Katipunan Avenue is a relatively safe place, notwithstanding some isolated mugging incidents. I’ve lived here for a year and a half, and I noticed the lack of dining establishments that are open 24/7 for the area’s sizable student population. Only convenience stores and a fast food chain stay up until the wee hours of the morning. The restaurants? They call it a day at around 10:00 in the evening, with some closing as late as midnight. Even the Family Mart convenience store at UP Town Center, a place that opened a year after I graduated, brings down its shutters the moment the clock strikes 12. Wow, talk about convenience.
Oh, since I already mentioned UP Town Center. Here’s a bit of good news for you. If you ever thought the entire complex closes down at 9:00 in the evening (an hour later on weekends), think again. There’s a certain restaurant in there that remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s the reason why the mall’s Balara parking entrance remains open despite the witching hours. It has branches at Resorts World Manila and Bonifacio Global City to cater to the party animals, late-night casino players, and white-collar members of the working class concentrated in those hubs. Now, the restaurant has arrived in Loyola Heights to satisfy the late-night cravings of university students and residents in the nearby subdivisions. That restaurant is Recovery Food.
What makes Recovery Food special is that it offers simple yet one-of-a-kind breakfast fare any time of the day. It’s the type of food you typically prepare at home and serve in a large bowl, after which you sit down and indulge. Whether you want to recover from a hangover after a night of partying, or you want to recover from a long day of work plus overtime, stop by this joint. Marvelous comfort food awaits to help you get back on your feet and restore your senses. Choose between their regular bowl for a serving that’s just right, or go full recovery if you’re really hungry. It’s highly suggested to take the full recovery bowl for their meals and upgrade to their talangka rice (rice mixed with aligue or crab fat, with an extra charge of P35) for that ultimate indulgence.
Given the nature of Recovery Food’s 24/7 business hours, UP Town Center doesn’t close its parking space. However, you have to enter the mall through the Balara gate beside the MWSS entrance. You can either opt to dine in or have your meals for take out. There’s a waiting area outside the restaurant, where they give you your orders through a kitchen window. There was a time that I used to leave my car at UP Town Center every Friday, have breakfast here, and take the LRT2 from Katipunan Avenue station to V. Mapa in Manila. However, an unfortunate incident involving my vehicle being damaged by a vandal put an immediate stop to this.
The next time you crave for some comfort food no matter what time, drive by Recovery Food and indulge. Below are some pictures of their offerings and interiors. Do like their Facebook page and follow their Twitter and Instagram accounts to be updated with their latest news and promotions. Until the next review, bon appetit.
2/F UP Town Center,
Katipunan Avenue, Brgy. UP Campus,
Diliman, Quezon City 1108