March 12, 2024

Rumba in Makati: Making their Diners’ Tastebuds Do a Happy Dance

  • HOME
  • Food
  • Rumba in Makati: Making their Diners’ Tastebuds Do a Happy Dance
  • Spanish cuisine holds a special place in the hearts of countless foodies, thanks to its rich flavors and diverse ingredients that reflect the country’s regional diversity. The use of fresh ingredients, bold seasonings, and a deep appreciation for the art of cooking makes Spanish food an experience. And speaking of experiences, if you’re in Makati and looking to sample some of the best Spanish cuisine in the Metro, Rumba is the place to be.

    IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Rumba is a chic and inviting Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant located at The Shops at Ayala Triangle in Makati. It’s part of the Bistronomia (formerly known as La Lola Group) family, known for a collection of Spanish restaurants and tapas bars, including popular names like Las Flores and Tomatito.

    Upon entering, guests are greeted by a floor-to-ceiling window that bathes the space in natural light. The restaurant’s interior, on the other hand, exudes a high-end Mediterranean vibe, thanks to blending elements of wood, tiles, and metal. Additionally, the 70-seater restaurant boasts an elevated platform housing both a bar and an open kitchen, where diners can watch the chefs work their magic using their deft, steady hands.

    IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Now, moving on to the main attraction: the food. Helmed by Madrileño chef Alfredo Rodriguez, Rumba offers an interactive, excellent dining experience, inspired by the energy and rhythms of its namesake dance. Rumba’s menu showcases an array of tantalizing dishes from Spain and the Mediterranean region, each with a unique twist. Here are some of our recommendations:

    Start your meal with the Salmon Ahumado, a cold starter featuring air baguettes filled with sour cream, wrapped in smoked salmon, and finished with a touch of honey truffle, for a delightful balance of textures and flavors.

    Salmon Ahumado/ IMAGE from Bistronomia

    You may also opt for their Croquetas for starters. A classic, made with creamy bechamel sauce filled with a flavorful mix of chicken and ham, encased in a golden, crispy breadcrumb coating. These bite-sized tapas have a perfect balance of tender, savory filling and a satisfyingly crunchy exterior.

    Rumba’s Sopa Bullebasa is a seafood lover’s dream. Based on the classic French fish soup with seafood, this one combines shrimp, clams, mussels, and potatoes in a sweet and sour broth that will surely embrace and warm your soul up.

    Sopa Bullebasa / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Now, on to their mains…

    Their Pulpo a la Brasa consists of expertly grilled octopus (with tender texture and perfect char, to boot!) served with marble potatoes and bagna gauda, a garlicky, savory sauce that complements the pulpo. The addition of charred lemon cuts through the richness of the dish.

    Pulpo a la Brasa / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    To those who can’t resist the temptations of rice, Cerdo is highly recommended. It may look deceptively simple, but it has the perfect trifecta of a dish: crispy Iberian pork belly (protein), French beans (vegetable), and flavorful arroz (carbohydrate). Its smokiness, unique taste, and aroma sets it apart from your typical paella!

    And for special occassions such as birthdays and anniversaries, get their Iberian Pork Ribs. Sous-vided for 12 hours, the ribs have a sweet, savory, and slightly tangy flavor profile practically melt in your mouth. The addition of grilled corn cobs brings sweetness and smokiness that complements the richness of the pork.

    Iberian Pork Ribs / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Rumba also boasts an impressive array of beverages, ensuring that no matter the time–be it lunch, dinner, or any moment in between–there’s a boozy drink waiting for you. Explore their wide range of alcoholic options such gin and tonics, sangrias, and mocktails.

    Mai Tai / IMAGE from Bistronomia

    Rosy Cheeks / IMAGE from Philippine Primer

    Rumba is an ideal destination for special occasions, business meetings, or for anyone in search of premium Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine in Makati. The ambiance, coupled with the meticulously prepared dishes and drinks, makes this place a noteworthy dining spot.

    General Information

  • Ground Floor The Shops at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati
  • 0915 856 4264
  • 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • rumbaphilippines/
  • rumba_ph/?hl=en
    You might also like...
    Qsina in Alabang: All-Day Breakfast Buffet at The Bellevue Manila
    Firehouse Pizza in Alabang: Artisan Pizzas, Wines, and Cocktails
    Fiddle Leaf in Alabang: Excellent Buffet with a Stunning View of the Neighborhood
    Prost Bar and Restaurant in Alabang: Cheers to German Food and Beers
    Phoenix Court Chinese Restaurant in Alabang: World-Class Chinese Fusion Recipes