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When most of the metro is deep in slumber it can be a challenge to find a good meal to put your nighttime cravings to sleep. Put that fast food delivery menu down and head out to the empty streets for a good meal. The traffic free roads and quiet restaurants will almost negate those sinful calories before bed.
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Opened by the comfort food-loving folk who started Mamou, Recovery Food is an all-day dining spot with outposts in Newport Resorts World, Molito Alabang, UP Town Center, Bonifacio Global City, and one soon to open in Mall of Asia. The food here is local, simple and filling, with rice bowls like Spicy Sweet Tuyo (PHP185 for a regular; PHP280 for a large) and Lecheng Kawali (PHP195 for a regular; PHP285 for a large) dominating the menu which is served with an egg cooked to your liking and brown or white rice. Value for money are their juices and ice teas (PHP99) which come by the bottle and are good for sharing. G/F Crossroad, 32nd St cor 8th Ave, BGC, Taguig; www.facebook.com/recoveryfood. With branches metrowide.
Not all of Aristocrat's restaurants are open around the clock, only their Jupiter and Roxas Boulevard outlets serve up their famous barbeque throughout the day. Thankfully these outlets cook up their full offering, including the three-piece skewered chicken barbecue (PHP210) and two piece pork barbecue (PHP175) which both come with their signature Java rice and Java sauce alongside a sweet and tangy atchara. Plus there's a plethora of Filipino dishes to choose from, such as Sinigang na Hipon (PHP385) and Crispy Pata (PHP725). These substantial comfort eats will certainly put any early morning cravings to bed. 432 San Andres St cor Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila; +63 2 8940000, www.facebook.com/theoriginalaristocrat
Old Swiss Inn
Open for over 70 years now, Old Swiss Inn certainly has nailed a winning formula. Traditional Swiss eats, influenced by German, French, and Italian cuisines, is what's extended here. If you've got a 3am craving for fondue, Old Swiss Inn has four varieties – from the Bourguignonne (PHP1050) which comes with cubes of beef tenderloin to the Walliser (PHP870) which comes with three cheeses, baby potatoes, bread, and assorted veggies. Meat lovers, on the other hand, must try the New York Deli-Style Corned Beef (PHP355) which is off-theme, but delicious either way. This meaty sandwich is stacked high with sliced corned beef and served on traditional rye bread. 7912 Makati Avenue, Makati; +632 8188251, www.facebook.com/oldswissinnrestaurant.
Handlebar Bar and Grill
Just around the corner from the dodgy bits of Padre Burgos is this American 24-hour bar and grill which is also the home of the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club. The daylight hours find this spot more relaxed and food-focused, shelling out dishes like Philly Cheese Steak (PHP357), Sizzling Fajitas (PHP395), and Clam Chowder (PHP130). But come nightfall, this spot revs up and gets rowdy with live rock music and drink specials. 31 Polaris Street, Bel Air, Makati; +63 2 8982189, www.facebook.com/handlebarmanila.
Taking a page from the city that never sleeps is The Bowery, a New York-themed cafe which serves up “NYC comfort food” all hours of the day. The menu, however, is filled with broad strokes of Western cuisine like burgers, sandwiches and salads, missing out on some of the more authentic Big Apple eats of pizza and pastrami sandwiches. Either way, they've got a strong brunch and breakfast menu as well as a late night menu which includes the lavish Lobster Shrimp Truffle Mac and Cheese (PHP1,200) and the Bowery Burger (PHP890) made with a juicy wagyu blend patty, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, pickled red onions, and a brioche bun. F151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive cor Burgos Circle, BGC, Taguig; +63 936 9296073, www.facebook.com/the-bowery-nyc-comfort-food.
Early Bird Breakfast Club
The Fort's Early Bird Breakfast Club is devoted to one meal: breakfast. Plated here are fancied versions of traditional breakfast dishes. If you're craving for something local, try the beautifully plated Lemon Butter Bangus (PHP 325) which comes with pan-seared bangus served with a poached egg, garlic rice, and a garlic lemon butter relish. Or if you've got a big appetite, go for The Early Bird Full English (PHP 495), a typical British breakfast of bangers, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried eggs, baked beans, hash browns, and toast. If you're coming by in the wee hours of the morning, knock back a few espresso based drinks by Craft Coffee to get you into working shape. G/F Fort Pointe 2 Building, The Fort Complex, 28th St, Taguig; +63 2 8089269, www.facebook.com/earlybirdbreakfastclub.
Helmed by New York chef Cuit Kaufman, who's also responsible for The Bowery, is NYC-themed Borough. This eatery also pledges "comfort food" and has a similar menu of American plates, but this menu has a small selection of pizzas and a larger offering of pastas. Especially noteworthy here are their desserts, which include Mom's Milk and Cookies (PHP200), Brooklyn Cheesecake with caramel and toasted pecans (PHP210), and an assortment of house-made ice creams (PHP120 per scoop). G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong; +63 917 8978906, www.facebook.com/boroughph.