Pares

N. Domingo St. cor. Lope K. Santos, San Juan, Metro Manila

Pares
4.1
4.0 Stars

8 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 3
  • 4 stars 4
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  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Recommend
  • 8 Reviewers
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John A.
4.0 Stars

Just had lunch here yesterday... Ordered Pares Beef, lumpiang shanghai and super ice tea.

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John A.
4.0 Stars

Food has always been great here... The Pares Beef, the Lumpiang Shanghai, the sisig... They've renovated a bit also. Now they have tables on the left side of the restaurant... They used to have nooks only.

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Ching Ma T.
5.0 Stars

been eating here since we moved which was 10 years ago, one of the best pares i have ever tasted..

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Elaine V.
5.0 Stars

Tapsilog!!!! Best Tapsilog evuuur!!!!!

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Larry C.
4.0 Stars

For those not in the know, pares refers to a serving of mami beef stew that's put on a plate and served with rice rather than put into a bowl of broth and noodles. Perhaps the most quintessential of working class Tagalog fast food since the mid 80s, pares places easily compete with coffeehouses as the most ubiquitous food joints in the metro.

D'Original Pares along N Domingo is one such place. While the name is fairly commonplace (every other pares joint is "D'Original"), this particular diner has stood and served its pares to the public for more than 10 years. People use it as a landmark.

I've seen few pares places more upscale than D'Original on N Domingo. Pares isn't really fine dining; the most upscale I would say is Jonas Pares franchise in the malls, but I think they lose something in the transition. The N Domingo pares diner is open to the street and to all comers, as pares places ought to be; but also features actual parking and uniformed staff, which few pares places can afford or really, bother with.

The pares served here is a fine example of what pares is. The quality is consistently good, which isn't common for working class places. It's tasty, beefy, with just the right satisfying mix of tender meat and flavorful fat. The flavor of the sauce is full and nuanced without being cloying, which too many pares places get wrong. It comes with rice that is on the fluffy and creamy side, which is how I prefer my pares rice.

Foodies used to more expensive places might find the hygiene here somewhat lacking. The floor is often dusty or muddy, and the countertop can sometimes be on the wrong side of sticky. For the love of god, do not observe the 5 second rule here! If you drop food, just let it go. It's dirt cheap, so just order some more.

The paresilog pictured above with the huge mug of iced tea costed me P115. While I wasn't unpleasantly full, it was more than enough to satisfy my hunger. The just-right portion size might be a good thing for people looking to cut down.

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Francis S.
5.0 Stars

One of the best

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Ye D.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Mario Angelo V.
4.0 Stars

If compared to your regular tapsilogan and pares house, this one packs more variety, relatively clean and the pricing is about OK. Plus it has four parking slots. Taste is just average.

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Jae K.
2.0 Stars

Ate here once...
Well, foods are good.
But the place is so open. It's adjacent to the road. Beggars get in too.
Only star here is for the good food selection, maybe.

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