In the last decade or so, Manila has become a hub for local foodies – from chefs to restaurateurs, critics, home cooks, and every epicurious individual in between. The restaurant scene has elevated, with delicious options that cross cultures, making use of both local and imported ingredients alike. Whether you are looking for an organic farm-to-table spot, or something with a sophisticated flair that specializes in gastronomic cuisine – you will surely have a slew of places to choose from.


And because of this, American Express has partnered with four of Manila’s most esteemed chefs to allow Cardmembers to ‘taste the experience’ with #AMEXFORFOODIES.  Being a loyal American Express Cardmember myself, I was excited to know that I could use my card in some of my favorite local restaurants to get complimentary treats!


My first stop in the #AMEXFORFOODIES dining experience was at Chef Josh Boutwood’s ‘Savage.’ I have followed his career closely because I was given the opportunity to do a piece on him back when he was new to the Manila food scene. Savage definitely did not disappoint. From our refreshing starters of Fresh Carabao Cheese with heirloom tomatoes and Beef Carpaccio, along with an order of my favorite—the sinfully rich, yet surprisingly light Deviled Eggs (We got an extra serving* of this crowd pleaser, thanks to my American Express Credit Card!), to the superb mains—perfectly cooked Grilled Octopus, tasty Ribeye with charred onions, and Pork Belly—paired with their famous Savage Rice and excellent Grilled Corn—my friends and I were very happy. We ended on a sweet note, having the Sticky Toffee Pudding, generously topped with vanilla ice cream.

I had a wonderful experience and look forward to using my American Express Credit Card at other #AMEXFORFOODIES partner restaurants of Chefs Robby Goco, Miko Aspiras and Chele Gonzalez. Do catch these one of a kind dining experiences, courtesy of American Express so that you too can taste the experience with #AMEXFORFOODIES.


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*For every two main entrees ordered. Minimum of two (2) dining patrons.