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Top 10 Pinoy-style Spaghetti
The best of this sweet-sauced, hotdog-punctuated pasta in Manila
By: Lynn Lopez  |   Published on: Jun 14, 2013 - 8:00am


5. Wham! Spaghetti (P95) at Wham! Burgers

This is not necessarily the best-tasting spaghetti ever, but trust us when we say that taking one bite will make you think that you’re right in the middle of a kiddie party. It’s so familiar that you’ll be marveling with every bite, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve had Pinoy-style spaghetti. It’s very much like the party spaghetti you used to eatyou know, the kind that was served on paper plates along with red hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick.

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4. Spaghetti (P165) at Cafe Breton

It seems strange to find Pinoy spaghetti in a creperie, but, well, life’s full of surprises. Although it’s simply called “spaghetti” on the menu, you’ll find the taste very familiar. Expect a refined, subdued take on Pinoy spaghetti.

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3. Spaghetti in Chunky Meat Sauce (P115) at Tsoko.Nut Batirol

Sliced sausages and mushrooms work together to add heft to the meat sauce of this spaghetti. They’re not typical Pinoy spaghetti fixtures, but they make Tsoko.Nut Batirol’s spaghetti different. This toes the line between being Pinoy spaghetti and being spaghetti bolognese, as it’s not too sweet and the tomato sauce is pretty rich, but the Pinoy aspect wins out.

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2. Jollibee Spaghetti (P46) at Jollibee

It’s the epitome of Pinoy spaghetti these days. Sweet? Check! Hotdogs? Check! Ham? Check! Unusual redness? Check! And a definite plus: you can find it everywhere. The best thing about the Jolly Spaghetti is that its taste has remained the same for as long as we can remember, and we can be sure that its chopped-up hotdogs and ham slices will never, ever go away.

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1. Spaghetti (P70/small) at Buddy’s

It’s a bit of a cop-out to say that homemade spaghetti is still the best spaghetti in town, so we’re going with the closest thing. All we really wanted to say about Buddy’s spaghetti is, “Wow, this is perfect,” but we know you’re looking for a lot more than that. The sauce-meat ratio is just right, as is the mix of sweetness and tanginess. One bite and all your happy childhood memories will come rushing back to you.

Buddy’s has branches in Kakarong Street, Makati; Ayala Center, Makati; Timog Ave., QC; Market! Market!, BGC; and Pearl Drive, Ortigas





Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (P175/regular, P278/large) at
Pancake House

It’s nothing like the usual Pinoy spaghetti, but it deserves a special nod because it’s an old favorite whose flavor has remained consistent throughout the decades. We love its somewhat sweet, mostly meaty taste, and you can count on its sauce to always be thick, with a texture you’ll definitely savor.

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  • moonman
    Amber spaghetti!
    9 months ago     Reply  
  • jenko
    amber spags b*tches!
    10 months ago     Reply  
  • browneyedmyope
    Tropical hut spaghetti is good too!
    Dec 09 2013 @ 07:18am     Reply  
  • AJ
    Makati Supermarket spaghetti is love!
    Sep 30 2013 @ 12:36pm     Reply  
  • MMA
    My No. 1 would be AMBER'S MEATY SPAGHETTI!
    Sep 27 2013 @ 01:26pm     Reply  
  • kuko martin
    we all love jabbeee spaghetti
    Jul 28 2013 @ 07:24am     Reply  
  • kat
    why kfc spag not included???
    Jul 04 2013 @ 10:30am     Reply  
  • Chinkee
    Wow! Buddy's?! As a Quezonian, I'm ashamed to not have known this. Will definitely try this soon!:-)
    Jun 25 2013 @ 01:10pm     Reply  
  • spag
    I like tropical hut's pinoy spaghetti. Shakeys' is good too (less sweet than the usual pinoy spaghetti).
    Jun 23 2013 @ 04:31am     Reply  
  • Karly
    Love the spag from Mister Donut! I totally agree that the spag from Pancake House deserves a special mention :)
    Jun 17 2013 @ 12:22am     Reply  
  • v. carter
    Anyare sa tropical hut?
    Jun 16 2013 @ 04:01am     Reply  
  • Jollibee kid
    Jollibee's always been my favorite since I celebrated my birthdays there as a young kid (I'm now in my 20s). Where to try Buddy's kaya?
    Jun 15 2013 @ 11:50am     Reply  
  • spurs
    Country Style Spaghetti is very good!
    Jun 15 2013 @ 05:08am     Reply  
  • mfkfm
    Try amber's spaghetti.
    Jun 15 2013 @ 02:09am     Reply  
  • mommyau
    I think Makati supermarket's spaghetti should be ranked higher, masarap sya talaga :-) pati Tropical hut spaghetti dapat kasama rin
    Jun 14 2013 @ 08:25pm     Reply  
  • gudeliamarcelo
    wow, Buddy's scores a hit with this one.
    Jun 14 2013 @ 04:03pm     Reply  
  • PM PhD
    Jolly Spaghetti... yum yum.
    Jun 14 2013 @ 02:41pm     Reply  
  • joshoncreek
    Don't know any of some of the places, but I grew up with Jolly Spgahetti though.
    Jun 14 2013 @ 12:02pm     Reply  
  • Lawrence
    I expected Jolly Spaghetti to be on the top spot. Now, I must try this Spaghetti from Buddy's. San ba may Buddy's? :)
    Jun 14 2013 @ 11:51am     Reply  
  • lucenahin from pasig
    Wow Buddy's!!! Pride of Quezon. So delicious...
    na-miss ko tuloy ang hardinera at habhab
    Jun 14 2013 @ 11:15am     Reply  
  • mserr
    You forgot Amber's!
    Jun 14 2013 @ 11:15am     Reply  
  • Golden Boy
    My ultimate go-to place for a good fix of pinoy spaghetti would still be Amber's!
    Jun 14 2013 @ 10:33am     Reply  
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