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Kumare, loosely translated from Tagalog, is a term describing the relationship between two good friends nurtured over time and circumstance. As such, this bright modern restaurant is a convivial gathering place, and tables are often overloaded with dishes in true Filipino fashion. Garlic rice is a must, as is crispy pata (pork hock simmered until tender and then deep-fried until crackling crisp). Inihaw na panga ng tuna is tuna jaw in a sweet marinade, grilled to a perfect smoky char. Fulfill your veggie quotient with laing: taro leaves simmered with chilies and coconut milk. Dessert? Order a slice of sansrival: almond meringue layered with rich buttercream.

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