I was in Manila last December to visit my Mom and had dinner at Mecha Uma in Global City. I heard a lot about culinary wunderkind Chef Bruce Ricketts who was making waves in the Manila food scene and studied in San Diego (his very lovely grandmother Tita Edith is a long time San Diego resident). His food is described as "global cuisine with Japanese inflections" and friends who ate at his restaurants raved about the quality of his ingredients. I was curious, intrigued and decided to take my mom for an early New Year's dinner before heading back to the States.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get a reservation for the omakase chef's tasting menu and sit at the interactive Chef's table but the a la carte menu was impressive and our server did a wonderful job explaining the dishes. The food is definitely worth the hype and I admire his creativity. The understated ambiance (the restaurant is small and intimate), the "oh my gosh absolutely delicious" food (Mecha Uma translates to "absurdly delicious"), plus the friendly and knowledgeable staff made our meal unforgettable. It was the perfect place for a mother daughter dinner.
25th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave.
RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center
Bonifacio South, Fort Bonifacio