As a student hub that serves people on what could be occasionally tight allowances, the food that can be found here is also affordable in general, when you consider the relative quality they give you, which is why it draws people so long disposed of college back time and again.
With this, we’ve picked a handful of restaurants, some relatively obscure, that may tickle your fancy when you pass by this area at some time.
Found on the far end of Katipunan, closer to Quirino Memorial Hospital, Banapple is a bakeshop-cafe that serves cakes, pastries and regular meals. It’s meals and pastries are known for their large portions, and for being quite heavy, sometime to the point of being overwhelming, so it’s a good place to drop by on a lazy weekend.
It has grown much since its inception. From a quaint hole in the wall it now has a large store just across its old one to serve it’s growing clientele. Sandwicheese, just beside the old Banapple, has the same owners.
Found near: Sbarro Head Office, past Quirino Memorial.
Budget: 300-400 per person
Cafe Sweet Inspirations is a favourite of teachers and others on the wrong side of thirty in Katipunan. Despite first impressions, it’s main draw isn’t actually its cakes and pastries, but its long standing Mongolian Buffet, which is reasonably priced.
Found near: Teriyaki Boy Katipunan.
Budget: 150-250 Pesos. More if you want to have a buffet.
Again, the ones older ones might appreciate this more. Wooden Spoon is a restaurant run by the Sandy Daza, whose famous mother, Nora Daza, would be recognised only by those of us who have been around for quite a while.
Don’t let that give you the impression that the food here is strictly traditional Filipino. Far from it. Wooden Spoon’s dishes are equally creative and delightful. Highlights of the menu are Chef Sandy's Stuffed Pechay and horrendously sinful Dinuguang Bagnet.
Found Beside: Ilocos Empanada and TLC tutorial center, before the blue bridge that connects Regis Center to Ateneo.
Budget: Around 400 per person
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On to more wallet-friendly options, Rodic’s is a de-facto institution in the University of the Philippines, where its food is celebrated as central to the UP experience. It’s a pretty small place, but its tapa packs quite a punch. Great for a quick stop over during lunch.
Found in: UP Shopping Center, inside UP Diliman’s Campus
Budget: 80-90 Pesos per person
Photo Credit: http://www.pinoyroadtrip.com/2013/10/food-tripping-at-up-diliman-tapsilog-at.html
For students that want more traditional Japanese fare (you know, like, not katsu) for a fairly reasonable price, Roku fits the bill, with decent Ramen, Sushi and other Japanese foods. The problem is it’s not exactly straightforward to find, and the elevators going there are cramped to say the least. Not for big gatherings.
Found at the upper floors of Oracle Residences.
If you do want Katsu though, Katsu Cafe, also in the area, is a good choice.
Budget: 250 pesos per person
Photo Credit: http://flyinglamon.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/roku-ramen-and-sushi/
Xocolat is a very chocolate-centric place that smatters cocoa on just about anything it touches, just like PB & Co. at Regis, which does pretty much the same thing, only with peanut butter. Favorites would of course include their chocolate cakes and drinks, plus an oddly appetising Chicken Pasta with chocolate. A must visit for chocolate lovers.
Found at Gonzalez Street, which can be reached by taking the nearest right after Rustan’s.
Budget: Upwards of 250 per person
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A great pig-out place, even for those who don’t exactly do so quite often, Zark’s is a very manly hangout (it’s decorations & menu are also centered around basketball and baseball) burger diner that sells some pretty greasy, yet delicious food, so much so that even not-so-manly customer from Miriam College and Kolehiyalas from UP and ADMU drop by quite often. It’s also an affordable place to eat in.
The star of the Zark’s experience is its famed ‘tombstone’ a two pound cheeseburger covered in cheese, which is 8 Quarter Pounders worth of meat. What’s more, it comes with a shocking amount of fries. 300 grams to be exact. Definitely not for the weak of heart.
Found on the second floor of the building near Pizza Hut and Serenitea.
Budget: Just around 150 pesos per person
Photo Credit: The Pickiest Eater