The financial district boasts of fine restaurants that will never disappoint the epicurean in you. From local to international dishes, Makati City’s restaurant scene is ever changing and growing, all for the benefit of those who prowl for the best food in the country’s leading urban jungle. Without further ado, here’s Locale City Guide’s top reco’s for restaurants you should try in Makati City.
1. Ikomai & Tochi Desserts
Delicious Japanese street food in a classy, laid-back ambiance is what Ikomai & Tochi Desserts all about. Formerly a food stall in Salcedo Market, Ikomai has grown into one of the most visited Japanese restaurant cum dessert shop in the financial district. It’s one of the several Japanese restaurants that serves savory kushikatsu or deep-fried skewered meat, seafood and vegetables; their colorful lunch sets, salad, sashimi, poke and pastries are somewhat continuation of the restaurant’s Zen-like interiors.
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Address: 332 H.V. Dela Costa, Salcedo Village
Telephone Nos.: (02) 8164588
Hours: M-Sat 11AM – 10PM, Sun Closed
Page: @ikomaistreet on FB
2. Pablo Bistro by Cartel
Located on the ground floor of The Picasso Boutique, Pablo Bistro by Cartel is known for European, Mediterranean, Spanish and other international cuisine.
With dim lights and posh interiors, Pablo Bistro is an all-day bar that serves great chow – chorizo spring rolls, spicy tuna tartare with avocado, pomelo and wakame, arroz meloso with jamon Iberico and chicken and chorizo paella –and a bar with an impressive selection of wines and top-notch gin, whiskey, cocktails and tap beer.
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Address: 119 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village
Telephone Nos.: (02) 4030626
Hours: M-Sun 6AM-12AM
Page: @pablobistro on FB
3. Bar Pintxos
Looking for authentic Spanish food without leaving the Philippines? Yes, that’s possible with Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas located in Salcedo Village.
But first, what is pintxo? Pintxo is a small hors d’oeuvre or snack, usually eaten in bars paired with liquor. Bar Pintxos has a great selection of pintxos and tapas; complemented by an extensive winelist, Spanish and local beers and other international spirits.
Try their highly recommended chorizo y huevos, regatta and burrata pintxos that will definitely satisfy your cravings.
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Address: Paseo Park View Tower, San Agustin corner Sedeno Street, Salcedo Village
Telephone Nos.: (02)8454952
Hours: M-Sun 11:30AM – 12AM
A well-known restaurant specializing in Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, Nikkei is all about the fusion of taste from these 2 countries.
The restaurant’s menu is a combination of both worlds – the rich flavors of Japanese food and the copious layers of flavors of Peruvian dishes – make each and every dish of Nikkei a must-try. Imagine feasting on food amongst a medley of texture sealed in rich flavors such as tuna latke, causa, carrilleras, chalaquita and more. Pair with your choice of wine or sake and don’t forget to order the heavenly tres leches for a sweet treat.
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(2 branches in Makati, 1 in BGC, 1 in Mandaluyong)
Frabelle Business Center, 111 Rada, Legaszpi Village
Telephone Nos.: (02) 8800231
Hours: M-Sun 11:30AM – 11PM
G/F Rockwell, West Tower, 71 Rockwell Drive
Telephone Nos.: (02) 5416689
Hours: M-Sun 11:30AM – 11PM
2/F One Bonifacio High Street, 5th Ave. Corner 28th St., BGC, Taguig City
Telephone Nos.: (02)7539212
Hours: M-Sun 11AM-10PM
G Level, The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Telephone Nos.: (02)6372206
Hours: M- Sun 11AM – 10PM
5. Q&A Kitchen + Bar
A modern, European restaurant, Q&A Kitchen + Bar is located on the 2nd floor of a nondescript edifice along San Agustin Street in Salcedo Village.
The rustic and calming interior perfectly complements the extensive menu being offered. Michellin-starred Chef Alain Raye is the man behind Q&A and he promises a worthwhile gastronomic experience every time you dine in.
Start your gastronomic adventure with homemade preserved tuna, warm potatoes and ciabatta baked in olive oil, then dig in red beet gnocchi and end it with lemon curd ice cream sandwich.
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Address: ACCM Bldg., 102 San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village
Telephone Nos.: (02)6244388
Kitchen, Lunch – M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – M-Sat 6:00PM-10PM
Brunch – S-S 10AM-2PM
Dinner – Sun 6PM-9PM
Bar, M-Sat 5PM-12AM
Sun – 5PM-9PM
One of the best things about Makati is its variety of restaurants that will cater to your cravings; food choices are endless, restaurants and hole-in-the-walls are omnipresent which offers an exciting dining adventure in Makati daily. So wear those fancy clothes and bring out the inner gourmand in you! Enjoy some of the city’s best new restaurants with friends, family and Locale City Guide.
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