International Cuisine Spotlight: Filipino Food in London

A few months into my first year and the cravings hit me: here I was, in the land of fish and chips, missing Filipino food more than anything. The struggle probably sounds familiar to every international university student, but the good news is that as London continues to diversify and embrace more foreign cuisines, it’s become easier to deal with.

Filipino cuisine is a melting pot of indigenous, Indian, Chinese, Spanish, and American influences. Whether you’re looking for a taste of home (like me!) or for your next foodie adventure, here are a few places in the capital to have your fill:

Romulo Café (Earl’s Court)

Run by the granddaughter of a famous Filipino diplomat, Romulo Café serves modern twists on Filipino classics. Its signature dishes include adobo (braised meat) served on a bed of sweet potato mash and rellenong pusit (chargrilled stuffed squid) with squid ink rice. It was recently voted one of London’s most loved local restaurants in the TimeOut London Love Awards 2018.

Kamayan sa Earl’s Court (Earl’s Court)

At this humble establishment, it’s all about the dining experience. Kamayan sa Earl’s Court is best known for its option to eat “boodle fight” style, where a feast of rice and meat and vegetable dishes are laid out on banana leaves for friends to share. It’s a great way to enjoy barbeque, lumpiang shanghai (fried spring rolls), and excellent company all at the same time.

 

Mamasons Dirty Ice-Cream (Camden Town)

This ice-cream parlour specialises in the Filipino summer treats you never knew you needed. At Mamasons, customers can enjoy fresh, homemade ice-cream in flavours like ube (purple yam), black buko (coconut), and Milo (chocolate malt). A big plus is that every product is as easy on the eyes as it is on the taste buds. Case in point: their drool-worthy Instagram feed.

 

Hannah Tablan