Breakfast Places in Manila: Where to Brunch and Munch Your Morning Favorites
If you're the kind who craves pancakes, -silogs, and champorados past 10 am, keep this list of restaurants that serve your favorite breakfast fare, all day everyday.
Ground Level, Greenbelt 5, Greenbelt
Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Ayala Center, Makati
(+63 2) 501-3682, (+63 2) 501-3111
1960s-themed diner-style resto, Mr. Jones has been serving up all-day breakfast food in the metro for a few years now.
Try their Challah French Toast-- a two-piece French Toast stuffed with Nutella, raspberry preserves, and caramelized banana, then topped with crispy bacon, powdered sugar and whipped cream.
Challah French Toast
Turophiles on the other hand must get their famous Wicked Truffled Mac n' Cheese-- a creamy heavenly creation baked with three types of macaroni, four cheeses, Canadian-style double-smoked bacon, baby Portobello mushrooms and green peas, then drizzled with Truffle oil.
U.S. Beef Ribcap 'Tapa & Garlic Overload'
The U.S. Beef Ribcap 'Tapa & Garlic Overload', thinly sliced, almost sukiyaki-like, but with lots of the fat still intact, are reserved for those up to a sensory overload. The meat's soft texture and slight sweetness contrast well with the bitter, pungent, and strong flavors of the crispy garlic.
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Two branches: San Antonio Plaza Arcade and Shangri-la Plaza East Wing
Maple is part of Pancake House Group and is often referred to as a more upscale Pancake House. A concept further developed by International Business Development Consultant, Dwight Ashton, the restaurant evokes a fairytale vibe, complete with storybook writings on the wall, plush couches, knobby wooden chairs, exquisitely-cut place mats, and a wall décor depicting a maple tree silhouette.
What to get: Prime Rib Tapa (P520), a perfectly marinated rib nestled atop a bed of garlic fried rice, canoodling with two sunny side-up eggs and Banana Pecan Pancakes (P335), which are a 3-piece stack of buttermilk pancakes topped with caramelized then flambéed bananas and maple-glazed pecans.
Unit C, Ground Level, Fort Pointe II
28th St. The Fort Complex, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
(+63 2) 470-8847
Early Bird Breakfast Club has become a comfort haven for expats and foreigners who miss the delicious breakfast staples of their native countries. It is also popular with Filipinos who jog around the Fort area in the morning or wish to eat something after a fun night in one of the bars. Early Bird sets itself apart from its breakfast-serving contemporaries with its cutesy pastel interiors and Instagram-worthy food plating.
Yin and Yang Champorado
Croque MadameWhat to get: Yin and Yang Champorado (P275) that's made with two kinds of chocolate—Belgian dark and white, and served with crispy dilis on the side, and the Early Bird Croque Madame (P445) classic French sandwich with bacon (finally!), cheese and mustard filling smothered in the most delicious mormay sauce.
LP Leviste St. cor. Sedeño St., Salcedo Village, Makati and
One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati
Milky and Sunny
9 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig
Milky & Sunny is an amusement park for breakfast lovers; each dish takes you on a gastric ride mixed in with a warm nostalgic feeling of childhood, waking up to slow lazy weekends. The menu has all different kinds of breakfast favorites—cereal, French toast, pancakes, rice offerings--offered everyday, all day.
Strawberry and Cream Cheese Pancakes
Capitol Greenstreet Commercial Center
1 Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City
(+63 927) 326-2244, (+63 933) 442-7661, (+63 917) 847-2229
Warm and dainty are the first words that will come to mind upon entering Stacy’s. The pastel colors, florals, and charming knick-knacks all contribute to the homey atmosphere.
Potato Chip Fried Chicken
Monkey ToastsStacy's serves all-day breakfast meals in large portions at very reasonable prices. They have classic favorites such as Stacy Jones (P215), tender strips of yakiniku cut US Beef tapa served with eggs, Potato Chip Fried Chicken (P180), two pieces of potato-chip encrusted fried chicken served with rice, golden steak fries, and mushroom gravy, and Monkey Toasts (P165)-- a French toast with jam, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and caramelized bananas goes really well with freshly brewed coffee.
Upper Ground Level, Robinsons Magnolia, Quezon City
(+63 2) 442-5571
The Clubhouse, technically, is not an all day breakfast place. But because breakfast food is such a big trend right now, the restaurant allows their customers to order from the breakfast menu up to three in the afternoon.
Vigan Longganisa Hash
Tuyo Rice Bowl
Eggs AtlanticAs for the international fare, the Eggs Atlantic (P275 – single, P425 – double) headlines the category with its slices of smoked salmon with spinach, poached egg and special hollandaise sauce.
Banapple Eight branches all over the metro
(+63 2) 439-2675 for Katipunan branch
Creamy Chicken PieBanapple is open as early as 7:30 for hearty breakfasts. To start off your day happy, feast on Salpicao Rafael-- cubes of rib-eye steak and sliced mushrooms, smothered in garlic pieces and seasoned with special brown sauce and Creamy Chicken Pie, that's served with chunky potato salad. The pie has moist chicken flakes inside, blended in creamy white sauce.
Originally established in 1970 and later acquired by the Lorenzo group in 2000, Pancake House today is a chain of casual dining restaurants most famous for their all-day breakfast selection. Just recently, as part of its Designer Pancakes series, Pancake House introduced to the market Cookie Butter Pancakes--a stack of classic mini pancakes with generous spreads of Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter in between layers and topped with a generous scoop of the same spread, garnished with crushed cornflakes and streussel.
Cookie Butter Pancakes
Named after the American way of making pancakes, Flapjacks caters to breakfast cravings, morning, noon, and night. This home-grown concept from The Bistro Group is a sure-fire way to keep you sunny and happy.
Other specialties: Flapjacks Classic Double Blueberry, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Toffee Banana, Mini Cheeseburgers, Chicken Strips, French Toast Platter, Central Park Classic, Ribeye Goulash, Beef Tapa, Garlic Longganisa, Boneless Bangus Belly, Beef Salpicao and Country Ham
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Ground Level, Eastwood Mall, Orchard Road, Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City
(+63 2) 909-3501
There are many pancake places in the metro that offer good quality breakfast foods and can give you that oomph in the morning. But no other pancake place can do it with the flair like Slappy Cakes.
Ground Level, W Global Center, 30th St. corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City
Open from 6:00am to 12:00am Sunday to Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday
IHOP is especially famous for their pancakes, so it’s a must to try these beautiful stacks, each layer a reminder of how awesome mornings can be.
Original Buttermilk Pancakes
New York Cheesecake Pancakes
Several branches metro-wide
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
549 San Joaquin St., Brgy. Plainview
(+63 2) 400-2268
Hash Brown Topped with Poached Eggs and Tomato Pesto
Fluffy Pancake Topped with Oreo Cookie ButterThe ultimate no-frills, cheap thrills food haunt that serves up breakfast food with a little swagger is Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. Now with two branches (Mandaluyong and Marikina), this 24/7 tapsihan not only offers your classic Pinoy breakfast food, but also American comfort food, right by the street. Chow on gourmet breakfast that costs less than P100: try their Fluffy Pancake Topped with Oreo Cookie Butter (P90), Hash Brown Topped with Poached Eggs and Tomato Pesto (P90), or create your own Freestyle Breakfast by choosing your own viands.
31 Gen. Delgado St., An Antonio Village, Ortigas, Pasig
Telephone: (63 2) 631-3667
From being an occasional bazaar concessionaire, Adobo To' evolved into a full-fledged restaurant with a growing number of fans—- most of them, employees from nearby offices. The carinderia-style resto tucked inside a village, just a few blocks away from the Ortigas corporate district specializes in adobo-- a dish easily favored by many. Variants include Spicy Adobo, Coco Adobo (my personal favorite), Cheesy Adobo (another favorite), Adobo Sisig, and Adobo Flakes (P70). Each order comes in a plate with egg, rice, and a teaspoon of tomato salsa on the side.
Additional photos from Pancake House and Flapjack's Facebook page.