Wholesome Soups and Stews: Exploring Metro and South Delights

Embrace the enchanting allure of rainy days by seeking solace in a gastronomic paradise that perfectly complements the season's charm. Our curated journey uncovers the finest restaurants and establishments that have mastered the art of curating menus tailored for those dreary days. From indulgent soups and hearty stews to comforting dishes that warm the soul, these dining destinations go beyond mere sustenance, providing an immersive experience that captivates and delights the senses.

Whether you revel in the rain or simply appreciate exceptional cuisine, this guide guarantees unforgettable dining experiences on rainy days. So, slip into your rain boots, wield an umbrella, and allow these delightful culinary offerings to encapsulate the very essence of the rainy season.


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Experience the ultimate rainy season indulgence at Ganso-Shabuway, conveniently located on Legaspi Street, Makati. This renowned international franchise hailing from California brings you an exquisite Japanese-style hot pot dining experience. Their menu boasts a tantalizing array of all-natural grass-fed beef, fresh produce, and an enticing selection of hot pot toppings. Embrace the cozy ambiance and relish the Shabu Shabu set featuring Wagyu Beef, offering a delightful choice of broths like Spicy Miso and Wakame Seaweed, accompanied by their delectable homemade dipping sauces. Prices for this exquisite dining experience range from P995 to P2,325. For our vegetarian friends, the Vegetable Set for two presents a sumptuous spread of farm-fresh vegetables and mushrooms, complemented by our signature Homemade Dipping Sauces, all available at a wallet-friendly price of just P920. Another must-try option is the Wagyu Sukiyaki Set for two, which offers succulent Wagyu Beef served in a rich Sukiyaki broth, alongside a delightful medley of vegetables and noodles, at an affordable P688. As the rainy season sets in, let Ganso-Shabuway's delightful offerings envelop you in warmth and comfort, taking your taste buds on a captivating culinary journey that will leave your heart content and your cravings fulfilled.

Hanamaruken Ramen

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Escape the dreary rainy season and bask in the heartwarming ambiance of Hanamaruken Ramen, nestled in the heart of Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila. Originating from the charming streets of Osaka, Japan, this cherished family-run ramen chain has become synonymous with its famed "Happiness Ramen," featuring a delicately tender and flavorful soft bone ramen that has captivated palates worldwide. Embracing diversity, Hanamaruken's extensive Ramen menu caters to all tastes, offering an array of delectable choices, such as the rich Tonkotsu Ramen at P395, the enticing Black Garlic Ramen at P425, and the delightful Spareribs Ramen at P425. To experience pure satisfaction, relish in the indulgent Pot Belly Ramen at P485 or ignite your taste buds with the fiery Spicy Tobanjan Ramen at P395 and the tantalizing Tan Tan Mien at P495, among others, like the savory Salary Man Ramen at P395, the savory Chasyu Ramen at P495, the kid-friendly Junior Chasyu Ramen at P295, the enticing Arakawa Abura Soba at P345, and the irresistible Clam Ramen at P425. For the ultimate comfort within the confines of your abode, Hanamaruken offers their "Happiness At Home Ramen Kit" menu, enabling you to customize your own ramen for two. Choose from the signature Happiness Ramen Kit at P990, the delectable Spareribs Ramen Kit at P820, or the rich Pot Belly Ramen Kit at P820. Embrace the season's embrace and allow yourself to be enveloped in the warmth and joyous flavors that Hanamaruken Ramen's expertly crafted dishes deliver, making even the gloomiest days a source of happiness.

Shi Lin

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Nestled in the heart of Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Shi Lin is a highly acclaimed Taiwanese restaurant celebrated for its renowned steamed xiao long bao. With the arrival of the rainy season, Shi Lin emerges as the perfect haven to seek solace and delight in their carefully curated menu. Despite its limited selection, the menu impresses with an array of irresistible dishes tailored to embrace the cold and rainy days. For connoisseurs of noodle soup, the Shrimp & Pork Wonton Noodle Soup (P260) and the Braised Beef Noodle Soup (P365) featuring succulent beef shank and spiced beef broth promise a truly gratifying experience. Meanwhile, those craving rich flavors can relish the Noodles with Sesame & Peanut Sauce (P158) or the Noodles with Double-boiled Chicken Soup (P190). For patrons who savor a touch of spice, the Hot & Sour Soup (P158) and the Noodles with Double-boiled Beef Soup (P195) are sure to please. For heartier options, Shi Lin presents the Noodles with Porkchop (P350) and the Mixed Vegetable & Pork Noodle (P261) enriched with their signature Shi Lin sauce and adorned with fresh vegetables for a delightful interplay of tastes and textures. Upon stepping into Shi Lin's inviting ambiance, guests are transported to the heart of Taiwanese cuisine, where every dish radiates authenticity, offering a comforting respite amidst the rainy season.

Liam's Lomi House

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Nestled in the heart of Sabang, Lipa Batangas, Liam's Lomi House proudly holds the prestigious title of two-time champion of Lipa's Lomi Festival, making it a top destination for those seeking an unparalleled lomi experience, especially during the rainy season. Attractively priced starting from P80, patrons can savor the Lomi Special, a delectable amalgamation of pork, fishball, and kikiam generously arranged over thick noodles, all bathed in a sumptuous and flavorful broth. Additionally, the Chicken Lomi at P90 is not to be overlooked, boasting succulent and crispy deep-fried chicken that perfectly complements the heartwarming goodness of their lomi. Beyond these mouthwatering offerings, the menu at Liam's Lomi House is teeming with unique highlights, such as the tantalizing Lechon Lomi at P105, the hearty Beef Lomi at P90, and the savory roasted or Asado Lomi at P95. Immerse yourself in the inviting ambiance and let the comforting flavors of Liam's Lomi House whisk you away to a world of Batangue├▒o tradition and hospitality, transforming each spoonful into a culinary delight that warms both the heart and soul, especially amid the rainy season.

RSM - Tagaytay

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Escape to the picturesque beauty of Tagaytay and indulge in a heartwarming rainy-day retreat at RSM, a restaurant renowned for its stunning view of Taal Lake and refreshing cool breeze. Offering an array of authentic lutong bahay delights, RSM guarantees a memorable culinary journey that will leave your heart and soul nourished. Feast on their famous Bulalong Tagalog, boasting fork-tender bulalo, or savor the delightful tang of Sinigang sa Miso, available with Tuna Belly, Salmon Belly, or Shrimp options. For a hearty and comforting meal, don't miss the Sinigang na Baboy or Nilagang Baka. Beyond the delectable menu, RSM's serene ambiance complements the captivating lake view, creating an enchanting dining experience. Embrace the rain and let RSM fill your heart with cherished memories and warmth, one spoonful at a time.