10 Philippine Restaurants with Clever Names


In the country’s crowded restaurant industry, creativity happens to come in handy when trying to attract business.

Coming up with a unique and memorable name for an establishment could make a huge difference to potential customers.

Why would anyone want to write a review for… what’s-the-name-of-that-place-again? See.

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Here are a couple of places listed on the looloo app with some clever monikers meant to be memorable by being funny. Some are clever, some are witty, while some might leave you wanting to scratch your eyeballs out.

Ang Kat Tea


Photo taken from Ang Kat Tea on Facebook

There are a ton of tea places nowadays, and business owners love playing around with the word “tea.” While places like Serenitea, and Infinitea sound so serious, we liked that this particular tea joint’s name was a lot more playful and actually chose a Tagalog phrase!

Brew Ha!


Photo taken from smsupermalls.com

We’re pretty sure this coffee shop in Bacolod didn’t choose their name with the intention of scaring anyone off (“bruha” means witch in Filipino), but you can’t deny that it does have quite a ring to it. Give the place a try and you could find yourself under the spell of their bewitching brews!

Bun of Brothers

Its name obviously a play on the WW2 miniseries “Band of Brothers,” the Marikina-based burger joint is actually pretty popular in the area. It’s been around for just over a year so you probably wouldn’t call it “battle-tested,” but their selection of gourmet burgers might be a good alternative to the usual fast food fare.

Eat My GF


Photo taken from Eat my GF on Facebook

Using a bit of shock factor by being a little bastos, you can’t help but be at least a LITTLE bit curious about the place. Apparently, GF stands for their Garlic Fries, which the owner modeled after his favorite game time snack from California.

Ken Afford


Photo taken from kainankorner.blogspot.com

A staple in the area (and also featured in our Fearless Foodie’s Field Guide to Katipunan!), Ken Afford is exactly that — good cheap eats accessible to the student population nearby. Not much has changed over the years, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to get their sisig and free bulalo soup for many more to come!

Meats and Match


Photo taken from Meats & Match on Facebook

As the name implies, the Pampanga-based restaurant lets you choose from their different meats for a quick and affordable meal. For a simple no-frills eatery, the creativity is admirable — they’ve even got a hashtag! #saucydito

Johnny’s Fried Chicken: The Fried of Marikina

Marikina has always been known for their shoemaking. Leather footwear may be the pride of Marikina, but apparently, Johnny’s Fried Chicken is campaigning to trump that! It’s a homey place with a simple carinderia vibe about it, but one reviewer says the chicken could hold its own against Max’s even!

Nacho Fast


Photo taken from jeepneygang.com

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese! We’re guessing the place’s owner took his or her cue from this when he named the restaurant. Okay, so it’s not the most clever of names, but we appreciate the effort of making a movie snack nacho joint sound funner!



Photo taken from Obeertime on Facebook

“Dear, late ako uuwi, nag-obeertime ako eh.” If you say it fast enough, she’ll never be the wiser. Unlike your usual roadside inuman, this bar’s name is just clever enough to be witty without being too tacky. We also give it props for taking overtime (ugh) and turning it into something to look forward to!

Pork Barrel Grill and Restaurant


With the pork barrel scam being such a hot topic these days, we’re not sure how much of a negative vibe this place’s name sends out. If you believe in “no such thing as bad publicity” though, it can’t hurt! Now, how ironic would it be to see Janet Napoles dining here??

Tri Mo Shawarma Co.

Pretty straightforward, this one — they want you to try their shawarma! This hidden gem in QC has actually gotten a lot of good reviews, some mentioning the long lines people put up with for the food. Definitely worth a TRI if you’re in the QC area!

Did we miss anything? And yes, we know there’s a carinderia called Cooking ng Ina Mo.

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EJ dela Vega

You'll find EJ rummaging through refrigerators for unlabeled leftovers, earning him the nickname, "The Finisher." He's got a knack for magic tricks too, his best one being the ability to make food on his plate (or anyone else's for that matter) disappear in the blink of an eye. Too damn cheap to be picky, he once ate several slices of pizza doused in Robitussin... just because he can.


  1. Peach Lopez on

    Oohhh, a lot! There’s Starbuhoks Salon and Spa complete with a pirated version of Starbucks logo, in Paranaque. Then a barber shop called Edgar Scissorhands in Fairview. And don’t forget the carinderia at the back of Aristocrat in Roxas called Aristoback. Hahahaha!

  2. Papay pandesal! At first I thought it was just a play on the “tinapay” word but when I looked at the subhead they sell spinach pandesal and the image they use looks like a certain cartoon sailor.

  3. Alexisoi Yacusar Morante on

    HOw about the ” hoi Panga! ” food counter, also selling ” HOI SHONGA” ( SHOMAI NA PANGA ) .. 🙂

    • hmmm… yung nakita ko sa Iba Zambales gilid ng Iba Capitol. COOKING NG INA MO at yung katabi nya, COOKING NG INA MO RIN… kakaiba di ba.. 🙂

  4. FYI
    Pork barrel restaurant has been established for quite some time now,even before the pdaf scam was exposed.

  5. There’s Hijo de Pita at Malingap Street in Teachers’ Village. The place serves Mexican pita wraps. I swear, it cracked me up the first time I saw it, and I still giggle whenever I pass by the place.

    By the way, Hijo de Pita is in the same compound as Bagneto. The logo? A pig’s face instead of Michael Fassbender’s or Ian McKellen’s in the helmet. XD

  6. punta ka sa Malolos crossing…sarap ng pagkain nila sa Jollibak. Their restaurant is located at the back of Jollibee Malolos crossing so they named the restaurant Jollibak. I will upload the photo tomorrow.

  7. Kazuhiro Miyazaki on

    How about “Eat My English” in Ortigas? I don’t know if it’s still standing though. “_”

  8. Harvey Reynon on

    Not a name of a restaurant, but I saw a laundry shop at QC(I forgot the particular place) wherein the owner named the shop “Lord of the Rinse”.

    • meron pa nga rin pong laundry shop (nakita ko lang na ipinost sa isang FB page), Summa Cum Laundry ang name, hahaha 😀

  9. HARRY PATA (selling grilled pork) in Imus, Cavite and ITLOG NI KUYA (selling balut, itlog na maalat, and other egg products) in Laguna 🙂

  10. Filipino food is awful! Tried it. Lots of fat, fatty this and fatty that, they love mayo too! It’s crazy to see families in these TV commercials sitting around a bowl of mayo just dipping their whatever into it and chowing it down!!! They love fried foods too! The cholesterol levels in their bodies must be sky high! No wonder a lot of strokes in the country! Arteries clogged to the Max!!! I forgot too about all the pork they eat!

    • You just have not found the best ones yet. You should go to China…they eat anything and everything that moves there….spicy dog, stewed cat, crispy cockroach, sweet and sour gecko, snake burger, steamed spiders, dried starfish, sea turtles, etc, etc. Theirs is flooding with oil that comes from sewages. And they pick their nose and spit while they are cooking and eating.

    • TRY CHINA!!! lots of dirt hahaha. at least ours has lotso fat only ahaha China even use cartons or cardboxes as an ingredient ahaha

      • No need to. You will be the one in the hospital sooner with all the bad cholesterol clogging your veins from all the “wonderful” Filipino fried everything food! Remember these messages when you are lying in that hospital bed! Some of the worst food on the planet!

        • Oh, I wish you’d provide a credible evidence about how that will eventually happen to me sooner or later. Unfortunately, it won’t. And thus, making your claim invalid. Go munch some grass!

    • Are you sure you’re not mistaking it for American food? Claims without proof make you no better than a dog that’s all bark.

      Get some proof before you run your mouth about how one food is bad. Not only are you looking stupid, talk is, wait for it… CHEAP.

  11. sonnycheeebah on

    Someone should set up a bulalo restaurant named “Lindsay’s Bulalohan”….or a liquor store named “Amy’s Wine House”

    • Eduardo M. Marbida on

      Options submitted to DTI:
      1. Waterrade
      2. UnliWater
      3. MyHusband’s Water
      Number 3 ang inapprove ng DTI….. ang galing nyo! Salamuch!

  12. I’m a little too far south in Philippines now to take a pic, but I always got a laugh at the “Hari Pata” sign along Aguinaldo in Bacoor Cavite.

  13. Cholo & Robbie on

    There’s a place along gil-puyat ave in makati, that’s named “FaBurrito” It’s amazing, and should be included in this list.

  14. j.francis a. siaotong on

    I had a good laugh. The bakeshop can be found in the Municipality of Norala, South Cotabato Province, Philippines. I wonder what the owner had in mind in coming up with this name.

  15. This one is in Malolos City located just behind Jollibee and Sacred Heart Hospital that is why the resto is named Jollibak pagkaing babalikbalikan.

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