Ooh! It’s Mother’s Day once again!
And I just have to say: I’m feeling quite loved and appreciated with a rare and very welcome treat: a feast of my favorite Filipino food that I didn’t have to prepare myself nor plan for!
These delectable dishes were delivered by Buddy’s, a home-grown chain of restaurants hailing from Lucban, Quezon, home of the Pahiyas Festival. During this vibrant celebration, held on the 15th of May, all the houses and the streets are decorated (hence the term “pahiyas“) with colorful kiping, leaf-shaped wafers made from glutinous rice as well as local harvest goods.
Festival visitors are invited to partake in every household’s sumptuous array of Lucban’s delicacies, some of which are included in the Mother’s Day spread that Buddy’s provided for me:
Pancit Lucban (Php240 | good for up to 3 persons). Also known as Pancit Habhab, it is Lucban’s version of pancit which makes use of Lucban miki noodles and usually eaten without utensils but is served on a banana leaf. It is also seasoned with some Lucban vinegar for added flavor but I prefer it without. Given how filling and affordable this dish was, I used to celebrate my kids’ monthly develop milestones by bringing home an order of Buddy’s Pancit Lucban for dinner.
Lucban Longganisa (Php220 small | Php356 large | 1 dozen). Lucban’s version of the pork sausage which is characterized by its garlicky and sour taste. Back when my office was located near a Buddy’s branch, I used to make it a point have breakfast there with Lucban longganisa, garlic fried rice and fried egg.
Hardinera (Php185 small | Php220 medium | Php315 large). A type of Filipino meatloaf that combines the ingredients of menudo and the cooking style of embutido, resulting in a meaty dish with a savory and tomato-ey flavor.
Chicken BBQ (Php220). Pinoys love chicken and grilled food, so this grilled chicken dish served with atchara and usually paired with Java rice is a sure hit among diners.
Spaghetti (Php90 small | Php110 large | Php330 family). The Pinoy-style spaghetti (sweet and cheesy) is also available at Buddy’s!
Cassava Cake (Php85). A moist pudding made of grated cassava, coconut milk and condensed milk and topped with a custard layer. A sweet end to a fabulous meal.
With all of these dishes, it made my family’s Mother’s Day lunch seem like a fiesta!
So if you want to have a festive Pinoy meal for the family to enjoy, Buddy’s is your best bet!
Buddy’s branches in Metro Manila are located at:
- Makati: Kakarong Olympia, The Link, Kalayaan Avenue
- Quezon City: Eastwood, Fisher Mall, Araneta Center, Timog Avenue
- Taguig: Market! Market!, Venice Grand Canal
Course your orders for delivery via GrabFood, FoodPanda or Buddy’s on Facebook Messenger.
Check out my reviews of other Filipino restaurants:
- Anonas Bistro, Quezon City
- Casa Calle, SM Megamall
- Soleras, Banawe
- 121 Restaurant, Eastwood City
- Mang Ding’s, Marikina
- Friends & Family Express, The Podium
- 121 Restaurant, BGC Stopover
- 121 Restaurant, Allegro Center
- Tahanan Bistro, Antipolo
- Liloan’s Pride, California Garden Square
- Bench Cafe, Trinoma
- Bai’s Boneless Lechon Cebu, Pasig
- Liloan’s Pride Liempo, Greenhills
- Buddy’s, Cubao
- Limbaga 77, Tomas Morato
- Locavore, Kapitolyo
- Mozu at Ming’s, Tagaytay
- Siglo Modern Filipino, Tagaytay
- Ilustrado Restaurant, Intramuros
- Rico’s Lechon, Tiendesitas
- Lobo Filipino Tavern, Poblacion
- Ombu Kusina, Tomas Morato
- Padi’s Point, Sumulong
- Padi’s Point, Upper Antipolo
- Padi’s Point, Tomas Morato
- Padi’s Point, Metro East
- Sisig Society, Fisher Mall