10 Must-Try Modern Filipino Restaurants in Metro Manila


Ever tried bagnet ravioli, sizzling sinigang, or kimchi kaldereta?

As Filipinos, Filipino food will always play a huge part in our lives. We may be fans of other cuisines such Italian, Mexican, Japanese, but our hearts will always remain loyal to our local flavors.

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!

Bistro United – Kapitolyo

Bistro United serves Western dishes with a classic Filipino twist focusing on local ingredients & provincial flavors while incorporating modern culinary techniques.

Featured Dishes: Porchetta Kare-Kare, Bagnet Ravioli, Dalandan Chicken with Ube Rice

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D Strip Building, 20 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 706-1668

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. 

Featured Dishes: Kare-Kare Wings, Sizzling Sinigang

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Romulo Cafe – various branches

Romulo Cafe is a museum-style restaurant where you can enjoy Filipino comfort food at its best. Read more here.

Featured Dishes: Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan, Suman sa Latik

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LoLa Cafe – 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.

Featured Dishes: Bone Marrow Sisig, Kimchi Kaldereta, Roasted Belly Tocino

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99 Sct Lozano St, Quezon City
(02) 219-3254

Golden Cowrie – Pasay

Golden Cowrie is an upscale version of Hukad, with an aim to highlight the best of authentic Cebuano flavors. They serve modern and traditional Filipino food. Read more here.

Featured Dishes: Balut Sisig, Miki Aligue

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Level 2, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard cor Coral Way, Pasay
(0917) 108-3370

7107 Culture + Cuisine – BGC

7107 Culture + Cuisine is a culinary and hospitality food hall that aims to promote the Filipino heritage through art and modern local food. They’re known for reinventing beloved classic dishes into their own, unique versions. Read more here.

Featured Dishes: Malunggay Pestocino, Tonkatsu Bicol X

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G/F Treston International College, University Parkway District, 32nd St cor C-5 Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 807-8023

Abuela’s – Makati

Abuela, which means ‘grandmother’ in Spanish, serves Filipino heirloom recipes with a twist by Chef Marco Legasto. 

Featured Dishes: Kare-Kare Risotto, Bagnet with Thai Sauce

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2/F Somerset Millenium, 104 Aguirre St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 805-2713

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.

Featured Dishes: Hito Flakes on Spoon, Sisig in a Pouch

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Kartilya –  BGC

Kartilya by Lica Ibarra of MasterChef Asia takes on a revolutionary approach to the Filipino dining and cuisine. Must-try dishes include the salted egg dip, liempo queso fundido, and sizzling kansi. Read more here.

Featured Dishes: Sizzling Kansi, Chori-Stuffed Pechay

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Two Parkade, 30th St cor 7th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 893-2806

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. 

Featured Dishes: Sinigang Paella, Bagoong Paella with Kare-Kare, Crab Fat Palabok

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Lot C701-704 Westgate Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 771-1334

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