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If you’re a Quezon City native, then you already know that Tomas Morato does not mess arround when it comes to great food. From crispy pata to KBBQ to sushi to board games to drinks and so much more, this busy and bustling stretch of Quezon City has definitely a become a bonafide food hub.
So, if you find yourself in the Tomas Morato area and are unsure of where to start- worry not! We’ve come up with this handy guide that will help you conquer this gastronomical mecca, and we’ve divided the restaurants by type to make satisfying your cravings that much easier.
Livestock Restaurant & Bar – South Triangle
Livestock Restaurant & Bar specializes in pork dishes inspired from various cuisines like Balsamic Lechon Paksiw, Coffee Bourbon Ribs, and Pork Tenderloin with Charred Chimichurri. However, they’re best known for their Melts-in-Your-Mouth Crispy Pasta — the crispiest, most tender crispy pata you’ll ever taste. You can even slice it with a popsicle stick!
Recommended dishes: Melts-in-Your-Mouth Crispy Pata, Crackling Pork Belly, Grilled Lamb Ribs
Empacho – Tomas Morato Ave.
If you’re all about sinful and indulgent Filipino food, then Empacho’s dishes are right up your alley. Serving up savory Filipino dishes which are unapologetically rich and flavorful, at Empacho, your savory cravings are sure to be satisfied.
Recommended dishes: Balut Tempura, Crispy Pork Kare-Kare, Empacho’s Lechon Belly, Salted Egg lava Cake, Crispy Tokwa’t Baboy
Lola Cafe + Bar – Sct. Lozano St.
A restaurant with a warm, homey, open vibe to it, at Lola Cafe + Bar, you won’t only feel nostalgic thanks to their interiors but also with their classic Filipino dishes with interesting twists. Read our full feature here.
Recommended dishes: Crispy Maskara, Bone Marrow Sisig, Truffled Lengua, and Humba Glazed Belly
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱300 off your bill!
Pepeton’s Grill – Scout Borromeo
Pepeton’s Grill is a restaurant that serves up classic Filipino comfort cuisine and specializes in all-time favorite dishes like sinigang, sisig, and crispy pata. However, Pepeton’s Grill boasts their house specialty, the Kapalmuks, a crispy, deep-fried pig’s face dish that has become hugely popular with their customers.
Recommended dishes: Kapalmuks, Lechon Kangkong, Sinigan na Ulo Ulo
Insider tip: You can get up to ₱300 off your bill with Booky!
Leann’s Tea House – Mother Ignacia
Located in a two-story building along Mother Ignacia, at Leann’s Tea House you can avail of their a la carte Korean dishes or unlimited Korean buffets and be satisfied and filled no matter what time you visit.
Recommended dishes: Hameul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake), Bibimbap, Samgyeopsal
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get buffets - Unlimited Pork & Beef BBQ, Unlimited Pork BBQ, and CPB Premium BBQ - for 4 for the price of 3!
Yoshimeatsu – Scout Fernandez
Enjoy an authentic Yakiniku Japanese grilling experience when you dine at Yoshimeatsu! From premium cuts of meat to addictive chicken yakitori and more, Yoshimeatsu is a surefire recommendation for the seriously hungry.
Nomiya Izakaya – Scout Tobias St.
Though not exactly brand new, Nomiya Izakaya is still a relatively unknown and nondescript Japanese food spot that packs some serious flavor. From incredibly made sushi rolls to sleek modern interiors, Nomiya Izakaya is one Tomas Morato resto that definitely deserves a visit.
Recommended dishes: Spicy Salmon Nori Fries, Chicken Karaage Don, Beef Teppanyaki
Omakase – Il Terrazzo
From its humble beginning as a small sushi takeout counter, Omakase has grown into a popular Japanese fusion place for unique, mouth-watering, affordable sushi rolls within Metro Manila.
Recommended dishes: American Dream, Deep Blue Sea, Jurassic Maki
Wabi Sabi – Tomas Morato
Try out a different take on your favorite Japanese dishes with Wabi Sabi! This unique vegan and vegetarian Japanese restaurant serves up incredible bowls of noodles, must-try gyoza, and more!
We recommend: Okonomiyaki Gyoza, Wabi-Sabi Ramen, Sweet Corn & Cream Cheese Tempura
La Spezia MNL – Scout Dr. Lazcano
La Spezia is an Italian hole-in-the-wall restaurant that gives you a taste of Italy with their straightforward, bona fide Italian food and sleek, no-frill interiors.
Recommended dishes: Burrata, Spaghetti Alle Vongole Veraci, Caprese Insalata, Bistecca Alla Florentina, Zeppole
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱300 off your bill!
Vanderlust Bistro + Patisserie – Scout De Guia
Looking for a romantic place to bring your date to? Why not consider bringing them to Vanderlust, a Europeanne restaurant that features delicacies from three European countries: Italy, Germany, and Spain.
Recommended dishes: Catalan Baked Fish with Potatoes and Asparagus, Matcha Latte, Cannoli, Scheeballe, and Spanish Churros.
The Frazzled Cook – Scout Gandia
The Frazzled Cook is a quirky restaurant put together with the mission of serving good international comfort food in a cozy, homey ambiance.
Recommended dishes: Herbed Chicken Salad, Sizzling Squid, Truffle Pasta, Seafood Paella
Racks – Timog Ave.
Have a taste of true and authentic Southern classics! From barbecue ribs to fried chicken, Racks cooks up mouth-watering backyard favorites for a wholesome festive dining experience.
Recommended dish: Classic Pork Ribs, The Onion Brick, Southern Fried Chicken
Buy 1 Get 1 Classic Carbonara for only
BOA Kitchen + Socials – Laging Handa
A restaurant that changes completely from their interiors to their menu depending on the time of the day, at BOA Kitchen + Socials, if you decide to stay the whole day, it’s as if you’ve visited three different restaurants without having to leave one!
Notable dishes they offer: Torched Salmon and Avocado Toast, Sausage with Mashed Potato and Mushroom Gravy, Deconstructed Banana Crumble Pie, and The Highballs
Insider tip: Get up to ₱300 off your bill and Buy 1 Get 1 Rose and Sangria!
Half Saints – Sgt. Esguerra Ave.
Spearheaded by an all-woman team and sporting a delicate and divine touch, Half Saints is fresh face in the Tomas Morato food scene. Boasting a well-traveled menu of international and local fusion, drop by Half Saints for an out-of-this-world dining experience.
Bars and Watering Holes
WYLD Kitchen x Bar – Mother Ignacia
Discover Quezon City’s new WYLD side! WYLD Kitchen x Bar is an exciting and fresh bar that takes the wilderness concept to a new level. Feel lost in the woods with their immersive and nature-infused menu, drinks, and interiors.
Exclusive P500 discount from Booky!
Rue Bourbon – Tomas Morato Ave.
Rue Bourbon is popular for their drinks menu ranging from plain beer to mixed drinks. This New Orleans themed restaurant also has food menu ranging from bar grubs to full heavy meals.
Recommended drinks: Limoncello, Cotton Candy, Creole, or Classic Margarita.
Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – Tomas Morato
Vitto’s is a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant that offers fine wine sourced from all over the world, a great selection of tapas, pasta, pizza and more.
Recommended dishes: Scallops Linguini, Beef Salpicao
Kandle Café – Mother Ignacia
Kandle Café is a neighborhood cafe serving contemporary local dishes made with home-grown greens. Signature dishes include Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy pasta and the Kandle Burger. Specialty coffee and local beers are also served.
Recommended dishes: Kandle Burger, Arrozcaldo, Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta
High Grounds Cafe – Scout Rallos
Wondering where to eat in QC while playing? High Grounds Cafe is the Philippine’s first and biggest online gaming cafe that also serves up international dishes for you to enjoy while you play.
Recommended dishes: Brazo de Mercedes, Matcha Freeze, and High Grounds Meat Platter.
Ludo Boardgame Bar & Cafe – Tomas Morato
A cafe where you’re free to play as long as you order, Ludo doesn’t only offer their famous gyoza and themed drinks inspired by movies but also board games and activities such as tournaments and trivia nights when you check their Facebook.
Recommended dishes: Honey Cured Pork Spareribs, Cheesy Gyoza, Classic Carbonara
Ikigai Kakigori Cafe – POS Building
Want to complete your Korean cuisine food trip? Then head on to Ikigai Kakigori Cafe, a dessert shop that serves up kakigori – a Japanese shaved ice dessert complete with smooth shaved ice, fresh toppings, homemade ice cream, and drenched in homemade syrup.
Recommended flavors: Matcha Kakigori and Kuromitsu Kakigori
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