13 Unique Adobo Meals that Put a Twist on the Classic Dish


Mabuhay ang adobo!


Ah, adobo, one of the crown jewels of our beloved country
. One whiff of the powerful scent stirs up memories of being called down to the dinner table because of the stewing smell of adobo. Its rich, Pinoy flavor gives the dish enough hold for us to call it a Filipino staple, but the nostalgia behind the simple recipe makes it one of the greats.]

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You can never get tired of this classic ulam. It is, however, always a pleasant surprise when someone puts a spin on the dish we all grew up with.

Adobo Truffled Fries – Lola Cafe

Hand cut fries, adobo flakes, truffled kesong puti, spiced Palawan honey. LoLa Cafe is a destination restaurant that offers specialty Filipino cuisine helmed by Chef John Mangibin, his first under the LoLa Group. Food is prepared fresh and locally-sourced. They’re ideal for private events and special occasions.

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99 Sct Lozano St, Quezon City
(02) 501-2620

Also read: 12 Restaurants in Manila that Sere the Best Filipino Food with Twists

Crispy Pork Adobo Rice Bowl  – Kartilya

Fried pork belly adobo sa puti, ensaladang manga, salted egg, dirty rice. Kartilya is a modern dining restaurant serving traditional and contemporary Filipino dishes by MasterChef Asia Season 1 placer, Lica Ibarra. Expect unique dishes like the Liempo Queso Fundido, Bistek Tagalog Ribeye Steak, and more.

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Two Parkade, 30th St cor 7th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 893-2806 / (0916) 514-0581

Adobo Project – Neil’s Kitchen

A restaurant outlet of Chef Neil Ramos and partners that offers Pinoy Paellas such as Bagoong Paella with Kare-Kare, Sinigang with Grilled Pork Belly Paella, and Crab Fat Palabok.

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

Fried Chicken Adobo – Ombu Kusina

Ombu Kusina offers modern Filipino cuisine infused with popular from other countries like Salted Egg Tempura, Sardine Penne, and Fried Chicken Adobo. The latter comes in a plate of fried chicken marinated in Filipino-style adobo served with adobo gravy, ginger sauce, and sweet chili dip.

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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

Adobong Manok sa Puti – Hapag Heritage Cuisine

Hapag Heritage Cuisine serves traditional Filipino dishes with a mixture of century-old recipes and fresh infusions of Filipino flavor. Serving some fresh Adobong Manok sa Puti all-day round, have the delightful savory dish for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.

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

Adobong Bagnet with Taba ng  Talangka – Cafe Ilustrado

Cafe Ilustrado offers modern Filipino-Spanish dishes and select specialties of Ilustrado in Intramuros like Callos Madrilena, Kambing Caldereta, and Lengua con Setas. Get all the richness of Filipino cuisine with their Adobong Bagnet with Taba ng Talangka.

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4/F SM Makati, Ayala Ave., Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 818 6760

Lobo’s Lamb Adobo – Lobo Filipino Tavern

Lobo Filipino Tavern serves up modern Filipino dishes like sizzling bulalo, pork sisig nachos, squid ink pasta, and lamb adobo. Get a taste of their Lamb Adobo, served with pickled mango and atsara, topped with extra virgin olive oil and popped garlic.

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4898 Durban St, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 805 9380

Adobong Baka sa Gata – Luna J Filipino Gastropub

Tucked in the Tomas Morato, Luna J Filipino Gastropub serves us the hearty meals we all yearn for. Serving simple dishes with flavor and heart, they put a twist and celebrate tastes we’re all familiar with and combine them into mouthwatering dishes, just like the Adobong Baka sa Gata.

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G/FIL Terrazzo Mall, 305 Tomas Morato Ave cor Sct Madriñan, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 373 4668

Double Adobo Sandwich – Para: Filipino Sandwich Bar

Para is a Filipino-inspired food truck at Kapitolyo’s Gastropark serving classic Filipino dishes reinvented to oversized gourmet pan de sal sandwiches. Check out their Double Adobo Sandwich,  made up of shredded chicken adobo, pork adobo floss, fried egg, garlic flakes, and green mango.

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GastroPark, #12 1st St, Kapitolyo, Pasig

Adobo sa Pula – Alab

Alab serves authentic home-cooked Filipino dishes. Alab attempts to express a clear narrative of what Filipino cuisine is, amidst all the confusion of the Filipino fusion food trend. Chicken and pork stewed in vinegar, one of the oldest documented versions of the classic adobo. It uses annatto for color instead of soy sauce.

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67 Scout Rallos, near corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(02) 364-9631

Braised then Fried Chicken & Pork Adobo Flakes – Manam

Manam specializes in serving up comfort Filipino food in classics and twists in small, medium and large portions perfect for any occasion. Among its most popular offerings are its signature House Crispy Sisig and the original Sinigang na Beef Short Rib and Watermelon.The unofficial national dish, fondly called CPA in canteens the country over. Soy and vinegar braised, it is best eaten the day after.

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Adobo & Salted Egg Sausage – Alamat Filipino Pub & Grill

Alamat Filipino Pub and Grill serves modern Filipino fare and barchow. You won’t find anything like their adobo chicken wings, sinuglaw (pork bbq on tuna ceviche), wagyu bistek, and artisan sausages anywhere else.

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2/F 5666 Don Pedro St, Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 530-2580

Adobo Three-Ways – Tipulo

Tipulo takes a modern twist on traditional Filipino food. The open space restaurant gives the feel of dining in the province but with a modernized menu. They are located along Sumulong Highway, Antipolo.

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First Pacific Leadership Academy, KM 27, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, Rizal
(02) 632-8111

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