To warm your cold heart.
With PAGASA declaring the official start of the rainy season (as if we didn’t notice TBH), it’s time to pull out our layered clothing, dust off our umbrellas, and brace ourselves for the storms ahead.
We’d be lying if we said we miss the scorching heat of #Summer2021, but now that we need the heat to survive #BagyoSeason2021, we’ve prepared a handy list of the best spots to warm up your stomachs – whether it’s with a hearty soup, a refreshing cup of coffee, or even a spicy chicken dish – If it’s heat you want, it’s HEAT you’ll get with this list.
Meals to Warm Your Stomachs
If it’s a full hot meal you’re looking for then we’ve go you covered. From soups to meats, there’s something here for everyone.
Super Chashu – Mendokoro Ramenba
Arguably the best ramen bowl here in the Philippines can be found inside Mendokoro Ramenba, a humble ramen shop. Their wildly popular Super Chashu ramen stars a massive slice of double marinated grilled chashu lying on a bed of delicious tonkotsu ramen.
Shabu-Shabu /Hot Pot – Ganso-Shabuway and Four Seasons Hot Pot City
Ganso-Shabuway is an international franchise from California that offers Japanese-style hot pot. They serve all-natural grass fed beef, fresh produce and other hot pot toppings.
Four Seasons Hot Pot – multiple branches
Four Seasons Hot Pot takes on the hot pot buffet concept, with a wide variety of vegetables, meat, seafood, broth and other toppings to choose from. Enjoy this great deal for only P688 for lunch and P888 for dinner during weekdays, P888 lunch and dinner during weekends.
Signature Happiness Ramen – Hanamaruken
Hanamaruken Ramen, a decades-old mom-n-pop ramen chain, hails from streets of Osaka, Japan. Famous for its “Happiness Ramen”, Hanamaruken serves a signature soft bone ramen unmatched in tenderness and flavor.
Chicken Cheese Fondue – Kko Kko
Owned by Grace Lee, Kko Kko is a modern restaurant that serves authentic and reinvented Korean favorites that are mostly chicken dishes. One of their most-talked about dishes right now is their warm cheese fondue inside a round bread with chicken, fries and onion rings. Other cheesy must-tries include the snow chicken in cheese flavor, boneless cheesy melt, and cheese kimbap. Read our full feature here.
Desserts for Some Sweet Heat
You want something sweet to heat you up? Then these treats will surely grab your attention.
Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels – Auntie Anne’s
Dubbed as “the worlds most loved pretzels,” Auntie Anne’s features all-time favorites such as their signature pretzels, pretzel nuggets, choco chip cream cheese stix, and more. It’s for anyone who wants a sweet, luxurious treat in pretzel form. It’s not for those in the mood for something sour or savory.
Feel-Good Fudge – Refinery
Refinery is a third wave cafe that serves all-day breakfast and brunch items, international comfort dishes, light meals and specialty coffee–but what sets it apart is that it also serves wine and cocktails.
OD Doughnuts – Overdoughs
Overdoughs offers freshly baked doughnut holes, and beignets. Choice of dips to pair with the doughnuts include dark chocolate, milk chocolate, matcha white, and Nutella flavors.
Large Hot Taho – Soy Yummy
Offering everything soy has to offer, Soy Yummy’s products are made from fresh, non-GMO soy beans all the way from Canada. Including both hot and chilled taho, they also offer soy milk available in original, melon, chocolate, muscovado, and honey flavors.
Warm Drinks that Hit the Spot
Relax with these drinks and you’ll be warmed up real quick.
Original Glazed Doughnut and Signature Coffee – Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme is America’s favorite doughnut and coffee shop. It’s probably the only doughnut shop whose Original flavor is more popular and unbeatable by the rest of its menu.
Bulletproof – UCC Clockwork Grab & Go
UCC Clockwork is a third wave coffee shop and UCC’s newest concept store featuring blends from a variety of local and international single origin coffee. They also have a wide selection of food ranging from appetizer to dessert.
A Spicy Kick
Only for the adventurous ones, if it’s real heat you want these are your best options.
Chili Oil Dumplings – Mazendo
Hailing from Taiwan, Mazendo offers a menu featuring Taiwanese comfort food favorites but it’s really their Taiwanese beef noodles and dumplings that people keep coming back for. Read our full feature here.
Murg Tikka Butter Masala – Royal Indian Curry House
Royal Indian Curry House (R.I.C.H.) is the first Indian sports bar and restaurant in Manila that offers authentic northern Indian dishes.
Beef Satti – Palm Grill
Palm Grill is a modern Asian restaurant specializing in chicken dishes. Some of their signature items are the Green Chicken, made with toasted coco bits and seven Asian spices, and Beef Satti with a solid kick!
House Crispy Sisig – Manam
We totally love Manam for its signature sisig dish. It has everything we ever wanted — crunchy pork bits and a little bit of sili for that spicy kick, all served fresh on a sizzling plate.
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Cover image from Mendokoro Ramenba’s Instagram account