Modern Filipino Food in Banawe: Soleras

by - Saturday, January 23, 2021

It's been a while since I last posted on my blog, but my first for 2021 is worth it!

Soleras is the newest restaurant along Banawe. It's a simple, casual dining place with a menu that offers comfort Filipino food that won't break the bank.

TIP: Soleras is situated beside another great restaurant: Megawatt. You can actually order food from Soleras when you're at Megawatt, which should you do if you want to eat at an airconditioned place (since they only have fans at Soleras).

It's also an extension of BuildPlus+, a store where you can purchase your hardware equipments and power tools.

Let's get into the dishes, shall we?

Pisngi ng Baboy P185

I haven't tried pisngi ng baboy ever. It looked weird LOL but it was pretty tasty. The meat was actually really tender. This entire dish looked like a very boring boring nilaga, but it was surprisingly good, way better than I imagined. You just know that the pork was simmered real good to create the broth used in their soup, which is thicker than normal (a little lighter than the broth of tonkotsu ramen).

Bicol Express Pancit

Pares Pancit

Sisig Pancit

I got to try all the flavors of their pancit. The bicol express pancit was one of my favorites because I loved that it was new and unique, and I did not really think that bicol express would taste good as a pancit. The pares pancit was also delicious, as the angus beef was very tender, and gave the pancit a sweeter side. The sisig pancit made the least impression during my visit, probably because it's something I've already tried so many times before. Nonetheless, it was also good. 

Pancit Sampler

Planning to try all three flavors? Then go for their pancit sampler. It is offered in three sizes - small, medium, and large. It's something that can really spice up every occasion, and a fresh take on bringing pancit to your get togethers or just home to your family.

Lumpiang Toge P85

My sister and I both love lumpiang toge, and we were really happy with the version they offer here at Soleras. It's tasty, it has lots of filling, and they make it unique by adding sotanghon, something similar to Vietnamese spring rolls. I enjoyed it most with their suka. 

Pritong Itik

I have tried eating pritong itik once before, and it was not a very good experience as I remember the one I had to be dry and hard to eat. It also did not help that the itik does not really look appetizing, but getting to eat one here at Soleras changed all that. Now I remember liking itik for its flavorful and juicy meat. A serving actually comes with a sauce with a bit of sweetness to it, but I actually preferred devouring one without. you'll also get to appreciate it more when you eat it with your hands.  


My first question upon seeing this dish was "is this sisig"? Well, the answer is no. It looks a lot like one, but this is actually called dinakdakan, and I really liked it. Like a sisig, it's flavorful, which is why I enjoyed every spoonful with rice. The difference I noticed with the dinakdakan was that it had a tangy taste which complimented its salty and oily elements.

Bulalong Lugaw

Bulalong Lugaw
Now we go to the main event: the bulalong lugaw. I have really been searching for a place to have really good goto or lugaw ever since my favorite one closed down in the midst of the pandemic, and I can say that the search is over. Soleras' bulalugaw is huge! It's definitely great to share with your friends or family on a cold, rainy night. It contains chicharon, tokwa, pares, quail eggs, tripe, isaw baboy, bone marrow, chopped veggies, scallions, and garlic. It's really loaded, so needless to say, it's definitely worth its price. 

Angus Pares

Another favorite of mine from Soleras is their Angus Pares. The meat is so tender that it almost melts in your mouth. Taste-wise, it is on point as well. A serving can be shared by two people, and it already comes with rice. 



And of course, a foodtrip would not be complete without desserts. The ginumis is a Filipino shaved ice dessert that has leche flan, gulaman, sago, and pinipig, served with arnibal sauce and coconut milk. I was able to appreciate it simply because it's something I don't normally have in this time where milk teas are the go-to dessert. It's a more unique (but simple) and refreshing take on a dessert, and I just love how everything about it just speaks Filipino cuisine. 

So if you're looking for a more adventurous yet classic take on Filipino cuisine, then Soleras is the place to go! 

My Scores:
Pricing - 5/5
Service - 5/5
Ambiance - 3/5
Taste - 4/5

Hungry for more,

Address: 686 Banawe St. Brgy. Siena, Banawe, Quezon City
Operating Hours: 9am-10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: +639171827583
Budget: from P200 per person
Parking: Limited Parking 
Facebook: @solerasph

(Date of Visit: January 3, 2021)

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