In the lively streets of Santa Cruz, Manila, Flame & Flavors has quickly become a local favorite. Since its launch in late July, this new dining spot has gained a reputation for its mouthwatering “putok batok” dishes. This Filipino term means “neck-bursting,” highlighting the intense satisfaction that comes from indulging in meals known for their high cholesterol and rich, flavorful ingredients. At Flame & Flavors, the term “putok batok” takes on a new dimension. It represents the unapologetic love for dishes that defy dietary recommendations but win hearts with their irresistible taste. While health experts advocate for balanced diets and longevity, Flame & Flavors celebrates the sheer joy of indulging in cholesterol-rich, flavor-packed delights. Conveniently situated at Tayuman Street and Lacson Street, directly facing SM San Lazaro, this restaurant invites guests with its welcoming ambiance. Furthermore, they can comfortably seat up to 25 patrons, catering to solo and group diners.
Flame & Flavors may be a new player in the culinary scene, but in just two short months, it has already ignited a firestorm on social media platforms. Featured by prominent Filipino food vloggers, this eatery has garnered a dedicated following of food enthusiasts who can’t get enough of its mouthwatering offerings. Furthermore, the spotlight on Flame & Flavors reached new heights when it was featured on a GMA Morning Show segment called “Unang Hirit”. They specialize in gigantic java rice meals with towering toppings of your choice. Including Chicharon Bulaklak, Crispy Pata, Chicken BBQ, and Liempo. These delicious creations can be ordered for solo diners or shared with a group of four, promising a feast that’s as satisfying as it is filling. Moreover, their menu offers a variety of affordable meals ranging from Php 119 – Php 679 only. Perfect for simple occasions and gatherings as well.
What else do they offer?
If java rice isn’t your preference, Flame & Flavors also offers plain rice meals with a variety of protein options. Choose from fried chicken, smoked boneless bangus, grilled tilapia, and more, ensuring there’s something for everyone. For those seeking a quintessential Pinoy breakfast, Flame & Flavors offers traditional Silog Breakfasts like Tosilog (Tocino + Sinangag + Egg), Tapsilog (Tapa + Sinangag + Egg), Spamsilog (Spam + Sinangag + Egg), and more. It’s the perfect way to start your day with a taste of Filipino comfort food. Furthermore, don’t leave without trying their must-try ala carte order of the famous cheesy garlic bonemarrow. This runs out quickly so it’s better to contact them prior to your visit so if you decide to order. They are open daily, serving every 11 AM – 3 PM and 5 PM – 9 PM, or until their stocks last. Ensuring you can satisfy your cravings for lunch and dinner.
For added convenience, Flame & Flavors offers delivery services through platforms like Food Panda and Lalamove. This means you can enjoy their mouthwatering dishes in the comfort of your own home. Making it even more accessible to savor those “putok batok” delights whenever the craving strikes. Moreover, it’s important to note that Flame & Flavors does not have its own parking area. Guests can utilize street parking which can be risky or opt for paid parking at nearby establishments like SM City San Lazaro. It wouldn’t hurt to take a 5-minute walk across the street as long as your car is secured, right? If you’re in Santa Cruz, Manila, make sure to stop by and experience the “putok batok” phenomenon for yourself. Just don’t forget to bring some calcium channel blockers to be safe!
If you’re looking for more food options to try, you should check out:
- Tata Achot’s PHP 99 Unli Sizzling One-Stop Pulutan
- Emriz Bulalohan at Tapsihan – P85 ($1.50) Healthy Breakfast Buffet
- Ugbo Streetfood: Unveiling the Flavors of Manila
How to get there?
Via Public Transportation
- LRT Line 2 (Light Rail Transit):
- Start your journey by taking LRT Line 2 to Recto Station.
- Transfer to LRT Line 1:
- Exit Recto Station and make your way to the connecting walkway or pedestrian overpass that links LRT Line 2 to LRT Line 1. Follow the signs for the transfer.
- LRT Line 1 (Light Rail Transit):
- Once you’ve made the transfer to LRT Line 1, board a southbound train heading towards the direction of Baclaran or Taft Avenue.
- Tayuman Station:
- Ride the LRT Line 1 train until you arrive at Tayuman Station.
- Walk to Flame & Flavors:
- From Tayuman Station, walk north on Tayuman Street. You’ll be heading towards Lacson Street.
- Continue walking until you reach the corner of Tayuman Street and Lacson Street, where Flame & Flavors is situated. It’s right in front of SM San Lazaro.