(SPOT.ph) Kapitolyo is an unshakeable foodie destination. The old Rizal capital (hence the name) is where you will find famous haunts like Three Sisters Restaurant of Pasig and Cafe Juanita, enduring flagships like Silantro, Mad Mark's, and Charlie's, and more. This past year, the neighborhood has gone through yet another restaurant boom. If you're looking to shake up your Kapits gastro-trip, we're breaking down the new eats you have to try.
Here are 10 new Kapitolyo restaurants you should check out:
This Kapitolyo spot recreates the feeling of being near the ocean. With framed beach photos on the walls, quirky beach accoutrements, and their sand-colored tables and chairs, Crunchy Crab is a relaxing haven that offers only the freshest seafood dishes. They source locally, which helps cut their prices. What's more, their dishes are unorthodox, making your taste buds curious without sacrificing familiarity.
Must-tries: Soft-Shell Crab Burger (P245), Shrimp BLT (P165/quarter pound, P310/half pound, P540/pound), Shrimp Bucket (P165/quarter pound, P310/half pound, P540/pound), Fish N Chips (P160)
Crunchy Crab is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-484-5084). Read more about Crunchy Crab.
This burger and wings shack serves American-themed comfort food, with a slight detour towards Asian flavors. Pomodoro Pizza owners Ram Morales and Mandy De Guzman offer twists on these two staples—and they’re all mouth-watering.
Must-tries: Sloppy Juan (P139), Chori Burger (P219), Classic Cubano (P239), Salted Egg Wings (P199/half dozen), Dirty Rice (P55)
Wishbone is at 56B East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0916-697-4992). Read more about Wishbone.
No Reservations doesn't hold anything back when it comes to food and flavor. Their menu is unpredictably Asian in theme (you'll never see their dishes elsewhere). Chef Jay Angeles concocts big bombs of flavor in their tiny kitchen.
Must tries: Seoul Style Wings and Waffles (P329), Thai-style Ribs (P349), Coffee and Tea (P189)
No Reservations is at 2/F 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-605-5365). Read more about No Reservations.
Tucked away at the corner of 1st Street is Nori, a tiny eatery that offers a wide range of sushi burritos. Their signature dish is patterned after Sushirrito in San Francisco, but Nori adapts the fusion wraps to the local palate.
Must-tries: Umami Chicken Burrito (P159), Shrimp Crab Aligue (P189), Chicken Karaage (P129), Angus Beef Teriyaki (P119)
Nori is at 1 Unit A, 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-516-1153). Read more about Nori.
Diner on 16th
Aiming to be Kapitolyo’s first American diner-inspired hole-in-the-wall, Diner on 16th is on the right track with its cool, retro fixtures, upbeat tunes, and affordable comfort food. The menu is full of comfort food, but not in the way that you're used to.
Must-tries: Sriracha Wings with Ranch Dressing (P280), Bourbon BBQ Beef Kabobs (P230), Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken and Ube Waffles (P249), Original Milkshake (P162)
Diner on 16th is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-315-8343). Read more about Diner on 16th.
After 10 years, this Pinoy favorite is back—and now in Kapitolyo. Owner Ticks Dula Laurel sticks to the essence of Filipino food: hearty flavors, a down-home quality, and great stories. Mama Rosa is really just about having a good time. We love how there's emphasis on regional cuisine. The menu may seem straightforward Filipino, but ask for the ice cream menu. It's deliciously curious.
Must-tries: Crispy Tadyang (P380), Bicol Express (P195), Sinaing na Tulingan in Olive Oil (P160)
Mama Rosa is at 9 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (942-1125, 0923-172-4127).
This taqueria admits that they're not exactly faithful to Mexican culinary traditions (their relaxing look is actually very So-Cal), but their flavors are distinct and sincere. Who's complaining? The tortillas here are handmade, a perfect proportion of corn and flour that results in a chewy, hardy vessel for their decadent toppings.
Must-tries: Shrimp Taco (P110/one, P210/two), Chwaffle a la Mode (P130)
Taco Vengo is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-558-1658). Read more about Taco Vengo.
Skinita Street Foodz
The owners of this indoor eskinita definitely have a sense of humor. With graffiti on the walls, pockmarks on the tables, and worn posters everywhere, they replicate the feeling of an alley indoors. The menu offers different levels of street food—from skewers to pares to pancit—all higher-end versions, all alikabok-free.
Must-tries: May Pork-Ever? (P55), Baka Wala? (P95), Ako Nalang, Wagyu! (P165), Laing ni Tita Mennie (P120)
Skinita Street Foodz is at Unit 1, D’Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-792-4862). Read more about Skinita Street Foodz.
Anu’man Kitchen bills itself as an LGBT safe space. Everything about Anu’man is comforting: Their interiors are intentionally sparse; the lights are mellow; and the music is a cross between chill and clubby. The plan is to be welcoming to everyone, not just the LGBT community.
Must-tries: Hot na Hipon (P250); Pusit Pusit Some More (P250); Ang Pinakamakisig na Sisig sa Balat ng Lupa (P185); Houseblend Iced Tea (P55 to 175)
Anu’man Kitchen + Pub is at Unit H, 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-856-4511, 0905-209-1207). Read more about Anu’man.
Kitchen Diaries Cafe
This homemade dessert stop is tricky to find. Our tip is to look for Ba Noi's Caphe. Kitchen Diaries is right across the street, above the flower shop. It's tiny and it reminds us of a dollhouse—all things baby pink and blue, frou frou, and sweet. Owner Anj Dayao is a self-taught baker and this is her personal baking playground. Her creations are classic and affordable—because everyone deserves sweetness in their lives.
Must-tries: Chocnut Banoffee (P130), Oreo Waffle a la Mode (P150)
Kitchen Diaries Cafe is at 11 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (0917-496-2211). Read more about Kitchen Diaries Cafe.