Imagine it’s almost midnight, you’re with good friends and having a great time in a restaurant, but then the wait staff says only last orders will be taken.
Where to go to keep the fun going for a few more hours, or just for nightcaps—considering there aren’t that many clubs and bars open 24 hours in Metro Manila?
In Quezon City there are two options. One is Kowloon House on Matalino Street. The famous Chinese restaurant closes at 10 p.m., but has a small counter and a few tables for night owls. It’s open till 5 a.m. although beer may be ordered till 2 a.m.
On a recent visit I enjoyed its asado mami (a steal at P98), which I washed down with San Miguel Pale Pilsen (cheap at P50).
At Kowloon’s basement is a small bar called Moe’s, which features live performances by relatively unknown young bands, if not some benefit gigs by rock groups.
Kowloon House, 20 Matalino St. Diliman, Quezon City; tel. 9214411
The second option is along Morato Street near Timog Circle—Murato Streat, stylized as MURAto strEAT, most probably to emphasize its affordable food.
At first glance it looks like a diner or a barbecue place with al fresco tables.
It was around 4 a.m. when friends and I got there and we weren’t hungry. But the menu, under the main heading Lutong Bahay ni Nanay, looked yummy, with a few items amusingly described as:
Sossing Saucy Chicken BBQ w/ Rice, P169; Dinuguan ni Digong w/ Rice, P169; Everlasting Na, Forever Pa (Embutido), P179, among others. It’s actually a full menu whose specialties are ribs, crispy pata, chicken and fish.
As for drinks, there’s liquor, wine, cocktails and beer—with several promo packages of a choice of one pulutan and six bottles of local beer averaging less than P500.