The second annual National Filipino Restaurant Month takes place during the month of April, and we want to celebrate. Our favourite way? With food of course!
By Catherine Dunwoody
First launched in April of 2022, the intention of this culinary spotlight is to promote Filipino cuisine in Canada, especially the restaurants, the chefs, and highlighting traditional dishes using ingredients from the Philippines.
One restaurant, Grandt Kitchen located in Surrey, offers a wide range of food that tastes like home to Filipinos in Canada, and an introduction to an ethnic cuisine many have never tried.
In 2015 the small restaurant first opened in an industrial area in Surrey, followed by a move in 2018 to open Grandt Kitchen Filipino Cuisine with a capacity of 100 people. In 2019, a second location opened on Joyce Street, and the owners proudly serve the community with the cuisine they love to share.
Dive into traditional dishes like Sinigang Na Hipon soup, Chicken Adobo, and Pinakbet Bagnet, a savoury mix of Asian vegetables, shrimp paste and deep-fried pork belly. Save room for the colourful Halo Halo shave ice for dessert. You’ll be smiling by the end of this meal, that’s for certain.
Filipinos also have a family style experience they call a Boodle Fight, which includes barbecue pork skewers, Tocino, Lumpia Shanghai fried chicken, grilled stuffed squid, tilapia, vegetables, and mango salad. And more. Great price for feeding a family too.