Jeepney Bistro is already a bit of an institution… just not yet here in the Philippines. Their first branch which is in Arizona is the go-to restaurant of Filipinos who find themselves craving for Filipino food. The owners decided to bring it over to the homeland and add a few more surprises in the mix. Thus, Jeepney Bistro Philippines was born.
Jeepney Bistro is a stone’s throw away from UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila, and Miriam College and, so as not to scare away the students, they’ve kept the prices budget-friendly. The average meal would cost you about 60 pesos. The place generally operates under the cafeteria guidelines where the food is lined up at the counter and you just point and pick.
If you’re interested in something other than Pinoy food, though, Jeepney Bistro also has the Coffee and Tea Bar and Ceviche (which serves Mexican fare) under its umbrella and they’re all under the same roof. Sounds weird? Yes but if you’re stuck with a group of friends who all want different things, you’ll want to see this restaurant.
Interestingly enough some of the Filipino dishes they serve are recipes the owners have brought with them all the way from Leyte. Their Ginataang Native na Manok (native chicken in coconut milk stew) is a definite crowd-pleaser and their version of Lechon Paksiw – which they made with just vinegar instead of the usual lechon sauce – was a pleasant surprise for me. I thought it would be too sour for me but it wasn’t and I really liked it.
Ceviche is the name of the Mexican area under Jeepney Bistro and guess why I liked it so much. Yep. That’s right. Margaritas. Who doesn’t love a good midday margarita?
Chicken tostada was my favourite because it had all the good stuff: meat, veggies, and cheese. The beef in their fajita was a bit well done for me. I’m not sure why they had buffalo wings in the menu (since that’s American) but I’m a sucker for buffalo wings and I just had to dig in.
The last portion of Jeepney Bistro is the Coffee and Tea Bar which is my absolute favourite (in case you didn’t know, I’m a coffee junkie). They serve all kinds of tea, scrumptious desserts, and the wonderful coffee creations of one of the owners, Quina Tan.
I really liked the Toasted Marshmallow Latte (I’m sure I would have fallen in love if it was over ice) and the Honey Dew Shake which is something you won’t easily find elsewhere. The Cinnamon Roll was delicious especially when matched with the Ginger Peach Tea. And how cute was that tea set!
So what is Jeepney Bistro? Is it a cafeteria? Is it a coffee shop? Is it a Mexican restaurant? The answer: it’s a lot of good things with good prices under one roof.
42-A Esteban Abada St.
(take the street beside McDonald’s Katipunan then turn left)
(+63 2) 917 793 0637
10:00am – 10:00pm
*All information posted is applicable as of November 2014.