MANILA, Philippines – Pinoy cuisine, as delicious as it is, is seldom represented around the world. Sure, you might find a Tito Rad’s in a Filipino-populated neighborhood in Queens, NY, or a Jollibee or two in a few suburbs in San Francisco, CA. But compared to prominent Asian culinary counterparts China, Japan, or even Thailand, Pinoy food, undeservingly, falls behind the rest on the international buffet table.
Enter Harry’s, a small Filipino restaurant in downtown Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Come again? Pinoy food in Iceland? Well, Harry’s, owned and operated by husband-wife tandem Kristjan and Lolong Kristjansson, has quietly skyrocketed to the top of the Reykjavik restaurant charts on the popular travel website TripAdvisor, sitting at the No. 2 position at the time of writing after spending months at No. 1. Known for its “friendly atmosphere, uncomplicated menu, and well-prepared food” (says a user named “costbox” from Edinburgh, UK), my dining experience at Harry’s during my family’s summer trip to Europe was comforting and delightful to say the least.
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