5 Best Filipino Restaurants in Singapore: Lechon and More

Image: Iskina Cebu Singapore

A lot of people recognize Filipino cuisine through the country’s famous lechon – a whole roasted pork dish. But this diversified cuisine is much more than just lechon. With a beautiful mix of its Austronesian origins and the influences from Spanish, American, Chinese, and Malay cuisine, Filipino food is an epic world to explore.

For the first start right in Singapore, you can use our list of the 5 best Filipino restaurants as a guideline to embark on your new culinary journey.

See also: The 5 Best Indonesian Restaurants in Singapore

1. Lechon Republic

Lechon Republic Singapore
Lechon Republic Singapore
Image: Lechon Republic Singapore
  • Best for
    Pork Lechon
  • Prices
    S$10 - S$20 per pax
  • Address
    275 Thomson Rd, #01-09 NOVENA REGENCY, Singapore 307645
  • Phone
    +65 8526 0821
  • Opening hours
    Tue - Sun: 11:00 - 20:30
  • Website
  • Lechon Republic is famous for serving the best-known Filippino classics. The spot stealer of the restaurant is its Lechon which is roasted over charcoal (the traditional way), giving the skin its crispiness.


    • Authentic, mouthwatering Filipino cuisine- especially Lechon: Lechon Republic is specialized in Lechon- they know how to make it perfect and loaded with flavors. However, they have lots of other dishes as well on their menu. A creamy, flavorsome dish that will bring you back to Lechon Republic frequently is Sizzling Bopis- made with a pig’s heart and lung.
    • Lechon Sisig, another star of the menu: The sizzling hot plate of Sisig is made from leftover pork. The pork is grilled over the charcoals, then chopped and mixed with chilies and onions and topped with raw egg. It is a fatty dish full of flavors. Don’t worry about the fat as the crunch and greens balance the greasiness of the dish.
    • Good services and affordable prices: Deliver delicious Filipino cuisine at a low cost without compromising the taste. The staff is friendly and treats the customers in the best way possible. Moreover, the casual atmosphere will make you feel at home.

    MENU: Lechon Republic does not provide an extensive menu; you can either order a set or a la carte. The set meal includes meat, rice, and a drink of your choice. It ranges from $7.30 to $11.30. However, if you want sizeable meat portions, go for a la carte. It will be ideal if you are going there in a group (of family or friends). Ordering half to 1 kg of Chopped Lechon will cost between $23.80 to $43.30. You can add on extra Lechon sauces or rice as well.


    • Chopped Lechon meal: $11.30
    • Lechon Sisig meal: $11.30
    • Lechon Kare kare meal: $9.30
    • Chopped Lechon: $23.80 to $43.30
    • Lechon Sinigang: $13.80
    • Crispy Pata (Pork Knuckle): $30.20
    • Bopis Ala Carte: $13.80

    NOTES: Lechon Republic gives you several service options, such as dine-in, takeaway, and delivery (including no-contact delivery). 

    2. Iskina Cebu Singapore

    Image: Iskina Cebu Singapore
  • Best for
    Lechon (chargrilled pork)
  • Prices
  • Address
    #01-27, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139957
  • Phone
    +65 6728 0765
  • Opening hours
    Mon & Tue: 11:30 - 21:30
    Wed to Sat: 11:30 - 22:30
  • Specialized in serving lechon, Iskina Cebu Singapore is a must visit culinary destination for those who fell in love with this chargrilled pork dish. Previously located at Jing Ya Yuan Eating House, a coffee shop across Paya Lebar MRT station, Iskina Cebu now has its new home on Ayer Rajah Crescent.


    • The best place in Singapore to have lechon: Through Iskina Cebu, lechon (chargrilled pork) is introduced to Singaporeans and the home-sick Filipinos. As they say “take bite or take that flight” because without this Filipino eatery, people will have to fly to Cebu, Philippines in order to feast on an authentic crispy lechon. To have the dish at its best, lechon lovers should arrive in the place at 12:30 on weekends or 17:30 on weekdays when the roasted pig is just ready after 5 hours spun over the charcoal fire.
    • Watch the grillers as they roast a pig: Definitely this is not something vegetarians would want to see. But if you are a fan of pork-based dishes, seeing how the pigs are being grilled over a hot charcoal pit could be found fascinating. You can just imagine the juiciness in the meat as the flavourful marinade is being brushed all over the pig’s body for 5 hours of roasting!
    • Crunchy pork skin and tender meat: The best thing about Cebu roasted pork is the crunchiness and juiciness you can get from every bite. The marinade stays intact in the meat so don’t be surprised why the meat tastes heavenly. But some may not like the saltiness of the lechon so be sure to dip it into a sauce made of garlic, vinegar, spices, and herbs and pair your meal with a can of soda.
    • Lechon de Cebu set at S$10: Diners may choose to go with a la carte order (S$40 per kilogram) or set meal (S$10). Served with a bowl of white rice, the lechon set meal is generous enough to make its fans satisfied.

    MENU: The menu has a la carte and set meal options but it is limited to a small variety of roasted pigs and chickens. The crowd’s favorites are the spicy belly lechon and Lechon de Cebu which are known for their ‘porkiness’ and crispy skin. A small set meal is available for solo diners at S$6 to S$10, while the lechon for sharing (1 to 1.5kg) is good for 2 to 3 persons. Whole-pig orders are also available pre-order.

    ATMOSPHERE: Iskina Cebu Singapore has a festive mood with its traditional “banderitas” (banners) motif which will remind diners of Lechon Festival in Cebu. The restaurant is spacious enough to accommodate a flock of customers during early dinner on weekdays, but on weekends it is best to come over to the eatery 30 minutes before the lechon is ready by 12:30 to get the best seats.


    • Lechen de Cebu
    • Liempo
    • Spicy Bellychon
    • Inasal na Manok (Roasted Chicken)

    NOTE: Online orders are available via the Iskina Cebu website

    3. Inasal Restaurant

    Image: Inasal
  • Best for
    Chicken BBQ
  • Prices
    $12 per pax
  • Address
    304 Orchard Road, #04-49/50/51, Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
  • Phone
    +65 6733 2752
  • Opening hours
    Daily 10:00 – 20:30
  • Inasal at Lucky Plaza is a place to devour some of the best chicken inasal (barbeque) from the Philippines without having to leave Singapore! This little Filipino restaurant offers value-for-money dishes, without letting go of the authentic flavors of Bacolod. Their tasty Filipino delicacies spread a delicious aroma on Lucky Plaza’s 4th floor. So when you are there, just let your nose guide you, and try out this little gem for lunch!


    • Chicken Inasal, Pork Adobo, Sisig and more: Straight from Bacolod, these dishes are truly authentic Filipino cuisine. The juicy chicken is succulent, tender and fills the room with a unique aroma of annatto oil. This barbeque chicken is charred to perfection, with a crispy exterior and tender meat. Not feeling like chicken? Feast on some Pork Adobo for only $8.45. You will receive a hearty home-cooked meal, with succulent pork bites marinated in a special sauce.
    • Freshly made, for perfection at every bite: The extremely efficient chefs will whip up your dish with the freshest ingredients. You will only receive a dish that is made to order, ensuring that every bite is up to high standards, piping hot and fresh!

    MENU: The menu features a small yet delicious variety of traditional Filipino dishes, with a variety of meat options.


    • Chicken Inasal (S$8)
    • Pork Adobo (S$8.45)
    • Kare-Kare (S$8.45)
    • Sisig (S$11.00)
    • Lechon Kawali (S$9.00)

    4. Gerry’s Grill

    Image: Gerry’s Grill
  • Best for
    Grilled food
  • Prices
    S$15 per pax
  • Address
    Gerry’s Grill @ Starhub Centre
    51 Cuppage Road, #01-12 Starhub Centre, Singapore 229469
  • Phone
    +65 6720 1412
  • Opening hours
    Daily 12:00 to 22:00
  • Gerry’s Grill will bring Filipinos closer to home. From the restaurant ambiance to its menu, everything is inspired by casual Filipino cuisine and hospitality. With two locations, Gerry’s Grill Singapore is aimed at catering to as many diners as possible who are looking for affordable Filipino food.


    • Grilled dishes marinated in traditional Filipino spices: Even back in the Philippines, Gerry’s Grill is widely known for its grilled pork and seafood. You wouldn’t probably leave the restaurant without having a taste on their Pork BBQ which is dressed in thick sweet and spicy sauce. Grilled Squid is soft and chewy to the mouth, you won’t have a hard time eating it the same with the Pork Liempo. Typical Filipino condiments are available so make sure to mix your own toyo-mansi (Soy sauce and Philippine lemon) sauce.
    • Superb a la carte menu: If you crave Filipino viand more than noodles and vegetables, Gerry’s Grill has Sisig, Grilled Chicken, Pork BBQ, Kare-Kareng Baka (Beef Stew with Peanut Butter), and the Chicken & Pork Adobo on ala carte. But a Filipino food dining experience wouldn’t be complete without rice, so a variety of rice (steamed, adobo, or garlic) is also available for less than S$2.
    • Pinaputok na Cream Dory: Price starts at S$11.95, this unique Filipino dish is a sure winner for Singaporeans and the Pinoys. The dory fish is wrapped and steamed in fresh banana leaves so it tastes scrumptious and looks healthy; a must for the health-conscious. To add flavour, fish is also topped with onion, leeks, and tomatoes.
    • Esplanade branch is open ‘til 2AM: Late diners may grab a quick dinner at Gerry’s Grill Esplanade. It is also perfect for those who might want to cap off their day with a few drinks.

    MENU: The menu is small but it is enough to satisfy your cravings for popular Filipino dishes. There are a la carte and meal set options for those who are flying-solo and dining in group. Grilled dishes like Chicken Kebab, BBQ, Liempo, and Pusit are the mains of this restaurant, plus the Halo-Halo dessert on the side. For drinkers, there’s Kilawin, Crispy Pata, and Pork Sisig to accompany your beers and liqueurs.


    • Sinigang (Pork/Milk Fish in Tamarind Soup)
    • Grilled Chicken
    • Beef Caldereta (Beef stew)
    • Pansit Bihon (Noodle variant)
    • Bulanglang (Mixed Vegetables)
    • Halo-Halo (Snow ball with mixed fruits and sweets)

    ATMOSPHERE: The welcoming presence of two Philippine flags lets you know that you’re going to embark on a journey through authentic Filipino cuisine. Wooden chairs, tables, and indoor plants will remind you of a local grill restaurant by the roadside. Tables are set up in four to six-seaters so both small and large groups of people can make themselves comfortable.


    • The restaurant gets cramped during dinner time.
    • Guests may book an early reservation.

    @ Starhub Centre
    Address: 51 Cuppage Road, #01-12 Starhub Centre
    Tel: (65) 67201412
    Opening hours: Daily 12:00 to 22:00

    @ Esplanade Mall
    Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, Makansutra Glutton Bay
    Tel: (65) 97280426
    Opening hours: Daily 17:00 to 2:00

    5. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant

    Image: Kabayan Filipino Restaurant
  • Loved for
    Pocket-friend Filipino food right in Orchard
  • Prices
    S$5-S$10 per dish
  • Address
    #03-25 Lucky Plaza
    304 Orchard Road, Singapore 238863
  • Phone
    +65 67380921
  • Opening hours
    Daily 09:00 - 21:00
  • Homey, warm, loud and cheap. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is reminiscent of the typical carinderia (fast-food) in the Philippines. There’s a wide selection of usual dishes; from appetizers, mains, to desserts, all of which have decent taste and presentation. It is not surprising to see lots of Filipinos flock in here during weekends, so many that the restaurant tends to have a very loud environment. But this could also mean one thing; Kabayan serves good Filipino food.


    • Turo-turo (Self-service) restaurant: Head straight to the counter and point out which dishes you’d like to order. Sounds familiar, right? While this type of service isn’t truly unique, this is how most Filipinos roll in food courts and eateries so there is some sense of homey ambiance in the restaurant.
    • Dishes have strong flavour: Kabayan has experienced chefs at the helm in order to guarantee consistent Filipino taste in their dishes. Neither balanced nor smooth, the dishes have an intense flavour (garlicky, sour, sweet) and apparent texture which may not favour the palate or lifestyle of everyone. This is why it is advisable to pair your meal with a cup of rice, dessert, or vegetable side dishes.
    • Filipino breakfast favourites: Missing the fried rice, sunny side up egg, and meat combination for breakfast? Kabayan has got them all covered. Order TapSiLog (Tapa, Siningang, Itlog), one of the restaurant’s best-sellers. It is also served with slices of tomato and cucumber and pickled papaya salad.
    • Cheaper prices: As the name itself implies, Kabayan (fellow countryman) is a restaurant for the “masses”, with price ranges anywhere between S$5 and S$10 for a meal set. Both on-the-budget foodies and the thrifty ones will find this restaurant a great choice for lunch or dinner.
    • Offers catering service: A competitive catering service for your special occasions, Kabayan is more than ready to make any Filipino dish you’d ask for. Service includes dining ware and delivery/pick-up at restaurant.
    • Offers catering service: A competitive catering service for your special occasions, Kabayan is more than ready to make any Filipino dish you’d ask for. Service includes dining ware and delivery/pick-up at restaurant.

    MENU: Kabayan has a comprehensive menu of Filipino viands available all-day. There are about 30 dishes prepared daily plus appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Customers can just pick amongst the dishes displayed on the counter and then take it from there. A traditional serving of rice, two viands, and a bottle of soft drink is the typical combination here.


    • Pork Sinigang (Pork in tamarind soup)
    • Lumpiang Shanghai (Fried spring rolls)
    • BBQ Rice Meal
    • Turon (Banana spring roll)
    • Custard Cake with Jackfruit Toppings
    • Menudo
    • Lechon Kawali with Mang Tomas Sauce
    • Crispy Pata (pork knuckles)
    • Leche Flan

    ATMOSPHERE: While the atmosphere is friendly, the loud, chatting voices might distract a person who prefers the quiet and relaxing ambiance. If you’re a Filipino missing some interaction with fellow countrymen, then Kabayan is the right place to go. A cable TV is also available in the restaurant so everybody could watch GMA-Filipino channels.


    • Kabayan Filipino Restaurant gets really busy during weekends.
    • Reservations are highly recommended.

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