In times of need, and when I can’t figure out what I want to eat I depend on my Go-To Restaurants. This is my mental list of the places I have discovered so far, that in my opinion, prepare their food the best consistently
I will not be doing many restaurant reviews, and when I do, they will be more of suggestions than critiques. There will be no pointing of the critical finger, I am just pointing out a good place to eat. If you want to know where not to eat check another blog.
Woodfire is that little Italian joint wedged between Rambla and Refinery in the Rockwell neighborhood. My first time there was a definite “thank god, they do exist in Manila” moment. I had been in the country about a month and was feeling the pressure of finding good but affordable Italian food. Having tried almost every restaurant in Rockwell (seriously), I decided to try Woodfire one night and it was incredible. It was so good that I came back for lunch there the following day. The dining area is small yet it promotes easy conversations to go along with a bottle of wine. The relaxed atmosphere is intimate and low pressure, and I imagine romantic with the right person. I have not had a bad dish here, the meat and cheese platters are great quality and quantity at an affordable price. The brick oven pizzas are all fantastic and the fresh made pasta dishes may be some of the best in the city.
I often find myself there during off-hours in the middle of the afternoon, but the food is always piping hot and fresh and the staff always are friendly and attentive.
So I keep going back, and they always treat me like gold. They have a no BS approach to generous portions of simple yet beautifully presented fresh ingredients. Its delicious Italian, the way it should be. Check it out.
If you have a Go-To Restaurant that you love, please suggest it to me in the comments below. I can’t wait to try it out!