By Shen Mascariñas
Ask people to describe the BGC dining scene, and you won’t hear anything similar to cheap. You’ll have more chances hearing adjectives along the lines of hip, busy and fancy. While a pocket-friendly BGC lunch may seem impossible to most, there’s a different side of this culinary haven you need to visit. Here are 8 affordable food spots both your belly and wallet will love.
GF Market! Market!, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 212 1212 | Facebook
Open every day from 8am to 10pm
Budget for two – P500
Banapple’s claim to fame is their delicious selection of desserts—with their cheesecakes and pies being the stars. But before you satisfy your sweet tooth, warm your stomach with something savory first. You won’t be disappointed with their Lasagna Roll-ups, Chicken Parmigiano and Salpicao Rafael.
3F BGC Stopover Pavillion, Rizal Drive corner 3st Street, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 246 9069 ext: 781 | Facebook
Open 24 hours
Budget for two – P450
121’s straightforward, comforting take on Filipino cuisine has already gotten so many smitten. So much so that they already have five branches! So, gather the gang for a tasty, affordable feast. 121’s Pinoy Pride combo platter—with Lumpiang Shangai, Garlic Mushrooms and Calamares—is sure to please.
If you’re eating solo, go enjoy their lunchtime rice bowls: Bangus Sisig, Pork Sisig, Adobo Flakes and Chicken Teppanyaki. They’re all less than P200.
GF Commercenter Building, 4th Avenue corner 31st Street, BGC, Taguig City
0917 827 4264 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 11am to 10pm
Budget for two – P400
Here’s another simple, yet reliable spot for great Filipino fare. This time, the focus is on Ilonggo cuisine. Visit on the next rainy day, and comfort yourself with Kanteen’s soup selection. Their speciality is Kansi, but there are other delicious options as well. How about Sinigang ng Ulo ng Salmon or KBL: Kadyos, Baboy, Langka?
31st Street corner 2nd Avenue, BGC Stopover Pavilion, BGC, Taguig City
(02) 330 7720 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 7am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 10pm
Budget for two – P650
Because we can never have enough good Pinoy food, here’s another great source for it! Rekado is more refined than the first two mentioned, but it’s still very affordable. No visit is complete without devouring their Gising-gising—an absolute treat for those who love spicy food. Other must-tries are their Pinakbet, Tortang Talongganisa and Tahong Sisig.