There’s more to UP Teachers Village than just Maginhawa. Malingap St. is a treasure trove waiting to be explored.
If you’ve been to Maginhawa, then you’ve probably come across a few other streets around it, including Malingap, Mayaman, and Magiting. Although Maginhawa is the longest and most famous food strip there, we simply cannot leave other good restaurants unknown just because they’re not exactly on Maginhawa.
So here are 15 food discoveries we’ve curated that are loved by foodies. Time to take out your phones and open the Booky app and add these places to your Must Try lists. Menus, operating times, location, maps and phone numbers are on the app as well.
Meshwe, meaning “grill”, is one of the stalls inside The Z Compound stall specializing in authentic Lebanese cuisine. Headed by Nathaniel Mounayer, who is half Filipino and half Lebanese, its menu includes a variety of Middle Eastern specialties including shawarma, sambousak, Arabic fries, etc.
Catabolic Café is a third wave “coffee and comfort” concept cafe. Enjoy delicious comfort food, like their now popular Chicken Waffle, inspired by the owners’ travels, and perfectly pulled espresso using beans from EDSA Beverage Design Group. Also check out: 17 New Specialty Cafes that Actually Serve Good Coffee.
Gyoza and Ramen House – Malingap St.
Gyoza and Ramen House is a casual restaurant specializing in 3 Japanese specialties, gyoza, ramen and cha-han. But unlike other Japanese restaurants, their gyoza comes in different flavors including classic, chili, spinach, curry, shrimp and more. Their menu also includes donburi rice bowls, other side dishes and desserts.
Chef Mo’s Ribhouse is a new American diner serving Chef Mo’s backyard-style barbecue beef and pork ribs, as well as steaks, wings and more.
Bagneto is an Asian fusion restaurant specializing in bagnet (a deep fried pork delicacy hailing from the northern Ilocos region) served in different forms and flavors. It is one of the vendors currently situated at the The Z Compound food park. In case you don’t already know, the name was inspired by the character Magneto from X-Men.
Angus Tapa Centrale is 24/7 diner dedicated to serving premium beef tapa made of 100% pure imported USDA-certified organic Angus beef. Their beef tapa is served in various forms–classic or spicy tapsilog, beef tapa rice bowl, salpicao, Philly cheesesteak, etc.
Don Day is a small Korean restaurant offering affordable buffet including unlimited samgyupsal (pork belly), as well as a more premium buffet with unlimited chadolbaegi (beef brisket). Other Korean specialties such as kimchi, japchae, rice cakes and others are also served.
A Southeast Asian joint serving Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese specialties. More popularized because of its 2nd branch at the StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park, the Malingap branch is actually its first branch.
Ally’s is the first all-day breakfast joint in Teacher’s Village offering a design your own pancakes and waffles menu, which guests of all ages enjoy! They’re open at 7:30AM. If you love pancakes, here are 10 other insanely sinful pancakes to check out.
Don’t be intimated by the name, because you can visit them everyday if you want. Saturdate Grill is a casual bar and grill offering various grilled items including street barbecue, inihaw na pusit, ribs and more. If you’re in for a night of music, good food and cheap beer, then this is the place for you.
The Hideout Cafe is the perfect hideout, whether to be alone or with friends while enjoying their well-prepared meals (sandwiches, pastas and desserts) and beverages (coffee and smoothies). It also offers a few board games and books for customers to enjoy.
Katz Diner is a homey restaurant serving affordable home-cooked style meals and all-day breakfast. Specialties include grilled BBQ ribs, bacon chicken steak (in photo), and sizzling roast beef. There’s also milk tea and Yakult drinks.
Hillcrest Wellness Cafe – Malingap St.
Hillcrest Wellness Cafe is a modern but low-key cafe for people looking for a quiet space to read a book or do some work. Raindrops, art and motivational verses on their walls partnered with soft music in the background make for a perfect relaxing ambiance for its guests. But more than the ambiance, Hillcrest Wellness Cafe is all about serving healthy dishes such as the Pastrami on Rice below and healthy smoothies. Check out 22 other breakfast spots in Quezon City you’ll love.
As the name suggests, Little India is an authentic Indian vegetarian/vegan restaurant for people looking to fill their bellies with flavorful yet healthy dishes made with 100% natural herbs and spices. With the combined expertise of couple Mona and Raj, Little India is set on becoming one of the leaders in Indian cuisine in the metro.
Happy Thai is the newest Thai restaurant in Teacher’s Village serving their own brand of delicious and affordable Thai cuisine. It is the daughter restaurant of Baguio’s Happy Tummy restaurant at the Ketchup Food Community.
Which one on this list is your favorite? Or have you got other special Malingap restaurants that you’re secretly hiding from everyone? Share it with us in the comments section below! Or better yet, add them to your Favorites list on the Booky app and we might just see them on next month’s Top 10 lists.
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