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100 Brands Filipinos Love: Food & Restaurants in the Middle East

Our love of food, among other things, is partly what makes us Filipino. Check out these great restaurants Pinoys can’t get enough of:




100 BFL: Food & Restaurants


Craving for seafood?  Head on out to Off the Hook which specializes in seafood boils done Louisiana style and served with their unique sauce selections, which include OTH Special, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Butter, Olive and Herbs, Curry and Chili.  OTH takes pride in preparing sumptuous meals in their most natural form possible – “real” seafood, minimally processed, and handled.  Everything on the menu is reasonable priced, making OTH a real value leader in the seafood restaurant arena. Their selection of fresh catch include lobsters, crab, mussels, shrimps, salmon, king fish, sea bass, crab claw, king fish and squid, with half a kilo price starting at AED 39 for 1/2kg.  There are also value-for-money group packages starting from AED69.


Branches: Abu Dhabi – beside ADNOC Petrol Station, Mariam Al Muhairi Building, Airport Road, Al Karamah.  Dubai: G5 Centurion Star Building, Port Saeed, Deira, near Day to Day and DCC Metro.


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MAX’S: The house that fried chicken built. Max’s is still among the favorite restaurants of Pinoys, serving authentic Filipino dishes together with seasonal specials and of course, its famous Fried Chicken!


LITTLE MANILAGet a vibrant slice of back home from Little Manila. As you’re treated with delightful comfort food, you’re brought back to the Philippines with the restaurant’s unmistakably Pinoy interiors.


DAMPA SEAFOOD GRILLGreat food, friendly staff, and an inviting atmosphere. Dampa’s locally-celebrated seafood and their sociable staff that welcomes everyone with a smile makes this restaurant a prominent choice among Filipinos.


CUISINERO UNOFilipino-owned, Cuisinero Uno has been carving out a unique name for themselves in the UAE food scene with their original urban tapas concoctions that pique the interests of foodies around the Emirates.


CHOWKINGWhilst we love our Filipino food, most OG Pinoys who came to the UAE when Chowking was just starting out have a special place for the restaurant’s dishes.




100 BFL: Food & Restaurants


Come on over for the Philippines’ favorite comfort food!  You can’t go wrong with Tapa King’s rice meal offerings anytime of the day – a great alternative to the typical hamburgers, hotdogs and pizzas.  Tapa King offers tapsilog standards like Tapa King (house special), Tapa Queen (sweet and spicy) to Tapa Prince (sweet), apart from other sinangag and egg options like fried bangus,  grilled chicken, danggit, tuyo and etc.  You can also have bulalo, kare-kare, sinigang and other Pinoy faves that remind you of home-cooked meals.  Finish up with a sweet ending of halu-halo, mais con hielo, or even leche flan to complete that meal.


Branches in Dubai: Al Ghurair Centre , Burjuman and at Shindagha City Center

Tel: +971 4 576700, +971 4 2943930, +971 4 3578847


MISS WANGMiss Wang offers the total package. The amazing food & drink options coupled with live music and their hip underground ambience is an opportunity partygoers can’t pass up.


MR. MIYAGI’SFilipinos love coming here for two reasons. Their awesome Asian street-food inspired cuisine, and their super instagrammable urban interior décor make for a fun blog-worthy experience with friends.


JOLLIBEEThe Philippine’s resident cheerful fast-food chain Jollibee has not only made Pinoys all over queue up for their unique take on Filipino favorites, it’s even brought joy to figures like Anthony Bourdain and Justin Trudeau.


ULING AT PARILYACome to Uling At Parilya for the ultimate quirky Filipino street food experience. No muss, no fuss, just good food and good company.





True to its name, Barrio Fiesta is the ideal location to celebrate the legacy of Filipino cuisine. Founded as a cozy, mother’s kitchen over 50 years ago, it is recognized as the No.1 traditional family restaurant in Philippines and around the globe.  Here in the UAE, Barrio Fiesta is a magnet for Filipinos seeking the dishes their mothers and grandmother used to make back home.  The restaurant has been serving traditional dishes for over a decade. Though taste is always subjective, when it comes to classic Filipino cuisine, most agree that nobody does it better than Barrio Fiesta. The restaurant has a lavish buffet starting from AED 29 and Boodle Fiesta for 2 at AED 69 and also accommodates bookings for parties and special events.


Branches in Dubai: Bur Juman and in Ramada Deira.

Tel: +971 4 359 4158, +971 4 2740444


LAMESALamesa is a great venue to indulge in both food and friends. An affordable buffet spot that offers Pan-Asian cuisines, brunch here will have you come back for more.


ITADAKICraving some Japanese food? From their sushi platters to their ramen bowls, dishes at Itadaki never disappoint in satisfying our desires for delectable Asian cuisine.


WOKYOOne of Dubai’s best kept secrets, Wokyo’s quaint yet inviting setting and hearty noodle dishes that burst with Pan-Asian flavor make it one of the hottest hangout spots in Dubai.



Illustrado 100 was made possible by sponsors: GiordanoLiali JewelleryMitsubishi UAE- Al Habtoor MotorsMichael Cinco CoutureMapúa Institute of TechnologyCentro – Amwaj Rotana Hotel , Max’s Restaurant Middle East and GVER – Your Friendly MarketPlace for Sharing

Co-Sponsors: Herschel Supply Co.Rove HotelsThe Medical City – Dubai , Filipino Institute UAEMPQ TourismJAMES Travel and Tours DubaiOff the Hook Seafood RestaurantThe Original Barrio Fiesta Restaurant – Dubai and Tapa King UAE.


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From the Middle East to the rest of the world, IllustradoLife shares the stories of Filipinos expats from around the world, providing a global venue championing the world class Filipino. IllustradoLife features articles on fashion and beauty, travel, lifestyle, business, events and other topics of interest to the international Filipino community from its mother publication, Illustrado Magazine.

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