From authentic Asian dining to some Filipino classics, it’s time to find your way in Banawe!
For residents of Banawe and Quezon City in general, most of these places are all too familiar, but that familiar (and same comforting) feeling is also what keeps these places swarmed by regulars. The Banawe area is a relatively quieter neighborhood with more family-style restaurants than night bars to hang out in. In short, it’s silent but deadly to the belly.
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In this list, we focused more on the smaller restaurants as well as some hip new cafes and steak diners that most foodies from other cities probably haven’t heard of. If you love finding holes in the wall, then you’re guaranteed to enjoy completing this list!
Golden Empire – Sta. Mesa Heights
Golden Empire offers Chinese fusion cuisine with dishes such as Crab Kiampong, Peking duck, Chinese-style fried chicken, and Golden Empire fried rice.
Tra Vinh – Sta. Mesa Heights Amoranto Ave.
One of Banawe’s best-kept secrets, Tra Vinh is an authentic Vietnamese spot that serves up easy, affordable, and flavorful Vietnamese dishes and recipes.
Recommended dishes: Prawn Pomelo Salad, Crab Noodle Soup, Special Mixed Beans, and Sweet Vietnam Jelly
Bugis Singaporean Street Food – N. Roxas St.
Named after a popular shopping street, food hub and tourist spot in Singapore, Bugis serves Singaporean hawker-style street food favorites such as Hainanese chicken, their signature steamboat Laksa soup, fish tofu, and curry balls.
Recommended dishes: Singaporean Laksa, Char Kuey Teow
Tuen Mun Roasts – N. Roxas St.
Tuen Mun Roasts is an HK-inspired eatery serving everyone’s favorite roasted items on rice. Feast over generous servings of barbecued pork, Lechon Macau, roast duck, and soy chicken with rice or noodles. Here’s an insider tip: Tuen Mun Roasts and Eat Fresh are run by the same owners and we read that you can order from Eat Fresh here.
Recommended dishes: Lechon Macau Rice, Roasted Duck Rice, Tuen Mun Soup
Fong Wei Wu – Sto. Domingo
Fong Wei Wu is a casual Taiwanese restaurant that serves authentic Taiwanese cuisine like black pepper rice, pork chop rice, noodles, and more.
Oomori – One Banawe Complex
Oomori Japanese Cuisine offers a wide variety of Japanese food like sushi, rolls, sashimi, temaki, rice meals, and many more. Their menu does not limit to traditional Japanese dishes.
Recommended dishes: Chef’s Special, Crispy Kani Maki, Dragon Roll, Oomori’s Chirashi Bowl
Oedo Japanese Restaurant – Sto. Domingo
The Shinto shrine-inspired entrance, the Japanese lamps, and the zen garden make Oedo a landmark restaurant for the Sto. Domingo area. Boasting a big 2-floored space with function rooms for private events, Japanese specialties like sushi, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, soba, and gyudon are served.
Recommended dishes: Gyu Teppan Yaki, Ebi Tempura, Oedo Maki
King Chef Seafood – Banawe St.
Eat like a king at this popular Banawe Street favorite! Enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine at King Chef Seafood and bite amazing flavors and dishes that are guaranteed to have you coming back for more.
Recommended dishes: Fried Spareribs with 8 Spices, Hainanese Chicken, Crispy Duck Wanton
Shiok Shiok – N. Roxas St.
Shiok Shiok, a phrase that means “great!” or “cool!” in Singapore, specializes in Singaporean hawker food like Beef Rendang, Satay Barbeque, Nasi Lemak, and Laksa. This is one food spot that’s definitely worth the trip.
Recommended dishes: Beef Rendang, Chili Prawns, Laksa
Megawatt – Banawe St.
Megawatt is a power plant-themed, carwash concept diner and is the first solar-lit restaurant in Manila. It is a family-owned business and specializes in Tex-Mex dishes including burritos, pizzas, ribs, burgers, and more.
Recommended dishes: Fried Lasagna, Pork Kimchi Burrito, Crunchy Mushroom Melt
Tien Ma’s – multiple branches
Tien Ma’s is an underrated late-night joint that serves authentic Taiwanese specialties including their affordable xiao long bao’s, beef brisket noodles, 3-cup chicken, and more.
Meat Depot – Banawe St.
At Meat Depot, you get to choose your preferred meat to cook, or you can even buy them for take-out! If you want steak, just choose your meat of choice (they have Angus Beef, Lamb, Wagyu Beef, and more!), your degree of cooking (Rare, Medium Rare, Medium Well, Well Done), sides, and sauces.
Recommended dishes: Thick-Cut Bacon, Wagyu Beef, Rib Eye Steak
Shuin – multiple branches
Shuin is a Taiwanese hole-in-the-wall that is most popular for its smoked chicken and fried chicken chop. Other specialties include fried dumplings, Taiwan sausage, and more. They have two branches in Banawe— one in Santo Domingo and one in Amoranto.
Recommended dishes: Shuin’s Prime Beef Noodle, Taiwanese Style Kampon, Smoked Duck Rice
Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food – Maria Clara St.
The Banawe area definitely loves its Asian street food-style-inspired spots! A surefire recommendation for any Banawe newbie, Eat Fresh serves up satisfying Hong Kong and Singapore-based dishes such as curries, fried noodles, and more!
Recommended dishes: Beef Brisket, Spareribs OK Sauce
Tasty Dumplings – Amorante Ave.
Another underrated Chinese spot favorite, Tasty Dumplings is a little joint most known for its dumplings, bigger-than-palm-sized fried pork chops, and signature chili sauce.
Recommended dish: Dumpling Soup, Pork Chop Rice, Fried Dumplings
Jiang Nan Hotpot – Banawe Center
Established in 2017, Jiang Nan Hotpot has been the go-to spot for good hotpot and Chinese grilled barbeque in Banawe. They have a variety of meats, veggies, sauces, soup, balls, noodles, tofu products, and mushrooms to choose from.
The Aristocrat Restaurant – Banawe St.
It’s hard to get any more old-school classic than The Aristocrat Restaurant! Their famous chicken barbecue and java rice is a combination that has filled the bellies and warmed the hearts of countless Filipinos for decades.
Recommended dishes: Chicken Barbecue, Chicken Honey, Crispy Pata
28 Treasures HK Roast + Dimsum – N. Roxas St.
When it comes to Roasted Duck, 28 Treasures promises a crispy, golden brown skin with succulent meat that’s tender in every bite. Here’s a dish that’s perfect to gather the family over!
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We’re pretty sure there are so many more restaurants around Banawe that we missed to include here since we focused on the smaller restaurants, so don’t panic if you don’t see your favorites. But please do share other places and neat insider tips in the comments section below for us and all foodies reading this blog.