Earlier this year, the first Filipino food industry conference was held in Abu Dhabi — proof that Philippine cuisine is becoming more popular in the UAE and across the Middle East.
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As a matter of fact, there are plenty of Filipino restaurants here in Abu Dhabi. So if you are craving for your favourite Pinoy dish, keep on reading as we have gathered a list of the best!
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From classic Pinoy food to innovative Asian fusion cuisine, here’s our list of the best Filipino restaurants in Abu Dhabi:
#1 – Hot Palayok
The term “palayok” refers to the clay pot used in traditional Filipino cooking, and this is where Hot Palayok gets its name. Located at the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, this buffet-style restaurant serves a variety of Pinoy specials, including kare-kare, Bicol express, kalderetang baka, binagoongang baka, spicy beef ribs, and many more Filipino favourites!
Address: 2nd Level Food Court, Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 622 3338
#2 – Kuya Juan
Situated at Al Ain Palace Hotel, Kuya Juan is a great place to dine with friends and introduce foreign colleagues to Pinoy cuisine. Its cosy setting, with about 20 tables and capiz-shell chandeliers overhead, is reminiscent of traditional family gatherings back in our homeland.
Address: Al Ain Palace Hotel, Corniche Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 599 6000
#3 – Ortego’s Deli
Do you find yourself craving for some hot bulalo, bangus sisig, or special paella? You will find these and more at Ortego’s Deli in Abu Dhabi. The restaurant offers takeaway, delivery, and catering options — which is great especially if you’re planning a house party!
Address: Corner of Hamdan and Mubarak Streets, opposite Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 2 677 0740
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ortegosdeliuae/
#4 – Philippine Hut
Established in 2014, the Philippine Hut is a two-level restaurant located on Al Falah Street. Here, you can expect to enjoy many classic Filipino dishes at super affordable prices, including the ever popular bulalo, bangus sisig, and beef ribs adobo! Yum!
Address: Madinat Zayed, Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Telephone: +971 55 801 2606
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/philippinehutresto
#5 – The Resto Pinoy
This popular Filipino restaurant has not only one, but three branches in Abu Dhabi. It serves a wide selection of beef, chicken, and seafood dishes, including delicacies like ginataang labong and kinilaw na tanigue. From breakfast ‘til dinner… you’ll find it all here!
Address: Behind Rak Bank Building, beside ADIB Building, Zayed The First Street, Al Khalidiya (Khalidiya branch) / Same building as Flamingo Apartment Hotel, Hamdan Street (Hamdan Street branch) / 3rd Floor, Food Court Area, Mushriff Mall (Mushriff Mall branch)
Telephone: 02 666 0484 (Khalidiya branch) / 02 666 0485 (Hamdan Street branch) / 02 666 0479 & 02 666 0483 (Mushriff Mall branch)
Google Map (Khalidiya branch):
#6 – Max’s Restaurant
Founded in 1945, Max’s has a long history in the Philippines and beyond. Who would’ve thought back then that its signature “sarap to the bones” Max’s Fried Chicken is now being served across North America and the Middle East? The restaurant has six locations in the UAE, including branches in Abu Dhabi.
Address: Level R, Corniche Apartments, East Corniche Road, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi (Al Danah branch) / Ground Floor, Dalma Mall, Abu Dhabi (Dalma Mall branch)
Telephone: +97126278352 (Al Danah branch) / +97125567555 (Dalma Mall branch)
Google Map (Al Danah branch):
#7 – Jollibee
Our list of Filipino restaurants would not be complete without this fast food favourite. After all, practically all Pinoys grew up biting into Chickenjoy, Burger Yum, and Jolly Spaghetti! Good thing Jollibee has several outlets in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi. Yay!
Address: Unit 309, 3rd Floor Food Court, Mushriff Mall, Abu Dhabi (Mushriff Mall branch) / Unit G-1, Ground Level, Al Fahad Tower 2, Tourist Club Abu Dhabi (Tourist Club branch) / 3rd Floor Food Court, Al Wahda Mall Extension, Abu Dhabi (Al Wahda Mall branch)
Telephone: 600 587000 (hotline)
Google Map (Mushrif Mall branch):
Whether you’re looking for a place to dine and hang out with friends, celebrate a birthday or special occasion (like getting married for instance), you won’t run out of Filipino restaurants to choose from in Abu Dhabi! How about you? Did we miss any popular Pinoy restaurants in our list? Let us know in the comments below!