5 Restaurants to March to After Graduation

Congrats to all graduates!

Artwork by Gian Ferrer

You know it’s the start of graduation season in Manila when tarpaulins containing pictures of students in togas start appearing everywhere. Or when your Facebook friends start changing their profile pictures into their graduation photos with matching essays as captions. Or perhaps, your child is part of the commemoration and you’re one proud momma to boot. For most, the celebration doesn’t end upon receiving the diploma of their dreams because there’s still have another exciting decision to make – where to celebrate! Here are five Breakfast-approved restaurants where you can rejoice another milestone in your life.

1Cafe Ilang-Ilang


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If you’re looking for somewhere near your graduation venue, this buffet restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from the university belt. It is located inside a five-star hotel so it’s not surprising that its interiors are very fancy and elegant. When it comes to the food, you’ll find that the selection of both international and local dishes is more than enough. For dinner, you can even choose from their themed nights like Surf and Turf, Asian Night, and American Night among others. This sumptuous treat is worth it!

Cafe Ilang-Ilang is located inside Manila Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Manila

2Kuya J


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Where do college students turn to after a gruesome “hellweek”? They usually eat lutong bahay comfort food. While all those sleepless nights spent studying may be behind you now, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a hearty meal of comfort food anymore. That is why for your last day in the school halls, allow this homey restaurant’s Filipino dishes to reward you with the hearty meal you deserve. Just like you, their Lechon Kawali and Crispy Pata are also deserving of an award!

Kuya J has various branches around the Philippines

3Royal Indian Curry House


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The first and only North Indian sports-resto bar in Manila boasts a vast menu of their local fares. Upon entering, their paintings, tinted pendant lamps, and wall patterns will make you feel like you’re in the beautiful country. Aside from the jaw-dropping interiors, they serve mouthwatering dishes like Biryani Rice, Curry, and Kebab among others. You can also have a glass of Lassi on the side to complete the dining experience. Head on to RICH for a royally unique celebration.

Royal Indian Curry House has various branches around Metro Manila

4Steak The First



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The star of the night deserves no less than the number 1 steakhouse from Japan. This restaurant serves one of the most affordable US Angus steaks in town. It’s even grilled in special Binchotan Charcoal and served rare on a sizzling plate with a unique grill stone so you’re in control of the doneness of your meat. It doesn’t matter whether you like it Rare or Medium because you deserve a “well done” for finishing school.

Steak The First is located at Netpark Building, BGC, Taguig

5The Singing Cooks & Waiters


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Whether you have a degree in music or not, everyone will admire the talented singing crew of this restaurant. Yes, the cooks and waiters really sing while serving your food! Imagine taking a bite of your Sisig or Bulalo with the complementary tune of your favorite song on the side. Apart from the mouthwatering food, the entertainment they provide will definitely set your night off to a good start.

The Singing Cooks & Waiters is located at Roxas Blvd., Cor. Gil Puyat, Pasay

Want more all-Pinoy suggestions for your graduation celebration? Check out this list!