Manila’s Toyo Eatery, which was the 2018 recipient of the Miele One To Watch Award (Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants), is on the list for travelling foodies for championing Filipino cuisine.
Toyo Eatery is named after toyo (soy sauce), one of the most common ingredients in Filipino cuisine. Owner-chef Jordy Navarra who trained at The Fat Duck in the UK and Bo Innovation in Hong Kong is modest and declares Toyo Eatery to be ‘still in its infancy and we still have much to do.’
A dish that underlines his food philosophy is Bahay Kubo, inspired by a popular Tagalog children’s folk song, “Bahay Kubo.” The dish which features all 18 vegetables in the lyrics is a salad with no leaves. Committed to celebrating local culture with a modern twist, another of the chef’s signature dishes is a popular street food – barbecued pork.