Not too long ago the only Filipino dishes you could readily find in Sydney were based on pork, vinegar and rice. To be fair, those are three unofficial pillars of the cuisine, and the three things every Filipino restaurant should do well; whether expressed through adobo, deep-fried crispy pata or a sizzling plate of sisig.

There are plenty of great joints to eat all those at, and there have been for years, but now we have more variety thanks to a surge of new restaurants, many representing different regional styles and specialities. Spread across the city you’ll find eateries specialising in charcoal grilled squid stuffed with lemongrass and tomato, Filipino baked goods, ox-tail soup, Filipino breakfasts, and more.

If you're with a big group check the listings below for restaurants that offer a boodle fight. It’s a huge feast where the table is covered first in banana leaves then in food. No one is given any cutlery and it’s a hands-in free for all.

Lazza

No cutlery, no plates, just a huge platter of Filipino food to share with your friends. For $35 per person it is a preposterous and exciting amount of food.

246 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Panlasang Pinoy

A tiny grocery store with a Filipino barbeque, karaoke and a cult following.

26 Regent Street, Kogarah

Sizzling Fillo

If you love pork and you’ve never tried Filipino food, you’ve got a very happy future ahead of you.

36 Railway Street, Lidcombe

Rey’s Place

Crisp-skin suckling pig, plantain banana fritters and a rum aperitif from Negros Island.

163 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Rey Jr

The crisp-skinned suckling pork is slow-roasted for 14 hours and comes stuffed in a roll, plus there’s other tasty lunch dishes under $16.

Shop 7 13 Little Hay Street, Haymarket