Nikko Huelgas is the captain of the Philippine National Triathlon Team, chairman of POC Athletes Commission, and a columnist for Manila Bulletin’s Sports Digest. He recently won a gold medal for the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games which was held in Singapore. We interviewed this Filipino athletic superstar to find out where he loves to eat (SPOILER: he loves pizzas while also being a super fit athlete. How awesome is that?!)
What do you love about living in the Philippines?
I love the people here. They are very optimistic, accommodating and family oriented.
What are your top 5 favourite restaurants and why?
More than their service, they have unique and seriously delicious food. Not to mention value for money.
You seem to travel a lot, what restaurant/s do you miss and would like to see in the Philippines?
Some hole in the wall authentic street food from all cultures especially Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
What is your favourite Philippine restaurant brand that should expand overseas?
Describe your most memorable dining experience
Omakase – Everything we ordered was really good. Started from their famous Spicy Tuna Salad. Healthy and delicious. Then, my favorite, the Mt. Fuji roll. It just melts in your mouth.
If you were to open a restaurant, what kind would it be and why?
Italian. I’m in love with pizza.
For whatever reason, some days would require a little extra comfort – what is your favourite comfort food?
Pizza, burgers and cheesecake. Always.