While there is no single food specialty Novaliches is known for, hundreds of eateries line the streets of the place. Majority of these dining places are carinderias and turo-turos, but the food tastes delicious nonetheless. Here’s what should complete your food trip in Nova.
1) Janet’s Pares House
Located in General Luis Street, Janet’s Pares House opened in 2000 with very few seats available for its patrons. Today, the pares house has a total of four branches. One of these is located in Quirino Highway, which is just a few minute (7.8 kilometers) drive from Amaia Square Novaliches.
Janet’s originally offered beef pares before extending its menu to include other home-cooked meals. Nowadays, the best-sellers are lugaw, puto, tapsilog, sizzling sisig, siopao, chop suey, and the all-time favorite Janet’s fried chicken. In fact, a food trip to the area would not be complete without tasting these items. The diner also has a take-out counter to cater to patrons that are on-the-go.
2) Ernesto’s Eksotik Restaurant
Ernesto’s Eksotik Restaurant is located along Buenamar Drive, near the Tullahan Bridge. This is actually a restobar that operates from 4pm to 4am. The ambiance is one-of-a-kind since this is one of the few dining places in Novaliches that offers a garden setting. It can accommodate up to 100 patrons.
From the name of the bistro, it offers exotic dishes to go with your cold beer. The house specialty is tapang usa (cured venison or deer meat). The restaurant sources its meat from deer farms of Nueva Ecija.
3) C & A Mami House
Another famous restaurant along Quirino Highway is C & A Mami House. Named after Mr. Carlos and Mrs. Amparo Lim, C & A Mami House has been in the business for more than 35 years now. This is perhaps the most popular Filipino-Chinese restaurant in Novaliches. Also, it is popular among celebrities since it is situated near TV 5, hence its moniker ‘kainan ng artista‘ (dining place of the stars).
C & A is mostly known for its chami – a house specialty. However, its beef and chicken mami, pancit bihon, pancit canton, and miki bihon are also the favorite of many. Another hot item is the siopao asado, which is the spicy version because of the generous amount of black pepper. The restaurant also serves breakfast meals (silog meals) and value meals such as beef steak and beef caldereta.
4) Naks! Sarap Co.
Opened in 2008, Naks! Sarap is an old house transformed into a restaurant. The restaurant offers promos from time to time such as the Abot-Kaya Mas Masayang Busog Eat-All-You-Can buffet for only Php 119.99. Indeed, this is one of the cheapest buffets you’ll find in the metro. It is open for reservations.
Furthermore, its slogan is Lutong Bahay, Pagkaing Pinoy, offering classic, home-cooked Filipino dishes. There are up to 20 selections of main dishes including pork, chicken, beef, and vegetables and 4 desserts. The majority of the main dishes has coconut milk because the owner is from the Bicol region.
These are four of the must-try dining places in Novaliches. Mind you, these restaurants are always full, a testament of how delicious the food are. So, if you are planning to visit Novaliches, include these in your eat-inerary.