Ever found yourself stuck outside at an odd hour with a craving no convenience store run can satisfy or a hangover that just needs a little extra? More and more restaurants are keeping their doors open until the wee hours of the morning. There’s something for everyone: Tacos, dim sum, steak, and more. Whether you're a party animal looking for a place that can sate your post-drinking cravings, a workaholic who's stuck in the oice past midnight, or just someone looking for a good meal in the ungodly hours of the night, these food stops have your back.
If you need a quick yet filling snack past midnight, have your fix at CargoFish in Uptown Parade. This food stall offers the traditional British fish-and-chip experience (think chip forks) with local flair. Pick from the classic cod or cobbler, to local favorites like tilapia and even shrimp or scampi. Sides aren't limited to just Proper Chips—you can opt for onion rings or even rice. There's also a wide variety of dips to choose from, but we recommend the Mushy Peas for the full British experience.
CargoFish is at 4/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
After a night of partying, nothing tastes better than a plate of fluffy pancakes—and you can have that and more at Denny’s in Uptown Mall. It doesn’t matter what odd hour your rambunctious fun ends, because the American diner is open 24 hours daily. Aside from all-day breakfast, they also serve other diner favorites like milkshakes, sandwiches, and burgers, along with local dishes like crispy bangus belly.
Denny's is at 9th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio. Open 24 hours daily.
Señor Pollo is a crowd favorite not just for their roast chicken but also because of their winning chimichurri sauce. For your late night or early morning chicken fix, you can head to their branch in Eastwood Mall—their only branch that’s open 24 hours daily. Try something new with the Crispy Chicken Sisig, perfect with a bucket of beer.
Señor Pollo is at Eastwood Citywalk 1, Eastwood City, Quezon City. Open 24 hours daily.
Fried food at 2 a.m.? Why not! You can have exactly that at Kushikatsu Daruma. The first Manila branch of this Osaka favorite is vibrant and youthful, perfect for having late night drinks with your friends. Their fried sticks also pair well with their local and international beers, highballs, and cocktails. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, don’t skip the fried foie gras.
Kushikatsu Daruma is at 2/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
This hip hotdog stand’s second branch in Poblacion is darker and edgier—and has a full bar to boot. Pair your ice-cold beer with one of their Signature Dogs—the Tijuana Bacon Dog is a chili cheese dog straight out of your childhood. Wicked Dogs also offers non-dog items like the pork bourbon belly, which you can order as a rice bowl.
Wicked Dogs is at 2/F Lokal Hostel, 5769 Ebro Street, Poblacion, Makati City. Open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Brazilian food is still quite a rarity in the Metro. If you have this specific midnight craving, you’re in luck: Boteco Brasil is open Mondays to Saturdays until 2 a.m.
No trip to a Brazilian restaurant is complete without having some churrasco or their version of barbecue, and Boteco Brasil hosts a churrasco-all-you-can promo every weekend until closing hour. Not in the mood for barbecue? You can order the Casquinha de Siri, a traditional Brazilian dish of sautéed crab meat stued in crab shells.
Boteco Brasil is at 2/F BBZ Building, Kalayaan Avenue corner Algier Street, Poblacion, Makati City. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Friday), 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Saturday), and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday).
While more known as a drinking spot, Tortuga also offers filling meals. Mostly grilled, their dishes will make you feel like you’re on an island vacation. Prep yourself for a night of drinking with their Jungle Skewers in pork or shrimp; or with their Jungle Pumba. You can also choose to linger with one of their tropical-inspired cocktails—we recommend the Cocomo, with coconut and pineapple. Since they’re open until 2 a.m., there’s no need to rush.
Tortuga is at 42A Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Open from 1:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Saturday).
This is paradise for carnivores. You can start relatively small with the Malcolm X, a burger with a juicy beef patty and a runny fried egg. Or you can go all out and have The Godfather, a platter with ribs, beef brisket, twister fries, and more. They’re open until 1 a.m. from Sunday to Thursday and until 2 a.m. from Friday to Saturday, so you can sate your meat cravings even past midnight.
Seared Restaurant & Lounge is at Unit 9 G/F Ortigas Technopoint, Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday to Thursday and Sunday) and from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday to Saturday).
“Chill and steady” is how chef and owner Martin Espiritu describes this Mexican joint along Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, Parañaque City. And sometimes, that’s exactly what you crave past midnight—plus some top-notch burritos and tacos. A must-try is the chicharon bulaklak taco—from the name alone, you know this one doesn’t hold back in terms of flavor. There’s also the Shrimp Quesadilla, brimming with gooey, cheesy goodness.
Papi Chulo's is at 256 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Monday to Thursday and Sunday) and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Friday and Saturday).
Tim Ho Wan
If you find yourself with an odd-hour craving for pork buns (hey, it happens!), Tim Ho Wan in Uptown Mall is until 3 a.m. up to Saturday. Aside from their signature buns, rolls, and other dim sum, the Hong Kong favorite’s Uptown Mall branch is the only one in the Philippines to offer a supper menu that includes sliced imported abalone congee with chicken and mushroom, beef Brisket and tendon noodles, pork and vegetable wonton noodles, and other hearty fare.
Tim Ho Wan is at UG/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Monday to Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Sunday).
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