Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
As Filipinos, Filipino food will always play a huge part in our lives. We may be fans of other cuisines such as Italian, Mexican, Japanese, but our hearts will always remain loyal to our local flavors.
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In order to keep up with the modern times, some of these restaurants that we’ve included in this list have done their best to put creative twists on our beloved Filipino dishes. The best part about this list is that when you book a table at any of these restaurants via Booky app, you’ll get a discount and even a free dessert!
Kusina Juan Republika – Quezon City
Kusina Juan Republika Restaurant is a venue for gatherings, be it special celebrations or simple meet ups with family, relatives and friends, where the ambiance is “Home away from home”. Specialties include Pinakbet Rice with Seafood, Sisig Manila or Sisig Pampanga, Krispy Garlic Hito, Krispy Spicy Squid, Krispy Pata and Gising-gising, to name a few.
Locavore – various branches
Locavore serves locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch from Chef Mikel Zaguirre. It’s consistently on our monthly Top 10 lists and is really a top choice for reinvented Filipino dishes.
Ilustrado – Intramuros
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. Ilustrado features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines.
744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
Limbaga 77 Cafe & Restaurant offers traditional Filipino dishes. Located in a 50-year old house, the restaurant is an ode to the familial Filipino classics and the country’s diverse home cooking. Read our full feature here.
Lazat – Tomas Morato
Lazat is an Asian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant that serves traditional Filipino dishes with a modern twist. It was formerly called Cerchio, which means ‘circle’ in Italian. Read more here.
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76 Sct Limbaga, Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City
Roice’s Restaurant + G – Tomas Morato
Roice’s is a restaurant and bar with a cozy ambiance. It is run by a group of friends who are all foodies and alcohol enthusiasts. Read our full feature here.
Romulo Cafe – multiple branches
A tribute to the late Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Cafe offers traditional Filipino comfort food from heirloom recipes. Romulo Cafe gives its diners a glimpse of the Philippine history though its museum-style interiors. Read our full feature here.
Ombu Kusina – Tomas Morato
Ombu Kusina offers modern Filipino cuisine infused with popular dishes from other countries. Some of their bestsellers include the baked prawns, binakol na manok, lechon kare-kare, and more. Read more here.
G/F Sequoia Hotel, 91-93 Mother Ignacia St cor Timog Ave near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City
LoLa Cafe+Bar – Quezon City
Named after the mother of the Sanvictores family, Lola Victoria, this post-WWII era home is one of Quezon City’s most well kept secret restaurants. Lola Cafe + Bar offers Filipino specialty cuisine by Chef John Mangibin. It serves reinvented Filipino dishes such as truffled lengua, wagyu salpicao, and more. Read our full feature here.
Sentro 1771 – multiple branches
Sentro 1771 is one of the pioneers in the modern Filipino cuisine scene. A favourite and always a must-order when dining here is their Corned Beef Sinigang.
Cafe Ilustrado – Makati
Cafe Ilustrado is a mall-based restaurant offering modern Filipino-Spanish dishes. Cafe Ilustrado offers select specialties of Ilustrado (branch in Intramuros) such as Bagnet with KBL sauce, Callos Madrilena, Kambing Caldereta, Lengua con Setas as well as All Day breakfast silogs.
4/F SM Makati, Ayala Ave., Ayala Center, Makati
Hapag Heritage Cuisine – Maginhawa
Hapag Heritage Cuisine serves traditional Filipino dishes from year-old recipes like kare-kare, bagnet, beef morcon, pochero, bagnet and more. Read our full feature here.
Golden Cowrie – multiple branches
Established in 1982, Golden Cowrie is an upscale restaurant designed to highlight authentic Cebuano flavors. It is a concept by Cebu Golden Restaurant Inc., which also established the famous Hukad. Some of their bestsellers include the baked bantayan scallops, lechon belly, and balut sisig featured here.
Abuela’s – Makati
Abuela, which means ‘grandmother’ in Spanish, serves Filipino heirloom recipes with a twist by Chef Marco Legasto.
Mesa – various branches
Mesa serves a wide variety of modern Filipino and Asian fusion dishes from appetizers to soups, main dishes to well-known grilled items, choice of meat and seafood complemented with a selection of desserts, coupled with specialty drinks. Because of the restaurant’s success, it now has more than 10 restaurants nationwide.
Cafe Juanita – Kapitolyo
Cafe Juanita has been a neighborhood favorite. Inspite of the restaurant boom in the area, this place continues to pack itself to the brim due to its classic Filipino dishes, kitschy details, and treats for the eyes thanks to its eclectic and over the top Asian-inspired interiors.
Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna – Makati
Liliw is a southern municipality in the province of Laguna, sometimes deemed the Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines. Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna serves homegrown Filipino dishes by Executive Chef Justin Sarabia. All of the recipes are from Justin’s lola.
Neil’s Kitchen – Alabang
Neil’s Kitchen is a favorite dining destination in the South that offers reinvented Filipino dishes by Chef Neil Ramos, who was first known for his catering business, The Hills at Silang.
Sangkap by Chef Raymar Reyes – Pasig
Sangkap is a casual family-style restaurant that offers traditional Filipino cuisine with a modern spin to provide a unique dining experience. Their focus is on regional food fare using local ingredients and techniques by Chef Raymar Reyes.
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