Bulaluhan, tapsihan, gotohan, barbeque-han, and more!
It seems like a lot of us from Manila are still unfamiliar with Marikina despite it being a stone’s throw away. We did some digging as to where Marikina residents are really getting their stomachs filled. For Marikina and nearby city residents, these restaurants are all too familiar (and are probably keeping them for their own enjoyment).
Fino Deli – Marikina Heights
“The first wine bar and delicatessen in Marikina City.” Fino Deli brings rustic Italian and Spanish flare in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. They serve wide variety of imported wines, cheeses and cold cuts.
Fukurou Nihonryori – The Pinnacle Plaza
Fukurou Nihonryori is an authentic Japanese restaurant with some of the best prices in town. Sushi, bento, tempura, soba, udon, and donburi—this affordable spot in Cainta will satisfy your all Japanese food cravings without breaking bank.
Balestier Cuisine & Drinks – San Roque
Balestier offers an Asian fusion cuisine that was inspired by distinct Singaporean flavors. Must try dishes are their Laksa Tsukemen, Bak Kut Teh Risotto, and Salted Egg Wings.
Mogu Tree Noodle House – Lilac St.
A Chinese and Singaporean noodle house that allows customers to create their own noodle bowls from the soup, to the noodles and a whole lot of toppings. Mogu also serves clay pot rice and dim sum. They’re opening a new branch in Antipolo soon.
Patio Vera – Gen. F. Santos St.
Patio Vera is a Filipino-Spanish restaurant serving heirloom recipes in an eclectic setting. It is a garden cafe and resto bar with specialties such as their Signature Paella, Steak ala Pobre and Fried Halo-halo.
Caprisserie Bakeshop & Cafe – Gen. Ordonez Ave.
Marikina’s resident and favorite bakeshop that serves delicious and home-baked American, French, Filipino and Italian pastries and desserts, and more.
Mama Chit’s Coffee House – J.P. Rizal St.
Mama Chit’s is an ’80 burger joint and coffee house most popular for its humongous burgers and the largest collection of Coca-cola memorabilia in Marikina.
Mang Frederick’s Barbecue – E. dela Paz St.
A local barbecue take-away joint specializing in grilled barbecue sticks, liempo, chicken, pork chops and other Filipino street food. It is one of Marikina’s most favorite go-to place for quick street grubs or merienda. Advanced orders for pick up are welcome.
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe – Ipil St.
A tucked-away garden cafe offering brunch meals, burgers and pastas. Greg & Sally also grows and sells herbs in their own garden. It is a relaxing and family-friendly place for a quick getaway that’s only a short drive from Manila. P.S. Greg & Sally is closed on Mondays.
Forget Me Not Cafe – Lilac St.
A cute little cafe serving a variety of dishes such as quesadillas, burgers, pastas, wings, pork chops, desserts and coffee. It also offers Saturday and Sunday buffets.
Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe – Birch Road
Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe or S.K.O.W. is an ’80s inspired cafe serving Italian, American and Japanese food.
Cafe Lidia – F. Calderon St.
Cafe Lidia is named after its owner, Lidia, which means ‘woman of business’. From a shoe manufacturing business owner, Lidia has successfully established one of the most well-loved cafes in Marikina. Cafe Lidia offers catering services as well.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo – Isabelo Mendoza St.
A homey and outdoor garden restaurant and cafe by Portia Dee, granddaughter of Felicitas Dee or more popularly known as Lola Chit, who also used to operate a famous restaurant in Marikina. This rustic and not-so-hidden gem built within an old family compound serves brunch, pastries and desserts from Isabelo Garden Restaurant.
Macky’s Goto – J.P. Rizal St.
An old school eatery that serves highly affordable Filipino comfort food such as their specialty P25-peso goto, palabok and tokwa’t baboy; don’t forget to try their Halo-halo and Iced Banana as well. Expect a queue.
Tapsi ni Vivian at Bulaluhan – Gil Fernando Ave.
A bulalo and tapsi joint for early or late night grubs because it’s open 24 hours. The restaurant, whichn opened in 1986, serves unlimited soup refills, as well as exotic dishes like ostrich egg and soup #5.
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