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48 Hours in Manila with The Fat Kid Inside’s Erwan Huessaff

March 3, 2019

This 48 Hour Guide has a soft spot in my heart. Manila is a place where I spent most of my childhood growing up, and since moving, every year I return it looks less and less like the city I once knew. However, the people, food and mainly the overwhelming hospitality you receive when you are there still runs strong through the Filipino culture, and that’s what makes me feel like it hasn’t changed.

I couldn’t be more excited about delving into Manila’s best with @ERWANHUESSAFF from the Fat Kid Inside. Erwan is an insanely accomplished Chef, Restaurant Owner, YouTuber and Household name in the Philippines. It safe to say you are getting a list of the best of the best, from the best of the best.


Shangri-La at the Fort

If you are looking for luxury in the heart of the city, then look no further than the Shangri-La at the Fort. Take in breathtaking city views from this landmark design. You’ll have a diverse range of cuisines at your fingertips, with seven dining concepts located within the hotel itself. With distinctive decor, unrivalled hospitality and a prime location, it’s the ideal place to stay.

I’M Hotel

The I’M Hotel is five stars of urban luxury located in the vibrant city of Makati. This hotel is the height of sophistication, with a luxurious design that puts comfort first. Experience the only Onsen Spa in Manila, and relax in their Japanese thermal pool that is enriched with minerals. If you’re looking for luxury with service that goes above and beyond, then look no further than the I’M Hotel.

The Picasso

The Picasso Boutique serviced residences are perfect for those who are looking for something a bit more unique. Inspired by the creative genuis of Picasso himself, this quirky and botique hotel has a range of rooms on offer. Each room is designed in the style of “vintage novelty”, and is the perfect spot to start your adventure in Manila.



Helm is the latest restaurant from Chef Josh Boutwood, and it’s said to be his best one yet. Sit back and enjoy their degustation menu, prepared right in front of you as a part of their live dining experience. The menu changes each quarter, so you never know what to expect. Be sure to book however as this innovative dining experience fills up quickly!


Lampara serves up delicious Filipino cuisine with a contemporary twist. Located on the second floor of an apartment complex, Lampara is sure to make you feel at home. The cosy setting makes for the perfect background as you work your way through their extensive menu.

Toyo Eatery

Toyo Eatery is headed by chef and ownder Jordy Navara, and strives to reflect Navara’s herritage and experince by serving up his take on Filipino classics. While you are there, make sure you explore their cocktail menu that highlights local spirits. Toyo Eatery offers a 6-course menu, a 3-course menu and an ala carte menu, so you will be sure to find something you love.


The Curator

Coffee by day, and cocktails by night sounds like the perfect combination to us. The Curator believes that each cocktail is an art, a craft and a science. The mixologists take great care in sourcing each ingredient, from coffee beans to bitters, to ensure that each and every cocktail and coffee is their best one yet.

Yes Please!

Erwan himself is the big name behind the delightfully quirky 90s themed dive bar. His carefully curated cocktail list features imaginative mixes such as the Legends of The Hidden Temple, that features a mix of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Green Mango, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Tamarind Concentrate, Egg White, and Tiki Bitters. With 90’s classic spinning, a foosball table, legendary cocktails and funky interior we say Yes Please to this funky bar.


Oto revolves around music. David Ong, the mastermind behind The Curator, and his mates wanted to open a space where people could enjoy booze, bites and beats. This concept bar is designed to give visitors the best listening experience, with proper insulation, so there is no echo, high-quality speakers, vinyl and turntables. Oto has a short but sweet cocktail list, offering classics and signature cocktails.

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