Boracay Garden Restaurant | Auckland

S and I spent Christmas last year in Auckland with some of our friends. We stayed there for a couple of days, mainly to check out what Boxing Day deals we could find. Unfortunately we didn’t get to score a lot of good deals, but we did end up meeting a handful of lovely people there and also eating a lot of Filipino food. A majority were home-cooked meals in the houses of other Pinoys, but our last dinner in Auckland was at Boracay Garden Restaurant.

Seeing there were only four of us in the group this time, we didn’t order a lot different types of food. We did go for the larger servings for each item, which was said to feed 2-3 persons.


The first thing to arrive at our table was the Sotanghon (NZ$25.00). This cellophane noodle dish was very flavorful and filled with lots of chicken and vegetables. This was a favorite among the group, and personally, I think this was already the highlight of the entire meal.

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Kūbo by Leslie’s | Wellington CBD

Eating Filipino food is one of the biggest things we miss about living in Manila. There aren’t a lot of Filipino restaurants / food stalls in Wellington. Although we can easily cook most of the basic recipes in our apartment, there are some dishes we simply cannot. Kūbo by Leslie’s is one of the places we go to when we want to enjoy Filipino cuisine, without making a mess in our little kitchen.

Owned by the same family who runs the successful Leslie’s in Tagaytay, Kūbo is a small restaurant which has just recently opened near Cuba Street. We’ve been to the place twice with our friends, and each time we’ve been greeted by friendly (mostly Pinoy) staff. It’s fun interacting with them and hearing what new things they offer.

Kubo_crispy pata

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