While I generally prefer fresh home-cooked meals, there will always be times when I won’t have the energy to prepare food after a full day’s work. Below are restaurants and eateries that have become my favorites to rescue me from going to bed hungry.
I Love Backyard BBQ (For their pork.)
I come here especially for the ribs. Their Worcestershire Ribs (pictured above). Lip-smacking good. If only I eat breakfast regularly, I’d have this every morning. They also serve grilled chicken, grilled ribeye steak, grilled seafood, BBQ fish belly, BBQ pork belly, BBQ bacon, pulled pork, grilled kielbasa, to name only a few. And if you really like your meat, you can order the last five items mentioned above all together in one plate and they’ll throw in a cup of crab fat fried rice with it. They call it Heart Attack. I have my cardiologist on speed dial, if you must know.
| Editor’s note: this is a very popular restaurant and seats can be difficult to secure during lunch or dinner peak hours. Best to book a table in advance. |
D’Mall, St. 2, behind Bite Club Burgers
+63 36 288 6980
Crafty’s Rooftop Bar (For their authentic Indian anything.)
The five years or so that I have spent working in Dubai have been largely instrumental in re-igniting my love for Indian food. Having made friends who are natives of the subcontinent, I had the incredible fortune of experiencing authentic butter chicken, spicy aloo paratha, savory masala dosa, hearty mutton biryani and aromatic lamb rogan josh, all prepared in front of me from their very own home kitchens.
When I hanker for food that remind me of my cherished Indian friends, this is the only place on the island I go to. Come here for the keema beef kulcha, aloo gobi, fried fish masala, lamb madras, beef vindaloo, chicken biryani and many more.
Crafts Department Store Rooftop, Main Road St. 2
+63 36 288 6857
Kasbah Moroccan Cafe (For their lamb pizza.)
Located at Station 1 beachfront, Kasbah is as colorful as you would imagine a traditional souk in Marrakech. It is undoubtedly the only place (so far) where you can experience an authentic Moroccan meal which may consist of mezze, tagine, couscous and baklava. Pretty laid back vibe with acoustic entertainment.
Not the cheapest of places, but their pizzas are quite affordable and I would come back to order that lamb pizza over and over again. My favorite bit about this restaurant? They deliver.
Beachfront St. 1, next to Discovery Shores
+63 36 288 4790