The Thomasians’ Cheap Eats and Lunchtime Grub ListNovember 4, 2019
If there’s one thing I miss about being a college student, it’s the endless options of ridiculously cheap but incredibly satisfying eats around campus. Every university has its own go-to carinderia and ihawan that students highly recommend for the tasty food at allowance-friendly prices. In today’s university eats list, we check out some of the Dapitan, Asturias, and P. Noval restaurants Thomasians visit in between or after classes.
No food street is complete without one place serving Korean cuisine. Santorini is where students go not only to get their bibimbap, ramen, and bulgogi fix, but also to bask in the presence of the K-Pop background music and photos of famous Korean actors and entertainers. Santorini also serves appetizers like the highly recommended radish and cabbage kimchi.
Address: P. Noval St cor Delos Reyes St, Sampaloc, Manila
2. Legit Restaurant
If you’re not up for Korean, P. Noval also has its own Japanese restaurant called Legit Restaurant. They promise big servings at affordable prices, making the plates perfect for sharing among the barkada or class. Their Japanese options include Omurice Tonkatsu, Beef Curry, Scallop Balls, Tofu Teppan, and Kani Salad Maki.
Address: 1-C 981 P. Noval St cor De Los Reyes St, Sampaloc, Manila
3. SR Thai Cuisine
Students are no longer limited to lutong bahay and fast food as their only lunch options. The highly recommended SR Thai Cuisine along P. Noval serves Thai dishes close to the country of origin. Some of their menu options include Pad Thai, Kang Keaw Wan Kai, Pla Thod Kratiem Prikthai, and Khao Ob. They also serve plates full of Crabmeat Fried Rrice and Pinoy-palate friendly dishes like Sweet & Sour Pork, Chicken Pandan, and Bagoong Rice.
SR Thai Cuisine
Address: 965 P. Noval St, Sampaloc, Manila
4. Coffee Indulgence
Before graduating to the world of serious caffeine dependence, every student depends first on the sugar-laden sweetness of frappes to beat the heat and to get that extra rush between study sessions. Coffee Indulgence sells blended drinks for less than PHP 100, such as the Oreo Choco Cookie (PHP 65 w/ whipped cream; PHP 45 without) and Milky Chocolate (PHP 60 w/ whipped cream; PHP 40 without). Those who aren’t fans of chocolate can opt for the Vanilla Strawberry or Vanilla Caramel blends (both at PHP 65 with whipped cream; PHP 45 without).
Address: 1055-1057 P. Noval St, Sampaloc, Manila
5. Mang Tootz Food House
Ask any UST student or alumni about where to eat in the area, and they’ll be sure to mention Mang Tootz. This eatery is most famous for its Banana Rhum-a, which as its moniker describes, flavors banana turon with Tanduay White Premium Rhum, cinnamon powder, sesame seed, and Milk Boy (the skimmed milk powder used on iced crumble). The carinderia was also once called Tootzilog and continues serving satisfying lunches such as liempo, bicol express, caldereta, and sisig for less than PHP 100.
Mang Tootz Food House
Address: P. Noval St, Sampaloc, Manila
6. French Toast/Pancake Stall
Even American breakfasts are served for cheap in the area. A tiny stall along Dapitan lets students grab a quick carb-loaded breakfast of 2 pancakes that come with a strip of bacon and strawberry or blueberry jam at PHP 30; an extra pancake just costs PHP 40. For those who want something to nibble on, hey also sell 8 French toast sticks for just PHP 25, while 4 pieces are at PHP 20. Both quantities are served with maple syrup.
Address: Dapitan St, Sampaloc, Manila
7. Red Cinnamon Canteen
For those who want a little more variety to their lunch, the Red Cinnamon Canteen serves sizzlers and Pinoy Meals at the very student-friendly PHP 50-80 price range. Their menu includes staples like pork, bangus and chicken sisig, Pinoy favorites like Fried Tilapia with Egg, and the tastier fare includes Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Parmegiana.
Red Cinnamon Canteen
Address: V. Concepcion St, Sampaloc, Manila
8. Ali and B
For those looking for a Western influence in their food, Ali and B serves all kinds of chicken such as Buffalo Wings (PHP 65), Pesto Chicken (PHP 55), Cheezy Chicken (PHP 60), and even Buffalo Chicken Strips (PHP 60). All meals come with unlimited rice and a drink, making the meal extra affordable and enough to keep students going through long classes.
Ali and B
Address: Asturias St, Sampaloc, Manila
9. Asturias Sisig Supreme
No university list is complete without a sisig eatery and among the nearby choices is Asturias Sisig Supreme. This eatery has an incredibly affordable menu that includes Chicken and Pork Sisig with Egg at PHP 55, Butter Chicken Fillet and Chicken Fillet with Gravy Sauce at PHP 55, as well as Southeast Asian options like Nasi Goreng at PHP 69 and Chicken Hainanese at PHP 65.
Asturias Sisig Supreme
Address: Asturias St, Sampaloc, Manila