Chef Robert: Filipino Comfort Food in the Heart of Banawe

Start the year off right by finding great restaurant deals that will not just fill your tummies, but will keep your wallets filled, too. I discovered a restaurant that offers a guaranteed 30% off on top of your bill with no reservations or anything. Just visit during their happy hour from 2pm – 5pm every day and enjoy affordable Filipino comfort food at its finest!

(READ: We Found a Happy Place in Banawe – Check it Out!)

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The streets of Banawe, Quezon City, are famous for their wide selection of restaurants serving up Asian cuisine, making it an iconic food haven for those who have a craving for anything Chinese. Chef Robert started out as a humble cafe in the heart of Banawe, serving coffee, pastries, and desserts. Later on, it decided to reinvent itself and find a home in Filipino comfort food to set itself apart from its neighboring restaurants.

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I got the chance to try out some of their new dishes and here’s what I think of them. 🙂


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Salad Rolls in Kani Mango Dressing – Regular (Php245… or Php171.5 at 30% off)

The Salad Rolls in Kani Mango Dressing look incredibly appetizing with their vibrant colors and beautiful presentation. This beauty tastes as good as it looks with the dish filled with carrots, cucumber, mango, and fish roe wrapped with soft and tender rice wrapper and Kani placed on the center topped with drizzled mayonnaise and mango puree. After just one bite, I could already taste that it’s refreshing, cleansing, and definitely a go-to-meal when you’re looking for something healthy and satisfying.

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Sweet Corn Fritters (Php195… or Php136.5 at 30% off)

This tempura style Sweet Corn Fritter surely is interesting. It’s something different, and a hit with the youngsters. It’s basically shredded corn lightly coated in tempura batter and fried until it’s crispy golden yellow. I encourage you to try this!

Main Courses

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Tilapiang Hubad (Php325… or Php227.5 at 30% off)

Tilapia is one of the most common fish that can be found in the Philippines and it has become a staple dish at most Filipino dinner tables. One unique way of serving this dish is the way Chef Robert prepares it: the Tilapiang Hubad. For this dish, the fish is filleted and fried to perfection and served whole (including the head)! It’s so easy to eat – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The saltiness is just right, and best of all: it’s good for sharing!

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Bicol Express Pasta (Php225… or Php157.5 at 30% off)

Who knew that you could make hands down one of the best kinds of pasta I have ever tried using Bicol Express? This pasta tastes so good because of the perfect combination of the pork, coconut milk, bagoong, and spaghetti noodles. Its creamy taste with a spicy kick made my fork keep going back for more!

More food on the next page!