Picture this. You’re busy slaving away on your laptop desperately trying to finish the last twenty or so slides for tomorrow’s presentation. Around you are two mugs of instant coffee – all empty, of course – a strewn of highlighted books and paper that occupy both the table and the floor, and a clock that seems to mock you with every tick. Surprise, surprise, it says. It’s already 12:30am.
You heave a sigh and trudge on to your kitchen looking for something to soothe your growling stomach, but sadly you forgot to go to the grocery earlier. You pick up the phone and attempt to call a fast food joint, but then you remember one of your Lenten sacrifices and hesitantly put the phone down.
Sound like a familiar scene? Well then, keep on reading for a list of restaurants you can visit the next time you become a victim of the dreaded midnight hunger pangs.
10. Tapsi Ni Vivian
Tapsi Ni Vivian is usually known as one of the go-to places after a round –or three – of drinks with friends. The place is set up like a carinderia with a glass case displaying some of the affordable dishes for the day such as Barbecue, Fried Tilapia, and Fried Bangus. Don’t forget to try their bestsellers of Tapsilog and Bulalo when you visit. They’re absolutely flavorful and delicious!
Contact number: 645-0125
Branches: Brgy San Roque Marikina City, Project 3 QC
9. North Park
If you’ve got a thing for Chinese food during late nights, then North Park is the place for you. Serving favorites such as dimsum, noodles, and fried rice, it’s a place that’s bound to fill you up and make you rub your tummy in delight.
Branches: Alabang Town Center, Banawe, Medical City, Makati Ave, Trinoma, Little Baguio, Market Market, Convergy’s Bldg, Macapagal, Valenzuela, Laguna, Westgate, Salcedo Village, Araneta Coliseum, Edsa Central, Manila Ocean Park, Glorietta 5
8. Army Navy
Grab a mouthful of burgers, burritos, and even fried chicken when you stop over at Army Navy. Servings are plentiful and the food is jam-packed with flavor. And oh, who wouldn’t want a bite of that Chipotle Chicken Sandwich?
Branches: Sky Garden, La Salle-Taft, Solaris One, Tomas Morato, Katipunan, Bonifacio Global City, Harbour Square, Glorietta 2, Emerald Avenue, Alabang, Valero, Greenhills, Up-Ayalaland Technohub, Trinoma, Megamall, UST, Shaw Boulevard, Ermita, Eastwood Citywalk, Jupiter St, Two E-Com, Acqua, NAIA3, Ayala Fairview Terraces
7. Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake
Are you the type to crave for all types of breads, cream puffs, and other delectable bakery offerings? If you say yes, then take a stop at Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake and sink your teeth into some of the most lusciously light Korean pastries ever known to man.
Contact number: 931-4730
Branches: BF Homes, Emerald st Pasig, Don Antonio Heights, Arnaiz Ave
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mr-Parks-Bread-Cake
6. Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub
Satisfy your taste buds with Uncle Moe’s offerings of shawarma, keema, and kebabs. Drizzle on a bit of the restaurant’s creamy garlic sauce, grab a spoonful of buttered rice and your chosen meat, and prepare yourself for a yummy night/morning. Feeling adventurous? Try a plate of their ox brain!
Branches: Julia Vargas, Teacher’s Village, Kapitolyo, Scout Rallos
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uncle-Moes-Shawarma-Hub
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5. Stackers Burger Cafe
Thinking about creating your own burger as a midnight snack? Then head on over to this restaurant to stack your own. Build your own angus burger with choices such as bacon, caramelized onions, pico de gallo and more!
Branches: Eastwood Citywalk, The Venice Piazza, Alabang Town Center, Newport Mall, SM City North Edsa, Promenade
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stackersburgercafeph
4. Family Mart
Family Mart is the one-stop convenience store where you can get pretty much anything. From cans of beer, trays of sushi, and even P20 twirl-all-you-can ice cream, you can be sure that you’ll find something good to munch on.
Contact number: 625-5701
Branches: Eastwood city, UP Town Center, Fairway Residences Capitol Hills, Anonas LRT City Center, UP-Ayalaland Technohub, ELJ Communications Center, Arlington, Fairview Terraces, Gilmore IT Center, Tomas Morato, Don Antonio Heights, Ortigas Center, Bonifacio Global City, McKinley Hill, Wack Wack Greenhills, Glorietta 3, Glorietta 5, Alphaland Southgate Mall, Valero, The Gramercy Residences
3. Recovery Food
A favorite among those who party until the early morning over at BGC, Recovery Food has recently expanded its business over at UP Town Center. Order a bowl of their Tapa de Morning or S.S.T. and see why people clamor to get a seat in this restaurant.
Contact numbers: 511-7312 / 966-2064 / 0917-868-2668
Branches: Bonifacio Global City, Molito, UP Town Center
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/recoveryfood
2. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
Who wouldn’t want breakfast 24/7? This humble restaurant serves all sorts of mouth-watering breakfast meals – I’m talking pancakes, waffles, eggs, -silogs and even champorado. It’s gotten to crowd-pleaser status with its affordable prices, delicious food, and beautiful plating.
Contact number: 400-2268
Branches: Kapitolyo, Plainview Mandaluyong, Libis, Santo Niño Marikina
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kantofreestylebreakfast
Face it, sometimes all it really takes to appease a craving is dessert. This is why Borough is one of the best places to go to for a plate of warm cookies and a shot of cold milk. This dish itself has gotten such a following that people actually drive for over 30 minutes just to silent their hunger pangs. It’s just that good!
Contact number: 570-8906
Branch: The Podium
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/boroughph
There you have it! Ten great restaurants to choose from during the wee hours of the morning. Now, you can continue the late night/early morning grind with a full stomach and even more willpower to finish all your deadlines before the sun goes up!
What’s your favorite 24/7 restaurant? Add it in the comments below for other nocturnal wanderers to explore!