Cover Isabelle Daza, Adrien Semblat (Photo: BJ Pascual)

Celebrity and social media influencer Isabelle Daza shares the Filipino food she craves for when away from home and where in the city she would love to visit

Isabelle Daza is no stranger to Tatler and the world of Philippine media. In fact, she has graced our cover several times and made her career in front of the camera as an actress, model and modern-day influencer. 

As of late, she has become an entrepreneur, co-founding athleisure brand Recess with her dear friend Anne Curtis. In the past couple of years, she relocated to Hong Kong with her husband Adrien Semblat and has spent quite some time in France as of late as well.

While living in food capitals like Hong Kong or France, Daza is surrounded by excellent food. From vibrant spices to the best bread or pastries there truly has not been a shortage of delights for her over the past two years. 

However, since she has not been residing in the Philippines in recent times, we wanted to know what dining spots and Filipino flavours she misses the most. 

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What do you miss most on the food/drink front when you are away from The Philippines or haven’t been back for a while?  

I love Your Local's salmon donburi, and my mom's cooking! 

What is the first dish you want to eat when you return, and where do you go for it?

Good question, I love me some Filipino breakfast! A go-to for me is dried bangus. Usually, I like to head to Pancake House, a spot we grew up with. 

Do you have a favourite restaurant in the Philippines? For fine dining and for more casual experiences?  

My favourite restaurant in the Philippines is The Test Kitchen. I recently tried it and ate there three days in a row; it was delicious! But I also loved going to 12/10 and People's Palace. Unfortunately, 12/10 is closed now. 

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If you have visitors/guests with you, where do you go to give them a real taste of the Philippines?

Usually, we do kamayan dinners at my house. But I also used to love taking people to my Tito Sandy Daza's restaurants called Wooden Spoon and Casa Daza

Where do you like to meet up with old friends for food/drinks?

Cocktails in Manila? Probably Las Flores!

Do you have a favourite bar and/or café in the Philippines?

I like stopping by Rambla in Rockwell.

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Any other must-visit food/drink spots when you are back?

I am not so sure anymore since I have not been back so recently but I would love to try Wagyu Studio and Metiz. 

Do you take any food or treats back home with you from the Philippines?

I always bring a bunch of dried mangoes, polvoron and tuyo with me.

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