British author Guy Beringer is credited with being the first person to write about brunch. In “Brunch: A Plea,” which he wrote for Hunter’s Weekly in 1895, Guy described brunch as a starter meal that would not require you to wake up early. Instead, it would be served around noon with tea, coffee, or even alcohol. Over the years, restaurants worldwide took the idea and ran with it, giving us a variety of brunch experiences to choose from today.
In the Philippines, brunch usually runs from just before midday through early afternoon, catering to those who are willing to take their time to savor a late morning meal.
For a good brunch, we’ll take all the time in the world.
Pablo has been around for two years now, but launched its brunch menu only three months ago. Served on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pablo's brunch offers a short and an extended menu, each with a spread of entrees, breads, and desserts that echo the restaurant’s extensive European fare. Notable dishes include the savory confit potatoes, chorizo and quail eggs, the tender cochinillo asado, and an indulgent chocolate pot de creme. Customers can also avail of free flowing cava or mimosas, for an additional fee.
Pablo is at Picasso Serviced Boutique Residences, 119 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Breakfast at Antonio’s
Tonyboy Escalante’s all-day breakfast concept is one of the reasons why many head to Tagaytay for the weekend. Its navy blue clapboard exteriors remind us of a quaint colonial-style home, evoking a sense of comfort and quiet. Its menu ranges from breakfast staples like eggs Benedict and Spanish sardines, to European brunch offerings like roesti and crepes. The view—a spacious backyard garden overlooking the sprawling mountain ridge—isn’t half-bad, either.
Breakfast at Antonio’s is along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Barangay Bagong Tubig, Tagaytay.
Dean & Deluca
New York’s famous upscale deli-café hybrid made quite a splash when it opened in Manila in 2015. And while the Edades Rockwell branch has the familiar black-and-white signage in big bold letters, its atmosphere is less of a deli and more of a coffee shop's. Open as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 12 midnight, the cafe serves breakfast all day, offering both American (buttermilk ricotta pancakes) and Filipino (Angus beef tapa) fare.
Dean & Deluca is at the Edades Tower And Garden Villas, Amorsolo Corner Waterfront Drive, Rockwell, Makati City.
Wildflour Café + Bakery
It’s rare to see a Wildflour branch empty. Four years and three more branches after it first opened at the Fort, this local boulangerie enjoys a kind of fame usually bestowed upon foreign franchises. Breakfast is served from early morning until 3 p.m., with a menu that includes German pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, and shakshouka (Mediterranean dish with braised tomatoes, baked eggs, yogurt, mint and cilantro).
Wildflour has branches at Bonifacio Global City, Legazpi Village, Salcedo Village, and the Podium.
Eight Coffee Bar by UCC
Eight is one of UCC's newest concepts, and its 8 Rockwell address caters to both employees and residents alike. Open from 7 a.m. to midnight, UCC offers an all-day breakfast menu that includes Filipino (its Threesome Breakfast is a breakfast meat platter with Angus sukiyaki beef tapa, garlic longganisa, and pork tocino on one plate), Asian (fresh corned beef with kimchi rice), and Western dishes (beef hash Benedict). Like its predecessors UCC Clockwork and Mentore, Eight is also a third-wave café that features different methods of brewing: pour-over, siphon, espresso, and cold brew.
Eight Coffee Bar by UCC is at the 8 Rockwell corner Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City.
Nobu Manila's Sunday Brunch
World-famous Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant Nobu offers a unique take on the arguably English concept of brunch. Its Sunday brunch buffet offers a plethora of sushi and sashimi, as well as hot dishes such as baked Tasmanian ocean trout, okonomiyaki, and salmon sinigang with shiro miso. With a rotating menu that can serve lechon one week and Wagyu beef the next, Nobu's Sunday brunch is an indulgent experience that stands out.
Nobu Manila is at Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams, Aseana Boulevard corner Macapagal Avenue Brgy. Tambo, Paranaque City. Sunday brunch is from 11:30am to 3:00 pm.