Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen is the premium brand of the foremost Cebu restaurant deeply rooted in the heart and culture of every Cebuano bringing generations of diners together for 35 years.
Its menu features classic recipes to pay homage to the heritage of Philippine cuisine and celebrates culinary creativity in terms of modern execution and play of flavors. The name pays tribute to the Cowrie, one of the Philippines' prized indigenous shells.
In Cebu, they are famous for their Crispy Pata, while their original Cebu Lechon Belly is a hit in Manila.
I have nothing but happy memories of eating at Golden Cowrie in Cebu, so I'm glad that they've decided to expand here and bring their authentic Cebuano cuisine to Manila.
Here's what to order and expect at Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen / Hukad...
Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen's 150-seater flagship store is the most affordable restaurant in S Maison, with a simple ambiance celebrating its Cebuano roots.
You can reserve the private room with a maximum capacity of 48 for those special big family celebrations.
Golden Cowrie has special items on their menu that are not in Hukad, but all Hukad items are available in Golden Cowrie.
Make sure to order these small tasty Bantayan scallops, which are baked and topped with oozing garlicky cheese. I bet you'll order a second serving.
Th Cebuano version of bulalo with actual bone marrow on the side, which you use as "butter" for the bread. Make sure to top it off with some onion jam.
Our favorite salad in Golden Cowrie! Pomelo with turnip slices in calamansi dressing and ingeniously topped with crispy dried squid.
Golden Cowrie specializes in Vegetarian dishes, like this meatless sisig made with mushroom and tofu.
The Cebuano street food version of vegetable lumpia (spring roll), deep fried and served with hot sauce.
Pinaupong Manok (P585)
Chicken bathe in its own oil, cooked in salt and other secret recipes, and served with sweet potatoes.
Big seafood selection cooked in light tomato sauce with olive oil, tomatoes, and coco wine--a Golden Cowrie specialty.
Golden Cowrie is best known in Cebu for their deep fried pork legs, which is a centerpiece of any Filipino feast, along with Lechon and Kare-Kare.
Best to order the whole one served with bone, crispy skin, and tasty meat. I personally like slicing the meat off on my own, but you can also ask to have your order served chopped.
The Lechon Belly is roasted daily and flown in directly from Cebu. It's the most authentic-flavored lechon belly you'll find in Manila, so make sure to reserve one.
Their boneless lechon belly is stuffed with herbs and marinated in salt and simple seasonings, just like how you'd enjoy it in Cebu.
You can order a small 1/4 kilo portion, chopped into cubes and topped with crispy skin. Lami gyud!
For something refreshing, order the combination of Green Mango and Cucumber to clean the palate.
(Trivia: We would usually order the juices last so that the kids don't get full easily. They can also treat it as a sweet ending.)
This is one of the few restaurants that serve this childhood favorite made of soy, topped with small pearls and a sweet syrup.
Halo Halomazing (P125).
Order the halo halo for the perfect ending to a good Filipino feast made with red & green kaong, white beans kernel, corn, macapuno, ube halaya, candied langka and banana.
Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen is the best choice for a Filipino Feast in S Maison, SM Mall of Asia. Reserve a table during special occasions and pre-order the Lechon Belly.
Make sure to order the Baked Bantayan Scallops, Pomelo Salad, Aqua Fresca, Crispy Pata, and their signature Lechon Belly. Budget about P500/head.
Note: They also have a good vegetarian menu for those who prefer healthier choices.
GOLDEN COWRIE FILIPINO KITCHEN
2/F S Maison at Conrad Manila, Seaside Blvd. cor. Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex
Telephone: +632 805-7649
Operating Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Hukad's menu is relatively cheaper than Golden Cowrie's, with a more fast-casual service.
You can enjoy the baked Bantayan scallops here more because they're relatively cheaper. The presentation is decent but the yumminess is the same.
We also tried the crispy dinuguan, which is a bit soupier that normal dinuguan, with crispy bits of pork fat and skin.
Order the grilled tuna belly as a healthier choice. Don't forget to squeeze some calamansi on top and eat it with the pickled vegetables on the side.
You can also enjoy a stuffed grilled squid for less than P300. Perfect for your Balikbayan or tourist guests who you want to share the flavors of Cebu with.
The best value for money--crispy pork meat and skin, chopped and served with soy sauce salsa dip. Really good!
The main reason you'll go here--authentic Cebu Lechon Belly that doesn't need any sauce.
For something unique, order the budbud which is suman made of millet wrapped like a turon, fried and served with sweet sauce.
Hukad is perfect if you're craving for good Cebuano food, especially authentic Cebu Lechon Belly. It's a great place an awesome Filipino meal with your family with kids or even tourist/balikbayan guests.
It's more affordable than Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen and will most likely be available in an SM Mall near you soon.
Order the Baked Bantayan Scallops, Grilled Tuna Belly or Stuffed Squid, Crispy Pata, and the Lechon Belly. Budget about P400/head.
2nd Level, Entertainment Mall, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Mobile: +63 917 108-3518
Telephone: +632 810-1745
Operating Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
HUKAD – TRINOMA
Level 1, TriNoma, Quezon City
Telephone: +632 621-5334
Mobile: +63 917 809-4324
Store Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
HUKAD – SUCAT
Ground Floor, SM Sucat, Paranaque City, Metro Manila
Store Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Opening in a Mall near you this 2017:
SM Southmall in Las Pinas
SM Bicutan in Paranaque
SM BF Paranaque
SM San Lazaro in Sta Cruz, Manila
Ayala Cloverleaf in Q.C., Manila
Ayala Feliz in Marcos Highway, Pasig
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. When dining at Golden Cowrie, make sure to check if they still have the free parking promo at S Maison.