(SPOT.ph) It’s easy to take things for granted when they’re so familiar and ubiquitous, but it’s always worth taking a step back to appreciate Filipino cuisine. With a long history and a diverse range of dishes that span different influences, flavor profiles, and cooking techniques, it’s a cuisine that is as rich and intricate in detail as it is accessible and easy to love for every Juan—especially when your meal involves a steaming-hot bowl of rice.
Though some might argue that the best Filipino fare is that cooked at home, some establishments have truly standout takes on classic dishes or one-of-a-kind twists that make you see the cuisine in a whole new light—and we’ve rounded them up in this list. They deliver or allow for delivery, too, so you don’t even have to leave the house to get your fix.
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These restaurants have got your Filipino food delivery needs covered:
You can find some of the best Kapampangan fare at Abé, the well-loved establishment under the LJC Group of Restaurants that’s named after Larry Cruz’s father E. Aguilar "Abe" Cruz and inspired by Abe’s global travels. You’re in for a good time pretty much whatever your order, but you definitely don’t want to miss the Sinigang sa Ube (P555) and Binukadkad na Pla Pla (P495). You can hit them up on GrabFood and Foodpanda for delivery orders.
For orders, find Abé on GrabFood and Foodpanda. You can also check out their Facebook page.
When you can’t choose between classic and modern, Manam’s got your back. Their varied menu includes both traditional and playful takes on Filipino eats—think good ol’ Kare-Kare with Oxtail (from P330/small) and Sinigang na Baboy sa Sampaloc (from P220/small), but also Crispy Pancit Palabok (from P220/small), Sizzling Crispy Sinigang (from P300/small), and their bestselling House Crispy Sisig (from P175/small). You can easily order through The Moment Group’s delivery website, Moment Food.
For orders, check out Manam on Moment Food.
Milky Way Café
Milky Way goes all the way back to the 1950s, having been established as a dairy bar and soon cooking up hot, savory dishes that you can still enjoy today. From Fresh Lumpiang Ubod (P160) to Crispy Hito (P705) to Pork Binagoongan (P505) to Beef Morcon (P705), they’ve got you covered—just look for them on GrabFood, Foodpanda, or Beep by Storehub for orders.
For orders, find Milky Way Café on GrabFood, Foodpanda, or Beep by Storehub. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Calling themselves the first in modern Filipino cuisine, Sentro 1771 has made quite the name for itself since first opening their doors in 2002. With signatures like the Corned Beef Sinigang (P682), Rated GG (P416) a.k.a. galunggong fillets, and Adobo Flakes Pasta (P400), they give you a novel way to relish in Filipino flavors without losing sense of their identity. As of writing their delivery website is still under construction, but you can give the branch nearest you a call to place your order.
For orders, contact 7900-9089, 0917-854-4540, or 0917-866-0449 (Capitol Commons), or 0917-853-7460? or 7757-3941 (Greenbelt 5). You can also check out their Facebook page.
Named after (and established as a tribute to) Filipino diplomat, statesman, soldier, and author Carlos P. Romulo, Romulo Cafe is home to some of the best Filipino eats around that have a home-style charm to them and are made with great-quality ingredients. Just some of their signatures is the Lola Virginia’s Chicken Relleno (P868/half chicken) by Carlos’ wife Virginia, Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare (P678) that’s got oxtail and tripe in a rich peanut sauce, and the Flying Tilapia (P478) or deep-fried tilapia served with chili-garlic, honey-bagoong, and soy-vinegar sauces. You can call the branch nearest you to order for delivery.
See a list of Romulo Cafe branches and their contact numbers. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Helmed by Chef JP Anglo, Sarsa is known for their playful approach to Negrense cuisine that still preserves the telltale flavors of tradition. Their delivery and takeout menu includes good-for-sharing portions of essentials like the the Chicken Inasal (P800/four to five pieces) and Batchoy Special (P680/good for three to four); you’ll want to save room for their more inventive dishes too, like the Sinigang Chicken Wings (P490/six pieces), Kansipanada with Batwan Gravy (P750/box of eight), and Inasal Sisig Pancit Canton (starts at P750/bilao good for three to five). You can place an order by texting or calling them through Viber.
For orders, contact 0917-528-0115 through Viber. You can also check out their Facebook page.
XO 46 Heritage Bistro
Dining in at XO 46 Heritage Bistro is an experience, as they pay tribute to Filipino culture in almost every aspect—from the Hispanic-esque interiors to the way the servers interact with you in pure Filipino. You can’t quite get that delivered, but you can at least get your fill of their signature Filipino eats that cover the different regions. Just some of these are the Crispy Pata XO Style (P990), Humba ng Tacloban (P495), and Pancit Pusit ng Cavite (P339). Plus, you can conveniently place your orders through their website.
For orders, visit XO 46 Heritage Bistro’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Got the hankering for Ilocano fare? Get your fix from Quezon City spot Victorino’s, which serves some of the best versions in the Metro. The Ilocos Best (P640)—a platter that includes bagnet and assorted longganisa—is a great way to taste the signatures of the province, as is their take on the Ilocos classic dish of pork tenderloin and liver called Igado (P420). You can always balance out these dishes’ richness with the Dinengdeng (P270) or boiled vegetables with bagoong and fish. Just give them a call to place an order.
For orders, contact 0917-805-6065, 0939-915-2750, 7738-6576, or 3414-7465. You can also check out their Facebook page.
This award-winning restaurant is best known for their superb and contemporary takes on Filipino, which is best experienced through their tasting menu. This sadly can’t be delivered, but Toyo Eatery also has special bilao dishes that are made for pickup. These include the Pancit Espesyal (P1,500/10 inches, P2,900/16 inches), BBQ Silog (P1,500/10 inches, P2,900/16 inches), and Crab Silog (P1,950/10 inches, P3,800/16 inches) bilao, which—in true Filipino fashion—are made to be shared. Just send them a text message to place an order, and book a courier for delivery.
For orders, contact 0917-720-8630. You can also check out Toyo Eatery’s Facebook page.
Friends & Family
The Raintree Group pays tribute to the Metro’s neighborhood eateries and diners of the past at Friends & Family. Beyond traditional Filipino fare like Adobong Pusit (starts at P195/solo) and Classic Crispy Pata (P995), you’ll also find more dishes that take classics up a notch, like the Sizzling Bulalo Steak & U.S. Beef Belly with Gravy (starts at P595/friends) and Lechon Sinigang (P350). You can relive the carefree days of your childhood with the Birthday Spaghetti with Hotdog and Marshmallow (starts at P195/solo). Go ahead and find them on Foodpanda for delivery orders.
For orders, find Friends & Family on Foodpanda. You can also check out Friends & Family PH’s Facebook page.
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