The Foodie’s Ultimate Guide to Restaurants in Banawe, Quezon City by Candid Cuisine
Banawe Street in Quezon City is blossoming with restaurants of various cuisines. From teahouses, to hard core Chinese restaurants and comfort food restaurants, the Chinatown of Quezon City is bound to satisfy every craving you have for lunch and dinner. What’s best about the restaurants in Banawe is that they fit right in each person’s budget and for special occasions, you can definitely stretch yTuour budget to enjoy great dishes, without it being heavy on the pocket.
Maginhawa may be the centre of attention back at the Maginhawa Food Festival 2014 last October 11, commemorating the foundation day of this rising city, but I think the restaurants in Banawe Street have that edge to compete and become the foodie destination in the North.
So for those who are far from the vicinity of Banawe, here’s a nearly complete list of unique restaurants in Banawe Street as well as note-worthy restaurants near Banawe, for every type of foodie, adventurous or conservative, and solo or groupie.
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List of Restaurants in Banawe
1. Lam Tin Tea House
Location: 30-U Banawe corner M. Cuenco Street, Barangay Santo Domingo, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7080989 ; 02-7080990
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 10pm
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: For every noodle aficionado, Lam Tin Tea House’s noodle feast has huge servings at a very affordable price, and a queue to surprise you. Hototay Soup is one of their bestsellers, good enough for folks from Paranaque to embark on a long drive.
2. Mandarin Sky Seafood & Shabu Shabu Restaurant
Location: 478 Banawe St. (Simoun St), Quezon City, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7406134
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 2pm; 5pm – 12mn
Facebook: Mandarin Sky
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: To those celebrating birthdays, Christmas, Chinese New Year celebrations, and special occasions, Mandarin Sky should be on your list to consider for your ultimate pigeon, crab, scallop, and other seafood cravings. The place can get packed, so reservations are absolutely necessary for large groups.
3. Hungry Sumo
Location: 592-A NS Amoranto Sr. Avenue Corner Banawe Street, Quezon City, Philippines
Telephone Number: 02-3594559
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: If Tasty Dumplings will give a run for your money with their giant pork chop, Hungry Sumo will make your pockets full and stomach even fuller with their special Chicken Curry. Your 100 bucks will go a long way at Hungry Sumo.
4. Muy Hong
Location: 552 Banawe Street, between Samat Street and Calamba Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7124776, 02-7403235
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8:30am to 8:30pm
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Cheap, cheap cheap seafoods that will curb your cravings plus veggie lumpia that’s really delicious. Halaan Soup for only P200? Fried Shrimps for P240? Fried Pigeon at a knockoff price of P370? Doesn’t that make your mouth water? And throw in some fried frog legs for some exotic treat. Mmm. Tastes like chicken!
5. Ylaya Maki and Lumpia
Location: 587 N.S. Amoranto corner Banawe Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-5152232, 02-4113113
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday only, 10am to 9pm
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: If there’s anything Ylaya is well-known for, it’s their Satay Chami and Fresh Lumpia that should only cost less than P250 per meal. I personally love their Chami. It’s spicy and addicting, perfect for a cheat day.
Location: 99 Maria Clara Street, near Banawe, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-4161599, 02-4161619
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9am – 12mn
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: If you’re familiar with Ersao and looking for an alternative place to grab cheap Milk Tea plus rice toppings, Frostea is your way to go. I love their siomai, so juicy and succulent! One of my favourite places to go for a quick bite. They had me at their Taosi Fish Fillet Rice.
7. Tuen Mun Roasts 屯門
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Location: 81-A Nicanor Roxas Street, (Banawe Area) Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-2166711
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Facebook: Tuen Mun Roasts
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Because this is where you can find the best value for money, Hong Kong style Barbecued Pork, Roast Duck, and Lechon Macau!
8. Eat Fresh Famous Hong Kong Street Food
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Location: 100-A Maria Clara Street, Near Banawe, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-5168022, 02-4750789
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am – 12mn
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: If you like stinky tofu, fish balls, crab fingers and all the street food you’re missing in Hong Kong, you can find it at Eat Fresh Hong Kong Famous Street Food.
9. Bugis Singapore Street Food
Location: 81 N. Roxas Street, Near Banawe, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7326490
Opening Hours: Monday 10am – 10pm; Tuesday to Sunday 8am – 12mn
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: And if you love Singapore street food, this place rightly named after one of the busiest food districts in Singapore should perk your interest. Say hello to Bak Kut Teh, Singaporean Laksa, Roti Praha, Kaya Bread, and Chicken Satay Sticks!
10. Tazza Cafe
Location: 98 Maria Clara Street, Near Banawe, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-4127206
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am – 12mn
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: On your way to Banawe in case your wheels get dirty, drop by Tazza Cafe’s neighbour Genki Spa Car Wash and have your baby take a bath while you dine at Tazza Cafe. Tazza Cafe is a great place for Filipino, contemporary breakfast meals as well as comfort foods, especially Chef’s recommended Baked Lasagna that’s my mom’s favorite. This place is highly popular for people who haven’t go anything to do, and just want to chill.
11. Tasty Dumplings
Location: 583 N.S. Amoranto corner Banawe Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7422917, 02-4117932
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: If you’re wondering why Banawe is extremely popular, I bet you Tasty Dumplings restaurant is one of the culprits. If you haven’t dine here, then it’s time for you to plan your attack on Tasty Dumpling’s cheapest Pork Chop Rice (P125) that’s going to make you cry. My personal favourites? Silver roll plus Hongma Rice topped with Kiamchay, my all time favourite vegetable.
12. Feng Wei Wee Authentic Taiwanese Cuisine
Location: 82 Banawe Street corner Samat Street Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-4125435, 02-7413112
Opening Hours: 10:30am to 9pm
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Feng Wei Wee’s Taiwanese cuisine is one of a kind, that is reminiscent of small, hole in a wall food establishments in Taipei where you can eat Kailan Chai, Oyster Tausi and Braised Tofu. And don’t forget to indulge in their Wonder Ice desserts.
13. Sincere Cafe and Restaurant
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Location: 2nd Floor RBL Building Banawe Street Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7110212, 02-7110280
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9:30am – 9:30pm; Friday to Sunday 10am – 10pm
Facebook: Sincerity Cafe and Restaurant
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Because heading to Binondo is such a pain in the a**, Banawe will be a better option for you to grab their famous Amoy style Fried Chicken, Kikiam, Oyster Cake and Fried Rice. Everything is just two thumbs up.
14. Hug Ki Dumplings (Formerly Fu Chi Dumplings)
Location: 723 Banawe Street Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-3871159
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 9pm (Fu Chi sometimes closes from time to time)
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: I really hated Fu Chi after they changed their name into Hug Ki. (And a really poor English translation of its Fookien translation of good luck. Don’t you find it hard to pronounce?!) But their food remains the same. They got excellent fried shrimp dumplings here and side dishes that accompanies one hell of a bento-style Fried Pork Chop rice.
15. Liloan’s Pride Liempo
Location: Unit A, 989 Banawe corner Maria Clara Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-4127684
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7am to 10pm
Facebook: Liloan’s Pride Liempo
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Liloan’s famous Cebu liempo and Cebu lechon manok is here to conquer Banawe! And like they say, their Cebu lechon is “Better than Lechon”!
16. Kimpo Tea House
Location: 706 Banawe Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-5166497, 02-5166499
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00am – 9:30pm
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Kimpo Tea House is owned by Han Pao Tea House, and its been a restaurant regularly visited by locals in the area. They’re best known for their Beef Brisket Noodles and the Fish Fillet Rice that’s again my favourite.
17. Tramway Buffet
Location: 76 Scout Alcaraz near Banawe Area, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-4111565
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Before Tramway got all famous in Timog, Shaw Boulevard, and Roxas Boulevard, there was the humble tea house serving excellent, rock bottom price buffet at Banawe. For buffet well below P400, you can grab hefty serving of their famous Yang Chow Fried Rice, California Maki, Century Egg and classic Chinese dishes such as Steamed Lapu Lapu. Parking is hard to come by, so best if you come early.
18. Caffe Dolce
Location: 848 Banawe Street corner Linaw Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-8061103
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 11:30pm
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: A unique Chinese coffee shop, Caffe Dolce serves Fruit Milk Shakes, Milk Tea, Panini, Salad, Waffles – cheap comfort food plus that Honey Shibuya-like Toast that’s their bestseller.
19. Mr. Poon Restaurant
Location: 819 Banawe corner Santa Catalina, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7423433
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Do you love steamed fish in Chinese restaurants? Mr. Poon’s steamed fish should give you a run for your money, with their Sweet and Sour, Mushroom style and Tofu Tausi Fish Fillet that’s mouthwatering goodness!
20. Causeway Seafood Restaurant
Location: 883 Banawe Street corner Del Monte, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-4108690, 02-7408787
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11pm – 2pm, 5pm – 12mn
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Perhaps the undisputed restaurant king along Banawe is Causeway Seafood Restaurant, and the place has such huge demand for its traditional Chinese cuisine, it had to open Causeway 2 restaurant right across it. I would recommend proceeding at Causeway with caution. There are numerous occasions where their dimsum can either go oversteamed or undercooked. Nevertheless, when the clock strikes 9:00pm, their dimsum sells for 50% off.
21. King Chef Fine Dining and Dimsum Restaurant
Location: 2nd Floor, 238 Banawe Center, Banawe Corner Panalturan Street, Quezon City, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-3527534, 02-4104919
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:30am – 11pm
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Offical Website: www.kingchef.com.ph
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: While others prefer Causeway, some are Team King Chef, and argue they have seemed to dethrone Causeway as the go-to dimsum place in the area of Banawe. Having relocated to the far end of Banawe, near Sgt. Riviera, King Chef’s dimsum has steadily improved and is now being flocked. Like Causeway, King Chef also has dimsum for less price from 2pm to 5pm, and 9pm to 12mn.
22. Tea Rock Cafe
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Location: 814 Banawe Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-5229072
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00am – 12mn; Sunday 24 hours open
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Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Banawe is heavily lined with several tea spots and it can get confusing where to grab some tea that’s different and unique in the area. Tea Rock Cafe is one of those that stood out for me, and I simply loved their bento style meals that’s cheap and great for a quick bite, something that’s not present in other tea spots.
23. 3N Bakery Bicol’s Best Toasted Siopao
Location: 876-B Banawe Street cor. Linaw Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 09176777009
Facebook: 3N Bakery
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Bicol’s best toasted siopao that originated in Libmanan, Camarines Sur has just opened in Banawe, and 3N Bakery’s toasted siopao is something you can take home with you at the end of your food trip in Banawe.
24. Love Desserts
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Location: 915 Banawe Street corner Roxas Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-2390745
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11:00am – 10:00pm
Facebook: Love Desserts
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: From the outside, I always mistake Love Desserts for a place where there’s some recruitment activity or multi-level marketing ongoing. Just kidding. This place is a certified trending spot for great desserts. P200 per head for unlimited desserts! And get this, birthday celebrants eat for FREE. (Until November 15, 2014 only)
25. Chef Robert
Location: 847 Banawe Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-7409330
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am – 10:00pm
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Official Website: www.chef-robert.net
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: While seemingly distant compared to its neighbors, Chef Robert grows innately in the hearts of the locals here for all kinds of comfort food you can imagine, starting with some Salad Rolls in Kani and Mango.
Location: 87 Maria Clara Street, Near Banawe Street, Quezon City
Telephone Number: 02-5012818, 02-701-4563
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 7:30 – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Facebook: Capreal Ristorante
Why It’s Worth Mentioning: Capreal is another restaurant in Banawe that serves comfort food. Best to grab the Chicken Fillet with Coffee Sauce, Jambalaya Paella and Dulong Pasta for a change in palate.
Serenitea, Pancake House, Teriyaki Boy, Tempura, and Chicken Charlie are some of the more well-known restaurants in Banawe but why visit these well-known spots when there are more unique, unpretentious restaurants waiting for you to discover?
Have you tried any of these restaurants in Banawe? Which ones are your favorite? Share your thoughts on Candid Cuisine!
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