Food trip essentials around 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. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge – Katipunan
Ninyo is an escape pad, it’s not exactly an off-course beach resort but it sure looks like one. Chef Niño heads the kitchen serving his take on modern Asian and European dishes with 100 of the world’s greatest wines. It’s for couples looking for a romantic garden restaurant inside Manila, make sure to reserve one of the outdoor private gazebos. It’s not for breakfast dates. They’re also closed on Mondays. Here’s an insider tip: Men, bring a love lock for you and your lady. P.S. Looking for other garden restaurant ideas in the metro? Check out our list, here.
9. Genki Sushi – UP Town Center
Genki Sushi from Japan is the pioneer of Kaiten Sushi, or sushi served on a revolving conveyor belt or speed trains, in this case. Menu includes a variety of fresh and quality sushi, maki, ramen, tempura and more. This is their flagship outlet in the Philippines. It’s for casual and fun date nights with the kids or with your partner, where you can enjoy their unique tablet ordering and food train delivery systems. It’s not for romantic date nights. We recommend the Seared Salmon with Black Pepper, Scallop Pollock Roe and Grill River Eel. Our insider tip is there’s unlimited house tea from the tap. P.S. You may have to queue longer for tables with the sushi train experience. Otherwise, regular tables are also available.
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G/F Phase 2, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
8. Vitto’s – Tomas Morato
Vitto’s is a new Italian wine bar and restaurant in the busy Tomas Morato neighborhood. Aside from their great selection of tapas, pastas and mains, this hole-in-the-wall offers fine whites and reds sourced from all over the world. It’s for cool and intimate gatherings with your friends over great wine. It’s not for family lunch with the little kids. We recommend Gambas Al Ajillo, Lengua with Truffle Mushroom Sauce, and Beef Salpicao. Our insider tip: They serve UNLI WINE on selected days of the week. Check out our full feature here.
7. Cerchio – Tomas Morato
Last month’s #10
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
6. 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.
5. 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.
4. Mexican Belly – Maginhawa
Last month’s #9
Mexican Belly is a 14-seater diner run by couple, Marty and Monique. This laid-back and cozy diner serves affordable Mexican food, the recipes of which came from Marty’s mom. It’s for people looking for cheap affordable eats. It’s not for burrito chasers. We recommend their value-for-money unlimited quesadilla at only P250, salpicado and tacos. Our insider tip: Don’t forget to claim your free margarita shot for every P100 spent. Read our full feature here.
3. 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.
2. 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.
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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