Looking to grab Filipino cuisine close to home? Here are some Natalia and Sarahlynn's favorites!
Muscavado is a Filipino owned restaurant in Bastille that occasionally adds Filipino flavors to their casual breakfast and brunch menu. Le Servan does the same in the 11th, but in an upscale setting for their lunch and dinners.
Lutong Pinoy is the mainstay of the Filipino British dining scene, open for 22 years now from the same family! London has a very strong Filipino supper club and popup dining scene: BBQ Dreamz (food stall in different night markets), maynila (supper club), Pepe’s Kitchen (supper club), The Adobros (supper club).
New York City:
Purple Yam is the classic. We always pay homage to Chef Romy Dorotan when we are in NYC. Kuma Inn or Lumpia Shack if we’re in Manhattan; or anywhere in Queens -- there are a lot of Filipino food places there, that we haven’t even gotten to explore yet but everyone tells us all about it!
Park’s Finest BBQ in Historic Filipino Town, LASA is in DTLA Chinatown, Irenia is in Sta. Ana, Rice&Shine Pop-Ups by Chef AC Boral, Cafe 86 in Pasadena, Rice Bar in DTLA, and Chef Isa Fabro. All of these establishments are highly regarded in the food scene in LA/Southern California.
Bad Saint is regarded as the #2 restaurant in the country, and with all due respect, yes! From the menu that pulls makes no compromises on flavor or breadth of offerings for such a small restaurant, it’s amazing to see this tiny gem of a place capture the attention of our capital and the country. If you have the time to wait in line, it’s definitely worth it. We also like Purple Patch in DC for their food and the community events that Patrice Cleary hosts in their space.
Our stomping grounds! Isla Pilipina and Uncle Mike’s are neighborhood staples, and restaurants we frequent and have worked with before with our popups. Jenivee’s Bakery is relatively new to the scene but has lovely American Occupation era chiffon cakes with flavors like Ube Macapuno and Mango. Popups and farmer’s market staples like Pecking Order Catering; Hapa Chicago (popup); Taste of the Philippines; and our very own Filipino Kitchen, of course!
Chef Cristina Quackenbush heads up a popup (formerly a brick and mortar, hopefully to resurrect soon!) called Milkfish. Another popup called Gata has also recently come to the scene, which we hope to check out!
Chef Roland Calupe heads up a pop-up dining series called The Milagros Project. Ellie Tiglao is opening soon in Somerset, Tanam.
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