Update: Falino’s has been closed since I visited it last April 4, 2014.
Yet again, on my way home after a hard day’s work, I look out to my right while riding a jeepney in Marcos Hi-way and found this seemingly new establishment piquing my curiosity. Their name is catchy, too- Falino Breakfast Burgers Burrito! Alas, it was rush hour so I was only able to visit the place a week after. Here’s the gist!
Single Stack Burger – P59
Marcos Hi-way is already a very well-known place in the metro so I’ll start there for the directions- Falino is located just beside Wilcon Home Depot, AMA Computer College and Filinvest East Homes! It’s nearer the Antipolo/Marikina side of Marcos Hiway than with the Quezon City side. For more landmarks, there’s also Vermont Park, King Bee, Yang Chow and SM Masinag nearby. You won’t miss it!
At first glance, I imagined Falino to be your next door hybrid of American burgers and Mexican burritos with the average pricing of around 150-300 per menu item. Well, that’s what and how the place spoke of itself- a well-lighted up acrylic signage, a see-thru glass boastfully revealing its bright, minimalistic and artsy interiors that give a welcoming and homey feel, although a bit confined. Well, surprise, surprise! I was shocked to find out that they’re actually on the very affordable student-price friendly side. Iced tea and goto are just P10!
The waitress was very hospitable as she humbly and sincerely answered our questions on what their bestsellers were- you can tell by how she didn’t suggest the most expensive meals. That’s usually the case when one asks for their ‘bestsellers.’ The chairs and tables were comfy and sturdy, and the interior design with colorful art on one wall and whitened tree branches on another made the place a bit more ambient. About fifteen people can fit in the first floor, but I’m not so sure on the 2nd floor since it was closed off when we visited as there were only a few diners at the time. It was almost closing time when we biked to eat there.
Now let’s get on with the food! Since the place had good food for cheap, I ordered what initially caught my eye- goto, beef burger sandwich, beef burrito and iced tea, all for only P140! Daved ordered the lumpiang shanghai meal while Josh and James, the burger steak meal. I admit the burger was a bit tiny, but I have to point out it’s quite packed with a beefy, chunky and juicy punch! The burrito is good, too, but of course considering the price, you just can’t compare it to the other more authentic and specialized burrito joints willy-nilly.
Overall, the food was good- tasty and belly-filling, but the highlight of Falino is how affordable their meals are, and not the taste and quality. Sure, making food affordable will somehow require a sacrifice in its quality or quantity, but Falino has done a great job in maintaining quality at this price! Here are more photos:
Goto – P10
Lumpiang Shanghai w/ Rice & Egg – P49
Burger Steak w/ Rice & Egg – P69
Beef Burrito – P74
Iced Tea – P10
It was a happy visit, indeed! I’m definitely going back for a next time to try both new stuff and the old meals I’ve already had- no regrets there. After eating, Josh and Dave proceeded to play badminton in Marikina Heights while James and I had a few drinks in a nearby convenience store/bar before finally going home. No worries though, I only chugged down one Sting and one San Mig Apple since I was to bike home.
Here’s their menu- click to view in high resolution!
FALINO BREAKFAST BURGERS BURRITO
Unit 10 D’ Lucas Commercial Complex, Marcos HIghway, Antipolo City
Tel. No. (02) 647 1461
Email: [email protected]