwon Korean Barbecue is a restaurant that serves up classical and flavorful Korean dishes like banchan, bulgogi, japchae, and more.
Claim to fame: Their legendary bulgogi with a broth made using 12 kinds of fruits and vegetables and doesn’t use sugar.
Recommended dishes: Deungsim Yangnyeom Bulgogi (₱545), Yooksue Bulgogi (₱450), Haeumul Pajeon (₱380), Japchae (₱380)
Looking for something sweet?
M Bakery – One Bonifacio High Street
If you’re a dessert lover, then M Bakery, a dessert shop that offers a wide selection of cakes, pastries, cheesecakes, and more, is right up your alley. Get ready for your weekly sugar rush!
Claim to fame: Their dense, sweet, and sweet tooth approved banana pudding that has flavors that change every month.
Recommended desserts: Famous Banana Pudding (₱145 for small), Classic Icebox Cake (₱245), Calamansi Icebox Bar (₱275)
Tiger Sugar – Activity Pod X
One of the milk tea shops who pioneered the brown sugar drink movement in the metro, Tiger Sugar is a milk tea shop famous for serving up a variety of brown sugar drinks. They’re most famous for serving up Instagrammable and satisfying drinks.
Claim to fame: Their Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse drink. People in Taiwan and recently, the Philippines, love this drink so much, they’re willing to wait at least an hour in line to buy a cup.
Recommended drinks: Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cream Mousse (₱120), Brown Sugar Boba + Pearl with Cream Mousse (₱120)
Emack & Bolio’s – One Bonifacio High Street
Looking for a nostalgia hit? Then head on to Emack and Bolio’s, an ice cream shop hailing from Boston that offers up cold, sweet treats perfect for a hot summer day or perfect for kids and kids-at-heart.
Claim to fame: Their funky ice cream flavors and outrageous ice cream cones covered in nostalgic cereals, biscuits, and toppings.
Recommended flavors: Serious Chocolate Addiction, Deep Purple Chip, Grasshopper Pie, and Space Cake
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Ice Cream Scoops in Signature Marshmallow Cones!
Hello Kitty Cafe – Uptown Mall
A Sanrio-themed restaurant, Hello Kitty Cafe will bring out the fangirl/fanboy in you through their Hello Kitty designed interiors and international dishes.
Claim to Fame: Their interiors and pink-colored, Hello-Kitty designed dishes.
Recommended dishes: French Toast with Peanut Butter and Jelly (₱495), Choco Mango Crepe (₱235), Creamy Pink Carbonara (₱395), Spaghetti Bolognese (₱375), New York Style Cheese Cake (₱355 for small)
In case you’re in the area and you’re looking for more restaurant options, simply open the NEARBY tab in the app and check out the different BGC restaurants where you can get a discount with Booky.