Me every year: “Ang laki na ng U.P. Town!”
A mall that’s been expanding for the past several years and has been the go-to spot of stressed students along Katipunan, at UP Town Center, you’re sure to find a spot or a restaurant where you can have a little R & R.
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Don’t know which restaurant to head on to when you’re hungry, frustrated, or simply down to chill? No worries! Check out our guide of the UP Town Center Restaurants worth visiting as well as their recommended dishes.
Fun fact: Did you know that UP Town Center is a pet-friendly mall? To know which of the establishments in the mall allow you to bring your dogs, simply check the stickers at the entrance of each establishment.
Genki Sushi – Japanese
The pioneer of kaiten sushi, Genki Sushi is known for offering fresh sushi on a maki, ramen, tempura, and other Japanese favorites via bullet train conveyor belt.
Go here: When you need a distraction from all your stress.
Recommended dishes: Kake Udon (₱190), Chirashi Don (₱480), Lobster Salad Roll (₱160), and Norwegian Fresh Salmon (₱90)
Insider tip: For the complete sushi experience, it's suggested that you make use of the condiments on the table like soy sauce, pickled radish, and more. Also, enjoy some hot unlimited matcha that'll surely help your stomach digest your dishes.
Ramen Nagi – Japanese
A well-known ramen joint in the country, at Ramen Nagi, get ramen “King” Bowls in different colors and flavors – Red King (spicy), Black King (squid), and Green King (pesto).
Go here: When you’re broken-hearted ’cause their broths will surely warm you up.
Recommended dishes: Original King (Butao) for ₱390, Black King (Kuroo) for ₱410, Green King (Midorio) for ₱410, and Red King (Akao) for ₱410
Insider tip: You can customize your bowls from the noodles to the soup and even the toppings.
Yabu: House of Katsu – Japanese
Yabu is a restaurant that serves up all things katsu which you can pair with their unlimited rice, cabbage salad, and fruits.
Go here: When you’re willing to wait for a friend you know will be late. You can eat some unlimited cabbage and fruits while waiting.
Recommended dishes: Rosu (₱405), Mechi (₱405), and Prawn Katsu Set (₱500)
Insider tip: If you want more flavor, take advantage of the condiments. If you're not sure what they are, feel free to ask your waiters!
Marugame Udon – Japanese
A restaurant reminiscent of udon joints in Japan, Marugame udon is a place where you can get your fill of value for money udon, rice bowls, and favorite Japanese side dishes.
Go here: When you’re willing to wait po.
Recommended dishes: Beef Ontoma Bukkake Udon (₱260 for Large), Chicken Paitan Udon (₱250 for Large), Beef Yakiniku Don (₱190), and Kakiage (₱60)
Insider tip: They have separate condiments like tempura flakes, green onion, sesame seeds and more which you can utilize to make your udon more flavorful!
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Sarsa Kitchen + Bar – Filipino
Served with a variety of signature sauces or “sarsa”, at Sarsa, you can get your fill of the best traditional Filipino and Negrense dishes.
Go here: When you’re feeling saucy.
Recommended dishes: Inasal Sisig (₱350); Sizzling Kansi/Sizzling Bulalo with Batawan Gravy (₱395); and Sarsa Batchoy with Egg, Bone Marrow, and Bacon-Cut Liempo (₱285)
Fun fact: The one who developed the flavors of the dishes is Junior Master Chef Philippines judge Chef JP Anglo.
Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen – Taiwanese
Fat Fook Taiwanese Kitchen is a Taiwanese restaurant with an extensive menu that offers dishes from xiao long bao to chicken chops – all of which you shouldn’t miss out on.
Go here: When you want to drown in a tub of milk tea.
Recommended dishes: Pork Xiao Long Bao (₱158 for 5 pcs), Taiwan Style Fried Rice (₱258), Taiwan Beef Noodles (₱258), Fat Fook Chicken Chops (₱308), Chef's Beef Tendon Hot Pot (₱298)
Fun fact: This restaurant is owned by the same group behind the Ramen Nagi franchise.
Wangfu Chinese Cafe – Chinese
If you’re into dim sum and certain Chinese dishes, then Wangfu Chinese Cafe is the place for you! It’s a Singaporean-Chinese restaurant that offers a variety of dishes that you’re looking for.
Go here: When you want to flex your chopstick skills with noodles and dim sum.
Recommended dishes: Hakaw (₱188), Yang Chow Fried rice (348), French Bean Stir Fry (₱288)
Fun fact: The restaurant is co-owned by actor/endorser Richard yap.
Rodic’s Diner – Filipino
A favorite among UP students, Rodic’s Diner offers up a handful of student-friendly priced silog selections and Filipino ulam that taste homemade but nonetheless flavorful.
Go here: When “Wala kang baon”.
Recommended dishes: Their famous Tapsilog (₱99), Chicken Longsilog (₱99), Dinuguan with Free Rice (₱99)
Insider tip: If you don't like your egg yolk runny or if you want scrambled egg, all you have to do is request.
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse – America
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse is a Southern USA-inspired smokehouse and barbeque restaurant serving flavorful pork ribs, smoked wings, and smoked beef brisket, and other meat dishes.
Go here: When sawa ka na sa KBBQ.
Recommended dishes: Daddy's Burger (₱350), Smoked Beef Brisket (₱550), Smoked Pork Ribs (₱900 for half)
Insider tip: If you're in a big group and you want to try most of the meats, we suggest that you order the smoked meat platter.
Friuli Trattoria – Italian
Friuli Trattoria specializes in gourmet pizzas at student-friendly prices perfect for sharing during meetings or get-togethers.
Go here: When you and your friends are going through petsa de peligro together.
Recommended dishes: Margherita (₱235), Viva Venezia (₱265), Barbeque Chicken (₱290)
Fun fact: You can order 2 flavors in one pizza.
Mama Lou’s – Italian
At Mama Lou’s, you and your family can fill yourselves up with authentic Italian dishes like pizza, pasta, risotto, and more! Fun fact: If you can’t choose between two flavors, you can order two flavors in one pizza.
Go here: When you need to impress your bae’s (or your) family.
Recommended dishes: Rollo Di Pollo (₱390), Marbled Rib Eye Steak (₱695), Truffle Mac & Cheese (₱325), Risotto Tartufo Funghi (₱350), Spaghetti Seafood Olio - House Special (₱350)
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱300!
Cibo – Italian
A homegrown Italian restaurant by acclaimed Chef Margarita Fores, Cibo serves well-loved classic dishes including antipasti, salads, pasta, pizza, and mains.
Go here: When your sosyal tita decides to make libre.
Recommended dishes: Fiori Di Zucca/Squash Flowers (₱449), Pate Di Fegato/Crostini/Chicken Liver Pate (₱369), Spinaci/Zola/Spinach Dip (₱315), Tiramisu Croccante (₱339)
Insider tip: Although their specialties are pastas and pizzas, we suggest that you try out their Spinach dip.
Can't get enough of pasta and pizza? Check out The Ultimate Guide on Where to Find the Best Italian Restaurants in Metro for more ideas!
Barcino – Spanish
Barcino is a Spanish restaurant that serves up authentic Spanish dishes and classic tapas all of which you can pair with their famous Sangria and array of alcoholic drinks. Fun fact: If you’re more of a breakfast person, then you’ll love their restaurant called Desayuno by Barcino.
Recommended dishes: Almejas A La Bilbaina (₱325), Torreznos (₱475), Paella a la Gallega (₱795), Chorizo and Cheese Platter (₱1,700), Gambas al Ajillo (₱790 for 350g), Paella Negra (₱600)
Insider tip: Get up to ₱500 off your bill with Booky!
Meat Depot – Steaks
A place where you can get your steak exactly how you like it, Meat Depot is a steak joint perfect for those who can’t get enough of meat whether it is Pork, Beef, or even Lamb.
Go here: When you’re going on a keto diet (or when you just want some steak).
Recommended meats: Thick-Cut Bacon, Wagyu Beef, Rib Eye Steak
Insider tip: You get to choose your preferred meat and even you're preferred steak doneness. Also, if you want to cook their steaks at home, they also offer frozen ones for take-out.
Gringo – Latin American/Mexican
Love Latin American and Tex-Mex dishes? Then head on to Gringo, a restaurant that offers up an exciting, local twist on both of these cuisines. Fun fact: Their branch in MOA is actually open way past midnight.
Go here: When you need some drinks and pulutan while your friend is spilling some piping hot tea.
Recommended dishes: Whole Gringo Original Chicken (₱535), Full Rack Gringo Baby Back Ribs (₱620), Crispy Catfish Salsa (₱365), Lemon Garlic Butter Crab (₱155/100g), Slow-Cooked Beef Burrito (₱245)
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱200 off your bill!
Peri-Peri – African/Portuguese
If you like your chicken covered with spices or dipped in a special sauce, then you’ll definitely love what Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken, an African-Portuguese restaurant has to offer. Fun fact: You have 8 sauces to choose from and if you’re feeling a little adventurous, then you can combine two sauces on your chicken.
Go here: When your lunch/dinner-mate is super picky because there are a lot of sauces for them to choose from.
Recommended dishes: Whole Chicken with 4 Regular Sides (₱723), Pasta Tartufo To Share (₱680), Mozzarella Sticks (₱150), Quarter Chicken (₱148), El Fuego (₱185), A Whole Peri-Peri BBQ Back Ribs (₱1,150)
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get 2 Quarter Chicken with one side for only ₱330. Also, you can get a Choco Banana Parfait, Pepperoni Flatbread, and Four Cheese Flatbread each for only ₱99.
S & R – American
S & R is a quick-service spot that offers delectable pizzas, chicken, burgers, and more which are perfect for those who are on the go or for those who like something fast and simple.
Go here: When you’re looking for a kick of nostalgia or a dish that tastes like childhood.
Recommended dishes: Chicken Ceasar Salad (₱179), Combo Pizza/Garlic Shrimp (₱109), 6pc Chicken (₱399)
Insider tip: If you find yourself at one of their groceries, we suggest that you finish your meal with their cheesecake and ice cream offers.
Serving international fusion cuisine and dishes ranging from sushi to pizzas and even steak, at Torch Restaurant you can get a mix of the best of East and West.
Go here: When it’s Friday and you want to indulge in unlimited wine.
Recommended dishes: Salpicao Medallion (₱480), Gambas Pizza (₱330), and Volcano Roll (₱370)
Fun fact: If you're in a big group, we suggest that you get the party trays or group meals. It's more sulit that way.
Scout’s – American
Offering savory comfort food dishes like breakfast burgers and pastas as well as girl scout artisanal cookies, Scout’s Honor’s dishes will definitely awaken the inner child in you with every bite.
Go here: When you want to make life a little sweeter with your make-a-cookie creation.
Notable dishes they offer: Scout's Honor Hamburger (₱135), Creamy Pesto with Grilled Chicken (₱275), and Camping Fave Scoutmaster Cookie (₱250)
Insider tip: Feeling a bit adventurous and creative? Try out their build your own cookie option and craft-your-own mac & cheese option as well.
Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina is a restaurant that offers up affordable Mexican dishes tweaked for the Filipino palate which are perfect for sharing within a small group.
Go here: When you want to spend time with your crush. The lines are long and might as well grab the opportunity to know more about them.
Recommended dishes: Silantro's Quesadilla (₱180), Silantro's Paella Fajita Mix (₱270), Beef Nachos (₱200), Silantro Beef & Lengua Burrito (₱190)
Insider tip: Like other restaurants in UP Town, Silantro also has condiments you can make use to add another layer of flavor in your dishes.
The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery is a restaurant only found in UP Town Center that offers fusion comfort food dishes, specialty coffee, and even alcoholic drinks
Go here: When you get your first paycheck and you want to splurge with those who mean a lot to you.
Recommended dishes: Bruschetta Medley (₱225), Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce (₱325), The Fat Seed Burger (₱395), Wagyu Pares (₱305), Hotate Soy Cream Pasta (₱385)
Fun fact: They offer single-origin coffee and their coffee beans are from all over the country and around the world.
A popular restaurant in UP Town Center, Nono’s is one of the go-to restos for high-quality comfort food and delectable desserts.
Go here: When it’s your friend’s birthday and you lowkey forgot to buy them a cake.
Recommended dishes: Beef Tapa (₱425), Nono's Homestyle Fried Chicken (₱345), Mac n' Cheese (₱395), Roasted Beef Belly (₱565)
Fun fact: Nono's is the brainchild of the chef behind Classic Confections, Chef Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto.
Seamless transition from coffee to cocktails at Sunnies Cafe, a restaurant that offers up international dishes ideal for both brunch and dinner. Insider tip: This restaurant’s interiors and its dishes are totally Instagrammable so if you want something to spice up your Instagram feed, then this is the restaurant is perfect for you.
Go here: When you have friends who love to document every moment of their life and post them on Insta stories.
Recommended dishes: Pan-Seared Miso Salmon (₱420), Stove Top Pork Chop (₱350), Chicken and Mushroom Pasta (₱310), Spicy Calamari (₱180), Beef Kimchi Egg Bowl (₱290)
Fun fact: With Booky, you can get Buy 1 Get 1 Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken Bowl for ₱230 and Buy 1 Get 1 Beef Kimchi Bowl for ₱290!
Cook your way out of stress at Romantic Baboy, a KBBQ restaurant that serves up unlimited pork, beef, grade A cheese, banchan, and more!
Go here: When you’re tired of watching mukbangs and you want the real thing.
Price: ₱499 for unlimited pork + beef
Insider tip: Bring patience, a fan (in case you're waiting under the hot sun), and an extra shirt, and cologne (if you don't want to smell like smoke after eating).
A buffet by the Vikings Group, The Alley is an indoor food hall where you can get your fill of international dishes from street food to comfort food as well as alcoholic drinks and more.
Go here: When your kasama says na “ikaw bahala” kung saan kayo kakain.
Price: ₱688 (Weekday Lunch); ₱888 (Weekday/Weekend/Holiday Lunch & Dinner)
Insider tip: Survey the options first before getting dishes and don't forget to try out their Oyster Rockefeller.
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2/F Urban Turf, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 8277-1888 | (0917) 673-5888
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