So What Stranded:
Restaurant Dishes that will Comfort You
on a Rainy Day
You’re finally done with work, and you’re so excited to head out for a delicious meal. Woohoo, finally a good time! But then nature decides to deal another bum hand: Fast, big droplets that show no signs of stopping soon. Do you go back to your desk that’s filled with deadlines, or brave a few steps to the nearest food spot?
Let your grumbling stomach decide, and it’ll take you these restaurants. They feature dishes that have the power to make you forget about—or even love—the bad weather.
8. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast: Chocnut Champorado
If you can’t have your momma’s champorado, devour the second best thing: Kanto’s Chocnut Champorado. The combo of tablea, sugar, rice and evap is great as it is. But when you add chocnut to the mix, you’ll discover a new version of a classic that’ll be hard to live without.
Of course, their champorado is served with tuyo, but in the form of flakes—making it easier for you to finish a bowl or two. It’s also incredibly cheap, leaving you tons of budget for the rainy commute home.
7. Ramen Yushoken: Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(02) 808 7424 | Facebook
Open every day from 11am to 10pm
The allure of this ramen house is pretty impressive. It’s been getting people from the North all the way to Alabang, just for a hot bowl of the famous Ramen Yushoken. And majority of them found the trip absolutely worth it.
For first-timers, you won’t be disappointed with the Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen. With its rich broth, bouncy noodles and generous toppings—it’s the prefect company when it’s cold outside.
6. Wildflour: Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup
In the ever-changing, innovative menu of Wildflour—we’re so glad they’ve kept the Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup a staple. It features the soul-warming combination of gooey-crisp from the sandwich and velvety-smooth from the soup. It’ll make you feel better even if you had to cancel plans because of the rain. The pairing is also served with a salad, so you can pat yourself on the back for getting a dose of greens.
5. Pepi Cubano: Pan de Bistec
GF Tropical Palms, Condominium, Gallardo, near corner Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(02) 246 9069 | Facebook
Open Monday & Sunday from 11am to 9pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 12mn
Here’s another fantastic sandwich that’ll make you appreciate the weather. Don’t be fooled by its seemingly-thin appearance. Pepi Cubano’s sandwiches are long, packed with filling and good for two. If you’re looking for some warmth, the spicy Pan de Bistek will do the trick. Inside, there’s sirloin beef with caramelized onions, shoestring potatoes and mozzarella cheese.
4. Stella: Wood-Fired Cookie Dough
Bonifacio High Street Central, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(02) 621 3222, (02) 621 3111 | Facebook
Don’t worry; we didn’t forget about you folks with a sweet tooth! If you find yourself stranded in the BGC area, seek refuge at Stella. They offer a mean dessert that’s sure to lift your mood (along with your pants-size). Imagine wonderfully-under-cooked cookie dough, drizzled with salted caramel, topped with mantecado ice cream and finished off with a sprinkling of rosemary pistachios. U-huh, such beauty exists!
3. Din Tai Fung: Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao
Din Tai Fung houses the world’s most famous soup dumpling, aka their moan-inducing Xiao Long Bao. And those little pockets of joy aren’t famous for nothing. Bite into the freshly-made dough; you’ll be greeted with the most pleasant surprise—flavorful broth with juicy meat and vegetables. The pork variant is the bestseller, but we urge you to try the Truffle & Pork Xiao Long Bao for comfort like no other.
2. Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza: SMEGG
Pizza on a rainy day is a no-brainer; it’s almost natural for most. But don’t settle for just any kind of pizza. You deserve to try the smoky, chewy, slightly-crisp dough of Gino’s—further enhanced with a plethora of premium toppings. One of their best variants is the SMEGG, composed of homemade sausage, mushrooms, Gouda, cream and eggs. Also, look forward to awesome yolk porn that’ll provide you a winner Instagram post.
1. Stephen’s Brick Oven Pizza: S’mores Pizza
141 N. Domingo St., Greater San Juan, San Juan City | 0917 540 6355
89 P. Guevarra St., Greater San Juan, San Juan City | 0906 498 1359
Open every day from 11am to 11pm | Facebook
Why wait after your main course to have dessert? At Stephen’s Brick Oven Pizza, you can have both at the same, beautiful time. Handmade pizza dough serves as the scrumptious canvas for Nutella, graham crumble and toasted marshmallows. When you have this delectable pizza in front of you, you might actually want to be stranded.
Any other comfort food you’d love to have on a rainy day? Sound off below!