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Filipino Food in Chinatown: Bonifacio

Update: Sadly, this place is no longer open for business. (CLOSED)

Filipino restaurants here in Singapore has always catered to the Filipino Masses, just a quick visit in Lucky Plaza, Tanjong Pagar and even Lau Pa Sat and you’ll realize that we need one restaurant here in Singapore where we can invite our colleagues and friends to try our local Filipino cuisine.

Yes there is 7,107 Flavours in Marina Square but since it has been enjoying a monopoly for so long, having a good corporate dinner on a weekend is almost impossible.

Don’t get me wrong, I love 7,107 Flavours, service is great. Location is awesome! And they have a live acoustic band to serenade you as you while you enjoy your meal!

In almost everything, healthy competition is important, here is where Bonifacio comes in. Bonifacio is a Filipino Restaurant in Chinatown is along Kreta Ayer Rd.

Here’s a Map just incase you’re visiting the place for the first time.

Nearest MRT is actually Outram Park!

Visiting this restaurant for the first time and you’ll definitely compare it with 7,107 Flavours, ambiance for both restaurants are great, both seem to have enough space and as always, friendly Filipino Staff!

The main difference I have to say is the live acoustic band of 7,107 Flavours, for those times when I just want a normal dinner. I think this is where Bonifacio comes in.

Here are some things I have to say about Bonifacio as per my category’s guidelines.

Food that is readily prepared is available: No

Day Visited for the first time: Saturday

Time/Meal: Lunch

Day Visited for the second time: n/a (as of posting date, but I plan to visit on a Friday)

Time/Meal: (I plan to visit again for dinner! I will update this post if the experience is BAD!)

Good for Corporate Lunch/Dinners: Yes


Be sure to get a reservation! I have talked to some of the waiters and according to them, dinners during weekends is a very busy time for them… hmmm, tempting to visit on that time.

Good to eat with Foreign Friends: Yes


Recommended for people who will try Philippine Cuisine for the first time: Yes


Definitely! I have even met some walk in customers trying to eat Filipino food for the first time.


One more thing I love with Bonifacio is that they have a real website! Through their website, you will be able to see their menu which is very helpful in planning for your itinerary.


They even have a mailing list and membership (I just hope they give atleast 10% discount to their members). All the information you need to know can be found here:

As I have said earlier, competition is good and I believe the target market of 7,107 Flavours will be very happy knowing that there is a new restaurant in this City which serves Filipino Food.

Bonifacio… The Modern Filipino Cuisine

Just like in the Philippines… Gerry’s will never be the same without Dencio’s!!!

I just hope more and more Filipino restaurants open here in Singapore. Competition is very healthy! I think I can start day dreaming of seeing a decent Filipino Restaurant in Vivo City or East Coast Park someday.

Bonifacio is located at #35 Kreta Ayer Road

Telephone No.: (+65) 6222 6676

Filipino Food in Tanjong Pagar: Kamayan

**KAMAYAN is now back in Tanjong Pagar**

Another Establishment here in Singapore which sells Filipino Food.


Kamayan, not to be confused with the Kamayan restaurant in the Philippines, is located at the corner of Craig and Tanjong Pagar Road, it is also an establishment away from Duxton Rd.

Nearest MRT’s are Tanjong Pagar and Outram Park.


Here are some photos I have taken while walking by Tanjong Pagar.

They also have a store which is almost beside the restaurant.

And as per my new “guidelines” for this category, here are some things you should know:

Food that is readily prepared is available: Yes

You can choose from their counter and you can ask them to prepare Sisig, Lechon Kawali, and Crispy Pata (deep fried pork knuckles).

Day Visited for the first time: Monday

Time/Meal: Dinner

Day Visited for the second time: Wednesday

Time/Meal: Dinner

The place does not have air conditioners so I honestly think that dinner is the best meal to eat here. 

Good for Corporate Lunch/Dinners: No

Good to eat with Foreign Friends: Maybe for the adventurous

The Place is very near Duxton St. which have dozens of night clubs/bars. Filipinas working at these bars are regular customers of Kamayan so I am not sure if your foreign friends will be comfortable eating here.

You may also want to consider your time of visit. Since this restaurant is busy before and after these bars/clubs open.

Recommended for people who will try Philippine Cuisine for the first time: Maybe for the adventurous – please see my reason above.

Here are additional photos taken during the night.

I have heard that this actually is open until the bars/clubs of Duxton st. closes which is around 2a.m. perfect for those who are craving for Filipino food almost 24 hours a day.


First posted: Feb. 24, 2009

Updated: April 26, 2009



Filipino Food in Marina Square: 7,107 Flavours

Update: Sadly, this place is no longer open for business. (CLOSED)

This was one of the first posts I have in this blog and I think its just due for an update!

7,107 Flavours restaurant in Marina Square was the first restaurant of its class in Singapore. To all those who searched for a high end Philippine Restaurant in Singapore, you will stop searching once you see this little corner in Marina Square.

That being said, it is far far far above those restaurants you’ll find in Lucky Plaza.

Location is perfect, ambiance is great, partnered with the usual Philippine kindness by the waiters and staff and you got yourself the perfect dining experience outside the Philippines.

Although I have always praised this specific restaurant, I believe that there is always room for improvement.

Here are some things they should focus on:

1. An updated website! Come on people, its 2009!

2. They should offer membership cards to us regular customers, I think a 5% discount wont hurt or maybe a free cake on the member’s birthday!

3. Reservations! I once dined there on a Friday night with my colleagues; I had a reservation for 6. Although I understand that weekends are very busy, the table given to us was just for 4 with 6 seats, I told the staff that it doesn’t take a genius to know that we cannot fit on the table so I asked them to get me a bigger place. They instantly complied with my request however they just connected a table with a different size to our original table for 4. Don’t get me wrong, this did not affect the food, but please understand that this is suppose to be the best Filipino restaurant in Singapore, the smallest detail counts.

Now, for my standardized summary:

Food that is readily prepared is available: No

Day Visited for the first time: Saturday
Time/Meal: Lunch

Day Visited for the second time: Friday
Time/Meal: Dinner

I eat here regularly so just take my word for it, its on the top of my Filipino restaurants list here in Singapore.

Good for Corporate Lunch/Dinners: Yes

Just be sure to make an early reservation.

Good to eat with Foreign Friends: Yes

Please see my answer above.

Recommended for people who will try Philippine Cuisine for the first time: Yes

Having 7,107 Flavours was one of the best things that happened here in Singapore. Now we can invite our colleagues to enjoy Filipino Cuisine in a decent restaurant.

Although there are always room for improvements (as stated above), nothings perfect. At the end of the day, good service, good food and great ambiance are the only things that matter, the acoustic band is definitely a bonus.

7,107 Flavours… Philippine Cuisine, Culture and Travel

Here’s a Map of Marina Square. (I scanned their business card)

And here is a Map just incase you do not know where Marina Square is.

They are located at:

#02-02 Marina Square

Telephone No.: (+65) 6334-7107

Posted: 01 April 2008

Updated: 08 May 2009

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