As featured in 10 Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants in Manila of 2019!
HAPAG MNL is a private dining venture turned into a modern Filipino restaurant by Chef-owners Thirdy Dolatre (CCA), Kevin Villarica (ISCAHM) and Kevin Navoa (Malaysia-trained) in a Quezon City neighborhood. The name of the restaurant is inspired by the dining table where the family gathers to bond and eat.
Often compared to Toyo and said to be the younger and bolder version, Hapag elevates Filipino cuisine with cleaner execution and exciting presentation without losing its bold flavor taste profile. The comparison can’t be avoided because of their similarities: both are Chef-driven modern Filipino concepts characterized by an open kitchen, tasteful Filipino furniture and location that’s hidden in an alley.
Is it better than Toyo? Is it the next best thing in modern Filipino cuisine in Manila? Or is it all just hype?
I tried it with Rache and Chef Tatung, and here’s what we think…
HAPAG Private Dining
201 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Tuesdays to Sundays: 6.00 pm and 8.30 pm seatings
Mobile: +63 947 560 1853
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Hapag MNL
Hapag is in a quaint hidden location off Katipunan and open only for dinner service.
The 24-seater restaurant features an open kitchen, a chef’s table counter and two seatings, 6.00 pm and 8.30 pm.
It has a decent Filipino-themed cocktail selection by Larry Guevara featuring spirits from Destileria Limtuaco.
EIGHT COURSE TASTING MENU
₱2,500 Vat inclusive + ₱800 for Beverage Pairing
As first-timers, we tried the eight-course tasting menu, but you have the option to order ala-carte subsequently.