Josephine's Filipino Restaurant London

4.5
27 reviews
£26 to £40
Filipino

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Eat Filipino Food in the Center of London! Est. in 1996, Josephine's Filipino Restaurant has been serving Filipino Food to Customers for 20 years!
What 27 People Are Saying
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Kynh
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food wise everything we ordered was delicious. Me and my girlfriend were completely satisfied.
Although appearance wise the restaurant isn’t the best the food made me forget and I simply relished the taste.

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Nira
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Filipino food! We ordered pancit bam-e, bulalo & lechon kawali. All delicious! Friendly owners as well.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This place is run by an old couple. The inside was ok. The food we ordered was pork broth(ainigang), adobo squid (which taste nice)and laing veg. The laing taste bitter and was not shredded properly(as far as I know how it should be cook and how I tasted it from Filipino gatherings). There was big leaves portion when I scooped it and it was bitter, I don't understand why. That was not the taste I have expected. Also the old man serving when he took our orders, he didn't say that every rice and dish ordered is good for two people to consume, so we ended up having huge bowls of broth, plate of squid, laing veg and rice that we wanted to finish as much as we can in order not to waste. The rice cake(bibingka) which I was hoping a home made one was not(I don't know why I expected so much). It was like one of those rice cakes portioned and wrapped that are sold in Filipino stores and doesn't taste biko bibibgka at all so with the maja blanca. It was like another cornstarch biko and brown.
For three people with two desserts and two juices we paid £79 quid. We have to ask the old man to see the menu prices again bcoz he gave us a "HAND WRITTEN RECEIPT" stating just the total amount that we should pay. I think he was starting to get annoyed with us and offended coz he was handing us a card where we can visit their website and see how much they price their food. In my head, if they can produce a calling card for their website, how come they can't provide an itemised receipt "nowadays" that you usually get in any restaurants. Overall, I feel like that was a rip off. Especially when he was saying, the business has been bad since covid bcoz they get some bookings and then get cancelled and they can only serve until 10pm.

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Ryudo
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Amazing and hands on service. Quiet place.

CA
CalumA
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josephine’s is a brilliant restaurant! The food tastes great, the staff are lovely, the decor is cosy and the prices are affordable! Thank you : )

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ClarkB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best pork I've ever had!
The belly and the hock were amazing.

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Richard
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is extremely delicious and it’s worth the price.

EA
ElmerA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Crispy pork is amazing! Must try Red Horse beer

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SoiniS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, especially if you like crispy pig like Lechon as well as egg-fried rice. I even tried Filipino beer there and it was robust but not as bitter as the traditional German lager. A must-try in London if you’re looking for a wholesome and unpretentious Filipino dining experience!

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TheoS
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

As a Filipino, the food was exceptional!

The Lechon Kawali (Crispy pork) melts in your mouth with the perfect amount for crispness!

CG
vipCityGirl
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great opportunity to try Filipino food - delicious and unusual

TT
TastyTaster
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is very authentic and the owners made us feel welcome on a quiet night in early February.

RM
RichardMulholland
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Authentic Filipino food served in nice surroundings. Good service and lots of choice on the menu.

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Aldo9
London
24 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Should have used my gourmet money for fairer pricing. Otherwise good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Really good quality food, although a little pricey. I shall certainly return on another occasion.

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JStra
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is really delicious. We enjoyed everything we ordered. Had read some reviews about miscalculated bills and it's all hang written and so we double checked ours and it was wrong. They need to work on this to ensure they don't get a bad reputation because the food is great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food cooked in a traditional way ! Worth a try !

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veggiespecial
London
9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Food was the weak point here which is a pity. I don't have any experience of Filipino food so have nothing to compare to but we just didn't rate the food. I'm veggie and my dining companion not. We had two veggie roll starters_ one fried like a spring roll (dark and very crispy) the other soft ( including soft veggies) and covered in a very sweet sugary sauce ( far too sweet for my palate). For main I had veg and tofu in peanut sauce which was very thick and peanutty but without the relief of chilli or citrus. I polished it off but wouldnt order again. The chicken my dining companion chose was apparently just not nice. We were served a shared plain white rice - perfectly nice but heaped on a plate rather than in a bowl so hard to serve! Salad side was fine.
Service was great. Very helpful and our water glasses were kept topped up. Bottled beers were cold and refreshing. Restaurant is basic, plastic tablecloth and dated decor.
We wont be returning because the food wasn't to our taste.

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vipAlun
London
19 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice meal with friendly staff and good service in nice surroundings. I'm looking forward to coming back here sometime in the future...

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maria
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was authentic and amazing but place needs a clean up and upgrade

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Joanne
London
22 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and service. Little bit run down but an authentic experience

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LukeO
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Filipino flavours and Jack is attentive without being intrusive. We really enjoyed the Lechon Kawali and Chicken Adobo. Aubergine omelette was also amazing, all freshly prepared in-house by Josephine, who emerged from the kitchen later. Would definitely recommend this place to anybody curious or wanting to try Filipino cuisine

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johnF
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always very good but like all London restaurants, becoming quite expensive, but worth it if you enjoy or want to try Filipino food and Red Horse Beer.

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Bennyh
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Pretty expensive. And the rice was like Uncle Bens. Not jasmin rice like in the Philippines.

LJ
LJ1010
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a good time last Wednesday and left the restaurant really full. :)

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We arrived early as it was raining, Kuya allowed us to enter as we have kids but the other person/waiter was not very happy to see us inside. It was a long wait for the food, the waiter who is also a Filipino looked so stress because our kids were so excited and were playful. It was a bit rude of him looking at us with his facial expressions.

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Nezy
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Craving Filipino food after eating out for 4 consecutive days. Found this restaurant as the closest one from our hotel. The place is easy to find and if you go to their website, it provides good information with regards to their location. Ordered Sinigang, Eggrolls and Pinakbet. They were all tasty! Unfortunately there is only 1 person who takes the order. He is also the person who serves your order. Because of this 1 person doing both jobs, order taking and serving the food is very slow. In addition to slowness, since he was the only one doing all these, he ended up forgetting to serve our drinks (such as Dalandan and Coconut juices). After we waited for a while, we followed up and he said that they ran out of Dalandan juice but they still have coconut juice. Told him to go ahead and cancel the Dalandan but proceed with the coconut juice. Again waited for a long time since he was the only one who was doing everything. To make the story short, he forgot the coconut juice too. Didn’t follow up anymore as we can tell he was overwhelmed with order taking and serving at the same time. Not sure who is the owner of this restaurant but it would be great to add 1 more person to help out. The food is great but the service is SO slow not to mention the fact that the person serving no longer smile probably because he was so overwhelmed that you feel uncomfortable bothering him and that you just want to finish eating and get out. It’s sad because I really do think that this restaurant would have more customers if there would be more staff to serve customers.

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Josephine's Filipino Restaurant London is rated 4.5 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

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