It’s possible to pass by the Metro Oil gas station along Boni Serrano at the corner of EDSA in Quezon City and not realize that there’s a bustling hole-in-the-wall food joint located within its vicinity. You can even call it a hidden gem in the midst of heavy rush hour traffic if you prefer to.
Ever since Task Force Tapa opened in 2013, news has spread by word of mouth, as officers from the nearby police camps and workers from nearby offices embraced it as an affordable, convenient and tasty option to fill up with all-day Filipino breakfast meals. It’s now an open secret that it has some of the best tapa in the metro.
Their specialty is – naturally – the Filipino tapa, which can also be ordered as a rice bowl or as an extra-large platter. The four basic tapa options are the Alpha (Salty), Bravo (Garlic), Charlie (Sweet) and Delta (Hot & Spicy). Using just these four flavors – salty, garlicky, sweet and hot & spicy – Task Force Tapa has created some of the most mouth-watering tapa you’ll find in Manila. Most regulars recommend going with the slightly larger Grande size Tapa, then washing it all down with a refreshing juice drink.
While the Filipino tapa is the standout offering, Task Force Tapa also offers approximately ten other Filipino breakfast items that are available the whole day, including Hawk (Buffalo Wings), Echo (Vigan Longganisa) and Foxtrot (Hamonado Longganisa). For those with an extra-large appetite, there’s an option to load up with other popular Filipino breakfast standbys, such as extra portions of egg and garlic rice.
It’s easy to see why Task Force Tapa has become a new go-to option for locals looking for a hearty, tasty Filipino Tapsilog meal. With prices that won’t give you sticker shock, Task Force Tapa offers the perfect combination for workers on a budget – delicious food, affordable prices, and the knowledge that you’ll be filled up after leaving. For those looking to linger a bit longer, there are a few tables for groups to just hang out and relax after a hard day’s work. If you’re alone, you can even ask to sit with someone and make a new friend.
Dropping by a hole-in-the-wall place located within a gas station to satisfy your hunger is an idea that’s also been embraced by the area’s foodies, who are looking for real, authentic food in a location with character. Their modern industrial interiors will surely not disappoint. The all-day breakfast concept has been a hit with the artists as well and other creative professionals who drop by throughout the day for a meal. That mix of on-the-go hipsters, working class Filipinos and police officers is what gives the place its unique vibe.
And, as Task Force Tapa has also gotten the hipster seal of approval, it has also led to even more innovative menu offerings that have extended beyond the tapa favorites to get into real foodie territory.
So, if you’re looking for one of the real authentic Filipino tapa joints in the metro area that won’t punch a hole in your wallet, you need to check out Task Force Tapa, the hole-in-the-wall place that will surely change the way you think about tapa.
Task Force Tapa is located along Boni Serrano Corner EDSA, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines. They are open Mondays through Fridays, 10 am to 10 pm and Saturdays, 10 am to 8 pm.