The rainy season is out in full force, you don’t have to look very far for some comfort. A steaming bowl of porridge is extra yummy in cool weather and there are plenty of amazing lugaw and goto spots peppered throughout Metro Manila, from upscale restaurants in malls to hole-in-the-wall eateries for pub crawlers.
Read on for some of our favorite restaurants in Metro Manila that serve the most comforting bowls of lugaw and goto. A plus: most of these diners deliver, so you don’t even have to leave the house and get soaked in the rain to enjoy a bowl!
After a night of booze, a warm bowl of freshly made lugaw is absolutely heavenly. Goto Monster is one of the popular after-hours spots in Makati, particularly for the flavorful Goto Special with turmeric, ginger, and salted egg. Generous servings and a wide variety of toppings make Goto Monster the perfect stop for the entire crew.
Limited delivery in the Makati area is available via +63 916 3002600.
Lugawan sa Tejeros
Another long-time fan favorite is Lugawan sa Tejeros, a gotohan that’s famous for its tasty and affordable porridge options. Those who prefer a bare-bones version can order the basic Lugaw (P20), while diners craving a hearty meal can choose the best-selling Lugaw with Lechon Kawali (P40). At this price, their lugaw and goto are unbeatable.
Lugawan sa Tejeros is available on Food Panda and Grab Pabili.
Branches: Makati, Taguig, Kalentong
Opening Hours: 24/7 (Makati, Kalentong); 6 AM to 10 PM (Taguig dine-in); 7 AM to 9 PM (Taguig delivery)
Goto Believe is a gotohan to watch, especially for adventurous foodies who enjoy trying different types of lugaw and goto. The regular Goto Heaven (P90) and Plain Lugaw (P60) are classic best-sellers, while Infierno versions cater to lovers of spice and fire. Street food favorites like isaw (pork or chicken intestine) are also available for toppings. And if you’re not in the mood for slurping, enjoy goto flavors without the broth with Goto Believe’s dry options like Goto Fried Rice (P55).
Delivery is available through Grab Food, Food Panda, or store pick-up.
Branches: Mandaluyong, Kapitolyo, Marikina, Maginhawa, Sta. Mesa
Opening Hours: Daily, 4 PM to 1 AM (Mandaluyong); 24/7 (Kapitolyo, Maginhawa, Sta. Mesa); Tuesday to Sunday, 24 hours (Marikina)
Website: Facebook, Instagram
JTG’s Lugawan Republic
JTG’s Lugawan Republic takes its lugaw seriously. The signature Pilugaw (P145) is a mouthwatering concoction of glutinous rice, sotanghon, ox tripe, chicken, and black mushroom, while Goto Hell (P135) is a lugaw with a spicy kick. Not your type? The restaurant allows more discerning guests to create their own bowl by ordering the Basic Lugaw (P90) and choosing their own toppings.
Delivery is available via Grab Food, Lalamove Pabili Service, or contacting JTG’s directly on +63 917 4907316.
Branches: Scout Rallos (Quezon City), One Banawe Complex (Quezon City)
Opening Hours: Daily, 11 AM to 10 PM (Scout Rallos); Daily, 11 AM to 8 PM (Banawe)
Website: https://jtgs-lugawan-republic.business.site, Facebook, Instagram
Known for serving all kinds of delicious Filipino favorites with high-quality ingredients, Goto Tendon is especially loved for the Goto Tendon (P178/P218). Expect an ultra-tasty broth with the beef bones boiled for eight hours and simmered for 12 hours, then topped with imported U.S. beef tendon, tripe, a quail egg, and chicharon bits. The Beef Tendon Pares (P188) is also worth trying!
Delivery is available by contacting the branches directly. Goto Tendon is also on Food Panda and Grab Food.
Branches: Araneta Ave. (Quezon City), Scout Borromeo (Quezon City), Crossroads (Taguig), Promenade (San Juan), Boni Ave. (Mandaluyong)
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 AM to 9 PM (Araneta Ave.); Daily, 10 AM to 2 AM (Scout Borromeo); Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM; Sunday, 8 AM to 10 PM (Crossroads); Monday to Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; Friday to Sunday, 10 AM to 9 PM (Promenade); Daily, 10 AM to 10 PM (Boni Ave.)
Website: https://gototendon.com, Facebook, Instagram
Craving for your lugaw fix yet? If you’re planning to enjoy your hot goto at home, you might as well pair it with the best refreshments around. A KKday favorite: Moonleaf Tea Shop beverages, from milk tea kits to chocolate and coffee drinks.
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*Featured photo via Goto Monster, Goto Believe, and Goto Tendon Facebook pages