Perfect for pre-gaming, for when you’re craving, and even for daytime food tripping!
Whether or not you grew up in Makati or work in nearby areas like BGC and Mandaluyong, it’s common knowledge that Poblacion is the place to be for artists, performers, alcohol enthusiasts, foodies, or people who simply want to have a good time.
Are you in Makati but Poblacion is too far for you to head on to at this moment? Check out Booky's Ultimate Guide to Makati for more options!
If you’ve found a reason to come back time and again to this area, then that’s great! But if you haven’t or are looking for a new experience, then allow us to introduce to you the 3 new restaurants in Poblacion that you just have to try. Who knows, you may find the reason for you to spend your afternoon/nights in this bustling area.
Mahalo Acai is a yogurt shop that offers up dairy-free, vegan-friendly frozen yogurt for those who want something healthy without the excess sugar or calories.
Fun fact: Their froyo is acai-infused and made with all-natural almond milk - the first of its kind in the Philippines!
A Korean restaurant inspired by Psy – a Korean pop music icon with a smashing hit entitled “Gentleman” – Gentleman Korean restaurant serves up simple Korean dishes that are representative of this East Asian cuisine.
Some dishes offered: Grilled Charcoal Bulgogi, Beef Gimbap, Spicy Kimchi Stew, and Seafood and Spring Onion Pancake.
A Mexican-Filipino bar adorned with striking neon lights and filled with colorful interiors, Almacen offers up simple but mouth-watering Mexican dishes with a Filipino twist that are perfect to pair with your choice of alcohol.
Must-try dishes: Mexican Corn Elote, Beef Pareas Open Burrito, and Street Nachos.
Is your choice of hard drink or cocktail base rum? Then dock your boat at Buccaneers Rum & Cocktail, a tavern serving up over 100 variants of rum which they mix in familiar and unique cocktails, all of which you can pair with their offerings of pica-pica.
Don’t miss out on these restaurants, pubs, and bars in the area!
Lampara is a neo-Filipino bistro that serves up new and surprising takes on Filipino food from its small plates (appetizers) to its big plates (mains) and even its enders (desserts).
Must-try: Duck Breast (Small Plates), Veal Steak (Big Plates), Yema & Tsokolate (Enders)
Futurist is a bar that serves up a feast for the tastebuds through their Asian mains and savory bar chow, interesting cocktails, as well as a feast for the eyes, with the use of their eccentric art pieces that adorn their walls.
Must-try dishes: Bourdain’s Balls and their Three Kinds of Sisig (Kula Sisig, Tofu Sisig, and Sizzling Mushrooms)
One of the exciting new Korean restaurants in Manila, Gaja Korean Kitchen takes centuries-old South Korean recipes and adds a contemporary twist to them that will surely please, if not excite, the Filipino palate.
Must-try dishes: Doenjang Mushroom Risotto (Risotto with Mushrooms and Zuchinni in Doenjang Stock), Honey Butter Chicken, and Bulgogi and Kimchi Mandu (Dumplings with Beef Bulgogi, Fresh Kimchi, and Cheese)
Insider tip: With Booky, you can get up to ₱100 off your bill!
Have a sense of wanderlust but can’t leave the metro anytime soon? Then Antidote may just be the answer to your woes with their stunning skyline view of Pasig, mesmerizing jellyfish display, and their offerings of cocktails, mocktails, bar bites, and desserts.
Must-try dishes: Mr. DOmingo, Prawn Cutlets, and their Bacon & Lychee Yakitori
Cosmic is a vegan-vegetarian, pet-friendly and family-friendly, cozy hidden gem in Poblacion serving up dishes that even meat lovers would devour.
Must-try dishes: Spinach Lasagna and Veggie Bagnet
There are a few things in the world that go great with booze; one of them is street food. If you’re in the mood for some, head on to Crying Tiger Street Kitchen, a restaurant in Poblacion offering up simple but flavor-packed Southeast Asian street food that’s no doubt affordable and goes great with alcohol.
Must-try dishes: Mee Goreng (Spicy Seafood Noodles), Moo Ding (Thai Pork BBQ), and Thai Fried Rice with Shrimp
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If your idea of a good night out is Filipino bar chow + local craft beer, then head on to Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli. It’s a bar in Poblacion with a tribal and ancestral Filipino inspired concept serving up traditional Filipino mains and “pulutan” dishes with a twist that go great with their wide variety of beers.
Must-try dishes: De Puta Madre and Zig Zagger
Offering up global bar chows – mostly infused with local craft beer by Engkanto brewery – and cocktails, Polilya’s homey, hazy vibe paired with their comfort food dishes are perfect for those who want chill drinking nights.
Must-try dishes: Le Grilled Cheese, Gambas Engkatantadas, and Blame it On the Heat
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Serving up straightforward, no-fuss street tacos you can enjoy with your alcohol, El Chupacabra will awaken the Tex-Mex lover in you with its simple dishes and colorful dishes.
Must-try dishes: Carne Asada and Lord of the wings
Can’t choose between the East or the West? Get a fusion of both at Loco Manuk, a restaurant that serves up Latin-Asian twists on various mains especially chicken and beer.
Must-try dishes: Whole Chicken, Sisig Bao, BBQ Spareribs Szechuan Caramel & Fried Garlic, and Churro Clasico
Insider tip: Get up to ₱500 off your bill with Booky!
A late-night Middle eastern joint that offers delicious varieties of hummus, falafel sandwiches, and shakshuka, Hummus Elijah is the ideal go-to restaurant during the day and when you want a portable, heavy meal.
Must-tries: Falafel Sandwich, Hummus Elijah, and Shakshuka
Dulo is an unassuming cafe-bar x events space that offers up Filipino and Taiwanese comfort food, coffee, and alcoholic drinks that’ll no doubt make your day or night memorable.
Some notable dishes they offer: Pork Belly Bao, Salmon Belly Rice Bowl, Clam Miso Soup
Be sure to keep this list hand the next time you’re on the prowl for amazing restaurants in Makati!
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