10 New Breakfast Places to Try in Manila (Spot.ph)

(This feature was published in Spot.ph last January 13, 2019)

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, how can you kickstart your day with an empty stomach? Whether you’re into healthier stuff like granola or toast, or prefer the more filling rice meals, you’ll find your favorite morning treats at these new spots around the Metro where you can have breakfast like a king.

Manam Cafe

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t tasted Manam’s famous sisig yet. Luckily, the new Manam Café at Mega Fashion Hall, also offers the famous dish, which you can have for brunch through the House Crispy Sisig Silog (P265), served with garlic rice, eggs, and a special salsa. Aside from the typical -silog favorites, like tapa or corned beef, Manam Café serves an appetizing Ube Champorado (P155), a creamy take on the classic that will sweeten your morning.

Essential Goodness, for the Pilgrims.

While Poblacion is now well-known for being home to some of the hottest bars and dining spots in the Metro, it’s also a heritage district, in part due to all the colonial-era churches that were built in the area. The neighborhood has practically turned 180 degrees over the past few years, but there’s a new rooftop restaurant-slash-bar that pays homage to its roots—Essential Goodness, for the Pilgrims. The name may conjure up images of novels or films, but it is, in fact, an all-day breakfast concept by chefs Nicco Santos and Quenee Vilar (of the now-defunct Hey Handsome). Get a little bit of everything through their Essential Breakfast (P325), a hearty plate of English bangers, bacon, eggs with pesto, rye toast, and potato confit.

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