Must-Try Restaurants in the Philippines

Top 10 Batangas Restaurants You should Check Out

From the land to the sea, and the lake in between, Batangas’ famous cuisine swings from both ends of the spectrum. The sought-after Batangas beef makes its grand appearance in classic dishes like the bulalo and goto, while endemic fish species maliputo and tawilis are celebrated in its simple glory. But Batangas holds much more culinary treats within that range from hole-in-the-walls to the hidden and exclusive. Read on to find out more about these restaurants in the land of the fearless down south.

1. Café de Lipa Origins

Cafe de Lipa

(photo via Facebook, @cafedelipa)

  • Location: 32 San Carlos drive, Mataas na Lupa, Lipa City
  • Type: Cafe
  • Reservations: Not available
  • Budget for one: P105 to P155
  • Operation hours: 7am to 12am (Mondays to Saturdays), 7am to 11pm (Sundays)
  • Must-try: Barako Joe, Dark Mocha Ice Blend, any one of their Mood Coffee selection, pastries and bars flavored with native ingredients like pili nuts, tableya, calamansi, and of course, barako coffee
  • Insider Info: Their Mood Coffee selection offers unique blends to suit different coffee “moods”. Try the Companion mood coffee laced with almond essence to stimulate concentration, or the Barako variety for, need we say more, a double dose of caffeine to perk any sleepyhead up.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone Number: +63 43 756 1716
    Website: www.cafedelipa.ph
    Facebook: Café de Lipa

What better way to start off this list than to feature Batangas’ most prominent commodity – the Batangas barako coffee. Literally meaning “hog” or “wild boar”, barako also alludes to being “manly” and “fearless” in the Tagalog dialect. Now if those words are not enough to give you an idea of how strong a brew kapeng barako is, then grab yourself a cup of their Barako Joe here at Café de Lipa and experience its caffeine kick for yourself.

Don’t miss a Batangas trip without passing by this affordable and locally loved café.

2. Park View Lomi House

  • Location: J. Pastor St., Ibaan
  • Type: Casual Eatery
  • Reservations: Not available
  • Budget for one: around P80
  • Operation hours: 24 hours
  • Must-try: Lomi
  • Insider Info: While the owner isn’t originally from Ibaan, this lomi place has become synonymous with Ibaan lomi. Because it is a hole-in-the-wall place, parking is almost nil.

While there is undoubtedly a slew of popular lomi places all over Batangas, the lomi from Ibaan town seems to have been a constant challenger to the more popular lomi versions and eateries. And among those cited, Parkview Lomi House has always figured at the top.

This nondescript hole-in-the-wall eatery has been around for over a decade already, and is a staple among the locals of Ibaan for their lomi fix. Batangas lomi takes on a thicker variety, more saucy than soupy, almost without any vegetables, and is topped with either mounds of chicharon or lechon, or an assemblage of liver, kikiam, and pork slices.

3. Jorjhane’s House of Special Bulalo

Jorjhanes House of Special Bulalo

(photo via Facebook, @jorjhaneshouseofspecialbulalo)

  • Location: Balagtas Rd., Batangas City
  • Type: Casual Eatery
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: around P100 to P150
  • Operation hours: 24 hours
  • Must-try: Bulalo, Batangas goto, sizzling bulalo, sisig
  • Insider Info: Jorjhane’s has two other branches at Bolbok and Lemery. Seafood such as lapu-lapu, samara, and tanigue fish are also available in its annex. If their complementary bulalo soup is not enough, the regular order also includes unlimited broth refills.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +63 43 6063369, +63 43 7830680
    Facebook: Jorjhane’s House of Special Bulalo 2016

Jorjhane’s is one of those local eateries that one grows up to know by heart. It serves what it knows best – comfort food devoid of any pretense and complication. And as its name clearly shows, the famed Batangas bulalo is top amongst its home-cooked fare.

What sets Jorjhane’s version of this beefy marrow and shank soup apart is its straightforwardness and its serving of leaner cuts of meat that are remarkably tender.

4. Don Juan Boodle House

  • Location: Calle J.W. Diokno, Bgy. Zone, Taal
  • Type: Family-style Filipino Restaurant
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: starts at P110
  • Operation hours: 8am to 9pm (Mondays to Fridays), 7am to 9pm (Saturdays to Sundays & Holidays)
  • Must-try: Taal Specialties Boodle set, Sinigang na Maliputo, Fried Taal suman with tsokolate
  • Insider Tips: Allow 20-30 minutes cooking time for boodle sets. The restaurant’s staff members are all from Taal and other nearby towns.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +63 43 740 1828; Mobile No. +63 917 556 1107, +63 917 528 0551
    Website: www.donjuan.taal.ph
    Facebook: Don Juan – Taal

It’s a mystery how the “boodle fight” type of eating became popular in Batangas, particularly around the Taal area, such that a restaurant specializing in this type of eating was born. Enter Don Juan Boodle House in Taal. Perhaps it is the Tagalog heritage of camaraderie and close-knit family ties that spawned this phenomenon. Either way, eating boodle style with our bare hands, Filipino-style, is an experience to be had.

5. Kainan sa Dalampasigan

Kainan sa Dalampasigan Nasugbu

(photo via Facebook, @KainansaDalampasiganNasugbu)

  • Location: R. Martinez St., Bgy. Bucana, Nasugbu
  • Type: Filipino Restaurant
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P350
  • Operation hours: 8am to 9pm
  • Must-try: Bilao sa Dalampasigan, Binalot chicken-pork adobo and rice, Kare-Kare, Daing na Bangus, leche flan, halo-halo, and sago gulaman
  • Insider Tips: There are lots of picture-perfect nooks and spots in this garden compound. There is also a chapel inside open to visitors, and a recent addition of a mini karting track.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +63 917 671 0867
    Website: www.kainansadalampasigan.com
    Facebook: Kainan sa Dalampasigan

Kainan sa Dalampasigan is one of the most iconic restaurants serving well-loved Filipino dishes in Batangas. Having been around for over 35 years and still going strong, this has been a popular pit stop for both locals and travelers.

Just going through its main entrance already gives off a homey feel; but wait until you get to its main dining hall, which evokes a rustic Filipiniana atmosphere with its airy ambience, smattering of native plants, and simple wooden furniture reminiscent of traditional households.

6. Johanna’s Grill

  • Location: P. Burgos St., Batangas City
  • Type: Casual Restaurant
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P300
  • Operation hours: 10am to 9:30pm
  • Must-try: Baby back ribs, Crispy beef short ribs, JD’s Platter, Sizzling dinuguan, Blueberry cheesecake
  • Insider Tips: There is another branch in Bgy. Manghinao Proper, Bauan. The restaurant is located at a busy part of town so be wary of traffic and parking. They have baby back rib packages of 10 pieces (either medium or large) available for P2,000 or P2,100.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +63 43 723 2289
    Facebook: Johana’s Grille – Batangas Branch

Finding exceptional baby back ribs in this part might be the last thing one might expect, but expect one should, because it truly is available in Batangas, here at Johanna’s Grille. In fact, we suggest that you don’t miss it at all. “Fall-off-the-bone”, “succulent”,“tender”, and “smoky” – they are all qualified adjectives for this local favorite.

7. Casa Marikit Ristorante Italiano

Casa Marikit Ristorante Italiano

(photo via Facebook, @Casa-Marikit-Ristorante-Italiano)

  • Location: Banay-Banay, Concepcion, Mataas Na Kahoy
  • Type: Casual Italian Restaurant
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Operation hours: 11am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
  • Must-try: Rib-eye Steak, Osso Bucco, Grilled Seafood Platter, Insalata Rucola, Calzoni with ricotta, tomatoes, mushrooms, and Italian sausage, Panna cotta desserts
  • Insider Tips: The Japanese restaurant beside Casa Marikit shares its parking space with the latter’s customers.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +63 43 312 1499, +63 43 312 0454; Mobile No. +63 917 869 2354
    Email: [email protected]

In the midst of Batangas lies an Italian gem frequented by families, friends, or couples seeking a romantic date night. Casa Marikit provides all the right elements for such special occasions. With its Mediterranean-inspired interiors complete with oak barrels and wine collection, and al fresco and intimate dining areas, it perfectly sets the tone for the delectable dishes that will come your way.

8. Ippon Yari

  • Location: LiMa Square, Lima Technology Center Arcade, Malvar
  • Type: Japanese Restaurant
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: P450 to P500
  • Operation hours: 11am to 2:30pm; 5pm to 9:30pm
  • Must-try: El Hire (grilled skate fin), Niratama (leeks stir fried with egg), Appetizers like Edamame to Kimchi and Onigiri; Ika ring (squid rings)
  • Insider Tips: The place tends to fill up during work week hours, so come early or reserve a table.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +63 43 455 7028; Mobile Nos. +63 917 845 3806, +63 998 530 8618;
    Facebook: Ippon Yari Lima Batangas

It is almost customary, albeit surreptitious, to judge a restaurant’s quality by the number of locals patronizing it. Such is the attractive case of Ippon Yari Japanese restaurant in Malvar, Batangas, where expatriated Japanese salarymen working in the numerous companies at the LiMa Technology industrial park frequently go to for lunch breaks.

Because it mostly ministers to a Japanese clientele, as its original branch in Makati did too, Ippon Yari’s menu offers a vast selection of food items that go beyond the usual donburis, tempuras and chashu ramen.

9. The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen

The Beehive Farm and Kitchen

(photo via Facebook, @TheBeeHiveFarmAndKitchen)

  • Location: #17 Purok 2, Tambo, Lipa
  • Type: American and Filipino cuisine
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Budget for one: Around P400 to P550
  • Operation hours: 10am to 9pm
  • Must-try: Honey back ribs, Ribeye Steak, The Beehive Trio sandwich, Onion Rings, The Bumblebee Burger, The Queen Bee pasta, Fried cheese munchkins
  • Insider Tips: Visit their store at the patio for honey products, and arrange for a farm immersion in advance for a close encounter with the buzzing kind. Engagement proposals and other private events can also be arranged here.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +64 43 774 1038; Mobile No. +63 918 951 3346, +63 917 504 8766
    Facebook: The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen

The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen sits in one of the prominent bee farms in Lipa. Its owner was prodded to start this restaurant after years of serving good food made with their own harvest of honey. Finally, in 2008, The Bee Hive Farm and Kitchen was born. The restaurant itself is a converted house, which gives off that charming and snug appeal. The vast greenery surrounding it also adds to its overall countryside pleasantness and more value to their outdoor dining areas.

10. 12 Plates

  • Location: CJI Compound (Sorrento Bay Hotel), Sarmiento Rd., Bgy. Danglayan, San Pascual
  • Type: French Restaurant
  • Reservations: Required
  • Budget for one: Starts at P220
  • Operation hours: Contact the restaurant for their availability
  • Must-try: Milkshake, Patisserie and Dessert creations
  • Insider Tips: 12 Plates also does catering services for your special occasions for groups or intimate dinners. They also conduct occasional culinary lessons that come with a full set menu such as pizza-making, and open kitchen sessions for dessert-making. But these and set menus are seasonal, so be sure to contact them first for their latest offerings.
  • Contact Details:
    Phone number: +64 43 702 9800; Mobile Nos. +63 922 801 9010, +63 920 136 1741
    Facebook: 12 Plates

12 Plates has remained quite elusive to crowds, but has been quietly yet steadily rising in acclaim amongst the local gourmandise for their French culinary creations. It is an exceptional fine dining find in Batangas with full set menus that offer high culinary plates from such as poached lobsters, smoked French duck breast and foi gras, delectably grilled Angus strip loins, and braised lamb shanks with garlic mashed potatoes.

Itching for more places to see? Explore Batangas now and see what else this Southern province has to offer!


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