So you’re stuck in Manila over the long weekend. No problem, right? You’ll just stock up on your favorite podcasts’ episodes, curate a “Forever Alone and Loving It” playlist, make a list of all the Netflix series and movies you’ve been planning to catch, get started on crossing off titles in your “Must Read” list, and you might even take us up on a few of our suggestions on how to pass time during the holiday.
But bro, here’s the thing: What if you can’t cook?
Good thing there are some smart and enterprising business owners who care about the appetite of non-cooks like you. Here’s our shortlist of dining establishments, based on dishes that you might possibly crave for, that will remain open during the Holy Week.
The Super Chashu Ramen is probably the only dish that almost breaks from our tradition, as it is seemingly vying for the same attention as our broth. Marinated and slow cooked for an even longer time that it takes to cook our soup, the end result is an even smokier version of our ever popular Shoyu. Ask for it from our secret menu 😉
If you’re panicking at thought of not getting your ramen fix should the need to slurp on a piping hot bowl of noodles in broth suddenly hits you over the weekend, fear not. Ramen Yushoken Alabang is open from 11 am to 11 pm while Mendokoro Ramenba is open from 11 am until midnight, both all throughout Holy Week.
The popular community cafe and bar in Poblacion will be open on Maundy Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, on Good Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, on Black Saturday from 8 am to 1 am, and on Easter Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm. This is what a schedule powered by good Filipino coffee looks like.
Din Tai Fung (Bonifacio Global City branch)
Jesus is a cool guy, surely he won’t mind that you’d enjoy something decadent like a chocolate-filled xiao long bao sometime during the Lenten weekend. The Chinese restaurant’s BGC branch will be open on Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 10 pm, then resumes regular hours from Saturday onwards.
Except for its Fairview branch (sorry, northerners), Manam will be serving its brand of Filipino comfort food on Thursday and Friday, albeit at limited hours.
Greenbelt branch:March 29, 7 pm to 11 pm; March 30, 10 am to 11 pm
Netpark: March 29, 10 am to 10 pm; March 30, 10 am to 10 pm
SM Mall of Asia: March 29, 1o am to 10 pm; March 30, 10 am to 10 pm
All four branches resume their regular hours starting on Saturday, March 31.
Ooma (Bonifacio Global City branch)
You won’t miss the delicious liberties that Ooma has taken with Japanese food, because its BGC branch will remain open on Thursday, from 10 am to 11 pm, and on Friday, from 10 am to 11 pm. All branches resume their regular hours by Saturday, March 31.
Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth over at the Farmacy, which remains open on Maundy Thursday from 11 am until midnight, on Good Friday from 11 am to 2 am, and on Black Saturday from 11 am to 2 am. A sundae to celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead? Why, yes, please!
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