Admittedly the Philippines isn't known for it's cuisine- a weird mish-mash of Latino soul food and old fashioned asian dishes. So solely Filipino restaurants in London are few and far between.
But like every worth their salt Filipina I choose to chow down at Josephine's when I've got a hankering for food from the motherland.
The kitsch and cosy restaurant sits on Charlotte Street perfect for people watching as you natter over starters. The food itself is a hug on a plate- richly marinated meats, sticky rice and fragrant soups. My must haves are the chicken adobo, crispy pork belly, finished with a bizarre traditional dessert of halo-halo, an iced sundae complete with purple ice cream. Do not expect nouveau cuisine portions, if there's anything Filipinos are good at it's eating...LOTS!
So if you're looking for something entirely different and aren't counting your calories be a little brave and try this place out.
TIP: Greet the waiters with a smile and say 'mabuhay'...they might just bring every dish out!
Visiting here from Hawaii and craving Filipino food. It was gooooood. Nice portions and cute waiter (son) with an English accent. Family owned and very friendly. Ordered so much food and ate it ALL even if we were all full. Definitely will come back before we head back home ;D
I wasn't expecting much from this place, but given that there aren't many Filipino restauants in London I had to give it a shot. First I should warn that I'm used to homecooked Filipino food so my standards are probably higher.
I started off with the sinigang sabou--a salty fish soup. This was good, and normally I would have this as a rice porridge soup so ordered an extra serving of rice which came in five minutes.
If pad thai is a barometer of the quality of a thai restaurant, adobo should be a barometer of the quality of a filipino restaurant. I had the chicken adobo here and it was terrible. It was basically some carved slices of plain chicken with some vinegary adobo sauce poured on top.
My partner had some black pudding pork dish. This seemed to be some filipino-british fusion food, and it was certainly better than my adobo. But all in all the quality of the food was just kind of bleh (about the same quality as a generic chinese takeaway), and certainly not good enough for the price.
I feel bad giving this place a bad rating, because the guy serving us was so cheery! I only managed to finish about a third of my meal though - and it wasn't through a lack of hunger.
It seems that filipino food is all about extremes. The dish I ordered was supposed to have fish (from reading the menu) but it came instead with squid (I don't like squid). It also had an overpowering garlic + seafood taste to everything on the plate which after a few forkfuls was nearly making me retch.
Having never tried Filipino food, my Wife and I were excited to partake - having now eaten at Josephine's, I'm very dubious whether we have or not, my guess is not! This place is simply a cash register, where a 15% service charge is arbitrarily added to your bill and rather than asking if the staff actually receive the gratuity, you simply don't care, quickly leaving with a complete and utter bad taste in your mouth, on all fronts.
This is a quaint little place. The decor inside makes you feel like you are in the Philippines with the art work and wooden beams. The person who served us has worked there since 1970. I really was hoping to like the food more but I didn't particularly like my dish. I had the Adobo which is a traditional dish. It was a bit too salty for my taste. My friend had the coconut chicken dish and that was quite tasty but still not great. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this place if you are looking for a memorable dining experience in London, but if you are specifically craving to have some Filipino food then this place will do you fine.
We had a very fine meal tonight at Josephine. The service and food were both excellent, and the ambiance was lovely. I recommend this restaurant. It was fun to try Filipino food,too.
Great quaint restaurant with great food and warn cosy homely feel. Highly recommended
very tasty food, reasonable prices too, great value for money and the service was brilliant! must try this place!
if youre craving filipino food, especially pork lechon, lumpia and pancitgo to Josephines!!!! A family run restaurant, Ed the owner greets all his customers with the friendliness of a long lost relative! reasonably priced and the dishes are yummy! i would recommend this place to all my fellow filipino's who are looking for some home style tradional food! a great place to go with your family and friends!
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