7 Restaurants to Enjoy Filipino Cuisine

We Filipinos are known for our love of food. Our taste buds are accustomed to divergent flavors such that we happily indulge in American, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Mediterranean and other international delicacies. In spite of this fixation for all things tasty, our love for Filipino cuisine doesn’t disappear; time and again, we crave for a taste of home. And for those times that we’re swamped with work, we look for places to satiate our hunger with our Pinoy faves. Here’s Locale City Guide’s list of 7 restaurants for when we want to enjoy Filipino cuisine.

Various locations in the city

Known for the classic Pinoy dishes, Manam is a dependable place to go for some serious craving for Filipino cuisine. This 6-year old restaurant has created modern twists on traditional dishes that perfectly blends, thus exciting the palate of its diners.

Manam’s must-tries are the House Crispy Sisig, Crispy Pancit Palabok and the Calamansi Tart that goes well with coffee.

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The Aristocrat Restaurant
Various locations in the city

Considered an icon in the country’s food service industry, Aristocrat definitely occupies a spot in Pinoy culture. Locals and even international diners have enjoyed the Barbecued Chicken drumsticks paired with Java Rice and Atchara for 83 years now. A homegrown success, its main branch at Roxas Boulevard is recognized by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines as a historic site!

Aside from its world-famous chicken barbecue, Aristocrat also serves appetizing Kare-kare, Hototai Soup, Pancit Canton, to name a few.

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Ombu Kusina
Quezon City

A modern Filipino restaurant serving Filipino classic with a nouveau touch, Ombu Kusina is slowly carving its niche as one of the city’s best places for Pinoy food.

Located on the ground floor of a posh hotel in the foodie area in Quezon City, tickle your tastebuds with Binagoongang Talong, Flaming Chicken, Dilis rice and end your gastronomic indulgence with the heavenly Frozen Braso de Mercedes.

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Several branches in the city

If you’re into updated Pinoy cuisine, then Locavore is a good choice. Known for serving locally grown ingredients with a French take, this restaurant is frequented by Pinoys who are looking for a new and distinct taste to the usual Pinoy fare.

If you’re dropping by, don’t forget to try their Sugpo con Mayonesa and Ginataang Kaldereta.

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Intramuros, Manila

Ilustrado is a fine dining restaurant inside one of Manila’s prominent tourist spots serving Filipino, Spanish and international cuisine. Imagine feasting on Adobong Bagnet with Taba ng Talangka, Paella Ilustrado, Morcon Plaridel and other traditional Filipino-Spanish bestsellers. Don’t shy away from their delectable dessert too – the one of a kind Sampaguita Ice Cream!

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Sentro 1771
Several branches in the city

Just say the name Sentro 1771 and their tasty Corned Beef Sinigang will surely pop in mind. One of the initiators of modern Filipino cuisine, Sentro 1771 has been making diners happy since 2002 and has carved a name for serving familiar and homey dishes reinvented to give everyone a pleasurable gastronomic adventure.

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Romulo Cafe
Several branches in the city

Serving old-fashioned Pinoy dishes in a lovely museum-style restaurant, Romolu Cafe is one of balikbayan’s favourite go-to dining spots.

Dining at Romulo gives one a taste, literally, of family heirloom recipes. Don’t miss out trying their Boneless Crispy Pata Binagoongan, Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno and Laing with Adobo Flakes.

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Whatever you’ll be ordering, we hope you’ll enjoy it to the last bite! Kain tayo!







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