By Shen Mascariñas
You have 28 days left to ignore the need to save for Christmas gifts. Before the Ber months come in, splurge on food. Fill August with a wealth of new culinary experiences and endless pleasant food comas. Spoil the foodie in you rotten.
For this month, at least, prioritize saving these restaurants deets rather than moolah for your shopping list.
8. Eight Coffee Bar
2F 8 Rockwell Drive corner Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati
(02) 771 2718 | Facebook
Open every day from 7a.m. to 12mn
Budget for two – P600
Thanks to the partnership of 8 Rockwell and UCC, coffer-lovers have something new to get excited about. Rockwell, Makati-dwellers, take note! Eight Coffee Bar is a third-wave café that features a plethora of brewing methods and coffee beans. They’ll probably have your usual cup of Joe, but when you’re feeling adventurous, try the Nitro Draft Cold Brew. Imagine your iced coffee creamy, foamy and reminiscent of beer. Eight Coffee Bar also serves all-day-breakfast and hearty meals.
7. Papa Diddi’s
168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
(02) 434 3784| Facebook
Open Sunday to Thursday from 12nn to 12mn, Friday and Saturday from 12nn to 1a.m.
Budget for two – P200
When you step foot at Papa Diddi’s, make sure your sweet tooth is front and center and your diet is thrown out of the window. The crowd-favorite Maginhawa stall has finally found a home in Ortigas. Here, you can indulge in ice cream that makes local and natural ingredients the stars. How do ice cream flavors Churros con Tsokolate, Bukayo and Tanduay Rhum sound?
1667 Bocobo Street, Malate, Manila
(02) 875 7888 | Facebook
Open every day from 6:30a.m. to 10p.m.
Budget for two – P1400
Malate’s streets just got a lot brighter with the recent addition of Braska. This cozy, homey restaurant puts Filipino comfort food in the spotlight. Look forward to unexpected executions of classics like Caldereta, Laing, and Crispy Pata.
The next time you wake up early enough for breakfast, reward yourself with a morning visit to Braska. They make breakfast—indeed—the most important (and delicious) meal of the day. Don’t miss the Tablea Waffles, Guava Jelly-Bacon-Cream Cheese French Toast, and Longanisa Meatballs.
5. The Wild Poppy
2F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
0995 990 8737 | Facebook
Open Monday to Thursday from 5p.m. to 12mn | Friday and Saturday from 5p.m. to 2a.m.
Budget for two – P800
If you’re one of the many fans of Your Local, then you’ve gotta try The Wild Poppy. Here, Chef Nicco Santos’ modern Asian food is served in a hip, instagenic space that’s likely to be your new favorite hangout. Look forward to small bites with big flavors, perfectly-accompanied with their hand-crafted cocktails.
For something light, try the Pokpok Bites or the Yaki Tomorokoshi. If you’re really hungry, go for the Kim and Reuben Bun or the Chicken Red Damn Bao (or both).