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Kabayan Filipino Restaurant

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This casual, inexpensive Filipino restaurant is helmed by experienced chefs from the Philippines. You can order from the food laid out at the counter or from the a la carte menu. There are favourites like adobo, hot plate dishes and traditional desserts too.

Daily: 08:00 - 21:00

+65 67380921
$9 based on 10 submissions
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Authentic, Home Cooked Filipino Comfort Food

Full Kabayan Filipino Restaurant review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/07/kabayan-filipino-restaurant.html


Established in 1994, Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is among the stalwarts of Filipino cuisine in Singapore, having held its own since the beginning. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is among the best places for Filipino food in Singapore, and the go to place for those yearning for authentic, tasty recipes from home in the Philippines.

Ambience at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is similar to a casual cafeteria / food court, but cleaner and more well ventilated. The interior is spacious, but tables are packed quite closely together to maximise seating. I like that furniture is comfortable and sturdy, and the smell of food doesn't linger in the air. The main drawback for me is the dim, low lighting, which makes the place look darker than it should.

Service at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is self-service, cafeteria style. Diners queue up, order from a menu or the large display case, make payment, collect the order, then collect utensils. Still, the staff at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant are very friendly, and most can understand simple English, so ordering isn't a problem. I like that staff are efficient and quick at clearing tables. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant also boasts a small in-house bakery which produces authentic Filipino desserts from various regions in the Philippines.

Prices at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant are very affordable, considering its location in Orchard Road. A typical budget meal of rice with 2 dishes costs SGD $4.50 + per person, while a short-order meal from the menu costs about SGD $6.50 + per person. Desserts average about SGD $4 each. Portions sizes for meals are sufficient for 1 person, though desserts portions are large enough to be shared by 2 people.

Food at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is prepared according to authentic Filipino recipes, by chefs who have worked in various restaurants in the Philippines. The result is rustic, home cooked style Filipino comfort food that is tasty and delicious, with each mouthful packing delightful flavour. The variety of food options at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is extensive, drawing inspiration from various street food, and regional food around the Philippines.

The thing about cuisine from the Philippines, is the unashamedly intense taste (sweet, sour, salty) and texture (oily, crispy, tender) of each dish. Known for their bold tasting dishes, Filipino food is neither subtle or balanced, thus, may not appeal to everyone. The best way to consume Filipino food is by pairing dishes, such as sweet and salty, or by pairing with plain white rice.

Tapsilog (SGD $6.50) is the Philippines portmanteau of Tapa, Sinangag, and Itlog (Fried Sunny Side Up Egg), served with a side of Atchara (Pickled Payapa Salad), and fresh cucumbers and tomato slices. The salad, with its sour tangy taste, makes a nice foil to cut through the savoury taste of the meat.

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30 Jul 2014 • 324 reviews • 54 followers

Authentic, Home Cooked Filipino Comfort Food

Full Kabayan Filipino Restaurant review here: http://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.sg/2014/07/kabayan-filipino-restaurant.html


Established in 1994, Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is among the stalwarts of Filipino cuisine in Singapore, having held its own since the beginning. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is among the best places for Filipino food in Singapore, and the go to place for those yearning for authentic, tasty recipes from home in the Philippines.

Ambience at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is similar to a casual cafeteria / food court, but cleaner and more well ventilated. The interior is spacious, but tables are packed quite closely together to maximise seating. I like that furniture is comfortable and sturdy, and the smell of food doesn't linger in the air. The main drawback for me is the dim, low lighting, which makes the place look darker than it should.

Service at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is self-service, cafeteria style. Diners queue up, order from a menu or the large display case, make payment, collect the order, then collect utensils. Still, the staff at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant are very friendly, and most can understand simple English, so ordering isn't a problem. I like that staff are efficient and quick at clearing tables. Kabayan Filipino Restaurant also boasts a small in-house bakery which produces authentic Filipino desserts from various regions in the Philippines.

Prices at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant are very affordable, considering its location in Orchard Road. A typical budget meal of rice with 2 dishes costs SGD $4.50 + per person, while a short-order meal from the menu costs about SGD $6.50 + per person. Desserts average about SGD $4 each. Portions sizes for meals are sufficient for 1 person, though desserts portions are large enough to be shared by 2 people.

Food at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is prepared according to authentic Filipino recipes, by chefs who have worked in various restaurants in the Philippines. The result is rustic, home cooked style Filipino comfort food that is tasty and delicious, with each mouthful packing delightful flavour. The variety of food options at Kabayan Filipino Restaurant is extensive, drawing inspiration from various street food, and regional food around the Philippines.

The thing about cuisine from the Philippines, is the unashamedly intense taste (sweet, sour, salty) and texture (oily, crispy, tender) of each dish. Known for their bold tasting dishes, Filipino food is neither subtle or balanced, thus, may not appeal to everyone. The best way to consume Filipino food is by pairing dishes, such as sweet and salty, or by pairing with plain white rice.

Tapsilog (SGD $6.50) is the Philippines portmanteau of Tapa, Sinangag, and Itlog (Fried Sunny Side Up Egg), served with a side of Atchara (Pickled Payapa Salad), and fresh cucumbers and tomato slices. The salad, with its sour tangy taste, makes a nice foil to cut through the savoury taste of the meat.
06 Nov 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

LOUSY PLACE

I do not recommend this place to anyone. Even if you are very hungry and running out of choices. The staff are arrogant and absolutely rude. They dont have an idea of what customer service is, they just want to earn money fast. They crammed so much tables almost side by side to accomodate more people and earn more, but the people cant move anymore and cant even get in or out. Can you imagine hitting elbows with a stranger on other tables while you're eating? That is how KABAYAN FILIPINO RESTAURANT is. 
06 Jul 2010 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Not so tasty as mentioned...

Went to Kabayan restaurant last night, and the place wasn't hard at all to find- A turn to the left after stepping off from the escalator on 3rd floor of Lucky Plaza. I was very excited of all the varieties of food served there- about 15 to 20 dishes in all, I estimated. Its like a rice with mixed dishes concept, much like your neighbourhood coffeeshop. I picked about 6 dishes for 2 of us, no rice as I just wanted to taste the different types of food available. It was (let me recall) minced pork head, adobo pork, pork chop, minced pork, some kind of fried rice (i forgot what it's called), eggplant wrapped in omelette, barbequed pork on stick. So yeah, i guess that the main meat for the Filipinos would be pork, cos like 90% of the food there is of pork! Taste wise, I feel that the food has the POTENTIAL to be delicious- if they were served warm, or hot. But no! It was all damp, soggy, cold and reminded me of soggy fries... I didnt like the food there one bit. The pork knuckles was $25 a piece, wanted to try it but too full to do so. But HEY! Dont let my review stop you from heading there! be sure to check out the varieties of desserts they served there. I had 2 leche flan (caramel pudding) for $2 a piece and would have eaten another 100 more if im not too full...!!! Its soooooo yuummy!!!! Must, must try!!! Had the bright purple yam paste too as recommended by some reviewers, but nay, it didnt appeal to my taste buds. So after 20-30 mins there, we left the table with at least 8 plates almost uneaten. =(
17 Jun 2010 • 31 reviews • 0 follower

Cheap Filipino food

When I was a young girl my Filipina maid used to cook authentic Filipino dishes during lunch, when my parents weren't home for meals. I guessed she missed her homecooked food, and so in a way, I grew up on Filipino food. She's left our family for several years now, but I still fondly rmb how yummy her food was. So anyway, I headed down to Kabayan restaurant for lunch, just to relive some of the old memories.

As others have stated below, the restaurant is like a chai peng stall where you grab a tray, and point out which dishes you want. A plate of rice and 2 sides sets you off at $4.50, but do note that some popular sides require some topping up of $1-$2. I had the sinigang na bangus, which is milkfish in a sour soup, pork sisig, which is like a pig parts salad seasoned with lime juice and another side which was finely chopped pork bits with capsicums and chili. I also grabbed some ube paste for dessert, and it set me back at $11.50 for everything.

The sinigang was sour and refreshing, though I would have liked it better if it was slightly warmer. The bangus was fresh and soft. Beware of bangus if you don't have much experience eating it, because it has many many tiny bones. But if you're someone who likes picking through her fish, like me, than go for it! I didn't like the pork sisig very much, because it was cold and slightly slimy to me. However the chopped pork bits side was very nicely marinated with soy sauce and sesame oil and tasted very yummy. 

I think the ube paste was the star of the meal though. Its deep purple in colour, very striking, and tastes, not surprisingly, very much like orh-nee! I guess both of them are yam pastes, so they ought to taste roughly alike. However the ube paste at Kabayan is slightly more rustic than the usual orh-nee, less sweet and with some chunky bits inside. And the colour! Wow, really purple. I'll come back again to try the rest of the desserts at the bakery, they look very promising.

It is a good place for the uninitiated to try out Filipiinno food. Its rather affordable and if you come with friends, you can get to try out many dishes. Ambience is nothing much though, expect the usual coffee shop feel.

14 Jun 2009 • 139 reviews • 18 followers

this is good!!!

I kept repeating these words throughout the meal "this is good" when my filipino colleague took me here for dinner last night.

In short filipino food reminds me of my mum's peranakan food (except the spicy stuffs). Filipino food is flavorful, sweet and tangy, and VERY appetizing for me! It really just makes me wanna eat and eat and eat, and mumbling "this is good, oh this is good too, oooooh this is nice..." hahahaha...

Ambience is BASIC, queue up at the counter to order the food in the display counter, pay and eat at the late 70s-80s style dining area.

My favorite, was the chopped up pig's parts "salad", eg. skin, liver, ear...etc etc... very very very very appetizing with rice. Slightly tangy, and light. yummmmmzzzz.

Sweet beef, was like eating beef bak kwa.

Jack fruit salad, was also very yummy but i couldn't taste the jack fruit.

Mini Spring roll, crispy and flavourful.

Long Beans, egg plant and pork "curry" with special red sauce... NICE.

For desserts we had the caramel custard pudding!!! MAn this is so yummy!!! its like eating soften mars bars. We also had a yellow piece of cake that reminded me of the nonya cakes.

Serving size of the dishes were appropriate for 2 person, ranging from $1 to $5 per dish. We spent about $11 per person, as we ordered heaps fro me to try the variety. Normally it would cost a person about $4 to $6.

HIGHLY recommended! Do remember to check out the bakery and desserts counter!