Treat the Balikbayans
to these 8 Pinoy Restaurants
By Therese Aseoche
To some people, the holidays are a special time because it’s when relatives and family friends come home from abroad to spend Christmas! If you’re one of those who are expecting visitors this holiday break, take them to these 8 restaurants serving honest-to-goodness Pinoy food!
Manam has become a cult favorite for its wide range of hearty and delicious Filipino comfort food, and it’s that one place you wouldn’t mind splurging your Christmas bonus at if it means indulging in their Sinigang na Beef Shortrib and Watermelon, House Crispy Sisig, and Caramelized Patis Wings. It’s the best restaurant to reintroduce Filipino flavors to your balikbayans!
Don’t forget to try their Christmas specials, like the Bibingkang Ube and the Puto Bumbong with Muscovado Butter.
For a taste of Filipino mixed with Spanish cuisine, Lorenzo’s Way is one of the top of mind restaurants to visit. Its homey ambience welcomes families of every size and promises an enjoyable dining experience that will remind you of home. Try the KKK (Kare-Kare Klab), Tenderloin Steak with Grapes, and Paella Marinara.
Charito Bag of Beans
150 Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika East, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay City
Open Monday to Thursday 6:30 A.M. to 10 P.M., Friday to Saturday from 6:30 A.M. to 12 midnight, Sunday from 6:30 A.M. to 11 P.M.
(+6346) 483 12 79, (+6346) 413 64 59 | Facebook, Instagram
Budget for two — PHP 1,500
A trip to Bag of Beans is almost customary for any Filipino family travelling to Tagaytay. You should, however, introduce your balikbayans to Charito Bag of Beans to get the same sought-after coffee as well as hearty, quality meals while overlooking the scenic Taal Lake.
4F, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Open Monday to Thursday from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M., Friday from 11 A.M. to 10 P.M., Saturday from 10 A.M. to 10 A.M., Sunday from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M.
(+632) 687 19 55, (+63) 917 817 8298 | Facebook, Instagram
Budget for two — PHP 2,400
Corazon does Filipino-Spanish cuisine so well and anyone who tries it is sure to fall in love at first bite. It’s no wonder why it’s always packed with people — families, and couples — in its location at EDSA Shangri-La Plaza. Treat your balikbayans to this unique and vibrant dining experience! Must-tries are the Beef Salpicao, Chorizo Filipino, Sinigang na Salmon, and Grilled Tuna Belly.