Buboy: Traditional Filipino Cuisine in NDG

  • Buboy

  • 5976 Avenue de Monkland Montréal H4A 1G8
    (514) 482-6440
  • Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Thursday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
    Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    • Owner(s) Eric Lazaro Magno
    • Opened 2023
    • Accepts mastercard, visa, amex, cash, debit
    • 12 Seats
    • Offers delivery
  • Restaurant Counter

Located on Monkland Street in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Buboy prepares classic Filipino dishes with love and conviviality. The restaurant, opened in May 2023, is already highly appreciated by the neighborhood residents.

“Buboy was a nod to the nickname given to chubby children in the Philippines,” explains Eric Lazaro Magno, the owner. Born in Montreal, he has always been drawn to cooking. After finishing high school, he worked in mechanics but decided to leave everything behind to pursue his first passion: cooking. He spent a month in the Philippines, his home country, and upon returning, enrolled at the ITHQ to perfect his techniques. During the pandemic, Eric started organizing pop-ups where he sold homemade bowls and ice cream. When a space opened up on Monkland Street, he decided to take the plunge and open his restaurant: Buboy.

Just like at home

At Buboy, you’ll find rich and flavorful dishes. “I prepare dishes that I ate while growing up and discovered during my trip to the Philippines,” explains Eric. Everything is made from scratch, and it shows in the flavors. The OG Bulalo, a flavorful soup made with beef, marrow bones, corn, and homemade noodles, is the star of the menu, largely due to its absolutely decadent broth that simmers for hours. We loved the Kare-Kare with oxtail and eggplant in a peanut sauce. And we will certainly be back for the Pandesal tocino, a simple and delicious pork sandwich. Be warned, the portions are extremely generous for the prices, so come with an empty stomach!

The decor recalls the golden age of the Philippines in the 80s and 90s. “When people enter the restaurant, they say they feel like they’re in the Philippines, and that was the goal,” explains the owner. The cozy space with 12 seats is adorned with colorful posters and banners. The place is definitely very inviting!

“I’m proud to have built a small community through Buboy and to showcase the ‘ugly delicious’ side of Filipino cuisine that is lesser known,” Eric rejoices.

Happy exploring!

Photography by Alison Slattery

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