Hungry for budget meals in Bonifacio Global City? Here are your best bets.
“Cheap” isn’t exactly a word people associate with Bonifacio Global City (BGC). The district, which is known for its towering business centers and upscale residences, is littered with restaurants that will mostly leave a huge hole in your pocket.
While the financial district may discourage you from binge eating, there are actually a few hidden gems that are not just good but surprisingly budget-friendly too. Here are the top five budget restaurants in BGC.
1. Recovery Food
Ground Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street cor. 8th Avenue
Whether you just staggered your way out of BGC’s posh nightlife spots or feeling your hunger pangs after a long run, there exists a place built exactly for you. At Recovery Food, you can get your fix of hearty grub: lechong kawali over fried rice (P195 for a regular bowl), old-fashioned adobo (P180), and their most famous Tapa de Morning—savory beef shreds cooked to perfection (P180). Aside from their famous rice bowls, you may also want to try their sinful Barcia’s strips (P125). For best results, get their Full Recovery bowl for bigger servings and, well, full recovery.
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Upper Ground Floor, Bonifacio High Street Central, West Superblock, 7th Avenue cor. 29th Street South
Inspired by New York, Nolita is a no-frills food joint where people can simply get their pizzas by the slice. Choose from a wide array of flavors, from the classic to the bizarre, and toppings such as pepperoni (P160 per slice), cheeseburger (P210), fresh tomato and garlic (P180), and other classics. For more adventurous foodies, flavors like buffalo chicken with blue cheese (P250), spicy Italian sausage (P210), and their much talked-about steak and eggs (P250) are highly recommended. Finish off your meal with a nice serving of their signature dessert, the cannoli (P100).
Unit 32 Commercenter Building 31st cor. 4th Street
Canteens are just some of the most democratic places ever. Aside from people sharing the same food regardless of their ranks, they also have the chance to interact with everyone without the barriers of hierarchy—and this is what Kanteen is gunning for. This quaint and very humble joint serves comforting dishes like lechong kawali (P225 per serving), Bicol express (P215), fried chicken (P220), and other homey Filipino dishes good for sharing. If you’re feeling like munching on merienda Pinoy-style, they’ve got you covered with goto (P125), pancit canton (P230), and—wait for it—eat-all-you-can halo-halo (P180).
4. Chicken & Beer
C7, The Fort Residences, 2nd Avenue cor. 30th Street, Burgos Circle
Chicken and beer have been long part of the Korean drinking culture: spicy fried chicken paired with beer, enjoyed in corner joints after a long, hard day of working. To those who want to experience how the Koreans unwind after the daily grind, you may want to dive right into the Burgos Circle and head to Chicken & Beer. Aside from their top-notch selection of chicken dishes like original (P265 for six pieces), Yam-Nyum (P275), hot and spicy (P275), and other flavors, they also serve filling grub like burgers (P175) and pizzas (P250 for chicken pizza and P270 for smoked chicken pizza).
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5. Wangfu Chinese Café
Ground Floor, Serendra, 32nd Street
Just recently opened in Serendra, Wangfu Chinese Café in BGC is the third branch of actor and businessman Richard Yap’s (aka Sir Chief) attempt to captivate casual diners with honest and cheap Chinese cuisine. After raking in huge success in his pilot branch on Tomas Morato, Yap followed the success last year with two more branches in UP Town Center and Serendra, serving budget-friendly dim sum like siomai (P98), hakaw (P158), crystal ball dumpling (P98), and spareribs (P98). Dining alone and can’t afford to share a bamboo steamer full of dim sum? They offer rice meals like sweet and sour pork (P198), salted egg fried chicken (P228), pork chop (P188), and Chinese-style beef steak (P288 too. The clincher? Their rice meal sets come with unlimited rice, soup, and side dish. –Dino Mari Testa
What’s your favorite budget restaurant in BGC? Share with us your recommendations in the comments section below.