9 Filipino Restaurants that the Balikbayans in Your Life Will Truly Love


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Being foodies mean we enjoy different cuisines and one-of-a-kind delicacies, but some days, we just want the comfort of our Filipino favorites. Growing up in a household that serves adobo, kare-kare and sinigang with a big bowl of rice for our everyday meals,we can’t help but reserve a special place in our hearts (and tummies!) for these dishes.

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Without further ado, check out these foolproof Filipino restaurants that serve some of the best Filipino dishes in town. If you have have balikbayan relatives coming over or if you simply just want Filipino food for dinner with the family, then these restaurants should be on the top of your list.

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Locavore – multiple branches

Locavore serves locally grown and produced Filipino dishes with a French touch. They’re known for their Sizzling Sinigang, Lechon and Oyster Sisig, and Kare-Kare Wings.

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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.

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Mesa – multiple branches

Mesa serves a wide variety of modern Filipino and Asian fusion dishes. Some of their bestsellers include the sisig in a pouch, crispchon, crispy hito, and more.

Also featured here: 16 Unique Sisig Dishes That Will Win Your Heart
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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.

Also featured here: 8 Sinful Crispy Pata Dishes to Devour
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76 Sct Limbaga, Laging Handa, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 351-5279

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.

Also read: 11 Must-Try Unique Sinigang Dishes in the Philippines
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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.

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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.

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G/F Sequoia Hotel, 91-93 Mother Ignacia St cor Timog Ave near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 441-1789

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.

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140 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 813-9672

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.

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19 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 632-0357

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