Abide by both the rules of your strict budget and discerning palate. We’ve proven that’s possible in Legaspi, Salcedo and BGC. And don’t worry—foodies of Ortigas, we’ve also got your backs (or bellies)! While those rules seem contradictory, here’s a roundup of restaurants that make both easy and enjoyable to follow.
Tycoon Center, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City
(02) 246 9069 ext: 703
Open every day from 10am to 11pm
Budget for two – P400
The name Buddy’s has almost become synonymous to Pancit Lucban and Longganisang Lucban. If you want to taste the specialties of Lucban, Quezon sans the need for a road trip, then Buddy’s will be your hero. Even their interiors will make you feel like you went out of town on your lunch break. Aside from the mentioned signature dishes, you can also pick from a wide variety of Pinoy comfort food like Sizzling Tanigue and Dinuguan.
7. Kitaro Sushi
GF Hanston Building, Emerald Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City
(02) 633 0200 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4am, Saturday from 11am to 6pm
Budget for two – P600
With Kitaro nearby, you don’t need to time your Japanese food cravings only around pay day. Get your fill of sushi, donburi, sashimi and other awesome Japanese dishes without breaking the bank. And if you have a special occasion coming up, Kitaro offers awesome party trays that’s sure to make everybody happy (including your wallet).
GF Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Ortigas, Pasig City
(02) 470 4224
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 9pm Budget for two – P500
Here’s another haven for affordable Japanese food. Treat yourself to ramen, yakitori, tempura and all your other favorite Japanese dishes. With Asagao’s budget-friendly prices, you can go on a food trip without ending up broke after.
5. Mozu Cafe
Linden Suites, 37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
(02) 246 9069 ext: 435
Open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 9pm
Budget for two – P600
When you’re crawling your way to the next pay day, the last lunch spot on your mind is a hotel. But if you crawl towards the direction of Linden Suites, Mozu Café will give you topnotch ambiance and food that you can actually afford. Look forward to all day breakfast options and an international selection of dishes. Just some of their specialties are Crispy Kilawin Tadyang, Chicken Sigarilyas and Crispy Pata x Kare Kare.