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McDonald’s to open fewer new stores than planned thanks to COVID-19

Fast food company McDonald’s Philippines is aiming to open 15 more stores in the country this year as expansion was hampered by the ongoing...

Limited dine-in to resume under general quarantine

RESTAURANTS may soon be allowed to resume limited dine-in operations in Metro Manila and other areas under a general community quarantine.

Robots dish out the drinks at reopened Dutch restaurant

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands — At the Dadawan restaurant in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, an unusual group of new staffers has been brought in to help after the Netherlands eased its coronavirus lockdown this week: robots.

Mask in a restaurant? This one can gobble like Pac-Man

OR YEHUDA, Israel — Israeli inventors have developed a coronavirus mask with a remote control mouth that lets diners eat food without taking it off, a device they say could make a visit to a restaurant less risky.

Swedish pop-up restaurant fights coronavirus one guest at a time

RANSÄTER, Sweden — A coronavirus-resistant restaurant in a meadow in Sweden with just one table and one chair has welcomed its first guest.

There will be no World’s Best Restaurant this year

ON MARCH 30, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards entirely abandoned plans for rankings for 2020 and pledged instead to focus on efforts to help the hospitality industry face the challenges of the novel coronavirus.

Ortigas malls restaurants open for delivery

WITH the entire Luzon island under lockdown and local governments having ordered malls and other non-essential businesses to close, there is a need to know if basic necessities like food and medicine are still available. Ortigas malls — Greenhills Shopping Center, Estancia, Tiendesitas, and Industria — have announced that while the main malls are closed, many of their food establishments are still open for deliveries and take-out.

Singapore’s Nine Fresh is here

BECAUSE of its popularity among Filipinos in its native Singapore, dessert shop Nine Fresh has decided to take a chance and expand outside its home country and into the Philippines.

Kei restaurant’s Japanese chef wins 3 stars

PARIS — The French edition of the Michelin Guide, the bible of gastronomy, for the first time in its history awarded the highest rating of three stars to a Japanese-born chef.

NY’s Spotted Pig restaurant is closing

THE Spotted Pig, the West Village multistoried hot spot that was party central for celebrities in the 2000s, is shutting down. The news comes after a sexual harassment case against owner Ken Friedman, brought on by former employees, was settled on Jan. 7.

France’s Paul Bocuse restaurant loses Michelin star after chef’s death

PARIS — The flagship restaurant of celebrated French chef Paul Bocuse, who died nearly two years ago, has lost its coveted Michelin three-star rating for the first time in over five decades.

A Skeptic Swallows: Dinner at Van Gogh is Bipolar

I WILL TELL YOU now that this review will be clouded over by a certain incident. Before going to Maginhawa’s Van Gogh is Bipolar, a restaurant in Quezon City, this reporter was listening to the song “Dominique” by Souer Sourire. I was thinking of a story my mother told me, that in another world, I might have been named Dominic (a variant of the name), because of her and her father’s shared fondness for the song. I was contemplating what life would have been with another name — that name — right before meeting artist and chef Jetro Rafael, the founder of Van Gogh is Bipolar (which we will call Van Gogh from here on in). As I stepped into the restaurant, Mr. Rafael greeted me: “Ah! Dominic.” I then proceeded to interview Mr. Rafael with the sort of wide-eyed curiosity one accords to a magician.

What happens when an airline opens a restaurant?

THE Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur has more than 100 restaurants, cafés, and snack stands to meet every kind of craving. As of this month, that list includes a novel and seemingly quixotic option: Santan, a café that serves airplane food in cardboard boxes.

Kuya J opens first café

FILIPINO restaurant Kuya J launched its first Kuya J Café on Dec. 16 at Park Square, Ayala Center in Makati City.

Top chefs pick favorite cities around the world for great restaurants

EVERYONE KNOWS you can enjoy wonderful meals in cities such as Paris, New York, London, and Tokyo. But what of other dining destinations, with fabulous dishes that are more likely to be found in casual bars or bistros than in fancy restaurants?

GREAT Women’s restaurant collaboration to help weavers

ON A recent trip to Iloilo, Jeannie Javelosa, chief visionary officer of GREAT Women (the acronym for Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women) — a platform that supports women for economic empowerment through microenterprises — visited a weaving community and noticed that production speed was slow. The older weavers said that poor eyesight made it difficult to work.

Greenwich Village hangout named World’s Best Bar

AN ALL-DAY neighborhood joint in New York’s Greenwich Village was last week named the world’s best bar, beating competition from luxury lounges around the globe and knocking London off the top of The World’s 50 Best Bars rankings.

Urban crocodile

HUMANS are arguably the world’s most successful predator, occupying a space atop the food chain. On this pedestal, we have been made free to consume every type of animal there is.

Hakata Ton-ichi: When you want decent ramen but don’t want to...

RAMEN-YA or ramen restaurants have become so popular in the country that most malls have more than one offering some form of noodle soup from some region of Japan. Such is the focus of these restaurants to maintain that authentic taste, a bowl of good ramen will set one back around P500 so it was a pleasant surprise to find a good ramen restaurant offering a complete meal for the same price.

Not your usual ramen shop

PEOPLE seeking to satisfy their craving for Japanese ramen but not in the usual way may want to check out the newly opened Mitsuyado Ramen Shokudo at the Japan Town of Top of the Glo in Glorietta 2, Makati.

KPub’s parent group planning four new concepts this year

MEAT CONCEPTS Inc., the group behind KPub BBQ, Thai BBQ,Ogawa, Oppa Chicken, Modern China, and Rico’s Lechon, among others, is opening several new concepts this year: a Chinese hotpot restaurant, another Cantonese concept, a steakhouse, and a Korean stew spot.

Ordering coffee through Bo’s chatbot on Messenger

SKIP the line at Bo’s Coffee with a chatbot called Botty.

Max’s Restaurant launches new TV ad, loyalty card, and dining promos

IN THE early days, animals in the forest bullied the sun for producing unbearable heat. When the sun disappeared for quite a long time, the animals apologized daily by writing “Sorry” on stone, smoke, and fire, and spelling the word out with their bodies. In desperation for sunlight, the chicken unceasingly chuckled until the sun rose. Unfortunately, when the chicken and the sun gave each other a high five upon rising, the chicken turned into fried chicken. Thus is the legend, according to Max’s Restaurant.

Japanese cuisine two ways

TAPPING into the Philippines’ big market for Japanese cuisine, a new restaurant has opened in Makati which seeks to introduce to the local market more ways of enjoying dishes from the “Land of the Rising Sun.”

The passing of seasons

THE seasons are here to remind us of our place in the universe. Spring, summer, autumn, and winter occur due to the Earth’s axial tilt, and humankind's existence revolves around this cosmic phenomenon. The seasons also remind us of the passage of time, how things that blossom will die someday, and, perhaps, be reborn in the future.

No frills, just the important things

WITH THE opening of Seda Hotel BGC’s second tower comes the reimagining of its signature buffet restaurant, Misto.

Milky Way stays true to its roots

HOME COOKING has a way of connecting us with a purer version of ourselves. Before the world left us all scratched, somebody loved us and prepared food for us. We guess that’s the magic of Milky Way Café, where each dish brings us back to our mother’s table, when nothing yet could go wrong.

Home away

JUNIOR ISN’T the only Filipino eatery in Montreal, but as all the others are clustered around the Cote-des-Neiges neighborhood it’s the only one that chose to strike out for other pastures, establishing itself in 2014 in Griffintown, a former Irish immigrant community turned industrial area turned urban renewal experiment.

Romulo Café keeps up to date

VIRGINA LLAMAS was a homemaker who prepared impeccable signature dishes. Her husband, Carlos P. Romulo, was appointed as the Philippines’ permanent delegate to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador the day after Manuel Roxas was sworn as the first president of the Philippine Republic. In 1946, the family settled in Washington D.C. — their home for the next 14 years. It was at that time that Virgina introduced Filipino cuisine to American guests and foreign diplomats. Her recipes served as inspiration for Romulo Café’s home-cooked dishes.

Robinsons Galleria is now a foodie destination

AFTER a major makeover last year, one of the first shopping malls along EDSA — Robinsons Place Galleria — is this year highlighting its many restaurants as it positions itself as one of the city’s foodie destinations.

Places to celebrate Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Eastwood Café+Bar, is serving up unlimited steaks and crabs for P995 nett.

Pasqualino’s — Italian dining atop a Samar hill

JUST 45-minutes away from Summit Tacloban sits an Italian restaurant atop a hill with a gorgeous view of the San Juanico Bridge.

History on a plate

OF ALL the facets of culture and history — think language, clothing, art — food is usually relegated to the sidelines. “It’s always going to be there,” we say to ourselves while it disappears from our tables, replaced by global selections that are easy to prepare, easy to eat, and are easily forgotten. Food does not deserve this position, for it is the fuel that forged revolutions, gave sustenance to communities, and, today, continues to build the nation.

Why line up for Popeyes?

THE LONG lines snaking around Pasig’s Arcovia when Popeyes opened last week is solid proof of how much Filipinos wanted the Louisiana-style fried chicken.

Goldman Sachs’s chief critic on New York’s top new restaurants

TWO weeks ago, the James Beard Foundation announced awards for the top restaurants, chefs, and beverage professionals across the country.

Good food, good company, and good times

WHEN catching up with family and friends, most prefer to go out and dine to reminisce about past experiences and talk about how things are going. Nothing beats heart-to-heart talks paired with delightful meals.

Renowned chefs revive Sinatra’s hangout — but only for two years

AN ICONIC Los Angeles restaurant made famous as Frank Sinatra’s hangout is getting a dream revival. The catch? You have only two years to check it out.

Known for its burgers, Shake Shack has the best hotdog

NEW YORK icon Shake Shack is building a home in the Philippines with the opening of its first branch in BGC’s Central Square.

Singapore creates its own gin

AS a former part of the British Empire, it’s not surprising to find influences of Britannia in Singapore. One such example is gin, Britain’s favored libation from the 17th century onwards, finding a home in Singapore’s favorite cocktail, the Singapore Sling (made with a base of gin, coupled with cherry liqueur and pineapple juice, among others).

Flavors of Guangdong at China Blue

MEMBERS of the press were led to the kitchen before lunch time. This writer remained quiet and very nervous as we walked to the kitchen. We were told that after a short cooking demo by celebrity chef Jereme Leung, we were to recreate the same dish ourselves. Mr. Leung showed the group how to prepare crispy milk fritters, a traditional dessert in Da Lang in Guangdong, China which uses buffalo milk as a special ingredient.

Keeping the tradition going

THE KING is dead, long live the king. The popular phrase has been used to symbolize continuity; that in an institution like a monarchy, while the head may die, the show goes on.

Odette is No. 1 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

AFTER FOUR consecutive years topping the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Bangkok’s Gaggan has finally been dethroned.

Mango madness

MANGOES are very popular in the Philippines — served as a fruit shake, dried in packs as pasalubong, or kept fresh in the kitchen waiting to be sliced and eaten with rice like a modified California maki (even without the seaweed and crab sticks). Now Manila has a new restaurant that specializes in a variety of mango beverages and desserts.

A walk on the Wyld side

THERE ARE two ways the human mind perceives nature. One makes us seek balance and tranquility, while the other allows us to unleash ourselves and become truly wild. A restaurant in Quezon City allows you to do both: to be tranquil on the weekdays and, for the young ones, go wild on the weekends.

Can Studio 54 founder Ian Schrager make Times Square cool again?

JUST A few months ago, Vice News published a story with a provocative headline: “The Coolest Place to Get a Drink in Midtown Manhattan Is the New Taco Bell.”