You’ll know why after your visit.
Gone are the days when people only went to malls to look for new restaurants to try. While it is still true for most families, kids and young adults are always on the lookout for small hidden neighborhood cafes and restobars. Tomas Morato Avenue is one of the most popular food strips in Quezon City, aside from Maginhawa. Foodies will be happy to know that the food options in Tomas Morato have expanded and sprouted amongst the little residential areas and villages in its vicinity. We found 18 of them that have made an impact to the online community.
UPDATE: See the newest Tomas Morato restaurants that have just opened!
The Frazzled Cook – Sct. Gandia
A quirky restaurant put together with the mission of serving good comfort food with a cozy homey ambiance. It is now at a new location and currently on soft opening.
Alab – Sct. Rallos
Alab’, which is Tagalog for flame, serves passion-driven Filipino dishes that are traditional yet forward thinking. You’d be surprised at how they’ve actually put twists onto their dishes. P.S. The New York Cubao Cheesecake and Pichi Pichi desserts are must try’s.
Book and Borders Cafe – Tomas Morato
A hangout place where you can have a cup of coffee and read for free from their collection of over 600 books and magazines. Book and Borders Cafe also serves pasta and sandwiches. If you love books, here are 7 other book cafes to check out.
The Daily Grind – Sct. Rallos
The F7 Food Synergy at the F’7 Rallos building, which is composed of 7 restaurants, is now complete with the opening of The Daily Grind, a cafe and restobar serving awesome burgers and beers, as well as other menu items including salads, pastas, mains and desserts.
No reservations accepted
49 Scout Rallos St. cor. Tomas Morato, Quezon City
+63 2 374-7404
Runner’s Kitchen – Tomas Morato
Runner’s Kitchen is a small kitchenette and cafe serving well-prepared, no shortcuts organic and gluten-free meals for people with healthy and active lifestyles. Actress, fitness enthusiast, chef and now entrepreneur, Bianca King, is a part owner.
Eighteen Bistro – Sct. Rallos
Eighteen Bistro is a French and Italian restaurant that strives to prepare and serve honest to goodness food and handcrafted classic and signature drinks.
Yellow Tree Coffee & Tea – Panay Ave.
Yellow Tree Coffee & Tea is a neighborhood cafe on Panay Ave. selling specialty coffee, tea and pastries from Chooey Juwi’s Desserts, the home of the Oreo stuffed cookies.
Terrace 45 – Sct. Dr. Lazcano
Terrace 45 is a QC neighborhood cafe that offers classic and contemporary comfort food. Their soft opening menu includes bacon wrapped buffalo wings, corn fritters, pork rind poutine, crispy fried chicken and grilled pork chop with dirty rice. They also serve aero-pressed coffee and loose leaf teas. They are open 5pm-11pm only.
Mantaro – Sct. Tobias
Mantaro is a Peruvian restaurant by Chef Luis Higa and wife Candy. ‘Mantaro’ is a valley in Peru known for its high altitude, which the owners say represents the high energy of their restaurant. They serve authentic Peruvian cuisine including their famous Pollo con Arroz.
Reservations are accepted
57 B Sct. Tobias cor. Timog Ave., Quezon City
+63 905 229-9605
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar – Mo. Ignacia
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar is a lifestyle cafe that serves healthy comforting meals, smoothies and fresh pressed juices. It has garden-like exteriors to match its garden center neighbor. You may rent out the whole place for events and they also have party packages available.
49-B Heirloom Kitchen – Sct. Tobias
49-B Heirloom Kitchen features heirloom recipes from all types of cuisine–from Sinigang na Lechon to Chicken Yakitori to Osso Buco and more. Their street number address is the reason behind its name.
Full Belly Craft Kitchen – Sgt. Esguerra
Full Belly is a casual dining restaurant that serves different kinds of belly in different cooking methods. They offer dishes such as Bagnet ni Kenneth, Pork Belly Adobo with Roasted Garlic, Beef Belly Mechado, Kare-Kareng Belly, 12 hour Beef Belly Roast and more.
Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant – Sct. Limbaga
Limbaga 77, named after its street address 77 Sct. Limbaga, is a bright and hard to miss 2-storey cafe serving classic Filipino dishes. Having two floors also mean two of everything–function rooms, open terraces, restrooms and yes, bars.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe – A. Roces Ave.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe is a bohemian and hipster cafe built in an old split-level house serving global gourmet food by Chef Waya Araos-Wijancgo, of the then popular now defunct, Kiss the Cook Cafe in Maginhawa St.
Banger Bistro – Sct. Borromeo
Move over DIY burgers, Banger Bistro serves customizable sandwiches, just bare bread and the meat. Customers are then allowed to add in unlimited toppings from their condiments section. Choose from 3 types of bread, 9 kinds of international sausages, vegetables, various toppings and sauces.
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