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7 Yummy Comfort Food for a Rainy Day in Metro Manila

Warm up with these cold weather food on those rainy days in the Metro.

By: Patricia Marie Prado | July 07, 2018
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We Filipinos might not be all too familiar with the term ‘comfort food.’ But as a country that loves food, we should be. Comfort food is that special dish that your mom, pop, or grandma used to make that somehow brings immense comfort during those cold rainy days, or even when you’re just feeling down.

This season of gloomy weather, our favorite comfort food is probably just what you need to lift up your spirit. But if your mom is not around to cook your favorite cold weather food, we found some restaurants in Metro Manila that might be just as good.

1. ThaiDara’s Tom Yum

Address: Pioneer Center, Pioneer Corner United Street Pasig

comfort food rainy day Metro Manila

This Thai favorite at ThaiDara might be your new comfort food favorite.

Image: ThaiDara Restaurant

Whenever the cold weather hits, we are always craving for something warm to comfort our body. Instead of reaching for another bowl of beef noodles or ramen, why not try a tom yum for a change? Tom yum is a popular Thai dish known for it's distinct spicy and sour flavor filled with herbs and various meats.

One restaurant that serves a good bowl of tom yum is ThaiDara. They serve two types of tom yum namely the Tom Yum Goong (Shrimp-PhP249, Chicken-PhP229), their version of the classic tom yum, and Tom Yum Noodles (PhP229), made with rice noodles and tom yum soup with shrimp and shrimp cake.

2. Tran Vinh’s Beef Combination Pho Noodle Soup

Address: 109 Norberto S. Amoranto Sr. Street, Retiro Quezon City

comfort food rainy day Metro Manila

This interesting pho from Tran Vinh’s will warm your tummy as well as your soul.

Image: Tra Vinh Philippines

Another hot soup to warm your body (and even your soul) is pho. Pho is a Vietnamese dish made with rice noodles and broth, topped with beef or chicken, and a dash of various herbs. A unique pho that might become your new comfort food can be Tra Vinh’s Beef Combination Pho Noodle Soup (PhP180, PhP230, PhP299).

The noodle soup’s broth is made with 16 traditional herbs and spices, and topped with beef shoulder slices, beef balls, and beef tripe, plus raw beef rib eye from New Zealand. Although it’s filled with meat, the soup is still known to be healthy and fresh. Perfect for a glum rainy afternoon.

3. Café Mary Graces’ Summer Squash Soup

Branch: Various branches

comfort food rainy day Metro Manila

Mary Grace’s Summer Squash Soup might be known as a starter but it’s just as good as a comfort food.

Image: Mary Grace Café

If you’re not into broths but it is still craving for something warm, then have a bowl of a thick and creamy soup. Although there are various kinds of soup, one that will definitely top your comfort food list is a squash soup and you can find a good one at Café Mary Grace.

Café Mary Grace’s Summer Squash Soup (PhP170) is creamy and has the perfect consistency, and flavors to give you summer in a bowl even in the middle of the rainy season! Aside from being a warm aide in the cold weather, it’s also the perfect starter for a sumptuous dinner.


4. The Noodle Studio’s Pad Thai

Branch: 2nd Floor, Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave., Pasig City

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Missing your Bangkok escapade? Have some pad thai and reminisce at The Noodle Studio.

Image: @thenoodlestudioph

Comfort food doesn’t always have to be warm or something soupy, sometimes a simple noodle dish will do. If you’re craving for all things noodles, a great place to visit is The Noodle Studio. Although they have a wide array of dishes on their menu, their noodle dishes are the obvious stars.

One noodle dish that will put a smile in your face is their pad thai (PhP378). This noodle dish originating from Thailand is simple yet savory, and will remind you of your trip to Bangkok or Phuket. It’s made with rice noodles, prawn, dried shrimp and pad thai sauce, stir fried to perfection.

5. Goto Believe’s Goto Fried Rice

Address: 630 San Rafael St., Brgy. Plainview, Mandaluyong

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Have your favorite goto wet or dry at Goto Believe.

Image: Goto Believe

As Filipinos we can never get enough of our love of rice. We either have it boiled like goto (congee), fried like sinangag (fried rice), or just pair it with your favorite viand. But would you believe that there’s a restaurant that gave our favorite humble rice a twist?

Goto Believe sells customized goto where you can pick any topping you want and have it either wet (PhP55) or dry (PhP30). Yup, they created a dry goto wherein the rice is cooked in goto broth and fried afterwards! Yum! Just select your topping, and you’re in comfort food heaven.

6. Kanto Freestyle Breakfast’s Pancakes

1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
549 San Joaquin Street, Plainview, Mandaluyong City
5079 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City
79-B Scout Fuentebella Street Corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Laging Handa, Quezon City
6 Aquillina Corner Col. Divino Street, Santo Niño, Marikina City
2466 Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila

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Customize your pancake and eat it whatever time of the day at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast.

Image: Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

Sometimes a classic pancake with your favorite eggs or bacon is enough to turn a bad day into a good one. Fortunately there are restaurants like Kanto Freestyle Breakfast that serves this morning meal anytime of the day.

Their Fluffy Pancakes (PhP70) comes two pieces with butter and honey. The best part is you can customize it, and add your favorite sides may it be bacon (PhP25), eggs (PhP25), or even Vigan longganisa (PhP75) to give your favorite comfort food a personal touch.

7. The Bowery’s Mac and Cheese

Address: G/F Rizal Dr. corner 29th street, Rizal Drive, Taguig

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Enjoy your favorite mac and cheese on a gourmet level at The Bowery.

Image: The Bowery NYC Comfort Food

If Western food is what speaks to your soul in terms of comfort food, we bet its food like mac and cheese that melts your heart. Although there are many establishments in the city that serves the classic mac and cheese, The Bowery’s gourmet version will elevate your favorite to a whole new level.

The Bowery’s Shrimp Truffle Mac and Cheese (PhP850) is made with crème fraiche, cream cheese, and mozzarella to give your favorite a gooey and melt-in-your-mouth kind of texture. Instead of the usual bacon, bits of shrimp are also added to give it a different dimension.

Whether it’s a hot bowl of soup or a crunchy piece of bacon that gives you comfort, there’s plenty of restaurants in the Metro to keep you company this rainy season. Let us know which of these restaurants will likely satisfy your comfort food cravings.

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About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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