NY-based Purple Yam to open in Manila


Posted at Mar 17 2014 06:22 PM | Updated as of Mar 18 2014 02:22 AM

Purple Yam's chicken adobo. Photo from Purple Yam's Facebook page

MANILA – The New York-based Filipino restaurant Purple Yam is expected to open a branch in the country in a couple of months.

Purple Yam made the announcement on its Facebook page early this month, saying that the restaurant, to be located in Malate, is currently under renovation.

Last January, owners of Purple Yam said on the restaurant’s website that its Malate branch will be located “in our old home in one of the oldest sections in Manila.”

Late last year, Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan’s Purple Yam was recognized by the Michelin Guide for providing high-quality dishes at reasonable prices.

Formerly called Cendrillon, the restaurant serves Filipino dishes such as ukoy (vegetable and shrimp fritter), tocino (sweet cured meat), tapsilog (air dried beef with garlic fried rice and egg), ox tail kare-kare (braised in peanut sauce and vegetables served with fermented shrimp paste), and different types of spring rolls.

A New York Times review in 2009 has dubbed Purple Yam as “a perfect neighborhood restaurant,” with its “sort of offerings that inspire craving.”