Hear us out for a minute: The drive down to Alabang is 100% worth it. All of it—the scenic drive through the skyway, the eye-roll-inducing toll fee, and all the delicious food that you will only find in these restaurants down South. Eating out is extra fun when you get to dress for easy, breezy weather and have tons of quality time with the people you love.
Suggest one of these South spots for your next brunch with the girls, a romantic dinner for two, or a special weekend off with the whole family. From fresh pasta to pink sushi, to excellent tapas, here’s what you’ll be feasting on the next time you head to Alabang.
Nothing, and we mean nothing, beats authentic Italian home-cooked pasta for dinner. Da Gianni is a restaurant run by the Gudicellis, where family recipes that have been passed on through generations make up the bulk of the menu. The cozy, spacious, and laid-back vibe of the restaurant makes it perfect for families or large groups dining out—you can even book a private room that’s set up like a family dining room.
The space in Westgate is Da Gianni’s very first branch in Metro Manila. The fresh plates of pasta and hefty pizzas are a must, and you’re free to order a pre-dinner tipple (we urge you get a Negroni!) from their simple bar menu.
Da Gianni is located at Westgate Hub Alabang, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
When it comes to coffee, you’d better bet that Jonathan Choi knows his stuff! His cafe in BF Homes, Magnum Opus, has been praised for top-notch coffee and delicious food, and Choi’s most recent venture in Molito Lifestyle Mall is no different.
Because Exchange Alley Coffee House, fondly called EACH by its regulars, is open from 7 AM to 11 PM daily, it has become the perfect neighborhood joint for brunches, coffee breaks, study sessions—anything, really. The menu caters to both coffee drinkers and non-coffee drinkers alike: With the friendliest baristas pulling perfect espressos, brewing teas, and pouring chocolate over milk soft serve at the same time, who wouldn’t enjoy a place like this? Don’t forget to order their rice bowls or avocado toasts while you’re at it!
Exchange Alley Coffee House is located at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Being a traditional Ramen restaurant means that nothing takes precedence over our broth; everything else just plays a supporting role to it. Most Japanese tend to order Shio Ramen when they first eat in a new Ramen restaurant, sometimes even with the toppings on the side, so that their first measure of the broth is as pure and uncorrupted as possible.
Could there be a more perfect place for this sweater weather? Ramen Yushoken has been hailed as one of the best ramen joints in the Metro and is a favorite dining spot for regulars in the area, so expect a line during peak hour and weekends. You can expect high-quality food, with extra attention and care put into the 12-hour ramen broth, hand-made ramen noodles, and even hand-rolled gyoza wrappers.
Our tip for dining at Ramen Yushoken? Skip the selfies and Instagram snaps and dig right into that piping hot broth!
Ramen Yushoken is located at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
It doesn’t hurt to splurge on a delicious, lavish meal every now and then. Make sure that your pick for a special night out is the right one at The Black Pig, where chefs Carlos Garcia and Tricia MacDonald focus on seasonal dishes and a well-curated menu for dining experiences that are truly one-of-a-kind. The selection of cured meats and wines will only make The Black Pig’s special dishes even more worth it.
The Black Pig is located at 2/F The Commercecenter, Commerce Ave., Filinvest, Muntinlupa City.
You’ve probably heard that Neil’s Kitchen is the most “tita” dining spot in the South, but don’t let that scare you away from all that delicious Filipino food fare. You’re probably a self-proclaimed tita anyway, right?
Chef Neil Ramos is behind this stand-alone concept in Westgate. It’s a quirky space—you climb up a flight of stairs to enter a cozy restaurant setting with cheeky quotes on the walls and a little bookstore at the far end. Don’t miss out on the sinigang paella, grilled liempo, and boneless chicken barbecue!
Neil’s Kitchen is located at Lot C701-704 Westgate Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
6. Mr. Roboto
You’d better believe that a couple of 20-year-olds run this 80’s-themed sushi bar and restaurant! Dani Ramos and David Mendoza, who are family friends, decided to set up this shop inspired by their shared love for sushi and their frequent travels to Japan together. The colorful restaurant design and old-school music are just as lovable as the sushi that they serve.
Go for their modern sushi rolls and nigiri (don’t be scared to order the pink Shake Nigiri—totally worth it), and if you’re hungry, dig into their hefty chirashi bowls for good measure.
Mr. Roboto is located on the Ground Floor of ATC Corporate Center, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Thomson Road is one of the newest restaurants to open in the Molito Lifestyle Mall. It’s quickly become a favorite among diners from neighboring villages with their tasty Cantonese, Singaporean, and Filipino-inspired dishes and family-friendly set-up. Dimsum is a must, but order up those heavily-spiced bowls of laksa and gorgeously-plated platters of char siu pork, as well!
Thomson Road Chinese Bistro is located at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
While this Taiwanese noodle joint sits quietly nearby Ramen Yushoken, it’s not one you should miss out on. Their hand-pulled noodles are made fresh, in-house, and always cooked perfectly al dente. The noodle soups are always excellently executed, with thick, flavor-packed broth that makes this restaurant and worthwhile lunch or dinner destination.
Chairman Wang’s Prime Beef Noodle House is located at Molito Lifestyle Mall, Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
9. Sushi Ninja
Sushi Ninja has one of the most creative Japanese menus out there. With deep-fried, barely-fits-into-your mouth sushi rolls and poke bowls piled high with fresh fish, this place is every Japanese food lovers dream!
Don’t expect the classics—expect a good time. Head straight to the “Modern Sushi” section of their menu and order up Spanish-inspired makis and rolls finished off with a “special sauce.”
Sushi Ninja is located at Westgate Center, Filinvest, Muntinlupa City.
As the name suggests, Tus’ serves food that is primarily prepared in classic Spanish clay pots or cazuelas. The two-story restaurant was made to be spacious enough to fit families and friends dining as groups, with little homey touches along the walls of the restaurants, so feel free to flip through displayed cookbooks and magazines at your leisure. Large servings of chicken pot pies, pot roasts, calzones, and steaks make them easy to share, but trust us—you’ll want their best-selling dessert, their half-baked cookie, all to yourself.
Tus’ Clay Pots and Skillets is located at D1 Westgate Center, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.