Filipinos love to eat! And with over 200,000 Filipino expatriates in Qatar, it is a must that there’ll be places that cater to their food cravings.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has prepared a list of some of the Filipino restaurants (in alphabetical order) that serve authentic Filipino cuisine for those who wish to have a taste of the Philippines’ flavourful meals. Happy eating!
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Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) menu list has all the Filipino dishes you can think of – may it be Tapsilog for breakfast, Sinigang na Hipon for lunch, Pancit Bihon for snacks, and Chicken Adobo for dinner. Also, try their Inihaw (grilled) Seafood. Want to have a taste of everything? Visit them every Thursday and Friday from 6 pm - 10 pm for the special buffet at QR 39 only. And prepare your song list because they have karaoke too!
Back home, Filipinos celebrate fiestas where massive choices of food and delicacies are served to family and friends for free! In Qatar, many families and groups of friends choose to visit Barrio Fiesta due to the wide variety of food choices they offer. Try their Beef Kare-Kare and their Mabuhay Buffet offer from Wednesday to Saturday. Kids (QR 29) and adults (QR 49) can eat all their favourite Filipino dishes that come with a glass of iced tea!
Head to ‘Kabayan Souq’ where Batangas Best is located to try the restaurant’s Balbacua, which is a Filipino stew made from various spices, beef cuts, cow skin, joints, and oxtail. This dish for QR 30 is cooked over a slow fire for several hours to achieve the right kind of blend and tenderness. Other bestsellers are Crispy Tadyang and Gotong Batangas, but for more choices, try their ‘Eat-All-You-Can Friday Buffet’ for only QR 35!
Visit Safari Mall's food court and you’ll spot this kabayan restaurant that offers a variety of Filipino dishes. On their food counter you will find Sinaing na Tulingan, Paksiw na Bangus, Pritong Galunggong, Ginisang Munggo and Pinoy Chicken BBQ. Try the native Filipino delicacy Biko and their Halo-Halo, too!
Love seafood? Call Bilao Seafood Restaurant for a pre-order of their Mixed Seafood Bilao which consists of fish, shrimp, crabs, mussels, and more. The restaurant’s Bilao Deal Meal is available daily and is a combination of 2 cups of rice, 4 fried tilapia, 1 bowl of pancit, and a can of soda. Their a la carte dishes include Seafood Kare Kare, Adobong Hipon sa Aligue, Bistek Milkfish, and Chicken Adobo.
It’s eat-all-you-can all day, every day at Blue Cab Restaurant! Although they have single-serve dishes and food platters, many Filipinos frequent this restaurant for their affordable ‘Street Food Buffet’ at QR 45. You can eat all the isaw, kwek-kwek, chicken feet BBQ, puto, kutsina, pichi-pichi, and more every day from 3 pm to 11 pm. They also have ‘Pinoy Ulam Buffet’ at QR 40 from 11 am to 11 pm.
Boracay’s two branches serve a range of Filipino viands, desserts, and native delicacies. According to Boracay, all the dishes from their menu give that authentic Pinoy taste but bestsellers remain the Sinigang Bangus Belly for QR 30 and the Bulalo for QR 35. The two branches both offer eat-all-you-can-buffet on different days and timings and at different prices. Call them for further details.
Though not 'truly Filipino' as they also serve Indian and Chinese cuisines, there’s a variety of traditional Filipino dishes to choose from at Choice Restaurant. The popular choices from their menu are the Lumpiang Sariwa, Tortang Talong, Bopis, Afritada, Kare Kare, Bicol Express, and Sea Food Pancit.
From spring rolls, Chao fan, noodles, dim sum to rice bowls with toppings – you’ll get great-tasting meals for the whole family at Chowking. Don’t forget the Buchi that is also served with their Lauriat Sets and Festive Meals. Chowking claims their Halo-Halo is the best– what do you think?
In the Philippines, Dampa means a small bamboo house. In Qatar, it’s a place where you’ll find your seat, don your plastic apron & hand gloves, and get ready to dig into a mouthwatering ‘Boodle Fight’. At Dampa Seafood Village, everyone is invited to indulge in a rich seafood spread of shrimps, crabs, mussels, and calamari, with unlimited rice, some corn on the side, and your choice of sauces and soft beverages. Check out their a la carte dishes too!
Deqada is the brainchild of 10 Filipino expats who own the restaurant, thus the name Deqada (decade). They serve Filipino dishes such as Sizzling Sisig Chicken, and a range of Western dishes with a Filipino twist! Their Short Ribs, for example, are coated with sweet-style Filipino sauce. The gravy for the steak is specially prepared by their in-house Filipino chef. Check out Deqada’s Instagram for their Meat-All-You-Can offer soon!
Love Filipino street food? Find everything from grilled chicken feet to intestines at Doha Street Food! And again, it doesn’t taste as bad as it sounds! The restaurant’s ‘Tuhog-Tuhog’ offer is enticing because you can get squid balls, kikiam, and fish balls at QR 5 only. Bring the gang and try their ‘Boodle Fight’ deals.
A Qatar blog site has recently awarded Filipino Hot Pack as the "Most Popular Homegrown Filipino Restaurant in Qatar". The restaurant serves authentic Filipino cuisines from Tinolang Manok, Adobong Manok, Sinigang na Bangus, Kambing Papaitan, Inihaw na Pusit, and more. They also have Street Food Platter available every day for QR 120. Start your day with their ‘Silog Sets’ along with barakong kape for that home-away-from-home breakfast meal.
Patatim, Bangus Sisig, Pakbet, Laing, Taho, Sapin Sapin, Puto Bumbong, Bibingka, Ube Champorado-Danggit, all these and more traditional Filipino and Asian cuisines cooked and prepared with a modern and contemporary twist! The food presentation at Flamingo is well-loved by many Filipinos and other nationalities. Do you know what’s in their Soup No.5?
Gerry’s Grill is a popular restaurant chain in the Philippines with a number of international branches, including two in Qatar. The restaurant remains a favourite dining place for many Filipino expats. Gerry’s “believes in offering its customers the best value for their money”, offering affordable combo meals for sharing. Top picks are Spring Rolls, Nilagang Bulalo, Inihaw na Pusit, Chicken Inasal, Adobo Puso Rice, and Halo Halo.
Jollibee has many franchises all over the world, and their delicious variety of dishes is constantly capturing the hearts of everyone. The restaurant is best known for its ChickenJoy– “a fried chicken like no other!” Its meat is tender and juicy, yet the skin remains crispy. Other all-time favourites include their sweet-style spaghetti and burger steak with mushroom gravy.
The “Home of the Original Batangas Lomi” is now in Qatar. People are loving Ka Johnny’s Lomi because of its rich, thick broth, and its special toppings that include chicken strips and kikiam. According to Ka Johnny’s, their egg noodles are freshly made every day giving the gooey soup a better taste. They also serve Gotong Batangas, Siopao, Pandesal, and more.
Batchoy is the ultimate noodle soup for many Filipinos in Qatar – comfort food that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anytime you feel the craving for some steaming bowl of broth, noodles, and those chicken and beef innards and toasted garlic. Besides the signature batchoy, kabayans throng this place for the affordable food combo offers, native delicacies like sapin sapin and cassava cake, and the tasty chicken inasal.
Lifestyle District started as a go-to cafe for coffee, milk tea, and sandwiches, but has recently expanded its menu list with Filipino-Visayan dishes. Every main course they serve comes with free steamed rice and special drinks. You can still grab their yummy bubble tea and bubble egg waffle, plus feast on Filipino meals such as Bulalo, Halang Halang, Kinilaw na Tanigue, and their latest offer Chicken Inasal with free drinks and unlimited rice.
The first Filipino restaurant in Qatar, Little Manila was established to serve the growing number of Asians and Filipino expatriates in the country. This small place has a wide selection of Filipino-Asian cuisines. The top picks are Kare Kare, Binagoongang Manok, Bopis, Lumpiang Shanghai, Menudo, and more. They also accept bulk orders for special events and celebrations.
Missing the gooey and generously-topped lomi? Visit Loming Barako (Lombar) for a taste of authentic Loming Batangas! Many Filipinos gather here for a sip of this soupy noodle dish that brings comfort and warmth. Their signature Manok na Pula sa Tanglad and Pizzang Barako are other bestsellers that you must try!
Widely known as “The House That Fried Chicken Built” for its tender and tasty chicken, the two branches in Qatar are dine-out places amongst Filipino families and groups for the restaurant’s ‘Sharing Meal’ offer. Their signature whole chicken is paired with Beef Pochero, Calamares, 4 Leche flans, 4 glasses of Iced Tea, and unlimited rice.
Try out everything at Kamayan’s eat-all-you-can buffet table for only QR 35! Why pay for only 1 dish for the same price when you can fill your tummy with more choices, right? Kamayan’s buffet deal consists of over five Filipino dishes, desserts, unlimited rice, and water. Ask about their ‘Pinoy Boodle Fight’ offer too if you plan to visit with a big group.
Known for its wide variety of traditional Filipino dishes, Shore Time was established in Qatar in 2009 and now has four branches, plus one that is opening soon. Shore Time says that their talented chefs use only the freshest ingredients for all the meals they prepare, so their loyal and new customers are served with only the “best-tasting” Filipino favourites.
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