Two milk tea shops, a samgyupsal joint, a 24 hour resto and more, right inside the little town of San Juan.
Despite already having a top 10 San Juan list, we decided to feature the smaller and underrated restaurants that only San Juan locals may be familiar with. If you haven’t been to San Juan area in the past year, then these new specialty joints should peak your interest.
Update: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in San Juan this month!
Xing Fu Tang – Promenade
Popular for offering brown sugar pearls that are stir-fried for a deeper and almost toasted flavor, Xing Fu Tang’s milk is definitely one of the go-to milk tea shops when you’re craving for brown sugar milk and milk tea.
Fun fact: Currently there are only two branches open: one in The Podium and the other in Promenade.
Muhan Samgyupsal – Eton Square Ortigas
An undoubtedly affordable Korean BBQ place, at Muhan Samgyupsal, you can get Unlimited Pork, Beef, and Shabu-Shabu for dinner for as low as ₱499.
Eton Square Ortigas, 425 Ortigas Ave, Greenhills, San Juan
Serenitea – Greenhills
Serenitea is a homegrown bubble tea brand known for its strong brews and flavor selections. They have one of the widest tea menus in the country, offering fruit, milk, mixed, and specialty tea drinks all loved by Filipinos.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get Buy 2 Grapefruit Fruitea, Lychee Fruitea, Royal Milk Tea, and Emperor Milk Tea for less.
Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss – Greenhills
Serving authentic Japanese dishes and Japanese noodles that are perfectly balanced – tender and chewy, firm but no hard, and has resistance to the bite – Moshi Koshi Noodle Boss is the place to be if you’re looking to have a serving of ramen, udon, soba, and more.
Beard Papa’s – Promenade
Serving up cream puffs filled with custard, chocolate, salted caramel, and some unique flavors they release every now and then, Beard Papa’s nostalgic sweet treats will get you smiling with every bite.
Kanto 65 Degrees – Greenhills
Brought to you by the brightest spot in the morning i.e. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. Kanto 65 Degrees is a new 24-hour restaurant serving all-day breakfast like pancakes, tocino, beef tapa, Eggs Benedict, and French toast.
Rita’s Italian Ice – Greenhills
You don’t have to go to Italy to taste Italian ice! Rita’s Italian Ice is the largest ice concept in the world with over 600 stores in the US alone. They serve a variety of iced treats including their famous Gelati – a combination of flavored Italian ice topped with a swirl of thick creamy custard.
Insider tip: Buy 1 Get 1 Ice Treats (Fudge Brownie Ice, Banana Split Cream Ice, Marshmallow Peanut Butter Ice) for ₱125!
Hanamaruken Ramen – Santolan Town Plaza
Hanamaruken Ramen is a decades-old mom-n-pop ramen chain hailing from the streets of Osaka, Japan. Famous for its “Happiness Ramen”, Hanamaruken serves a signature soft bone ramen unmatched in tenderness and flavor.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱150 off your bill at their branches at The Grove, Alabang Town Center, and Trinoma Mall.
In Case You Missed It
Frittery – Promenade
Frittery is a rebrand of the The Belgian Fries franchise. They serve authentic Belgian fries with various dips and flavors. Aside from fries, they also offer gourmet hotdogs which Spot.ph listed as one of the top 10 hotdogs in Manila this month.
No reservations accepted
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Food Court, G/F Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
+63 2 584-8103
Cafe Sanso – V. Cruz St.
Cafe Sanso is a small cafe serving Spanish specialties such as chorizo platters, paella, callos and churros. It serves as an ode to Juvenal Sanso, an internationally-renowned painter, whose personal collection of award-winning masterpieces are displayed in Sanso Museum next door.
Lucy in the Sky Cafe – Wilson St.
Serving up homemade vegetarian recipes in no doubt homey and colorful interiors, Lucy in the Sky Cafe offers vegan and gluten-free options as well as Su (Buddhist) vegetarian ones.
Fun fact: This cafe is a hidden gem found inside an art space.
Oyasumi Ramen – P. Guevarra St.
Oyasumi Ramen serves Yokohama Iekei Ramen. “Iekei”, which literally means house, is a Yokohama-hailed ramen variant characterized by its thick, greasy, pork-flavored, some say creamy, broth. The noodles are thick and made fresh daily.
Off-menu tip: If you still got leftover soup, ask their server to turn it into cheesy risotto.
Cops & Robbers – Xavier St.
Cops & Robbers is a modern jail-themed cafeteria located right in front of Xavier School’s Sports Complex. It offers modern cafeteria comfort food–such as pizza, sandwiches, pasta and rice bowls–that are priced affordably for students served by staff in police uniform. Aside from a cafeteria, it is also a mini-grocery selling small snacks and candies, as well as toys, on the side. It is owned by a group of Xavier graduates, including Jake Ejercito, son of former President Erap Estrada.
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