Take this Anthony Bourdain-inspired PH food trip


Posted at Jun 12 2018 06:14 PM | Updated as of Jun 13 2018 11:45 AM

MANILA – Filipinos continue to join the rest of the world in mourning the death of chef, host, and food and travel writer Anthony Bourdain last week.

He has, after all, jump-started the global fame of Filipino food. In his TV shows, Bourdain expressed his fondness for the country’s pork dishes like sisig and lechon, effectively introducing them to a wider audience. 

During his last visit to the Philippines in 2017, Bourdain even talked about his “personal connection” with the country, noting that his daughter “has been largely raised by Filipinas.”

To those who want to retrace Bourdain’s steps in the Philippines as a form of tribute to the culinary icon, we’ve got you covered. 

Here are the places he has visited during his trips to the country:



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Bourdain’s first visit to the Philippines in 2008 involved sampling lechon in Zubuchon for his food and travel show, “No Reservations.”

The Cebu-based lechon restaurant chain has since expanded to Manila, opening several branches in the metro, including one at Mall of Asia in Pasay City.


Another provincial restaurant that has been featured on Bourdain’s “No Reservations” is Bale Dutung in Angeles, Pampanga.

Owned by chef Claude Tayag, Bale Dutung even has a multi-course “Anthony Bourdain Menu” showcasing the best of Filipino cuisine. 


It was also in 2008 when Bourdain got his first taste of sisig at Aling Lucing in Pampanga. 

The restaurant is named after the woman who is said to have invented the popular pork dish.



Bourdain was spotted having a meal at the Korean restaurant Café Chosun in Malate in 2015, confirming the chef’s much-hyped return to the Philippines.

According to an article on Rogue, Bourdain and his companions ordered the following: Dungsim (rib-eye Angus), Galbisal (medium-rare rib finger), and Hangjeongsal (pork jowls).



After Café Chosun, Bourdain tried Japanese food at Tanabe, also in Malate. He reportedly ordered a selection of sushi, a can of beer, and a bottle of sake.



Days after eating at Café Chosun and Tanabe, Bourdain dropped by the nearby Oarhouse pub, a regular haunt for local and foreign journalists.




Bourdain paid a visit to the homegrown fast food chain Jollibee for an episode of his show, “Parts Unknown,” aired in 2016. He called the Jolly Spaghetti “deranged yet strangely alluring.”



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Bourdain tried Sarsa Kitchen + Bar’s Liempo-Q during his visit to Manila for World Street Food Congress 2017.

Recalling his encounter with the globe-trotting chef, restaurant owner JP Anglo said on Instagram: “We offered him some coconut vinegar to go with our Liempo-Q, and he said, ‘It doesn’t need it. It’s as good as it is. It’s delicious.’”