The First. The Original.
The Best Filipino Restaurant
In the days before the re-emergence of style, dining in a Filipino restaurant was a state of utter simplicity.
When the first Kamayan opened in August 1977 it elevated the idea of the native restaurant from being a mere karinderia (eatery) to a place where there is adventurous native cuisine paired with the pleasures of fine dining. Employing the age-old tradition of eating with one’s hands, Kamayan brought back the romance and sensuality of our forefathers’ feasting – breaking open a crab’s claw here, dipping a piece of heavy, gleaming lechon in brown, slightly tangy sauce there. It was the first to bring back the gentility of our past , it combines our inherent culture with a classic dining ambiance reminiscent of the old Vigan houses with soft, piano or rondalla Filipino music. Filipina terno inspired attire for the lady receptionists, barong tagalog and medallion for the waiters relive the elegance of those golden years.
To this day, Kamayan plays a leading role in promoting Filipino culture and tradition. Its mouth-watering festivals showcase the country’s cuisine from the far-reaching mountains of the north to the beaches of the south. Merging past and present but still remaining distinctly and purely Filipino, Kamayan keeps old traditions and values alive while actively fulfilling its role in the country’s tourism industry.