5 new Pinoy restaurants for balikbayans


Posted at Dec 26 2014 01:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2014 10:27 AM

MANILA – Looking for a Filipino restaurant to bring your balikbayan relatives and friends during the holidays? Here are five relatively new dining spots in Metro Manila that you can visit.

This list is arranged alphabetically.

Luna J Filipino Gastropub

Named after the hero and painter Juan Luna, Luna J Filipino Gastropub is located at the Il Terrazzo building in Quezon City.

The restaurant, which is co-owned by “Be Careful with My Heart” star Richard Yap, specializes in Filipino dishes with a modern touch.

Click here to know more about Luna J.


Formerly called NamNam, Manam at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City is known for offering dishes in solo, medium and large portions as opposed to the usual family-style servings.

The restaurant’s menu is divided into two groups – Classics, which refer to well-loved Filipino favorites; and Twists, a clever spin on these popular Filipino dishes.

Click here to know more about Manam.

Manila Maki

Japanese cuisine gets a Pinoy edge at Manila Maki, which is located in Makati City.

The restaurant serves dishes such as the Laguna Roll, which has salmon and kesong puti, as well as Teriyaki Inasal and Sisigdon.

Click here to know more about Manila Maki.


Named after the Tagalog word for “inherited,” Namana at SM Jazz in Makati specializes in “heritage Filipino” cuisine.

Local ingredients and traditional recipes are combined with modern techniques in Namana, which also offers student-friendly meals.

Click here to know more about Namana.

Purple Yam

Balikbayans who are not based in the United States may want to visit Purple Yam, the pioneering New York City restaurant that brought attention to Filipino cuisine.

Located at the ancestral home of owner Amy Besa in the bohemian district of Malate, Purple Yam has a menu that is unmistakably Pinoy but with lots of refined touches.

Click here to know more about Purple Yam.