Any foodie would know that Pasig City is a place to satisfy all cravings. From the big malls to hole-in-the-wall gems, Pasig has it all. It all started with Kapitolyo and then slowly crawled to the rest of the city. Whether you are in the mood for wagyu, angus steak, burgers, pizza or local street food, expect Pasig to deliver and please the palate.
The growing food community in Pasig surely makes the city more appealing to young professionals and millennials who have insatiable cravings for good food. The accessibility of restaurants, cafes, bistros, and eateries in Pasig has also made it a perfect city for condo living. Much like the food culture, condo communities also continue to conquer Pasig, one development at a time.
So, if you happen to be living in or near Pasig and is a certified foodie, the question you are probably asking right now is: Where to eat in Pasig? Let’s take a tour of the city to guide you on your next Pasig food trip.
Starting the day right
All-day breakfast places are a hit, especially in a city that does not seem to sleep. After all, Filipinos can eat beef tapa and tocino at any given time of the day.
For the budget-conscious, there’s the hole-in-the-wall Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in Kapitolyo. Its set-up is garage-style, much like an authentic carinderia. But the catch is they serve gourmet breakfast dishes such as eggs benedict, French toast, berry cupcakes, fish and chips, milk shakes, etc. at a very affordable price.
Milky & Sunny, also in Kapitolyo, serves delicious breakfast platters, omelets, and French toast. Enjoy a slow and easy breakfast while reading the inspiring quotes on the wall. Breakfast @ Juanita serves breakfast comfort food that can easily make one nostalgic. It is located in United Street and has the same charm as the popular Café Juanita. At East Capitol Drive, you can find Kitchen Diaries Café, which is very kid-friendly from its menu to the interiors. Café Real in F. Pasco in Pasig City, the location of a soon-to-built DMCI Homes Property, serves good coffee with interesting blends such as Nutella and Oreos.
All local is good
Nothing beats Pinoy cuisine, and Pasig City has a lot of proof.
Starting off with Locavore, definitely one of the favorites in all of Metro Manila. It serves only locally-grown and -produced Filipino dishes, with a modern twist. Sizzling Sinigang and Oyster Sisig are just a few of the must-try dishes. The open kitchen plus industrial interiors make Locavore a perfect place for young foodies. Located at Brixton Street, it is a few minutes away from Brixton Place condominium, a two-tower vertical community rising in Kapitolyo.
Café Juanita is a well-loved upscale diner in Pasig City. The vibe makes you feel like you are in some old movie with the chandeliers, antiques, furniture, and even utensils. They serve traditional Filipino food such as kare-kare and Filipino ratatouille. The vibe is a bit odd and eccentric, but still very familiar.
Slobs and chops
If there’s one thing that Pasig knows absolutely everything about, it’s grilled chops and slobs. RUB Ribs and BBQ is famous for its barbecue ribs, which you can partner with yummy sides. Tomahawk Chops and Grill is another restaurant that made Kapitolyo a legitimate food hub. Try their baby back ribs and steaks. If you are looking for a snack place with all the meaty goodness, head to Charlie’s Grind and Grill, everyone’s favorite burger place. Their angus burger paired with milkshake is definitely a must-try.
Flavors around the world
Whether its Italian, Japanese or Mexican you are craving for, you are sure to find the perfect restaurant in Pasig City.
If you are in the mood for authentic Japanese food, head to Sapphire Bloc and try Shinsen Sushi Bar & Restaurant. The all-Filipino kitchen staff was trained by Japanese chefs so you can be sure that everything is authentic, no fusion or twists. Their salmon sashimi and oysters are a must-try. Another Japanese restaurant frequented by nationals themselves is Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant in West Capitol Drive. Servers are dressed like geishas for a more authentic experience.
A surefire Pasig landmark for foodies is Poco Deli, known for its delectable European dishes. Considered as one of the top local delicatessen destinations in Metro Manila, Poco Deli is famous for its bacon slab, sausages, and chill ambience.
Want to go Mexican? Silantro Fil-Mexicana is a hit among young foodies, it is a rustic local restaurant serving Mexican dishes with a Filipino twist. The atmosphere is relaxed, the menu is affordable, and the serving sizes are big. Make sure to order their beef nachos, quesadilla, and caliente wings.
For everything from Italian to Spanish to Greek, head on to Black Olive Cerveseria in Capitol Commons. If it is Asian fusion you are looking for, try Ninak (or Kanin spelled backwards) that serves Asian dishes. Their Singaporean laksa is extremely popular.
Dining with your oppa
Have you also been bitten by the Korean bug? You’re probably craving for bibimbap, samgyupsal, kimchi, and Korean bbq. Good thing that Pasig City has lots, and we mean lots, of Korean restaurants everywhere.
Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house owned by Korean TV host Grace Lee. The restaurant uses traditional and contemporary recipes from Lee and her mom, so you can be sure you are eating authentic Korean cuisine. Try the Korean fried chicken, snow chicken cheese, and the glorious chicken cheese fondue. Kko Kko is located at the Sapphire bloc, the newest foodie destination in Ortigas, near to the newest condo communities such as DMCI Homes Properties.
If you are craving for Korean BBQ, go to Lee Hak in Pioneer Center or Ye Dang in Barangay Ugong. If can’t decide whether to go Korean of Japanese, go to Nikuya in Estancia Mall in Oranbo, a local concept also developed by Lee, that offers Korean grill with Japanese hotpot.
Lovin’ the street vibe
What’s a food hub without street food?
Three Sisters is one of those that set the groundwork for Kapitolyo to be a food destination. They sell local street food at Php50 per stick. The environment, much like the local flavors they sell, is humble and unassuming. Skinita along United Street, judging by the name itself, also offers authentic Pinoy street food. If you are craving for shawarma, go Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub and enjoy its beef shawarma drizzled with yogurt garlic sauce.
Relax and chill
Where’s a good place to just chill in Pasig City? Tipsy Pig will certainly be in the list of “chill” places. The gastropub would cater to all your midnight cravings made more perfect with booze. You may also bring your friends to the Moonshine PUB or at St. Patrick’s that are both open until 3 a.m. Rooftop bars are also a trend in Pasig City such as the Sky High Bar in Ace Hotel & Suites and VU’s Sky Bar and Lounge atop Marco Polo in Ortigas.
If you are looking for something new to try, you can expect Pasig City to deliver. With developments rising from every corner, it has become a city for thriving professionals, as well as fun-loving individuals. And over the years, a certified foodie destination.