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If you are a vegetarian or love "Desi" food, the Philippines has plenty of excellent choices to offer:
Bollywood (Tel. 757-3536) Reasonably priced, excellent food, an Indian DJ (twice a week), it is the darling of the night owls especially the youngsters. Closes very late. "Hookas" are available also.
Chah de Huti (5618298) or which is Punjabi for Tea House has opened at 1229 United Nations Avenue, across Nissan Showroom and a stone throw away from Khalsa Diwan {Indian Sikh Temple} and other Indian Grocery stores.
Kashmir (844-4476) The oldest fine dining Indian restaurant in the Philippines. It serves excellent Mughlai food and is popular for its "Kashmiri Dal" and Nan.
Manita India House (896-2633)
(09179011648 or 09228998628) Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Goat meat, cooked and uncooked, could also be purchased here together with special Chicken and Mutton Biryani.
Mrs. Neelam (833-5661)
Mrs. Sundri (896-3921)
New Bombay Restaurant (819-2892) For budget travelers. It has a regular following among temporary residents and students. It has branches in Makati and in Greenhills.
Prince of Jaipur (884-1692 to 94) When yous eek to impress, to have aformal meeting, to dine in a "Maharaja" setting, then Prince of Jaipur is definitely recommended. Excellent ambience coupled by great "Mughalai" food.
Queens (89-1316, 895-1816) The new kid on the block, located at Jupiter Street, Makati has created a name for itself by its "fusion" Indian and Indonesian food - two treats in one. It serves over 80 vegetarian dishes and has a separate cooking area for non-vegetarian dishes. Its prices are mid-range.
Spices (887-2888) it is one of the restaurants at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City. It is also a perfect venue to have a "Perfect Indian meal". Spices is the only Indian restaurant based in a five-star hotel.
Swagat (752-5669) A fast food casual dining place located in a commercial building. Try it out.
Tandoor (521-4579) Serves a wide variety of dishes and has a grocery store.

If there is only one thing any Filipino loves, it is eating. Though Filipino food has not created a worldwide image, yet not to taste it while in the Philippines is missing a gastronomic delight, especially if you are the adventurous type or love grilled or seafood.

Aristrocat (524-7671)
Banana Leaf (812-8618)
Barrio Fiesta (899-4020)
California Pizza Kitchen (687-7841 to 42)
Circles (813-8888)
Good Earth (887-5700)
Italianis (728-0291)
Jollibee (8-7000)
Kamayan (892-8898)
Kare Kare, Zamboanga (521-7345)
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

Kimpura (893-2307)
Korean Garden (895-5443)
Le Souffle (887-5108)
Li LI (245-1234)
Mcdonald's (8-6236)
Old Swiss Inn (818-0098)

Persian Kebabs (890-5928)
Red Kimono (816-6642)
Spiral (832-6988)

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Where to eat in India. Since a Filipino would be going to India on either a social, business, or official visit, it would futile for us to come out with a wide list of selected restaurants. They would be well ttaken care of by the local host. The tourist's meals would mostly be included in the itinerary and would be taken care of by the travel agency. It is important, though, for a first-time traveller to avoid eating 100 percent Indian food for the first three days. A little sample would be fine, since you could get a lot of international variety in India. This holds true for hotel outlets or specialty restaurants. The best would be as follows:

  • Fresh juices are plentiful in Indian restaurants. try the coconut water of lime soda. "Lassi" yoghurt is great for breakfast.
  • For starters, go for some non-spicy dry appetizers such as kebabs or samosas (which are like empanadas)/
  • main course colud include one order of mutton (dry variety), seafood (excellent) or a chicken dish.
  • A variety of Indian vegetables is recommended.
  • Ask for Basmati rice; try the "Naan" or "Roti".
  • Desserts are a must, and many milk-based. Seasonal or regional fruits must be tried, especially the "Alphonso" varieties of mango.
  • Cold coffee is a must in India. So are he many varieties of Indian ice cream generally known as "Kulfi".
  • "Barista" cafes are clones of Starbucks.


Little Italy (26608885)
Restaurant China White (55049555)
Trishna Seafood and Bar (22703213)

Baan Thai (22492323)
Bouquet Garni (24799327)
Fire and Ice (22837964)
Grain of Salt (22811313)
Mainland China (22837964)

East Street
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