Filipino resto Serai wins Time Out’s Restaurant of the Year, Best Casual Dining

Serai Best Casual Dining
Modern Filipino restaurant Serai wins at the Time Out Melbourne Food & Drink Awards. Photo credit to Patricia Sofra via Time Out, Serai IG.

Modern Filipino restaurant Serai has been named Restaurant of the Year and Best Casual Dining Venue in the Time Out Melbourne Food & Drink Awards.

Led by Philippine-born chef Ross Magnaye and partners Shane Stafford and Ben Waters in Melbourne, Serai bagged top honors in the lifestyle publication’s awards which honored the city’s best bars and restaurants.

The Pinoy resto was cited by the magazine for its fire-licked food that is “irreverent, playful and fun while also introducing the non-Filipino Melbournians to a new world of flavour”.

Serai’s menu consists of Filipino staples with a twist such as Lechon, which the restaurant serves with “a pineapple-infused, gently spicy-sweet palapa sauce”, kangaroo kinilaw, Leche flan topped with passionfruit, and many more.

Aside from its reimagined Filipino dishes, the award-winning restaurant located at 7 Racing Club Lane in Melbourne, Australia also boasts an all-natural wine list.

Ross Magnaye, the former head chef of Rice Paper Sister restaurant, says the Filipino community in their city has welcomed Serai with open arms.

“The Filipino community has really embraced us and been so supportive. My family came in the other night and my mum was so proud. It was awesome. I really do get a bit emotional about it,” Ross Magnaye told Time Out.

The Filipino restaurant was announced among the winners of this year’s Time Out Melbourne Food & Drink Awards on October 14, 2022.


Another Filipino restaurant, Abacá in San Francisco, California, was recently named among The New York Times’ 50 favorite restaurants in America while Chicago’s Kasama made history as the world’s first Michelin-starred Filipino restaurant.

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