All pooped out after a night of partying at your favorite Makati and Bonifacio Global City hangouts? Get your mojo back at these five spots, which serve yummy, affordable meals 24/7!
Whistlestop's filling meals, coupled with their extensive drinks menu, cemented its place as a reliable round-the-clock watering hole in Makati. Head here with your closest friends for an inuman session until the break of dawn!
Most of Whistlestop's meals are good for sharing, so you better bring a friend (or the whole gang) along with you! Spicy food lovers will love their Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings (P220, add P50 for Blue Cheese Dressing), which delivers a good kick of heat with every bite.
Those who prefer their food a little less tangy would appreciate their Beef Salpicao (P320)—savory sweet, garlicky, and buttery all at the same time. If you can afford just a quick chow, their Pork Barbecue (P95 for three sticks) are tasty and good to go sans suka!
Milady Square Building, 28 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City; other branches at The Fort Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Westgame Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa; and the ELJCC Building, Sgt. Esguerra Ave., Quezon City
2) Beni's Falafel
Long-time customers of Beni's Falafel fondly recall the days when the restaurant was still a cramped hole in the wall in the heart of Makati’s tourist center. It has since moved across the street to a brighter, more roomy space, and though the ambience has drastically changed, the food—and their prices—remains on point.
The trademark Beni's Falafel (P185, P210 with Hummus) is filling and scrumptious, while the creamy eggplant-based Babaganush (P250 for the Big Babaganush, P180 for the small) will make you want to get extra bread so you can mop up every last bit.
Their Shakshuka (P260 for the Big Shakshuka, P160 for the small), which is touted as an "award-winning best egg dish," deserves its accolade: It's a bed of perfectly spiced tomatoes bearing an egg or two, cooked in your preference (We like ours sunny side up and runny!).
Ground Floor, A.Venue Mall, Makati Avenue, Makati City; another branch is located at the South Wing of the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
3) Recovery Food
This cozy spot in BGC has achieved cult status among Manilenyos as a prime post-inuman hotspot for a good reason: consistently good comfort food, generous servings, and easy-on-the-pocket prices. This is the brainchild of top chef Margarita Fores, the same culinary whiz behind Cibo and Grace Park, so you know that your tastebuds are in very good hands.
Recovery Food's Rice Bowls are an excellent post-booze reward for your tummy. Their servers recommended the Happy Beef Rice (P160), which has malinamnam beef chunks topped with spring onion and garlic.
Craving for something more breakfast-y? Order Tapa De Morning (P180): slightly sweet, Pinoy-style tapa served with either a scrambled or sunny side up egg and your choice of white or brown rice, making your balik-alindog journey a bit more easier!
Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; other branches at the UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City; BGC Stopver Pavilion, 31st Street Cor. Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Molito Commercial Complez, Alabang, Muntinlupa City; Newport City, Pasay City; and the Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
4) Heaven's Barbecue
Heaven's Barbecue lives up to its name; dishing out meaty eats that can make any self-professed carnivore happy. Their chill, al fresco Fort Strip branch sees a steady stream of customers at all hours, from hungry office-goers in search for a good, cheap lunch, to yuppies wanting to unwind after a long day at work.
Their Heavenly Barsilog (P155) and breakfast meals come in huge servings, making any hungry tummy heave a sigh of contentment. Get the super sulit Taste of Heaven (P345), which has a half-slab pork belly, half chicken barbecue, four pork barbecue and chicken breast barbecue sticks. Everything's done Pinoy-style: barbecue sticks are tender and savory sweet, chicken is succulent and juicy, and pork belly is deliciously smoky.
The Fort Strip, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; other branches at Eton Cyberpod Corinthian, Ortigas Ave., Quezon City and at The Zone, 7224 Malugay St., Bel-Air, Makati City
5) Coco Hut Fried Chicken and Fish
Not all of Coco Hut's branches are open 24/7, but the one at BGC Stopover Pavillion is within walking distance to some of Manila's most popular bars. Hefty servings of local favorites at decent price points and meals for sharing are available here, making it the perfect place to drag your barkada to!
We had their sinfully good Lechon Kawali Kare-Kare (P385, good for 2-3 people), which replaces the traditional oxtail and pata with crispy, deep-fried pork—of course with their bagoong. If you're dining alone, Chicken Adobo Flakes (P175), which is served with egg and rice liberally topped with fried garlic bits, is a certified tummy-pleaser.
Other bestsellers include their Fried Chicken meals (which range from P100 to P195) and the Poor Man's Fish (P175), deep-fried galunggong served with rice, coco squash, and soy-vinegar sauce.
Second Floor, BGC Stopover Pavillion, Rizal Drive Cr. 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; other branches: The Commerce Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City; UP Ayala Technohub, Diliman, Quezon City; and 60 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati
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