MANILA— Raise your hands if you love pizza and craft milkshakes…okay, it’s unanimous — or almost, anyway. In Tondo, Manila a new diner has caused quite a buzz in the area after it opened its door to the public with its selection of some of the American comfort foods.
New to its neighborhood, it easily catch many customers from different districts and adjacent cities.
Located along Velasquez Street in Tondo, Chef-O is a family owned and managed business run by Joy Odra, his wife Lolit Odra and their Head Chef son Jepoy who have years of cooking experience in Cruise ships.
In my interview with Odra, he proudly told us that their pizzas, burger patties and other signature products are made from the ground-up. “Our pizza are prepared from the crust up to the sauces to ensure that we keep the consistency of our product, as well as with our burger patties.” Odra said.
To begin with your gastro treat, there are nachos, quesadillas and fries. All of these are dressed with their own version of dips (the dips are something to look forward too). Just go easy with your appetizer, you must leave an ample room in your stomach for the heavy main course.
In a few minutes, your wait will be rewarded by their delicious pasta and fresh from the oven pizza.
For dessert, their tasty milkshakes are simply the right way to end your treat, plus they look good! And pictures of them easily spread on Instagram and Facebook, yep Instagrammable!
The owners also mentioned that they kept their prices low so they will be able to serve their neighborhood who always seek for quality of foods at a very low price.
Chef-O is open everyday from 2PM to 2AM and can house 30-50 customers and the store is nicely decorated with an ambiance similar to other diners but with some asian touches.
Their foods are ridiculously affordable at around Php70 to Php 200! Imagine that!?
I suggest that you visit Chef-O in late afternoons, as it gets easily packed with visitors during dinner time up to late in the evening.
How to get there?
From España Boulevard, take a jeepney bound to SM San Lazaro, then take another jeepney ride bound to Pritil or Herbosa then ask the driver to drop you at Panday, where you can ride a pedicab directly to Velasquez corner Peñalosa Street.
Price rating: ₱₱ (Sulit)
Taste rating: ★★★★★
Chef-O is located at Velasquez Street corner Peñalosa, Tondo Manila. For more information you may visit their Facebook Fanpage or call (02) 554-1463.
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.