Your Guide To The Best Modern Filipino Restaurants
Filipinos are notorious for taking on gastronomic feasts. With new restaurants popping up here and there, it’s quite difficult (and expensive) to keep up with all of them. At the end of the day, nothing beats the familiarity of Pinoy ol’ classics. Think you’ve tried them all? Think again! We’ve rounded some of the best modern Filipino restaurants that shed new light on what we knew about Filipino food.
17107 Culture + Cuisine
Instead of visiting every island to try out specialties, 7107’s menu does just that in no ordinary manner. With catchy names like Bistek I Ever Had and #SeazetheDay, you’ll have a fun (and hard) time on choosing what to eat. The hip interiors are impressive and serve as the perfect backdrop to your Instagram-worthy dishes.
Dip your street food favorites in pinakurat with #WhenInPH or taste their Krispy Kare-Kare for some legit PB flavor. To zero in for that much-needed flavor, ingredients are locally sourced from provinces. Finish off the meal with a serving of Molten Pastillas Lava Cake. Incredibly, it will haunt you the rest of the day and leave you wanting more.
When you feel like splurging on quality dishes, come to Locavore. Start the meal with a topping-infested Gabi Chips. Aside from the infamous Sizzling Sinigang, zesty flavors pop when you order Kimchinigang. If you’re a fan of vinegar-infused dishes, we recommend their Kinilaw Platter so that you can choose three kinds!
Fried chicken lovers will have an easy time devouring their Mac’s Boneless Fried Chicken. Wash down all that umami with a plate of Turon con Leche with a hint of salted egg.
Their interiors might look old school but their food is contemporary. This Filipino modern restaurant caters to intimate dates to large groups. Start the meal with some seafood goodness coming from a plate of Oyster Sisig. Grabbing your attention is none other than Crispy Bacon Bagnet, something you might have dreamed of the other night. Sizzling Bulalo, swimming with mushroom gravy, is completed with a sinful bone of buttery marrow.
23 Panay Avenue, Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City
A hidden gem located just off the busy Amorsolo Street, Naimas provides a temporary sanctuary from the surrounding world. You might think it’s just another pretty coffee shop with native wooden furniture contrasting with potted plants. Lo and behold, you’ll find a wide range of Northern Luzon specialties here. Cravings for deep fried pork belly calls for crispy Naimas Bagnet with rice on the side. The real stunner is their take on Pinatisang Baka that uses the Filipino’s favorite condiment patis. Naimas (delicious), indeed!
5Lola Cafe + Bar
Among all the best modern Filipino restaurants, this hidden gem is worth going after. This house-turned-restaurant has a great ambiance where you and your family or barkada can stay for hours. Meat lovers will be tickled by their amazing Bone Marrow Sisig, Truffled Lengua, and Wagyu Salpicao. Like any Filipino, you must eat it with rice. End cheat day with an innocent-looking Strawberries and Cream pavlova, dressed in whipped cream, strawberries, and more.
6Manam Comfort Food
Manam is tailor fit to satisfy everyone’s cravings. One menu caters to the classics while the other one is more suitable for adventurous foodies. Sinigang Na Beef Short Rib & Watermelon is a thick soup that balances sweet, sour, and a hint of fruity. Any sisig dish especially their House Crispy Sisig has grown into a fast favorite of many diners. Beat the summer’s heat with Ube + Sago Shake.
If you want to experience the art of eating, this restaurant has a tasting menu that promises to deliver. We love how the meat just dissolves in your mouth with their succulent Three-Cut Pork BBQ. Their simplified Toyo Eatery Silog brings out intense yet subdued flavors that don’t overwhelm your senses. À la carte and set menus are also available for your liking. Beautiful and locally made interiors are definitely a conversation piece on date night.
The restaurant’s interiors are inspired by old Spanish colonial houses found in Intramuros or Vigan. Here, such beautiful revolution begins with our taste buds. Seriously, who puts liempo in a tub of cheese fondue?
Kartilya does exactly that with their Liempo Queso Fundido dish. We dare you not to order some rice with that! Tofu Sisig is another well-prepared dish for those who seek healthier options. If you’re looking for that kick, the tangy soup from Corned Beef Kansi will do you some good.
9Kabila Filipino Bistro
Whether on a lunch with family or officemates, Kabila presents menu sets for convenience. Seafood Guava Sinigang is a refreshing choice and acts as a relief from the usual homemade sinigang. You can’t go wrong with their deconstructed version of Classic Kare-Kare U.S. Short Plate & Buntot. It’s velvety and nutty, just the way we like it! Desserts like DIY halo-halo and leche flan turon topped with chocnut sauce are unforgettable hits.
Kabila Filipino Bistro
Level 1, Greenbelt 4, Makati City
10Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna
Simplicity and charm are qualities you’ll find in Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna. Complimentary bonete awaits you with butter and salsa as sides. Must-order specialties include Beef Mechado and Vegetable in Gata. Their deconstructed version of Pork Adobo is something your taste buds will crave for after a while. You’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of lemon grass to wash everything down.
With Filipino food reinvented through masterful techniques and out-of-the-box creativity, it leaves us wanting for more. We might try other popular cuisines that are hot right now. Eventually, our wired taste buds will trace back to our roots. Can you blame us for taking on the best modern Filipino restaurants? We think not!
Any favorite modern Filipino restaurants we forgot to take on? Tag @Philihappy and #Philihappy during all your food trip sessions!