6 Best Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants in Manila

Experiencing fast-food fatigue? Tired of getting all dolled up just to have dinner at a fancy restaurant? Craving for some honest-to-goodness comfort food? Here are a couple of hole-in-the-wall restos that serve delicious, home-cooked dishes that will fill your tummy without break the bank.

These five restaurants may not be glamorous or hip and they can sometimes be a little out of the way, located along side streets or residential areas, or right next to gasoline stations, but making the trip out to dine in any one of these food stops is well worth your time as they offer some of the best tasting meals in town.

Pat Pat’s Kansi

Need to have your Kansi (the Ilonggo’s version of Bulalo) cravings fixed? Then make your way to Pat Pat’s Kansi located at 8809 Sampaloc corner Kamagong Streets, San Antonio, Makati. It serves steaming bowls of this light-bodied soup dish served with deliciously sinful bone marrow bits. Choose over Kansi bulalo (served with the bone) or Kansi laman (sans bone). It also serve Pinoy classics like sisig, chicken petcho, and pork bbq.

R&J Bulalohan

This place not only has some of the best bulalo in town, it also serves delicious sisig and other sinful Pinoy dishes. It’s a chill place to spend the evening out with friends enjoying good food and ice cold bottles of beer. Don’t be put off by all the occupied tables visible from the street. There are more tables inside this deceptively spacious local haunt along Boni Avenue (by Maysilo circle) in Mandaluyong.

101 Hawker Food House

Go for the Laksa, or the Nasi Goreng. But you will end up ordering more than originally planned. Everything on the menu is good. Dinner rush hour can get pretty packed so try to schedule your visit a little early in the evening or late at night. Unless you’re to wait until a table opens up. Located on the corner of Arnaiz (just behind Makati Med) and Chino Roces in Makati, this Hawker-inspired joint does not disappoint.

Silantro Fil-Mex Cantina

This place wins for its huge servings and great tasting Mexican food with a Filipino twist. Located along East Capitol drive in Kapitolyo, Pasig, Silantro has a menu that will have you constantly coming back for more. Share a plate of nachos with friends while you wait for the rest of your orders. Try their beef quesadillas and Silantro’s burrito, or indulge in some lamb chops or beef skewers. You can’t go wrong with any of the items offered here. It also has branches in UP Town Center and Alabang Town Center.

Beni’s Falafel

After a night out partying and drinking, you can’t go wrong with a pit stop at Beni’s. Located along Makati Avenue, inside A Venue, Beni’s is open all night and has a side entrance customers can use to access the resto long after the mall has closed for the evening. Beni’s is also a great vegan option or for those looking for a meat-free options.

Goto Monster

Need to have your sudden late night goto craving satisfied? Head over to Goto Monster in Makati and order a delicious bowl of this well-loved comfort food. It also serves yummy side dishes like Tokwa with Talong Chips or Tokwa with Bagnet. This place is inexpensive, has a creative menu, and hits all the right spots with their Filipino comfort food. They have recently introduced ice cream pops, another cool reason to visit this summer!