Most Filipinos would argue that Filipino food should taste and look exactly like our childhoods. Your mother’s adobo, lola’s arroz caldo, tatay’s relyenong bangus…the point is, we grew up knowing our local favorites and we’d rather they remain that way. But like most things, food is not unchanging and there are some bold innovators who love taking the ordinary and adding their own bits of extraordinary. And to help us through the many trailblazers that dared to elevate Filipino cuisine, ace reservations platform Eatigo listed down the best of the best.
Sentro 1771, a modern restaurant highlighted by beautiful wooden interiors and warm lighting, offers a modern and sophisticated take on our favorite local dishes like the crowd-favorite Sinigang na Corned Beef, Beef Caldereta, and Kare-Kare. Enjoy a casual meal with the family in their al fresco area or more formal occasions inside their dining area.
Over at Silogue, simplicity is key and silog comes available in all the well-loved combinations. There is of course, the Tapsilog with marinated thinly-sliced US-grade beef, along with the Baconsilog, Ribsilog, Adsilog, and many more. Their traditional breakfast sets are surefire way to kick-start a happy morning.
Then there is Elias, a Spanish-Filipino concept restaurant which adds a twenty-first century twist to their dishes. Inside, they have parol-like light fixtures, muted colors, and artworks reminiscent of old Spanish paintings. If there’s one thing they’re known for, it’s the Narcissa, a decadent dessert and their version of a cheesecake, but made more luscious with quezo de bola.
Crisostomo, another Fil-Spanish restaurant, is well-loved for their turn-of-the-century takes on sisig, paella, and crispy pata. The spacious interior is perfect for big gatherings, while the posh chairs and quiet ambiance make it a fine choice for dinner dates as well.
Speaking of big groups, Barrio Fiesta has been a household name for celebrations and family occasions. Whether it’s a wedding reception or a graduation party, their colorful and mouth-watering native delicacies take center stage, particularly the Crispy Pata and Kare-Kare. Both dishes are winners in the local dining scene.
Another competitor when it comes to Crispy Pata is Cuesina Garden Bistro at Venice Grand Canal Mall. Here, modern meets quirky and dinner is complemented by the equally impressive bar list. The sisig, pinakbet, and lumpiang hubad are among the must-tries, too.
From the name itself, Floating Island over at Ayala Malls the 30th houses seafood dishes worthy of a visit. The Dagupan Boneless Bangus is a crowd-pleaser, pairing nicely with the Grilled Prawns with Lemon Butter Sauce. The blue-decked interiors are eye-catching and inviting, welcoming visitors into their delicious abyss.
And finally, Lola Maria Restaurant @ The Legend Villas serves an impressive variety of festive, home-style dishes from all over the country. They have ala carte and buffet options, all of which available as early as 6AM and as late as 10PM, because we can never have enough of lola’s cooking. Don’t skip on the Beef Cocido and Grilled Chicken Innato, they’re simply addictive.
And because Eatigo encourages gastronomic adventures, all of these restaurants are conveniently available on their app and lets you get up to half-off your total bill! Just download the app, sign up, and start your local hunt for the best Filipino dishes.