Three Philippine restaurants make it to Asia's 101 best
The Daily Meal's 2015 list surveys hundreds of restaurants and covers 29 cities in 13 countries.
(SPOT.ph) If you need more validation that Filipino food has definitely arrived on an international scale, look through The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in Asia. The New York-based website, which aims to cover "every aspect of the food and drink experience," surveyed 520 nominees, and three Philippine restaurants have made it to the chosen 101.
Pampanga-based Bale Dutung ranked at 98. The write-up mentions Anthony Bourdain's visit for defunct show No Reservations, and describes chef-artist Claude Tayag's from-scratch and storied approach to Kapapampangan cuisine. Of course his pako salad and lechon are mentioned as must-tries.
A rather surprise but well-deserved entry is Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna, which, at Number 64, beats out the Robuchon eateries in Hong Kong and Macau. Helmed by 28-year-old chef Justin Sarabia, the tiny secret place in Makati peddles lola's heirloom recipes, poshed up to restaurant levels. The Daily Meal, however, missed recommending their outstanding Crispy Squid. Everybody needs to try that. Read more about Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna.
The highest-ranking Philippine restaurant on the list is Purple Yam Malate at 60. Owners Romy Dorotan and Amy Besa opened Purple Yam first in New York, one of the first institutions to introduce Pinoy food to the international scene. The local Purple Yam, which set up a 24-seater space in Amy's ancestral home, opened in 2014. It offers more Filipino food and promotes local by prioritizing Philippine ingredients. Read more about Purple Yam Malate.
The Daily Meal began ranking restaurants in 2013, but this is the first time that a Philippine eatery—let alone three!—made the list. Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong and Din Tai Fung Taipei ranked 1 and 2, respectively. Read the full list.