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Forget everything you think you know and open your mouth to an exciting world of flavors you’ve never experienced before. Whether you’re from the North or South, this list will broaden your gourmet horizon and give you a glimpse beyond the keyhole you’ve spent your life trying to widen. While Alabang is, to many, a distant land detached from the tastes of urban living; in it lies a simpler yet elegant escape from reality. Join us on an adventure through the top 10 wonders of Metro Manila’s southern hemisphere. It’s time for you to let go of all control and give in to the allures of these southern relics – starting with the 10th best restaurant in Alabang…

10. Melo’s
In a search for savory knowledge, one cannot help but enter the West Gate of Alabang. This portal leads to a relic said to perpetuate the winter holiday. The secret it keeps lies beyond its doors: the Christmas Steak Roulade with Turkey Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes – the joyful remnants of cows who grazed in the North Pole. Think it’s too early for Santa’s coming? Only if you limit your perception of time to physical reality. Allow Melo’s steaks to enlighten you, release you from your body, and elevate your spirit to the true meaning of Christmas made eternal.
 Photo credits to Melo’s Facebook Page

Address: Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30 am to 12:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
Telephone: +632 7713945
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱2,000
What you should try: Christmas Steak Roulade with Turkey Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes

9. Kessaku
Not too far from the West Gate is another hidden sanctuary for many celestial relics. One of which is known as Kessaku – a mystical blade forged from the Eastern orients. Many Japanese-style practitioners of the food arts have entered the dining arena with hopes of standing above its fellow disciples; but only few leave a mark while others barely make it beyond the harsh selection. Their Unagi Foie Gras and Symphony & Tiger Rolls are some of the few that have survived to this day, making Kessaku a worthy travel in your quest for appetizing wisdom.
Photo credits to Kessaku’s Facebook Page

Address: Ground Floor, The Commerce Center, 1780 Commerce Corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am to 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Telephone: +632 4033445
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱1,500
What you should try: Ramen bowls, Unagi Foie Gras, and Symphony & Tiger Roll

8. Buona Vita
Distance is just an illusion when you’ve finally understood how to visualize your destination. Let your mind take you across the world to Italy without taking more than a few steps from the metro. Buona Vita is the perfect picture of Italian taste as it safeguards an ancient vestige known to many as simply pizza. But do not let your narrow eyes keep you from seeing its true name which is the Capricciosa Five-Formaggi. This delectable disc can awaken your senses to true European gastronomy if not free you from the deception of thick crust. Never again will you allow yourself such desecration after experiencing the wonders of having more toppings than carbs.
Photo credits to Buona Vita’s Facebook Page

Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Telephone: +632 2469069 ext:897
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱2,000
What you should try: Capricciosa Five-Formaggi and Beef Ossobuco

7. Elbert’s Sandwiches 
At this point a sandwich as a gourmet relic may sound strange especially if you’re as logical as a doctor. But remove all sense or rationale and embrace the unconventional ways of having a Cheese Steak Sandwich for dinner. Forgetting everything you know and opening your mind to a new practice are the first steps of true education. Let Elbert teach you the beauties of having a sandwich as a meal. Let the sandwich help you understand why rice is a practice mostly common to Asians only. Underestimate the capacity of bread to fill your belly and you’ll fail to fully fill your tongue, mind, and gastral spirit.
Photo credits to the Elbert’s Sandwiches Facebook Page

Address: Ground Floor, The Commerce Center, 1780 Commerce Corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Telephone: +632 5195943
Snack for two with drinks: Around ₱1,000
What you should try: Cheese Steak Sandwiches

6. Abe
Where good friends dine is no longer a question but a mantra as innate as the first words of a child: Abe. This place is known to be a haven for intimate gatherings as its interiors are nothing short of a time capsule which keeps you protected from the flow of reality. No harm can come to you and your loved ones as you study Abe’s mystic words such as Binukadkad na Pla-pla, Crispy Tadyang, and The Day After. Let a calm and peaceful presence enter your mouth as you absorb the surroundings and inhale their dishes’ abundant chakra. Repeat the mantra after each bite of sanctity and the sense of good taste will become as clear as a vision of an ape holding its baby. Let the ape hold you, let it be Abe.
Photo credits to the Abe Facebook Page
Address: Ground Floor, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +63917 8042148
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am to 3:00 pm & 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱1,500
What you should try: Binukadkad na Pla-pla and The Day After
5. Hossein’s
After exploring Europe and the Orient, jump through the multiverse to another exotic land of rich taste: The Middle East. While many believe the desert to be a wasteland, it is, on the contrary, home to a lavish wealth of life in the gastral dimension. With its abundance of taste, no singular dish will suffice your journey through the sands of time. The Kebab Platters are the the answers you seek to deeper insight into the world of flavors. The enchanting sounds you’ll hear will surely transport you to a magical space of Arabian nights, just like Arabian days.
Photo credits to the official Hossein’s Facebook Page

Address: Ground Floor, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Telephone: +632 8906137
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱2,000
What you should try: The Supreme Kebabs, which is good for 5 people

4. Soil
Once you’ve understood the concept of astral projection, teleportation, and time warp, you’re ready for the true essence of the mystic arts: Magic. Conjuring the elements is best learned by studying its art from the masters themselves. There’s no better place for this than Soil which is home to many of them. And while their dishes invoked from Air, Water, and Fire are no small feat, their greatest strength lies in food summoned from the ground. Vegetarians and organic followers journey thousands of miles to congregate in this sacred site. You too can join them and learn the splendors of nature and its laws. Understand them well as you sample their Mud Crab with Aligue, Risotto, Corn, Basil & Grapefruit or Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Flower, Seeds, Cream Cheese, and Orange.

Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon – Sun 12:00 nn to 2:30 pm & 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Telephone: +632 2469069 ext:972
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱1,500
What you should try: Mud Crab with Aligue and Roasted Pumpkin Soup

3. Burger Geek
Understanding the natural laws of time and space are important to maintain balance in the multiverse – much like how Burger Geek maintains the perfect equilibrium between burger meat and patties. But make careful preparations and be well-equipped to take on more than just a burger. Their flawlessly calculated appetizer is merely a prequel to their excessively fulfilling Umami Chicken. All logic goes out the window with one bite of their chicken’s skin as their Umami Corn lets you transcend reality through all dimensions in the present, past, and future. Relax and accept the immeasurably vast existence of great taste with each bite. Only then will you be better prepared for your purposefully deep and profound destiny.
 

Address: Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Telephone: +632 8012903
Lunch for two with drinks: Around ₱1,000
What you should try: The Geek and Umami Chicken

2. Yushoken
The secrets that lie in the books of The Ancient One can only be understood by a master sorcerer. Luckily, Yushoken is home to one of the best ramen chefs whose dishes are proof of his exceptional grasp in culinary magic. Rumors have it he draws powers from another dimension – a space in time where the Ramen God feeds, nurtures, and gives life. Studying the mystic arts can only take you so far. For the final battle you will need experience, luck, and the blessing of the Food Gods. Pay homage to them by ordering their Tantanmen Ramen and accept that not all things need to be understood; some things just need to be eaten. If the ramen sounds too intense, a baptism by Gyoza is the path to divine fulfillment.

Address: Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Avenue corner Commerce St., Alabang
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Telephone: +632 8087424
Lunch for two with drinks: Around ₱1,000
What you should try: Tantanmen Ramen and Gyoza

1. Black Pig

When one tampers with the natural laws and practices forbidden rituals, Dark Gods from an endless dimension cross universes to give you a taste of indescribable ecstasy thus cementing Black Pig as the best restaurant in Alabang. Similar to Black Pig’s Iberico Pork Jowl, you’ll have to forget everything you’ve learned and face the unfathomable taste of pork on a whole new different level. Even the simplest things you thought you knew, such as eggs, will be made crispy with mushrooms and truffle puree. If you’re not ready to face tastes that belong to another dimension, build your way up through other delicious delicacies so that one day you may safely make the journey back to reality from Porky Nirvana. Trust me when I say, you don’t want to be stuck in a foodgasmic loop.

Address: Commercenter Building, Filinvest Ave. corner, E Asia Dr, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Telephone: +632 8450744
Dinner for two with drinks: Around ₱2,500
What you should try: Crispy Eggs with Mushrooms & Truffle Puree and Iberico Pork Jowl

By | October 28th, 2016|Guide|