- Chef Joemel Naboya owns the first Filipino restaurant and bar in Canberra, serving diners unconventional dishes such as Free Kilawin, Lechon Pancake and Adobo and Pares baos.
- Joemel’s food stays true to Filipino flavors.
- The family business survived the challenges of Covid with the help of Joemel’s wife, daughter and staff.
Chef Joemel Naboy and his team have found a way to successfully marry Filipino flavors with more familiar Western dishes. Free Kilawin, Lechon Crepe, and Adobo and Pares baos are some of the dishes on its menu.
Chef Joemel [L] and chief TJ [R] are responsible for creating the restobar menu. Credit: Provided
Passion for cooking
By word of mouth, other Filipinos began ordering dishes from him, such as barbecued pork, palabok [a stir-fried seafood and noodle dish] and kare-kare [beef stew in savoury peanut sauce].
Pinoy fusion cuisine
“I fill our pancakes and baos with either lechon [roast pork], adobo [braised pork] Where Parry [braised beef stew].”
Family is at the heart of Papa J’s success
Keena [middle] and the Papa J’s team Credit: Provided