Best Filipino Restaurants in Sydney

Updated 2 months ago


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.

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  • No cutlery, no plates – just a huge platter of Filipino food to share with your friends. And for the price tag, it's a preposterous and exciting amount of food.

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

  • All-day breakfasts of garlic rice, egg, pickles and meat and Filipino-style charcoal barbecue.

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

  • A Kogarah grocer selling Filipino snacks along with provincial fare you’d find along the Filipino coast: noodle soups, homey pork dishes and stews. Its boodle fights – a hands-on communal feast of rice and various toppings wrapped in banana leaf – are extremely popular. Book ahead if you’re keen to try one.

  • Stuffed squid grilled over charcoal; crisp-skin roast pork; and a bakery churning out purple yam cakes, flan and coconut rolls.

  • A two-in-one spot with comforting Filipino dishes alongside killer pastries and doughnuts. Come for northern-style garlicky longganisa, chicken inasal, a vegetarian version of okoy (shrimp fritters), and round the meal off with exquisite pastries and doughnuts.

  • Just like a roadside eatery in the Philippines, this open-air diner serves up marrow-rich beef soups, homemade pork sausage and Cebu-style lechon: roast pork belly with plenty of crackling.