16 Must Try Restaurants in Mendiola’s University Belt


U-Belt has a few secret spots you would want to check out.

Mendiola has long been regarded as the university belt for being the home of a number of universities, and we all know that where there are students, there delicious and affordable food shall be as well. If you’ve been following our blog then you know that “secret” is not in our vocabulary, so here are 16 food finds you can check out when you end up in the Mendiola area.

READ MORE: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila this month! 

If we miss your favorite U-belt restaurant or if you know of any other interesting food spots in the area, feel free to share and leave all of us some foodie insider tips in the comments section below!

Chicks and Fins – 2nd St

Chicks and Fins is the newest addition to the University Belt. Located behind San Beda College (next to Cafe UK), the restaurant offers chicken wings, fries, siomai, and other dishes at affordable prices. It’s owned by actress, Kiray Celis.

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Photo from @chicksandfinsph

Reservations are not accepted 
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531 2nd St, San Miguel, Manila, 1005 Metro Manila

Obladi Oblada – Red Manor Bldg

Obladi Oblada is owned by a chef, who has garnered experience in restaurants like Hillside Cafe, Ninyo Fusion Cuisine, and other hotel restaurants. Rest assured, food here is remarkable and very affordable with bestsellers like the squid ink pasta, seafood pasta, and beef salpicao.

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No reservations accepted
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1109 Red Manor Bldg., G. Tolentino St, Sampaloc, Manila
(0915) 665-6655

Troika Resto and Art Gallery – Extremadura St.

Troika is a casual restaurant that serves good food in an art gallery setting. They usually host events that revolve around music, poetry, and art

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823 Extremadura St., Brgy 460 Zone 45, Sampaloc, Manila

The Hashery – Padre Paredes St.

The Hashery is a newly-opened cafe that refreshing drinks and good food that goes well with their comfortable ambiance. They have several hand-crafted drinks from coffee, tea, to frappuccinos and smoothies.

Photo from @thehashery_ph
Photo from @thehashery_ph
Photo from @thehashery_ph

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944 Padre Paredes St., near UST, Sampaloc, Manila

Kaboom Wings + Burger – Recto Central Arcade

Kaboom has been serving value-for-money meals in the University belt since 2013. They specialize in glazed chicken choice cuts and signature burgers.

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G/F Recto Central Arcade, JPD Bldg, 1955 Recto Ave cor N Reyes St, Sampaloc, Manila

Hokusai Contemporary Japanese – Vantage Building

Conceptualized and owned by an Architecture student from UST, this Japanese restaurant gives everyone a chance to enjoy Japanese food at very affordable prices! Would you believe that you can get a meal here for under 100 pesos? It’s true!

Must-tries: Gyoza, Sizzling Karaage, Ramen, Barbeque Katsu Fingers, Japadog and Tamaroll.

Photo from @hokusaiph
Photo from @hokusaiph

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2/F Vantage Bldg., 1222-24 Delos Reyes St., cor. P. Noval, Sampaloc, Manila
(02) 788-1409

Plane Bistro – España

Another fun concept incorporated in a restaurant, Plane Bistro gives you the feels that you’re in up in the air inside a plane! Even more exciting is being served by uniformed flight staff.

Must-tries: Pizza Nachos, Chicken and Bacon Roll-ups and Salted Caramel Popcorn Turbulence Shake

Photo from @planebistro

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1920 Espana Boulevard, cor. Kundiman Street
Sampaloc, Manila
(02) 463-6329

Amor Bakery – Tolentino Street

Along Espana is this bakery-slash-cafe that serves various delectable pastries and goodies. This cheerful and quirky place is enough to keep you jolly and relaxed as you unwind in one of their quiet spots to read a good book or converse with your friends.

Must-tries: Doraemon, Blueberry Melt, Boston Straw Crossover, Monster Mike Cake and Sakura

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8010 Espana cor. Tolentino St., Sampaloc, Manila
(02) 522-3749

Vincent’s Place Kambingan Restaurant

Vincent’s Place brands itself as the “Kambingan ng Mga Sikat.” They serve goat meat specialties like kilaweng kambing, sizzling adobong kambing with garlic, papaitan, and more. They have an entire wall dedicated to their famous clientele, including a signed frame from Manila’s mayor…

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1787-A Dr. Jose P. Laurel Sr, San Miguel, Manila

Kiss the Ice – Recto Ave.

Kiss the Ice is a nitrogen ice cream brand by Kiss the Group from Korea. Blasting one cup at a time, Kiss the Ice offers affordable handcrafted nitrogen ice cream garnished with your choice of fun and colorful toppings.

Photo from @kisstheiceph

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Recto Ave and Legarda St. (in front of Mendiola Gate), Manila
+63 2 705-1306

Amo Yamie Crib – Legarda St.

Amo Yamie Crib is a quirky cafe and movie house serving fun coffee, tea, pastries and desserts in cozy and private travel bunks. It is a cafe concept that first opened in Pampanga and caters to nearby university students where they usually are located. Their special and limited movie rooms can be reserved for 2 hours.

Photo from @amoyamiecrib
Photo from @amoyamiecrib, by @kennethvalladolid

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2/F Gordi Plaza Bldg., Legarda St., Mendiola, Manila
+63 917 833-5017

Cafe UK Co. – Concepcion Aguila

This 24-hour UK-themed cafe has become one of the “it” hangout spots for students, first in UST, then 2nd in Mendiola. Aside from being open around the clock, spacious, and having fast Wi-Fi, it’s rated highly for its ambiance, service, and delicious coffee and cakes. Check out this list of other themed restaurants you might like.

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G/F Dona Carmen Bldg 2, 2nd St. cor. Concepcion Aguila St., San MiguelManila
+63 2 254-5476

Wingvibe – Delos Reyes St.

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Photo from @wingvibe

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1222-1224 Delos Reyes St, Sampaloc, Manila

Potato Giant – Concepcion Aguila

Potato Giant is a potato ball food stand concept, although this particular branch has a 2 floor seating area. Despite being small, students flock the place to hangout while enjoying their bestselling cheesy potato balls, hashbrowns, twister, criss-cut fries, bacon quesadilla, iced blended shakes, and more.

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Concepcion Aguila, 1st Street, San Miguel, Manila
+63 917 795-2466

Mashitta Korean Japanese Food – First Strip

Mashitta offers tasty and affordable Korean & Japanese specialties that students love. Their makis and omurice are crowd favorites. It also offers catering services.

Photo by @rina.r.g

No reservations accepted
Mendiola corner Legarda Street, Quiapo, Manila

Juana’s Budbod & Coffee – Concepcion Aguila St.

Juana’s is one of U-belt’s best kept secret restaurants serving Rizal province’s version of -silog–yummy egg, fresh tomatoes, and choice of meat (tapa, liempo, adobo flakes, lechon). Every order comes with a fruit and drink too!

Photo by @marieltpadilla

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1st street cor. Concepcion Aguila, Mendiola, Manila
+63 939 855-8917

Start gathering your friends and schedule this food trip. We love seeing your cheat meals and successful food trips to restaurants you’ve seen in our New Restaurants Alert feed and/or featured lists on the blog. Keep using #bookymanila hashtag or tag @bookymanila on Instagram!

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