9 restaurants where balikbayans can have their fill of delicious Filipino food (GMA News Online)

(This feature was published in GMA News Online last November 27, 2018)

Holiday season is balikbayan season, and often the first thing our returning loved ones want to do is get their fill of good ol’ Filipino food.

For everybody’s convenience, below are a few of the best and most dependable Filipino restaurants in Metro Manila you can take them to. Happy eating!

Milky Way Cafe

Originally an ice cream parlor when it first opened in the 1950’s, MilkyWay Café has evolved into an elegant, full-fledged Filipino restaurant that offers the best of Pampango cuisine.

Order the Crispy Hito (P445), deep-fried catfish with tomato and cucumber salad, mustard greens, MW bagoong or the no-fail Lechon Kawali (P795), lechon de leche accompanied by liver sauce.  The Adobong Pato (P395) is a rich dish comprised of duck breast that will require you spoonfuls of rice and dessert.

Enter the quintessential Filipino treat, Milky Way Halo-Halo (P175). Since 1962, this tried-and-tested creation gives pleasure to its diners with its delicious medley of preserved fruits, ube, pinipig, and leche flan on shaved ice with milk. If that’s a little too much, get the Milky Way Ice Cream (P175/2 scoops). Our pick is avocado, always and forever.

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