1. 8065 Bagnet
As the name says, Bagnet is their specialty, so if you’re craving for some deep fried pork belly, this is the place to go. Make sure to come early since the place usually gets packed around lunch time, but don’t you worry, they have a second floor and an outdoor seating when it gets really packed. Did you know that the first branch is located at 8065 Estrella Street, San Antonio, Makati City? Hence the number 8065.
Must order: Bagnet Sisig (Budget Meal – P125 , Good for Two – P200)
Address: Leon Guinto Corner Estrada Street,Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-10PM
2. The Barn Cafe
The barn, more famously known as a drinking place especially during Thursday nights because of DLSU’s four-day class schedule, also has a cafe located at the second floor. Their entrees may be a wee bit pricey for those who are on a tight budget, but nonetheless, worth every peso. Trust me, your tummy will thank you for it. P.S. Try their milkshakes!
Must order: Roast Chicken (P190), Beefy Mushroom (P175)
Address: 2226 Fidel A. Reyes Street, Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10AM-12MN
3. Chomp Chomp
Craving for some heat? Chomp Chomp’s Singaporean laksa will surely satisfy your tastebuds. Fun fact – they have another branch in Banawe called Bugis Singaporean street food, but they basically have the same menu.
Must order: Singapore Laksa (P180), Hainanese Chicken (P205)
Address: 2/F Bellagio Residence, Leon Guinto cor. Estrada St., Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-10PM
Your Korean barbeque fix just around corner (literally). This restaurant is located at a tiny street in Leon Guinto and may be easy to miss for new dwellers, so keep your eyes open for the Samgyupsalamat signboard. Tipid Tips: Bring your friends, since there’s a minimum of 2 orders before you’ll be able to grill some meat. Plus, you’ll be able to share the experience and get to pig out with your besties, win-win situation right?
Must order: Daepae Samgyupsal (P240), Beef Samgyupsal (P320), Bibimbap (P200)
Address: 911 Kapitan Tikong Corner Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-11PM, Sun 12NN-11PM
Insider Tip: They have an unlimited Samgyupsal promo every weekend and holidays. The free side dishes are also refillable so you can eat until your hearts content.
5. Rap Steak and Cakes
Feel like eating steak, but you’re on a tight budget? Then visit the most raved about steak place in Taft. You can opt to switch your sides to mashed potatoes or pasta instead of rice for an additional P30. Plus, They give you a whole pitcher of gravy, which is the definition of “sauce palang, ulam na”.
Must order: T-bone steak (P245), Glazed beef short ribs (P220)
Address: 879 Dagonoy Street, Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-10PM
6. Topside Diner
Sail with this nautical-themed restaurant and get ready to get your hands dirty with their juicy buffalo wings. This tiny diner is usually packed with hungry students so make sure to come early. Waiting is the game, but it’s totally worth it when you get to try their cheese topped-buffalo wings (Garlic Parma).
Must order: Garlic Parma Combo w/ Drinks (P99)
Address: 2589 Leon Guinto St., Vito Cruz, Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-7PM
Insider tip: You can order from the lemonade stand outside and ask them to bring it right at your table.
It’s time for dessert! This quaint little restaurant serves the best brownies in town! Top it off with their homemade ice cream and prepare to see heaven. It’s a little tight in this place, but they also have an outside seating if you’re up for grabbing late night drinks with your barkada.
Must order: Y Tu Mama Brownies ala mode (P85 + P50 single scoop)
Address: Unit 2, 2428 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10AM-11PM