Step inside the awards night and take a look at the fun and festivities!

Celebrating the launch of the BRG 2020, more than 300 of the country’s top restaurateurs, chefs, foodies, oenophiles, and discerning sophisticates congregated at the High Street Lounge of the Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila, to honour the 203 well-deserving restaurants who made it to this year’s guide. This year's guide was in esteemed partnership with HSBC.

The program was co-hosted by T.Dining’s Food & Wine Editor, Stephanie Zubiri and RJ Ledesma. Philippine Tatler’s Managing Director Irene Martel Francisco welcomed guests and happily announced the other T.Dining events everyone must watch out in the succeeding months.

The most anticipated part of the evening, of course, was the grand reveal and awarding of the Top 20. The BRG’s co-editors, Maritess Garcia Reyes and Shauna Jay Popple Williams, joined Martel Francisco in the awarding.

In 2018, T.Dining introduced five speciality “Best of Class” awards. This year's Best Bar Award went to Poblacion’s hottest spot, Run Rabbit Run, represented by Airell Lam and Michael Hearn; The Best New Restaurant Award went to Metronome, helmed by the fantastic four, Executive Chef Miko Calo, restaurateur Elbert Cuenca, Alain Borgers, and RJ Galang; None other than rock star chef, JP Anglo, was recognised as Local Champion. Best Service was awarded to the amazing team behind Finestra, Solaire Resort & Casino’s fine dining Italian steakhouse, represented by Managing Director David Batchelor; and Chef of the Year was conferred to M Dining’s incredibly talented Executive Chef, Tom Bascon!