Valentine’s date ideas in QC!
Check out the top 10 most loved restaurants this month in Quezon City, based on user favorites from Booky, the #1 food app in the Philippines.
10. Hukad – Trinoma
Hukad is a Cebuano restaurant focusing on regional Filipino fare. It traces its roots to 1982 and has a restaurant coverage of more than 25 branches in Visayas and Mindanao. It’s for families looking to try local flavors beyond Manila. It’s not for small appetites. We recommend the famous Lechon de Cebu and their Crispy Pata. Our insider tip: Their second branch has just opened at the new Conrad Manila.
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G/F Garden Restaurants, Trinoma Mall, EDSA cor North Ave, Quezon City
9. Sear Steak Scullery – Banawe
From the team that brought us Red Baron Ribs, Sear Steak Scullery is a Western-themed restaurant with Asian influences. It’s for those who want a semi-fine dining experience minus the huge spending. It’s not for light eaters. We recommend their stone-grilled steak, kare-kare and crazy milkshakes. Our insider tip: They have delicious cakes too, but if you wanna order a whole serving, you have to reserve it 2 days in advance. Read our full feature here.
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2/F 238 Banawe cor Panalturan St, Manresa, Quezon City
8. Cerchio – Tomas Morato
Last month’s #7
Cerchio means ‘circle’ in Italian, the inspiration behind the restaurant’s interiors. It serves Filipino dishes specializing in grilled items. It’s for families looking for a homey place to have delicious Filipino food. It’s not for those who are more fond of Western flavors. We recommend the Crispy Pata, Kare Kare, and their signature Pork Sisig. Our insider tip: You get a free treat on your birthday!
76 Sct Limbaga, Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City
7. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – UP Town Center
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen started as one of the South‘s biggest neighborhood secrets, but because good restaurants can’t hide forever, it is now a foodie’s destination for authentic Italian eats. This is its 2nd branch and is meant to cater to Northerners. It’s for families and children who enjoy eating in a homey setting. It’s not for solo diners looking for small portions. We recommend the Risotto Tartufo Funghi, Spaghetti Seafood Olio and Pizza Tabarnes. Our insider tip: You may request to have 1 pizza in two halves – each with a different flavor.
6. Seoul Train Korean BBQ – Sgt. Esguerra
Seoul Train is an immersive train-themed Korean BBQ grill, one of Tomas Morato’s latest hidden gems. It’s for barkada nights out and fun dates for people who enjoy great Korean food and unique experiences. It’s not for those too lazy to grill their own meat. We recommend the Bul Samgyeopsal, Woo Samgyeop, and Samgyetang. . Our insider tip: The restaurant also has arcade crane machines, so try your luck at winning a cool prize! Read the full feature here.
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#28 Sergeant Esguerra Ave, near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
5. Romulo Cafe – Sct. Lozano
Last month’s #6
Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes set in a comfy museum-style restaurant that gives you a glimpse of Philippine history. It’s for homey family dinners and get-togethers, especially with balikbayan relatives. It’s not for your boys or girls night out. We recommend the Bagnet Pakbet, Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno, and Flying Tilapia. Our insider tip: Many of their dishes have vegetarian options. Read our full feature here.
4. Vikings Luxury Buffet – SM North EDSA
Last month’s #2
Vikings Luxury Buffet opened its first branch in the Mall of Asia complex in 2011. Five years and 9 branches later, it is now considered the Philippines’ largest luxury buffet chain. This homegrown brand has expanded all around Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao (full feature here). It’s for families and groups who are looking to celebrate special occasions affordably. It’s not for people who prefer the quiet and relaxed ambiance of a hotel buffet. Our insider tips are (1) Visit on your birthday month for a free meal. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID. (2) Get discounts at SM Jazz, SM Marikina, and SM BF branches when you book a table through Booky.
3. LOLA Cafe + Bar – Sct. Lozano
Last month’s #5
LoLa Cafe is a converted restaurant offering reinvented Filipino dishes made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients, by Chef John Mangibin. It is one of QC’s hidden restaurant gems and must visit dining places. It’s for families and couples looking for a charming lunch or dinner place. It’s not for diners looking for live music. We recommend the Wagyu Salpicao, Bone Marrow Sisig, Tartufo Pasta and more. Our insider tip: The restaurant makes a good option for big events and special occasions. Some have even held their wedding ceremonies and receptions here. P.S. For all Booky users who answer our customer feedback form, Lola Cafe offers free Strawberries & Cream Pavlova. You can read our full feature here.
2. The Frazzled Cook – Sct. Gandia
Last month’s #3
The Frazzled Cook is a quirky restaurant put together with the mission of serving good comfort food in a cozy, homey ambiance. ‘Frazzled’, which means completely exhausted, says nothing of the food, but the passion and hard work put in to every dish they serve. It’s for casual but intimate date nights or cozy meals with the family. It’s not for people who don’t enjoy searching for ‘hidden’ restaurants. We recommend the Sizzling Squid, Wagyu Salpicao, Truffle Pasta, and Pancake ala Mode. Here’s an insider tip: The place is easily curtained off into sections, and they also have rooms for smaller private events. Read our full feature here.
1. RB CTY / Rib City – Maginhawa
Last month’s #1
RB CTY / Rib City is a fun and interactive restaurant specializing in ribs, but they also offer dishes like pasta, salads, soup and other mains. In line with their restaurant concept, they encourage guests to play and build legos while waiting for orders. It’s for barkada nights out or Saturday playdates with the kids. It’s not for people who are looking for a quiet place to work in. We recommend the Big City with CTY rice or the Twin Tower. Our insider tip is that they are offering an Unlimited Promo that includes ribs, chicken, sides, churros and drinks for only P399/head from 2-6PM.
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