A fun-loving Filipino restaurant lands near Phetchaburi.
Hidden on the fourth floor of Phetchaburi’s Akara Bangkok hotel, close to ARL Ratchaprarop, Viva Filipinas is on a mission to become a hub for the city’s Filipino community. Although it comes from the owners of Lola’s Kitchen, the menu and vibe are entirely different.
Start off with the fresh spring roll-like Lumpiang Sariwa (B140), coconut shoot and mixed vegetables wrapped in a spring roll wrapper topped with sweet brown sauce and crushed peanuts, before moving onto the Smoked Rellenong Bangus (B390), a taste explosion of minced milkfish with carrots, potatoes, raisins, bell pepper, pickles and spices, and the roasted rolled pork belly with pickled papaya (B55). Dessert is a must, whether you opt for the Christmassy Bibingka (B140) or the creamy coconut-based Buko Pie (B160).
Colorful booth seating, wood panel walls, an open kitchen and a big bright mural create a fun yet old-school look, while a live band playing a mix of Filipino and Western classics brings the party. As the evenings draw on, customers are encouraged to request songs and go up on stage to sing with the band—a feat that is aided by the dangerous happy hour deals, which include buy five, get three free on Red Horse beer (B150) and buy two, get one free on cocktails like the Don Martin (gin, Martini Rosso, mango juice, passion fruit; B290). Points also go to the staff, who are hands-down the friendliest we’ve ever come across in Bangkok. Check out their Facebook page for updates on themed nights and their all-day Sunday brunch buffet (B899).