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.


Hamaru is a modern izakaya in the heart of Poblacion, serving contemporary Japanese-Scandinavian dishes— a peculiar hybrid cuisine that makes sense in Poblacion, a melting pot within the city. Plus, there’s a sake bar beside the restaurant for you to experiment with Japanese whiskeys.

 Salmon Aburi Philly Roll from Hamaru
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5579 Alfonso Corner Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati City

ELM’s Grill and Bar

Poblacion can mean getting lost in the vast and varied international cuisines it has to offer. And although this speaks volumes of the diversity within the city, Filipino cuisine remains at its heart. ELM’s Grill and Bar serves up dishes such as Pritong Native Itik, Sizzling Balut, and Longganisa Nachos to adapt to the unique culture whilst sticking to its roots.

Sisig from Elm's Grill and Bar
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5072 SGC Building Corner P. Burgos, Poblacion, Makati City
(02) 8246-9069

Gogi Korean BBQ

Poblacion is teeming with Korean BBQ Restaurants, gathering KBBQ fans from all around the city to bask in their Korean barbecue and Soju conviviality. Gogi Korean BBQ is a great addition to the mix with their imported meats and even tiger prawns.

Woo Samgyup Gogi Korean BBQ
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5072 SGC Building Corner P. Burgos, Poblacion, Makati City
(02) 8246-9069

Don’t miss out on these restaurants, pubs, and bars in the area!

Mahalo Acai

Acai bowls have become a trend in the city, which is why you can find it in Manila’s trendiest downtown 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!
Mahalo Acai Yogurt Flavors
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5663 Don Pedro St., Poblacion Makati
(0917) 838-2098

Gentleman Korean Restaurant

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.

Korean Dishes from Gentleman Korean Restaurant
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5354 Gen Luna St., Poblacion, Makati
(02) 550-2872 | (0995) 393-0594


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.

Tacos from Almacen
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5910 Matilde St., Poblacion, Makati
(0977) 291-1920

Buccaneers Rum & Cocktails

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.

Interiors of Buccaneers Rum and Cocktails
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The Captain Old Fashioned from Buccaneers Rum and Cocktails
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8459 Kalayaan Ave. (next to L&B Suites) cor. Don Pedro St., Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 188 9494


Lámpara is a Neo-Filipino Bistro, which aims to illuminate Filipino cuisine through their contemporary fare. A gustatory experience in Poblacion’s enthralling food scene, Lámpara has paved the way for Filipino cuisine and the endless possibilities it can achieve through its imaginative yet distinctly Filipino dishes.

Must-try: Duck Breast (Small Plates), Veal Steak (Big Plates), Yema & Tsokolate (Enders)

Meat Skewer and Rice Cups from Lampara
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5883 Enriquez St., Poblacion, Makati
(0917) 173-5883


Poblacion is a haven for novel concepts and Future is no exception. 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)

Bourdain's Balls from Futur:st
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5602 Guerrero St., Poblacion, Makati
(0928) 520-9102

Be sure to keep this list hand the next time you’re on the prowl for amazing restaurants in Makati!

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