As featured in 10 Best NEW Homegrown Restaurants in Manila of 2019! ALAMAT BF, a Filipino Bistro by Chef Niño Laus and southern partners, is the restaurant version of the famed Alamat Pub in Poblacion. 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 (except Mondays) 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!
Pulutan This—crunchy chicken skin coated in salted egg then paired with white salted egg salsa—was literally gone in 60 seconds. Must order! It was like mussel tempura with Pinoy flavors. What made this special was the aligue cheese dip! The talaba was big and richly topped with cheese and their penoy sauce; it was quite a mouthful. When we asked the boys what their favorite was, all of them voted for this hotdog! Rache loved the sauerkraut which is like fermented cabbages and wondered how to make this at home 🙂 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. This was the best skewer, bursting with burnt coconut flavor, tender beef and kadyos, baboy, langka base to complete it. 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. 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.
Tagay! One of the best malasugi kilawins we’ve tasted because of the different combination and crunchy swordfish daing. What made this sisig special was their special sauce and the Chicharon topping. Sarap! It was good pulutan to just get bits and pieces of the knuckle meat dipping it with the Bicol express sauce.
Ulam (Viand) 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! Another winner with the 7 hours braised beef shank but this time with the kansi sauce with batwan. I liked the big meaty clams and mussels paired with adlai and turmeric coconut sauce. There was a lot of things going on but at least the lengua itself was good. A crunchy type of palabok with big king prawns and pour over Palabok sauce.
Panghimagas (Desserts) 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. 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, Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com 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 Alamat BF. (See Royce Tea Menu.)