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These homegrown restaurants are some of the best under the radar Filipino restaurants in the Metro. Whether they’re classic or modern, home cooked or upscale, there is no denying when it comes to the addicting qualities and flavors of a Filipino dish. Don’t forget to add these restaurants to your ‘Must Try’ lists on the Booky app.

UPDATE: See the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila this month!

Tahanan Bistro – Antipolo

Tahanan, meaning ‘home’, is a family-run business set in renowned Filipino artist, Benji Reyes’ home lanai. It serves all-Filipino dishes that are close to home, using only local produce and applied with international techniques from Chef Kevin Tuason’s culinary experience in Melbourne.

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22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo
(0925) 880-1487

Gata – Quezon City

Gata Flavors of Bicolandia Atbp is a piece of Bicol right in the middle of QC. They serve authentic Bicolano dishes like Laing, Bicol Express, Adobong Bicol, all with fresh gata or coconut milk. All their dishes are customizable to your preference so no need to be afraid of the spice!

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Unit 3, The Grandia Place, 143 Mother Ignacia Ave., South Triangle, Quezon City
(0995) 462-7251

Hapag Heritage Cuisine – Maginhawa

Hapag Heritage Cuisine serves traditional Filipino dishes from year-old recipes like kare-kare, beef morcon, pochero, bagnet and more. Read our full feature here.

Hapag Heritage Cuisine
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Hapag Heritage Cuisine Dish
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140 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 813-967

Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna – Legaspi Village

Liliw is a southern municipality in the province of Laguna, also deemed the Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines. Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna serves homegrown non-deconstructed Filipino dishes headed by Executive Chef Justin Sarabia in a small, non-descript ‘hole’ in Legaspi Village, Makati. All of the recipes are from Justin’s lola. Other hidden treasures in Legaspi Village can be found here.

Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna
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Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna
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104 HRC Center Building (next to 7/11), Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
(02) 779-8073

Casa Roces – Manila

Casa Roces is a Filipino-Spanish restaurant set in an old ancestral home reminiscent of Commonwealth era as characterized by the art walls, bookshelves and homey palace-like interiors. The house, which is located inside the Malacañan compound, was uninhabited for 15 years before the Roces family decided to partner with Cravings Group and Chef Menoy Gimenez to create Casa Roces. 

Casa Roces
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Casa Roces
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1153 J.P. Laurel St. cor. Aguado St., San Miguel, Manila
+63 2 488-1929

XO 46 Heritage Bistro – multiple branches

XO 46 Heritage Bistro is an award-winning tucked away gem in Salcedo Village. They serve various regional Filipino cuisine including the fiery coconut concoctions from the Bicolandias, earthy, robust flavors from the Ilocos region and Hispanic dishes from Central Luzon. It now has 3 branches in total, there’s one in Estancia Mall and another in Century City Mall.

XO 46 Bistro
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XO 46 Bistro
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G/F Le Grand Condominium, 130 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati
+63 2 553-6632

Balai Ilocos – multiple branches

Balai Ilocos is a Filipino restaurant by the Mendoza family. They serve traditional home-cooked Ilocano dishes such as their ‘Di Malilimutang (Unforgettable) Mechado, Balai Platter and Dinakdakan. Within just 5 months after they opened their first branch, they opened another one in Pagsanjan, Laguna province. If you want to explore BF Home further, check this list.

Balai Ilocos
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Balai Ilocos
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188 D Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Paranaque
(02) 216-5369

Pamana – Tagaytay

Pamana is a homegrown and classic Filipino restaurant which opened in Tagaytay in 2009. Aside from its dishes, the place became popular for its homey interiors and photo-filled walls. Three years later, the group opened their second branch in Boracay and then 2 years later, a 3rd branch in Legaspi Village, Makati. Most of the dishes are preserved and updated heirloom recipes from owner Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s family. 

Pamana Tagaytay
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Pamana Tagaytay
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Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay
+63 2 413-2461

Victorino’s Restaurant – Tomas Morato

Victorino’s is a fine dining restaurant with old fashioned Filipino home interiors. They serve Ilocano-Filipino cuisine and desserts from partner Chef Heny Sison. Their specialties include the Poqui-poqui, Bagnet and their famous Mango Chocolate Torte. Try their halo-halo as well.

Victorino's Restaurant
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Victorino's Restaurant
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11th Jamboree St. cor. Sct. Rallos, Laging Handa, Quezon City
+63 917 833-4148

Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe – Horseshoe Drive

Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe offers Spanish-inspired Filipino fusion cuisine. The Spanish touch you’ll find in their dishes are drawn from heirloom recipes handed down by the family patriarch, Mateo del Castillo, a full-blooded Spaniard with a passion for food. People swear by their Spanish Paella, crispy bagnet sisig, sisig pasta and homemade caramel cakes. Mateo’s was originally located in the Diliman area.

Mateo's Restaurant
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Mateo's Restaurant
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54 N. Domingo Ave., Horseshoe Village, Quezon City
+63 2 696-3724

Terraza of Balay Dako – Tagaytay

Balay Dako, meaning ‘big house’, is the newest addition to the Antonio’s group of restaurants that serves proudly Filipino food. It is a 3-storey converted restaurant where each floor features a specific section. (1) Comedor, the main dining area on the 2nd floor, (2) Silong, a private event area on the 1st floor and (3) Terraza, a semi-open bar on the top floor. Terraza of Balay Dako stands on its own with their signature cocktails and their mouthwatering tapas, pizzas and grilled items amidst breathtaking views of Taal Lake. 

Terraza of Balay Dako
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Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, (Nasugbu – Tagaytay Road), Silang Crossing West, Tagaytay
(046) 483-4847

Purple Yam – Malate

Purple Yam is a Brooklyn-based Filipino restaurant, it is one of the many pioneers and advocates in globalizing Filipino cuisine and ingredients and is a big supporter of small local producers. Purple Yam Malate, set in a 1950s ancestral home, was born out of chef Amy Besa’s love for the Philippines and her goal of leaving a legacy by passing on her knowledge to passionate culinary students. To ensure quality and the freshest ingredients, Purple Yam is only available by reservation. 

Purple Yam
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Purple Yam
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603 Julio Nakpil St. cor. Bacobo, Malate, Manila
+63 2 523-3497

Pepita’s Kitchen – Magallanes Village

Pepita’s Kitchen is the home of Lechon Diva, Dedet de la Fuente, a private dining home restaurant in Legaspi Village, Makati where an 8 to 12-course Lechon Degustation menu is being served (depending on the themed menu Dedet has created). Dedet aims to make Pinoy lechon global by stuffing it with flavored rice or noodle (i.e., truffle for French, chorizo and talangka for Spanish, curry for Japanese and binagoongan for Pinoy, etc.). Pepita’s Kitchen was first discovered in 2010 when it won one of Anton Diaz’s (of Our Awesome Planet) events, Ultimate Test Test 4.0.

Pepita's Kitchen
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1050 Magallanes Ave, Magallanes Village, Makati
+63 917 866-0662

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