Home for the holidays with GCash!
So, your balikbayan folks are coming home for the holidays and the first thing on their must-do list is to get their fill of familiar, delicious Filipino food. To help you give their homecoming a warm welcome, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite Filipino restaurants that will surely satisfy their craving for homecooked Pinoy meals. These restaurants also accept GCash payments, perfect for no-fuss, pleasant reunions. Just scan to pay and sit down to eat.
Mesa’s menu covers a wide selection of the Philippines’ best culinary offerings, a fitting first homecoming feast for your balikbayan loved ones who dearly missed the local flavors. Their Crispchon, Hito Flakes on Spoon and Laing 2-Ways are a must-try. Pair these dishes with any of their sumptuous stir-fried rice options: sisig rice with egg, tinapa rice, duck basil fried rice or laing fried rice.
2. Sentro 1771
If your balikbayan relatives are craving for corned beef sinigang, Sentro 1771 is the place to be. Their specialty dish is a perfect concoction of boneless beef shanks and short ribs in flavorsome tamarind broth and native vegetable sauce. Their modern and sophisticated take on a classic Filipino favorite has put Sentro 1771 on the map and has been copied by many other Filipino restaurants ever since. Their other signature dishes include Fresh smoked fish spring rolls, Catfish Adobo Flakes, Rated GG (galunggong fillets) and Keso flan.
This restaurant, a tribute to the late artist-writer, bon vivant and gourmet E. Aguilar “Abe” Cruz, carries honest-to-goodness Kapampangan culinary delights. Their menu also features Abe’s and his artist friends’ favorite recipes and homecooked comfort foods. What to order: Sinigang sa Ube, Abe’s Chicken Supreme, Binukadkad na Plapla and Lamb Adobo with Popped Garlic.
4. MilkyWay Cafe
A storied restaurant, Milkyway began in the 1960s as an ice cream parlor in the old San Miguel district near the Malacañang Palace that evolved into a full-fledged restaurant serving delicious classic Filipino dishes the Kapampangan way. Their must-try dishes are Baby Crispy Pata, Milky Way Kare-Kare, Tokwa’t Baboy capped with their famous dessert, Milky Way Halo-Halo.
5. Lorenzo’s Way
For a Filipino-Spanish dining experience, treat your balikbayan relatives to Lorenzo’s Way’s gastronomic fare. Their menu is a collection of the best and signature dishes of other LJC restaurants on top of its own specialty recipes. The restaurant’s interiors are also warm and comfy, your folks will feel like they’re eating their favorite Pinoy dishes right in the comfort of home.