We all love a hearty lunch, yet there are times that what you crave for might break the bank – especiallywhen “Petsa de Peligro” comes. But no need to fret, here are our top restaurant picks that can cater to your various lunch cravings priced below P200.
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm meal, so what more when it’s sizzling right before yourvery eyes? Pepper Lunch Express at Glorietta 4 has a specialty that patrons keep coming for more. Their Shimofuri Pepper Steak is marbled to perfection, and the plus side is you get to grill it to your liking.Served with a generous amount of string beans, corn kernels, and beansprouts as sidings, this dish willcertainly fuel you throughout the rest of the day.
Recommended items: Shimofuri Pepper Steak P365.00 P182.50
Known for its wonderful bubble tea concoctions – from Japanese Cheesecake Cream, Ice Cream Frappes, to Yoccas (fruity cultured milk); Tokyo Bubble Tea also offers café-style comfort food that are meant to bepaired with these drinks. Their Teriyaki Chicken Doria is an oven-baked rice casserole smothered withmozzarella and topped with juicy strips of teriyaki-laced chicken. Drizzled with wasabi mushroom creamsauce, it’s not only cute to look at, but it’s also affordably yummy!
Recommended items: Teriyaki Chicken Doria P255.00 P127.50
Fritoss is the haven of affordable cheat meals and quick bites. This casual hole-in- the-wall serves an array of American dishes from addicting appetizers and sausages, to sugar-laden desserts, and everything in between. Swap your typical fried chicken cravings with their Sriracha Chicken Sandwich. Imagine, a thick slab of chicken breast, breaded and deep-fried to perfection – all nestled inside a halved pretzel bun with red cabbage slaw, pickles, and sriracha mayo.
Recommended items: Sriracha Chicken Sandwich P250.00 P125.00
What was once just a quaint family coffee shop, BLUESMITH Coffee & Kitchen transformed into a full-blown restaurant focusing on comfort food and what else – specialty coffee. Unwind from the day’s stresswith Bluesmith’s hip and relaxed environment as you snack away at their hearty meals and rich flavors ofcoffee. Make sure to try their Pesto with Chicken-Fried Steak is a delectable mix of spaghetti noodles andpesto aglio e olio (in garlic and oil), topped with liberal amounts of chicken-fried steak chunks.
Recommended items: Pesto with Chicken-Fried Steak P360.00 P180.00
Illy Caffe originally started an Italian coffee company, which eventually ventured into creating their owncafes. This is the ideal place for people who love to have a conversation over a flavorful coffee after a longday’s work. One of their popular items on the menu that you can get is the Fettuccine al Tartufo. It mightseem as simple as creamy truffle oil on fettuccine, but the secret behind it is the lingering but notoverpowering flavor of truffle, which keeps everyone coming back for more.
Recommended items: Fettuccine al Tartufo P350.00 P175.00
Ramen places have popped out from everywhere, but a certain shop from Alabang is creating a buzzbecause of its pork-focused ramen menu. Butamaru – named after the Japanese term for pig (Buta), has astraightforward selection of ramen bowls. They have Shio, Shoyu, Miso, Tsukemen, and the Tantanmen. Springy noodles nestled in a spicy peanut and sesame-based broth, liberally topped with slices of torchedchasu; the combination of spicy soup and the caramelized flavor from the pork makes it an inexpensive“JapaNICE” lunch for us.
Recommended items: Tantanmen P360.00 P180.00
What was once a staple bar chow, sisig has become a go-to dish for anyone longing for something thatworks oh so well when paired with heaps of rice. For those who are raring to get it for lunch, they canhead of to Sisig Society. What makes it worth the trip is their Bacon and Cheese Sisig, a combination thatis drool-worthy, this triple threat of flavors will surely make you go for seconds – or maybe even thirds.
Recommended items: Bacon and Cheese Sisig P299.00 P149.50
A notable restaurant that serves Filipino comfort staples is Nicandro Lutong Bahay. Situated along LilacStreet (the East counterpart of Maginhawa Street) in Marikina, this gem churns out scrumptious local fare such as Binusog na Pusit, Pinaputok na Tilapia, Halabos na Hipon, amongst other dishes. Have a taste of the authentic Ilocano version of Lechon Kawali and order their Authentic Vigan Bagnet, perfect to share with your family.
Recommended items: Authentic Vigan Bagnet P365.00 P182.50