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Offbeat Manda Gastro Treats

For someone who’s so used to eating in fast-food restaurants and food establishments that are found in malls, there is this longing to always try and taste something new. So when I tried to look for top restaurants in Mandaluyong using the internet, I got frustrated with the results. Most them are located in, where else, malls. I thought, being a Mandaluyong baby, coming up with a list of food spots in the city can be beneficial not just to me but to my friends as well.

So here, my attempt at making a list of offbeat gastro places in the Tiger City that every Mandaluyong residents and guests alike should try. I have visited some of them, which are shown with a red check mark and rated with stars (5 being the highest) based on my experience, and I still plan to drop by those I haven’t been to yet.

I cannot share any mouthwatering images of food with you because I don’t really like taking photos of the meals I eat unless there’s a shotgun pointed at my head. Jk. All images found here are from the social media accounts or official website of the restaurants included in this list.

UPDATE: I have decided to remove Charlie’s Wonton House, PVL Restaurant, and R & J Bulalohan from the list to give way to the new and rising food spots. I also categorized the list for better navigation.
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Mandaluyong food spot owners who wish for a special feature or for your place to be added on the list, please email me at hello@missbackpacker.info or use the contact form, which can be found here.

Readers whoΒ know of other Mandaluyong restaurants that are worth-trying, please leave a comment so I can update the list.

  • Dan

    Try Burp Restaurant at uptown pioneer in front of globe bldg.

    • Thanks, Dan! Will definitely check this out. *updating list now*

      • Jhoann

        Try BURP pasta!

        • Hello Jhoann, Burp already added and will definitely try their dishes one of these days! πŸ™‚

  • Nico Mendoza

    Please try The Old Bonifacio Grille, located at Bonifacio Residences along Boni Avenue, near Mandaluyong City Hall

    https://www.facebook.com/theoldbonifaciorestaurant

    • Hello Nico. I have already added The Old Bonifacio Grille but would you know what their operating hours are? Thanks! πŸ™‚

      • regina

        For CATER TO GO, CUPCAKES AND COOKIECUPS FOR small and big occassions TRY MOMMY AND TITA’S KITCHEN LOCATED AT P. OLIVEROS ST. BARANGKA IBABA MAND CITY.. GREAT FOOD AND DESSERTS!

        • Hey Regina, thanks for dropping by. I’ve already added Mommy & Tita’s Kitchen. However, I cannot find their operating hours. Would appreciate if you can feed me that info.

  • R

    Yes, Old Bonifacio Grill. Oh! There’s also this new burger place – Snowbell – across Divine Mercy Church in Maysilo.

    • Hello R. I added Snowbell and their burgers look delectable! Thanks sa suggestion. πŸ™‚

      • Tyler Dy

        The Royal Chimney Cafe in Sierra Madre corner D.M. Guevara. They have cupcakes and pastries. Cheesecakes in a jar are so delish. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theroyalchimney. πŸ™‚

        • Hey Tyler. TRC already added. Thanks for dropping by!

  • TJ Amorado

    Check out The Royal Chimney – Domingo Guevara cor Sierra Madre.

    • Hello TJ. TRC has been recommended several times. I’d love to try their food in the soonest possible time! πŸ™‚

  • Jon

    Check out Tobey’s Games Cafe (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tobeys-Games-Cafe-Manila/380470332031625). Not only can you play board games there, they serve pretty good food too.

    • Hi Jon! I’ve added Tobey’s and it’s definitely a unique cafe! Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  • Jason

    thank you for sharing this info… i’ve been living in mandaluyong for almost 3 years now but i haven’t had the time to scout for places to eat in mandaluyong. the only place you’ve mentioned that i was able to visit was kanto freestyle bfast but i will definitely try the other restos you mentioned. ☺

    • Hello Jason. Glad you bumped on this page! Mandaluyong has lots to offer when it comes to your gastro cravings. Happy eating! πŸ™‚

  • robin1212

    Try Kar’s Kitchen in Boni Ave. In front RTU. Food’s great! Nce ambience too. Soft opening a few days ago.

    • Hello robin1212. I’d love to add Kar’s Kitchen but I can’t seem to find any info about it yet. Will you be able to tell me its complete address, contact #, operating hours, etc.? I’d appreciate it. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Eric

    I highly suggest you try Maui’s at Matketplace. Ints located at the market’s food section. The place is not that a resto type but the food is absolutely great. Whether for take out or dine-in you’ll like the food if nit love it.

    • Hello Eric. Is this Maui’s place located in the dry section of Mandaluyong Market (ground floor of Marketplace)?

      • Eric

        Yes it is. If you enter it from the tor section side, just go straight till you reach the first vegetable stall then turn right. They have the biggest food store in there. They do caterings as well and the best selling item is her Beef Mechado…

  • SJ
    • Ramen Daisho, added! Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  • Eve

    Please include Breakfast In Bed located at California Garden Square. Open 24 hours! Super cute store and nice food πŸ™‚

    • Hello Eve. I’ve included Breakfast in Bed and would love to visit the place one of these days. Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  • jc

    try ben’s burjer., sarap ng mga burger nila dun., affordable pa!! πŸ˜€

    • Hi JC. Ben’s Burjer is already in the list. Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  • maanMD

    Pls add Bean Perk, it’s very cozy and they also serve pizza, cakes and a variety of frappuccinos. very affordable too!

    • Hey maanMD. I’ve heard a lot about BeanPerk and thanks for reminding me. It’s now included in the list. Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  • Ron DjRon Bernardino

    dude you missed out Chekwa

    • Hello Ron DjRon Bernardino. I’d have to create another list for must-visit “tapsilugan” so I can add Chekwa. Thanks for dropping by anyway. πŸ™‚

  • RR

    You also missed The Royal Chimney. Great ambiance, great food, nice people. Plus parking is not a problem.

    • Hey RR. TRC has been added. Really thrilled to try this cute food spot! πŸ™‚

    • Projectors Novella Jr.

      Where’s the royal Chimney?

  • JVD

    How can you forget to include Tonang’s Pancit Palabok (Boni Ave cor Ballesteros)?
    Daisho Ramen is also good

  • lucia

    Do include Tasa China located ground flr Marketplace. They have the yummiest Chinese noodles highly recommended beef wanton and affordable price.

  • Une

    The One po sa Basilan!

    • Hello Une. I am really having challenges finding any info about The One. Will you be able to help me? I’d appreciate it! Thanks!

      • faith

        The one is in Basilan st., far end…the street right across RTU

        • Thanks, Faith! I’d have to go there and see myself. I can’t seem to find any info on the Internet yet. πŸ™‚

  • lorie

    Cafe Aaliyah in Apo St. Ilaya Barangka, Mandaluyong City

    • Hello Lorie! I have added Cafe Aaliyah! Thanks for your contribution. πŸ™‚

  • junesixteen

    Try Tea Fairy at Sikap St. It was good.

    • Hello junesixteen! Tea Fairy, added! Thanks for your contribution. πŸ™‚

  • Vampy
    • Hello Vampy! How can I forget this?!? It’s just across our street. Thanks for reminding me! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you for adding up The Royal Chimney Miss Backpacker and thanks guys for recommending TRC! πŸ™‚ Our new store hours are as follows: Monday to Friday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. We also have our land line number, 6321626. Thanks again and more power on your blog! πŸ™‚

    • Hello Bobbie. I have already updated your info and I hope to visit your place the soonest! πŸ™‚

      • deepeeh

        Please Include ESKINITA, WIZARD’s CHEF and BOSS Burger…. must TRY po!!! πŸ™‚

        • Hi deepeeh! Thanks for all your contributions. I have already added them on the list. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Bobbie. I have already updated your info and I hope to visit your place the soonest! πŸ™‚

  • martin arabit

    How about best frienda along boni? Im a big fan of the pork teriyaki.. Monstrous servings!! And also their sinigang!

    • Hello Martin! I agree, Best Friends is one great food spot. But it has been in the business for more than 16 years now and I’d like to prioritize those new and can-only-be-found-in-Mandaluyong restaurants. Thanks for suggesting, anyway! πŸ™‚

      • Joan

        how about Ihawan Ni Kuya Speed, that is along sierra madre libertad, near producer

        • Hi Joan! I’ve already added Ihawan ni Kuya Speed. πŸ™‚

  • Vampy

    How about Fabiana’s Grill (https://www.zomato.com/manila/fabianas-grill-old-zaniga-mandaluyong-city/menu#tabtop)? They have the best beef salpicao.
    I love how you update this page. Can’t wait to see more places to eat in Mandaluyong!

    • Hey Vampy. Thanks for all your contributions and praises. πŸ™‚

  • Garahe

    Check this out.
    Bacon mushroom burger – P70
    Chocolate milkshake vanilla ice cream on top – P40

    San jose st. Hulo

    https://www.facebook.com/GaraheBurgerBurrito

  • Garahe

    Check this out.

    Bacon mushroom burger – P70

    chocolate milkshake vanilla ice cream on top – P40

    San jose street, Hulo.

    https://www.facebook.com/GaraheBurgerBurrito

    • Hello there. I have already added Garahe Burger Burrito. Can’t wait to visit the place! πŸ™‚

      • Ceejay

        Taste like army navy guys!

  • Hannah Nicole

    BEANPERK

    HAS COOL COFFEE ART IF YOU ASK ME! lol. ask the nice counter and they’ll probably make you one! also, they have cool window art as well!!!

    and a they are about american standards so if it fails to impress you or something is wrong, you can have it exchanged free, whole. also, i’ve seen few celebrities! haha! we live near the shop so yeah! cool place!

    facebook.com/BeanPerkCoffeeShop CHECK ‘EM OUT!

    • I would like to have my name written on my coffee cream! Thanks for dropping by, Hannah! πŸ™‚

  • JasonR

    Try also this https://foursquare.com/v/the-one-cafe–restaurant/53957913498e94dc38991ba0

    Brgy Malamig Mandaluyong City forgot the street but it was near in RTU same street where Dunkin Donut

    • Thanks, Jason! This is exactly what I needed to include The One. It has been recommended twice but I couldn’t find any info until your post. πŸ™‚

  • James Lee Tica

    Thank you for adding our Coffee shop to your list. Come by sometime..-Bean Perk Coffee

    • I’ve heard a lot about Bean Perk. Actually, two of my friends got engaged there but I still haven’t had the chance to visit the shop. πŸ˜€

  • Vince

    Antonio’s La Paz Batchoy Resto!..

    • Hi Vince! Can you provide more info on the whereabouts of this food spot? Thanks! πŸ™‚

      • Vince

        opps!..Antonio’s La Paz Batchoy House rather :)))

        Barangka Drive (you will see this when your going through Manda-Makati Brigde)
        its a 24/7 noodle house

        dif.variety of Silog’s and Pulutan!

        and its already been featured in Unang Hirit and Rated K :))

        FB: https://www.facebook.com/antonioslapazbatchoyhouse

        • Hey. Thanks for all the info! This is exactly what I need. πŸ™‚

          • Vince

            try their La Paz Batchoy, LOMI.!!.god!!..haha and their sisig..you definitely come back!^^..

          • I’m a fan of Sisig so thanks for the heads up! πŸ™‚

  • Judette Del Rosario

    Please visit HOME KITCHEN. πŸ™‚ It’s a little bake shop that sells sugar free cupcakes, coffee and tea. It’s along Boni Avenue, right behind the San Roque Parish. πŸ™‚

    • Hello Judette. Would you know if Home Kitchen has a Facebook page that I can check? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Angelou Anlap

      Sorry for being makulit. But seriously, Sonsi’s House of Longganisa is a must try. Located in Madison Square.

      • Hello there Louie. I’ve already added Sonsi House of Longganisa. Their longganisa must be really good that you were eager to have the place included in the list. Thanks for your contribution! πŸ™‚

  • Judette Del Rosario

    Please visit HOME KITCHEN. πŸ™‚ It’s a little bake shop that sells sugar free cupcakes, coffee and tea. It’s along Boni Avenue, right behind the San Roque Parish. πŸ™‚

  • JANICE

    Ihawan Ni Kuya Speed! best BBQin town! They have a branch where “The One” is located.

    • Thanks for your suggestion, Janice. I’ve already added Ihawan ni Kuya Speed. πŸ™‚

  • Marck Manalo

    my exp at beanperk (their cheesecakes, pocket pizza and grande size frap were epic) and tipsy beans (creamycarbo is superb, though the cheesy adobo is way too salty) is the best… plana’s pantry menu’s great & the ambiance was very calming and sossy! One cafe’s flooring needs some furnishing though but their menu’s also great, love the aircon. for me it’s about both the eyes (the ambiance, the place, the venue, the store in its physical aspect) and the taste buds (the food, the menu, the taste) thats why people go and eat out with friends.

    • Wow! Thanks for all your feedback. At least I’d have an idea on what to order when I visit some of these food spots. πŸ™‚

  • Olan Cruz

    You did not include ALING TONANGS bago ang mga iyan ito ang original

    • Sir Olan, with all due respect, the title of the list is OFFBEAT MANDALUYONG GASTRO TREATS. Tonang’s has been in the business since I was little. I can create another list para diyan buy I don’t think Tonang’s fits the word “offbeat.” Thanks for dropping by.

      • Marilyn

        Please create a list of the tried and tested uniquely Mandaluyong eats also. I’m not from Mandaluyong so I haven’t heard of Tonang’s but I would definitely want to try those out as well.

        • Hi Marilyn. The only food spots I know of that have been there since I was a kid are
          Aling Tonang’S Palabok, Charlie’s Wonton House, PVL Restaurant, and R&J Bulalohan. I would have to research more to come up with an extensive list. For now, I’d have to stick with the offbeat ones.

      • jen

        If such is the case, you should remove Charlie’s Wonton House also. πŸ™‚

        • Hi Jen. Actually, this is my list and I have the final say on what should be listed, added, or deleted. But yeah, to be fair with Tonang’s I have already removed Charlie’s Wonton House, PVL and R&J. Thanks for dropping by!

  • Buknoy

    I always see Mr Mikey Bustos eating at IhawanNiKuyaSpeed! hundreds of people come by at that place EVERYDAY from all
    over the place!!!

    • Your feedback about Ihawan ni Kuya Speed makes me want to visit the spot right now as in now na. haha! Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

      • Rio Guerrero

        Superr sarap sa inihaw ni kuya speed! Me and my friends used to go there. πŸ™‚

        • shey

          Super talaga kahit noon na dugyot looking pa ang store hehe

          • Gaano na katagal yung Ihawan ni Kuya, would you know? πŸ™‚

    • Wow! Mukhang masarap talaga that even celebrities visit the spot. πŸ™‚

  • louie

    Try Sonsi’s House of Longanisa!!! It’s in Madison Square as well. Longanisa from all over the country in one place. Sarap! I have no interest there but i highly recommend. Vigan longanisa is my favorite. Also their benguet coffee.

  • Angelou Anlap

    Sonsi house of longanisa! At madison square.

  • Angelou Anlap

    Sorry for being makulit. But seriously, Sonsi’s House of Longganisa is a must try. Located in Madison Square.

  • Kim

    Please include Chekwa located at D.M Guevarra corner San Rafael. Their T-Bone steak is a must try and it’s cheap. TIA!

    • Hello Kim. I’d have to skip on Chekwa for the meantime as I may create another list of must-try “tapsilugan.” πŸ™‚

      • AD_ventures

        I’ll be waiting for that “tapsilugan” entries, MissBackpacker. πŸ™‚ BTW, There is also a Chekwa in Dansalan area πŸ™‚

  • hi sis. blogger din ako from http://thelifestyleavenue.com. Are you attending the bloggers Christmas party?

    • Hello Athena. Er, hindi po. Ano pong Christmas Party yan? πŸ™‚

  • Zarah Mira

    Try this GARAHE. Best seller of Garahe is Burgers and Milkshake. Which there burgers are quarter pound and beef patty.

  • japchick

    Hi πŸ™‚ I was wondering if you could provide me with the name of one of the restos you removed from your list. I remember seeing a picture of wine and cheese, but I can’t remember the name. I hope you’ll be able to help. Thanks in advance!

    • Hello. I removed Charlie’s Wonton House, PVL Restaurant, and R & J Bulalohan. I am certain that neither they sell wine and cheese nor the photos I posted had those you mentioned. πŸ˜€

      • Japchick

        Thanks for the reply. I also wanted to suggest this little Japanese diner along the Mandaluyong Circle called “Minamiya”. It’s relatively new (opened 12.8.14) with a real Japanese doing all the cooking. It tastes more authentic than others and the prices are affordable.

  • bhel17

    inlude kanto freestyle breakfast & chef Archie’s lime 88

  • deepeeh

    Please Include ESKINITA, WIZARD’s CHEF and BOSS Burger…. must TRY po!!! πŸ™‚

  • Tracey

    Masing’s BBQ hihi 😊

  • F

    You may also want to include Eskinita. It introduced the first black burger in town and its dishes have unique and interesting names.

  • eshie.g

    How about The Deli at Shaw? A bit pricey but worth a visit πŸ™‚

    • Hi, eshie.g! I love wine! Must visit The Deli one of these days. πŸ™‚

  • Paul

    Golden Tuna Mktg. San rafael st. Corner talayan st.

    • Wow! Finally, a seafood food place! Thanks for your contribution, Paul. πŸ™‚

  • Tin Cortes

    Hi! πŸ™‚ I believe the Cookbook is now 8&Company πŸ™‚ They have great food and awesome interiors!! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Tin! Thanks for this. That’s why Cookbook’s last FB post was dated 2012, I think. I’ve already updated the list. πŸ™‚

  • Eric

    Seriously you have to try Maui’s inside Mandaluyong public market at marketplace, Masing’s Bar-b-que in Paraiso, near san felupe neri church and Bambanana’s sizzling at barangka ibaba. You will never regret it.

    • Hi, Eric. I’m Ate Maui’s suki. πŸ™‚ I’ve added Masing’s and Bambanana’s and I’ve yet to create another list for lutong bahay and tapsilugan so Ate Maui’s eatery will have to wait. ^_^

    • Suzette

      I love Maui’s inside the Mandaluyong public market! I order party eats from this place.

    • Suzette

      I love Maui’s inside the Mandaluyong public market! I order party eats from this place.

  • Hi, Tracey! I’ve already added Masing’s. πŸ™‚

  • joy benegas

    Mam must try YUMI’s CRIB burger place in #23b Sacrepante st. Mandaluyong city
    yummy po burgers at pasta nila…

  • joy benegas

    Try nyo po burger and pasta sa YUMI’s CRIB burger place sa #23b Sacrepante st. Mandaluyong city
    806-19-04 / 0919-3456-358

  • Lex

    Must try chef negroi at hulo mandaluyong near hulo elem. school..πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Lex

    Must try chef negroi at hulo mandaluyong near hulo elem. school..πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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