With multiple Christmas parties in the weeks before December 25, sometimes you just want to leave it to the pros to handle your Christmas day lunch or dinner. Here are a couple of options for restaurants open on Christmas day. (Note that this list does not include Chinese or hotel restaurants, which are normally open anyway)
My Kitchen by Chef Chris – Chris Locher invented the roll-up pizza that’s now been appropriated by a delivery pizza chain and other casual restaurants. Simply called The Original, it’s a must try. This restaurant located at the Oasis Hotel right beside Paco Park might be off the beaten track for most but the hearty Italian fare is definitely worth the trip.
My Kitchen by Chef Chris is located at 1032 Belen St., Paco, Manila. Tel 5212371
Barcino – What started as a small deli and wine store in Pasig now has multiple branches which are all open on Christmas day. Enjoy typical Spanish fare and tapas with a wide selection of wines.
Barcino has branches at the following locations:
City Golf along Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City Tel 6362963
Power Plant Mall Makati Tel 8469423
Greenbelt 2 Makati Tel 5013250
Fort Bonifacio, Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Tel 8464635
Brasserie CiÇou – Regular readers will know that this is one of our favorite restaurants. The regular menu features typical French bistro and brassrie fare but Chef Cyrille Soenen occasionally comes up with special dishes from the vast repertoire of classical French Haute Cuisine. If you’ve never had the Kouign Aman dessert from here, you really need to give it a try. All others are pale imitations.
Brasserie CiÇou is located at 57 Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan. Tel 6619200
Black Sheep – Perched at the top of the W Building at 5th Ave. in Fort Bonifacio, Black Sheep offers great views of the city and Chef Jordy Navarra’s intricate and clever creations. Whisky pairings are also offered with the menu.
Black Sheep is located at the Penthouse of the W at 5th Building, 5th Ave. cor 32nd St, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tel 4784498
Elbert’s Steak Room – The menu is simple. It’s all about high quality beef. Strictly for carnivores. There’s also a great bar with an excellent selection of cognacs, single malts and bourbons.
Elbert’s Steak Room is located at the 3rd Flr, Sagittarius III Bldg., 111 H.V. De La Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati. Tel 5198665
Ramen Yushoken – Hands down our favorite ramen joint. Everything here is excellent! No reservations so be sure to line up early as it’s nearly always full.
Ramen Yushoken is located at Molito Mall, Madrigal Ave., Alabang, Mintinlupa. Tel 8087428
Brasserie Girolle – Chef Ian Padilla’s upscale La Girolle has closed but his Brasserie, also at the Fort, can satisfy your craving for hearty French fare.
Brasserie Girolle is located at the Ground Floor, Pointe II Bldg., 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tel 8566639
Grande Torino – Kapitolyo’s only authentic Italian restaurant. Excellent pizza, pasta etc.
Grande Torino is located at 59 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Tel 09184363796