When it comes to food, Filipinos are not only adventurous but also practical. Luckily, restaurants in Mandaluyong offer a wide variety of delicious cuisines from different parts of the globe. And you have your choice of adjusting your restaurant preference according to how much you are willing to shell out.
Here, Pursuit of Passion gives you eight restaurants in Mandaluyong for every budget (for two). Bon appetit!
Charlie Wanton Special (265 Haig St., Daang Bakal)
Tucked in one of the winding side streets of Mandaluyong is this unassuming Chinese restaurant—blink and you’ll miss it.
As its name proudly suggests, what you want to order in this place is a steaming bowl of wanton mami. However, they also have an extensive lineup of noodle soups, dimsum, congee, and even rice meals. Far from being pretentious, Charlie Wanton Special puts all its effort in giving its diners mouthwatering bowls of noodles that are definitely not budget-shattering.
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast (549 San Joaquin St.)
Whatever time of day, you can get your breakfast fix taken up a notch at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. Angus Beef Tapa, Mixed Berry Pancakes, and Chocnut Champorado are just some of the selections that you can enjoy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No need to wake up early to eat a scrumptious breakfast that fits your budget!
LocoMokoEh (The Lokal Food Park, Shaw Blvd cor. Lawson St.)
If you have a hankering for some good ol’ Hawaiian fare, LocoMokoEh serves comfort food that will transport you to a Waikiki food park. Afternoon to night operation hours ensure that after you devour Loco Moco and Spam Musubi, you can have satisfying and refreshing sweet endings in the pretty Rainbow Slush and Snow Cone. Floral shirts and slippers are optional.
Yuan’s Wings (314 Maysilo Circle)
Fried chicken wings with tongue-tingling sauces have become go-to snacks or appetizers. But Yuan’s Wings’ zesty and tangy chicken stands out thanks to its signature sauce. You can order the wings with your choice of sauces; try the bestselling Yuan’s signature sauce or, perhaps, the salt and vinegar sauce. And yes, you’ll definitely reach for some carbs to go with that. By the way, they’re closed on Sundays—so order enough to get you through the weekend movie marathon!
Auntie May’s Home Kitchen (Pioneer St. Market, HMR Compound, Reliance St.)
Auntie May’s should be your go-to dine in or take-away choice if you miss your mom’s, lola’s or tita’s Sunday lunch fare. The Angus Beef Salpicao is the clear winner, with soft and tender morsels marinated just right. You can also turn to the Grilled Blue Marlin for a healthier meal. These are perfect for when traffic is horrible and you just want to enjoy your meal at home—you can even pass these dishes off as your own if you really need to impress someone.
Di’Mark’s Pizza (G/F Liberty Center, Shaw Blvd.)
Di’Mark’s is a classic pizza place whose Mad Scramble and Menlo Pizzas have become comfort food for many. Dine at their branch along Shaw Blvd. or order in and avail of various promos (follow them on Facebook to keep up to date) that they come up with regularly. For your budget, you can even throw in a pasta dish with your pizza to share!
Budget: Above P1,000
Galileo Enoteca Wine Library & Restaurant (80 Calbayog cor. Manlinao Sts.)
Now, for a dressier affair, you can raise the level of your dining experience at this belissimo Italian restaurant. You can sit down for an authentic Italian meal with appetizers, first course, and second course—with grappa at that! There is a wide selection of courses that will make you smack your lips like a true Italian. Call ahead for reservations.
Green Pastures (4/F East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall)
From farm to table, the menu put together by Chef Robby Goco oozes healthy and delicious–proving that they are not mutually exclusive terms. You can have a wide range of cuisine, from British to Italian to American, so you can indulge and engage without the guilt.
We love the vibrant smoothie bowls and salads, especially the Farmhouse Salad with its chopped romaine and kale, grape tomatoes, corn, konbu seaweed, ripe mangoes, roasted probiotic chicken, organic bacon, organic eggs, Mambo Farms goat cheese, and mustard dill dressing.