When you ask our "kababayans" what they miss most about the Philippines, most likely they will tell you > home cooked Pinoy food. Here is a list of restaurants ideal for our dear balikbayans, that serve Filipino comfort food at its best.

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Kusinang Matua ng Atching Lillian Borromeo

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San Fernando, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Pampanga is known to be the culinary capital of the Philippines. Kapampangans pride themselves to be excellent cooks and chefs. One of them, the “guardian of Kapampangan Reseta” – Atching Lillian Borromeo. Her heirloom recipes are mouth-watering that will bring back memories of yesteryears. After all, Pampanga is the country's culinary capital. Enjoy the exotic Bobotong Asan, Bringhe, Sisig, TidTad, Tibok-tibok and brace yourself for Ensaladang Pako with Itlog ng Bayawak!  Reservation is required.

  • +63 45 966 0211
  • 2021 174, Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Mexico, Pampanga, Philippines

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Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino

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San Juan, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Enjoy a sense of nostalgia as you enter Casa Reyes Bistro Filipino. The ambience will bring you back to a "feel" of Old Manila. While the food is a combination of traditional FIlipino favorites, and some Pinoy dishes with an exciting twist. Even their artisanal pinoy gelatos are being served in cute Sorbetero cart.  It is perfect for family celebrations - because you know you are served excellent food choices. I also recommend this place - if you have balikbayan relatives and you want them to have a taste of Filipino dishes that they truly miss.

  • +63 2 7744 5902
  • Shopping Center Ortigas Ave, Connecticut, San Juan, 1503 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines

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imà kitchen

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San Mateo, Philippines • Recommendation • 

When you want traditional Pinoy food with a clever twist - bring your Balikbayan friends to Ima Kitchen! Their Chicharong Bulaklak has aligue in it. The Sinigang sa Ube and Pakwan is creatively concocted. I also recommend their Ensaladang Talong with Itlong na Maalat and Banana Rum Turon. So yummy!

  • Ever GotescoMall, Commonwealth Ave, Quezon City, 1826 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Chef Laudico Guevarra's

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San Juan, Philippines • Wishlist • 

Imagine dining with your balikbayan relatives in a house build in the 1920's. A wide staircase that leads to the veranda gives you the feel of aristocratic elegance of the forgone era. As you enter the dining area, get ready to be enthralled with art-deco pieces transforming your senses to a magnificent old world charm. The food is equally charming -- From the most raved Roast Angus Beef Belly to Bagnet in the carving station to the rich Kare-Kare and bountiful Shrimp dishes; down to the sweet tooth cravings of the crowd favourite Brigaderos and Frozen Brazo that never fails to get you going back for more.

  • +63 917 311 2222
  • 387 P. Guevarra St, cor Argonne, San Juan, 1500 Metro Manila, Philippines

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EarthOrigins Marketplace + Cafe

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Give your balikbayan friends and relatives the experience of enjoying healthy food! Earth Origins Marketplace + Cafe is a health hub for all natural and organic food. You can also shop for natural non food products. All their vegetables and produce are fresh and sourced out daily in organic farms. All of their meats (pork, chicken and beef) are 100% organically grown and free from hormones and antibiotics, and it is free range. Their pork comes from Mindanao, in Gensan and South Cotabato and before they are butchered, there is a detox process for 2 weeks, to get rid of anything bad they have eaten since they are roam around freely.   Are you getting married in the near future? Do check out this awesome place that now accepts intimate weddings!

  • +63 2 8291 2896
  • 72 Mother Ignacia St. corner Scout Reyes Brgy, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila, Philippines

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