In the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time in BF Homes at night. The gallivanting adventures eventually led me to consistently check into a little pizza place founded by “Greg.” As it turns out, Greg had learned to make really good pizza sauce when he travelled to the States and on a whim, decided to open shop in front of Tahanan Village. That little nook has grown into the huge Brooklyn Pizza franchise spread around the metro today. And it all started in BF Homes. Here is Part II of the BF Homes Restaurant Guide. (Check out Part I here.)
Sir Raffles Food House
298 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 826 0105
Yes, the south is home to an authentic Singaporean restaurant located across the old Puregold building near the church. Sir Raffles Food House is run by a Singaporean who took root in the Philippines many years ago. He’s also an excellent chef—the type who will make conversation with you and customize your dish to your needs, the menu is really just a guide. Just how customizable is it? Well my mother really loves chili crab but can’t take the hawker-style heat from the spices. So “uncle” or “Mister Raffles” as everyone calls him, was able to magically bring out the kick of chili crab without the lingering spice. “Uncle” has a lot of specialty dishes up his sleeve that rotate fairly often. Next time you’re down south, try his spicy beef or fish head curry and laksa!
P.S. If you’ve been living in the south long enough, the old name of this place was Sentosa. You’ll be glad to know that the change in name isn’t at all a change in management. His place just got bigger.Kafe Yen
289 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 358 5271
Metamorphosis complete! Kafe Yen/Manna Café is a bakery slash Thai restaurant that, not until some time ago, was serving sandwiches. One day, it just decided to go all-out Thai. And to be honest this doesn’t make sense until you actually drop by and try their food. Thai dishes aren’t for everyone—the exotic spices aren’t for the faint of heart but this “fusion” restaurant allows you to choose the level of heat in your dish. From fish cakes to pad thai, to moo dang (Thai pork asado) to their orange chicken—you can’t go wrong on your first visit.Café Boheme
283 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 829 3242
Enter Café Boheme, the coffee shop that’s been sequestered by the freelancers and students of the south. That’s because it is one of the few cafes that has living room furniture as the theme—with couches and huge comfy seats you can bury your entire body into. Café Boheme has your typical fare of caffeinated drinks but truth be told, it is the desserts that shine: a super-rich Mousse Heaven cake, Toblerone Cheesecakes and an assortment of crepes will definitely help you gain a few calories while you have your meetings or study for an exam here.
Also, free WiFi.Sam Won
226 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 825 1144
Korean restaurants are a dime a dozen these days. With a vibrant Korean community within BF Homes, most will agree that Sam Won tops the list as one of the best Korean dining experiences in the south. Why? It’s in the details: the spicy dipping sauce just oozes with flavor, the rice is fluffy and sticky but not mushy and their grillers really know just how much the meat needs to be cooked. It is these small things that make this restaurant a melting pot of both Filipino and Korean nationalities.
Must try: Galbitang, beef belly strips. The cooks actually accommodated a few “native” Korean dishes such as the standard Korean omelette.Marisa’s Silvanas & Sans Rival
Unit-A, No.67 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 556 8903, 0948 950 4518
We were sad to see Amalia’s go but Marisa’s Silvanas&Sansrival brings a quick fix dessert option for dine in or take out. Marisa’s can’t be any more specific: all they sell are silvanas and sansrival cake. Their silvanas come in several flavors for P22.00 a piece but are discounted when you buy in bulk. Flavors include classic, mocha, ube and pandan.Hanakazu
106 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 850 2152, (02) 211 9086
What can we say? Hanakazu is good Japanese. It may be on the pricey side considering this place exists within the suburbs of BF Homes, but nonetheless, there are always cars parked outside during peak hours.
Hanakazu has a huge assortment of Japanese food, going full circle with their sushi bar to rice bowls to ramen and Japanese salads. If you want straight-to-the-point Japanese fare, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant. At least you’ll be sure of quality, since leading the kitchen is a chef from Japan who decided to settle down here.Dusadee Thai
40 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 807 7777
Located across the Yamaha School of Music, Dusadee Thai gives you an authentic but casual Thai dining experience. The people behind it are Thai and their epic bagoong rice have ingredients that hail from Thailand.
It is also good to note that Dusadee Thai is run by the wife of the owner of Sinangag Express, who moved to the Philippines after finding her one true love. So yes, the place will remind you of the very casual and chill dining experience but with amazing Thai food. Must try’s include: the pork curry rice, bagoong rice and Thai iced tea.
Curry for P120.00? Why not!Toho Restaurant Antigua
16 Presidents Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
(02) 820 0668, (02) 820 0669
Before a lot of Chinese restaurants took root in BF Homes, there was Toho Restaurant Antigua (or just “Toho” to a lot of us). Nothing in particular stands out with this restaurant save for it being consistently affordable and the food that’s pretty good. It has become a default tambayan especially for big family gatherings. Toho is perhaps that person in the Olympics that consistently wins 3rd place in everything. He may not be the best, but boy is he consistent.
Whole chicken for P330? Feed me!