Whether you want them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch, eggs are a great addition to any meal. In the Philippines, it’s a big part of our culture when it comes to food like salted egg, balut, and even silog meals. We’ve also incorporated international and continental styles of cooking an egg, such as in noodles, pastas, toast, or simply just scrambling one up. So if you like your eggs in any form – fried, poached, sunny side up, boiled, and more – and you’re looking for a new dish to feast on, check out these places in the metro that take the eggs up a notch.
Coco Ichibanya’s Omelet Curry
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The world’s #1 Japanese Curry House quickly became popular when they first opened in Manila in 2015. Now, Coco Ichibanya has 9 branches in the metro, ready to serve up the Japanese style curry we all know and love. They offer a couple of omelet curry choices, each with different toppings and pairings. Be sure to try the Pork Cutlet Omelet Curry (P360), which is something katsu lovers would especially love. It’s one of Coco Ichibanya’s most classic dishes, with the soft omelet placed on top of the rice, and pieces of deep-fried pork cutlet on the side, all surrounded by their famous curry sauce. You can also ask for cheese as an extra topping – they highly recommend it!
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza’s SMEGG Pizza
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Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza makes their pizzas, pasta, and cheese with fresh ingredients. The menu is simple, but each dish is of fine quality. The pizzas here have become popular for their unique combinations and charred, chewy crusts. Try the S.M.EGG Pizza (P485) – it stands for homemade Sausage, Mushroom, and Egg, a favorite among Gino’s customers. The creaminess of this pizza comes not only from the 2 eggs but also from the gouda and cream used. And when it comes to pizza toppings, Gino’s serves it in generous amounts, making it worth your money. Don’t forget to top it with their signature spicy honey that gives it a sweet and spicy kick!
Din Tai Fung’s Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun
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Din Tai Fung is a testament to that retaining the quality of their food as new food trends come and go. When they first opened, people lined up for their xiao long bao and pork buns, and until now continue to serve these with top quality. At the time when salted egg-flavored food had its moment, some that rode on the trend died down, while others remained classics. Din Tai Fung’s Golden Lava Salted Egg Yolk Bun (P85/2 pieces) is one of those salted egg dishes that is here to stay. With a dish this simple and delicious, it’s really the salted egg yolk custard that’s the star of the show. The bun is soft and fluffy, and the filling oozes out warm and rich – “golden lava” really is the best way to describe it.
Toby’s Estate’s Traviata
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You might know them more for their coffee, but you’d be surprised at just how good the all-day breakfast menu at Toby’s Estate is. Their breakfast choices feature eggs in different ways, but a Toby’s Estate favorite would be the Traviata (P325). Two eggs are baked in a skillet and topped with cherry tomatoes, ricotta, arugula and basil oil, with toasted rustic bread on the side. It’s a hearty dish that you can enjoy alone or shared over your favorite Toby’s Estate coffee drink. So the next time you drop by for your caffeine fix, grab some breakfast while you’re at it.
UCC Clockwork’s Crabby Fatty Omurice
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If UCC Clockwork, part of the popular UCC Company, is a concept store that serves a variety of local and international third wave coffee and cuisine. The Crabby Fatty Omurice (P350) is one of their specialties, made with shredded crab meat, garlic, onions, ebiko, topped with a creamy toro-toro egg in a pool of aligue cream. It’s an indulgent and unique take on the famous Japanese omurice, a dish that often becomes viral when it comes to food videos. Each aspect of UCC Clockwork’s omurice is excellent on its own, even more so when combined. The flavor of the crab is highlighted without overpowering the egg’s creaminess and fluffiness, and even the rice is loaded with flavor. No wonder this has become a crowd favorite!
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Wildflour Café + Bakery is known for their amazing breakfast menu (which is served until 3 pm) and freshly baked bread and pastries. As most brunch places would, Wildflour offers a variety of egg-centric dishes, and one of the best is the Shakshouka (P430). This Middle Eastern dish is made with braised tomatoes, baked eggs, mint, and cilantro. The combination of spices in Shakshouka makes the dish a perfect mix of sweet, spicy, and savory, with the hint of freshness coming from the herbs. It’s served piping hot in a skillet with a freshly baked Wildflour baguette to pair it with. Dip the bread into the warm tomatoes and runny yolks, and you won’t be surprised that many people consider this their comfort food.
Duck & Buvette’s Oeuf en Cocotte and Truffle Cream
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Duck & Buvette is Shangri-La Plaza uses seasonal produce and hand-picked ingredients for their simple, French-inspired food. The Oeuf en Cocotte and Truffle Cream (P190) comes from Duck & Buvette’s menu of small plates and starters. They suggest ordering a couple of dishes from this Buvette selection for the table to share. Egg lovers shouldn’t miss out on this dish made of organic duck eggs with truffle cream. The fragrance of truffle is unmistakable, and pairs well with the simple but rich duck egg. As you might imagine, this best paired with bread, but is still a treat on its own.
The Bowery’s Eggs Benedict
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When it comes to this classic brunch dish, The Bowery does theirs perfectly. This restaurant in BGC serves a variety of New York-inspired comfort food, from pastas, to burgers and sandwiches, to all-day breakfast. Their Eggs Benedict (P380) includes perfectly poached eggs and smoked ham on a homemade English muffin that’s baked in-house. It’s covered in a silky, tangy hollandaise sauce and served with a side of herbed home fries. That toasted muffin is the perfect vessel to scoop up all the leftover sauce and golden, runny yolk at the end of your meal. Here’s a tip: you can get a variation called the Shrimp Benedict (P540) that makes use of shrimp instead of ham, only on weekends.
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This spot in Tomas Morato is actually a third-wave coffee shop that also serves different pastas, sandwiches, rice plates, and more. Their best-selling pasta is called Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy (P310), made with squid ink tagliatelle. It is reminiscent of a classic Italian carbonara, but made modern with salted egg cream sauce and a 63º poached egg. To add another salty, savory kick, it’s topped with tons of bacon bits. Cap off your meal with their specialty coffee or cakes!
La Mère Poulard’s Bacon and Potato Omelette
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If you like your omelets on the fluffy side, La Mère Poulard is perfect for you. This French restaurant first opened their doors in Manila early in 2018, and makes French cuisine less intimidating with their menu. One of their signature dishes is the Puff Omelette, and as the name suggests, it’s one of the fluffiest omelets you will ever have. It’s soufflé-like in texture and comes with a variety of toppings to choose from. Try the Bacon and Potato Omelette (P450), which comes with marble potatoes and thick-cut bacon lightly tossed in herbs to complement the fluffy egg.