If you’re looking for certain car parts but they’re being sold for way too much at your casa, Banawe is the next best place to hit up. Lined with car accessory shops selling stuff for cheap, it’s a paradise for the car junkies of the metro.
But in case you didn’t know, this little Chinatown in QC is actually a secret haven for foodies too! You’ll find a ton of Chinese restaurants in the area, a lot of which have been featured in looloo’s lists of Top Chinese Restaurants. Other gems to be found here include a milk tea place and a dessert buffet spot.
Give the usual food haunts like Maginhawa and Kapitolyo a break and plan your next food crawl at Banawe!
1. Causeway Seafood Restaurant
When a group of Cantonese folks were scouring the metro for authentic Cantonese food, they saw a business opportunity arise when they found none of good quality. In 1999, they opened up the first Causeway Seafood Restaurant branch in Banawe, which still gets packed with customers to this day! It’s a popular place for meetings, birthday celebrations, and even engagement ceremonies.
On the menu, you’ll find a mix of both familiar dishes and exotic fare. They have the usual noodle soups, hot pot, and fried chicken, but they also have Sea Cucumber with Chicken in Pot, Sizzling Frog Legs, Steamed Eel with Taosi, and Fried Crispy Pigeon for those who’d like to step out of their comfort zone!
Causeway Seafood Restaurant can be found at these locations.
2. Chef Robert
Amidst all the Chinese restaurants in Banawe, there’s Chef Robert to add some variety to the mix. Whatever comfort food may be to you, whether it’s Japanese, Korean, Italian, or Filipino fare, this fusion restaurant has something in the menu for your taste buds. Aside from their great-tasting food, their reasonable prices is another reason why people keep coming back.
You can start off with a vegetable dish like the Tofu Sisig on Eggplant Torta and proceed to more filling entrees like the Crispy Kare-Kare, Korean Beef Stew, or Thai Green Chicken Curry. If you want some rice to go with all that ulam, the shareable Alamang Fried Rice is a good pick. You can end the meal with their Chocnut Mousse Cake!
Chef Robert can be found at 847 Banawe St. cor. Linaw St., Banawe, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
3. Hugki Dumplings
Din Tai Fung is great but if it’s petsa de peligro and you’re trying to stretch out every penny, Hugki Dumplings is the hole-in-the-wall restaurant for you. In this Taiwanese dimsum joint, you can eat just as many dumplings as you would in DTF but for way cheaper! Just don’t expect much when it comes to spaciousness or interior design because it’s pretty basic in here.
You’ll find that most of their customers are either Chinese or Taiwanese, a good sign that the food’s authentic. On almost every table, you’ll find a plate of their bestselling Steamed Kutchay Dumplings, so follow suit and order some for yourself too! You can also try out their Repolyo and Shrimp Dumplings.
Hugki Dumplings can be found at 723 Banawe Ave., Banawe, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
4. King Chef Dimsum Kitchen
The best way to pacify a dimsum craving is by pulling up a chair at King Chef Dimsum Kitchen. Their menu’s an unbelievable list of all sorts of dimsum, so it’s pretty impossible for you to leave feeling unsatisfied. Be sure to watch out for their promo hours to get your dimsum on a discount! There’s one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night.
If you’re a hakaw fan, they know how to make them real good. According to Jomari A. in her looloo review, theirs is one of the best she’s ever tried, describing them as plump and fresh. Other dimsum faves here are the Pork Siomai, Chicken Feet, Beancurd Roll, and Shanghai Style Xiao Long Bao.
King Chef Dimsum Kitchen can be found at these locations.
5. Lam Tin Tea House
Lam Tin Tea House may not look like much but its cheap yet tasty authentic Chinese food has earned them plenty of loyal customers throughout the years. Which explains why you’ll almost always find this restaurant swarming with people. While parking might be tough and you might have to wait a while for your turn to get seated, you won’t regret the experience!
A popular order you can try here is the Beef Broccoli Flower, which Mary Margaret M. described in her looloo review as delicious. “The meat was juicy and tender and the broccoli was cooked perfectly, soft outside and firm inside.” Be sure to also make space for the Taosi Fish Fillet, Pork Siomai, and Yang Chow Fried Rice on your table.
Lam Tin Tea House can be found at these locations.
6. Love Desserts
Filipinos are no strangers to buffets. In fact, we live for eat-all-you-can deals! But you’ve probably never tried a place that serves unlimited desserts and nothing else. No sushi, or steak, or any other kind of food—just pure, unadulterated sugar. If that sounds like your kind of thing, Love Desserts in Banawe should be on your must-try list! It’s the first dessert buffet to have ever opened up in the metro.
What do they have here? Practically everything, from halo-halo, to cakes, to brownies, to ice cream, to cookies. You name it, they probably have it! You’re only allowed two hours to gorge on as much sugary things as you can so be sure to strategize and maximize your time!
Love Desserts can be found at these locations.
7. Macao Imperial Tea
Who doesn’t love a nice COCOL sesh? Just hanging out, taking in the ambiance, sipping on some good coffee…It’s the perfect pastime! Especially since coffee shops are popping up left and right in the metro. But if you want to change things up a bit, head to Macao Imperial Tea.
Just like how it is in most coffee shops, they’ve got a chill vibe going for them, plus they have lots of outlets for gadget-charging. It’s the type of space you can hole up in for hours. But instead of coffee, you get to fill up on milk tea! Some of their bestsellers include the Chestnut Cream Uji Matcha, Cream Cheese Oreo Milk Tea, and Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea.
Macao Imperial Tea can be found at 780 Banawe St., Banawe, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
8. Mandarin Sky
Eating out in a Chinese restaurant (doesn’t matter which one), usually means ordering up the same old dishes. Fried rice, sweet and sour pork, noodles, beef stir-fry, and mango sago. But if you’re getting bored with the usuals, round up your family members and bring them to Mandarin Sky.
They may be an institution in Banawe, having been around for several years already, but their food’s hard to get tired of. Some of the must-try dishes here are the Cold Cuts, Beef Cubes in Garlic (a secret menu item), and Oysters in XO Sauce. For dessert, you can’t not order their Avocado Sago! It’s rich, creamy, and a great alternative to the mango variant.
Mandarin Sky can be found at these locations.
9. Tasty Dumplings
Don’t let the name fool you. While their dumplings are tasty, the ultimate bestseller at Tasty Dumplings is actually their porkchop! They make them thin and crispy so you can be sure there won’t be any gnawing involved. They’re also pretty huge (bigger than the average human face) so you really get the bang for your buck! You can order the porkchop on its own or with rice or noodles.
Aside from the porkchop, you also shouldn’t miss out on the Hongma, or braised pork in soy sauce. The succulent meat is best eaten with their Silver Roll which gives you thick slices of impossibly soft, pillow-like white bread. Other must-tries here are the Kuchay Dumplings and Fried Pork Dumplings.
Tasty Dumplings can be found at these locations.