Your guide to 11 Filipino restaurants found in Melbourne!

I always get a lot of questions about where to find Filipino restaurants here in Melbourne and I always wish that I could just recommend my parent’s or all my aunties’ kitchens as I absolutely LOVE their cooking!
Below I’ve put together a quick guide for you on where to find Filipino cuisine. For those of you who have never tasted it before, come with an open mind and ask questions at the counter so they can explain to you what’s in some of the not-so-appetizing looking dishes because they may not look like a Masterchef dish but they are still just as delicious!
Shop 2, 243 Franklin st, CBD, Melbourne
Grills are their specialty and their cripsy pata meal is delicious. Other traditional Filipino dishes like sinigang are available upon request and make sure you pick up a jar of their atchara (pickled papaya). It is a great condiment with meat dishes. Check out my earlier post here to see what we ordered!
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50 Errol st, North Melbourne, VIC
 The newest addition to Melbourne’s Filipino restaurant scene, Reynaldo’s serves their dishes straight from the kitchen and have a variety of Filipino and Western options on the menu. Of the Filipino choices, make sure you try the Adobong Manok sa Gata (chicken adobo with coconut milk) and the kare kare. Friendly service and I liked that their dishes not only had rice on the side but also some veggies.
Kare Kare Reynaldo's Filipino Restaurant Adobong manok with gata Reynaldo's Filipino Restaurant Melbourne
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475 Ballarat rd, Sunshine, VIC
11/53 Synnot st, Werribee, VIC
Try their chicken and garlic rice. The lapaz batchoy (pork noodle soup with pork offal and crushed pork crackling on top) is a nice winter warmer and can be bought in a meal with siopao on the side – very tasty and very filling! And it’s also cooked at the back and not just served straight from the bain marie 🙂
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Markets and Events, various locations
Currently they can be found at the Night Winter Market at Queen Victoria market and the Night Noodle Markets along Brisbane’s Southbank and attract attention with their suckling roast pork rotating on the spit. Lines can be long so best to get in early.

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5. Happy Hut
85-87 Oakwood Road, Albanvale (close to Brimbank Shopping Centre)

I didn’t even know that this place was open until my cousin told me they had visited it before and were impressed with the freshness of the dishes here compared to some other locals. Since our first visit we’ve been back to get the dinuguan and fish for dinner! So yummy! Great to see they also stock GJ Grill’s atchara here too.

12 Victoria square, St Albans, VIC
I’ve heard the halo halo (a Filipino iced dessert with various toppings like beans, jackfruit and leche flan) here is pretty good. You can choose your dishes from the bain marie such as pancit (noodles) and dinuguan (stewed meat in a spicy dark gravy of garlic, vinegar and pigs blood). Click here for fellow food blog Consider The Sauce’s visit to Lasang Pinoy and some of the dishes Kenny tried out!
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Shop 21-23, 100 Furlong rd, Cairnlea, VIC
5/49 Synnot st, Werribee
Dishes sit in the bain marie from menudo (stewed pork meat with tomato sauce and cubed potatoes, carrotsand liver) to fried tilapia and longganisa (Filipino sausage). Bring a Filipino friend to help explain the different choices to you.
Unit 2, 275 Foleys rd, Deer Park, VIC
Try their freshly made vegetable rolls – lumpiang sariwa garnished with sweet sauce and crushed peanuts. They also have an ihaw-ihaw platter consisting of a variety of grilled meats and seafood complete with soup and gulaman (sweet grass jelly type beverage) drinks which you need to book for in advance. Service is a bit slow. Check out food blogger Mon’s Adventure for her experience at Jasmine’s here.
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With the following Filipino cafes, I haven’t actually visited them so if you have and have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to comment below!!
Marriott Waters Shopping Centre, Lyndhurst, VIC
Breakfast, coffee and a few Filipino items like chicken adobo with rice on the menu.
129 Walker st, Dandenong, VIC
Breakfast items include tapsilog while other dishes that can be found include paksiw na pata and lechon kawali
548 Whitehorse rd, Mitcham, VIC
Mostly Thai dishes at this place with a few Pinoy meals scattered throughout the menu.
12! Eduardo’s Kitchen! 😉
No matter how near of far I go to get my fill of tasty Filipino dishes, nothing fills me up with more goodness and comfort than when my own papa and relatives cook a meal for us! If you’re lucky enough to have a Filipino friend, make sure you get an invite to their place for dinner so you can experience the warm hospitality and fresh flavour of Filipino cuisine – including all the noise and conversation that accompanies a Filipino meal.
Let’s eat! – Kain na!
Eduardo's cooking
Pictured above is the epic kamayan/boodle fight table we put together for Papa’s birthday last year! Thanks to Kenny from the popular food blog Consider The Sauce for documenting the whole day we spent preparing this special meal for Papa! I will try and put up a separate post to list out all the meat and veggies included in the photo above so you too can hopefully put together a spread like this for a special occasion and enjoy a kamayan feast(eating with your hands). Tag your photos #kamayanyum so I can see and share!
For some other Filipino-themed blog posts check out here and here! 🙂
What Filipino dish is your favourite or would like to tryout!?

South Side Diner at Southbank, Brisbane


South Side Diner
Shop B8/B9 168 Grey St, South Brisbane

We wanted to have dinner seated down by the river so walking past the Night Noodle markets where we later had some dessert, we found South Side Diner after a lovely little stroll. One look at the enticing menu had us hooked and it didn’t take us long to order our meals. If only we had room in our tummies to order the jumbo prawn thermidor and mac n cheese! Oh well there’s always next time.

We ordered:

– Crispy fried duck with toasted waffle, roast pumpkin puree, candied apple and shallots
– Twice cooked beef brisket with smoked mushrooms, blue cheese and potato crush
– Kansas City baby back lamb ribs with smoked tomato chutney, and potato crush with fennel salt
– Char-grilled New York steak with seasoned kipflers, salsa verde, golden fried onion rings and duck fat aioli
– strawberry milkshake
– Dr Pepper

A fun and relaxed atmosphere with cool wall prints and neon lights. A retro American diner where you can enjoy milkshakes seated on the bar stools or get cozy in the big booths with wooden panelling – this place seems to be suitable for both families and couples on dates 🙂

Friendly service even towards the end of the night when they were probably wanting to close up!

The Details: 
Loved the beautiful stroll along the river to get to this place. The archways covered in vines that lined the pathway made our night time stroll even prettier (the ferris wheel and lights from the Night Noodle Market were already a treat!). The ribs had quite a bit of fat on them so much so that hubby left almost half his meal on his plate which, isn’t normal. He totally had dish envy with my delicious crispy fried duck!  Southbank Brisbane South Side Diner

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Bump Diary #9 – 28 week update 


How far along are you? 28 weeks and 5 days

How big is baby? This week Baby is as big as an eggplant! On average around 37.6cms long and weighing 1005 grams. Baby now has eyelashes and can blink her eyes and see the light that filters through my tummy!

Body and changes:

Weight gain Haven’t weighed myself this week but I feel heavier!

Stretch marks Still the same as last week and rubbing heaps of of moisturizer all over my belly especially as we spent some time in the sun and in the water whilst away 🙂 I can see a little more of the linea nigra this week.

Sleep Sleeping very soundly as I had a full week of activity – we had a 3-day conference and I loved every minute of it, meeting new people, ongoing learning and activities. By the end though of every day I was ready to knock out as soon as I hit the bed! Loved all the hotels we stayed at and I’ve got some great posts coming up in the next few weeks!

Maternity clothes? I used the maternity shorts I bought a few weeks ago all last week and they were super comfy! – highly recommend getting a pair if you’re pregnant during the warmer months 🙂

The Other Stuff: 
Been burping lots lately! A little annoying but nothing major.

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Eating lots of mandarins and big breakfasts

Feeling relaxed and inspired after a week of both work and pleasure with colleagues and family. Feeling so blessed.

Needing to find a name for Baby! Can’t decide on anything.

Wanting to go back to the warm sun and sea in Noosa. I took Lando for a walk today as the sun was out and shining.

Missing dance classes again after seeing this video on YouTube.

Watching music videos at night on the hotel tv! Can’t believe I’d never seen the “Watch me (Whip/Nae, Nae)” video clip LOL!

Bookmarking where to go for our next holiday.

Noticing how hard my belly gets sometimes!! Like rock hard O_O

Enjoying seeing Mr D’s face light up all week with wonder and excitement at all the new places and things he was experiencing. He was just constantly excited and wanting to run around and check out all his new surroundings.

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gratefuldaniel #8

Daddy: Daniel do you want to say thanks for anything today?

Daniel: Thanks to God for the window…and the door…and the books…and reading…and my pillows…and the stars…(oh my goodness he just kept going and we didn’t know when he was going to stop!) 🙂 Then for most of the week by the time we got to our night time gratefulness exercise…Mr D had fallen asleep he was so tired from all the things he had been throughout the day LOL!

What were one of your favourite memories from last week?

Pinoy Fridays – Turon

Blessed to have parents, cousins, aunties and uncles who are so talented in the kitchen! Always love a home-cooked meal from them, especially when it’s the Filipino classics!

Today it’s all about the turon. My cousin cooked some for us the other day and it was a perfect afternoon merienda (snack). If you’ve never had it before, turon is a Filipino snack of banana and jackfruit enclosed in a thin spring roll wrapper. It is then fried and covered in caramelised sugar sort of like a banana fritter you would find in the Chinese restaurants but I like how the fruits are covered in a thin wrapper rather than thick batter.

Here is a turon recipe for you guys if you’re interested in trying it out from Panglasang Pinoy.