Feel Parañaque’s easy and steady southern atmosphere, away from the hustle and bustle of the north.
Food: Missing the taste of a good home-cooked meal? Goodah!!! dishes up classic Filipino comfort food to please your palate. Chose from such affordable dishes as Goto (35 pesos or 80 US cents), Arroz Caldo (55 pesos or US$1.20), Pares, Dinuguan (69 pesos or US$1.50, Classic Tapa, Tokwa, and many more. Their solo servings are enough to fill your stomach but they won’t put a hole in your pocket.
Ambience: Very informal in an al fresco setting.
Crowd: Employees from nearby offices to barkadas (peer groups). Solo diners eat in the counter; customers in groups occupy the surrounding tables.
What to Expect: You can sample a selection of classic Filipino dishes without paying a fortune.
Goodah!!! – Along Doña Soledad Ave., Better Living Subdivision, Parañaque City; tel. no. +632-8243166
Food: Casino Filipino offers
various gastronomic delights from its scrumptious buffet and in its different restaurants. Some of the restaurants have personnel who go around and offer free food-order service to casino patrons, but you’ll need a casino card for it.
Ambience: Very lively and fun atmosphere.
Crowd: Mixed. Mostly a haven for senior citizens, but plenty of you
ng people also play in the gaming tables.
What to Expect: You can spend all day and night playing internationally-recognized games like Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Big & Small, Pai Glow Poker, Super 6 and the Slot Machines. You can also join the Bingo games in the afternoon or watch the nightly entertainment shows from 6pm onwards.
PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) Casino Filipino – PIRC Bldg., Ninoy Aquino Ave., Parañaque City; tel. nos. +632-8541605 or +632-8540602
BREAKFAST ALL DAY
Food: Sinangag Express serves favorite Filipino breakfast favorites any
time of the day. The most popular one is Tapsilog (49 pesos or US$1.10), a combination of beef tapa flakes, garlic rice and sunny side-up egg that’s best eaten with their chili vinegar. You can also choose from Tocilog (sweet pork), Chosilog (chorizo), Hotsilog (hotdog), and several other delicious dishes.
Ambience: No air-conditioning but very airy and has a relaxed vibe to it.
Crowd: Anyone who enjoys eating Pinoy breakfast meals, from teenagers to family groups.
What to Expect: You get value for your money with the economical and tasty dishes as well as the quick service.
Sinangag Express – 79 President Ave., BF Homes, Sucat, Parañaque City
(Published in Mabuhay Magazine, November 2008)