Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen

Bellitudo Lifestyle Strip, 79 Katipunan Ave., White Plains, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Bawai's Vietnamese Kitchen
4.3
4.5 Stars

55 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 29
  • 4 stars 18
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 3
  • 1 star 0
  • 68 Reviews
  • 200 Recommend
  • 55 Reviewers
Category:
Vietnamese
Business Hours
Reopens Fri: 11:00a - 2:00p
Phone
+6324428874

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00p
    • 5:00p - 10:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Wi-Fi:
Free
Parking:
Reserved
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Delivery:
No
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Carmina D.
5.0 Stars
2

It was a spontaneous decision to have late lunch here and it did not disappoint at all.

Loved everything from the Banh Tom, to the Pho Bo Kho, and their coffee, Ca Phe Sua Nong. The perfect taste makes up for the price (though not very steep)!

Highly recommended!

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Reena C.
4.0 Stars
5

Since we were trying to be more healthy, we chose the gui cuin (fresh garden roll) over the fried one. The veggies were fresh and tasty!

Our favorite was the banh xe or crispy crepe with meat and bean sprouts! So yummy! I love the fried crispy texture filled with togue! Maybe they can add mushrooms next time.

The cut of the chicken of the curry-ga was quite big. It was my first time to taste vietnamese style curry.

For dessert, we got the basil ice cream and the banh da lon. The basil ice cream was interesting. It was like eating cold creamy herb sauce! The banh da lon tasted like rainbow kakanin! Next time i will also order the other herb ice cream flavors.

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Will C.
5.0 Stars
4

It was kinda unexpected to be here on a rainy sunday lunch but to cut things short, here i am having an unexpected sunday lunch alone on a quaint vietnamese resto along white plains. The place in contrast to the congested white plains was very peaceful, the ambiance was shouting 5 star since you would feel transported into a rural village.

I had their set menu for one, at 375 that includes pork and beef pho, fresh rolls and lemonade. While i add a sticky rice and corn with coconut as my dessert.

The pho was just okay, pho hoa was abit better IMO but i like the spiciness of this one, and it was just perfect for the weather.

Fresh rolls was not bad, though it smells something weird i reckon it was the vietnamese ham. But it still taste good.

The dessert was not bad either, i was surprise it was warm. The mixture of coconut was perfect.

Overall, i will definitely come back. 128516

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Mickey S.
4.0 Stars

If you are looking for quality Vietnamese dishes, this is the spot. I came in expecting the usual dine-in, but I left with a wonderful experience and a happy belly. 128513

We walked in and we were quickly greeted and seated. I immediately knew we were going to get prompt and attentive service, and that's exactly what we got. The ambience is also very fitting; Foliage gives the feel of a true Asian restaurant, again complemented by the great hospitality. The restaurant has a warm feel to it, nice and cozy, like a place where old friends gather to simply talk.

Now onto the food...

I'd say the dishes here have interesting combinations of flavors and spices. If I were to describe Bawai's food in three words, they would be: FRESH, DELICIOUS, and SAVORY. Let me tell you what we had:

Goi Cuon - Think of fresh Lumpia (spring rolls). This dish completely changed my taste buds forever. It was soft, crispy, and a bit sweet (probably from the caramelized pork) and paired with a rich peanut dipping sauce that literally left me licking the tiny bowl when it was done.

Bawai's Salad - Another winner! It had fresh coconut sprouts, herbs, steamed shrimps, and strips of glazed pork. I really enjoyed all the little, punchy elements that contribute to the overall flavor of the dish. My mum absolutely loved this too!

I was a huge fan of the Com Suon Cha (twice-grilled pork belly) that came with a mushroom egg pie and greens on the side. The meat was sweet, savory, and I actually enjoyed this indescribably good charred taste. Similar to a slow-braised pork, the meat was very tender and succulent. Don't ever leave Bawai's without getting this dish. Must-try! Repeat after me, MUST-TRY!

We also tried the Pho Ga. It was such an experience! It was full of chicken meat, herbs, and egg noodles. The broth was sublime. The perfect blend of heat and spice.

For dessert, we had Che Bap (think of Sapin-sapin) -  a traditional Vietnamese pudding which basically marries chewy, sticky rice, corn, tapioca flour(?), and coconut cream. Of all of the sticky rice and coconut milk desserts in the Vietnamese dessert repertoire, I think this corn-stricky rice pudding rendition has to be my favorite. The one served to us was at room temperature but in my opinion, this dessert would be best served warm.

Everything was presented beautifully and the portions were generous and very filling. Mum and I left here truly satisfied. Service was well above par. It was very quick and conscientious. The waiter was so friendly, making conversation with us, refilling water frequently.

Overall, it was an amazing night for us, and I'm glad to have shared this experience with my Mum.

Cheers,
Mickey

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Jen L.
5.0 Stars

Vietnamese food heaven!

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Antonio Lorenzo Q.
4.0 Stars

Craving for Vietnamese and a Tagaytay-esque ambience in the metro? Bawai's is one way to address it. Though originally from Tagaytay, this resto has branched out to QC, and somehow retained its rural-like surroundings. Furnishings give out a Neo-Vietnamese impression, another plus when eating Vietnamese staples such as pho and banh mi. Food was relatively good, but kinda pricey for its class. Nonetheless, this place is a good way to treat yourself to an "escape" from the hustle and bustle of the Metro.

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Melissa V.
3.0 Stars

Food was ok but I won't be gping back anytime soon.

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Jenn N.
5.0 Stars

I first had Bawai's when they only had 1 branch in Silang. I think it was more than 5 years ago. I remember having a great dinner with my family. Back then you had to call ahead and reserve a table, and also pre-order most of your food.

I don't know why we haven't gone back after that visit, but we're really happy that they branched out here in Manila already! No need to go to the south anymore! 128513

We ordered their bestsellers, the ones with the small leaf in their menu.

110881108811088️Goi Cuon - fresh garden rolls with caramelized pork, steamed shrimps and rice vermicelli, served with a rich peanut sauce.

This is a staple Vietnamese appetizer for us. I really liked it but I kinda like my peanut sauce with less hoisin.

11088110881108811088️Bawai's Salad - fresh heart of a coconut with herbs, glazed pork and steamed shrimps with house dressing 128076🏻

This was a surprise! Very light and refreshing. Even my youngest brother loved this one, and he doesn't even eat ubod. He ordered another one after we finished everything on the table. That's how good it was! Must order! 128588🏻

11088110881108811088️Ba Nuong Xa - pan-grilled lemongrass beef sirloin served on skewers, topped with dry onions and peanuts.

This one comes with rice. The beef is so tender and flavorful, and the dried onions and peanuts give it a nice contrast. I would have eaten more of this if I wasn't so full from everything we had. 128513

1108811088110881108811088️Curry Ga - slow-cooked tender chicken on an aromatic curry base, garnished with coconut milk and thin slices of onions. Comes with a cup of rice. (Pictured above)

If you love curry, you MUST order this!!! 128523 All of us loved this dish! I could taste the lemongrass, which is a plus. The curry is not as heavy as Indian curry. The chicken is cooked perfectly and is very tender. It's kinda hard to explain but please, please order this! 128514

110881108811088️Bun Tom - sautéed lemongrass prawns on dry noodles with fresh lettuce, cucumber and pickled vegetables topped with roasted nuts.

This is good too, but I wish the sauce was lighter. Maybe less fish sauce? Again, my brothers loved this dish.

11088110881108811088️Ca Phe Sua Da - Trung Nguyen iced coffee with condensed milk.

I don't think anyone can go wrong with Vietnamese coffee. 128525

I would definitely come back! Maybe in their Silang branch for the more homey ambiance. My overall thought? Dining in Bawai's felt like having my own Vietnamese grandmother cook hearty dishes for me. Nothing too fancy, but always hits the right spot! 128076🏻

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I would give this 10 stars if I could!

I'm so sorry for the really long review, I had time to kill while waiting for the rest of the family to finish their food. 128517

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An J.
4.0 Stars

Beef Pho.When I took this picture, the soup spoon accidentally fall into the soup.The soup is good.

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An J.
5.0 Stars

I love the entrance and place of Bawai's Restaurant.It feels like you are in Tagaytay because of the leaves and trees beside the restaurant.

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Banh Xeo or Crispy Crepe with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts and onions.It is good.

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Bun Tom or sautéed Lemongrass Prawns on dry noodles, fresh lettuce, cucumber, pickled vegetables topped with roasted nuts

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Chicken Curry.It is so good.

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Grilled Porkbelly flavored with caramel-lemongrass marinade, served with mushroom egg pie and greens.This dish is so good.

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Tiger Prawns with Tamarind Sauce.It is so good.

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Fried Spring Rolls

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An J.
5.0 Stars

Bawai's Salad

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An J.
5.0 Stars

It's been awhile that I haven't written a review at Looloo.My plan is to eat at Bawai's Restaurant last year.My dream came true today.We celebrated my sister's birthday lunch at Bawai's restaurant today.Finally, I get to try their Vietnamese dishes.

We ordered Steamed Spring Rolls, Fried Spring Rolls, Black Tiger Prawns with Tamarind Sauce, Curry chicken, Bawai's Salad, Grilled Pork Belly with Caramel-Lemongrass Marinate and other Vietnamese dishes that we ordered.Wow!All their Vietnamese dishes are so good.

The prices of the food are not expensive. It's very affordable.Their dishes mostly is for sharing.

The ambience of the restaurant is good.It feels like that you eating in Tagaytay because of the plants, leaves and view outside the restaurant.

If you are looking for a authentic Vietnamese restaurant, this is the place that I will recommend you to eat Vietnamese food.

The parking of restaurant or place is only 6-7 slots.If you are coming to this restaurant, come early so that you can park

I'm coming back to eat other dishes at this restaurant next time.

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April M.
2.0 Stars

I didn't like their QC branch as much as I did their original branch in Tagaytay. I remember loving the meal I’ve had in Tagaytay more than 4 years ago, and feeling refreshed by the strong organic tastes of their food. That meal was the reason I love pho! 

My boyfriend and I were so excited when we first heard Bawaii’s is going to QC, but was disappointed when we finally got to visit. I did not like the pho at all. :( Broth was too sweet and had nothing of the organic notes I look for in a bowl of pho. They also didn’t give me the standard plate of garnishings to add to my pho until I asked. Either they only give upon request of their guests (I really hope this isn't the case) or they just forgot. Sayang, it’s a nice place pa naman. I really wanted it to be as good as their Tagaytay branch.

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Jen L.
5.0 Stars

No. 1 vietnamese food!!!

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