WELCOME TO

Arnel's Filipino Restaurant

Nelson’s first Filipino restaurant.

About Us

From humble beginnings, this is how the Arnel’s Filipino Restaurant rose into Nelson’s favourite dining experience. This is owned by local’s esteemed head chef Arnel Lisondra with the support of family and friends.

Arnel started as a simple, affordable, and exquisitely delicious food cart at the heart of Nelson. Open every Saturday and Sunday, selling mouth-watering Filipino food at the Nelson  Weekend Market.

Through dedication, perseverance, and great food, Arnel is now also a restaurant, still located at the heart of Nelson. Whether it’s invoking a sense of nostalgia from fellow Filipinos or introducing new flavors to Kiwi’s, Arnel’s Filipino Restaurant simply aim to give back to the Nelson community by sharing delightful delicacies to everyone, from our family to yours.

Lunch Specials

Special Lunch for Two

Starters: 1 plate of Homemade steamed dumplings. Mains: 1 plate of Crispy Pata, 1 plate of Pancit Canton Guisado (chicken or vegetarian), 2 Glasses of Iced Tea.

$32

Pair-fect for Two

Starters: 1 plate of Lumpiang Shanghai (8pcs) Mains: 1 bowl of Munggo Guisado (Pork or Vegitarian), 1 plate of Bangsilog (Bangus /Milkfish), 2 Glasses of Iced Tea.

$35

Lunch Combo

Starters: 1 plate of Quadro Combo: Chicken Lollipop (4pcs), Deep Fried Siomai (4pcs), Lumpiang Shanghai (4pcs), and Ukoy (4pcs). Mains: 1 plate of Pinakbet, 2 plate of Pork Sisig, 1 plate of Sinigang na pork Spare ribs (Pork rib soup with vegies & tamarind), 1 Jug of Iced Tea.

$56

Lunch Mains Menu

L1 Pinakbet

Eggplant, okra, green beans, pumpkin, spinach, bitter melon, black pepper sauteed in shrimp paste.

$12.50

L2 Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans Soup)

Mung beans, olive oil, onion, garlic, salt & black pepper, prawns, tomato, baby spinach leaves.

$12.50

L3 Bicol Express

Pork belly, green beans, green chilli, onion, garlic, black pepper and coconut cream.

$13.50

adobo pork

L4 Adobo

Philippines most popular dish, braised in garlic, soy sauce, vinegar with potato. Served with steamed rice.

$13.50

crispy pata

L5 Crispy Pata

Deep fried whole pork hock serve w/ chef’s special sauce & pickled papaya on the side.

$14

lechon kawali

L6 Lechon Kawali

Deep-fried crispy pork belly pieces served w/ lechon gravy & fresh salad on the side.

$14.50

Kid's Meal - FREE 1 scoop of ice cream

K1 Kid Fried Rice

Fried rice with your choice of Chicken, Pork or Beef and fresh seasonal vegetables.

$10.50

K2 Chicken BBQ Skewers on rice

3 chicken skewers served on rice with chef's special sauce

$10.50

Entree

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E1 Vegetable Spring Rolls

Mixture of carrots, bean sprouts, sweet potato & cabbage. Serve with soy vinegar sauce (2pcs).

$6.50

siomai

E2 Homemade Siomai

Steamed or deep fried Siomai (dumplings) pork mince with vegetables served w/ chilli sauce & lemon soy for steamed & sweet chilli sauce for fried (6pcs).

$7

Camaron

E3 Camaron Rebosado

Deep fried prawns w/ crispy batter, homemade chili mayo sauce, lemon wedges & fresh green salad. (4pcs).

$8.50

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E4 Lumpiang Shanghai

Spring rolls stuffed with ground pork and vegetables. Serve with sweet chilli sauce (8pcs).

$9.50

lumpiang sariwa

E5 Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Spring Rolls (2pcs)

Seasonal vegetables w/ curly lettuce wrapped on fresh egg rolls served with homemade peanut sauce.

$9.50

buffalo chicken wings

E6 Buffalo Chicken Wings (6pcs)

Chicken wings marinated w/ spices & hot sauce. Served with chips.

$9.50

meun-ukoy

E7 Ukoy-Vege Fritters

Battered mix vegetables and vinegar dipping sauce.

$10

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E8 Calamares (Squid Rings)

Deep fried crumbed squid rings with garlic aioli sauce.

$10

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E9 Chicken Lollipops (6pcs)

Marinated fried chicken wings. Served with chips.

$10

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E10 Pork Spare Ribs

BBQ Spare Ribs with our own homemade BBQ sauce.

$11.50

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E11 Arnel’s Quadro Combination (good for 2)

Chicken lollipop(4), deep fried Siomai (4), Lumpiang shanghai(4) and Ukoy (4).

$18

Desssert

leche flan

D1 Leche Flan

Vanilla custard creamy caramel flan made up of egg yolks, milk, lemon zest, and caramel syrup served with vanilla ice cream.

$10

banana fritters

D2 Banana Fritter

Deep fried banana with coconut butterscotch served with ice cream.

$10

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D3 Arnel's White Chocolate Dumplings

Deep fried dumpling with white chocolate, cashew nuts, ice cream and coconut butterscotch.

$12

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D4 Halo-Halo (Mix-Mix)

Combination of colorful sweet preserved fruits, shaved ice, tapioca pearl, crunchy rice flakes, topped with leche flan & ice cream.

$12

Soup

H1 Sinigang na Baboy

Pork, spinach, eggplant, taro, tomato, onion, pepper, beans, okra and spring onions.

$20

H2 Sinigang na Baka

Beef, spinach, egg plant, taro, tomato, onion, pepper, green beans okra and spring onion.

$21

H3 Bulalo

Beef Shanks and marrow bones w/ cabbage, bok choy, corn, pepper corn, onion, garlic and spring onion.

$22

Noodle Soup

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N1 Spicy Dumpling Soup

Fresh egg noodles, dumplings, cabbage, carrots, hard boiled eggs, onion, garlic and spring onion.

$19

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N2 Chicken or Pork Noodles Soup

Fresh egg noodles cabbage, hard boiled egg, garlic, onion, carrots and spring onion.

$19.50

N3 Bulalo Beef Mami

Fresh egg noodles w/ beef shank, carrots, cabbage, egg, garlic, onion, spring onion and black pepper.

$21.50

Dinner Mains Menu

Chopsuey

M1 Chop suey

A colourful blend of fresh seasonal vegetables in a starch-thickened sauce.

$16

M2 Pinakbet

Eggplant, okra, green beans, pumpkin, spinach, bitter melon, black pepper sauteed in shrimp paste.

$16

M3 Munggo Guisado (Mung Beans Soup)

Mung beans, olive oil, onion, garlic, salt & black pepper, prawns, tomato, baby spinach leaves.

$18

bbq

M4 Ihaw Ihaw (BBQ)

Marinated pork on spices. Served with fresh salad & steamed rice. 4 sticks.

$19.50

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M5 Bicol Express

Pork belly, green beans, green chilli, onion, garlic, black pepper and coconut cream.

$20.50

beef caldereta

M6 Beef Caldereta

Cube beef cooked with carrots, potato, red & green bell pepper, garlic, black pepper, onion, tomato sauce and liver paste.

$21

adobo pork

M7 Adobo

Philippines most popular dish, braised in garlic, soy sauce, vinegar with potato. Served with steamed rice.

$21

M8 Afritadang Manok

Chicken stew w/ potato, red and green bell pepper, carrot, onion, black pepper, garlic and tomato sauce.

$21.50

M9 Dinuguan

Pork stew in black pudding, garlic, onion, pepper & green chili.

$23

crispy pata

M10 Crispy Pata

Deep fried whole pork hock serve w/ chef’s special sauce & pickled papaya on the side.

$23

stir fried pepper steak

M11 Stir Fried Pepper Steak

Sirloin steak, bell pepper, onion, ground black pepper and oyster sauce.

$24

lechon kawali

M12 Lechon Kawali

Deep-fried crispy pork belly pieces served w/ lechon gravy & fresh salad on the side.

$24

pinakbet lechon

M13 Pinakbet and Lechon Kawali

Crispy pork belly, eggplant, okra, green beans, pumpkin, spinach, bitter melon and sauteed in shrimp paste.

$24

chicken inasal

M14 Chicken Inasal

Grilled chicken marinated in a mixture of lime, pepper, vinegar, served with steamed rice with chicken oil.

$24

bistek tagalog

M15 Bistek Tagalog

Sirloin steak, sliced potato, garlic, onion and ground black pepper.

$29

sweet-sour-fish

M16 Sweet & Sour Fish

Fish, carrots, red & green bell pepper, ginger, onion, garlic, spring onions, pineapple, sweet & sour sauce.

$29

Tapsi

Tocino

T1 Chicksilog

Marinated chicken served with fried rice, fried egg & pickles.

$19.50

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T2 Tocilog

Marinated pork served w/ fried rice, fried egg & pickles.

$19.50

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T3 Bangsilog

Marinated milk fish served with fried rice, fried egg & pickles.

$24

Sizzling Plate

S1 Sizzling Tofu

Cubed tofu, green & red bell pepper, onion, garlic, black pepper, spring onion and oyster sauce.

$19

pork sisig

S2 Pork Sisig

Minced pork, onion, garlic, lemon, black pepper, topped with fried egg garnished with spring onion and hot sauce.

$21

S3 Sizzling Chicken

Minced chicken, onion, garlic, lemon, black pepper, spring onion & hot sauce.

$21

S4 Sizzling Bulalo

Beef shank, mushroom, onion , garlic, black pepper, spring onion, and mushroom gravy.

$25

S5 Sizzling Seafood

Prawns, squid, white fish, salmon & mussels, red & green bell pepper, onion, garlic, black pepper, oyster sauce and hot sauce.

$28

S6 Sizzling Beef (Sirloin)

Cube beef sirloin, mushroom, red & green pepper, onion, garlic, soy sauce and ground black pepper.

$29

Fried Rice

F1 Adobo Fried Rice

Pork or chicken sauteed with adobo sauce, egg, onion, black pepper, carrots, and green peas.

$19.50

F2 Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken, carrots, green peas, onion, egg and garlic rice.

$19.50

F3 Java Fried Rice

w/ minced beef, turmeric, garlic, onion, red bell pepper and tomato sauce.

$20

Fried Noodles

F4 Pancit Bihon Guisado

Rice noodles, cabbage, carrots, green beans, celery, onion, garlic and soy sauce.

$17

pancit-canton

F5 Pancit Canton Guisado

Egg noodles, mushroom, cabbage, carrots, green beans, oyster sauce and soy sauce.

$18

F6 Pancit Palabok

Rice noodles, pork, tofu, smoked fish, pork crackle, egg and shrimp.

$18

F7 Pancit Miki Guisado

Fresh thick egg noodles, cabbage, carrots, onion, oyster sauce and black pepper.

$18

Contact Us

For private functions, events, or any special occasion, just give us a call. Our friendly staff and crew will happily assist you on your reservation.

  • Address: 89, Hardy St., Nelson
  • Dinner: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Tue - Sat)
  • Landline: +64 (3) 9706742
  • Mobile: +64 (21) 1466835

Make a Reservation

We would love to know if you’re coming! With a limited capacity of our restaurant and staff, we do book up quickly.

Call 03 970 6742 or 021 146 6835 to make reservation and we will confirm your request.

For group bookings of 10 or more guests, we may need to ask pre-order. This allows us to keep the quality of your food and service to a high standard without slowing down the service for other guests in the restaurant. 

Questions & Comments

For any enquiries, comments, suggestions, bookings or reservations, don’t hesitate to leave us a message.

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