Article by Fe Esperanza Trampe (@fehnstagram)
The holidays are right around the corner. With the cost of what’s on our grocery list for noche buena and what’s on our loved ones’ wishlists for Christmas, we’re going to have to save every penny. Don’t starve yourself now that December is here.
You’re so tired from work once the evening sets in, and rushing to avoid heavy traffic in the morning might leave you with baon that’s not that appealing. Eat what you want – and what’s good! – without breaking the bank. Head to Uptown Bonifacio.
Located in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig among dozens and dozens of office buildings, Uptown Bonifacio is the place to be for a quick lunch to remember in-between another day at work. Many of its restaurants offer lunch set meals specifically made to reward the young professionals for all of their efforts. There are a lot of delicious eats at good deals to be found. Here are a few of them:
Ditch Your Boring Baon for These Lunch Deals at Uptown Bonfacio
5. Pizza Studio
Ground Floor, Uptown Parade
Pizza Studio is an artisan pizza place all the way from Los Angeles to grace Manila folk, and they’re giving Filipinos the opportunity to create their own pizza masterpieces at an affordable price.
For only Php180, you can get an entire solo-sized pizza for yourself. Choose from a variety of tried and tested pizza flavors like the bestselling all-meat the Beast pizza, or unique ones with a Filipino twist. Have you ever tried Chicken Inasal pizza on a fiery crust? You can also experiment with different toppings, sauces, and even pizza dough.
Pizzas at the Pizza Studio start at 7 inches.
The crust makes all the difference at Pizza Studio. Start working on your pizza by choosing one of their three different crust flavors — traditional, rosemary herb, or firecracker. If you’re looking to spice up your pizza, go for the latter. Have a drink ready because it’s as fiery as it sounds.
For only Php225, your 7-inch pizza already comes with a drink.
Get creative when it comes to the sauce, too. There’s the traditional pizza sauce of tomato, but there are also sauces you would not think go well on pizza but actually do! Choose from either carbonara, barbecue, bulgogi, sweet chili, buffalo, or inasal; and then go crazy with the toppings. There are really no limits at Pizza Studio.
An all-meat the Beast pizza on a rosemary herb crust.
With all the choices that Pizza Studio has to offer, it may seem like your entire lunch break will be consumed just by picking out the perfect mixture of flavors for your personal pizza. Take your time. The pizzas at Pizza Studio only take three minutes to cook. You’ll have at least 57 more to enjoy the experience.
Fourth Floor, Uptown Mall Food Hall, Uptown Mall
Standing out as an amazing fried chicken place in its own right, Birdhouse is a must-try when at the Uptown Mall Food Hall. It’s heaven where all the good fried chicken go masquerading as a fast food stall.
Like any other fast food chain, Birdhouse has a star on the menu, and a number of combination options pairing it with other items that will further elevate its taste and enhance your eating experience.
From left to right: crispy chicken skin, milk gravy, dirty rice, and chicken tenders
There are five Barnyard Set Meals. Set A comes with a serving of chicken tenders, sauce of your choice, and crispy chicken skin for as low as Php170.
Take your meal a notch higher with the Barnyard Set Meal C. For Php220, get an entire piece of mouthwatering fried chicken with two sides!
From left to right: one-piece fried chicken, garlic fries, mac and cheese, and crispy chicken skin
Birdhouse has five sides and five sauces to choose from. Dip your chicken in a sauce of either peach barbecue, green goddess, truffle ketchup, garlic ranch, or milk gravy, and then get a side of cole slaw, garlic fries, elote corn, dirty rice, or mac and cheese. Mix and match as much as you want. Birdhouse will always be open for orders.
Third Floor, Uptown Mall
You don’t have to empty your wallet to have lunch at a rib joint as Morganfield’s offers deliciously tender ribs at the fraction of the cost. Not in the mood for ribs? They also have lunch deals for people who only have a few minutes to spare, and are looking to save a buck or two.
Morganfield’s Grilled Pork Barbecue
They may be known for their ribs, but Morganfield’s makes a mean grilled pork barbecue, too. For only Php245, get a beyond-satisfying rice meal with a generous portion of tender and flavorful meat. Prep yourself for the star of the show with a soup or salad, which comes with the deal.
Sweet Savory Barbecue Spare Ribs
If you want to know what all the fuss is about, order one of Morganfield’s bestselling ribs. Ribs is what Morganfield’s does best, and they have many takes on ribs that border on perfection. Grab a bib and try the Sweet Savory Barbecue Spare Ribs for only Php495. Their Hickory Barbecue Spare Ribs is also quite a contender, and it comes with some Herb Roasted Chicken for only Php445.
Hickory Barbecue Spare Ribs and Herb Roasted Chicken
Literally dine like a king at Morganfield’s. Not only are their portions enough for one, and their prices worth every cent; some of their ingredients come from as far as Spain to ensure the quality of your meal.
2. Kushikatsu Daruma
Second Floor, Uptown Mall
Kushikatsu Daruma is the first to bring Japan’s famous fried and breaded skewers to the Philippines; and boy, did they bring them! Their menu is filled with more than a dozen kushikatsu items.
Aside from fried skewers, Kushikatsu Daruma also boasts of many other Japanese fares. They have the famed Japanese ramen in many different flavors and an assortment of filling Japanese donburi.
A donburi is a Japanese rice bowl dish with meat and other ingredients served over rice.
If there’s one thing we Filipinos love, it’s our rice – and as much of it as fast as possible. Kushikatsu Daruma’s donburi lunch set meals come in a snap of a finger, with a bowl of miso soup, red iced tea, and even a scoop of ice cream for dessert.
Yakiniku and Chicken Donburi
Choose one out of five options, such as chicken teriyaki and yakiniku. It’s hard to believe that all of these are priced at just Php265.
1. Peperoni Pizzeria
Second Floor, Uptown Mall
Singapore’s most well-known pizzeria is often a place reserved for special occasions. What’s more special than lunch after a hard morning’s work and before an afternoon most likely filled with the same?
Chicken Parmigiana with rice and salad
Good and fine dining need not be expensive. Peperoni has a number of set meals designed to pamper you with food, and thank you for all the work you’ve put in.
Peperoni’s set meals come with hearty servings of soup and salad.
For a satisfying lunch, opt for a rice meal set. Peperoni has chicken parmigiana and baby back ribs on the menu. Pick one of the two, and get it with the soup of the day or a house salad, as well as a fruity iced tea in hand.
Prosciutto Crudo di Parma Pizza
When at Peperoni, eat as the Italians do. You’re already there,so why not have a pizza?For only Php320, have pizza or pasta for an entreé. There are many flavors you can choose from, and the Peperoni staff will be happy to help you find the perfect one.
By all means, save up this holiday season. Your mom has been eyeing that bag for a while, and what is anoche buena if you don’t go all out? Just don’t forget to eat up! Uptown Bonifacio has got you covered.
36th Street cor 9th Avenue, Taguig City