We mean it when we say you (most of the time) won’t find them anywhere else.
The South may have Poblacion, but the North proudly houses one of the best areas filled with bars, resto pubs, and more importantly, unique restaurants you won’t find anywhere else – Tomas Morato.
Although Tomas Morato is known to be an avenue lined up with a number of restaurants, the other streets/avenues/areas – like Mother Ignacia and Sct. Lazcano – are usually considered as a part-of-sorts with Tomas Morato. The result? When you want to know which Tomas Morato restaurants to eat at, there are just too many options.
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Overwhelmed with the number of restos? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. Since you’ve already headed to the North, why not try out what we think are 20 unique restaurants in Tomas Morato restaurants you won’t find anywhere else!
Lola Cafe + Bar – Sct. Lozano St.
A restaurant with a warm, homey, open vibe to it, at Lola Cafe + Bar, you won’t only feel nostalgic thanks to their interiors but also with their classic Filipino dishes with interesting twists. Read our full feature here.
Recommended dishes: Crispy Maskara, Bone Marrow Sisig, Truffled Lengua, and Humba Glazed Belly
Fun fact: What makes it one of the unique restos in the area is that it was once a post-WWII era residence.
Livestock – Sgt. Esguerra
Livestock Restaurant & Bar specializes in pork dishes inspired by various cuisines like Balsamic Lechon Paksiw, Coffee Bourbon Ribs, and Pork Tenderloin with Charred Chimichurri. However, they’re best known for their Melts-in-Your-Mouth Crispy Pasta — arguably the crispiest, most tender crispy pata in the city. You can even slice it with a popsicle stick!
Recommended dishes: their Crispy Pata
Ombu Kusina – Mother Ignacia
Looking for an interesting twist on Filipino food or a chic place where you can enjoy with your family? Then head on to Ombu Kusina, a restaurant that offers up modern Filipino food from all-day breakfasts to Filipino flavor-inspired pizzas and even desserts.
Recommended dishes: Angus Beef Salpicao, Binakol, Sisig Pizza.
Limbaga 77 – Sct. Limbaga
Limbaga 77 Cafe & Restaurant offers traditional Filipino dishes with a contemporary flair. Their specialties include Kare-Kare, Baked Lechon, and Four Flavored Wings. If you’re looking for a laidback restaurant to hold an event, Limbaga 77 has two function rooms, offers buffet options for your event, and an open bar.
Recommended dishes: Stuffed Bulaklak ng Kalabasa, Four-Flavored Wings, and Crispy Bagnet.
La Spezia MNL – Scout Dr. Lazcano
La Spezia is an Italian hole-in-the-wall restaurant that gives you a taste of Italy with its straightforward, bona fide Italian food and sleek, no-frill interiors.
Recommended dishes: Burrata, Spaghetti Alle Vongole Veraci, Caprese Insalata, Bistecca Alla Florentina, Zeppole
The Frazzled Cook – Scout Gandia
The Frazzled Cook is a quirky restaurant put together with the mission of serving good international comfort food in a cozy, homey ambiance.
Recommended dishes: Herbed Chicken Salad, Sizzling Squid, Truffle Pasta, Seafood Paella
Kandle Café – Mother Ignacia
Kandle Café is a neighborhood cafe serving contemporary local dishes made with home-grown greens. Signature dishes include Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy pasta and the Kandle Burger. Specialty coffee and local beers are also served.
Recommended dishes:Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy pasta and the Kandle Burger.
Mario’s Restaurant – Laging Handa
A restaurant that’s been continuing the family traditions they hold dear as well as family celebrations since 1971, at Mario’s restaurant, you are sure to enjoy time-tested Spanish dishes which are best-eaten family style!
Recommended dishes: Oysters Rockefeller, Marinera, and Lengua con Setas.
Half Saints – Sgt. Esguerra Ave.
Half Saints is a cozy yet forward restaurant that offers unique dishes and desserts that feature multi-cultural flavors yet embraces and celebrates everything Filipino. Some of the items on their menu include chicharron risotto and hummus shakshuka but they are also quite famous for their decadent desserts.
Recommended dishes: Chicharron Teriyaki and Arroz Con Pollo.
Seoul Train Korean Barbeque – Sergeant Esguerra Ave
Not satisfied with one KBBQ restaurant for the night? Then head on to Seoul Train Korean Barbeque – an immersive, locomotive-themed Korean BBQ grill – and get aboard their Korean dishes, KBBQ, and their interesting activities such as their arcade crane machines!
Recommended dishes: Bul Samgyeop, Galbi Tang, and Dolsot Bibimbap
Leann’s Tea House – Mother Ignacia
Located in a two-story building along Mother Ignacia, at Leann’s Tea House you can avail of their a la carte Korean dishes or unlimited Korean buffets and be satisfied and filled no matter what time you visit.
Recommended dishes: Hameul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake), Bibimbap, Samgyeopsal
Fun fact: You won't smell like grilling meat if you don't want to because their grilling area is on the second floor.
Ikigai Kakigori Cafe – POS Building
Want to complete your Korean cuisine food trip? Then head on to Ikigai Kakigori Cafe, a dessert shop that serves up kakigori – a Japanese shaved ice dessert complete with smooth shaved ice, fresh toppings, homemade ice cream, and drenched in homemade syrup.
Recommended flavors: Matcha Kakigori and Kuromitsu Kakigori
High Grounds Cafe – Scout Rallos
Wondering where to eat in QC while playing? High Grounds Cafe is the Philippine’s first and biggest online gaming cafe that also serves up international dishes for you to enjoy while you play.
Recommended dishes: Brazo de Mercedes, Matcha Freeze, and High Grounds Meat Platter.
Fun fact: It has over 100 computer units with up to 500mbps connection speed, a gaming arena, and a cafe with free Wi-Fi that is also open 24/7 for non-gamers.
Drinking Spots and Restobars
Little Winehaus – Scout Lazcano
From the name itself, Little Winehaus is one of the late night Tomas Morato restaurants where you can enjoy the finest of wines paired with good cheese, caviar pies, shrimp cocktails, and even gambas. Read our full feature here.
Recommended dishes: Callos and Caviar Pie
BOA Kitchen + Socials – Laging Handa
A restaurant that changes completely from their interiors to their menu depending on the time of the day, at BOA Kitchen + Socials, if you decide to stay the whole day, it’s as if you’ve visited three different restaurants without having to leave one!
Recommended dishes: Torched Salmon and Avocado Toast, Sausage with Mashed Potato and Mushroom Gravy, Deconstructed Banana Crumble Pie, and The Highballs
Want to look for more restaurants in Tomas Morato? Just open the Booky app and type, “TOMAS MORATO” and search over 100 restaurants in the area. If you spotted a new restaurant near you, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with all the details.