Restaurants / Bars

Gubat is a Hidden Restaurant within the Diliman Bonsai Society on the UP Campus

November 9, 2018

Gubat is a hidden gem within the UP Campus that you probably would not notice it driving along CP Garcia Avenue. But pop into the Diliman Bonsai Society on foot and you’ll see immediately to your left a round wooden sign hanging on a bamboo door with the restaurant’s name. Walk through the sprawling front lawn of Gubat and dip your head beneath hanging branches to find an open kitchen within a simple hut-like structure, and beyond it are wooden picnic tables under a hanging library of books that guests are welcome to read while they wait.

Who doesn’t enjoy eating kamayan style?

If you want to commune with nature but don’t have time to leave the city, Gubat is your mini dayscape as you feel like you are transported to the Filipino version of The Secret Garden. Plants surround you everywhere in a thoughtfully designed garden that upcycles materials and incorporates them into the layout. And when you receive your food, you’ll have it served up on banana leaves with no utensils—that’s right, kamayan rules here. Their dishes also offer pako salad (complete with tomato and salted egg) as a side to any meal, and we’re all for enjoying pako (or fiddlefern) in Manila whenever we can.


An open-air restaurant serving Pinoy fare within the Diliman Bonsai Society.

ADDRESS: UP Campus, Diliman Bonsai Society, CP Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
VISIT: 11AM–9PM Tuesdays to Saturdays
SPEND: PHP75–200
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Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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