Here are 7 Holes-in-the-Wall at San Antonio Village that are Worth Checking OutJanuary 27, 2020
- Mikka WeeWords
Growing up in San Antonio Village all 20 or so years of my life, I’ve held witness to the food stalls that have come and gone. There used to be a small Zagu stand at the curb of my street, my safe haven during the torturous summer break, where every movement I made, no matter how small, merited a drop of sweat. That, and a newly-opened McDonald’s made me gain 20 pounds in the span of a summer. A 24-hour Wendy’s kiosk took the place of my beloved pearl shake stand, feeding my starving, hungover self during my teenage years. And a Hen Lin, too, which made me realize how much I loved siomai, making sure that I get my fill of the cheap steamed dumplings at least 5 times a week. Oh, and there was a carinderia called Rapsa, where my dad bought adobo and bulalo from, and sneak it in during dinner-time when mum would cook a feast of vegetables as an attempt to get us to eat green.
Throughout the years, food stalls, restaurants, and carinderias have come and gone. Now, The Collective holds a good number of food establishments to satisfy any palate, a Sinangag Express can be found a few feet from The Collective, and you’ve got new and hip concepts such as 12/10, and Restock giving the San Antonio food neighborhood good buzz. Mainstays such as Suzu Kin have a good and steady following, while restaurants such as Mae Jo, Tonkatsuya, and Goto Monster have managed to shake things up a bit by delivering something new (and very much affordable) to the table.
Below you’ll find a list of restaurants that are worth a visit or two in San Antonio Village and are definitely friendly on the budget. These are, no doubt, cool places to swing by when in search of great grub without having to spend so much.
At PHP 390 per head on a weekday and PHP 490 per head on weekends, you can barbecue all you can at Charaptor. This stuff is legit with most of the items apart from the sticks available in unlimited options—rice, soup, drinks, and a few dessert items. Come here hungry and cook to your heart’s content. There is a fine line between satisfying and dangerous here, so some good advice would be to take it easy…especially on the isaw.
Charaptor Barbecue Bar
Address: 9752 Kamagong Steet, San Antonio Village, Makati
2. Maharaja’s Kababs
I noticed this hole in the wall when I made a visit to Goto Monster last year. What drew me to it was its PHP 55 Turkish shawarma that came with fries and cheese upon request. The store was tiny, but it was closed when I swung by that day. I found out that they had more to offer than just shawarma such as Chicken Reshmi Kababs at PHP 120, and Lamb Seekh Kabab at PHP 180, and a Potato Pesto Kabab at PHP 130. They also have a stall at the Salcedo Saturday Market and a Breakfast Shawarma which I am very eager to try next time.
Address: Unit 2, 1405 Pablo Ocampo St. cor Dungon St., San Antonio Village, Makati
3. Pat Pat’s Kansi
Pat-Pat’s Kansi is a San Antonio Village institution. This Ilonggo bulalo is soup from the heavens. While I’ve had some experiences with the beef being a bit rubbery, I also recall a very momentous solo lunch where the meat was cooked so tender, it surrendered its grip from the bone. Stay away from this place if you are on a diet because I guarantee you, one cup of rice will not be enough.
Pat Pat’s Kansi
Address: 8809 Sampaloc St., San Antonio Village, Makati
4. Next Corner
There was an evening where my Dad brought home some crocodile sisg and salpicao from this restaurant called Next Corner along Dian Street. Crocodile meat can be a bit greasy to the palate, but Next Corner does it well. Try giving it a shot next time when you’re in the area.
Wingman is top-of-mind when thinking of a place to chill after work. Conveniently located outside of The Collective, it is often flocked to pre- or mid-gig, especially when craving for a satisfactory bunch of chicken wings during a B-Side concert. But regardless of a gig or not, Wingman’s, well, wings never fail to hit the spot. Remember to get it with an extra serving of the bleu cheese dip.
Wingman at The Collective
Address: 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati
6. Bon Banhmi
A tiny stall run by Vietnamese couple Thao Ngo and Anh Le, Bon Banhmi nails it when it comes to thinking of a place where I can get some great banhmi—and for cheap, too! Try their signature traditional banhmi that come in medium and large sizes. For less than a hundred bucks, you get a hefty baguette stuffed with salted shredded meat, lean ham, veggies, boiled meat, and some pig’s head paste. Their artichoke tea might sound odd, but is pretty darn refreshing. Don’t forget to buy some of their homemade pate, too.
Address: 8390 Mayapis St., San Antonio Village, Makati
7. Satinka Naturals Bistro and Café
Located on Kamagong Street corner Pasong Tamo is Satinka Naturals, a haven to health-conscious folk who are looking for an organic store that serves vegan alternatives (don’t worry, they have non-vegan items as well). Some of the dishes to try are the Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta (PHP 220) that’s made with carabao’s milk, cashew nuts, and hemp seed. Vegan Meatballs (PHP 295) make smart use of beetroot, while Sagada-style yogurt (get the one with honey!) is also made available here.
Address: 1137 Kamagong St. cor Chino Roces Ave., San Antonio Village, Makati