Those who love to go food trippin’ know for a fact that Kapitolyo is great spot. Before, this budding foodie haven was only popular for Three Sisters and Café Juanita. Now, it’s famous for a bunch of (some formerly and some still) obscure grub joints offering divine chows from different culinary origins for food junkies. Here are 8 of these must-try places you absolutely need to visit soon:
21 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 8am to 10pm

What to order: Bacon slabs with eggs and bacon rice! (P280), US sliced steak on New York bagel sandwich (P200), and Red velvet (P155) or Gorgonzola and fig (P170) ice cream.
Famous for its bacon slab, artisanal ice cream and sausages, Poco Deli is one of the top local delicatessen destinations in Manila. Homey and classy, Poco Deli is the perfect place to chill and get intimate with your close circle, family, or significant other. They not only serve delectable European dishes, but also offer a superb roster of wine and beers. Plus, they serve comforting gourmet desserts that make a graceful closure to your meal.
Everything they serve is locally made, save for the drinks. They make their own sausages, bake their own pizza bread and even smoke their own bacon. Simply put, they DIY everything to deliver a unique kind of euphoria in your mouth. They also sell their custom-made meats in frozen form, even the bacon slabs!
102 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 8am to 10pm

What to order: Pair a hot Matcha (P140), Pour over coffee (P85), or a Salted caramel frappe (P150) with their rum cake (P75), Turkey Pastrami (P165) or Barako gourmet ice cream (P115)
Built by the culinary magicians of Poco Deli, Epic Coffee Roastery offers a nostalgic trip back to memory lane, as it revives tradition and authentic artistry in food and coffee making by roasting their own coffee, baking their own cakes, creating their own sausages, making their own ice cream flavors and brewing their own ginger ales. It’s definitely a sweet spot for studying, sharing a conversation with your bud, or simply mulling over life by yourself while sipping artisanal coffee and munching on some scrumptious delicacies.
You can also order from Poco Deli’s menu at Epic.
75 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 11am to 12am

What to order: Beef nachos! (P180), Silantro’s quesadillas (P160), and Silantro’s paella fajita mix (P250)
Founded by Chot Sanchez and Paolo De Venecia in Dagupan City, Silantro is a Fil-mex comfort food cantina tucked in Kapitolyo’s main eat street. Their menu offers generous servings of basic Mexican grub with a touch of Filipino flavor. And, as its name suggests, each dish that Silantro offers has hints of the often underrated herb, cilantro.
21 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 11am to 2pm and 530pm to 10pm

What to order: Uni (Sea urchin) tempura! (P295), Dynamite roll (P269), Maguro (Tuna), Shake (Salmon), or Uni sashimi, Oyster teppanyaki (P248), and Sukiyaki (P318)
Amidst the growing profit-driven chains of homegrown and franchised Japanese joints sprouting like mushrooms in Manila, it’s really difficult to find an actual Japanese restaurant that can pass the standards of the “sushi police.” Yes, they exist. In 2011, Japan launched a campaign aimed at improving how foreign countries prepare their sushi to preserve the dignity of one of Japan’s signature dishes.
Helmed by Doc Efren “Boy” Vazquez of Café Juanita and Chef Tsutomu Yamazaki of Sugi, Haru can easily pass the highest standards of any sushi Nazi around. They offer a mix of traditional and modern Japanese dishes that are delicately prepared and cooked to perfection using fresh, high-quality ingredients—their sashimi will melt in your mouth like a marshmallow. Impeccable.
20 United Street, West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm

Satisfying Greek food cravings can be stressful when you’re in Manila, as there are practically two easily accessible places you can get it from: Cyma or Café Mediterranean. So, when Greeka Kouzina opened in Little Baguio at San Juan, Greek food junkies rejoiced in gratitude. Now, a franchise recently opened in Kapitolyo with the same roster of fairly-priced savory dishes served in family size portions. A taste of Greece in Kapitolyo! God definitely exists.
20 United Street, West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 11:30 AM to 3PM and 5 PM to 11 PM

What to order: Pop Benjamin’s Blazed Grilled Wagyu Patties (P310), Chica Cherry’s Creamy Clam Chowder (P145), Papa Rico’s Paborito Chicken Pesto (P190), Sous Vide Hanging Tender Steak (P310) and Tita Terry’s Tasty Tuna TarTare (P210)
A brainchild of an entrepreneur and chef who grew up in Kapitolyo, Avi serves as an extension of people’s homes as it offers a menu of simple yet sophisticated dishes that’ll remind you of the warmth of your favorite grandmother’s recipe. Kevin Jingco crafted a no frills lineup of American comfort food that appeals to the Filipino palate. Naming the dishes using intimate family vocabulary and endearment smartly reinforces the homey vibe of the resto. Avi is a happy place indeed!
88 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 11am – 10pm

What to order: Family brunch (Preferred side dishes: garlic spinach and mushroom, spiced fried rice and roasted garlic mashed potato, serves 4 people for only P685)
Initially launched at Tomas Morato, Rub Ribs & BBQ serves straightforward American chow with mind-blowingly cheap prices, promising a fantastically fulfilling bang for the buck.
This spot has the juiciest, tenderest and most gastro orgasmic ribs that you can easily afford. Unquestionably, a crowd favorite. Just a heads up though, prepare to wait in line when you visit. It’s best to call for reservation beforehand.
3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Operating Hours: 9am to 9pm

What to order: Korean rice meal (Pan-seared tofu with applesauce mushroom bulgogi, spicy bibimbap style vegetable rice with a side salad and kimchi, P240), Vegan longganiza panino (Special mushroom longganiza with tofu feta crumbles, vegan aioli and tomatoes, P240), and Truffle mushroom pasta (Penne pasta with porcini, shiitake and oyster mushroom in a cashew cream miso base with truffle essence and lemon zest, P250)
The one and only vegetarian restaurant in Kapitolyo, Edgy Veggy offers appetizing vegan dishes that are 100% meat-free but don’t taste like it! Vegan fare is generally frowned upon because they are usually bland and too earthy, but Edgy Veggy stands out as it cooked up one of the most creative vegan menus yet with meals fully loaded with flavor and creativity.
Happily, they deliver and offer a special detox vegan program called THRIVE that can help you naturally cleanse your body to get rid of unwanted toxins for a healthier and fitter well-being.
What are your favorite Kapitolyo food hunts? Share them hungry feels in the Comments Section.

Czyka Tumaliuan

Czyka Tumaliuan juggles corporate hustle with freelance writing, custom catering and motherhood. She works as an eLearning specialist for multinational IT company Trend Micro.

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