Food Hopping in Katipunan
Every college student needs a break from school -- homework, researches, papers, exams, plus those pesky terror teachers -- and what way should they relax if not gorging on extraordinary food?
1. 8CUTS BURGER BLENDS (UP TOWN CENTER)
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"Okay, it’s quite pricey, but completely worth every peso. If you’re in the mood for a really good burger, 8Cuts’ doors are open for you. They’ve got different meat blends and flavors to choose from. (We recommend the four cheese burger with a side of onion rings) The ambiance of the restaurant is pretty laid-back, perfect for nights out with your classmates or friends. (They have booze, too! *wink wink*)"
2. XOCOLAT (B. GONZALES ST. - NEXT TO REGIS CENTER)
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"If you’re looking for home-cooked comfort food, this is the place for you. The restaurant is actually a refurbished house, so its guaranteed to give you that cozy, homey feel. The meals here are quite filling, so you really get your money’s worth. Their hot chocolate is a must-try especially during this rainy season."
3. CASA VERDE (UP TOWN CENTER)
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"For American-style casual dining (in other words, HUGE servings), go to Casa Verde. Are you in the mood for ribs? Buffalo wings? Mozzarella sticks? Burgers BIGGER THAN YOUR FACE? Grab your hungriest friends and head on over to Casa Verde."
4. CELLO'S DOUGHNUTS AND DIPS (ABOVE MERCURY DRUG)
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"Don't have time to sit down and have a meal? No problem. Buy a box of doughnuts to share....or buy a box just for yourself. Cello's puts a twist to the ordinary doughnut experience. Try out their M&M stuffed doughnut or their Twix stuffed doughnut. You can even spell out a message using their letter doughnuts!"
5. B. WINGS (ESTEBAN ABADA ST.)
"B. Wings is one of the few wings places in Katipunan that offers student-friendly prices to go with their delectable menu. For a price of P260, you get 12 pieces of mouth-watering, crunchy, damn good chicken wings that you can share with friends or just for yourself. They also offer meals worth P145 if you're not a heavy eater. Their Filipino-themed flavours are must tries. I recommend trying the Black Mamba!"
6. CAFE SHIBUYA (UP TOWN CENTER)
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"Do you see that photo? It's a lot bigger in real life. Cafe Shibuya is perfect for the average sweet tooth with it's Dessert Toast. It's price is also perfect for sharing because the toast is gigantic for most standards. They also serve spot on coffee and hot chocolate. They also have a very friendly set of waiters."
7. WOODEN SPOON (NEAR BO'S COFFEE)
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"Sandy Daza is a gastronomical genius from his Seafood Kare-Kare to his Crispy Crab Noodles. No, I swear, try the noodles it's to die for. Sadly, Wooden Spoon is usually packed unless you're really early for lunch or dinner. Can you blame them? One wouldn't go here all the time if she or he was a student but if it were something special, ahem ahem, like a date, then she or he should definitely go here. The price isn't that bad either."
8. KATSU CAFE (RIGHT BEHIND BO'S COFFE)
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"What's so fascinating about Katsu Cafe is that it's not just your ordinary deep fried pork chops topped on rice. You're given a Japanese mortar and pestle for crushing black and white sesame seeds and special tonkatsu sauces that tastes brilliant all for 195 pesos. They also have Japanese beer to relax yourself after a hard school day."
9. GINO'S BRICK OVEN PIZZA (ABOVE MERCURY DRUG)
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"This place has been critically acclaimed as a fantastic Italian restaurant by many Filipino foodies. It's so good that it opened a branch at Salcedo Village, which some consider as a high-end place to open up restaurants these days. The pizza tastes authentic and of course, everyone will agree that one must try their burata mozarella. I mean, it's a gigantic piece of cheese. Melty cheese."
10. BRICKFIRE (ESTEBAN ABADA ST. BEHIND MCDONALD'S)
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"STEAK. FLAME-GRILLED STEAK. WAIT. CHEAP FLAME-GRILLED STEAK. That's right, Brickfire's cheapest steak would amount to P165 pesos with rice and some veggies. Need we say more?"
11. STARR'S MILKSHAKES (ESTEBAN ABADA ST. BEHIND MCDONALD'S)
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"So after you had your steak, you could go to Starr's for some dessert. Their milkshakes are thick and creamy. They have a good variety of flavors ranging from Caramel and Cookie Dough to Choco Banana Split. You could also customize your own milkshake."
12. ROKU (ORACLE BUILDING)
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"It's the storm season in the Philippines and you just want to warm yourself up. Go to Roku to taste their amazing ramen bowls, as well as their really good sushi. Their best selling ramen is their signature ramen that is Shoyu-based topped with pork belly, nori, egg, spring onions, and nori. One should also definitely try their Firecracker Roll, which is crunchy spicy salmon maki."
13. CRAFT COFFEE REVOLUTION (ESTEBAN ABADA ST.)
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"Craft Coffee Revolution is all the rage among us Millenials. It takes on coffee with an artisinal twist. They brew their coffee using not just any equipment. They also design their lattes, which make good Instagram photos."
14. SWEET INSPIRATION'S MONGOLIAN BUFFET
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"Who doesn't love when you can actually control your food and its serving size? Sweet Inspirations, which has been there for forever, has their legendary Mongolian Buffets at a price that one cannot resist. An all you can eat is for 310 pesos while a single bowl is for 195 pesos. It's also hot when it gets to your table, so who's complaining?"