Return to your basal instincts and enjoy some Kamayan with Lutong Pinoy; the filipino restaurant that serves absolutely amazing food in the West End and still feels like an East London foodie’s dream.
So for a friends leaving-do we decided on going to Lutong Pinoy and pre ordered Kamayan. The restaurant wants you to pre order because the food takes some prep. Kamayan basically refers to communal dining and while many modern places in London claim to have it, you can really enjoy it in Lutong Pinoy. We decided to go with fish, chicken wings, crab, fish and fried tofu.
On the day we arrived to a relatively small and unpretentious place a couple of minutes walk from Earl’s Court station. We were promptly seated and provided drinks menu. The drinks were absolutely amazing (aloe vera chunks in lychee was my fav) and after a small chat we were asked to remove everything from the table (we were 6 people) and the waiter came with a tray almost the size of table. The food was laid on (I guess) banana tree leaves and on a bad of boiled rice we had everything from fish to chicken wings to salad, crab, beef and tofu and my favourite surprise; chunks of mango.
And then we boarded on the Kamayan train which requires eating from the same plate (or the table in this case) and eating using our hands but you can be a buzzkill and ask for cutlery.
My favourite part of the whole experience was beef and fish and after an hour we were done with this amazing food. Halfway through we got a big pot of seafood soup with veggies which is more like shrimp with vegetables in clear soup. It was slightly tangy with seafood flavour and absolutely brilliant, I had about 2 bowls of that slurp! slurp!
Lutong Pinoy was a very unique experience, one I’d gladly do again and the whole idea of communal dining reminded me of how close you can get to your friends and loved ones, what could be more intimate than sharing a plate with friends in public?