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Perla, Philly's First Modern Filipino Restaurant, Opens Tonight in South Philly

Lou Boquila is back in the kitchen, and inspired by the food of from his childhood

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It's been a long time coming, but Perla has finally arrived. Tonight, Lou Boquila's East Passyunk BYOB begins dinner service with two seatings: one at 6 p.m., the other at 8:30 p.m. Make your reservations through Reserve.

Need more info about Perla? Everything you need to know is in this primer. Otherwise, here's a quick recap:

  • Before opening Perla, Lou Boquila worked his way up from dishwasher to executive chef at the popular Rittenhouse BYOB, Audrey Claire.
  • The restaurant is situated between Fond and Gennaro's Tomato Pie, overlooking Passyunk Avenue's Singing Fountain
  • Perla is a modern interpretation of Filipino cooking, pulling techniques, ingredients, and inspiration from the cuisine, and applying them to a more refined, polished plate.
  • Perla will launch with a prix fixe-only menu (below), $45 for four courses.
  • Sundays will be reserved for kamayan dinners, an eat-with-your-hands feast for $40 a person (reserve a table)
  • Brunch starts next Sunday, August 28

Peep the menu below, and go try it for yourself in person Tuesdays through Sundays.

Dinner Menu

Disclosure: The editor of Eater Philly, Alex Tewfik, is an employee at Perla Restaurant. His coverage of Perla is editorial and does not include his personal experiences as an employee.


1535 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (267) 273-0008 Visit Website

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