Empacho

2/F, 170 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Don Roces Ave., Sacred Heart, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Empacho
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Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 2:00a
Phone
+639174671816

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 1:00a
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 2:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Foodcrawl P.
3.0 Stars
4

People from the office is raving for this new Pinoy restaurant and we swing by to find out what the fuss is all about.

The ambiance is fine and its works as a good place from lunch to late night drinks. Love the window-side platform couch. It is located at the 2nd level of the building, giving an outside view of Tomas Morato corner Roces.

Literally experienced serious constipation the following day. My bad, ordered Lechon Belly (P790) and Aligue Rice (P65) for lunch, shared by two.

Learned to always take everything in moderation no matter how crispy the lechon is. The mouthwatering Pork Belly is rightfully done. We liked it chopped and had 6 slices of it. Price is justified by the amount of serving. An order of Aligue rice is good enough for 2pax.

Service is just okay. I asked for a pineapple juice which is unfortunately not available. We are offered with the Piña Colada mocktail (P150). Hoping to lessen the guilt in our belly, the coconut flavor is too strong. We didn’t get to drink the glass into half.

The dessert compensated the disappointment. Ended our meal with the Pistachio Sansrival (P250). It is creamy and not that sweet.

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AlwaysHungryPh P.
5.0 Stars
10

Was there ever a time that you have dined out and the food was just so good, you just can’t help but pig out? I bet you felt full at that time that stretched for hours but gave no regrets. The feeling of being extremely full after having indulged so much is referred to in Spanish and in Filipino as “empacho.” Such was my exact sentiment when I, together with other food bloggers, had the chance of visiting this new go to place, Empacho in Quezon City.

This recently renovated spot is located above UCC Cafe, at the corner of Tomas Morato Avenue, and Don Roces Street. They have a private parking space in front, a two floor dining area, a smoking location, and a full bar for their customers.

Empacho serves Filipino comfort food given yet another modern twist to it. They have launched only April of this year and they thrive to beat other Filipino cuisines nearby.

For a good start, we had their Spicy Tamarind Wings. It’s crispy chicken wings in local sour fruit simmered with fried chili. Next was one of their controversial offerings, Triple Bypass. It’s goal is leaning towards giving you trouble. It has oil laden, deep fried but crunchy chicken skin, chicharong bulaklak, and isol inasal. These came along with different dips to match.

We also had the Ultimate Empacho Salad, which was made up of roasted pork belly, pickled onions, cucumber, green mango, turnips, carrots, tomato, and tom yao, in calamansi dressing. This one was one of my picks that day, a balance take on meat and healthier ingredients.

Crispy Pork Kare Kare came after. Any Filipino restaurant offers their own take of our classic peanut dish. Theirs was rich and tasty with their own made bagoong giving it more boost.

If you are looking for a must order and a probable game changer, go for their Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberries. It’s a novelty and sensible given the berries natural sourness as well. It could use some spice though, more native chili please.

Another must order include their Crispy Soft Shell Crab Pinakbet. Instead of using the usual pork, a shell gave it a new texture and vibrant taste. This offering is good to be consumed by itself, like another salad.

As savory meals came one by one, we were also served almost all their beverages. We got Empacho Bitters, Iced Tea, Paraiso, Bayani, Kamias, Ube Sago, and their Mocktails.

Ready for an Empacho that’s worth having? Quezon City has this comforting respite after a period of stress or a place for a much needed break.

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Sj F.
3.0 Stars
2

I liked the place. Pa social ung ambiance. 128522

I love the blending of tamis and alat of the tokwa't baboy sauce. Their wings has a hint of asim, tamis at linamnam. The tapa, i think is carabao meat topped with chips and has a earthy aftertaste. Their dishes was good for a two-person serving. Swak for a date night.

But they flocked sa maintenance ng customers comfort. Kasi when we dine, i think andun ung may ari with his friends na nakadine din. At super gulo sila na nkakadisturb sa ibang andun din, na yung tipong di mo na marinig ung music nila na ngpplay kc sa uber lakas na tawanan nila.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
10

Filipino cuisine will always be love. Its rich flavors and textures never fail to charm me. And when I was invited to indulge in a Filipino spread, I simply could not say no.

Hello, Empacho.

It would be easy to miss this new Filipino restaurant (and bar) as it is located on the second floor of a corner building along Tomas Morato. In fact, Waze pointed me to a nearby hospital instead of the restaurant. It seemed like a premonition to what was about to happen.

As soon as I opened the door, I was greeted by a mix of wood and cement interiors with high ceiling giving the place an airy vibe.

Food was already being served when I got there and first dish I spotted was this Empacho's Smoked Blood Sausage (PHP350) with sticky rice. It was a modern take on the Pinoy favorite dinuguan. It had a rough texture and it was a bit bitter, salty and tangy all at the same time. Though it was a lot easier and less messy to eat, I still prefer the usual soupy dinuguan.

The Triple Bypass (PHP380) is one of Empacho's recommended appetizers and I could see why. It is a bar chow heaven! One order comes with crispy chicken skin, salt and pepper chicharon bulaklak and isol inasal. Though I wasn't able to dip it in any of the sauces, I liked the chicken skin and inasal. Sadly, the chicharon bulaklak failed in the crunch department.

We also tried the Spicy Tamarind Wings (PHP370) which was flavorful but not spicy at all. I liked it that way though.

I loved the Crispy Tokwa't Baboy (PHP350) which was a combination of spicy chicharon bagnet and fried tofu. The contrast of the crunchy bagnet and the soft tofu was delightful! However, I enjoyed munching on the tofu more than the pork as it made me feel less guilty.

Speaking of feeling less guilty, we also feasted on a bowl of The Ultimate Empacho Salad (PHP390). Do not let the word salad trick you though as this bowl of greens is topped with roasted pork belly! This dish is the definition of having the best of both worlds. A mouthful of the crunchy pork belly with veggies such as cucumber, carrots, tomatoes and jicama plus strips of tangy green mango and spiced calamansi dressing is a party of textures and flavors! An order if this is a meal of its own.

For mains, we had Crispy Pork Kare-Kare (PHP395), Empacho's Lechon Belly (PHP790) and Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberry (PHP490).

The Crispy Pork Kare-Kare was amazing! The pork belly was seasoned well and each bite was crunchy and not dry at all. The kare-kare sauce was peanuty and absolutely divine. In fact, it was flavorful enough to be enjoyed without the shrimp paste (bagoong).

The lechon belly is one of Empacho's signature dishes and I could tell why even without having a bite yet. It was beautiful and made everyone drool as soon as it was served on the table. The roasted marinated pork belly stuffed with herbs and spices with sinamak on the side is a must order dish! Each bite of the pork belly oozed with juice and the crackling of the skin was music to my ears.

I also liked the Crispy Soft Shelled Crab Pinakbet (PHP490) which is a classy take on the usual mixed veggies. The contrast of textures was delightful and I loved that the pumpkin chunks were cooked right.

But what impressed me the most was its sinigang na lechon with strawberry. I've never had sinigang with strawberries though I've heard of a restaurant in Baguio that serves that. And when a bowl of piping hot sinigang was served on our table, I actually thought it was hotdogs instead of strawberries. It was until I took a closer look when I found out that it was sliced strawberries that made this sinigang more visual.

And it was not just a pretty bowl of soup. It was really good. I loved how the tangy broth complemented the tender lechon belly. I'd definitely order this again next time.

We also had some rice to pair our mains with but I barely had some to make room for more meats.

We also had a lot of drinks.

And by drinks, I mean a crazy lot!

I wasn't able to take note of the drinks' names nor taste all of it. But I was able to try the one that tasted a lot like spiked strawberry juice. No wonder they serve it with small mason jars. But I love it! Though strong, the strawberry taste was still evident and the strawberry jello flavor made me have three servings of this drink. *hic*

Before heading to our next stop, I had a bit of its Salted Egg Lava Cake (PHP150). I was blown away by the richness of the salted egg custard which was not salty at all. In fact, it tasted more like yema. Nonetheless, this dulce lava cake is now part of my top 10 desserts!

Overall, it was a fun dining experience. I'd definitely swing by again soon.

For complete set of photos, check out my blog www.whatmaryloves.com 10084

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Isabela G.
5.0 Stars
8

Excellent Pinoy food!! Big servings and worth every penny 128077128076128077128076 The salted egg lava cake is to die for!! 128525128525128525

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Serena M.
3.0 Stars
4

Our visit here last night was not that GRATE! Service was not that ok. Foods were mostly salty. I was just wondering if naLIEMPOHAN (LOL❓❔❓) lang kami sa pagkapalpak ng food and service nila last night??

They told us that foods will be served after 15 mins but times 2 pala! Our foods were served after more than 30mins and came out all at the same time pa. We were expecting to eat the appetizer first but kaBoom! Everything is there na that's why when we tasted the soup, it was not hot anymore 128543
We requested for warm water but the server gave us CORD 10052️water instead. 🤔
We also follow-up our garlic rice 5x. Foods were almost finshed already when the garlic rice arrived 128547

We ordered:

Triple Bypass P380- consist of crispy chicken skin, chicharon FLOWER and chicken ass. Very unhealthy but we liked it. 🤤

Bulalo Pares P420 - The SOS taste good! But there's only a tinnie winnie bone marrow inside the bone. And a little meat only! Bitin!! 128532

Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberry P490 - I wasn't able to taste any strawberries at all... i think they just put 1 PEACE of strawberry only! Just for the sake of calling the sinigang with "strawberry" but nothing EX-STRAW-DINARY! 127827 Very Salty as well!

Lamb Chop Salpicao P520- this one's a major fail! 128078🏻 meat is so hard to chew! Seems like you're chewing a bubblegum!

Empacho's Crispy Sisig P350- It should be called Empacho's Crispy Hard Sisig. I prefer the ordinary sisig parin. 128022128061128055

Slow Cooked Beef Cheek with Adobo Sauce P365 - too Salty!! Hypertensive guys.. watch out for this! Your life will be at STEAK if you eat this!!! 128561

Guinamos Kalkag Rice P75- taste like bagoong rice

Garlic Rice P65 - just 128076🏻

Well, overall experience is just 128076🏻! Not that GRATE! Nothing EX-STRAW--DINARY!

Gonna give them 2 127775127775 lang sana kaso for the sake of those who want to try this resto out, i gave the resto a 3 127775127775127775 nalang... baka nga pumalpak lang sila sa amin 128519128523

Wasn't able to take much pictures kasi #gutomna..

#loolooweeklychallenge
#notcomingback
#nothappytummy=nothappyserena

P.S. dear looloo admin, there are some discrepancies on the price on looloo's menu like the crispy sisig and slow cooked beef 'Cheek') Thanks! 128521

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Dennis O.
4.0 Stars
4

So Sir Chief gorgeous Wangfu Singaporean restaurant have already been replaced a new Filipino Resto/Bar. Empacho is a very big restaurant for a Filipino cuisine. Inside they have transformed the elegant Wangfu restaurant into a more cowboy kind of vibe. More on woods and raw pipe interior. In the middle they've put up a bar to take up some space.

For this visit we got the following:
127860Crispy Pork Kare-Kare - a deconstructed version of Kare-kare with bagnet as its main meat. Love the creaminess of the peanut sauce that goes well with the vender tender crispy bagnet. To cap it all the veggies are good and the bagoong was yummy!

127860Crispy Soft Shell Crab Pinakbet - wow shoft shell crab in a pinakbet!!! Healthy turned sinful. I love the freshness of the veggies and the soft shell crab was really sinfully delicious!

127860Balut Tempura - Yey balut!!! But I still prefer my old balut with the soup in it.

127860Salted Egg Lave - was surprised that it was so small haha. I find it too sweet for me but tasted good!

Overall another great addition for a Filipino restaurant and love how they experiment on the dishes.

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Marili Anne M.
4.0 Stars
3

I liked it.

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Ruth D.
3.0 Stars
2

🔹 Crispy Pata
🔹 Buttered Salted Egg Seafood
🔹 Tanigue Steak

Had these dishes for take out and I got home from Morato in about 5 minutes. So, different quality was already expected. Would've given 4 stars if the meat of the pata was tender at least.

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Jayson J.
4.0 Stars
10

There's a new drinking place here in Tomas Morato. It just opened last April where WangFu Chinese Restaurant was. The place is huge which can accommodate around 100 pax. You should see their second floor where there's a private room and mini bar.

128204 Triple Bypass @380Php
This should be ordered for your main pulutan. The platter contains crispy chicken skin, salt and pepper chicharong bulaklak and isol inasal. It also includes atchara, suka't sili and plain vinegar as dips.

128204 Empacho's smoked Blood Sausage @350PhP
Whoever really likes dinuguan would like this! (Im not a fan of dinuguan but this is my first time eating blood) this is blood infused sausage (128514) with puto in coconut cream anglaise. Me as first timer, i kinda did not get the taste of it, a little salty. Mostly bland. Good innovation.

128204128525 Crispy Tokwa't Baboy @350PhP
I loved this dish! Tokwa't baboy with a twist! Crispy chicharon bagnet back to back with fried tofu. All swimming in special empacho soy sauce

128204128525 Spicy Tamarind Wings @370PhP
Good for beer pairing as well. Tangy and spicy. Loved that it's crispy even if it was served for quite sometime already

128204 The Ultimate Empacho Salad @390PhP
Your greens with the ultimate lechon! Haha, you cant leave the place w/o having a happy tummy indeed.

128204128525 Crispy Pork Kare-kare @395PhP
I highly recommend this. It's a little deconstructed. The peanut sauce is thick and tasty, add the fresh greens, and that uber crispy pork belly --the shrimp paste really enhances the kare kare salad.

128204128525 Empacho's Lechon Belly @790PhP
See the pic? Really heart fattening (literally 128514)

128204 Crispy Softshell Crab Pinakbet @490PhP
I love the seafood/earthy combination, i love the big serving. The salty taste was just right.

128204128525 Sinigang na Lechon with Strawberry @490PhP
Better than any other Baguio strawberry-infused dish. I love how the taro thickened the soup. Tamarind and strawberry power play here.

128204128525 Salted Egg Lava Cake @150PhP
Small serving, but it really is delicious. I tried it a little layer than the others so im mot sure if the salted egg really oozes if it is warm.

128204 Paraiso @150PhP
Your strawberry-banana milkshake

128204128525 Ube Sago @180PhP
If you love ube ice cream, go get this. It tastes pureed Magnolia ube icecream with small sized tapioca

128204128525 Tikas *new item
Bananas, peanut butter, chocolate with whip and cherry on top

128204 49Sulu
Mainly gin plus strawberry juice (im sure there's more) because it's a little too strong :). Good for sharing

128204128525 Lunas
Their version of vodka mudshake! -- bailey's, brandy(inside the syringe) and chocolate syrup with burnt brown sugar on the rim of the glass.

128204 Tambalan
Order this pair of drink (that's why it's tambalan) one created for her and one created for him. This contains Cointreau, flavored vodka, and raspberry juice.

Loved this sponsored eatup. You guys should try these dishes when you get to visit the area. They open 11am till midnight ++ (extended on weekends)

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Cherisse Y.
5.0 Stars

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I am speechless at how all the food we ordered were amazing!!

I've never really craved Filipino food but this is definitely my new stop for my new cravings! You guys won't be disappointed.

What to try:
1. Tamarind Chicken Wings
2. Tokwa't Baboy (Lechon)
3. Kare Kare
4. Salted Egg Lava (for dessert!)

The service was fast and the staff were so nice and accomodating!

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Dimchee N.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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