For Filipinos, eating is not an activity that is to be done alone. It’s something to be shared, most often with the family, but from time to time, also with the community. 

After a grueling lockdown, Filipinos (and Filipino food lovers!) may now be reunited with these top Filipino restaurants in Sydney, along with the people that cook and prepare the food with love, and their fellow regular customers. 

Mama Lor Restaurant & Bakery

Rooty Hill

Mama Lor Restaurant & Bakery
(Photo: Mama Lor Restaurant & Bakery)

Mama Lor is a family-owned restaurant that has been a home away from home for Filipinos in Sydney. It serves a range of classic Filipino viands and party favourites, as well as desserts. Check out their menu online! 

They’re now available for dine-in, but you can also order deliveries and takeaways via their website, phone, or UberEats.

Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 10 AM to 8:30 PM; Fridays to Sundays, 10 AM to 9 PM 
Phone: +61 2 8809 7778

Pamana Filipino Restaurant

Chatswood

Boodle Fight (Photo: Pamana Filipino Restaurant)
Boodle Fight (Photo: Pamana Filipino Restaurant)

The word “pamana” directly translates to inheritance or heritage, and it’s exactly what this restaurant offers its customers: authentic, never-changing recipes combined with tradition. You can now schedule a boodle fight with your friends and family in Pamana. You can also call them or message their Facebook page for takeaways and deliveries. 

Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 AM to 3 PM
Phone: +61 2 98847104

Descanso

Glebe

Silog (Photo: Descanso)
Silog (Photo: Descanso)

Looking for a new breakfast place? Try out the full breakfast experience over at Descanso, with classic Filipino silogs (breakfast viand + garlic rice + egg) and coffee! Swing by when you can, or order via UberEats or Menulog. 

Hours: Weekdays (except Tuesdays), 7 AM to 4 PM; Weekends, 8 AM to 4 PM

Phone: +61 2 8018 5818

Panlasang Pinoy

Kogarah

Halo halo (Photo: Panlasang Pinoy Kogarah)
Halo halo (Photo: Panlasang Pinoy Kogarah)

Panlasang Pinoy offers all kinds of viands and party trays, but if there’s one thing you should try, it’s the desserts. Drop by for a treat of Halo-Halo with ube ice cream, or slices of rice based delicacies. If you can’t decide what to eat, why not try them all? Their eat-all-you-can is back for just $15. 

Hours: Mondays to Wednesdays and Sundays, 8 AM to 8 PM; Thursdays to Saturdays, 8 AM to 9 PM
Phone: +61 2 8065 5442

Filo Station

Croydon Park

Filo Station
(Photo: Filo Station)

Craving for seafood and soup? Filo Station has got them for you, and more. They’re open for dine-in and takeaway during their normal hours, but also available on UberEats, Menulog, and Doordash for deliveries. 

Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 AM to 8 PM
Phone: +61 2 8957 5090

Fiesta Avenue

Blacktown

Merienda (Photo: Fiesta Avenue)
Merienda (Photo: Fiesta Avenue)

In Fiesta Avenue, it’s literally a fiesta everyday. You can have a big fiesta, with their set menus, or a mini fiesta with their budget menus. Either way, you’re up for a real food trip. Don’t forget to try out their famous Filipino meriendas as well! 

Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 7 AM to 6 PM; Sundays, 7 AM to 4 PM 
Phone: +61 2 8605 1777

Sydney Cebu Lechon Native Filipino Eatery

Newtown

Cebu lechon (Photo: Sydney Cebu Lechon Native Filipino Eatery)
Cebu lechon (Photo: Sydney Cebu Lechon Native Filipino Eatery)

If you haven’t tried the famous Cebu lechon (roasted baby pig), this is the place to go. Sydney Cebu Lechon serves the crispiest and most flavourful lechon along with other delicious Filipino dishes. Lechon is usually served during special occasions, so this restaurant just officially made each day a special one. 

Hours: Wednesdays to Fridays, 5:30 PM to 9 PM; Saturdays, 11:30 AM to 3 PM & 5:30 PM to 9 PM; Sundays, 11:30 AM to 3 PM & 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Phone: +61 481 205 589

Inigo’s 

Bexley

Ube Cake (Photo: Inigo's)
Ube Cake (Photo: Inigo’s)

On top of the delicious Filipino dishes Inigo’s serves, it’s also famous for its cakes, inspired by Filipino favourites (e.g. ube cake!), and other desserts like its very own chocolate crinkles. All hearty Filipino meals should be topped off with something sweet, and Inigo’s makes that possible. 

Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM to 3 PM & 5 PM to 8 PM; Fridays to Sundays, 10 AM to 8 PM 
Phone: +61 2 8084 1912

After a long time indoors, coming to these places will make you feel that the wait was worth it. As always, keep yourself and the community safe by following social distancing measures and other new normal protocols.

Have a delightful meal! 


Also published on Medium.