Another reason to get lost in Makati.
Not sure where to eat in Makati? We know the struggle. Check out this month’s top 10 most loved and best restaurants in Makati that we’ve curated just for you. We’ve made sure to research and review these restaurants, so you don’t have to!
10. Cosmic – Poblacion
Cosmic is a cutting-edge bistro that offers full-fledged vegan comfort food. The concept was built out of the owners’ passion and need for more accessible, affordable, and delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. Now, Cosmic has become a sanctuary for the health-conscious folks of Makati with their plant-based delights.
It’s for vegetarians who enjoy comfort food. It’s not for people who want something both healthy and light.
Recommended dishes: their Vegan Lasagna, Kare-Kare with 'Bagnet', and King Oyster Mushroom.
9. Nikkei – Legazpi Village
Last month’s #10
Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese sushi bar in Makati headed by Argentinian Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is a term that describes Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese; it is the latest food trend in Europe.
It’s for adventurous eaters who love to try new cuisines. It’s not for people looking for party-sized servings.
Recommended dishes: the Salmon Belly Nigiri, Miso Kurobuta, Seared Tuna, Kobi Nigiri Sushi and Parmesan Scallops.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱500 off your bill.
8. Your Local – Legazpi Village
Last month’s #9
Your Local is a neighborhood bistro serving South East Asian dishes with a twist. Opened by Chef Denny Antonino and Nicco Santos, the unassuming yet inventive restaurant has a hipster-meets-industrial vibe, serving all day brunch together with their ingenious menu.
It’s for people who want to experiment in Pan-Asian cuisine. It’s not for those with a limited budget.
Recommended dishes: Chili Crab Buns, Beef Rendang Burger, and Torched Salmon Donburi.
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱100 off your bill.
7. Khao Khai Thai Chicken House – Poblacion
Last month’s #6
Hidden in the busy streets of Poblacion, Khao Khai is a laidback eatery that specializes in Northern Thailand cuisine. You won’t find your classic Pad Thai dish here, but their best-selling Bangkok “Street Cart” Style Fried Chicken known as Gai Tod, is a mainstay.
Recommended dishes: their Gai Tod fried chicken, Kor Moo Yang Pork Belly, and Gai Yang Charcoal Chicken.
6. Nihonbashitei – Arnaiz Ave.
A semblance of authentic Japanese restaurants in the area of Makati, Nihonbashi Tei is a humble izakaya offering an extensive list of Japanese specialties at fairly affordable prices. Their menu includes sushi, ramen, yakitori, curries, donburi, chirashi and many more.
It’s for people who want to teleport to Japan It’s not for people who enjoy Japanese cuisine with a contemporary flair.
Recommended dishes: their Spicy Toro Sashimi
5. Mendokoro Ramenba – Salcedo Village
Last month’s #3
Arguably the best place to get ramen in Metro Manila, Mendokoro Ramenba is a 20-seater ramen joint from the people behind popular Ramen Yushoken from Alabang; it is also called being tagged as Yushoken 2.0.
It’s for people who don’t mind queuing a bit for a spot at the table. It’s not for people who want rice bowls and other Japanese favorites.
Recommended dishes: the Tantanmen, Shio Ramen, and Gyoza. Our insider tip: If you’re in a big group, be ready to be seated separately if you want to get seats faster.
4. Blackbird – Ayala Triangle Gardens
Last month’s #3
Located in the heart of Makati city, Blackbird is an upscale contemporary European and Asian restaurant boasting some of the most high-end interiors the Metro has to offer, and it is headed by none other than Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Bistro and People’s Palace.
It’s for people looking to celebrate a special occasion. It’s not for people who have last-minute dinner plans.
Recommended dishes: their Prosciutto and Melon, Prawn Scotch Eggs, and Blackbird Wagyu Steak.
3. People’s Palace – Greenbelt 3
Last month’s #2
Another concept from Chef Colin Mackay (Sala Bistro, Blackbird) is People’s Palace – a modern Thai restaurant tucked in the Garden Side of Greenbelt 3 considered a benchmark in Manila’s culinary map for Thai cuisine.
It’s for those who want to enjoy Thai food in a more refined setting. It’s not for people on a tight budget.
Recommended dishes: their Prawn Spring Rolls, Prawn, Pomelo, Chicken and Coconut Salad, Thom Yum Goong, and Green Chicken Curry.
G/F Greenbelt 3-Garden Side, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 7729-2888; (0917) 819-4375
2. 12/10 – San Antonio Village
Last month’s #4
12/10 is a Japanese izakaya-inspired restaurant owned by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos of The Girl + The Bull. More experimental in their approach to Japanese cuisine, 12/10 elevates their dishes by fusing unique flavor profiles that marry harmoniously.
It’s for people who want a more intimate setting. It’s not for people who want traditional Japanese food.
Recommended dishes: Salmon Kushiyaki, Katsu Sando, Spicy Tuna
1. Toyo Eatery – Pasong Tamo
Last month’s #1
Toyo Eatery is a Filipino Eatery that takes the essence of Philippine flavors, traditions, and techniques and creates a gastronomic experience that is epitomized by originality, flavor, and finesse. With something for everybody, Toyo offers a full six-course tasting menu, a short three-course menu, and à la carte options!
It’s for those who appreciate experiential dining as well as food with finesse. It’s not for those who want a hefty meal.
Recommended dishes: the Bahay Kubo salad (which consists of all the vegetables in the beloved folk song) and Mayura Wagyu Onglet.
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