This restaurant is rustic and charming, a down-to-earth gathering place for friends and family to come and simply enjoy the familiar. Guests are encouraged to come as they are, since the owners themselves greet customers in their comfortable house clothes. It may be mistaken at !rst as a bar because of the ambience, and the fact that they are only open at night, but it also works as a classic corner restaurant where good food is available at affordable prices. The open air restaurant is perfect for shooting the electric fan-cooled breeze, as of!ce workers and college students unwind with a cold beverage of their choice while savoring Filipino cuisine served up by resident chef Stella Balucas, who also answers to the screen name Cañete – this, after all, is an establishment put up by nine theater artist friends. Guests who are up to performance level can jam and sway along on acoustic nights every Saturday. Families and barkada can also enjoy the board games that are offered or simply appreciate the art that hangs on the restaurant’s walls. The food at Taumbayan is !rst-rate, hands down Pinoy, starting with the appetizer picks with quirky names such as the Happy Birthday–hotdogs with marshmallows and pineapples on sticks, and Make Tusok Tusok, which offers an assortment of !shballs and Chinese kikiam. The main courses are also familiar comfort food – Kasuy Kare-kare, Nilagang Mooh or Nilagang Baka, and the Chicken Pork Jadobo. The grilled specialties such as the Inihaw na Adobo and the Barbecue ni Manong Jaime are other crowd pleasers.
40 K-1st St. cor. Teodoro Gener St., Kamuning, Quezon City
Mon to Sat: 6pm to 2am