10 Fairview Restaurants for Foodies

When talking about food havens in the metro, Maginhawa, Kapitolyo, and Aguirre usually come to mind—little pockets of restaurants and cafés nestled in residential areas and made popular by word-of-mouth. Time to add the Fairview area to the list.

1. Cups & Plates

Whoever says you shouldn’t play with your food hasn’t seen the all-day “bearfast,” er, breakfast meals at Cups & Plates. Feel like a kid again with the little egg jumpers and blankets, beary cute sandwiches, colorful drinks and adorable desserts that look too adorable to eat. You will, because they’re as tasty as they are cute. Cups & Plates also has options for pasta, chicken wings, pizza, and espresso. For dessert, try their local ice cream flavors like sili, pipino, gabi, malunggay, and cacao.

~P500 for two. View the menu here.
10-A Rolex Street, West Fairview. Open 11 am-7 pm.

2. La Poca Loca

It’s a crazy small restaurant (La Poca Loca literally means “the little crazy”) that serves big appetites with Mexican fare. Burritos come in Regular or Hungry, with choices like all-veggie, beef, carnitas, bacon, Manileña (adobo), and Chicano (spicy!). Quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and pizzadillas are customizable with add-ons. It’s churros for dessert: choose from dark or spicy chocolate, dulce de leche, mango limon, or all! Add S’mores and go home crazy full.

~P500 for two. View the menu here.
Blk 64 Lot 13 Ascencion Avenue, Lagro Subdivision. Open 3 pm-11 pm.

3. Stomping Ground

Offering Italian-inspired food on a budget in a homey ambience, the place has really become a popular stomping ground in the area. They’ve got so many dishes, you can pretty much ask for your favorite breakfast or lunch meal, pasta, pizza, coffee, or milkshake without looking at the menu and get what you’re in the mood for. Enjoy your comfort food while playing board games, curling up in the cushions with a book, or just catching up with friends.

~P700 for two. View the menu here.
35 Pacific Park Residences, Regalado Avenue, Fairview. Open 10 am-12 mn.

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4. Indonyaki

Indonyaki is exactly what it sounds like: a casual diner serving up Asian fare, highlighting Indonesian cuisine. Their claim to fame is the Ayam Goreng with kremes (crispy flakes), Indonesia’s spicier, herbier version of the classic fried chicken, served with the equally famous sambal sauce. On your first visit, order it with the Indonyaki Veggie Spring Rolls served with special garlic sauce and you’re set. At least until you crave Indonesian again.

~P500 for two. View the menu here.
Bristol Street, Lagro Subdivision, Fairview. Open 11 am-11 pm.

5. Café PaManna

Café PaManna combines classics from three cuisines: Filipino (lutong-bahay and merienda), Japanese (such as chicken karaage and hamburg steak), and Spanish (such as pollo en mole quesadilla). When it comes to beverages, this third-wave coffee shop also offers a mix of traditional favorites with current trends on their menu, with a wide array of handcrafted coffees, teas, milk, Italian sodas, and chocolate drinks. There’s something for everyone!

~P500 for two. View the menu here.
4 Falcon Street, West Fairview. Open 10 am-10 pm.

6. Tri Mo Shawarma Co.

It’s not just the clever name that will make you try their shawarma. Pass by Tri Mo anytime it’s open and chances are if it’s not the crowds that will convince you, it’s the alluring aroma of meats and spices. Choose from the Classic beef, chicken, and pork shawarmas, or if you’re up for something new, try the Sizzling versions. If you’re hankering for more than a snack, they also have sisig, liempo, bulalo, papaitan, longganisa, and barbecues.

~P300 for two. View the menu here.
Bristol Street, Lagro Subdivision, Fairview. Open 3 pm-2:30 am.

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7. Laro

Laro Board Game Café is the first of its kind in the area. They carry over a hundred board games and toys of every genre imaginable. The fun starts even before you choose what to play. Menu items are filled with wordplays of Filipino games: Tong-Eats (rice meals), Meryen-dama (pastas and sandwiches), Ice-ice Water (cold drinks), Pakulo (hot drinks), Kendeng-kendeng (milkshakes), Yo-yo (yogurt shakes), Pa-sweet-ero (desserts) and Pik-Pak-Boom (appetizers), with such items as the Pakpak ganern-ganern—Buffalo wings!

~P500 for two. View the menu here.
Address: G/F Pearl Drive, Commonwealth corner Pearl Street. Open 12nn-10pm.

8. Casa Renato

Casa Renato is reminiscent of Tagaytay’s garden restaurants. The décor of this converted house mixes vintage European with traditional Filipino, giving off a romantic old-world vibe that makes it a popular spot for pre-nup shoots. The menu is a fusion too, of Mediterranean and European cuisines. Try the Linguine Pasta Negra, Grilled U.S. Top Blade Medallion, or Braised Pork Belly. End your meal on a sweet note with a slice of Brazo de Mercedes.

~P1,000 for two. View the menu here.
7 Dahlia Avenue, West Fairview. Open 11 am-10 pm.

9. Grill-ty Pleasure

Grill-ty Pleasure is in a fun little food park called Hungry District. The park also hosts performances by local artists such as Gracenote, G-Force, and Iñigo Pascual, as well as open mic nights for aspiring talents. Enjoy the scene with Grill-ty Pleasure’s filet mignon, T-bone, sirloin, or salisbury steaks, chicken and pork chops, fish, or seafood. Everything’s grilled, served with steaming Java rice and veggies. You won’t go hungry on this side of the district.

~P300 for two. View the menu here.
Lot 33A Blk 136 Mindanao Avenue Extension, Greater Lagro. Open 5 pm-1 am.

10. Papa Diddi’s

The famed ice creamery from Maginhawa is now in Fairview! It’s named after founder Paul Perez’s dad who loved to experiment with his ice cream maker using farm-fresh produce and carabao’s milk. Paul decided to bring this to Manila with Papa Diddi’s handcrafted ice creams. Flavors include Davao Meets Bicol (cacao and sili), Roasted Forbidden Rice (Mt. Province black rice), Mango Ginger, Dulce Gato (carabao’s milk), Star Anise, Avocado Rum, and Tsokolate Cagayan.

~P300 for two. View the menu here.
2/F Casa Miguela, 7 Sampaguita Street, Mapayapa III. Open 11 am-11 pm.

Fairview’s hidden culinary gems are just minutes away from Avida Towers Astrea, a mid-rise condo development located along Quirino Highway. Imagine having your pick of cafés and restaurants!

Additional photos by macoypagong (Grill-ty Pleasure), madzsantiago and eldzsmejia (Tri Mo)