We live in New Manila, about 5 minutes away from Tomas Morato’s restaurants, and we haven’t really gone through most of the restaurants yet (you know how it is when you live close by?). When we do go out (with the kids or for meetings), we have a handful which we regularly patronize. Here is my list of our regular restaurant haunts around Tomas Morato:
1. Ryu Ramen
We pick up food from Ryu almost every Sunday.
What We Order: Ryu Ramen Curry for me (spicy!), Karubi for the husband, Chicken Toridon for the kids
Why We Like It: Good value for money, Ramen is good and there is a good amount of meat, egg and noodles in it. The chicken skin on the toridon is crunchy, something the kids love.
Showbiz Factor: Co-owned by Ogie Alcasid
How They Can Improve: For pick-up orders, maybe they can remove the service charge?
Location: Corner of Scout Lazcano and Tomas Morato; Right across Alfredo’s Steak House (a regular favorite when we were kids); Right side of Tomas Morato (if going towards ABS CBN)
Social Media: Facebook, @ryuramenandcurry for Instagram and Twitter
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 7098789
2. Via Mare
What I Order: Adobo flakes (the serving of which has gotten really small), Crispy binagoongan, Puto bumbong with quezo de bola
Why I Like It: Consistent quality of the food; their guard is super amazing
How They Can Improve: The place looks old and feels musty. It needs some brightening up and maybe a good vacuuming. I honestly prefer to take out
Location: Corner of Scout Gandia and Tomas Morato; Beside Citibank
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 4161355
3. Boon Tong Kee
Boon Tong Kee opened just last year and brought us northeners Singaporean civilization.
What We Order: Of course there’s the default chicken — boiled or crispy roast.
But the other dishes are really good too. For appetizers, there’s the super yummy deep fried prawn toast and crispy beancurd.
For veggies, we choose fried french bean and scallops with XO sauce or Poached Chinese Spinach.
I’m a prawn fan so I also love their braised bean curd with prawns but most especially their crispy cereal prawns — which are huge!!
and several other dishes which I forget but are really yummy — so just show these to the waiter — I think the pork buns are off-menu. Hahaha.
Why I Like It: Good authentic Singapore food; easy parking; nice interiors; good value; the little girl liked it too (hello Juro!)
How They Can Improve: Smaller servings for when I eat alone? A sampler maybe? Heehee
Location: Beside Burgoo, Across Il Terrazo/ Rustans, Almost near ABS-CBN
Social Media: Facebook, @BoonTongKeePH on IG and Twitter
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 3325692
4. Cafe Romulo
Apparently, Cafe Romulo is named after the family’s grandfather, Carlos P. Romulo.
What I Order: Lechon Kawali, Lots of rice (haha, Tanya!), Bicol Express
Why I Like It: Nice structure and interiors, good food, good location away from the hustle and bustle of Tomas Morato’s parking and traffic stress
How They Can Improve: Parking help. I just want to be assured my car won’t be towed or broken into if I leave it on the street.
Location: Scout Tuason cor. Lazcano, Side of BPI
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 3327273
5. Thai Pan
What We Order: Crispy Catfish, Thai iced tea, Satay, Mango and sticky rice, chicken curry
Why We Like It: Nice structure and interiors, great for functions (they have 2 function rooms), good location away from the hustle and bustle of Tomas Morato’s parking and traffic stress (I think they’re the same owners as Cafe Romulo)
How They Can Improve: Delivery?
Location: 120 Scout Dr. Lazcano, Side of Starbucks
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 3524926
We discovered Ombu when they sponsored a #BetterMe session last year.
What We Order:
For carbs: Sardine in olive oil penne, dilis rice (I’m not so much of a sardine, dilis person but these were good!)
The chickens: binakol and crispy glazed
The veggies: Gising-gising, tokwa’t baboy (Is tokwa a veggie?), Laing
Why We Like It: Parking is easy, Nice outside and inside, good value for money
Location: G/F Sequoia Hotel, Mother Ignacia St., Near Timog going towards Quezon Ave.,
Social Media: Facebook
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 4411789
7. Pho Hoa
The place we order from when we’re sick.
What We Order: Spring rolls, Chicken noodle soup (with hot sauce and hoisin), Hot Lemonade
Why We Like It: Healthy, clean comfort food; Easy parking
How They Can Improve: Delivery
Location: Near Scout Limbaga St.
Good Old Land Line: +(632) 4126391
There are so many more restos in the area which we haven’t tried — Steveston Pizza, Relish, Kozui — but these are the ones we go to most. I should try a new Tomas Morato resto every week. Any suggestions from you would be welcome. Happy food hunting.
Wow, that post made me hungry.