7. TAPSI NI VIVIAN AT BULALUHAN
6 Lauan St., Barangay Duyan-Duyan, Project 3, Quezon City
Tel. no. 433-4267
Open 24 hours daily
Although the establishment was founded in 1984, very few outsiders, to this day, know who Vivian really is. Management and staff—“who, by the way, wear signature pink shirts and visors —“are tight-lipped about her identity although pictures of a smiling middle-aged female—“presumably Vivian—“are displayed prominently inside the dining area. Fortunately, the big to-do about her identity has not gotten in the way of her famous dish. Although the Beef Tapa (P80) itself is served cold—“having been mixed and cooked beforehand —“ the strips are tasty and the portions generous.
Philocoa, Diliman, Quezon City with various branches
Tel. no. 8-7000 (Hotline)
Open 24 hours daily (select branches)
The fastfood Tapsilog Combo Meal (P76) comes with a regular-sized drink of your choice and is only available during breakfast. (That would be from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) The tapa comes in the form of beef bits. More on the salty side, it's served with a cup of fried rice and poached sunny side up egg. It's not "classy" tapa but it sure has its fans.