American, Asian, Casual Dining, Group dining

8 Scrumptious Black Dishes That You Have Yet To Try

Did you know that there is more to the deep, black color effect of a squid ink when added to several dishes? You’ll be amazed that it also adds flavor to the dish making it extraordinarily delicious. Even when used in small quantities, a few teaspoons can already make a difference to your dish because it infuses umami with whatever other ingredients it touches. If you’re still not convinced with the “hidden powers” of the squid ink, why don’t you try these dishes infused with squid ink and you be the judge.

1. Nutty Black Chicken by Grind Bistro

This restaurant offers a more casual and playful approach to all-American favorites and comfort food dining. Here you’ll find burgers, salads, premium steaks, milkshakes and delicious large plates. Do try their Nutty Black Chicken topped with Romesco sauce.

Grind Bistro

Address: Ground Floor, Netpark Building, Fifth Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

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2. Paella Negra by La Tienda

This restaurant serves authentic Spanish cuisine. What started as a cafe in 1986, grew into a restaurant that not only attracted loyal Filipino patrons but visiting tourists from all over the world. One of their bestsellers are their paella dishes such as the Paella Negra con Mayonesa al Ali-Oli.

La Tienda

Address: 43 Polaris Street, Bel-Air, Makati City

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3. Spaghetti Neri e Gamberi e Capesante by Caffe Puccini

This restaurant is all about authentic Italian cuisine located in the heart of BGC. One of the dishes that is a crowd pleaser is the Spaghetti Neri e Gamberi e Capesante. This dish is made of black pasta with shrimp, scallops in light spicy tomato cream vodka sauce.

Caffe Puccini

Address: Unit 12 The Fort Strip, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Taguig City

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4. Black Pizza by Village Tavern

This restaurant is all about classic American cuisine set in a warm and homey ambiance for a comfortable dining experience. One of the signature dishes that caught the attention of many is their Black Pizza. This signature black pizza dough is topped with parmesan, gruyere, mozzarella, Monterey jack cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, red bell peppers, onions, and bacon.

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Address: 2/F, Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City


5. Chorizo Sandwich by Your Local

This neighborhood bistro offers their own interpretation of Southeast Asian favorites. The laidback feel of the place is also reflected in their food even if the combination of ingredients is out of the ordinary. Do try their Chorizo Sandwich made with burnt onion & chorizo jam, pepperoncini cream cheese, fried egg, wild rocket on a squid ink bun. It’s a perfect combination of sweet, cheesy and spicy.

Address: G/F, Universal LMS Building, 106 Esteban Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City

6. Black Gold Egg Custard Bun by China Blue

This restaurant is set to redefine Chinese fine dining with Chef Jereme Leung’s modern interpretations of classic Chinese cuisine. The relaxed and sophisticated feel of the interiors is also reflected in their food such as the Black Gold Egg Custard. This black bun painted with gold stripes is filled with golden custard that oozes out when cracked open.

Address: Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City 1300

7. Calamares Negra by Pino Restobar

This restaurant offers a creative take on Filipino comfort food. Start your meal with their Calamares Negra. This starter is made of breaded squid ring coated with quid ink served with crab fat lemon aioli on the side. A comforting and refreshing starter from what we are normally accustomed to.

Address: 39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City

8. Black King by Ramen Nagi

This restaurant offers gourmet ramen that allows you to customize your own ramen bowl. You can choose from a variety of ramen choices from Butao King, Black King, Red King, Green King, and Ebi King. But do try their Black King and be prepared to smile with your mouth closed.


  • Level 2, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
  • Ground Floor, South Wing, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City
  • Ground Floor, Robinsons Magnolia, New Manila, Quezon City

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