Chef JP Anglo has always been a champion for spreading the good word about Filipino cuisine. He’s bubbling with pride about our nation’s talent, unique ingredients, comforting flavours, hospitable charm, and our people’s love affair with eating.
This gourmand is tickled pink with the opportunity to open his first-ever restaurant outside of the Philippines. “Kooya is the older brother of Sarsa. It is our Filipino kitchen in a global setting, but still very true to its roots. We want to showcase our culture to the world,” he exclaims. “This is my first restaurant outside the Philippines. It is a dream come true to showcase our food permanently outside of the country, and not just in a pop-up,” he adds, referencing his many previous international collaborations.
With Kooya being an alteration of the word kuya, chef Anglo is looking forward to putting Filipino cuisine under the spotlight in other areas of the world. “We want to be that place that will always look after you, just like your kuya should, especially when it comes to good food,” he said with optimism.
Located in Dubai, Kooya's doors will gladly welcome the many Filipino expats that live in the area. “We want to give our hardworking kabayans in the Middle East a taste of home–something that they can be proud of. When you enter, it should feel like a slice of home,” Anglo shared when telling me about the essence of the establishment.