Did you know that Sharjah is the third-most populated city in the UAE, after Dubai and Abu Dhabi? As of 2019, there were about 1.27 million people living in the emirate, and this figure has likely increased by today. Among this growing population are expats from around the world, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
In fact, there is a significant number of kababayans who are based in Sharjah. And of course, where there are many Pinoys, there’s Filipino food. You will find several restaurants that serve Philippine cuisine here, and we’ve taken the liberty of seeking out the best ones!
- Top Pinoy Restaurants in Sharjah
Top Pinoy Restaurants in Sharjah
Are you craving for some adobo, bulalo, kare-kare, lumpiang shanghai, pancit bihon, and other delicious Pinoy dishes? Check out this list of the best Filipino restaurants, right here in Sharjah!
1. Al Dejaj Al Shahi
Located at King Faisal Street, Al Dejaj Al Shahi serves pancit bihon, pancit canton, and different combinations of “silog” (rice and egg) meals. Many kababayans also gather here to enjoy Filipino street food such as fish balls, crab balls, chicken liver, isaw, tokneneng, and the like.
Address: Al Dejaj Al Shahi, King Faisal Street, 147 Golden Tower, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 6 561 0636
2. Al Shuaa Al Abyad (Pinoy Chef)
Ready to serve breakfast as early as 6:30 am, Al Shuaa Al Abyad, previously known as Pinoy Chef, is one of the most popular Filipino restaurants in Sharjah. Situated along Al Nahda Street, right across from Sahara Centre, the restaurant offers classic Pinoy dishes like sinigang na bangus, bistek Tagalog, pancit bihon, lumpiang shanghai, and many more!
Address: Al Shuaa Al Abyad (Pinoy Chef), 128 Al Nahda St. (opposite Sahara Center), Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 6 574 2971 / +971 54 528 7526
3. El Batangueño
Whether you’re from Batangas or not, you’ve probably enjoyed dishes such as Batangas lomi, bulalong Batangas, Batangas tulingan, and gotong Batangas. Well, here in Sharjah, there’s a place where you can order these mouth-watering goodies… El Batangueño!
Previously known as Pizza & Pizza Restaurant, El Batangueño not only serves dishes from the province, but also Filipino classics like pancit bihon, chicken BBQ, beef sisig, crispy fried tilapia, and leche flan! The restaurant is located at Atlas Tower, along Jamal Abdul Naser Street in Al Majaz 2.
Address: El Batangueño, Atlas Tower, Jamal Abdul Naser St., Al Majaz 2, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 6 577 3443
4. Filipino Grill Restaurant
Situated at 13th Street in Al Bu Daniq is a place that’s known for serving grilled meats (e.g. chicken BBQ, chicken feet), seafood dishes, noodles, and “silog” specialties. Indeed, Filipino Grill Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy good food while hanging out with family and friends.
The restaurant is open every Saturday to Thursday, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, then from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am. On Fridays, the morning hours are from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.
Address: Filipino Grill Restaurant, 13th Street, Al Bu Daniq, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 52 198 0519
5. iCook Asian Restaurant and Catering
Another popular Filipino restaurant in Sharjah is iCook Asian Restaurant and Catering, situated near Al Nahda Park. It offers a wide array of Pinoy dishes such as sisig, lomi, seafood, different types of pancit, and various “silog” meals. Aside from Filipino cuisine, the restaurant also serves other Asian specialties.
Address: iCook Asian Restaurant and Catering, Al Safa Tower (behind Al Qantarah Restaurant, near Al Nahda Park), Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 6 526 6787
6. Menaa Marseille Filipino Restaurant (MUM’s)
Open daily from 6:00 am to 2:00 am is Menaa Marseille Filipino Restaurant, also known as MUM’s. Situated at 14th Street, along Al Wahda Road, the restaurant offers popular Pinoy appetizers such as tokwa, siomai, and spring rolls. Meanwhile, the main courses include afritada, chicken inasal and pinanyahang manok, along with popular seafood dishes like rellenong bangus, chili crab, and adobong pusit. All of these sound really good!
Address: Menaa Marseille Filipino Restaurant (MUM’s), 14th Street, Al Wahda Road, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 6 561 6673
7. naDerang (Rukin Al Badyah)
Established in 2014, naDerang (Rukin Al Badyah) has been serving delicious Filipino dishes like chicken BBQ and sisig in Sharjah for about 8 years now. Located at King Faisal Street in Al Majaz 1, the restaurant is popular among Filipino communities in the area. It is open daily, from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Address: naDerang (Rukin Al Badyah), King Faisal St., Al Majaz 1, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 52 347 8388
8. Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant
“Always boiling. Always fresh.” This is enticing theme behind Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, which — as the name says — specializes in seafood dishes! Here, you can have your fill of crabs, squid, mussels, shrimp, salmon, and lobster… all served with your choice of sauces. Notably, the restaurant’s “Fiesta” set comes with a variety of seafood plus corn on the cob, “unli” rice, and “unli” citrus soda or iced tea. Yay!
Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant is located at Reem Avenue Building, along Al Malaka Street in Al Nahda.
Address: Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, Reem Avenue Building, Shop No. 12, Al Malaka St., Al Nahda, Sharjah
Telephone: +971 6 767 5804
9. Taste Philippines Restaurant
Located along Al Wahda Street in Al Majaz 2 is Taste Philippines Restaurant. As the very name says, it serves Filipino dishes such as lomi, chicken lollipops, fried siomai, pancit palabok, and many more. The place is open from 11:00 am to 2:00 am daily, so you can expect great-tasting Pinoy food, from morning ‘til night!
Address: Taste Philippines Restaurant, Al Wahda St., Al Majaz 2, Sharjah, UAE
Telephone: +971 6 544 4245 / +971 52 619 3344
Without a doubt, Filipinos in Sharjah — and other parts of the UAE, for that matter — will not run out of choices when it comes to enjoying their favorite Pinoy dishes. How about you, do you know about other Filipino restaurants in Sharjah that should also be on this list? What are their most popular dishes? Do share them with us through the comments below!
In the meantime, if you are wondering what else you can do in the emirate — besides eat yummy food — check out this list of fun things to do here in Sharjah!