13 of Makati’s Best Kept Secret Restaurants For You to Find Before 2017 Ends


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You think you know Makati? Think again. Here are some of the most well-loved Makati holes-in-the-wall that you probably have heard of but haven’t really made time to visit–some are new but mostly timeless classics made the list. There’s a reason why their loyal patrons have been keeping them a secret from you and me. Find out why for yourselves.

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Yalla Yalla – Poblacion

Yalla Yalla (Arabic for “let’s get going” or “hurry up”) is a tiny quick casual diner serving authentic and affordable Lebanese cuisine. It is open until late 1AM on weekdays and 3AM on weekends. It’s a great place to eat before and after partying.

MUST TRY: Beef Shawarma, Beef Kebab, Sujuk & Cheese Pizza

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5652 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 986-7078

101 Hawker Food House – Urban Ave. / Chino Roces

101 Hawker Food House is a Singaporean hawker-inspired food joint serving a hefty menu of specialties including laksa, noodles, chicken dishes, satay and more. It currently has two branches in Makati.

MUST TRY: Char Kway Teow, 101 Prawn Laksa, Hainanese Chicken, Platter Combination

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Unit 102 Campos Rueda Bldg, 101 Urban Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 886-7329

8065 Bagnet – Estrella St.

The crispy pork specialty of Ilocos is the highlight dish in this store. Try their famous Bagnet cooked in different variations–Kare-kare, binagoongan, curry, pinakbet, sisig and even dinuguan. Fun fact: It is co-owned by Alain Nadal, brother of singer Kitchie Nadal.

MUST TRY: Kare-kare, binagoongan, dinuguan.

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8065 Estrella St, San Antonio, Makati
(02) 519-6511

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KTC Korean Traditional Chicken – Poblacion

This little Poblacion treasure has been kept a secret for too long but has been getting rave reviews from its loyal patrons. KTC serves only a tiny menu specializing in Korean fried chicken.

MUST TRY: Korean fried chicken

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5652 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati

Goto Monster – Primo de Rivera St.

Goto Monster is not your ordinary goto street food stall. This one’s a sit down corner street diner serving affordable Filipino merienda specialties including the usual -silogs, tokwa and their specialty, goto, which uniquely comes with tinapa flakes.

MUST TRY: Goto Special, Tokwa+Bagnet, Goto Monster Ice Cream Pops (Leche Flan flavor)

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Primo de Rivera Street Corner Pablo Ocampo Sr. Extension, La Paz, Makati
(0916) 300-2600

Satinka Naturals Bistro & Cafe – Kamagong St.

Satinka Naturals is a Makati hole-in-the-wall that started out as a modern day apothecary focused on providing natural solutions for skincare and home care in 2007. By 2014, it decided to open a bistro that serves wholesome and vegan-friendly dishes sourced from the Cordilleran region, which can also be purchased at the store.

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1137 Kamagong St, San Antonio, Makati
(0927) 761-9799

Kite Kebab Bar – Ebro St.

This hidden gem specializes in Mediterranean street food cuisine. Although they don’t have a slab of steak, their Rib-Eye Steak Kebab is worth mentioning and definitely one you should try out!

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5772 Ebro St, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 810-7388

Warung Indo Cuisine – Salcedo Village

Warung Indo is a Makati hidden gem serving authentic Indonesian-Chinese cuisine 24/6 (they’re closed on Sundays). Like any other specialty cuisine restaurants, the best way to judge its authenticity is if a lot of their own locals patronize it, which is the case for Warung Indo.

MUST TRY: Spicy Seafood Fried Kwie Tiaw, satay skewers and curry dishes.

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G/F LPL Manor, 116 Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati
(02) 501-5341

H Cuisine – Yakal St.

H Cuisine is “home of the most awesome Angus beef belly” by Chef Hannah Herrera-Bagatsing. It serves international dishes but is most known for its slow roasted, fork-tender Angus beef belly. It comes in single (with rice) and sharing sizes (2-3 pax, no rice). They also serve food trays for your potluck party.

MUST TRY: The Most Awesome Angus Beef Belly, Osso Buso, Pink Salted Toffee Pudding

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7427-B Yakal St, San Antonio Village, Makati
(02) 887-2370

Min Sok – Poblacion

An underrated Poblacion find, owned by a Korean couple, serving authentic Korean specialties. Meals start with the traditional banchan appetizers, which are unlimited and free. But what really stands out from their menu are their grilled meats.

MUST TRY: Chadolbaki (thinly sliced beef brisket), Deung sim (steak), samgyupsal (pork belly)

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5655 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 895-9586

SOMS Noodle House – Poblacion

SOMS is one of the food pioneers in the now hip Poblacion neighborhood. SOMS is located in “Backwell” (back of Rockwell) so no fancy seats and food plating here! Must try dishes include their curries, Chili Crab, Grilled Chicken, and Thai Milk Tea. Note that they’ve already moved to Enriquez St. Also read: 10 Best Restaurants for Authentic Thai Street Food

MUST TRY: Curries, chili crab, grilled chicken, Thai milk tea

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5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati
(0915) 260-3640

Bugong – Legaspi Village

Bugong Roast Chicken, popular among office goers, is a brainchild of two friends in search of quality and affordable food in Los Banos, Laguna. After much trial and error, Bugong finally opened its first doors to the public in 1999 serving affordable roast chicken meals to go.

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Dela Rosa Carpark 1, Dela Rosa St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 697-2174

You Jie Xiao Chao – Rockwell

You Jie Xiao Chao nails the definition of a hole-in-the-wall. Located around the Rockwell compound along Camia Street is a small converted home with literally no signage. Serving regional Hunan (Chinese) cuisine, expect an explosion of spicy hot flavors in your mouth after. Signature dishes include the . Unlimited plain rice is available but people swear by their Fried Rice with egg.

MUST TRY: Boiled spicy fish or steamed fish head, Ziran beef, fried lamb, and Gongbao chicken

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6404 Camia St., Guadalupe Viejo, Makati
(0927) 787-6999

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