April 02, 2024

Milky Way Cafe in Makati: An Ice Cream Shop Turned into a Classic Filipino Restaurant

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  • With its 40-year history, Milky Way Cafe surely deserves to be one of the restaurants that will let you see and taste how authentic Filipino dishes are like. 

    Tokwa’t Baboy / IMAGE from MilkyWay Cafe

    Today’s Milky Way Cafe, however, came about after one of the tenant restaurants in the A&G Building said they could no longer continue operating. Over the weekend, they took over the restaurant, changed the name, and made it into a small café.

    A year after, they were able to properly renovate the restaurant, serving classic Filipino food from Pampanga while retaining 1962 MilkyWay recipes for made-to-order.

    IMAGE from Milky Way Cafe

    Intending to give his customers a blast to the past, owner/restaurateur chef J. Gamboa designed the restaurant by adding in touches from the original Milky Way in the ’60s when he opened it in 2002.

    Also read: Business Talk with Chef J Gamboa

    IMAGE from Milky Way Cafe

    The dishes served here are addictingly delicious, just like how they were prepared by the original chefs back in the day. At present, it offers a variety of Filipino dishes like Baby Crispy Pata (Php 2250), Tokwa’t Baboy (Php 345), and their specialty Milky Way Kare-kare (Php 795).

    Kare-kare / IMAGE from Milky Way Cafe

    Another signature dish from that you should try is the Lechong Kawali (Php 2250), made from crispy lechon de leche and is served with their in-house liver sauce and atchara (pickled papaya) for an extra dose of depth and deliciousness.

    Lechong Kawali / IMAGE from Milky Way Cafe

    Their BBQ Pork Spareribs (Php 695), on the other hand, is a best selling dish that one should not miss. A plate of this serves you with a rack of tender ribs, Java rice, and atchara.

    BBQ Pork Spareribs / IMAGE from Milky Way Cafe

    And since it started out as an ice cream shop, you should not leave without ordering its Milky Way Halo-Halo (Php 295), which they are most famous for. This timeless Filipino dessert is definitely a must-try as its best-selling 1962 recipe will make you realize why it has always been an old-time dessert favorite.

    MilkyWay Halo-Halo / IMAGE from Milky Way Cafe

    If Halo-Halo is not enough for you, do not forget to sample the creamy Milky Way Ice Cream (Php 595/half gallon). We guarantee you that the ice cream (available in cheese, ube, and avocado flavors) is one-of-a-kind, full-flavored creamy concoction that will surprise and win over your heart and tastebuds.

    Milky Way Ube Ice Cream / IMAGE from MilkyWay Cafe

    This restaurant makes its customers feel relaxed and nostalgic through its long presence in the Filipino restaurant scene. Although a lot of Filipino restaurants have been established time and again, Milky Way still stands out to become one of the best when it comes to authentic Filipino flavors.

    Aside from its main branch in Makati, Milky Way Café also has a branch in Rockwell, Makati.

    Also read: MilkyWay Cafe in Rockwell Brings Nostalgic Filipino Favorites to Your Table

    Want to relive the classic Filipino cuisine? Head on now to MilkyWay Café!

    General Information


  • 2/F 900 Arnaiz Ave. cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
  • 8843-4124 / 8843-7124
  • 0966-634-5792
  • 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • jgamboa@cafe.milkywayrestaurant.com
  • http://www.cafe.milkywayrestaurant.com
  • milkywaycafemakati
  • milkywaycafe_makati/
  • GF Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City
  • 02-8898-0794
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