Our five favorite dishes at the new Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen

They say there’s something about Filipino dishes—sometimes the ones we have at restaurants can’t quite compete with what Lola used to make growing up. But now, though, we beg to differ.

Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen brings the experience of homemade Filipino cooking to a new level. Having recently opened on the rooftop level of Ayala Center Cebu, their modern take on traditional cooking is set to create a new classic.

1. Pinaupong Manok

This dish is just as the name suggests. Pinaupong Manok has the bird sitting on a bed of salt and served with roasted sweet potatoes. The result is flavorful and tender, and definitely top-notch.

2. Fresh Pomelo Salad

Borrowed from the Golden Cowrie group’s other outlet Salinas, this appetizer proves pomelos aren’t just for dessert. The salad comes with singkamas and crispy dried squid slices, and dressed in calamansi. Sweet and sour, we want more!

3. Pinaugang Balbacua

An oxtail soup cooked for many hours over open fire, the balbacua gets a makeover at the Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen. The delicacy is cooked the traditional way, but the broth is reduced to a thick stew with a richer flavor.

4. Tahong in Coconut Milk

It’s hard to go wrong with mussels, and even harder when it’s drenched in coconut milk. This savory dish is easy to eat—we could have easily consumed a serving or two, with the coconut milk poured over rice.

5. Chilled Taho

Golden Cowrie’s variation of the Filipino favorite gives taho a slightly elevated taste. The fresh silken tofu comes in original and chocolate flavors with the classic combo: sweet sauce and sago pearls. In true Instagrammable fashion, it’s served in a metal bucket of ice.

Located at the Level 4 Garden Area of Ayala Center Cebu, Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Visit www.alwaysafeast.ph for more information and contact 0995-4292561 for reservations. Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen is operated by the Cebu Golden Restaurant group. In Cebu, Golden Cowrie is located at Salinas Drive Lahug, Marina Mall and along A.S. Fortuna. Hukad sa Golden Cowrie, its mall-based brand, has branches in SM City Cebu, Robinson’s Cybergate, The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu, Parkmall, South Town Centre, and SM Seaside City. Nationwide, Golden Cowrie and Hukad branches are found in Bacolod, Bacoor, Butuan City, Bohol, Boracay, Cotabato, Davao, Digos , Dumaguete, General Santos City, Ilo-ilo, Pagadian, Ozamiz City, Tacloban, Tagum and Zamboanga with a Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen at S Maison, MOA Complex.
Katrina Labra
Katrina Labra

Katrina Labra is the Assistant Editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she should be doing yoga but she would rather get as much sleep as she can. Follow Katrina's adventures on Instagram at @katrinalabra.

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