Located in New Cross, The Adobros is a supper club serving up Filipino Food
Traditional Filipino meals are meant for sharing between large groups and typically too much food is made and no one goes hungry. We want to bring these tastes and experiences to our supper club evenings. Expect delicious, hearty meals based on the recipes we grew up with
SUMMER FEASTING WITH THE ADOBROS
Kain na tayo! Kaon ta! Let's eat!
Take yourselves back to the summer of 2013. You're walking the streets of London, and all of a sudden it hits you - that craving for adobo. You absolutely must have it. But there's one problem: Filipino restaurants are few and far between, so where do you go to satisfy that hunger?
On a late night train ride back home, Mike had that very same hunger, and found himself asking, "where can I get some adobo at this hour? Maybe my brother has some adobo at home... he's my bro with adobo, he's my Adobro!" And thus the foundations were laid for what would eventually become The Adobros supper club.
Over the years, we've had the honour of welcoming so many of you guys into home to try the dishes that we love and to get to know more about the culture that we grew up with, and we're fairly certain (we hope!) that you've all enjoyed it as much as have.
It's now the summer of 2017: the Filipino food scene in London has advanced by leaps and bounds, and we - The Adobros - are still going strong. So why not find out what all the fuss with Filipino food is about, and come on over for dinner? We've got it all here - fantastic food, brilliant banter and of course, great guests (you guys!). This, in essence, is the Filipino food experience that we grew up and what to share with you all.
So, clear your calendars and check out our next set of supper club dates below!
Our flat in New Cross
£33 per person (inclusive of booking fee), BYO
4 course meal; vegetarian options are available upon request
To book a place:
Please click the links above or visit the event page on Grub Club to book your places at the table.
What are you waiting for? Kain na tayo! Let’s eat!
What is Filipino Food?
So, I hear you asking: “Bro, what is Filipino food?”
Good question, pare!
One way I’ve heard it explained is that Filipino food is pretty much a roll call of who’s invaded our country: you have the Malay sultans and slavers coming up from the south bringing their curries and ingredients; you have the Chinese traders and pirates coming from the west bringing noodles, pastries and dumplings; then out of nowhere the Spanish and Mexicans colonise and stick around for a few hundred years bringing all kinds of spices and cooking styles; and finally, the Americans turn up late to the party and bring hot dogs and Spam.
Filipino food can quite rightly be described as the first fusion cuisine in the world – and that’s what makes it so unique and interesting. Nowhere else in the world will you find a dish using Southeast Asian produce, flavoured with Chinese ingredients and given a Spanish name.
Just like the humble adobo, the national dish of the Philippines. A wonderfully characterful dish full of flavour, it combines palm vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper and other little twists under a Spanish moniker that quite simply translates as ‘marinade’. Adobo is a truly Filipino dish.
Our food is a reflection of our complex and varied history as a trading hub between East and West, but it’s not just that – it is born out of the Filipino desire to share, share and share even more. If you ever do make it out to the Pearl of the Orient, you will find yourself assaulted on every street corner by tasty snacks, and stuffed to the gills at every meal by the heartiest dishes that will just keep coming until you can eat no more.
That is the Filipino food experience. And that is the experience that we, The Adobros, want to share with you.
So why not come join us, bro? Just be prepared to come with an appetite!
About The Adobros
Two brothers, Mark and Mike, are the “Bros” in The Adobros. The other part, of course, being the national dish of the Philippines: Adobo (our favourite dish and also one of our specialities).
We grew up in Hong Kong on a staple of Filipino dishes lovingly cooked by our, ahem, loving mother. It wasn’t until we were carted off to boarding school here in the UK that we realised how much we missed this great home cooking. Each of us approached our mother, curious to learn her secrets and through the years we have each tried, tested and perfected her recipes.
Just like the regional variations on classic dishes such as adobo, our versions are slightly different from each other. The recipes we learned weren’t based on exact measurements, but on taste, as is typical of Filipino home cooking. It’s fair to say that everyone’s adobo is different, so come try ours!
Mark (@Boy_Mestizo), like Mike, is a long-time appreciator of food and champion of Filipino cuisine. He spends what time he has outside of work on eating, cooking and sharing his food experiences (mainly on his blog).
He’s always on the lookout for new fun things to do (and eat / drink / did we mention eat?) and for people to meet. He thinks his adobo is better than Mike’s, but is occasionally willing to concede on this point if only to make Mike feel better. Isn’t he such a nice brother?
Mike (@mikecorbyn) has always loved food, and cooking has become a natural extension of that over the years, constantly challenging and pushing himself to develop new dishes for the supper club.
He believes that some of the best memories are made over the dinner table and that good food brings people together, whether they realise it or not. Nothing quite beats the satisfaction of someone thoroughly enjoying something that you have created. He also believes that his adobo is better than Mark’s, fact.
For more information, or to book a place on one of our upcoming supper clubs, please email us on the form below or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Some frequently asked questions:
Do you have a mailing list I can subscribe to?
Yes we do! You can sign up with your email via the form to the right. Being on our mailing list is the best way of knowing when our next dates are, as we always let our mailing list subscribers know via a newsletter about our new dates first so please sign up to be amongst the first to know! We respect your privacy and do not pass on your emails to any 3rd party. We also know how annoying spam can be so we try to keep our newsletters to a minimum!
When are your next dates?
If they are not listed on our website, don’t fret! We just haven’t announced the next dates yet. Sign up to our mailing list (via the form right at the top of the page) so that you can be amongst the first to know when we do announce them.
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How many people do you cater for?
With the supper clubs we host at our flat, we normally seat around 10 people, but we can squeeze in up to 14 max. With our pop-ups it depends on the venue.
I have a dietary requirement, can you cater for it?
We try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to catering for certain dietary requirements as long as we are informed in advance so that we can come up with a suitable menu alternative. If you have any concerns, please contact us via email at email@example.com
Can I book private evenings / events / catering?
Of course! We have hosted birthdays, provided small dishes for event catering, and even made some desserts and sweets for special requests. We are pretty flexible and open-minded so do get in touch so we can chat more about it all, but please bear in mind that we currently both have day jobs and so we can only do our best to try and meet all of your needs!
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