It’s no secret that Makati’s Padre Burgos has the reputation for being a red light district, but the vicinity is nothing short of interesting, both in the entertainment and food aspect. There in the strip is Argos Minibar, a Turkish restaurant at the ground floor of Citadel Inn which has a lot to offer, especially if you’re craving Mediterranean food after a night of cocktails with friends. Start off your meal with a cup of Turkish coffee (P100) or a bowl of Iskembe (P125), ox tripe soup that’s said to cure hangovers. Once you’ve taken care of that hangover, go ahead and order some or Argos’ menu favorites. There […]
Home of the famous B-side, The Collective is good food, music, art and more. If you’re longing for a place where you can spend your weekends lounging and indulging in art, crafts, music and great food, go no further than The Collective in Malugay, Makati. The Collective is a big courtyard with a collection of unique shops and hangouts for the young and hip crowd. It is a great meeting place for artists, entrepreneurs, and free spirits, especially during weekends when The Collective’s biggest bar, B-Side, organizes gigs played by underground indie bands. B-side is popular for its alternative, progressive rock scene as well as its Irie Sundays, when the […]
Have you been to this neighborhood bar that offers delicious comfort food and affordable premium drinks? Yuppies and expats frequent this bistro-slash-bar in the ground floor of Paseo Parkview Tower in Makati for its sleek yet cozy interiors, reliable good bar chow, and of course, game viewings. A sports bar by every indication, Bugsy’s can be a chill hangout venue after a long day at work or just a venue to catch up with friends. Regulars pour in at happy hour from three to eight, their orders usually including a cocktail (Bloody Mary, Kamikaze, Long Island Iced Tea, Whiskey Sour, Margarita, etc) and Bugsy’s Buffalo Chicken Wings, crispy chicken wings […]
At around three on a Friday afternoon, it’s quiet in the street of Felipe in Makati, where El Chupacabra is. By evening, however, everything changes. The street is packed with students and yuppies waiting in line to be called at El Chupacabra, a Mexican food joint with graffiti’d red walls, dance music, and a limited number of colorful seats. El Chupacabra Soft Tacos The restaurant, whose name literally translates to goat sucker, serves Mexican dishes like enchiladas, burritos, and quesadillas, but their best ones are the soft tacos, which are priced at least P98 a piece. Juicy strips of meat that’s been cooked for hours, lined on a soft taco, […]
In the quiet, residential street of Mayapis is a sandwich shop serving varieties of bahnmi, a traditional and Vietnamese sandwich considered to be one of the best street food all over the world. At Bon Bahnmi, the Traditional Bahnmi is made of layers of different textures of pork – lean, jambon (thigh meat), and liver pate – mixed with some shredded and crunchy vegetables, tucked in between a light and crispy baguette. Diners have the option of choosing grilled beef, chicken, roasted pork for their protein, or going for a full-on vegetarian sandwich. They can also order the baguettes, which on their own are just as good, and easily go […]
Located in Bel-Air, Makati, Caruso Ristorante Italiano is a restaurant that promises to deliver the taste of authentic Italian cuisine without you having to leave the Philippines. To be able to cook only the best quality dishes, all their ingredients are fresh and imported straight from Italy. Primer recommends Tritico di Pasta Terra (PHP 790) which includes Tagliatelle alla crema di tartufo e Parm ham (Home made tagliatelle with truffle cream and Parma ham), Ravioloniu emiliani ripieni, al burro e salvia (Home made ravioloni with spinach, ricotta cheese, butter and sage) and Garganelli ai funghi dell ‘Ossala (Home made garganelli in mushroom porcini sauce). An extensive selection of wines is available […]
The long awaited Ramen Kagetsu Arashi has finally opened its very first restaurant in the Philippines! The newly-opened restaurant is located at the 2nd floor of Paseo Center, facing Ayala Triangle. It is one of the largest chains of ramen restaurants in Japan with over 260 branches. Its constantly changing menu offers a variety of ramen, some of which are only seasonal, which attracts ramen fans all over the world. The store is brightly lit and filled with table seats and booths in vibrant color, giving it a modern and retro look and feel that families and couples alike can appreciate. Its signature dish, the Arashi Genkotsu Ramen (P295), has […]
Passing through the doors of the Old Manila Coffee House feels like a trip down history lane. The warm, subdued lighting and the ticking sound of the wall clock create a feeling of nostalgia of the good old Showa days. Discerning coffee lovers would be glad to find Old Manila serving 100% Arabica beans organically grown in the Philippines. Popular drink choices include the cappuccino float and cinnamon latte art. The menu gives focus on Philippine cuisine. There is a relatively large selection of healthy drinks, such as coffee and milkshake (P110) and hot chocolate (P100).
A shop that specializes not only in coffee but also serves liquor and cocktails at night. The Curator is located just right around the corner of Legaspi Village in Palanca Makati. The industrial design with the rustic finishes are among the many reasons why this project deserves to be one of the hidden gems of Makati. You can always surprise yourself and let the barista recommends Brew of the Day menu, which obviously changes every day. But a must-try is the Single Origin Espresso (P120), the blended coffee beans came all the way from Columbia. You can also try their signature coffee, single-shot or double shot. The stylish space that resembles […]
Something attracts popularity in Mamou too! not just their juicy steak but also their Key Lime Pie. This American dessert delivers a balanced taste of sweet and sour. Topped with a German whipped cream “Schlagsahn”, this dessert carries a light and crusty taste. The Key Lime Pie is good to eat after meal. Key Lime Pie can also be purchased in The Blue Kitchen located at the basement of Powerplant Mall.
A made-to-order cake shop that opens in a confectionery bazaar every weekend on the first floor of Powerplant Mall, under Baker’s Dozen. Costa Brava is a very famous shop, known for its “healthy sugar” which is made from the sap of the palm. The most popular item is Caramel Cake. It is delicious even if you just eat the sponge dough because of its texture that is soft with a little moisture. The butter cream of the cake is applied thinly, just to coat the cake and the taste is not that overpowering. For the cake does not use any preservatives, the aftertaste is refreshing.
Decorated in pink, calm atmosphere radiates throughout the shop, matching its French-based design, Pâtisserie Bébé Rouge is located next to New Hatchin. The most prominent here is the strawberry shortcake. Light, spongy texture of the cake compliments the taste of fresh strawberry cream and the sweet-and-sour taste of the strawberry toppings. Various shortcake designs are presented to the customers, like the Christmas Shortcake. A reservation for the Christmas cake can be done thru phone or by visiting their store. It is recommended to reserve beforehand for congestion is expected on the 24th as well as it will be sold out.
Makati is probably the busiest city in the metro. Heavy traffic is inevitable and people are always rushing to work. Even if it is tagged as the business center of the country, Makati is also a popular food destination as it is packed with all kinds of restaurants. Whether fancy, casual or the hole-in-the-wall type, there’s always a new eating place that can be discovered in this city. Just like this humble barbeque buffet restaurant that Primer discovered tucked in the corner of Kamagong and Aranga Street, San Antonio Village. What used to be an open lot in front of a gasoline station was turned into a BBQ haven. Charaptor Charcoal Barbeque […]
LuLu offers a wide range of healthy gourmet and comfort food. They also serve diverse and simply traditional food. They are also popular for their salad selection: One can try the Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Chinois Dressing served with arugula and risoni, Another favorite us the Warm Wild Mushroom & Spinach with an aged Balsamic Vinegar. Their dressings are all homemade. Seared Tuna Nicoise (P350) Warm Wild Mushroom, Spinach and artichokes (P320) Mandarin and Feta (P350) LuLu Facebook Account
A stylish pub located in the heart of Makati, Rue Bourbon focuses on New Orleans dishes as well as cocktails and beers. They are known for their product cocktail, Gunpowder Liquor (P195), which baristas make by setting fire to the liquor in shot glass, sprinkling some cinnamon powder over the drink (giving it a flaming effect) and then trapping the smoke using another glass once the fire disappears. And right after you drink the shot using a straw, you have to inhale the smoke! This is usually being served to birthday celebrants! Facebook: www.facebook.com/RueBourbonPH Terrace seats always do well very much The food is enriched, too
Be blown away by the taste of authentic Chinese cuisines at New World Makati‘s restaurant, Jasmine. It offers specialty Chinese gourmet including dim sum and barbeque delicacies, live seafood, and Peking duck. These foods are fresh and ready to be arranged into superb dishes using the cooking techniques of Hong Kong master chef, Wong Kam On. Here are some of the scrumptious dishes from their menu: – Wagyu beef, mango roll (P235) – Pan fried diced beef tenderloin in barbecue sauce (P460) – Peking Duck (P1,500/Half, P2,800/Whole) – SIMPLY DELECTABLE. Jasmine offers a variety of delicious dim sums. – Modern and elegant, the interiors of this fine restaurant give a […]
This restaurant is permanently closed. Plaza Café is the place to be if you are looking for a spot to relax, may it be reading a book or just listening to music. While not spacious, the open kitchen, tables and chairs give an impressive atmosphere. The menu offers a simple selection of sandwiches, paninis, and salads and a list of healthy drinks. Turkey and Brei (P295) Among the sandwiches, Turkey and Brie, made of turkey ham, fresh tomato, and lettuce together with thick slices of potato chips on the side, is best recommended. Roka Salad (P280) The Roka Salad with walnuts and blue cheese is another dish I always have […]
Hatch 22 is conveniently located outside Powerplant Mall in Rockwell. The beginning of this all-day breakfast café was from the celebrity siblings Erwan and Solenn Heussaff and the talented Chef Pete Ayson. The comfortable contemporary interior of Hatch 22 is definitely a feast to the eyes. Upon entering, the array of bread will make you salivating. Moreover, the aroma of the coffee is enough for you to be led to one of the tables. Bread Basket 2 P280 You can come as early as 7am to buy some of their freshly baked bread. We recommend the Bread Basket 2 which consists of different types of bread that are usually sold in […]
Located at The Nielson Tower in Ayala Triangle, Blackbird is making a smooth landing as a dining and leisure destination in Makati. This Aviation-theme restaurant is spearheaded by Chef Colin Mackay, who is also the man behind the popular Sala along Makati Avenue and People’s Palace in Greenbelt 3. Originally the home of the country’s first commercial airport, Manila International Airport, the Neilson Tower remains to be the only pre-World War II structure in Makati. Blackbird’s interior has been lavishly redeveloped while maintaining the integrity of the original Art Deco design. Blackbird Grillroom. This is main dining room used to be the passenger terminal. The Blackbird Lounge. The bar and lounge […]
Known for serving traditional Filipino and Asian dishes since 1936, The Aristocrat, has also put up its own bakeshop. The Aristocrat Bakeshop offers premium quality products at reasonable prices. As a humble start, the bakeshop was only given a small spot in the kitchen of its main branch along Roxas Boulevard to cater its dessert needs. Because of the positive feedback from its customers and the management’s desire to serve quality desserts, the bakeshop’s production area was then moved to another location in Adriatico, Manila to have its very own space. Here are some of the best-sellers: Torta delos Reyes – The Aristocrat Bakeshop’s delicious 5-layered crisp wafer cake with […]
Many people say that Chinese food is best enjoyed when shared with bigger groups. Whenever I hear that statement, the first thing that comes to my mind is the well-established Chinese restaurant along Arnaiz Avenue in Makati – Hai Shin Lou. Peppercorn Sea Mantis – market price Hai Shin Lou has been serving authentic Hong Kong style Chinese cuisine since 2003. The efficient service and its executive chef Tommy Yao’s culinary knowledge are the reasons why Hai Shin Lou is one of the reputable restaurants in the strip of Arnaiz. Considering their high profile customers like Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) employees, many Filipino and Chinese taipans, and the Philippine […]
Located in Greenbelt 3, Makati, People’s Palace serves modern Thai cuisine. What’s unique about Thai dishes is that at least 3 of the 5 major sensations of taste are always present – salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. The flavors burst in the mouth on the first bite. Thai cuisine is never boring. They pay attention not only to the flavor but also to the texture, color, and ingredients, creating food that is pleasing to both the eyes and the tongue. (From left to right: Pad Thai – Php 380, Chicken and Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce – Php 380, SomTam, Spicy papaya salad with sticky rice – Php 250) (Green […]