• Where to find the best Filipino food in Dubai

    I've been to countless Filipino restaurants in Dubai, big and small, good and not-so-good. That's why I always get asked, "Where's best to eat?" I would often respond based on the 'taste' of the person asking.   

    As a blogger, it is on me to ensure I give impartial reviews about MY experiences. At the end, it is still MY experience, if you find similarity to my 'not-so-hard-to-please' taste, take my word for it. Otherwise, to each his own.

    We have different preferences. What's good for me may not be pleasant for you. What you like, I might not.

    I won't just recommend the best restaurant within your location, because food experience must be beyond practicality - except when the situation really calls for it. If I go back to a restaurant because of location, I'm just being practical - "Pwede na yan para di na tayo lalayo."

    I'm a fan of "dayo" for restaurants that deserve my petrol and toll.

    The creativity is overflowing inside Hot Palayok in Karama, but the wow factor ends there
    If a customer returns to a restaurant for the ambiance, something's wrong with the customer. 

    The restaurant is good if I return for the food. Even if I get lost in Karama, I'd drive makakain lang ng tama - even if it's just a small eatery, as long as the food is well beyond satisfactory.

    It's all about great dining experience.

    Here's a list of my most preferred food to order, and in where I found the best experiences. So saan nga ba masarap kumain ng...


    Beef Belly Barbecue - JJ's Inasal, Little Manila

    Beef Tenderloin Skewers - Ihawan

    Bulalo - Tagpuan [2nd, Max's]

    Kare-Kare -  Pita

    Lechon Kawali - Ihawan

    Lechon Paksiw - House of Lechon, Little Manila

    Lengua Estofada - House of Lechon, Little Manila

    Liempo Grilled - House of Lechon, Little Manila

    Nilagang Oxtail (Buntot) - Olive Oil Restaurant, Rotana Jumeirah

    Tapa (Tapsilog) - Tapa King

    T-bone (grilled) - Ihawan


    Chicken Inasal - BBF Multicuisine

    Chicken Longanisa (LongSiLog) - Ihawan

    Chicken Sisig - Max's

    Chicken Skin Sisig - Barrio Fiesta

    Fried Chicken - Max's and Jollibee (where else)

    Lechon Manok (Cebu Style) - Authentic Angels

    Lechon Manok (Tagalog Style) - House of Lechon Manok, Little Manila


    Crispy Pata - Kitakits Kafe & Klubb

    Lechon Kawali - La Mesa

    Liempo (Inihaw) - Boracay

    Tinapa breakfast at Pancake House

    Baked Mussels - Dampa

    Bangus Inihaw - Pita

    Bangus Relyeno - Casa Pinoy

    Bangus Tinapa (Breakfast style) - Pancake House

    Crispy Shrimps - JJ's Inasal at Little Manila

    Crispy Tilapia - Dampa

    Daing na Bangus - Tapa King

    Grilled Squid - Dampa

    Seafood Mix (Grilled in Chipotle) - Dampa

    Sinigang na Bangus - Chowking

    Sweet Chili Crab - Binondo Komedor

    Tahong Pesa - Ihawan

    Tahong Tinola - Max's


    Adobong Kangkong - Tapa King

    Lumpiang Sariwa - Max's

    Sizzling Tofu - Pampanguenos

    Tofu Sisig - Max's

    Tortang Talong (Relyenong Talong) - Sinugba Ng Cucina


    Arroz Caldo - Ihawan

    Goto - Delmon

    Another great concept of a Filipino restaurant with a lot of intresting twists. Check out our experience at BBF.

    Pansit Bihon - BBF Multicuisine

    Pansit Luglug - Max's

    Pansit Malabon- Pampaguenos

    Pansit Palabok - Lamesa at Centurion [2nd, Pampaguenos]


    6-pcs isaw for only AED15 at Casa Pinoy - by far the cheapest price in Dubai, yet tastes really good.

    Beef Isaw - Uling at Parilya

    Chicken Barbecue (Skewers) - Ihawan

    Chicken Liver Barbecue - Ihawan

    Grilled Burger (Filipino style) - Ihawan

    Isaw (Grilled) - Ihawan [2nd, Casa Pinoy]

    Fried Isaw - Carinderia Ni Tandang Sora [2nd, Casa Pinoy]


    Calamares - Lamesa at Centurion

    Camaron Rebusado - Max's

    Chicken Skin - Olive Oil Restaurant, Rotana Jumeirah

    Papaitan - Carinderia Ni Tandang Sora / Uling at Parilya [2nd, Ihawan]


    Banana Con Yelo - Ihawan

    Bibingka - Veto Pizza

    Binignit - Authentic Angels

    Ensaymada - Breadshop at Little Manila

    Ensaymada Cebu - Pinoy Lomi House

    Espasol - Pinoy Lomi House

    Ginataang Halo-halo - Pita [2nd, Ihawan]

    Halo-halo - Ihawan [2nd, Chowking]

    Iskrambol - Bodega

    Mais Con Yelo - Tapa King [2nd, Ihawan]

    Nilupak / Tibok-tibok - Casa Pinoy

    Shakoy / Inipit - Authentic Angels

    Silvanas - Uling at Parilya

    Ube Halaya - Ihawan [2nd, Barrio Fiesta]

    Ube Pianono - Authentic Angels

    Ube Roll - Max's


    There are more or less a hundred Filipino restaurants in Dubai. Unfortunately, not many of them prioritizes authencity and quality of food. Having the opportuniy to talk to many of them, restaurateurs, I can tell who does it for purpose and passion, or primarily for money.

    We don't order much of the common household recipes, because, well, my wife does it best at home, you know.  I wouldn't trade her Sinigang, Tinola, Embutido, Adobo, Batchoy, Pork Sisig, Bistek Tagalog, Porkchop Steak, Dinuguan, even Spaghetti and Buco Pandan and Kutsinta over any restaurants out there. Oops, didn't I say I'm on healthy diet?

    And oh, this post is in no way influenced by the preferred restaurants I mentioned above okaaaay.

    Your thoughts please...

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