Filipino food isn’t as popularised as its Thai and Vietnamese neighbors.

Yet, with more than 7000 islands and an incredibly diverse history, the balmy archipelago is home to a vibrant cuisine that’s as varied as the natural resources the islands have been blessed with.

Filipino restaurants
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From hearty plates of Adobo, Sisig and Pata to generous portions of crispy Lechon, read on for the best Filipino restaurants in Singapore.

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1
Kuya’s Kusinang Pinoy

Family-run Kuya’s Kusinang Pinoy is nestled in the quieter area of Bugis, just opposite the towering National Library. Here, dig into hearty dishes like the Bulalo Special, a collagen-packed broth that comes with buttery bone marrow. Other favourites include the Sizzling Pork Sisig, a crackling snout-to-tail pork mix that’s sprinkled with lime juice and chilli flakes. Finish off with the refreshing Mais con Hielo and you’ll be good to go.

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Address
420 North Bridge Road #01-06 North Bridge Centre, 188727
Website
Phone
+65 8950 1873
2
El Mesa

We don’t know about you, but Clarke Quay is the last spot we’d think of when it comes to grabbing a plate of Filipino food. Yet, between pints of beer and these addictive, savoury dishes, we totally understand how the combination works. Feast on the Adobo, a tangy, sweet and salty mix of meat that’s piled beside some steaming garlic rice, or the crowd-favourite Kare-Kare, drenched in a beautifully thick peanut sauce. Wash it all down with some booze.

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Address
Blk D, #01-08 Clarke Quay, River Valley Rd, 179023
Website
Phone
+65 6837 2938
3
Don Lechon

Lechon is one of the Philippines’ most famous dishes around, and is similar to the Chinese roasted suckling pig. While both versions are usually served whole and only on special occasions, you can get your regular fix at Don Lechon, a humble shop in Katong that’s serving a variety of lechon rice meals. For starters, we reckon a serving of The Chopped Lechon, complete with a generous portion of the crispy roasted pork, a dome of white rice and an addictive vinegar-soy dipping sauce. Ready to take it up a notch? Be sure to shovel bites of the Lechon Sinigang, a piquant, thick broth that’s mixed with heaps of chopped lechon, white radish, long beans, kangkong and eggplant.

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Address
511 Guillemard Rd, Singapore 399849
Website
Phone
+65 9778 9737
4
Iskina Cebu

Iskina Cebu is bringing Cebu to Singapore with its mouthwatering dishes, one plate at a time. Besides a stunning lechon Cebu (for the uninitiated, Cebu’s lechon is said to best), the food truck also serves a mean Inasal na Manok (grilled chicken) and Spicy Bellychon as well.

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Address
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, #01-27, Singapore 139957
Website
Phone
+65 9230 8181
5
Gerry's Grill

Gerry’s Grill may sound like the name of an American diner, but don’t be mistaken, here’s where you’ll find the best grilled (inihaw) Filipino dishes in town. On the menu, you’ll find a wide range of favourites such as the inihaw na pusit (grilled squid), the tokwa’t baboy (deep-fried tofu cubes with boiled pork), as well as classics like the sisig.

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Address
Cuppage Rd, Starhub Centre, 229469, No. 51, Singapore 229469
Website
Phone
+65 6720 1412
Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.