ALAMAT BF: Best Filipino Food + Craft Beer & Spirits in the South!

ALAMAT BF, a Filipino Bistro by Chef Niño Laus and southern partners, is the restaurant version of the famed Alamat Pub in Poblacion.  Architect Paulo Sayo transformed this old Aguirre St. house into a beautiful glass bahay kubo restaurant.

Alamat is a story of Filipino Pride championing Filipino Food (with focus on tribal and ancestral) and Craft Drinks now in the South.

Since most of the food was good, we had to go back twice to check out everything. Here are our favorites and what we recommend.


Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli
240 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Operating Hours: Open Daily for Dinner 6.00pm to 2.00am
Mobile: +63 917 625 8451
Facebook: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli

First Things First

In the southern tradition, the 2nd floor restaurant is family-friendly with a come-as-you-are vibe…

Alamat BF Menu: Tinuhog Skewers, Ulam: Viand, Pulutan: Beer Snacks, Tagay | Kalye Espesyal Cocktails, Smoothy Slushy Series | Delicatessen, Kanin, Juices, Pinoy Cocktails, Drinks, Filipino Spirits

… just like hanging out with your friends in your own home.

A warm southern welcome to Chef Niño Laus, Wahoo Sotto and Liquido Maestro Kalel Demetrio!


Salted Egg Chicken Skin

Salted Egg Chicken Skin (₱200) with Pinoy salsa

This—crunchy chicken skin coated in salted egg then paired with white salted egg salsa—was literally gone in 60 seconds. Must order!

Rebusadong Talong

Rebusadong Talong (₱290). Smoked Mussels, Dilis, Aligue, Pako

It was like mussel tempura with Pinoy flavors.

Indi Chips

Indi Chips (₱280). Sweet Potato, Cassava and Purple Yam Chips

What made this special was the aligue cheese dip!

Baked Talaba

Baked Talaba (₱270). Pinoy Sauce, Chicharon, Kinuday, Kulitis

The talaba was big and richly topped with cheese and their Pinoy sauce; it was quite a mouthful.

Bacon Bagnet Hotdog

Bacon Bagnet Hotdog (₱280). Crispy Air-dried Pork Belly, Pinoy Salsa

When we asked the boys what their favorite was, all of them voted for this hotdog!

Maligayang Maginhawa

Maligayang Maginhawa (₱250). Gin, Lambanog, Green Mango, Basil, Citrus, Pomelo

We like sour cocktails to start, and this gin-based green mango inspired by Maginhawa street was on point.

Tinuhog (Skewers)

Alamat Poblacion is famous for their Filipino skewer plates which is like a yakitori-tapas Alamat innovation.

Tiyula sa Itum

Tiyula sa Itum (₱155/stick). Burnt Coconut, Beef, KBL

This was the best skewer, bursting with burnt coconut flavor, tender beef and kadjos, baboy, langka base to complete it.

Adobo sa Pula

Adobo sa Pula (₱145). Chicken Oyster, Salted Egg, Salsa Pako

One of the most sought after part of the chicken was a round piece of meat regarded as the most tender and flavorful part located at the back near the thigh. Best to eat with salted egg and some pako.

Sirena Blue Pea Gin & Salted Caramel Kanto Vodka

Sirena Blue Pea Gin (₱220/shot, ₱1,500/bottle), Salted Caramel Kanto Vodka (₱220/shot, ₱1,500/bottle)

It was awesome to know that the man behind our Boracay favorite Sirena Blue Pea Gin and Salted Caramel Kanto Vodka was no other than Kalel of Destileria Barako himself. Have you tried this?

They also have the best craft beers in the Philippines on tap!

I would recommend Brew ng Ina Mo (₱325) a local IPA from Parañaque or the double xxIPA, De Puta Madre (₱380) from Alabang.


Kila Winner

Kila Winner (₱250). Cold Smoked Malasugi Swordfish, Pomelo, Coconut Milk

One of the best malasugi kilawins we’ve tasted because of the different combination and crunchy swordfish daing.


Sisig (₱290). Grilled Pork Ears, Pork Cheeks, Pork Brain

What made this sisig special was their special sauce and the Chicharon topping. Sarap!

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata (₱760). Bicol Express, Sauerkraut

It was good pulutan to just get bits and pieces of the knuckle meat while you drink craft beer.

Ulam (Viand)


Balbacua (₱520). Braised Shank, Tripe and Skin Bone Marrow

Best to get a bit of the marrow and eat it with the 7 hours cooked braised beef and tripe with pork broth and nut sauce. Ang sarap!


Kansi (₱530). 7 Hours Braised Beef Shank, Kansi Gravy, Jackfruit

Another winner with the 7 hours braised beef shank but this time with the kansi sauce with batwan.


Piaparan (₱310). Mud Fish, Clams and Mussels, Adlai

I liked the big meaty clams and mussels paired with adlai and turmeric coconut sauce.


Lengua (₱400). Langka Seed Puree, Mushroom, Coco Aminos

There was a lot of things going on but at least the lengua itself was good.

Crispy Palabok

Crispy Palabok (₱230). Crispy Bihon, Shrimp with Pinipeg

A crunchy type of palabok with big king prawns and pour over Palabok sauce.

Panghimagas (Desserts)

Taho Cheesecake

Taho Cheesecake (₱240). Tofu Cheesecake, Arnibal Syrup, Sago

It was a light cheesecake with tofu texture, and the arnibal that was not too sweet—the perfect dessert.

Make sure to reserve in advance because this always goes out of stock or come only when this is available.

Ginataang Monggo

Ginataang Monggo (₱280). Tasted Mongo, Cream, Jackfruit, Pandan, Fresh Milk

Monggo, seriously? This Filipino milkshake was the best.

Buy a Larcy’s or Conti’s Birthday Cake to complete your southern celebration!

Final Thoughts

I love that they expanded the Alamat menu to cater to family dining and pushed the boundaries of Filipino food by Chef Niño and Filipino drinks by Liquido Maestro Kalel. While Alamat is focused on innovating Filipino food, their sister restaurant Agimat focuses more on Filipino ingredients and re-inventing Filipino food. The food is good and on point, but some ingredients and combinations can be simplified.

Our favorite from Alamat BF: for pulutan, go for the Salted Egg Chicken Skin and the Bacon Bagnet Hotdog; Tiyula sa Itum and Adobo sa Pula for the Skewers; Kila Winner in the Tagay menu paired with craft cocktails and craft beers if you are hanging out with friends.

If you are going for dinner, I would recommend the Balbacua and Kansi. End the meal with Taho Cheesecake or  Ginataang Monggo for dessert. Budget about ₱800/head for food and drinks.

Congratulations to the Alamat BF team for creating one of the best Filipino restaurants in the south!

Did you know that Alamat ng Gamugamo was Jose Rizal’s favorite bedtime story as a child? And that when he got older, he related himself to the gamugamo in the story (he had to fly into the “fire” to show his brothers how dangerous it was)?

Ang ganda at ang sarap! Congrats, Alamat. 🙂

Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli
240 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque City
Operating Hours: Open Daily for Dinner 6.00pm to 2.00am
Mobile: +63 917 625 8451
Facebook: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli

Live an Awesome Life,

Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Chef Niño.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.

P.S. If you are a milk tea addict, end with the Royce Cheese Milk Tea below. (See Royce Tea Menu.)

Royce Cheese Milk Tea

Royce Cheese Milk Tea (₱180). Black / Green / Oolong Tea  

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S Kitchen’s Sunday Fiesta Buffet! @SheratonManila

After my Sunday Fiesta buffet in Sheraton, I knew this would be a perfect place to bring my balikbayan and international guests for a taste of Filipino cuisine but in a modern luxurious setting.

S Kitchen features a wide spread of international selections from East to West, but unlike other hotel buffets in Manila, its focal point is its Filipino station. You’ll love the Lechon de Leche stuffed with Paella, truffle kare-kare, homemade native delicacies and, of course, the “paluto station” that serves fresh seafood—crabs, shrimp, shells and even a whole lapu-lapu (grouper) cooked to your own liking!

Even the interiors of S Kitchen have a Filipino touch, from the traditional fish net inspired chandeliers to the Igorot-printed tiles.

Here’s what you’ll find at S Kitchen’s Sunday Fiesta Buffet priced at Php 2,500 only…

S Kitchen
Sheraton Hotel Manila (Across Naia 3)
80 Andrews Avenue, Pasay City, Philippines
Telephone: 02 902 1800
Facebook: Sheraton-Manila-Hotel

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ANGRYDOBO Taft: 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨😡 Masarap at Sulit Ba? (A Review)

Angrydobo Taft, a love adobo-themed restaurant by Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, is inspired by the reconciliation food shared by the celebrity couple after their love fights.

It’s located along Taft Avenue directly in front of Ryan’s alma mater (DLSU Henry Sy Bldg gate).

ANGRYDOBO by Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo
2456 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila
Instagram: @officialjuday @ryan_agoncillo

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Seascape Village: Golden Fortune vs. Lola Ina’s

The family is loving crabs these days and the best place to indulge in these is at Seascape Village paluto market.

We tried the crab and seafood feasts in two restaurants: Binondo’s Golden Fortune vs. Dampa’s Lola Ina’s. Here’s our experience.


First Things First

Seascape Village, which opened its first phase of the seaside mall with 13 Filipino/Asian paluto restaurants, is a mixed-use coastal development in the Manila Bay area located beside Sofitel and Manila Film Center.

We featured Go Go Kitchen vs. Mazu Seaside Diner in this post: Seascape Village Market: The Best & Cleanest Paluto Market in Manila?!


Seascape Village (Beside Sofitel), Pasay City, Philippines
Telephone: +632 869-7452
Email: [email protected]
FacebookSeascape Village PH

It’s similar to the dampa paluto concept, and they make sure their pricing is always at par with Seaside Dampa Macapagal.

You pay for the market price of the crabs which costs 500-600/kilo.


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Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC: Best Steak Brunch in Manila! #OneBHSEats

During my recent #OneBHSEats food tour, most of the participants were raving about how good the steak was at Wolfgang’s. We recently visited the resto with the family for an awesome steak brunch experience in BGC.

Here are some tips on what to order from the menu, how much the items for consideration are and how best to enjoy the experience.

First Things First

Wolfgang Steakhouse BGC is the 3rd and flagship branch of the Wolfgang Zwiener joint venture with Raymund Magdaluyo in Manila.

Ideally, Wolfgang wanted to open first in BGC, but it took a while to find a perfect corner spot fronting a garden with a street view of Bonifacio High Street.

LG/F One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact Number: +632 586-4892, 618-3975
Mobile: +63 917 710 1682
Email: [email protected]
Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11.00am – 12.00mn
Friday to Sunday 10.00am – 12.00mn
Facebook: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse PH

Wolfgang Menu: Brunch Specials Menu | Prime Steak & Chops Menu

This is the best Wolfgang Steakhouse branch because of its young contemporary ambiance perfect for that NY-Steakhouse Brunch vibe in BGC.

It has all the classic Wolfgang Steakhouse elements: alabaster chandelier, mosaic tiles ceiling, wooden floors and chairs plus a touch of contemporary elements—cove lights, banana plants and floor to ceiling windows.

Wolfgang Wine Program: White Wines: Chardonnay | Sauvignon Blanc, Notable White Wines | Red Wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot | Cabernet Sauvignon | Red Blends | Red Blends 2 | Shiraz, Zinfandel, Notable Red Wines | Port Wines, Dessert Wines | Large Format Bottles

Reserve their semi-private long wooden table for your brunch experience with family and friends.

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LA PICARA: This Awesome Spanish Restaurant at One Bonifacio High Street

First, La Pícara, pronounced as la pí-cara (with emphasis on the pi), means the mischievious or naughty.

It’s a Spanish restaurant with Tropical Cuban/Central American-inspired design that transports you from the city into an oasis in the center of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

The food was surprisingly very good, Spanish food with a naughty playful twist of Filipino ingredients or Asian interpretation but still classy elegant Spanish food.

We tried it three times in the last few weeks before their grand opening. Here’s what we loved that you should try:


High Street corner 5th Avenue, 2Floor, Exchange Stock Market Mall, BGC, Taguig
Mobile: +63 927 172 4480
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: La Picara Manila
Instagram: La Picara PH

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Mövenpick: Your Next New Boracay Staycation

Having started as a humble yet revolutionary restaurant chain in Switzerland, Movenpick has since gone on to become one of the world’s most trusted and recognizable brands today.  The Swiss chain, which has successfully branched into the hotel and resort business, has prime locations at some of the best destinations in the world.

Boracay is probably one of (if not) the busiest tourist destinations in SE Asia.  Having won numerous awards for Best Island in the World, it’s a no brainer to find some of the world’s top resort chains here, carving out a name for themselves in a market that is incredibly competitive.

Enter Movenpick.

The world-class resort is perfect for families and anyone wanting to experience everything Boracay has to offer with the added bonus of privacy.  Situated at what’s informally known as “Station Zero”, the world-class resort boasts the islands largest pool, cutting edge health and wellness facilities, a number of restaurants and cafes and, to be quite frank, the island’s best pizza!

Plan your next stay at Movenpick Boracay and enjoy the quieter, more family-friendly side of the island.

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Boracay
5608 Malay
Punta Bunga Cove (Station Zero)
Brgy Yapak, Aklan Boracay Island
Hours: Daily
Phone: +63 36 288 2256
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Movenpick Resort Boracay
Instagram: movenpickboracay

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AQUA Boracay: The Secret of Boracay’s Best Day Pool Club!

Aqua Boracay is the best Day Pool Club in Boracay not only because of its Pool Party events but because it serves one of the best Spanish-inspired beach cuisines by Chef Chele Gonzales of Gallery by Chele fame.

Most people miss out on Aqua because they think it’s an exclusive private club where there’s nothing to do if there are no pool party events. Some think it is closed for construction. What they don’t know is that this is, in fact, one of the best places to eat and enjoy a pool party in the New Boracay.

Here are the secrets of the best day pool club in Boracay…


First Things First

It is easily accessed via e-trikes (₱120 special trip) passing through the back end of Balabag Lake at the back of D’Mall.

The Day Pool Club is open but the rooms are still under construction.

Bulabog Beach, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay 5608, Malay, Aklan
Day Pool Club Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00 am – 8.00pm
Telephone: +63 (36) 288-1536 / 288-1999
Email[email protected]
FacebookAqua Boracay
Instagram: @aquaboracay

Aqua is located at the beachfront along the back beach called Bulabog.

This part of the island is nice during high tide and feels like a hideaway from the busy White Beach.

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LOS INDIOS BRAVOS: Why You Have to Try the Best English Pub in Boracay

What I like about Los Indios Bravos is that it features the signature pub food recipes of Chef Kenneth Cacho and Chef Norbert Gandler of ISCAHM fame while celebrating the best of all-Filipino Craft Beers (on tap), Brown and White Spirits of the Philippines at the same time. Most importantly, it pays tribute to “Los Indios Bravos”—the Brave Natives of the 1800’s, Filipino intellectuals and warrior-poets and the Tirol Family of Boracay Island.

Bong Tirol, Martin Jickain and wife Maggie Tirol established the new Los Indios Bravos hidden at the back of White House in the New Boracay.

We tried most of the food and drinks, and here are our favorites that you should not miss at the island’s best English pub…


Located at White House Boracay, Station 1
Opening Hours: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: +63 36 288-2803
Mobile: +63 917 176-4294
Facebook@Los Indios Bravos Boracay
Instagram: @losindiosbravosboracay

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Osteria Daniele BGC: Kicking Off the Osteria Game in Manila

Osteria is a casual Italian neighborhood bistro that serves simple pasta, meat specialties (definitely no pizza) and wine. Osteria Daniele, named after one of the partners of the Bistronomia group of Rambla fame, kicks off the battle of Osteria in Manila.

Here’s what our team thinks of Osteria Daniele in Manila…

Ground Floor, Tower 1, High Street Corporate Plaza
9th Ave. corner 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +63 915 874-5792
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: OsteriaDanielePH
Instagram: @osteriadanieleph

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