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Top 10 Oldest Restaurants in Manila lists 10 restaurants that have so much history behind them.
By: Alexander T. Magno  |   Published on: Jun 16, 2013 - 8:00am

6. BOY CHING WOO (1939)
103 BCW Building, J. Rodriguez Street, Caloocan City
Tel. no. 287-1430
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

This restaurant is identified as "Caloocan City's oldest Chinese restaurant." It has become popular for specialties like its Buttered Chicken (P160 for a small half) and Lechon con Tokwa (P140 to P420).

Incidentally, even the menu insists on calling the specialty "Battered Chicken." If it were pinikpikan that would be apt, because this Cordillera region dish is prepaped by first beating a chicken to death with a stick. Or if the chicken is coated with batter, much like a corndog would be. But the chiken dish in this restaurant is not that at all but breaded chicken cooked with butter. Not that the patrons mind the erroneous description of the chicken treat, which is absolutely delicious.

The restaurant also has a branch in Malabon City.


5. ARISTOCRAT (1936)
432 San Andres St. cor. Roxas Blvd., Malate
Tel nos. 524-7671 to 80 loc. 225 or 230
Open 24 hours daily

The main branch on Roxas Boulevard in Malate, Manila, has long earned its self-conferred title as "The Philippines' Most Popular Restaurant."

You can see that even in the wee hours when the place is typically still abuzz with hungry night owls having favorites like chicken barbecue, kare-kare, chicken honey, crispy pata, pancit canton, dinuguan, and lumpia - more often than not taken with java rice.

Dońa Engracia "Aling Asiang" Cruz-Reyes, wife of Justice Alex A. Reyes, started it all as a mere snack mobile operation, which to this day many greenhorn entrepreneurs are venturing into, especially around business districts.

The operation has since grown to a food network with branches all over Metro Manila, along with allied concerns such as a the Aritocrat Bakeshop (right behind the main branch) and the Aristomart, a 24-hour convenience store.

This restaurant has the distinction of making what was then considered everyday fare so attractive that people would dress up and leave home for some home-style cooking.

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  • Bosnykid
    Sayang nawala na ang SMART panciteria sa escolta famous for their comida china. Their steam omelet, fried halibut with tausi is their specialty.
    Sep 07 2013 @ 09:55am     Reply  
  • Ben5
    There is also a Manosa branch in the RCBC building in Makati(Buendia cor. Ayala)although the ambience of Ongin can't be beaten. Toho is also famous for it's Toho soup, Beef Ampalaya, Shrimp with Green Peas(Sepo), Camaron Rebosado and Pata Hamon. I may be wrong but since I was a child I always thought it's old branch was in Ongpin St. before they moved to T. Pinpin. In front of the current Ambos Mundos in F. Torres is another old one, Sun Wah(which was for a time temporarily renamed to Wah Sun then back again to Sun Wah :)) which serves very good Beef Ampalaya, It also has a black pig in the entrance like Ambos Mundos as I think it shares the same management. All those three restaurants along with Ling Nam in T. Alonzo evoke pleasant childhood memories and my favorite dishes in each of them serve as comfort foods.
    Jul 04 2013 @ 10:33pm     Reply  
  • Carla O.
    Mamiki? I honestly think mami is just Ma Mee. In Malaysia, Singapore, and other Asian territories, noodles are called "mee". Add in Ma Mon Luk's family name, and it's Ma Mee.
    Jun 21 2013 @ 08:40am     Reply  
  • jovyso
    Where is Barrio Fiesta Restaurant ?
    Jun 21 2013 @ 04:29am     Reply  
  • Willy
    Opened in 1950 famous for their beef noodle soup, siopao and siomai as well
    Ling Nam Wanton Parlor
    616 T. Alonzo St., Sta Cruz, Manila
    Tel No: (632) 733.5231 / 733.5234
    Jun 20 2013 @ 10:03pm     Reply  
  • jacinthsilurian
    where's Panciteria Sto. Nino in marikina - 1912
    Kowloon House - 1948
    Chopstick's - mid 1940's
    Jun 20 2013 @ 08:23pm     Reply  
  • juts
    I think the other branch of Little Quiapo is in BF, on President's Avenue, near the intersection of Tirona.
    Jun 20 2013 @ 04:48pm     Reply  
  • ElleWoods
    Toho also has a branch in Paranaque, on President's Avenue in BF Homes.
    Jun 18 2013 @ 04:40pm     Reply  
  • funkymommy
    Can't help to feel nostalgic but these restaurants on the lists surely are good! Thanks for the interesting article ;)
    Jun 17 2013 @ 02:53pm     Reply  
  • jesuswasablackman
    "Battered" chicken? Somebody call PETA!!!
    Jun 16 2013 @ 09:29am     Reply   Hide replies
    • FilipinoScribe
      I hope you are merely joking with your comment. The word "battered" in this context is not similar to what you think.
      Jun 20 2013 @ 08:03pm     Reply  
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