Cheap Eats in Maginhawa: Tasty Finds for P150 and Below
From barbecue to Nepalese dumplings!
(SPOT.ph) Maginhawa, as well as the nearby streets in Teachers Village, has been called a treasure trove of good eats by those living in the North. The neighborhood is home to all sorts of restaurants, which serve everything from Indian cuisine to vegetarian Filipino. It's also known as one of the more budget-friendly places to eat thanks to its close proximity to schools. To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 budget-friendly dishes in Maginhawa that you can get for P150 or less.
Here are 10 dishes you can get for P150 or less in and around Maginhawa:
Fat Cousins’ Fried Chicken (P149)
It’s hard to believe that Fat Cousin’s Fried Chicken meal is this affordable, given how much you get with one order. Each plate comes with a whole leg quarter, unlimited rice, and various sides, so you’re sure you’ll end up stuffed.
Fat Cousins’ is at 114 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Quezon City.
Cheesy Keema Shawarma from Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub (P98)
Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub has a pretty extensive menu, ranging from ox brain to all kinds of kebabs. But if you’re on a strict budget, you can’t go wrong with their Cheesy Keema Shawarma, which has sautéed minced beef topped with crunchy veggies and oozing hot cheese, all wrapped in soft, toasted pita bread. One is filling enough, but if you’re extra hungry, you can order two in a bundle for only P175.
Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub is at 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village East, Quezon City.
Shao Kao Grillery’s Grilled Liempo (P95)
This al-fresco Chinese street-style barbecue restaurant lists this dish as one of their bestsellers, and for good reason. For under a hundred bucks, you get to enjoy juicy liempo coated in a special savory sauce. Just add P15 for plain rice for a filling meal. Pro tip: Don't forget to try their chili garlic!
Shao Kao Grillery is at 7 Masinsinan Street corner Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Oinkster’s Bacon Lettuce Tomato Waffle Sandwich (P145)
If you love bacon, then you’ll love Oinkster. Not only do they offer two kinds of bacon—the classic, crispy one and a version coated with breadcrumbs—they also offer unlimited bacon for P299! But if you’re not looking to splurge, opt for their Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich. It’s your classic BLT sandwich in between two fluffy waffles instead of bread and comes with fries.
Oinkster is at Maginhawa Suites, 99 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Quezon City.
Saigon Pho’s Cha Gio (P150)
For something fresh and healthy yet affordable, look no further than hole-in-the-wall Saigon Pho. If you're on a budget, you can try their Chai Gio, deep-fried Vietnamese egg rolls stuffed with ground pork and vegetables like jicama, wood ear mushrooms, onions, and rice noodles. You can also wrap each roll up in some lettuce and herbs that comes with every order.
Saigon Pho is at 2/F 108 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Yummy Tokyo’s Miso Ramen (P149)
At Yummy Tokyo, you can get ramen without having to spend a lot. Their Miso Ramen comes with a creamy and nutty broth, silky noodles, generous servings of char siu pork, and half of a perfectly soft-boiled egg. They even have DIY ramen kits available—each kit comes with their handcrafted ramen noodles, signature broth paste, and chashu so you can recreate their offerings at home.
Yummy Tokyo is at 103 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Grill Queen’s Pork BBQ Meal #1 (P85)
With a name like Grill Queen, you can expect a lot of ihaw-ihaw specialities. If you're looking for something filling that won't break the bank, you can choose among their GQ Meals. The most affordable of the bunch is their Pork BBQ Meal #1 (P85): two sticks of thin slices of lean, tender pork. It comes with rice, atchara, and a choice of iced tea or soup.
Grill Queen is at 90 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Steak Fix’s Hawaiian Chicken Steak (P149)
A whole customizable meal for less than P150? You can find it at Steak Fix. Their flavorful Hawaiian Chicken Steak is at P149 and comes with your own choice of sides: Pesto Linguini, Alfredo Linguini, Pizza Margherita, Mushroom Cheese Scramble, Mash n’ Corn, or Mucha Rice.
Steak Fix is at Maginhawa Suites, 99 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Quezon City.
Mo:Mo’s Half and Half Platter (P150/combo, P130/ala carte)
You’d probably never think to find Nepalese cuisine in Manila, much less Maginhawa. But this street is home to Mo:Mo, which specializes in the Nepalese dumplings they’re named after. These tasty morsels are a lot larger than your regular Chinese dumplings and are stuffed with all sorts of spices, vegetables, and meat. Mo:Mo's fillings include with chicken, beef, or pork. Get the Half and Half Platter so you can try two variants in one order.
Mo:Mo is at 46A Magiting Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Rodic's Diner's Tapsilog (P110)
Rodic's Diner is popular for their tasty and affordable tapsilog. This UP community favorite serves shredded tapa, which may or may not remind you corned beef. Its sweet-salty taste goes well with their garlic rice, a sunny-side up egg, and vinegar on the side. Bonus: Their branch in Maginhawa is air-conditioned.
Rodic's Diner is at 129 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.