Whether you’re looking to satisfy your nostalgic palate, been to the Philippines and miss the food or want to try Filipino food for the first time, this article is for you. When I moved to the UK, 13 years ago, Filipino restaurants are not massively popular yet. I can only remember a handful restaurants at that time, few of them sadly, closed down now. In the last 5 years or so, Filipino restaurants have become popular in the UK, especially in London. The growing number of Filipino people moving to the UK and the effort of the Philippines to promotes its tourism contributed to this. The restaurants listed below are now making a wave serving Filipino cuisines in one of the busiest city of the world.
Kasa and Kin
Kasa and Kin, although relatively new, is already making a wave in the industry. In, 2022, they are named Best Filipino Restaurant of the Year at Asian Curry Awards. Kasa means Home and Kin translates to family and relations, a name carefully chosen to offer a sense of community and belongingness to all of their customers. A restaurant, bar and a bakery in one, located in the heart of Soho, Kasa and Kin offers a contemporary Filipino flavours. They are very popular with putting their own twist on traditional dishes. Inside their restaurant you will see their colourful wall which tells a story about hope, healing, connecting people and having fun. Kasa and Kin is definitely the one to visit if you want to enjoy South East Asia’s Best kept Secret.
Crispy Pork Kare-Kare – Crunchy and deep fried pork belly in bagoong and peanut sauce.
Address: 52-53 Poland Street, London W1F 7NQ
Bakery and Patisserie – Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Restaurant (Lunch) – Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am – 3pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Restaurant (Dinner) – Tuesday to Wednesday 5:30pm – 9pm
Thursday to Saturday 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday 5:30pm – 8pm
Mondays: Closes (except Bank Holidays)
Contact Number: 020 7287 5400
Kamayan sa Earlscourt
Kamayan sa Earlscourt is the only Filipino Restaurant in London that offers self service or Carinderia style restaurant. It is a similar service to fast food where you have to come up to the counter to order or if you need anything. Although it may be inconvenient to some, the owner decided to keep this setting to maintain that Filipino vibe/culture in the restaurant. Self service restaurants are quite common in the Philippines. It doesn’t in any way affect the quality of food being served. One good thing about this is they can keep the prices of their meals slightly cheaper than the others. They won’t charge you any service charge. Aside from Filipino meals and drinks, they also offer Kamayan ( Boodle Fight) and ready cooked hot meals (perfect option for when you are in a rush).
Boodle Fight – translates to eating with your hand and is considered a communal-style Filipino feast. Food is served on banana leaves and eaten without utensils. A variation of the meal depends on your liking but usually consist of rice a selection of fish, meat, vegetables and seasonal fruits.
Address: 12 Kenway Road, London SW5 0RR
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 9am – 10pm
Contact Number: 020 7373 3840
Lutong Pinoy is a family run business established in 1996. They pride themselves in serving Filipino food as authentic as possible. They won many hearts of Filipino people with their wide selections of food, amazing customer service and the nationalistic vibe of their restaurant. Following their recent refursbishment, Lutong Pinoy has wowed their customers with an even spacious dining area and the patriotic wall decors.
Dagat Island – a platter of all your favourite seafoods including Daing na Bangus, Inihaw na Pusit, Mussels and many more. Serving food for sharing betweeen 2-3 people.
Address: 10 Kenway Road, London SW5 0RR
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm
Contact Number: 020 7244 0007
Have you been to any of these restaurants, or have you been to any other Filipino Restaurants that you think deserves to be in this list. Please comment below. I also have a similar article you might be interested with, Small Businesses Owned by Filipinos in the UK, I do hope you check them out.