Homework, groceries, laundry, bills,… and that looloo Special you’ve been wanting to redeem for quite a while now. With all the hubbub we’ve got going on every day, it’s not easy to remember everything! We may not be able to help you with your calculus, or pick up your dry-cleaning, but we’ve got a quick little tip to help you keep track of your favorite Specials on the looloo app!
Saving a place Special to a list means that you can get super quick access to all the Specials you’ve been eyeing, with just a few taps. On top of that, saving Specials to a list also means you’ll get a notification when each of them is about to expire. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Find a Special
Whether it’s by using the Specials Filter on Explore, or through a review you just read, tap on any Special you’re interested in redeeming later on.
Step 2: Use the “Add to List” Button
On the upper right-hand corner of the Special Offer screen, you’ll see an “Add” button. Tap on it! A message should pop up to let you know that the Special has been saved.
Step 3: View Saved Specials from the Lists Tab!
Tap on the Lists Tab at the bottom and look for the list labeled “Specials.” Each active looloo Special you’ve saved should be there, and tapping on any of them will bring you straight to the Special Offer screen. When a Special on your list is about to expire, we’ll send you a notification! At that point, it’s then up to you to get your butt moving to redeem it before it’s gone!
Some Specials you can save and redeem today:
B&B Burgers and Brewskies
Buffalo’s Wings N’ Things
Chubby’s Rib Shack
Forget Me Not Café
Kichitora of Tokyo
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
My Kitchen by Chef Chris
Recess by Chef Chris
Red Onion Café
Sweet Spot Café
These are updated as of April 14, 2014. Be sure to check the Specials Filter often to see what’s new! Follow looloo on Facebook, @looloo on Twitter, and @loolooapp on Instagram for Specials updates as well!
Consider this scenario: You just found the perfect place to take your date out for dinner by using the Trending filter on the looloo Explore tab. You’ve read the restaurant’s reviews, seen the pictures, and checked out the menu too. The only thing left to do is to meet him/her there!
- You know exactly how to get to the restaurant, so you get there 15 minutes ahead of your reservation time. Being early makes a great first impression. You fall madly in love and live happily ever after.
- You get lost finding the place and arrive *25 minutes too laaaaate.* Despite your 37 missed calls, you never hear from him/her again. Yikes.
Get Directions with looloo
Luckily, a feature built into looloo should help you avoid Outcome #2 and with any luck, end up with Outcome #1 (though the flowers + falling in love bits are completely up to you). The app’s Get Directions feature can get you set up with turn-by-turn navigation to any place listed on looloo! Here’s how to use it:
Step 1: Find a Place.
Step 2: View its Place Profile Page and Tap on the Map.
Step 3: Tap the “Get Directions” button.
Step 4: Start Navigating via Google Maps/Apple Maps.*
*looloo will automatically launch the Google Maps app if you have the app on your phone, but will default to Apple Maps otherwise.
Part of the challenge looloo reviewers face when writing about their restaurant experience is coming up with creative food descriptions.
But when putting words together prove to be difficult, who says it’s a bad idea to take the simpler route and compare it to something more familiar to your readers? It doesn’t matter if you’re comparing it to something that’s not even food – as long as they understand (maybe) what you’re trying to say.
Today, we went through looloo reviews, even comments and found some of the most hilarious words looloo reviewers have used to describe their food! If anything, this list may even expand your vocabulary when describing what you’re eating.
1. Lasang Paa / Lasang Medyas
Used to describe tea or sometimes an innocent bowl of noodles, it is possible that these reviewers have at one point, actually tried to sample their own feet.
For fans of the classic TV show Friends, this description reminds us of how Ross Geller described Rachel Green’s “delicious” Trifle Pie:
2. Lasang Halaman / Lasang Damo
Any dish that’s “vegetabl-y”, like salads or pastas with copious amounts of greens, seems to deserve this phrase. Mostly used by vegetable haters, we think it’s spot-on considering that vegetables are technically plants after all.
3. Lasang Lupa / Lasang Matanda
This is most likely the Filipino version of food that in English, has an “earthy flavor”. Describing food as something that tastes like soil makes sense to describe root crops or perhaps even tea. But comparing it to an old person? Whuuut.
4. Lasang Gamot / Lasang Tempra
Either these reviewers still take Tempra for their fever or their childhood memory of taking it is so strong, they can still taste it. As for “lasang gamot”, reviewers have been using it to describe a wide range of food items like fried chicken, fruit shakes, or shoo, even cronuts!
5. Lasang Anting-Anting
Okay this is too weird. We can’t even.
Seriously though, is there anyone out there who has any idea how anting-anting even tastes like?
6. Lasang Ipis
Unless you’re an exotic food fan, we don’t think you’ve ever tried to intentionally eat a random crawling cockroach before so we’re not sure how something can taste like ipis. In case you’re wondering, this phrase has been used on looloo to describe onion rings and (once again) noodles. Ha. Poor noodles.
7. Lasang Agnas / Lasang Amag
First of all, agnas isn’t even anything that one can taste! Although if we look at it closely, agnas in English means to decompose. So this may be an alternative word to describe something that tastes old or bulok, which is how anything with mold (or amag) would taste like.
Cheese lovers will be disappointed to find out that this phrase has been used mainly to describe blue cheese and gorgonzola. To cheese-n00bs though, it’s a pretty accurate description.
“Kahit anong cheese po, basta ‘wag yung lasang amag.” Ha.
8. Lasang Kili-Kili / Lasang Surot
We’ve found that anything that has coriander or cilantro is described this way by some looloo reviewers. Comparing it to surot though is definitely less common. That, and we personally don’t know anyone who’s ever snacked on bed bugs.
You may hate coriander or that lasang kili-kili now simply because it’s in your genes, but the good news is, it’s something you can get used to! Maybe adding some Rexona next time will help. Hehehe.
8. Lasang Altar / Lasang Lamay / Lasang Kandila
Lasang lamay has got to be the weirdest one of them all. It’s completely understandable how anything that has flowers as part of its ingredients (like Rose Milk Tea) can be described as lasang altar, lasang bulaklak or lasang kandila but lasang lamay?!
Do any of these words sound familiar to you? Or maybe you’ve heard of other hilarious or even stranger ones before? Let us know in the comments section!
Reviewing places on the looloo iOS app is easy. Finding awesome places with the Explore Tab? Dead simple! But hardcore app enthusiasts and frequent looloo reviewers know that one particular feature built into the app is actually pretty challenging (in fact, only ONE person has done it) — unlocking all 18 badges on the looloo app!
For those looking to conquer this feat, or if you think you’d like to make finding and reviewing places a bit of a game, or maybe you just like collecting badges, we’ve put together a list of all the badges you can collect. Hit up the comments section below if you’ve got suggestions for future badge additions, too!
TIP: To see which badges you’ve already unlocked, tap on the Profile tab on the app to view your user profile, then tap on Badges!
You must have stars (and stripes!) in your eyes after all that food!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different American restaurants
“No need to wine. If you beer with us and visit 5 bars, we got a badge on tap for you.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different bars.
“Hungry for bulgogi? Got a thing for kimchi? Try out 5 Korean restaurants for your Bibim badge!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Korean restaurants.
“Why did the chicken cross the road? To visit 5 chicken joints and earn this badge!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Fried Chicken restaurants.
“Molto Bene! Wipe that marinara sauce from your mouth!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Italian restaurants.
“Did you want fries with your Burger Goodness badge?”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Burger joints.
Chinese Chow Fan
“Balance, prosperity, and luck shall come to those who unlock this badge”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Chinese restaurants.
“Ahh, there’s nothing like a fresh cup of Joe! Here’s to caffeine! From one Coffee Head to another.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different coffee shops or cafes.
Filipino Food Fan
“Sarap naman niyan! Omnomnom…”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Filipino restaurants.
“Check in to hotels to earn this badge. No, really… get a room!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different hotels.
“Be the life of the party by reviewing different clubs and earn the looloo equivalent of the keys to the VIP!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different clubs.
“Whether it’s thin crust, deep dish, or pan — this one’s for all you pizza fans!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different pizza places.
“Go from hairdo to hairdone. Got to different hair salons and we’ll cut you this badge”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different hair salons.
“Ahoy! Claim your pirate’s booty and batten down the hatches, eat at 5 seafood places,and earn some badges!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Seafood restaurants.
“Relax and rejuvenate at 5 day spas and pamper yourself with this badge.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different spas.
“Matcha or Jasmine? You’ll probably have both ‘coz you’re a tea-timer!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different tea places.
“This badge is plane awesome! Just fly to different airports to book this bad boy.”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different airports.
“California rolls, they’re undeniable. Crab, meat, egg, and mango on top!”
Unlock this badge by reviewing 5 different Japanese restaurants.
Discovering new places in the Philippines through looloo is a lot easier when you’re following the right people. Not only do you get to add more new places to your list, you also learn new things – from proper pronunciation of certain dishes to sometimes even a little history lesson. And if you’re nice, you even get to make new friends.
The only challenge is finding the right people.
If you’ve already looked through looloo’s Suggested Users List (which you can find by tapping this button on your Feed and Profile tabs) and still think your looloo feed looks a little bare, then you’re in luck!
Below we put together a list of witty and creative looloo reviewers you can follow. Whether you’re into learning new things, reading well-written reviews, or just looking at beautiful food photos, this should help fill your feed with the good stuff.
If you’re looking for quality looloo reviews…
Edwin writes so well that we had to do a mini-interview with him. His reviews are so wonderfully written, you’ll think you’re reading it off a magazine. Also quick to find hidden gems in and out of Manila, it’s no surprise he’s a top influencer on looloo!
Dubbed by some as “The looloo Wiki,” Eric is like the journalist version of a looloo reviewer. Asking important questions like when, why, or how something started is his expertise. For people who appreciate history, Eric is definitely a must-follow.
From hole in the wall Japanese restaurants to hotels and even nail salons, you’re sure to get a variety of place reviews from all over the Philippines with Peach. Follow her and expect to get a dose of sunshine and positivity with her fun looloo narratives!
When Denise writes on her looloo bio that her hobby is food spotting, she really means it. With reviews mostly for places in the South (Paranaque, BGC, McKinley), she’ll be your friendly guide when it comes to new places opening up in those areas.
Known to have made an Excel spreadsheet out of the places she’s reviewed on looloo (!), Lesley is a true city explorer. Get a feel for what’s going on in the metro by reading about her date place discoveries, spa adventures and even clubbing experiences.
Creatively-written and well-thought-out looloo reviews is what Neil is known for. But it doesn’t just stop at reviews for this witty guy. If you’re up for it, go ahead and start a crazy pun/rap/rhyming challenge with Neil… if you think you have what it takes. Ha.
If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy photos…
Her photos are so beautiful that we’ve been asking her to hold an iPhoneography 101 session with us. We’ve shared her photos on Instagram so much, we may as well add her name to our Instagram account.
“With an eye for iPhoneography” is Kat’s Suggested User Title on looloo. It’s a pretty accurate description - one that we’re always reminded of as we go through her review photos and share yet another one of hers on Instagram.
One of her photos that we shared was so pretty, someone actually went to the same place the following day to try the same dish she took a photo of. Her photos are that inspiring, she doesn’t need words to convince someone.
This girl’s food photo collages are so crazy, sometimes we can’t help but think that maybe she uses Photoshop?! And even though she’s given us the names of some of the apps that she uses, ours still look nowhere near as polished as hers. That and of course, she also takes beautiful photos.
We hope these ten handpicked looloo reviewers add more life to your feeds!
We have way more looloo reviewers we want you to follow but we’ll have to save them for another day. If you have anyone in mind whom you think we should feature next, just let us know in the comments section!
You’ve downloaded the looloo app to discover places in the Philippines.
But recently, you’ve been finding yourself checking the app more often than you check Facebook or Twitter. For some reason, you also happen to own one or two items out of the looloo merchandise. Heck you’ve even noticed you’re starting to gain a little
inflooence weight! Eep.
My friend, welcome to the club.
If you’re not sure you should be a member, here are the top 10 signs you are in fact, a looloo addict:
You find yourself constantly taking pictures of your food, the hotel pool, or even salon interiors.
At restaurants, you ask to be seated where there’s good light source for better-looking pictures (because you already know that flash makes your food photos look nasty). You’ve gotten looloo comments like “Nice photo!” and probably even had your photo shared on looloo’s Instagram account.
looloo is the first app you open when you wake up or the last thing you check before you go to bed.
With all the notifications you’re getting, not only could you be checking looloo more often than you check Facebook or Twitter, you might also even have more followers on it than your other social media accounts!
You’ve gone to a place just because “I read about it on looloo.”
You’ve also dragged your friends or family with you, excited to share with them this new place you’ve discovered. And although it’s a bit risky if they end up not liking the place (since you end up taking the blame), the reward is pretty cool if they enjoy their visit. This leads to sign #7.
Your friends call you “Ms./Mr. looloo,” “looloo expert” or just plain “looloo.”
Sometimes they even call you just to ask for place recommendations.
You know and use all the looloo app features.
You know how recommendations and credits affect your inflooence score, you keep lists of places (maybe even sorted by area or cuisine), you’ve played the secret breakout game, you know how to check menus, you’ve suggested a place at least once… seriously, what do you not know about using looloo?
In fact, when you took the looloo Quiz, you got a perfect score!
+100 points if you got a perfect score with just one try!
You’ve convinced a friend or a family member to join the looloo app.
Whether it’s for a giveaway entry or just so they also get dragged into the “club,” you’ve done it at least once. While it doesn’t automatically mean you were successful, you’ve at least tried one of these methods: bribery (“Kain tayo sa labas. Libre kita! Gawa ka ng looloo account tapos i-review mo ha?!), bullying or just plain begging.
You have at least one looloo swag item.
Whether it’s the looloo shirt, hoodie, sticker or payoong, you have at least one. Doesn’t matter how you got it – from a rendezvoos/eatup, mailed to you, borrowed, or stolen – you have it. That’s all that matters.
You may have also tried to drop super obvious hints to the looloo crew asking for swag (most commonly done for the looloo hoodie). You probably did this by showering them with compliments… but eventually found out that this tactic does not work. Ha. Nice try though.
You’ve attended an eatup, a rendezvoos or an unofficial eatup.
You know you’re a bonafide looloo addict when you’ve considered yourself part of the looloo community, so much so that you’re actually comfortable meeting with strangers (because looloo reviewers are friendly and are probably not going to steal your kidney).
You introduced each other with first name and last name initials (“Hello!!! I’m Peanut D! Are you Jacy L?!”), initially felt awkward but then stayed for hours upon hours just talking about food, places, and everything in between. You may have even used the word family to describe your set of looloo friends because really, that’s how it feels like.
You’ve made your very own looloo artwork.
This takes the number one spot. If you’ve found yourself creating a looloo pancake or a looloo flag bokeh, or perhaps asked a barista to make a looloo latte art, maybe paper twirled the looloo logo or found your daughter drawing it, then it’s guaranteed, you’ve been addicted.
There’s no turning back now! Embrace it because you’re awesome and we think you’re the coolest people to ever join looloo and we will forever be grateful you decided to become part of our small and humble community of explorers and food lovers. :)
How many out of the 10 signs do you have? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section!
It’s a Tuesday afternoon and instead of being on their work desks (working), the entire looloo crew was huddled together like it was merienda time. Just like those checking looloo’s Twitter timeline to tune in to the live tweeting of the #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway winners, looloo crew members were also eager to find out who the lucky looloo reviewers/winners were this time.
Actually, it was more like: “Is there an iPhone 5C winner yet?”
For looloo reviewers who joined the giveaway and were on Twitter that day, this question was quickly followed by a more “important” one:
“Is it me?!?!!”
The First-Ever #loolooPopQuiz
To make the live tweeting session more exciting (and because we didn’t know what to do with the zombie snacks we have at the office), we also gave away bonus prizes through the first-ever #loolooPopQuiz!
We asked quiz questions in between announcing #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway prize winners and found out there were a whole bunch of looloo reviewers tuned in! One awesome loolooer (who will remain unnamed for his/her own safety) even posted a photo of their work desk during the live tweet.
Two looloo reviewers, Trixia C. and Jamie L., ended up winning a set of (serious life must-haves) Crusty Zombie Toenails and Zombie Jerky each while Aebee B. won for herself a warm and snuggly looloo hoodie!
As for the #loolooPopQuiz questions — one was about the color of looloo’s menu icon (blue), another was about the largest shopping mall in the Philippines (SM Megamall) and the last was about the number of reviews looloo has gotten since launch (125,117 reviews!).
It was fun seeing all the answers quickly come in especially since we also got a couple of funny tweets like these:
The Lucky looloo Reviewers
Bacon-flavored toothpaste?! Who comes up with these things?! It’s genius!
Kenrick C. may be lucky enough to win this porky prize but it’s his friends and family who should be thankful that they’ll soon be around someone with delicious bacon breath! He gets to keep it that way with a pack of bacon mints, too! All while wearing his cool new looloo shirt. +100 pogi points earned!
Our strange preference for anything related to zombies doesn’t just end with zombie snacks. Since we’re such “forward thinkers,” the prize set that Christina R. won doesn’t just prepare her for when her iPhone battery dies, it also prepares her for the upcoming …zombie apocalypse.
As for Sheyz U., taking selfies while wearing the looloo hoodie just got so much better. She now gets to choose which PhotoJojo lens to use: Fisheye, Macro, or for zoomed in goodness, Telephoto.
The Luckiest of Them All
Now for the luckiest looloo reviewer of them all — the one who’s now the envy of the 200+ #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway participants and who gets to keep the brand new, green and gorgeous iPhone 5C!
What are the chances she was on Twitter and even participating in the #loolooPopQuiz?!
With 149 entries reviews written within the contest period, we can’t help but think of the hashtag #kinareer when we saw her name pop up on our virtual “tambiyooloo.” (Special mention to Neil R. for coining the term!) She also has a total of 415 looloo reviews as of this writing! Cray.
Not a fan of Valentine’s Day and think it’s just a consumerist-oriented holiday that causes massive traffic in Manila? Do you think it’s too cheesy to do anything romantic with thousands of other couples? Or maybe it just so happens that you’re single this time of the year?
Whatever it is, welcome to Team Anti-Valentine’s Day!
While it would be a good idea to just simply ignore this day, that’s not really being realistic. Unless of course you decide to actively skip seeing your social media feeds filled with photos of flowers, teddy bears, and what your couple friends had for their Valentine’s Day dinners. Seems impossible. Plus, ignoring V-Day doesn’t sound like fun!
If we can’t beat ‘em, fine, let’s join ‘em! So why not gather all your Team Anti-Valentine’s Day friends, go out there and be together alone!
Celebrating Together Alone Day doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, it’s a good reason to
be bitter together enjoy each other’s company and create fun and lasting memories of singlehood friendship.
Here’s a quick list of things you can easily do (together alone) this Valentine’s Day weekend:
Not only does this count as physical activity (you could actually burn up to 204 calories per hour), bowling is also a lot more fun with friends.
With more people, you get to rest for a bit (working out gets tiring!) while waiting for your turn and the concept of “the more the merrier” applies should you decide to make team bets! Having the losing team pay for dinner is always a good idea (although not cheap if you suck at bowling).
Where to go bowling:
- Paeng’s Billiard and Bowling, Eastwood City
- Bowling Centre, SM Mall of Asia
- E-Lanes, Greenhills
- SM Bowling, SM North Edsa
With rooms that can accommodate up to 10 or more people, this is the perfect (non-couple) place to go this Valentine’s Day weekend. Sing bitter songs with your friends like Irreplaceable by Beyonce or Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. or be extra cool and rap like 2Chainz instead.
And if you can’t stand how other people sing, maybe a bottle of beer will make them sound better. Ha.
Where to sing your hearts out:
- Red Box, Greenbelt
- Red Box, Trinoma
- Red Box, Eastwood City
- Music 21 Plaza Family KTV, Quezon City
- Beat Karaoke Bar, Bonifacio Global City
- Good Times, Bonifacio Global City
Scream Park Manila
If you’re not too keen on going bowling and don’t really like singing with other people, how about paying to see someone try to scare you instead? Open nightly from Wednesday – Sunday, it’s fits perfectly right into the V-Day weekend. When zombies are running after you, it’s a lot easier to forget that
you’re single it’s even Valentine’s Day!
Scream Park Manila is located at Diosdado Macapagal Avenue corner. Gil Puyat Avenue, Pasay City.
Hopefully, with those three places you’ll have non-cheesy pictures to share this weekend. And if you didn’t like any of them, you can always meet up with your friends, check looloo, and eat out!
We’re doing another iPhone 5C giveaway to kickstart the year!
With 2014 being the Year of the Green Horse (we totally planned this… wasn’t a coincidence at all), a matching new green iPhone 5C would be the perfect prize for one lucky looloo reviewer! You won’t need no feng shui to take this gorgeous piece of hardware home — all you need to do is submit place reviews on looloo!
For the still-pretty-lucky few who won’t be taking home the iPhone, we also have another Photojojo lens set to give out, and we’ve managed to round up a couple of looloot bags featuring some completely irrelevant but totally awesome (because EVERYONE needs some bacon-flavored toothpaste!) goodies to give away as well:
How to Join the #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway?
Let us know you REALLY want it by staging a dragon dance parade and launching fireworks outside looloo headquarters. That, or get on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (PLEASE JUST PICK ONE!):
- Facebook: Like and Comment on this Facebook post on the looloo app page with your user name on the app + a link to your most recent review. Your comment should go as follows: “I’m [your looloo user name] on looloo and I’m feeling lucky! #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway! http://looloo.com/r/xxxx” It should look something like this:
- Twitter: Tweet us! Your tweet should also include your user name on the app + a link to your most recent review: “I’m [your user name] on @looloo and I’m feeling lucky! #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway! http://looloo.com/r/xxxx” It should look like this:
- Instagram: Post this image on your Instagram account and caption it with (you get the idea) your user name + a link to your most recent review: “I’m [your looloo user name] on the @loolooapp and I’m feeling lucky! #loolooiPhone5CGiveaway! http://looloo.com/r/xxxx” Here’s an example:
*To get the link to your most recent review on the app, use the share button while viewing it on the looloo app.
**IMPORTANT: Make sure your social media account settings are set to public or we won’t see your posts on Twitter and Instagram!
WRITE LOTS OF REVIEWS… and spread the word for bonus entries!
|How to Earn Entries||Entry Points||Details|
|Write a looloo review with text and a photo.||1 review = 1 entry||Only reviews written within the contest period will be counted.|
|Refer a friend to join looloo AND write a review||1 review from the new looloo member = 5 entries for both the referrer and the referee||The new member must download and create a looloo account within the contest period AND tag the referrer at the end of the review. Use this line at the end of the looloo review: “I was referred by [@Friend's Name] to join the #loolooiPhone5Cgiveaway!”|
|Tag your friends by sharing public social media posts telling them about the looloo contest||1 social media channel = 1 entry||A maximum of 3 entries will be given if you share the post and tagged your friends on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.When you share a public social media post, use this message: “I’m feeling lucky, [@Friend1] and [@Friend2]! @looloo’s giving away this green iPhone 5C! #loolooiPhone5Cgiveaway”|
Contest Period: January 25, 2014 to February 23, 2014.
Cross your fingers and have your lucky jade-colored underpants on when we live-tweet the winners on February 25 through a randomized selection of entries. Remember, the more entries you have, the better chances of winning!
We’ll also be publishing a blog post a few days later with the names of all the winners… but do you really want to wait that long before finding out? :D
Zhù nǐ hǎo-yùn!! (We hope Google translate got that right.)
It’s a brand new year, and as always, we look back at the 12 months that had passed (and X number of pounds gained). Kicking off 2014, now would also be a great time to give props to the awesome foodie year that was, with looloo reviewers’ picks for the best restaurants of 2013!
Based on your reviews on the looloo app, we put together a list of food joints that had us drooling, craving, falling in line for hours, and succumbing to food comas. Without further ado, the very first looloo Awards!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Burger Joint
“Their Black Angus Burgers definitely hit the spot”
This was an extremely difficult decision. Competition was tough this year for Charlie’s, with well-loved places like Burger Bar and Zark’s (even new-contender B&B: Burgers and Brewskies) making it to the shortlist. At least for this year, the tried and tested carwash/restaurant took the top spot, with loyal reviewers standing by the Kapitolyo-based burger joint. Their Wagyu and Black Angus burgers, philly cheese steaks, and fries were clear reviewer favorites. Both branches received a total of 317 reviews, with each sporting a 4.4 average rating.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Mexican/Fil-Mex
“Muy delicioso tacos de la calle!”
looloo reviewers this year seemed to put as much emphasis on price and ambience when it came to reviewing places, and El Chupacabra is testament to that fact. Not only were their budget-friendly street style tacos (and cheap beer) a big hit, but so was their no-frills (read: no AC!) hole-in-the-wall type ambience. 84 reviews giving it a 4.39 average rating? It just goes to show that you don’t need to be fancy to be the best.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Steak
“Everything we ordered was GLORIOUS.”
Not often mentioned alongside the likes of Elbert’s Steak Room, or Mamou, Hai Chix was a dark horse for this category. It seems to have worked in its favor though — people who did get to try the unassuming place at the Ortigas Home Depot were pleasantly surprised by the quality and cook of their steaks, minus the through-the-roof prices that usually come with them. If steak is your thing and you don’t mind ditching the fancy silverware to save some dough, Hai Chix is a must!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Pizza
“Definitely my new favorite pizza place in Manila”
A relatively new contender in the local restaurant scene, Project Pie made quite the splash when it finally dove in. Just barely overtaking early looloo reviewers’ favorite Nolita, its DIY pizza concept was a huge hit among reviewers and the place accumulated over 200 reviews in less than 6 months after opening. With a second branch now open by SM MOA, expect many more to come!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Sweets/Desserts
“What better way to start a day than with a good double scoop of awesomeness?”
Gelaterias have been around for a while now, but few did gelato the way BONO did. They took classic Italian technique and put their own spin on things by introducing creative flavors like Taho, Cereal & Milk, Glazed Donuts, heck, even a variant named after Dessert Comes First’s Lori Baltazar! looloo reviewers ate it up (literally!) as 5-star ratings started pouring in like crazy.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Filipino
“Patok na patok!”
With Chef Sandy Daza at the helm, this place’s popularity on the app was no surprise. When the first branch opened (and despite the complaints about parking), reviewers loved the balance of old-school and new-school Filipino flavors in their dishes. Among the offerings that left people wanting more were the Stuffed Pechay, Wansoy Shrimp Nuggets, and Crab Pancit. If Katipunan was a hard-sell for some, fret not, their Rockwell branch is now open!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Breakfast
“This restaurant easily became my favorite brunch place in the metro”
Marikina may not be the biggest foodie hub out there but few restaurants stand out the way Rustic Mornings does. Amidst the concrete and asphalt of the city, the place is quite literally a hole in the wall (you have to drive through an eskinita to reach it… luckily you can get directions via the looloo app!). For the people that have made the trip though, it seems to have been worthwhile. The place has a bit of a secret as well — at night, it literally transforms into a whole new restaurant!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Katsu
“This is, by far, the best katsu in town”
This was pretty much a no-brainer. Before competition from big names like Saboten and Ginza Bairin came in, Yabu had already set the bar pretty high for katsu-lovers out there. Great food and consistently good service have become synonymous with the place based on reviews — something they’ve got a lot of, by the way. Over 1,100 and counting!
Best Restaurants of 2013: Ramen
“This tantanmen is SUPERB. Period.”
Ramen was one of 2013’s biggest trends and it’s likely that this place set the standard for all ramen restaurants that tried to follow. With a chef that goes by the nickname “The Ramen Nazi”, you just KNOW that the food’s going to be top-notch. Their signature tantanmen, of which they serve only 20 bowls a day, is probably the most sought-after dish for any Japanese noodle fan out there.
Best Restaurants of 2013: Chinese
“There is no way but the 3-way!”
With its Greenbelt branch probably being one of the top-rated restaurants of all-time on looloo (a 4.88 average!), it’s no wonder this place is one of the go-to places for special occasions like birthdays, big meetings, etc. Their 3-way peking duck is probably the best you’ll find anywhere in the country, perfectly prepared, even described by one reviewer as “sinfully amazing.”
Best New Restaurant of 2013
Ha! The only place to take 2 spots on this list, Project Pie takes the top spot for best new restaurant of 2013. The DIY Food thing they’ve got going on could be considered a trend in itself, and this place capitalized on it by really toying and teasing with Filipinos’ love for pizza. Touche, Project Pie! Well-played indeed.