Along a sleepy highway heading towards the town proper of Binangonan Rizal is a cozy nook that serves the best tapa in the area. Owned and operated by Mr. Paul Cruz - of Chinese descent, he has come up with an amazing tapsihan that was formerly named after his ordinal place in the family. The name Eya literally means “youngest” in Chinese, and it is quite interesting to note that this cool place is the newest food hangout in the vicinity – Eya’h TapsiShop. But after a few months of operation they have decided to name it The TapsiShop.
The place is a typical hole in the wall but with interesting designs crafted by Paul himself. Industrial cable spools are strewn serving an entirely different purpose – welcoming round tables. Even when it was still named Eyah’s, The TapsiShop is predominantly blue – Paul’s favorite color. The interior is well lit giving patrons a nice warm homey atmosphere.
Joey Antazo and his years of experience in the culinary scenes in Qatar has brought his skills and talents to Eyah’s kitchen.
Accommodation can be quite an issue at The TapsiShop. People literally line up on a queue just to be served. Unfortunately, the shop does not accept reservations so most of the time their regular customers simply order take out. The good news is, The TapsiShop has expanded and has occupied the adjacent space to have room for more hungry bellies.
The TapsiShop starts filling their customer’s tapsi craving at six in the evening. It is quite late but Paul is such a busy person engaged with other businesses; also, the operating hours is still in the testing stage as he carefully inks out a more strategic plan for his restaurant’s operations. As soon as the curtains roll up, I personally witnessed how people start to flock the restaurant.
The neighborhood can’t seem to have enough of Eyah’s and mountain bike riders agree as well. Biking enthusiasts from all over the metro make the TapsiShop a sure stop over during their rides.
Eyah’s Tapsishop, now known as The TapsiShop only started June of this year and has since captivated the palate of many. Paul is primarily focused on service, he meticulously handpicks his staff ensuring that all corners are covered with utmost dedication. What makes this food destination truly remarkable is the price and food quality that will certainly make you question if the restaurant is still making profits.
The highlight of The TapsiShop menu is the Kingsilog – a lovely platter with two servings of fried rice each topped with a sunny side up and three viands – 1 is tapa and the customer can choose 2 more from chicken, porkchop, tocino, or hotdog. This monster of a tapa meal is for only Php130, perfect for a sumo wrestler or a heavyweight on a budget.
Krispy Sisig is served with rice and plated superbly with a nice garnish. It is amazing how this can only be for Php 55. It is an authentic masterpiece of crunchy meat with fewer ingredients to draw your palate’s attention to the genuine flavor of the meat.
The Tupisilog (two-piece) is another The TapsiShop’s top seller. Two big pieces of golden-brown fried chicken served with rice and a sunny side up egg – Php 75! The chicken is cooked perfectly, lightly coated and somehow has a similar taste to that of a classic restaurant’s recipe. It is the simplicity of this deep-fried goodie that brings out the true savory of the chicken.
The Tapa has a nice pineapple zest and has an almost melts-in-your-mouth consistency but nevertheless the texture is still traditional. A garnish of tomatoes and cucumbers, rice, egg, and peppered with garlic – all for only Php49.
Their lechon kawali is also another bestseller and understandably, the crunchiness of the skin plays a melody in your palate while celebrating it with the nice texture of the tender meat. Php 55 – yes, no typographic error.
Customers can always choose from a variety of rice their cravings fancy – garlic, saffron, or plain. All of The TapsiShop’s heaping fried rice is consistently pleasurable to devour. It is not oily and is subtly seasoned with bits of vegetables.
Going to the Binangonan town proper, the TapsiShop is located immediately after the Iglesia ni Cristo Church on the left side of the road. It opens daily from 6:00pm to 1:30am or until their last customer’s order.
Coming soon are great snack items that is a sure fire treat to your sweet tooth and your wallet! Aside from the featured dishes, The TapsiShop also boasts of the Bangsilog – Cripy boneless bangus served on a platter as with their regular tapa plate. Lumpiang Shanghai is also a favorite. One can actually savor all the viands as their menu allows a customer to customize his or her meal.
You may reach them through +63 915 965 4178 for your questions and inquiries.