Home-style Filipino food and a friendly atmosphere in Karama
Time Out Dubai staff
Simple home-cooked style Filipino food in the heart of Karama. A small, busy place – expect queues outside if you arrive late – diners sit amidst bright, yellow walls on comfortable chairs while a Filipino channel plays on the TV. The waitress may look surprised to see anyone of non-Filipino origin, but that shouldn’t put you off. All dishes are hearty and come in large portions, arriving more or less at the same time. Ingredients feel fresh, with each dish extremely affordable. While the staff are patient and friendly enough to dissect the menu, there’s a lot to be said for just taking a risk. A word of warning, though: only try the papaitan (a soup made with beef innards and bile) if you’re really adventurous. The adobo dishes are always a safe bet, with a large selection of desserts to round off a hearty meal.