Here’s Your Latest List Of Best Restaurants In Makati
Many of us are intimidated by Makati’s towering buildings, one-way streets, horrible traffic, and swarms of people that eventually (and naturally) lead us to getting lost in the city. But to make things even worse, you’re not just lost. You’re also hungry. Know your way around the city’s best dining spots with this new and updated list of best restaurants in Makati City. We’ve included no-fail restaurants of choice by many, so we’re sure you’ll find something that will fancy your taste buds.
Dark and sleek interiors of Black Sheep will welcome you upon entry. Reopened by Chef Patrick Go, he creates a menu of his modern take on the Filipino-Chinese cuisine. His fondness for food has led many of his creations based on childhood memories. Just take the Heart Beet (PHP 300), for example. His modified version of pancit canton uses crispy beetroot noodles, dried fruits, basil, and artichoke with a finishing touch of shiitake jus.
To get the most authentic Italian dining experience in the city, drop by one of the best restaurants in Makati at this little place tucked in Hotel Durban. Farfalla Osteria is an art piece in itself with its minimalistic touches that meet art deco. Bite into a pizza that’s chewy, thin, and light, and pasta that’s cooked to perfection. Make sure you do not leave this place without trying their cannoli (PHP 150). Take a bite, and you will absolutely love the rich and creamy ricotta and mascarpone cheese mixed with the crunch of the rolled pastry dough.
Hotel Durban, 4875 Durban Street corner Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
You can never have too much Japanese food! Feed that sushi addiction by trying Chef Bruce Ricketts’ Ooma, one of the newest players under Moment Group, nestled in Rockwell. Interestingly, your favorite Japanese dishes are fused with Western elements. Take the Steak Aburi Maki (PHP 299), bite-size smoky steak strips meet rice that has been finely seasoned with roasted sesame and seaweed goodness. The signature trademark that Ooma leaves on most dishes is that they are seared using a blowtorch. Top the experience off with sake!
Combine Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, and you get the Chaplin Café, a recent discovery for the best restaurants in Makati. The sophisticated and chic interiors are lovely as they can be with dominating straight lines and black lounge chairs accompanied by round coffee tables. Give the Shakshouka (PHP 365) a try with its rich-tasting concoction of poached eggs drizzled with black olives, onions, eggplants, chili peppers, tomatoes, and feta cheese. Alongside this dish is its perfect pairing, freshly baked ciabatta bread.
5Smith Butcher and Grill Room
“Did you say steak?” is probably one of the most memorable lines from the movie Deuce Bigalow. Now that we have your attention, yes, Smith Butcher and Grill Room does what they do best when it comes to steaks. They have a great selection of meats around the world, and customers can freely select how they want their steaks to be cooked. Not sure which one to pick? Go for the best sellers like their Matsusaka Steak fresh from Japan.
6Royal Indian Curry House
Thanks to this place, Indian food is fast gaining popularity in Manila’s food scene. It is true that many Filipinos are not accustomed to a wide range of spices. However, our adventurous taste buds will be pleasantly surprised with dishes that are far off from the Filipino cuisine. Their 17-page menu (wow!) offers plenty of choices that even caters to vegetarians, making it one of the best restaurants in Makati to try out! One of the specialties includes their creamy Afghani Chicken (PHP 439) marinated in plenty of spices and cooked in a tandoor. If you want to be transported to India momentarily, Royal Indian Curry House is the best place for you.
If you can’t get enough of steak, here’s an Argentinian steakhouse just for you. La Cabrera is reminiscent of stumbling upon someone’s grand house that has plenty of display items for your eyes to wander about. Their rib eye steak or Ojo de Bife (PHP 2850/500g or PHP 4560/800g) has been raved about by many diners. Crispy on the outside but sweet, juicy, and tender on the inside. Their meat dishes are accompanied by plenty of side dishes to choose from and complement such rich flavors.
Now, here is something that many restaurants do not offer. Chef Christian Cejas builds a bridge between Peruvian and Japanese cuisines. Though Peruvian food is slowly blossoming in Manila, its signature taste is the variety of spices used. One of the top sellers at Nikkei is the Lomo Saltado (PHP 480). We like how the French fries are combined with a poached egg (something you don’t see often) and accompanied with your Peruvian sauté tenderloin beef swimming with vegetables. If you’re feeling adventurous, we challenge you to a date with Nikkei, a fusion dining experience that lands its place on this list of the best restaurants in Makati!
9Wildflour Café + Bakery
Right next door to Nikkei is probably one of the most famous places to go to in Makati. Wildflour centers around a communal type of dining wherein there are long tables that strangers can share for a chance to talk to one another. Visitors will enjoy their freshly baked bread and pastries made from scratch and a wide range of comfort foods that are simple yet delicious. Have your brunch here and try their Smoked Salmon Eggs on Toast (PHP 450) and Kimchi Fried Rice (PHP 495).
The minimalist and industrial vibe of this Toyo Eatery spells out local, setting its mark as one of the best restaurants in Makati right now. Chef Jordy Navarra pays tribute to the Filipino cuisine by capturing an essential ingredient and whipping it into familiar dishes with a touch of uniqueness. We suggest you try out their 3-course set menu (PHP 1,000/person) or 7-course menu (PHP 2,900/person). The à la carte menu is limited, but worth ordering is the Bangsilog (PHP 580), grilled bangus loin and belly on a bed of vegetables. The dish is complemented with a bowl of sticky rice, chicharon, and dried tuna roe. Mix the rice well with the egg yolk to make those flavors pop.
11Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge
Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge is an intimate place to enjoy great food in the company of good friends. It’s a place where you can sit and engage for several hours without realizing that much time has passed. There are plenty of choices of Italian-inspired dishes with personalized names. If you’re not sure of which one to pick, go for the pasta dish called My Kind of Man (PHP 350 for solo and PHP 565 for sharing). It is Cuore’s chunky and meaty take on carbonara.
It’s not a surprise that Your Local has been mentioned as one of the best restaurants in Makati to try around the globe according to an article published by CNTraveler on September 2016. Inspired by Chef Denny Antonino and Chef Nicco Santos’ culinary adventures in Southeast Asia, Your Local’s menu is well-curated and refreshing. Don’t be intimidated by the big black burger also known as the Chorizo Sandwich (PHP 490), which is served with parmesan fries and truffle ketchup. This best-selling burger comprises of fried egg, a fair amount of greens, one-third pound burnt onion, and chorizo patty slathered with pepperoncini cream cheese all sandwiched by a pair of squid ink-infused buns.
This quaint place is an eye catcher with its fine foliage and wooden accents amidst the new and old buildings of metropolitan Makati. “Naimas” means delicious in Ilocano. Expect your Filipino favorites and a few dishes that can’t be found among popular restaurants. Order the Sinampalukang Kambing (PHP 300), a savory and sour soup dish with goat meat similar to sinigang. Intriguing, isn’t it?
14Le Petit Soufflé
This little café gives you the feeling of being in a whimsical garden with its al fresco concept and subliminal Japanese touches. It’s one of the best restaurants in Makati due to its unique way of blending the best of French and Japanese into the ultimate comfort food. Try out one of their best sellers Japanese Beef Curry Soufflé (PHP 525). You have an unlikely but beautiful combination of cheese-flavored soufflé, US beef strips, rice, and Japanese curry. End your meal with one (or more) of their matcha-infused desserts! They’re all so heavenly!
15The Dessert Kitchen
Fresh from Hong Kong, The Dessert Kitchen claims to serve healthy desserts (notice the emphasis on the word healthy!) that are made of carefully selected ingredients. They say that their desserts only have 9–10% fat content, which is really great news for those who are watching their diet but still want to satisfy their sweet tooth. Order one of their intriguing raindrop cakes, the Sakura Warabi (PHP 168). It’s a light dessert that resembles a water droplet and consists of red beans, sakura warabi kanten or mochi, brown sugar paste, soy bean powder, and sakura rice balls.
Never catch yourself in such a dreadful situation again. Check back on this list of best restaurants in Makati City and know exactly where to go and dine in the concrete jungle. You can even make the whole gastronomical adventure fun by making sure you tick every restaurant off this list!
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