Though I've only been here thrice, I could say it's one fine-dining joint I'd always look forward to going to. It's ambiance is perfectly Old Manila and the food is impeccably succulent. Located perfectly within the Adriatico Circle area, it definitely is rated A cafe.
If pigging out like there's no tomorrow is your trip, then a visit to Tramway over at Timog is the way to go. They first stood shop in Banawe and transferred to Timog early this year. Last time I was there, the price for total food overload was P170, I think. They serve everything in a long, buffet table including dessert, Filipino and Chinese, with an extra table on the side for fruits. I can't remember a time I left Tramway without seeing double because of too much food intake, it's crazy. For good eat-all-you-can food at affordable rates, drop by Tramway. It's well worth it.
The Napoli that my friends and I frequent is the one in Timog, within the Imperial Suites building but A Veneto Napoli along Visayas is one I have already been to. I have to say, this is my favorite restaurant primarily because I love Italian food and their food tastes sooo good. Their servings are huge and uber yummy. They serve their pasta in huge bowls/dishes or whatever you want to call those big thingies they serve it in, with one order good enough for three and their menu displays a huge array of everything Italian. Their prices are definitely affordable. This particular restaurant is a little small compared to the Napoli in Timog but really cozy as all Napoli outlets are. I never fail to recommend this restaurant because aside from their good food, their staff is friendly, always ready to serve with a smile. It's not my overall favorite food respite for nothing. If it's Italian you fancy, with no second thoughts, I definitely recommend Napoli/A Veneto Napoli Pizzeria Ristorante. Absolutely delish!
I'm sucker for diners. I've always wished we'd have more here in the Philippines as I enjoy dining in cozy, not really formal places. The best diner I've ever been to was Rosie's Diner over in Mabini and now that it's no longer operational (hasn't been for sooo many years), I'm happy to have discovered a new one right smack in a place I have easy access to. My good friend and I went to Cubao two Saturdays ago and he told me about the newest diner within the area. Being a fan of one, he didn't have to tell me twice. Butter Diner is one frequented by many, especially at night. They have hefty servings for most of their dishes and the meals are right on the budget, considering their size. For an afternoon snack, we ordered a macaroni salad and strawberry pancakes that had a scoop of strawberry butter (!) and strawberry syrup on the side. Mind you, they do have quite a repertoire of different flavored butter. We had a blast eating. It was a filler despite the fact that we shared both dishes. The salad didn't prove to be that much, though but it still kept us full. I like the fact that their cooking is butter-based, making their dishes tasty and palatable. The crew is friendly and attentive to your orders. At least ours was and the place has this homey feel that makes you instantly comfy. I haven't been there since but Butter Diner has definitely not seen the last of me... =)