Regardless of where, why or even how, we all love and enjoy going on a trip. But what if we tell you that it’s possible to go on a trip-themed food trip? Don’t believe us? Then this rundown is for you!
From cars to even planes and our very own jeepneys, we list down the six vehicle-themed restaurants that you can find here in the metro!
1. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant
Unlike the other restaurants on this list, Bubba Gump is one of the two restaurants whose name doesn’t give away what vehicle inspired its theme. In fact, at first glance, you’ll probably only notice the Forrest Gump references. But take a closer look at Bubba Gump’s wooden walls, doors, ceiling and beams, and even the decor and you’ll see that its interiors are actually inspired by a commercial fishing boat!
A look at the menu will tell you that it matches the whole theme with its mostly seafood offerings! In her looloo review, Marjorie L. calls Shrimper’s Heaven, a dish composed of shrimp cooked in a variety of ways a definite “must try.” Up for dessert? Go for the looloo reviewer-favorite, the Alabama Mud Pie! Ruth S. says in her looloo review that this Snickers-filled dessert is “ really, really, really huge” and is “super worth it!”
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant is located at 2/F Greenbelt 3, Makati Avenue corner Esperanza Street, Ayala Center, Makati.
2. Seoul Train Korean Barbeque
You won’t find bloodied, flesh-eating zombies or Gong Yoo running down the halls but Seoul Train still brings you a step closer to South Korea. How, you ask? Not only does it bring you the all-time favorite Korean barbecue experience, it also has Korean pop culture references you’ll see around this train-inspired restaurant!
The interiors are so cute and well thought of that even non-KPOP fans are bound to appreciate it! “Doors open as you press a button, TV screens playing Korean videos, cute cartoon art (check out the rest room), vibrant colors all around,” says Julie J. in her looloo review. “Even a row of vending machines for kids!”
If you’re not sure what to order, try the Dak Galbi, Kimbap, Sundubu Jjigae, Dolsot Bibimbap, and Japchae. All of these received five stars in Serena M.’s looloo review!
Seoul Train Korean Barbecue is located at 28 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
3. G’s Cafe
One quick look at G’s Cafe’s interiors, from the wheeled car seats to the car accessories stuck on the walls, and you’ll see why this cafe is perfect for any car aficionado. “This cafe literally does not have a first floor,” says Jayson J. in his looloo review. “It’s named G’s Cafe because it is inspired by the car accessory shop just below it.”
What makes this place even cooler is the wide variety of drinks you can choose from! And by wide variety, we mean coffee (hot, iced, and blended), smoothies (with non-dairy options!), Italian sodas, and hot teas (including blends such as Rose with French Vanilla, Sencha Green, and Italian Almond). Pair your choice of drink with an order of pizza, pasta, sandwich, or even a rice and meal and you’ll be good to go!
G’s Cafe is located at 802 Avenue, Banawe, Quezon City.
4. Gerry’s Jeepney
Jeepneys come in different colors, traverse a variety of routes, and are at times even air-conditioned. Love them or hate them, there’s really no other vehicle that is more Filipino than the jeepney. So if you’re up for a food trip that it’s Filipino-inspired all the way to the decor, Gerry’s Jeepney is the way to go.
For a more authentic Filipino meal, opt for the set menu, which are named after popular places in the Metro such as Ayala, Quiapo, and Cubao. These set meals are good for two up to eight persons depending on your choice and are served boodle-style!
Gerry’s Jeepney is located at 154-D Maginhawa Street, Quezon City, and at 72 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig.
5. Plane Bistro
Want to have your own airplane experience without having to pay for airfare? All you have to do is to head to Manila and try Plane Bistro! From the airplane seats and windows to the staff dressed like cabin crew members, it’s easy to forget that you’re inside a restaurant instead of an actual airplane!
But the theme doesn’t stop there! The different items on Plane Bistro’s menu is named after the seat numbers you’ll find in an actual plane! For example, their starters, cleverly named as Engine Starters, include Pizza Nachos (1A) and Fish and Chips (1G). End your food trip on a high, sweet note and order the 8A (Salted Caramel Popcorn).
Plane Bistro is located at 1920 España Boulevard corner Kundiman Street, Sampaloc, Manila.
6. Bikers’ Cafe
Whether as a sport, a hobby, or even a way to travel on a daily basis, more and more people are trying their hand at biking. And if you find yourself biking in the MOA area, don’t forget to stop by Bikers’ Cafe when you want to take a break, eat good food, and enjoy a bike-themed ambiance.
If you’re not sure what to order, try the surely filling Triathlon, which includes breaded bangus belly, adobo flakes, and beef tapa that are served with egg and garlic rice.
Bikers’ Cafe is located at Building G, Seaside Boulevard, SM by the Bay, Pasay.