From flaming desserts, to booze in the shape of a popsicle, Makati City has got it all. The city holds unique or just simply amazing culinary treasures that will bring your dining experience to a whole new level. Check out these awesome places!
1. Black Sheep
Black Sheep focuses on Asian dishes (mainly Chinese) with a twist and a totally out of the box presentation! Almost everything here is served so beautifully, you will not want to miss an instagram post when you dine here. Their famous for their juicy meats, whether pork, beef or even duck, check this out!
This is one of their signature dishes you cant find anywhere else, they call this the “Bird’s Nest”, glazed organic peking duck leg and smoked coconut duck breast with taro and orange kamote!
The “Foie Xiao Long Bao” is something next level! It’s basically your classic Xiao Long Bao, but with Foie Gras, xiaoxing sauce, peanuts and pickled ginger! Talk about CLASS!
and check out these super juicy twice-cooked wagyu brisket with 5-month-old masterstock! Wow, just wow. and They also pay extra attention in order to make their presentation to 110% and super aesthetically pleasing!
The restaurant can get quite packed so booking is very recommended, and if you book your place through the Bigdish app, you could even get a 30% discount off your bill!
Address: 2230 Chino Roces Avenue, UPRC1 Building
2. Bondi & Bourke
Bondi & Bourke is a modern Australian restaurant headed by Chef Wade Watson, where it features Australian favourites. This is one of those restaurant that is perfect for any occasion, whether you want to have brunch, lunch, dinner, or even to just chill with your friends for arvo.
You can start your weekend for brunch with their famous sexy looking egg benedict!
Enjoy the afternoon with a charming centrepiece of cured meats and fine cheeses, paired with dried apricots, olives, pickles, fruits, and even some wine!
Or end your night with some steak!
Again, an awesome restaurant like this can get quite packed so booking is very recommended, and if you book your place through the Bigdish app, you could even get a 30% discount off your bill!
Address: Ground Floor, Cattleya Condominium Building, Salcedo Corner Aguirre Street, Legaspi Village
3. Art Circle Cafe
Cool things, cool things everywhere. Picture by @caloyskxi
Art Circle Cafe is surely one place you do not want to miss out! Especially if you’re into paintings and sculptures. This cafe is basically one big art space / gallery that doubles to a cafe, where you can both feast your eyes and your tummy. The gallery consists of mainly local artists, more towards contemporary art, you can imagine how colourful and cool their works are, check this out:
The restaurant features mostly Italian dishes, with some other continental, including local dishes too!
Or you could even just sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee with their famous black and white cake. Now this is a work of art you can eat! According to blogger Turista Trails, the cake can be described as “Attractive marbled appearance evoked decadence, but its intense chocolate flavor was what I truly loved about it. The crumby base tasted buttery. On its own, it was impressive. Paired with the Benguet Coffee, it tasted divine. I’ll definitely return soon for the whole cake which costs no more than a thousand pesos.”. Go check out his blog post for more info! If you book a table through BigDish, you could even get a 30% discount on this restaurant!
Address: Ground Floor, Y2 Residence Hotel, Santiago Corner Valdez and Singian Streets, Poblacion
4. Ganso Shabuway
Ganso Shabuway began on August 2004 at San Mateo, California. It was opened by Eiicgi Mochizuki and Koji Kikura who wanted to offer customers the best Japanese style hot pot. The name “Shabuway” came from a quotation, “The road to shabu-shabu for shabu-shabu lovers.” and the restaurant really speaks to the name! Thankfully, now we can all enjoy Ganso Shabuway in The Philippines as well!
Diners have an option to choose between two shabu-shabu stocks: Traditional Seaweed and the Spicy Miso Soup. As for the shabu-shabu sets, Shabuway offers the following:
- Vegetable Shabu Shabu
- Japanese Mushroom Shabu Shabu
- Meyer Natural Angus Shabu Shabu Set
- Kobe Beef Shabu Shabu Set
Aside from the high quality meat, Shabuway also features great dipping sauces, which will make your shabu-shabu experience more exciting. Again, an awesome restaurant like this can get quite packed and you don’t want to wait for your shabby! so book your place through the Bigdish app, you could even get a 30% discount off your bill!
Address: Rockwell, Lower Ground Floor, Power Plant Mall
5. Smith Butcher and Grill Room
Smith Butcher and Grill offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience for all you meat lovers. Great meats, great ambiance, and a totally next level way of cooking and presentation for their dishes. The restaurant also offers prime meat cuts from 4 continents!
Can’t think of which continent to chose from? Well they’ve got that sorted for you with their steak platter!
After your juicy steaks, you can enjoy their absolutely stunning desserts like their Baked Alaska! Flambéed right at your table! Truly a super worthy instagram post!
Address: ACI Building, 147 H. V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village
6. El Chupacabra
Address: 5782 Felipe Street, Poblacion
7. Poulet Manille
8. Corner Tree Cafe
Vegetarian restaurants are still somewhat of a rarity in the Philippines, and good ones even more so. Corner Tree Cafe is part of a small but growing group of vegetarian restaurants which have been able gain a strong foothold in the hearts of many people in Manila – vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
Corner Tree Cafe showcases the wide array of taste experiences which can be reached with vegetarian (and vegan) food, doing so by offering meals from all over the world. Dishes from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas are served. One of their most famous dish is called the “Buddha Bowl” which consists of broccoli, roasted sweet potato, spinach, onions with kimchi drizzled with a tahini sauce sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds and nori over red rice or quinoa (picture shown above), a truly unique and AWESOME dish!
Address: 150 Jupiter St. corner Saturn Street, Bel-air
Hooch is probably one of the most creative bars we’ve ever encountered! Their creations are totally next level. The place is popular amongst Expats living around the area, and while the name “Hooch” The word “hooch” is a slang for moonshine or bootleg alcohol, popular term during the restrictive 1920’s Prohibition, the drinks they serve are truly 100% original (both creative wise and ingredients wise).
Now this! this is the one everyone needs to try! The “Mellow Chilled Popsicle” may look like your usual ordinary popsicle, well, it’s not as innocent as you think! It’s actually infused with tequila!
Or if you’re hungry, you could even taste this heavenly fish cocktail! They call this “Hooch’s Kick Ass Kinilaw”, consisting of mahi-mahi, tuna, salmon, mango, caviar, and Visayan pinakurat! An absolute must try. After working hours, you don’t want to be waiting for a table for your ultimate bar experience, you could book your place through our Bigdish app and enjoy up to 30% off your bill!
Address: Ground Floor, V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village
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