Jonas Pares House : 40 Years of Love and Passion

Jonas Pares House is a MUST dine- in place when one is within the vicinity of N.S. Amoranto street (formerly called Retiro street) and near Banawe street. The Pares House specializes on beef, pork pares, siopao asado, bola-bola, dimsum, mami, kikiam, buchi, chopsuey and other home cooked dishes.

SIOPAO

two kinds of siopao ( asado and bola-bola take out pack), Jonas beef pares, fried rice and free soup

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Jonas Pares House is located within Mayon street corner Malindang street, Quezon City.

CHICKEN FEET

chicken feet with tausi

Our gang of friends would find time to eat at this pares house whenever we would visit nearby Lourdes church, Suki market ,Dapitan arcade during our thrift shop hunting

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steamed siopao asado and bola-bola

History

Jonas started as a small carinderia / eatery with just a few seats available way back in 1979. It was the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Roger Tiu and Mrs. Lolita ” Lolly”  Tiu team up with a seed capital of Php 6,000 envisioned a restaurant providing fine-dining quality food at a price affordable to masses.

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Jonas history by Mr. Cirilo F. Bautista (poet, columnist)

The recipe came from her father who would often got invited during fiesta or special occasions to cook for the guests. His love and passion for food that would define his legacy which left lasting impact in the culinary world. Eventually, he taught his daughter the art of cooking pares and its ingredients.

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meal viands

Mr. Roger Tiu would cooked the beef pares while Mrs. Lolita Tiu would serve to their clients. Most of the early customers were from nearby Lourdes church and outlying areas.

What makes Pares so special is how the beef was prepared and cooked. Seventy percent (70%) of the beef is lean meat from beef flanks; the rest of the 30% is from fat. The beef is tender because it was slow-cooked in a charcoal-fed fire for at least 12 hours !

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customers

They started cooking 5 kilos of beef pares in 1979 and increased to at least 100 kilos of beef meat everyday by 2019. Jonas Pares is credited and popularized the term “Pares” which means the pairing of beef and fried rice. Pares meal which started within the district then soon spread to different parts of the city and in far flung provinces.

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shrimp hakaw -one of MUST try dimsum

Jonas Pares started adding more dishes and enlarging their restaurant by the 1990’s. The restaurant floor space was increased, its facilities upgraded, and air-conditioning installed.

Sitting Capacity and Ambiance

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Jonas Pares House is well lighted with modern fixture and cozy ambiance with a sitting capacity of between 70 to 80 persons at any given time. Mixing both native, modern while having a community bulletin board for those who wanted to post their messages.There is also a counter where one can get free service water, tube ice, condiments and chili paste.

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take out counter

There is also a small take out counter inside the restaurant where one can buy some dimsum, cakes, canned drinks, buchi, pastries, nuts among others.

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community bulletin board

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blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheese cake– One of their best selling desserts (Php 110 per slice). We tasted their famed blueberry cheese cake which is a little bland for our taste.

In- House Promo

There is an in-house promo which enable customers to buy 6 siopao ( steam buns) for just Php 270.00. It comes with its sauce and special package. Ideal for pasalubongs and treats.  One can order a combination of asado and bola-bola.

The restaurant is also listed under popular travel and restaurant site zomatoph, booky and tripadvisor.

Note and full disclosure:  The prices quoted in this website is base on the prevailing prices. Prices of their meals, pares and in-house promo are subject to change without prior notice from the management of the establishment. The author is not connected with the management or employed by Jonas restaurant.  Just an ordinary “suki” customer at the place.

Address: 561 Mayon street corner Malindang street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, 1114 Metro Manila.

Operations: Everyday from 6:30 am to 10:00pm

Contact (02) 712 6261

How to Commute: ( There are many ways on how to commute going to Jonas Pares)

1.) From Mayon street and A. Bonifacio Avenue- Take a jeepney ride with Mayon street going to Welcome Rotunda jeepney ( Php 9.00 minimum fare)  One can opt to walk along the Mayon/ Del Monte Avenue intersection which can take between 25 minutes to 35 minutes walk.

2.) From Santa Cruz / Blumentritt -Manila – Take a jeepney with Retiro street signage ( aka N.S. Amoranto street route) – From Blumentritt ( Php 9.00 minimum fare to Php 12.00 per head depending on the route)

3.) From PNRI station Blumentritt – Take jeepney route going to Retiro/ Muñoz ( Php 9.00)

4.) From LRT line 1 -Blumentritt station – Take jeepney with the route Santa Cruz/ Retiro to Muñoz

5.) From Quezon Avenue/ MCDO- There is a jeepney route which ply Quezon Avenue to Banawe street.

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Specialties of Mang Tootz Foodhaus

Mang Tootz Foodhaus was named after Mr. Edwin “Mang Tootz”  Vergara a former OFW who opened a carinderia or eatery with a twist.

MANGTootz

Mang Tootz Foodhaus signage

The carinderia had a huge following among students of UST, FEU, UE and residents of Sampaloc district within Manila. Proof to the pudding is that hundreds of students would queue in line just to eat even before lunch.

studentmeal

We would find time to eat at their eatery when we have long breaks. The price of their student rice meal is affordable and it comes free with soup.

Some of the dishes are newly created like chicken kebab. Rice value meals starts at Php 78.00 and Php 83.00 depending on the viand. One can order other dishes.

History

Mang Tootz started in 1991 as a tapsilogan and was used to be located in a small corner along J. Barlin street within Sampaloc.

It used to be called Tootzilog. The eatery eventually moved to Padre Noval street because the proprietors thought that it would be wiser to transfer location since they will be situated near the university with higher foot traffic. Technically, they are in the business for almost 30 years!

Television Program and Celebrities

Several television program had featured this eatery like My Puhunan of ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5, Kapuso Jessica Soho, Pinas Sarap, Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7, Solar TV, Tomasino and Food Vloggers like Mark Wiens, Erwan Heussaff, The Hungry Syrian Wander, Yummy Kitchen, Coconuts Manila among others.

UAAP athletes, former President Benigno Aquino III were among those who have eaten at the eatery.

set meal

Dishes

There were 16 to 18 dishes being rotated on an everyday basis in Sampaloc and Makati.

porkbulgogi

Pork Bulgogi– Their pork is well marinated and their pork is tender. There are also some vegetables included and topped with sesame seeds.

chopsuey

Chopsuey – All time favorite with a lot of vegetables. Their vegetables is not soggy compared to others within the vicinity.

breadedchicken

Breaded Chicken– Their breaded chicken is deep fried with minimal batter, better than other restaurants or fast food joints.

bangusSteak

Bangus Steak – This is another well  loved dish. The bangus is cooked just right with generous amount of sauce.

BicolExpress

Bicol Express– Another MUST try dish when you visit this eatery, the pork meat is cooked just right with right amount of coconut milk ( not aguado/ watered down) and the right amount of banana chilies and bird’s eye chilies.

Binagoongan

Pork Binagoongan– The right balance of sweet, sour and salty combination.

kebab

Chicken Kebab – Right amount of spice, chicken is well grilled along with the vegetables.

bananaRhum-a

banana rhum-a

 Banana rhum-A is an all time favorite since it was first introduced in 2006. They cook an average of 3,000 to 4,000 pieces a day. One must pre-order at least 1 day in advance for bulk orders. During Christmas season, their order are up to 8,000 pieces per day.

turon

Their banana rhum-A – is smaller compared to the ordinary turon being sold in street corners in Metro Manila. It is a saba banana sliced into 4 pieces with jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrapper then deep fried. coated with a syrup made from a combination of margarine, pineapple juice, rhum, banana essence and brown sugar. It is topped with powdered sugar, skim milk, cinnamon powder and sesame seeds.

Pork Liempo – This is an all time favorite among students. However this was not available when we came.

Sisig – Another MUST Try, This was not available when we ate at the eatery.

There is no secret to why this is a favorite hang-out place. Their food is delicious,  affordable, staff are friendly and the neighborhood vibe would surely keep anyone from returning back.

Mang Tootz Food Haus and Catering Services Sampaloc
1135 P. Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila

Contact :  +63 2 735- 68 55/404-45-61 (0917-856-9240)

Operations: Mon-Sat 8 am-9pm.

Mang Tootz Foodhouse- Makati
G-7 Valero Plaza, 124 Valero, Makati, Metro Manila

Contact : +63 2 425-9910/ (0917-856-9240)

Operations: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Savoring Baliwag’s Culinary & Heritage

Baliwag or Baliuag is a first class municipality within Bulacan province with an estimated population of about 150,000 as of last year . Baliwag is host to almost quarter of a million people during day time.

We normally would have some pit stop in this town on our way to other towns in Bulacan . Our itineraries would composed of visiting some farms , The Greenery and old Baliwag church .  Lakad Pamana , WalkwithChan and a couple of blogger and media group were fortunate to have a chance to have a quick visit of the historic town .

People are normally are familiar with Baliwag Transit , Baliwag lechon manok , Buntal hats and her rich lenten festivities which made the town famous . But there is still more waiting for those interested with Baliwag’s innate charm. Baliwag is also the first town in the country to have an election .

courtesy call Hon .Ferdinand V. Estrella  : photo by Mr. Gerry Suva

A few days ago, Our small group of bloggers and media practitioners were able to tour the culinary heritage of the town . The town is known for her rich orchards , farms and ancestral houses too.

courtesy call to Hon. Ferdinand V. Estrella with Mr. Gilbert Dino and the author   : Photo courtesy of Mr. Gerry Suva 

Our group had made a courtesy call and a mini press conference with the current town Mayor Hon. Ferdinand V. Estrella  , He had been in public service for about 20 years and his achievement is remarkable . His government service tagline ” Pusong Baliwag ,Pusong Makatao ”

free ride service ( photo courtesy : Mr. Gerry Suva) 

One of the commendable projects is the libreng sakay ( free ride ) within the main town plaza . Since tricycles are banned within the main plaza , senior citizens , people with disabilities are the main priorities , but any person can avail of the free shuttle ride. This is one of the most visible projects that the administration is doing .

portion of Baliwag Museum – ( this part used to be a court tribunal )

We were assisted by the municipal tourism office  led  by Ms. Lhan Marasigan Cruz ( office of the mayor) Tourism Office: Edwin Bautista ,  Jose Rizaldy TomaCruz , Cloud Trinidad ,  Gel Labao- President Of Baliwag Historical Society .

Mayor Francisco Gregorio Library- first mayor of Baliwag  ( Photo from Mr. Gerry Suva)

 Our group started the heritage tour with the visit to the old Baliwag Municipal Building which dates back during the late Spanish and early American era. A commemorative marker from the National Museum and National Historical Commission of the Philippines can be seen on the old building entrance.

group photo

Baliwag tourism office also had an office and a small museum and library is located at the second floor. Prominent people who hails from Baliwag had their personal memorabilias and photos hung within the main halls of the museum.

Some of the well-known personalities who contributed a lot to the development of the place like Bert ” Tawa ” Marcelo, Alfonso Ponce Enrile , Mariano Ponce , Roman C. Carreon, sculptor and artist and “Pepita” – Josefa Tiongson y Lara Bulwagan (JOCELYNANG BALIWAG, Kundiman )  among others.  A portion near the window, General Lawton posed a souvenir shot around early 1900 when his troop went to the town , a commemorative plaque serves a reminder of his visit. What is nice about this quaint museum and library is that anyone can visit this museum for FREE , they needed just to register their names at the log book.

Culinary Heritage

Baliwag pandesal

Baliwag pandesal is similar to the ones we have tasted at the adjacent town of Bustos . The pandesal is smaller compared to the regular pandesal and there are several known makers of these town’s specialties . Mr. Gerry Suva also recounted that they would always buy them en-route to other towns of the province.

Some of the iconic bakeries are Tony’s bakery , Lin Mer’s which are famous for their homegrown biscuits like camachile and pandesal .

Baliwag Pasalubong Center 

Baliwag is also known for her fried cornicks, chicharon , pastillas and some of  them are suppliers .

Kalahi Pastillas de Leche

The author have bought the last remaining box of Kalahi pastillas de leche- Php 60 per box

Being an agricultural town – Baliwag is also known for her puto and putong bumbong which are by- products of sticky rice.

Aling Luring’s Carinderia

Aling Luring’s Goto Carinderia is a quaint home style restaurant within the town , She popularized the serkele , it taste like a combination of dinuguan , papaitan and tinumis.

Heirloom Family Dish

In the late part of the 1960’s  , Aling Leonila “Nanay Luring ” Castro -Trinidad would love to cook for her family, her passion eventually turned into a home-style family eatery . Through word of mouth and encouragement of family members and neighbors.  She eventually opened a carinderia to the public in 1972 or 45 years ago .

According to family members , the serkele recipe is at least 50 years, definitely  an heirloom family recipe .An order of serkele cost Php 50 which is ideal for 1 to 2 person, 1 puto cost Php 10.00 , It is cheaper to buy per pack .

serkele with puto

Unfortunately Aling Luring died few years ago and family members got her recipe , which still continues her culinary legacy . The quaint eatery had a capacity of about 20 to 25 people at any given time . Our group is just fortunate that it was mid-morning that we have visited the carinderia. Eventually there are some restaurants which are also serving this dish , thus a visit to the town is not complete without a taste of serkele .

Aside from serkele , Aling Luring is also known for her goto ( Php 20.00 per order) goto extra ( Php 35) ,Lugaw Tokwa Baboy (Php 35.00 per order) , Lugaw plain ( Php 12.00 ) , Chicken Mami ( Php 25 ) Lumpiang Prito ( Php 10.00 ) and Palabok ( Php 35.00 )

Address : JM Basa , Concepcion Street , Baliwag , Buacan province 

Instruction – from Baliwag bus transit terminal , just 1 tricycle ride to Poblacion

rustic nipa hut 

Baliwag Chicken Inasal or Baliwag Inasal , This is another version of the famous inasal of Bacolod , However – they do not have annato oil or achuete oil to accompany the marinated grilled chicken .

We also liked their suka ( vinegar ) we used the vinegar for dipping the marinated chicken and pork barbecue .  A few slices of calamansi , soy sauce and chilies will surely bring out the taste of the grilled foods.

chicken inasal

Baliwag Inasal also have good selection of menus which range from fried itik , gising gising , beef tofu sisig ,pinaputok na tilapia with rice , inihaw na hito , pancit and okoy .

pork barbecue

The rustic style had a sitting capacity of between 50 to 100 persons at any given time with wide parking space for those planning to bring their families and friends. We love the chopsuey vegetables and their barbecue .

menu board

The restaurant also does catering services ,  chairs and table for rent , car rentals .

Address: Baliwag Inasal -Pinagbarilan , Baliwag , Bulacan

Contact Persons : BY 0922-850 -1134 , Richie  0932911-1901 , Elsa 0923-8470449

Buntal Hat Industry

Tita Rosario ” Rosie ” Q. Bautista

Tita Rosario ” Rosie” Q. Bautista had been one of the few remaining proprietors making Buntal hats , she showed the group the tedious process of  making the hats , from sourcing them in Quezon province to the actual weaving of the hats .

colorful buntal hats

One hat cost anywhere from Php 1,000 to several thousand of pesos, considering that the materials are hard to come by , buntal hats weavers are also in decline . There is also the intense competition by China made ” buntal hats ” which are far cheaper buy lesser quality compared to the local buntal hats.

Those people who would like have their hats custom made must make appointments before visiting her address. It can takes several weeks or even months .

Some of her hats were worn by royalties in Europe, Asia , Middle East and grace fashion shows in Paris , London , Milan and New York .

Ms. Rosie Bautista- Proprietor Baliwag Buntal Enterprises

Address: 541 Alido Subdivision , Phase 1 -Virgen de Las Flores , Baliwag , Bulacan -Philippines 

Contact : Home Telephone ( 044) 816-8101 / Office Telephone ( 044) 766-1402 

Cellphone : 0943-4699771

Ancestral Houses 

Baliwag is known for her ancestral houses and monuments , Here are just some of the ancestral houses that we visited .

Don RonaRico Amang Cruz Ancestral House– This is not part of the extensive property which included a private school (VICRIS ) and an old warehouse .

old warehouse

The ancestral house was estimated to have been built around 1850’s and had a lot of intricate wall carvings . This is one of the oldest and most opulent house in Baliwag . ( since this is a private residence – the owners does not allow photography inside the residence )

Dr. Zotico T. Centeno Ancestral House 

Dr.Zotico T. Centerno Ancestral house was bought by the present owner in the mid-1970’s ( around 1975 ) from the grandmother of Charo Santos- Concio . The 900 sqm property was carefully preserve and is a private residence of Dr. Centeno and his 2 children .  It was bought at around Php300,000 to Php 400,000 at that time .

bedroom

The furniture inside the house are old about 40 to 45 years-old made from wood with bone inlaid . We paid a courtesy visit to his ancestral house and have an afternoon of chit-chat with the owner , who is 87 years-old . The current owner do not have an idea on how old the ancestral house , but he would estimate that the house was built late American colonial era. Due to the private nature of the ancestral house and respecting the privacy of the owner. ( we only post photos of the main sala area  and bedroom without the owner )

The house had a nice manicured lawn and garden.

We still have a couple of places that we visited , but i decided to blog them on my next article .

Lakad Pamana will be conducting a heritage and culinary tour on February 18, 2017 at the town of Baliwag . The public are invited to join this experience.

Food Crawl at SM Bicutan

Food crawl among foodies and bloggers was held within popular SM Bicutan Mall , the food crawl  was organized by Zomato Ph . Zomato is a food review site which specializes on restaurants , food stalls and food hub across the country.

SM Bicutan Food Court stalls

We first visit the Food Court area , where there are several food stalls .  It was just around past 2:00pm , so there are few people at the food court.

Chansel Pizza Haus – This is a typical neighborhood pizza with several favorite toppings .

Handaan is known for their Filipino regional cuisines like fried bangus , kare-kare, papaitan , garlic chicken , nilagang baka, fried squid , chopsuey among others.

Inihaw Express offers grilled dishes on their menus like barbecue , cripsy pata , kare-kare , pinakbet and stuffed squid

Chancel pizza haus , Inihaw Express, Handaan 

Goldilocks -SM Bicutan

Goldilocks is known for their cakes, pastries, sago’t- gulaman , lumpiang ubod ( sariwa) , cheese ensaymada, chicken pie,  palabok , puto and dinuguan .

sagot’ gumalan , 2 different kinds of puto , dinuguan , lumpiang sariwa (ubod ) 

The company just recently celebrated their 50th anniversary in food business. Other popular snacks treats were their polvorons , taisan , fluppy mamon and cakes.

taisan with grated cheese

One must try their caramel popcorn , chocolate chips , chocolate crinkles , macapuno candies and raisin oatmeal  . We normally buy taisan loaf which cost Php 140.00 , This loaf can easily run out of stock especially during holiday seasons such as Christmas or New Year .

One must try to visit these food stalls and restaurant when you visit SM Bicutan.

Novaliches Food Trip

Novaliches Food Trip

It was a hot day last November 30, 2011, when a small group of food bloggers and friends decided to have a quick food tour . I told the group that since Novaliches is quite a large territory which consists of Caloocan and Quezon City side. It is wise to just concentrate on this particular stretch along Quirino Highway. This impromptu tour was organized by the author.

Naks ! Sarap

Naks ! Sarap Food House

This restaurant open sometime in 2009 in an old house within Barangay Talipapa near the corner of Mindanao Avenue and Quirino Highway.  This restaurant instantly got noticed by commuters and weary travelers that were stuck in the horrendous traffic jam along the main highway  during the rush hours. Their slogan is SARAP Lutong Bahay, Pagkaing Pinoy suggest that their Filipino cuisine are prepared in home- style cooking . Their promo ” ABOT-Kaya Mas Masayang Busog Eat All You Can buffet promo ” is a hit among their customers. Their buffet meal which is available from breakfast, lunch and dinner starts at P119.99 . They used to have a Php 99.99 buffet meal promo sometime in 2010  and is one of the cheapest buffet meal promo in this part of Novaliches.  The restaurant offers between 20 to 25 dishes in their promo and can accommodate at least 75 people at any given time  .

facade of Naks ! Sarap Food House

Naks Food House instantly became a by-word for those people who lived within the area who wanted a value for their hard-earn money . This restaurant was also featured in several television shows like Pop Talk of GMA -QTV channel 11, Balitang Tapat of TV channel 5 , local food and travel bloggers.

The restaurant also accepts reservations and the place is ideal for birthdays  , baptism, wedding , debut, meetings , conference, company team building , Christmas party and among others . The restaurant had a special function room with KTV and sound system readily available for these events.

Address: 542 Quirino Highway , Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact Person: Ms. Dada or Buboy

Operations: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday

Telephone # 391-82-95 / 379-74-34

Telefax # 455-65-81

Kokko’s Barbeque Plaza

Kokko’s Barbeque Plaza

Located a few meters away is Kokko’s Barbeque Plaza  in Barangay Talipapa along Quirino Highway , Novaliches .

If you want a taste of grill foods, then you should try this restaurant. one of the  amenities of this place is  its  videoke lounge area .

China Pot               

China Pot

This is one of the personal favorite of the author, This restaurant had change their name several years ago and operates on a daily basis. Among its specialties are its chopseuy and pancit sa bilao . Located just a few meters away from the Naks Food House ,  this restaurant had also a KTV and had a sitting capacity of between 75 people to 100 people. The restaurant also have its value combo meals .

Store Operation :Everyday

 Address: Beside the main entrance of  Saint Dominic 9 Subdivision ,  Marigold Street corner  Quirino Highway , Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches , Quezon City

Telephone :939-59-87

Ocampo’s Breadline  Bakery

Ocampo’s Breadline

This bakery is considered by local residents of the place as one of the iconic landmarks of  Barangay San Bartolome area. This is also a favorite (tambayan) hang-out place for the students of nearby schools . The bakery started its operations about 20 years -ago and is considered as one of the best local bakery .

Residents of Rockville Subdivision would call this as ” Bakery of Stars” in reference to its celebrity clientele and local politicians that are seen to frequent this bakery. Television crew of TV channel 5 would also used the bakery for their location shoot.

Among the favorite specialty of this bakery  are its special butter-cream ensaymada , ham and cheese ensaymada  , ube ensaymada, custard cake, donuts, caramel brownies, mongo and pandan loaf, mongo bread, pan de coco, monay  and local pizza .

Address: #1 Rockville Avenue, Rockville Subdivision , Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches , Quezon City

Telephone # 936-72-72

Operation : 5:00 am to 9:00pm everyday

We also roamed around the subdivision and saw a couple of interesting karinderias and Mang Boy Alfredo’s Lugawan.

C and A Mami House

C and A Mami House

C and A Mami House was named after the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Carlos  Lim and Mrs. Amparo Lim a long time resident of the area . They started their restaurant operations in 1978 and eventually opened another branch within the Novaliches town proper a few years later . They had to closed the Novaliches town proper branch sometime in the late 1980’s due to stiff business competition and lack of restaurant staffs.

Ms. Maricel Tinio

According to Ms. Maricel Tinio -(cashier of the restaurant and a niece of the owner ) , The restaurant is a favorite hang-out place for television crews of then ABC- channel 5 before the management was bought by Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan present chair of Kapatid TV channel 5. Local customers of the mami ( noodle ) store would dubbed the restaurant  ” mamihan ng mga taga-channel 5 ”  noodle store of channel 5 , while there are a few people who would  also dubbed the store as ” kainan ng artista”  where celebrities would eat .

 C and A Mami House and Janet’s Pares House  are located near  Kapatid channel 5   station

” Madaming nag-order at kumakain dito na mga taga- channel 5 , ang alam namin pati sa mga taping nila nag-order din sila”.  The restaurant received a lot of orders and dine -in clients from channel 5 and even during their taping they would also order from us ” .

Hung along their wall is a picture of Ms. Sheryl Cruz a well-known actress together with the owners of the place.

Aside from Ms. Sheryl Cruz,  local politicians , councilors and television reporters would also frequent their place. Well known Kapamilya ABS-CBN channel 2 stars Mr. Coco Martin ( actor and commercial model) Mr. Ogie Diaz ( showbiz reporter / radio reporter  and talent manager ) also ate at their restaurant.

Chami – one of the specialties of the restaurant

Among the restaurant specialty is Chami– their ingredients includes minced pork , onions, bell pepper , sayote, celery, squid ball , cabbage, sprinkle with black pepper to taste and topped with chopped leaves of spring onion . Beef and Chicken mami noodles , pancit bihon, pancit canton, miki bihon , canton bihon mixed.

Siopao Asado with special sauce

Their Siopao Asado is a bit spicy due to the black pepper and the taste is comparable to other well-known siopao and their Pork Americana is also a sure hit among its patrons. The restaurant also serve break fast meals like tapsilog, porksilog, chicksilog , daing na bangus and value meals like beef caldereta and beef steak .

The restaurant maintains a quaint ambiance and can accommodate up to 40 people. The store also accepts catering and reservations. For take-outs, the minimum delivery order is Php 300.00 and they only delivers within Barangay San Bartolome, Gulod , RP and Holy Cross areas.

This is considered as one of the best Filipino- Chinese restaurant in this part of Novaliches. With over 30 years in the business and countless of celebrities, local politicians and television personalities tucked into its long list of its customers, a visit to this restaurant is highly recommended.

Address: 792 Quirino Highway  , RP , Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: 6:30 am to 10:00 p.m. everyday

Telephone # 937-61-92 / 937-78-55

Carinderia / Eateries near TV5

About a decade ago, these eateries along Quirino Highway near then ABC channel 5  provides cheap meals to the employees, drivers, students and the crowd within the vicinity . these eateries  provide stiff competition to the existing restaurants near the television  station. Despite its quaint size and sanitation issues, These eateries still attracts a lot of loyal patrons  .

There are about 30 small eateries located near the station. Since Willie Revillame joined “Kapatid Network“, the human traffic steadily  increase due to the popularity of   ” Will Time Big Time ”  (formerly known as WillingWillie). This area is now a very popular “tambayan” hang-out place among the fans of  this prime time variety game show.

Janet’s Pares House

Janet’s Pares House

A home grown restaurant which uses the traditional home-cooked style meals started as a small pares eatery with few seats sometime in year 2000 in General Luis Street, Novaliches . Janet’s Pares House was derived from the name of the owner .

 pork barbeque , grilled food and sago’t gulaman

The eatery primarily caters to the  residents of nearby villages and subdivisions, passers-by , students and workers at nearby factories. Word of mouth quickly spread that their clientele base soon expanded to nearby barangays and adjacent areas like Caloocan City and Malinta in Valenzuela City.

I hope someday to  interview the owners of the restaurant, which according to the store manager is quite reluctant to give interviews. ( I hope this is just the own opinion of the staff ) .

Take-out counter

The restaurant gradually expanded its menus and other viands.  Among the top favorites are Lugaw ( rice porridge ) ,  Puto , Tapsilog, Beef Pares serve with rice , Crispy Pata , Sizzling Sisig ,Siopao Asado and Bola-bola , Beef Mami , Miki- Bihon, Chopsuey Rice, Barbecue  and Janet’s Fried Chicken and at least a hundred more meal viands .

Lugaw ( rice porridge ) is among the restaurant’s  top favorite

Its Marianito -RP branch was opened about 6 years ago , the store can accommodate at least 75 people had  second floor and third floor which can also serve as a function area .

Janet’s Miki-Bihon with pork liver, kikiam, vegetables , carrots , bits of lean pork and beans

Locals would swear that a trip to Novaliches is incomplete without  a visit to this homegrown landmark restaurant. From its humble beginnings , now this restaurant had four branches scattered within Novaliches and Fairview area .

Halo-halo ( mix-mix)

Food, travel  bloggers and local media networks like those of TV channel 5 had already featured this restaurant . There is also an unofficial Facebook page which serves as promotional tool for their customers and local patrons .The restaurant also accepts catering services, reservations and delivery on a specific routes .

Address: 784  Quirino Highway corner Marianito street,  RP , Novaliches, Quezon City ( in front of SM Novaliches and a few meters way from TV channel 5)

street signage

Operations: 24 hours everyday

Telephone # 938-95-16 / 938-24-14

Contact person : Ms. Aira (0923-42-11011) RP branch

Branches : Novaliches Bayan -General Luis street ( main branch) , Novaliches- Bayan-Susano Road(937-37-12) , Lagro-Ascension Road in Fairview , Quezon City

JJT  Lugaw Ihaw Sentral

JJT  Lugaw Ihaw Sentral

The group then cross the Novaliches- Tullahan bridge then walked towards Buenamar street . We saw the catchy slogan ” Pagkaing Mura Pagkain Malasa”  Cheap Food , Food that is Tasty ,  this eatery specialty is its  inihaw and lugaw  which is a hit among the students and jeepney drivers ,employees of nearby business establishments and passers-by . Eat all you can unlimited  rice meal promo is a sure come-on for those which had a big appetite for rice which is the principal stable for most people.

This eatery operation usually peak during lunch time and after office hours  from people returning home from office would buy inihaw  and  rice porridge  from the outlet.

Address: Buenamar Street , Novaliches , Quezon City

Ernesto’s Eksotik Restaurant

Ernesto’s Eksotik Restaurant

This bar and restaurant is a must for those people looking for a different kind of food and ambiance .  This is also one of the few places in this part of  Novaliches which had  a garden  venue that can accommodate up to 100 people .  One of its in house specialties are its exotic dishes like Tapag Usa ( Deer meat )  taken from deer farms in Nueva Ecija . This  restaurant capacity on ground floor can accommodate around 40 and its second floor can accommodate up to 30 people.

Moks catering which is the catering arm of the restaurant located a few blocks away.

Buenamar Street , Novaliches , Quezon City

 Telephone : 418-53-61

Operation: 4pm to 4am ( variable closing time )