One of the best ways to experience a country’s culture is through tasting their food. Enjoy a flavorful Vietnamese feast at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen.
Bawai, which means maternal grandmother in Vietnamese, first opened in Tagaytay a couple of years ago. Tucked within a quiet location along a perennially busy Katipunan Avenue, Bawai’s Manila branch stays true to the original design and aesthetic of its tranquil Southern location.
The entrance area of Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen is a modest oasis with lush greenery and vibrant florals.
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen is perfect for intimate gatherings and meals. Their selections are generally good for sharing for 2-3 people. At approximately Php 250 per pax, you can already enjoy a full course meal.
Goi Cuon | Php 255
fresh garden rolls with caramelized pork, steamed shrimps, and rice vermicelli, served with a peanut sauce
This is a refreshing way to start your meal: fresh and crisp leafy greens, plump shrimp, and juicy pork slices all wrapped in a fresh roll perfectly paired with their sweet peanut sauce.
Tom Rang Me | Php 585
Black Tiger prawns infused with a sweet tamarind paste, onions and sesame seeds
I love the way the spices and the sweet tamarind tang lingers in your taste buds. Aromatic and savory, every bite of the prawns is a delicious burst of exotic Vietnamese flavor.
Com Suon Cha | Php 420
double grilled pork belly with caramel-lemongrass marinade, served with mushroom egg pie
The com suon cha was the piece de resistance of our table, with its soft and tender succulent meat filling our mouths with full-bodied lemongrass flavor. Just as juicy as our local liempo, although the skin isn’t cooked crispy. Definitely one of Bawai’s must-try dishes.
Pho Bo | Php 235 single, Php 355 sharing
traditional beef noodle soup with slim cuts of tenderloin and oyster blade
What’s a Vietnamese feast without pho? Of Bawai’s noodle soup selection, the pho bo is their bestseller with tender beef, perfectly cooked noodles, and an infusion of herbs and spices all swimming around a bowl of yum.
On left: Ca Phe Sua Nang | Php 95 | Trung Nguyen hot drip coffee with condensed milk
On right: Sweet Tamarind Drink | Php 95
The ca phe sua nang is a perfect combination of strong and sweet, without being too saccharine. This is one of the best cuppa joe’s I’ve ever had thus far and it had a smooth silky quality to it. The sweet tamarind drink, on the other hand, doesn’t taste like the usual tamarind candy we have; it’s not too sweet and not too sour and it pairs well with all the dishes we tried.
On left: Basil Ice Cream | Php 65
On right: Rosemary Ice Cream | Php 65
I’ve never had ice cream like this. Definitely something for both adventurous foodies and picky eaters to try. Don’t be fooled by its simple presentation because these desserts will leave you feeling weird about how oddball yet delicious they taste…
Banh Da Lon | Php 65
pandan and mung bean cake
The sticky sweet cake with creamy coconut milk is dessert perfection. It sticks to the insides of your mouth, making you crave for more servings.
Decorations and zen accents that adorn the restaurant lend much artistic appeal to Bawai’s Vietnamese aesthetic.
A few tables are placed outside the restaurant for al fresco dining.
The earthy tones of the restaurant provide a natural and calming ambiance. Bawai’s is a highly recommended venue to host your next family gathering, or event such as baby showers and christenings, bridal showers, among others. Feel right at home when dining at Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen and discover one of Tagaytay’s best kept secrets at this Northern Manila hideaway.
Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen
79 Katipunan Ave., Bellitudo, White Plains QC
Open everyday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For reservations: +63917 885 1445 or +632 442 8874
For events, contact Ms. Hyra Liwanag: +63917 857 0607
For deliveries: 212 12 12
Twitter and Instagram: @BawaiManila