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Just finished eating a take-out from the newly opened Philippine Cuisine in Raritan Township. It shares a building with a beauty salon, and is located across the street from the Dunkin Donuts on Rt 31 near Best Tile.

Although the store has a couple aisles of grocery items, most of the customers were there for the takeout. A variety of meat and fish entrees are available a la carte, or as parts of meal combos. The meal pricing is very reasonable: a 2-entree plate with poultry or veggie-based entrees plus white or fried rice is $5.00. Combos with beef or fish are 50 cents more. "Family Meals" are also available. Family Meal #1 consists of 25 beef spring rolls (they are small), 6 skewers of BBQ chicken, fried or white rice, cabbage, and sweet and sour sauce for $14.99.

Unfortunately there is no printed menu, so the service is slowed down by people asking what each entree is. Also, there was a beef noodle soup that we would not have known was available had we not seen people eating it (there is a one table available for dining in). Hopefully that will change in the future.

The fried noodles with bits of meat and veggies were delicious, and a steal at $3 a pint. The BBQ chicken skewers were also delicious, and tasted as though they had marinated for a long time in their teriyaki-like sauce. The beef noodle soup bowls are reasonably priced at $5.90, and have slow cooked chunks of beef, scallions, and cabbage in a cloudy garlic-based broth. The soup had LOTS of garlic - I made my poor husband munch on parsley afterward. We plan to go back and try some of the other entrees, most of which looked like meat stews.

The ladies who work at the store are very friendly, and handed out cups of a melon-tasting juice for customers to try while they waited in line for food. I hope that it stays as busy at it was tonight, because I'm sure I'm not the only person in the Flemington area dying for something other than Italian and chain restaurants!

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  1. Nice info esjro! Nothing better than hearing about a new Filipino restaurant in the area! Sounds like we need to make a trip! Good run to hit the wine shop that we like up there as well! Thanks for the info! Also, if you really like Filipino cuisine, check out Manila Bay in Northeast Philly. We were there again this past Saturday night, and it was awesome. I actually just posted a review in the Philly forum, and it'll be on my blog by the end of the day... Cheers! -mJ

    1. I just might have to take a run up to Flemington. The closest Filipino restaurant to me in Cherry Hill does decent catering but their entrees sitting on the steam table always looks awful - dried out, unidentified and unappetizing and expensive, too.

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      1. re: IndigoOnTheGo

        My question Indigo is why are all the Filipino restaurants around here like that? I have yet to go to one in NJ where they have everything that is made to order, oppsed to the pre-made stuff. The one in Tom's River is the same way, as well as all of them up in Jersey City. Such a bummer! -mJ

        1. re: njfoodies

          This is good news. Spent a few years in the Philippines and love all the noodle dishes. My favorite is the pork barbecue on a skewer and the Philippine breakfast. This consists of garlic fried rice, fried eggs, and a choice of Philippine sausage or meat. Sounds like a to go only. Worth checking out.

        2. re: IndigoOnTheGo

          The downside is that most of the food is premade and sitting on the dreaded steam table. It is also unidentified, though not expensive. In the Flemington area we have to take what we can get. :-) Last night my husband got a whole fried tilapia, some spicy pork stew, and rice for $6!

          Best to go earlier (they close at 8 most nights) for a good selection - they run out of a lot of things, but hopefully after they are open for a while they'll have a better feel for what quantities to make.

        3. Looking at the map I got confused because I know of the filipino community in Raritan and now I realize there is a difference between Raritan and Raritan Township (!!) so I'm glad you mentioned Flemingon. I think it must be near here:
          1 Highway 12, Plaza One Building, Flemington, NJ 08822

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          1. re: GraydonCarter

            Are you aware of any Filipino restaurants in the Somerville/Raritan area? I know of a Filipino grocery store (on Thompson Steet, I think) but that's it.

            1. re: ambrose

              Ambrose - there is a tiny Filipino place on Somerset St. in Raritan called Lutong Bahay. It's also a turo-turo (translated: point point) place that doesn't look like much from the outside but the food is very good. Like most places, and as someone else mentioned, you want to get there early while the food is fresh.

              If you are in the New Brunswick area, there's a pretty new place called La Parilla de Manila on Condict Street (easy to miss) that is very good.

              1. re: ddfjersey

                I stopped by there today to check it out. At noontime the entrees on the steam table looked untouched, and the place was empty, but in this economy that doesn't mean anything. It smelled fantastic in there! I'm going to take my crew over there for lunch on Tuesday.

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                Lutong-Bahay Filipno Fast Food
                16 W Somerset St, Raritan, NJ 08869

                1. re: GraydonCarter

                  I finally got my crew to join me on this adventure and even though one person in the party is filipino and another person in the party is married to a filipino, we couldn't persuade the fourth person to partake. So we left. We'll need to return without him, I'm afraid. Such is the life of the adventurous chowhound.

          2. Have never had Philippine cuisine before but was very impressed with the quality and freshness of the food. Extremely friendly family run place that will talk you thru all they have to offer. Everything i ordered was very tasty and will definetlty go back. I had gotten 2 barbaque sticks 1 chicken and 1 pork. both tender, not over cooked and loaded with flavor. I also got some of the pork stew and beef stew with white rice and was very impressed. Very good flavor with no fat on meat . They have quite a few offerings from soup to fish dishes and will try the others when i return. Make sure you ask to try the soft drink of the philippines when you are there, it is a wonderful mix of water,a little sugar and bananas essence that will surprise you with the flavor ,even if you do not like bananas. Its killer. Also they gave me a sample of a noodle dish that is made with both rice noodles and regular noodles mixed with veggies and some meat that was out of this world. Try it you'll like it

            1. Went today at luchtime. They now have a printed menu that you can use to identify the items on the steam table. I got a ground pork, garbanzo bean, and egg dish and also a pork and tofu in a sweet sauce. The pork in both of my dishes was very lean. Both dishes were quite good and came with a big serving of rice, all for just $5.00. The serving sizes were fairly large; I was only able to eat about half of my meal. Many of the patrons were raving about the shrimp and also the soup with fishballs. I didn't get either, but they seemed to be fan favorites. There is one table for dining in, which was full, so I took my lunch and ate in my car. The service was very friendly and very helpful. I was happy to see that they were quite busy, even at a late lunch hour (I went around 1:30).
              I am thrilled to have another option in the Flemington area, even if it is only for take out. I will definitely go back.

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              1. re: madgreek99

                "They now have a printed menu that you can use to identify the items on the steam table. "

                Oh thank goodness! :-) That should speed up the service too, before they were describing every entree for each customer.

                1. re: esjro

                  There are two other philipino places that I know of in the raritan/somerville area. one is near two amigos mexican restaurant in raritan right off 202 before the circle. The food looked awesome much nicer and appetizing than the place on main st raritan. the other is on division st in somerville. just opened up.