Go Nuts for Kare-Kare


If you’re a regular guest in Filipino festivals, you’ll know a dining table is incomplete without Kare-Kare—a traditional oxtail dish stewed in a peanut-based sauce. Said to originate from Indian cooks in the 17th century (it used to be called “Kari-Kaari,” derived from the word “curry”), modern innovations led to the rise of different regional variations of the well-loved recipe. We’re sure nothing beats your mom’s version of the famous dish paired with bagoong (shrimp paste) on the side, but we’ve also scoured for other contenders of the best Kare-Kare in town!

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Sérye Restaurant & Cafe

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Las Pinas City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Talk about the finest Filipino restaurants and Serye Restaurant & Cafe is always on the list. Crowned as “The Best Kare-Kare” by Food Wars Asia, they boast an ultra-delicious recipe made with thick and flavorful peanut sauce to go with melt-in-the-mouth meat. It’s a crowd favorite among local foodies and travelers alike.

  • +63 2 8825 4691
  • Ground Floor, Santana Grove, Dr. A. Santos, cor Soreena Ave, San Antonio, Parañaque, 1715 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Zubuchon Express

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Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

It’s no secret that Zubuchon is one of the best places to get your Cebu-style lechon fix in Manila. After all, Anthony Bourdain’s testament to it being “the best pig ever!” is plastered all over their walls to remind customers of the top chef’s recognition. Zubuchon lives up to the hype and impresses with its unmissable take on the classic Kare-Kare. Just think of shards of tender lechon in all its crispy-skinned glory bathing in a delectable peanut sauce!

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Romulo Café

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

A visit to Romulo Cafe brings you back to a nostalgic era with its impressive selection of old-fashioned Filipino food. Founded in tribute to the late statesman Carlos Romulo and his wife Virginia, the cafe’s menu is mainly composed of heirloom dishes loved by the family’s social and diplomatic circle in the 1970s. A highly recommended dish is Tito Greg’s Kare-Kare, which is a classic mix of vegetables, beef tripe, and creamy peanut sauce that comes in generous servings.

  • +6323327273
  • Lazcano cor., Sct. Tuazon Brgy. Tomas Morato, 32 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Manam Comfort Filipino (Greenbelt)

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

If all you can think of lately is comfort food, head over to Manam for an extensive selection of Filipino favorites to cheer you up during gloomy days. It’s hard to score seats as they don’t accept reservations, so it is recommended to go earlier than usual. Customers wait to be seated just for a taste of their Kare-Kare, which you can enjoy with either seafood or oxtail.

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The Aristocrat Restaurant (Malate)

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Manila, Philippines • Recommendation • 

The Aristocrat has been in business since 1936, a passion project that a mother of 13 children started after converting their home’s ground floor to a massive kitchen. The space was dedicated to serving traditional Filipino fare where the now-renowned brand has grown into a cult favorite across generations. Their classic dishes have withstood the test of time, including their seafood Kare-Kare made only with the freshest bounty from the ocean!

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7107 Culture + Cuisine

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Bring on the calories! 7107 Culture + Cuisine’s KKK, which stands for Krispy Kare-Kare, guarantees a delightful culinary experience. Cooked with generous portions of bagnet (deep-fried pork belly) and peanut butter from the Quezon province, the dish gives off sumptuous flavors that go perfectly with steaming hot white rice!

  • +63 2 8819 7483
  • G/F Treston International College, University Parkway District, 32nd Street corner C-5 Road, Bonifacio Global City, Bonifacio Global City, 1632 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Mateo's Spanish Inspired Filipino Cuisine

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San Juan, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Soak up the summer vibe of Spanish-Filipino fare at Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe. This chic, homey restaurant serves up contemporary takes on traditional dishes complemented by a tempting list of cocktails and wines. Mateo’s Special Kare-Kare will remind you of your grandmother’s recipe, which comes with an option to switch meat to tuna if you’re looking for a healthier alternative.

  • +63 2 8696 3724
  • #54 N Domingo St, Quezon City, 1112 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Kapampangans—residents of the province of Pampanga—are well-known for their culinary magic. Luckily, you don’t have to travel far just to taste their exceptional offerings! Ditch your diet at Oini, a restaurant that whips up a Kare-Kare like no other. Their recipe features a seamless blend of rich peanut sauce and tender ox tripe that pairs well with rice.

  • +63 2 8878 1993
  • 10 Xavierville Ave, Quezon City, 1102 Metro Manila, Philippines

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Bistro Remedios

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Quezon City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Step into the timeless charm of old Manila at Bistro Remedios, a restaurant filled with beautiful antiques located in Malate. All the dishes are served home-style, with each meal accompanied by a musical trio that serenades guests with Filipino songs! Their Kare-Kare is a chart-topper on many foodies’ lists, featuring a crispy pata (pork leg) that complements the thick peanut sauce perfectly.

  • +633724077
  • Bago Bantay, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Locavore (BGC)

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Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 

Netflix and chicken wings? Try your usual comfort food with a twist: Locavore’s Kare-Kare Wings! A single order has six pieces of chicken wings with Kare-Kare glaze and buttermilk ranch dressing, which you can dip into their signature shrimp paste. If you’re a true blue Kare-Kare enthusiast, this is definitely next level!

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