Fab Finds Friday: Rainy Day Eats

This rainy season, perhaps your idea of a perfect time is to stay at home and lounge on the couch with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate, movies and books optional. But what if you’re trapped outside, let’s say in a mall? Or worse (let’s pray it won’t happen) stranded? Hey, these catastrophes need not happen for you to enjoy a nice dish or a comforting drink!

Forget about the usual lugaw, mami, and bulalo and try something new. When it’s pouring outside and you are craving for something to perk you up, think about trying the four items I’ve listed below. Consider yourself lucky if you’re near these restaurants!

1. Curry Tan Tan Mien from Hanamaruken Ramen

Curry Tan Tan Mien, P320

What could possibly be better than a bowl of piping hot soup to warm the stomach while the rain is pouring outside? Hanamaruken Ramen’s Curry Tan Tan Mien is the best accompaniment for such a gloomy weather. A rich tonkotsu broth is mixed with sesame paste, spiced up with curry, and topped with vegetables and minced pork. The result is a hot and moderately spicy ramen with bold flavors. The best way to enjoy this ramen? Pair it up with some delicious gyoza!

Gyoza, P150


Hanamaruken Ramen
2/F Trinoma Mall, North Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 720-9283
Operating Hours: 11:00AM - 9:00PM (Mon-Thu); 11:00AM - 10:00PM (Fri-Sun)
Official Website: HanamarukenPH
Facebook: HanamarukenPH
Twitter: @hanamaruken_PH
Instagram: @hanamaruken_PH
Budget: around PhP400/head

2. Mussels in Herbed Beer Broth from Main Street

Mussels in Herbed Beer Broth, P280
For some, the rainy season inadvertently spells E-M-O—so despite the cold, an icy bottle of beer becomes an instant best friend. Escape the gloom by pairing up your booze with these Mussels in Herbed Beer Broth from Main Street: fresh mussels swimming in a flavorful, mildly spicy soup. Don’t worry about the broth soaking up your fries—they’re better that way. Perhaps order some extra to mop up the remaining soup with?

See also, a full review of Main Street: Main Street Opens in McKinley Hill!

Main Street
Tuscany, Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Taguig City
+63 9157182591, 02 9355539
Operating Hours: 11:30AM - 2:00AM (Mon-Sat); 11:30AM - 6:00PM (Sunday)
Facebook: Main Street
Instagram: @eatmain
Budget: around PhP400/head

3. Pistachio Latte from Lucca Bakery

Pistachio Latte, P125
On rainy days, nothing can be quite as comforting as a nice cup of hot coffee. If you’re looking for something beyond your ordinary latte or cappuccino, try Lucca Bakery’s Pistachio Latte: Lucca’s custom coffee blend, jazzed up by crushed pistachio. The pistachio adds a nutty sweetness to this drink, and the extra texture lends each sip an exciting surprise.

An assortment of sweets from Lucca Bakery

Lucca Bakery
5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City
Operating Hours: 10:00AM - 9:00PM (Mon-Thu, Sun), 10:00AM - 10:00PM (Fri-Sat)
Facebook: Lucca Bakery
Budget: around PhP300/head

4. Ghirardelli Premium Dark Chocolate Latte from Café Shibuya

Ghirardelli Premium Dark Chocolate Latte, P145

Café Shibuya maybe synonymous to toast, but it serves some pretty awesome coffee concoctions as well. Take for example the Ghirardelli Premium Dark Chocolate Latte. Foodies are raving about this drink, and it’s easy to understand why! The rich, dark cocoa assails you with each sip. This drink might be too saccharine for others, but it’s definitely perfect for a cozy rainy evening.

See also, a full review of Café Shibuya: Café Shibuya: Dessert Toasts and More!

Café Shibuya
G/F, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Operating Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Facebook: Cafe Shibuya
Instagram: @cafeshibuya
Budget: around PhP300/head (toast + coffee)

BONUS: Black Garlic Tonkotsu from Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen

Black Garlic Tonkotsu, P380
No decent ramen comes without a superb broth, and Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen knows this. See for yourself by trying the Black Garlic Tonkotsu—a tonkotsu ramen spiced with roast garlic oil, which gives this dish extra richness and kick. Lovers of spicy food are bound to love this, but those who have low tolerance to heat might find themselves sweating in buckets. Add a tamago to complete your bowl of bliss!

See also, a full review of Ikkoryu: Check It out: Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen at SM Aura Premier

Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen
2/F SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway, McKinley Hill, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 10:00AM - 10:00PM
Facebook: Ikkoryu PH
Twitter: @ikkoryuPH
Budget: around PhP500/head

What are your favorite rainy day eats?

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