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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Lazza

Restaurant

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

Sizzling Fillo

Restaurant

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

A-Team's Kitchen

Restaurant

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

Shop 4 52 Rooty Hill Road North, Rooty Hill

Sydney Cebu Lechon

Restaurant

A weekend-only Newtown diner specialising in one thing: Filipino-style suckling pig.

Shop 4 80-80A Enmore Road, Newtown

Panlasang Pinoy

Restaurant

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

26 Regent Street, Kogarah

Mama Lor

Restaurant

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

Shop 5 39-45 Rooty Hill Road North, Rooty Hill

Filipino Fiesta

Restaurant

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.

9 Regent street, Kogarah