Lina's Kusina Cafe in Glebe is great place to dip your toe into Filipino cuisine. They have a modern easy-eating style of cooking and super friendly service. And if you're dragging along non-adventurous eaters there's also western style sandwiches and stuff, though try to talk them into the Chicken inihaw, they can even have it with chips.
Hot Bread shops like this are fast disappearing in the inner west and across Sydney as buildings get renovated and tastes change or owners move on. Allans Cake Hot Bread is still serving up their cake goodness and pork rolls to all and sundry in Newtown and Enmore.