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Turo-Turo Philippine Cafe

5 star rating 8 reviews

Telephone 09 528 6050

26A Mayfair Place
behind Kiwibank
Glen Innes
Auckland City

Asian, Filipino
Mon - Sun 11:30am - 9pm
Provided by business


Filipinos are known as the friendliest people in the world – and passionate about their food! From tapsilog to dinuguan, crispy pata to sisig, to our famous Joyful Chicken (a salute to the Philippines’ favourite fast food) to the Philippines’ national dessert, Halo-Halo and other classics like sans rival, brazo de mercedes and leche flan, Turo Turo Philippine Cafe’s menu brings you Filipino food that is totally authentic – and totally masarap (delicious)! Filipino DESSERTS are also renowned world-wide for being particularly mind-blowingly awesome.


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Crispy Pata - This is one of our most popular dishes and it's easy to see why. One pork hock, seasoned and cooked so that the meat is juicy and tender, and the skin is crispy.  Served with salad and two helpings of rice, it's good for two (or more.)
Joyful Chicken - A tribute to a popular takeaway dish in the Philippines, Joyful Chicken is tender, juicy fried chicken with a crispy seasoned skin served with rice and a special dipping gravy.
Sizzling Sisig - This dish is one of the Philippines' favourites. Mildly spicy, made with chopped pork and cooked with onions and chilli, served sizzling on a cast iron plate with an egg popped on top at the last moment.
Beef Caldereta - beef cooked Spanish style with a mild chilli bite
Chicken adobo - the Filipino classic.

More Information

Cafes, Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food
Free Off-Street
Price Range:
Cheap, Under $15
Good For Groups:
Good For Children:
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Meals Served:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
Seating For:
Outdoor Seating:

Reviews for Turo-Turo Philippine Cafe

5 star rating
by Marlee C.
8th August 2013

I love this place and yes I will be back.

The pork crackling was excellent, the rice portions are accurate. There was no grease or disgusting oil dripping off the pork, it was absolutely divine. The sweet chilli coconut milk chicken had such beautiful flavours. Every bite was savoured. I am looking forward to coming back here with the family. I had the leche flan or desert. Beautiful, simply beautiful. Staff are so friendly I can definitely see this restaurant on the big stage in the near future :) thank you for the loyalty card :)

5 star rating
by Heather M.
11th April 2013

I live overseas and come home to NZ every six months or so. Each time I come, I make sure I take the Eastern Train from Britomart to Glen Innes for my fix of Turo Turo. Each time I go, there is a new and delicious dish. This time I got stuck into the desserts… I tried the Egg Pie (YUM), Brazo de Mercedes (just like a pav without the crunch) and the Sans Rival with the meringue butter cream and cashews. I also had my all time faves – Beef Caldereta, chop suey and Adobo chicken, among others. It is a great place to bring the whole family, with a fun swing set and large open space outside to play. And the staff are just wonderful – they make you feel like you’re part of the family! Salamat Turo Turo!

5 star rating
by Jeanette N.
21st February 2013

Chose to have lunch here when in Glen Innes because it looked authentically Filipino and very hygienic. Set in a square closed to traffic makes it quiet and private. I loved everything about it – the welcome, the service, the setting, and above all the food. The light crispy spring roll entree was lovely but the piece de resistance was the crispy pork. If you love pork crackling (and I do!) then this is a must try. I have never seen so much crackling on one plate. Heaven!! I’ll be back.

5 star rating
by Lea C.
18th February 2013

Excellent service and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the crispy pata, a perfect dish for 2. We were served some lovely soup which was a nice palate cleanse before the main dish. I also liked the Puto or rice cakes (sweet and dense)and Lumpiang or spring roll (crispy with a flavorful filling).

4 star rating
by Philippa P.
8th January 2013

Great location to take kids as can eat outside at tables and they can play outside in GI’s main square and rock playground.
Friendly and obliging service. Tasty dishes.

4 star rating
by Olivia W.
31st October 2012

On my latest visit, I had beautiful, tender Chicken thigh fillets, in a very flavoursome coconut milk, with ginger and chilli. Spicy and delicious, it was just right for my tastes. The chicken was succulent and falling off the bone.

For dessert, I chose something called ‘sans rival’, which was like out-of-this-world amazing. Layers of desserty goodness mean it gets pretty rich by the last mouthful… but that first mouthful of sweetness was: oh my goodness … I’ve also really enjoyed their purple yam cake and loved it.

I usually zip in for lunch on my way to grab some stuff at Nosh, which is just down the road, and parking’s easy in the carpark beside McDonalds. The courtyard in central Glen Innes is surprisingly neat and tidy these days, so sometimes I’ll sit at an outside table on a sunny day.

The first time I came to Turo-Turo was a couple of years ago, and I didn’t have a great experience – I tried some empanadas, which were re-heated, and just not my style at all. But I’m happy that I returned to try other things, because these guys have really upped their game since then (I see no reheated empanadas on the menu now, phew!). All the mains seem to be freshly prepared.

There’s a range of adventurous Filipino things on the menu that I’m still to check out. I’m loving having this place so near the Eastern Bays that’s so unique, so I can surprise my tastebuds with new flavours.

PS: I’ve since been back to check out the intriguing icecream flavours. The purple yam icecream is SO good. The cheese, I had to try out of curiosity – and it was intriguing – my partner liked it! Also tried the beef burger patties in mushroom sauce – AWESOMEly delicious.

5 star rating
by Jam M.
29th September 2012

Friendly staff that suggests a Pinoy dish to diners, especially Kiwis or non-Filipinos. Great atmosphere and makes you feel you are back home in the Philippines. The food tastes very Pinoy! My favorite dishes are crispy pata, ube ice cream (which I order every time), sansrival, and Joyful chicken. Worth the trip!

I check them out ever so often.

5 star rating
by Nathaniel F.
5th September 2011

There is no better Philippino food in Auckland that I know of than Turo Turo. I’m amazed by their dishes and I like to try different ones every time I go.

Love the Lomi soup (like chicken noodle soup) and Joyful Chicken but am not afraid to try any of the other dishes; they are well described right there on the chalkboard menu behind the front counter.

Lots of parking and you can even take the train to the GI station and walk across the street for a great meal.

Highly recommended!

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