Manam, Manila: All hail the sisig

  11/16    Philippines

Manam in Manila is emblematic of a new wave of restaurants confident in their own classic dishes – nowhere more so than in an excellent rendition of sisig.


Raging Bull, Manila: Raising the steaks

  09/16    Philippines

Raging Bull in Manila serves up some of the best steaks in a very long time in surroundings straight from the set of Mad Men – even if De Niro is the inspiration.

Toyo, Manila: Crazy good times

  04/16    Philippines

Toyo is chef Jordy Navarre’s latest Manila venture, a brilliant display of Filipino relaxed gastronomy that champions local produce and raises the bar further for the capital’s restaurants.

Yakumi Manila

Yakumi, Manila: Get Lucky

  08/15    Philippines

Yakumi Review date: June 16, 2015 60 second review so no score Yakumi is the signature Japanese restaurant at Manila’s Solaire, an enormous five star hotel, entertainment and gaming complex overlooking Manila Bay. In a venue where money is clearly no object, exec chef Norimasa Kosaka has some serious produce to play with, handling it …

Taza Taal Vista

Taza, Taal Vista Hotel, Philippines: The world on a plate, beautifully delivered

  06/15    Philippines

Taza, Taal Vista Hotel review date: June 13, 2015 A mere 140,000 years ago, Taal Volcano was born. It’s a breathtaking sight and only 40 miles south (around 90 minutes, on a good day) of Metro Manila. As a result it’s a popular weekend and holiday getaway for urbanites seeking cooler climes and cleaner air. The venue which …

Black Sheep Manila

Are the Philippines the new gourmet frontier? My piece for Fine Dining Lovers magazine.

  05/15    Philippines

Here’s  my first piece for Fine Dining Lovers, a must-read for gastro fans everywhere. International chefs gathered together at Madrid fusión Manila, a food event that reminds the new role of Filipino cuisine and produce in world gastronomy. BY CHRIS DWYER ON MAY 07, 2015 A half-developed duck egg embryo scooped from its shell …

Vask with Mugaritz, Manila: The Spanish Disposition

  04/15    Philippines

Madrid Fusion Manila recently bought some of Spain’s most renowned Michelin-starred chefs and artisanal food and wine producers to the Philippines capital for three full days of masterclasses, markets, presentations, tastings and special pop up dinners. It’s another marker of the Filipino dining renaissance, as I bleated on at It’s also smart event and destination marketing …