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Lunch at Best Friends in Monumento

We’ve been meaning to eat at Best Friends in Monumento and we only got to finally do it a few weeks ago. Their branches are open 24 hours a day, so, I’ve dined at some of Best Friends branches all over Metro Manila back in the days when I used to party late at night. *grin* So, in case you crave or want to eat late at night, you can drop by the nearest Best Friends branch for a hearty meal.

Best Friends branch in Monumento -
Best Friends in Monumento – Open 24 hours!


What I love about Best Friends aside from their operating hours is that their prices are very affordable and the quality of their food has been pretty consistent across all their branches I’ve dined in. Some people, though, might not be comfortable eating at a very open area, but it’s actually one of the things I liked about them.

Dining area inside Best Friends in Monumento -
Dining area inside Best Friends


One of the famous dishes on Best Friends menu is their Beef Pares. So, of course, it’s one of the dishes we ordered. But, they have a wide range of dishes on their menu.


  Best Friends menu - Pancit, Pares, Rice Toppings -
  Best Friends Menu – Pancit, Pares, Rice Toppings


  Best Friends menu - Silog, Dimsum, etc -
  Best Friends Menu – Dimsum, Silog, Noodles


  Best Friends menu - Side orders, Desserts -
    Best Friends Menu – Side Orders, Desserts


  Best Friends menu - Merienda Meals -
  Best Friends Menu – Merienda Meals


As you can see, the prices are really affordable. Mai and I managed to only pay about Php 500 for our dine-in meals plus 7 Best Friends siopao for takeout.

  Best Friends - Iced Tea and complimentary soup -
  Best Friends Iced tea (Php 21.00) with my complimentary soup

So, what exactly did we order? We made sure we ordered items on their menu that I haven’t tried yet, except for the Pares. I wanted Mai to try it.

  Best Friends - Pork Siomai -
  Best Friends Pork Siomai – Php 28.00 for 4 pieces
We both love dimsum, so, we couldn’t resist ordering this. Well, there wasn’t really anything unique about Best Friends’ siomai. But, it’s still good, just like most regular siomai I’ve tried.


  Best Friends - Beef Pares -
  Best Friends Popular Beef Pares – Php 65.00


Mai picked the Beef Pares because she wanted to try making her own version at home. There was too much sauce on the Pares, but, at least, it wasn’t too sweet or too thick. The slices of beef were very tender. I had to “help” Mai finish her plate. Hehehe.


  Best Friends - Pork Teriyaki with Chopsuey Side dish -
Best Friends Pork Teriyaki with Chopsuey side dish – Php 74.00


This is what I ordered – Pork Teriyaki with Chopsuey side dish. For its price, I say, it’s really worth it. This is one of the value meals or budget meals of Best Friends. It only costs Php 74.00 and you can choose from different main dishes like Pork BBQ, Porkchop, Lechon, Fish Fillet, Lumpiang Shanghai, etc. And, the meal also includes a vegetable side dish of your choice. Select from Chopsuey, PInakbet, Talong with Bagoong (eggplant with shrimp paste), Coleslaw, etc.

I’m glad I picked Chopsuey along with Pork Teriyaki because they complemented each other well. Although one piece of pork had more fat than I would like, I still completely enjoyed it. I initially thought the sauce will be too sweet. But, it was just good to pair it with rice and the veggies in the Chopsuey.


  Best Friends - Siopao -
  Asado and Bola-Bola Siopao from Best Friends – Php 17.00 each


Before we left, I told Mai that we should try Best Friends siopao. We ordered a total of 7 siopaos – 5 bola-bola and 2 asado. Mai enjoyed it so much that she wants us to go back to Best Friends just to buy siopao. LOLz.

  Best Friends - Asado Siopao -
Best Friends yummy Asado Siopao

I agree with her – I love Best Friends’ siopao. Mai prefers the bola-bola over the asado, but, I love both! No surprise there, eh? Hehehe.

I’m pretty happy with our lunch at Best Friends. I’d love to come back and try their other dishes that I haven’t tried yet. The only items I’ve tried from their menu are the Pares, Tapsilog, noodles, and Siopao. The prices at Best Friends are really affordable, especially for those people who are frugal like us (people who love bargains, knows the latest cheap auto insurance quotes, wants the best value for their money everytime), but, still want to enjoy dining out.


Have you already dined at any Best Friends branch?

Please share your experiences at the comments section.

Thank you!


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Michelle (aka Mhel / blankPixels) is a social media nerd and works as a Digital Marketing Lead for one of the top online companies in the Philippines. On her free time, she travels, goes on food trip and loves to take photos. She's the main editor of this food blog.



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  • i would like to ask for a franchise, me and my friends are interested

    • Hi, Dimple. We’re not connected to Best Friends. This is just a personal review.

  • louise

    hi san exact loacation nyo?tnx!

  • hazel

    nagdedeliver po ba sila ng food?baka may nakakalam ng contact no. nila need ko po tlaga asap!tnx

  • Arlene Ogaya

    sn sya s monumento banda?

  • Jess_bil

    thanks for this post. hope you could visit best friends soon 🙂

  • Tom

    are there any branches of best friends around alabang and las pinas?

  • chris

    ang ganda magperform d2 lalo sa pagkanta..

  • rei

    sarap ng sisig, lomi saka pansit nila….

  • Electricoolaid

    I think I saw one in Aurora, Cubao. Never tried it but I love pares, mami and silog meals so will try to eat there soon!

  • Jenn

    Ang layo naman kasi ng Monumento sa amin. Pero talaga… if I have the chance, kakain ako dyan!

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  • I’ve seen “Best Friends” in one of the Visayas town but it’s nowhere near like this. So, this one made me re-think of the name. 😀

  • Mommy Lene

    unique name of a diner! 🙂

    if ever i am around the area in the future, i wil remember this post. 🙂

  • Luna Miranda

    i haven’t seen a branch around here. this is a good stop after midnight…may pasalubong ka pang siopao.:p

  • Guest

    oh my! I live around Monumento and I’ve been to this place plenty of times. Your post brings back a lot of memories. 🙂

  • vernz

    pagkatapos ko basa at browse sis, nabusog na ako… hahaha… ang dami!

  • I think this is the first time i’ve heard of them…i love eating siopao so when i do get the chance i will order some siopao, too! 🙂

    ps. thanks for telling me about that malware thingy on my blog…i thought i had taken out those rpc.blogrolling widgets. di pa ata. lol. the malware advice is only on google chrome (of course…google’s been dominating most of the ‘net! hahaha), but not on firefox (which i use).

  • chubskulit

    nagutom ako bigla hehehe. Sarap naman!

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