(SPOT.ph) There’s no shortage of new eating places to try in Metro Manila’s biggest city—they offer almost everything, from ice-cold desserts and affordable Chinese food to unlimited wine with steak. Regardless of what you’re craving, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite.
Here are 10 new restaurants in Quezon City worth checking out:
Located at UP Town Center, this dessert stall doesn’t just draw you in with its colorful aesthetic, but also with their creative takes on classic Filipino sweets. Yelo Yelo’s Banana Langka (P99), topped with dark Davao chocolate and crunchy pinipig, is a more decadent version of the traditional turon. They also have a savory version of the dessert, the Dynamite Cheese (P99), which comes with spicy Japanese mayo. Craving something colder? Yelo Yelo’s take on the classic Halo Halo (P169) has pineapple slices and creamy ube ice cream.
Yelo Yelo is at The Courtyard, G/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
Classified Kitchen + Wine Café
Steak and wine sound like an indulgent treat, but Classified Kitchen has made them fairly affordable. Their juicy and tender Angus steak, which are seared over lava rocks, go for under P1,000. Check out their Australian T-Bone Steak (P320) or their U.S. Angus Ribeye Steak and Grilled Marrow (P575), if you want something more indulgent. They also offer Unlimited House Red Wine (P495) from Monday to Thursday, perfect for those who want to treat themselves in the middle of the week. Just make sure to leave some room for dessert: Their Moist Dark Chocolate Cake (P130) really lives up to its name.
Classified Kitchen + Wine Café is at 24 Scout Tuason Street, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City.
Hong Kong Little Kitchen
This eatery in New Manila will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of Hong Kong. Using ingredients sourced directly from the island, Hong Kong Little Kitchen has Cantonese roasts down to a tee. The HK Roasted Duck (P1,880/whole, P980/half) is both fatty and tender, with crispy skin reminiscent of lechon, while their Roasted HK Barbecue (P1,200/whole, P600/half, P300/quarter) are juicy morsels of boneless pork, which come with a sweet and salty glaze.
Hong Kong Little Kitchen is at 44 Sonema Square, North Domingo Street, New Manila, Quezon City.
WYLD Kitchen x Bar
This restaurant-and-bar takes an unconventional approach when it comes to their menu. They’ve crafted cocktails with unusual ingredients, like the Piñalaya (P249), a zesty and bittersweet concoction that’ll make you see ampalaya in a new light. Meanwhile, their Pesto Pasta (P349) is made with pistachios, with its sweetness cutting through the earthiness of the basil and saltiness of the parmesan. If you’re hoping for something a bit more classic, you can’t go wrong with the Grilled Herb Marinated Flank Steak (P549), which comes with a creamy herb butter that just perfectly complements the beef.
WYLD Kitchen x Bar is at 2/F Unit 2, The Grandia Place, Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City.
Tiyo Craft Kitchen & Bar
From their interiors to their menu, Tiyo Craft Kitchen & Bar mixes modern with traditional. The interiors are a mix of industrial design and old-fashioned furniture, while their menu fuses traditional Filipino dishes with modern cooking techniques. Take the Lengua Kaldereta Nachos (P380), with great crunch, tender meat, and generous amounts of salsa—but its selling point is the kesong puti sauce, which brings a Filipino twist to this appetizer. Pair it with any of their signature cocktails like the tropical Trip to Quiapo (P280) or tart Pedro’s Uprising (P280).
Tiyo Craft Kitchen & Bar is at CKB Centre, Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Rallos, Diliman, Quezon City.
There are more than a dozen kinds of meat to choose from at this Japanese-Korean restaurant, and they’re all melt-in-your-mouth tender. They also offer an affordable all-you-can-eat promo for P549, or you can also opt for their premium cuts, like the Royale Hida Wagyu set (P6,920). You can choose from more than a dozen side dishes but we suggest the Buttered Kimchi Rice, an indulgent treat that comes with a spicy kick.
Yoshimeatsu is at 258-D Tomas Morato Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.
A visit to Katherine’s Café feels like a visit to your grandmother’s home, with their bright, cheerful interiors and indoor plants. They’re also home to an impressive menu, spanning more than 40 pages, which offer everything from classic Filipino breakfasts to hearty pies. Check out their Seafood Pot Pie (P318), a mix of shrimp, mussels, and squid stewed in a cream and white sauce, and encased in a warm and buttery pastry. Another crowd-favorite is the Waffle and Chicken (P398), a cereal-and-oats-crusted fried chicken that comes with a side of golden-brown waffles.
Katherine’s Café is at G/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City.
Yeah Yeah specializes in Hong Kong cuisine, which means a ton of dim sum. You’ve got your classics, like the Crystal Hakaw (P138), plump dumplings stuffed with fresh shrimp, and the Crab Roe Sio Mai (P120), which are bursting with umami flavor. There are also Instagram-worthy dishes like the Piggy Salted Egg Yolk Pao (P130), soft pig-shaped buns that come with a mildly sweet custard filling. But the star dish of the restaurant is their Lechon Macau (P400), tender slices of roast pig that’s crunchy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.
Yeah Yeah is at Hemady Square, Doña Hemady Street, 86 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City.
You can easily spend a whole day at Salamangka in Eastwood. In the morning, it's the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee and breakfast, thanks to the restaurant being surrounded by a lot of natural light. There are tons of coffee brews to choose from, ranging from classic Single Origin Coffee (P150) to sweeter blends like Chocnut Latte (P150). Then for lunch, you can grab some Corned Beef Mac and Cheese (P375), a unique take on the classic comfort dish. End your day by ordering a Beer Flight (P171), a four-variant sampler of craft beers Salamangka has to offer.
Salamangka is at Eastwood Citywalk, Eastwood City, Quezon City.
This restaurant at UP Town Center serves up affordable rice and noodle meals, without sacrificing flavor. Every bowl comes with a choice of sides and drinks, so you’re really getting the most bang for your buck. Check out their Sweet & Sour Pork (P249), topped with extra bell peppers for added crunch. You can also go for their Surf and Turf (P249), a mash-up of shrimp and Wagyu beef smothered in a savory-sweet steak sauce. If you want something different, order the Haw Flakes Chicken Wings (P299), which transforms the classic childhood snack into a tangy-sweet sauce.
Wow Wok is at 2/F UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.