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Filipino food, restaurants etc. in London/ Kent

Discussion in 'Filipino/Asian Food Suppliers' started by januaryprincess, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. januaryprincess

    januaryprincess New Member


    My husband and I are planning to move to the UK together. He is a British Citizen and I am Filipino. We are planning to move to London/ Kent. Are there any Filipino restaurants or anything that reminds you of home around these areas?

    I've told my husband time and time again that I will miss eating Filipino food sooooo much when we leave. (Like when we went to Australia for 3 months, I got super home sick in terms of the food hahahaha)

    So if anyone can please help me find places and/or restaurants or what where I can feel like I'm back in the Philippines, that would be great!
  2. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    Hi and welcome.:welcome:

    In London there are some Filipino restaurants, mainly around Earl's Court tube station area, with a few asian food shops nearby.
    But nothing really special, apart from the exorbitant prices for below average food...
    Theer is one in Kensington High Street that I was considering visiting, last year, but a look at the price list, quickly convinced me to avoid...
    As I will be around there again in a few weeks time, I will gladly give it a miss again, if it hasn't gone out of business already...:D

    My wife and her friends, meet up at least once a week in someone house for a serious food and chika-chika party, obviously with some chismis thrown in for good measure...:eek:
    The recently arrived "dangitt" and dried squid, will be cooked off one of those days, in someone else's house, as a blessing for the new wallpaper....... ;)
  3. januaryprincess

    januaryprincess New Member

    Thanks so much for all your help :D
  4. Maley

    Maley Well-Known Member

    I've tried a couple of the pinoy restaurants at the earl's court tube area but it wast that great. Maybe the expectation was too high.

    You'd have to learn to cook pinoy food since majority of the ingredients can be purchased/modified to your own tastes.
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  5. Maharg

    Maharg Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    The restauants in Earls Court are skanky and horrible.

    Josephine's in Charlotte St is much better.

    You can cook Filipino food here. Just buy the ingredients. My wife often does.
  6. Bluebirdjones

    Bluebirdjones Member

    ...as earlier members have posted, there's a couple in Earl's Court (Kenway Road). Lutong Pinoy & Kamayan sa Earl's Court.
    Neither does much for me, but Mrs BBJ and friends seem to like the buffet.... or was it the halo halo ?

    As mentioned, Josephine's is the better option (in my opinion).

    There's also East Street Restaurant in Rathbone Place that has some Filipino dishes on their menu.

    Kent ? ......... as far as I'm aware, there's no Filipino eating places in the whole county. at least none that I've come across.

  7. Stewart Chalmers

    Stewart Chalmers New Member

    Hi Januaryprinces, i just took my wife Kimberly (filipino) to Josephines for her birthday and she really enjoyed it. For home cooking to get the right ingriedients we use Manila Supermarket and or Pinoy Supermarket in Earls court. It is expensive compared to Philippine prices but the items have come along way.
  8. Maharg

    Maharg Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    We were in Josephine's recently. Apparently the owners plan to sell up and close in two years time and return to The Philippines.
  9. Sanders

    Sanders Banned

    This has been around for a few months but I came across it today. Extracted from:


    Is Filipino cuisine the next BIG trend
    Date: 11-09-2017 published by Nick Baines

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    The past few years have seen great diversification in regional and international cuisines on offer not only in London, but across the UK. Asia has been responsible for many of the heavy food trends, an unrelenting succession of Japanese ramen, Chinese dumplings, Taiwanese bao, Vietnamese pho, and more recently Filipino food.
    Both sides of the pond seem to be seeing a rise in the number of Filipino restaurants garnering affection from millenials and their habit of queuing for a dinner they can Instagram photos of until it’s cool enough to eat. Perpetual traveller and unofficial food prophet Anthony Bourdain has even come forth to declare that the food of the Philippines is going to be the next big food tsunami to hit both sides of the Atlantic and by all accounts it has begun.
    Ube is used extensively in desserts and puddings in the Philippines and delivers it’s striking purple colour through dishes of all kinds. The purple yam is used as a base for everything from doughnut fillings to frosting on a cake. The traditional (kind of) Philippine dish of halo-halo is where ube feels most at home though, a dish made of shaved ice and evaporated milk topped with things like tapioca and various tropical fruits.
    Romulo Café is a landmark institution in the Philippines capital of Manila and the establishment recently opened its first non-Philippine branch in London, which has been met with rave reviews from Time Out and a slew of hungry food bloggers.
    Up in Birmingham, a street food operation under the name Manila Munchies have been plying a stonking trade knocking out a powerful chicken adobo and barbecued pork belly lunches. In fact, the Philippines are renowned for their barbecued pig, known as lechon. Lemongrass grows abundantly, almost like a weed in the islands and is stuffed with wild abandon into the carcass of a whole pig, which will be cooked over an open fire. Lechon kawali is a similar dish, which involves boiling pork belly in a brine of peppercorns, garlic and soy sauce, before frying to a golden crispy exterior and tender soft flesh within.
    There’s a flamboyant dance between sweet and sour in Filipino cuisine and this is none more prevalent than in sisig. This is a dish made from various parts of the pig including jowl, ear and liver. These are all boiled, fried and chopped before being seasoned with chilli and the sour juice of calamansi or lime. Sisig is traditionally served with an egg (which is sometimes raw) and rice – the two classic staples of this great nation. It’s actually the dish that Anthony Bourdain has chalked up to be the next big street food sensation and one that is hotly followed on social media channels by the food obsessed.
    The sour, sweet and spicy flavours from these islands are already beginning to gain traction and provide a creative playing field for everything from the themed night or pop-up, to the specials board, street food operation and outside catering menus. Watch this space, because Filipino food is coming…

    Is Filipino cuisine the next BIG trend
    Date: 11-09-2017 published by Nick Baines

    Also this is worth a look. But most seem to be down n London, unfortunately.

    Last edited: Mar 25, 2018

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