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CHECK IT OUT: The Plantation Bar and Bistro on Carlos Palanca Street
This laid-back after-work spot is the perfect retreat from the urban jungle that is Makati.
Published on: Feb 23, 2011 - 8:15am

The Plantation Bar and Bistro
G/F SCC Building
106 Carlos Palanca Street
Makati City
Tel. No. 501-5727
Open from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. (Monday - Saturday)

the plantation

The perfect combo: good food and good vibes. Click for more.


The newest restaurant-cum-bar on Carlos Palanca Street in Legazpi Village is causing quite a stir. Not even two months old (they opened in January), The Plantation Bar and Bistro has already drawn a big crowd—regulars are a mix of corporate types who drop by for post-work beers and people who live in the neighborhood. Fresh interiors and downtempo tunes by Groove Nation playing all day make this laid-back dining destination the perfect retreat from the urban jungle that is Makati. Of course, it helps that they serve delicious, affordable dishes and P55-beer all day. Oh, and did we mention they’re the only restaurant serving the popular French gourmet coffee Malongo?  

The menu offers a mix of continental comfort food and Bicolano specialties. Stuff yourself with filling dishes like Grilled Mediterranean Porkchops (P195), Margarita Grilled Tuna Steak (P265), Roasted Garlic Shrimp and Chorizo Pasta (P190), and Junjie’s Ultimate Burger (P350). Looking for something with a more local flavor? Try these: Pinangat (P80), a popular Bicolano dish; Oragon na Liempo (P260), paired with laing and tomato salsa; Guinobatan Longganisa (P165) and Bicol Abu (P165), two Bicolano favorites you can’t get anywhere in Manila.  

You can't go wrong with good food and cheap booze (for Makati standards anyway) complemented by a relaxed vibe and personalized service—and The Plantation’s got this fool-proof combination down pat.

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  • mamba
    Music was the best! (an alternative mix at a Wednesday)
    Ambience and the crowd are great...
    Drinks are, well, affordable if came there before 9 (happy hour lol)
    Plus staff is very polite!
    Four thumbs up! (that's counting my other limbs lol)
    Jan 10 2013 @ 09:01am     Reply  
  • meow
    The food is great but I don't like the attitude of their staff who is rude. I also found a blog that confirms this. Plus their owner is a certified.. OH WELL...
    Mar 09 2012 @ 09:51am     Reply  
  • aris
    i like their chicken parmigiana. the staff are polite. looking forward to eat at plantation bay soon! :)
    May 30 2011 @ 01:56am     Reply  
  • katrine
    i ate there and the food was so so... not what i was expecting... which was better food.
    Mar 17 2011 @ 10:34am     Reply  
  • alyssa
    Hi, I wanna try this! What day usually has a good crowd?
    Mar 12 2011 @ 09:22pm     Reply  
  • don padilla
    I love the Dory! Never had Dory that good- A must try! Plantation: Good crowd-Great music especially past 10 on fridays.
    Feb 24 2011 @ 02:20pm     Reply  
  • k
    Taking Manila by storm indeed. :)
    Feb 23 2011 @ 08:31pm     Reply  
    Hi Pinky, rnrnThe Plantation was on dry run from December 10 until their grand opening which took place on January 29. Thanks for reading :)
    Feb 23 2011 @ 02:41pm     Reply  
  • mucho guaps
    Music, food, ambience... 2 Thumbs up!rnrnThe Kawali is the best ive ever tasted! Its comparable to Candelaria's famous crispy pata in terms of crispiness and taste but this time using prok belly!rnrn
    Feb 23 2011 @ 02:07pm     Reply  
  • marj
    How do you describe "good crowd"?
    Feb 23 2011 @ 12:51pm     Reply  
  • =)
    i agree! awesome food...good crowd
    Feb 23 2011 @ 12:34pm     Reply  
  • -
    been there a number of times and always come out happy and satisfied. i especially love the music! great vibe, awesome food, good crowd!
    Feb 23 2011 @ 10:52am     Reply  
  • pinky
    opened in January? I was there in December.
    Feb 23 2011 @ 10:14am     Reply  
  • rene
    Very appetizing photos.. I hope their Dory thermidor is Surgeonfish and not Cream Dory .... And what fish do they use for the Fish and Chips? Anyway the Salmon will be my first order when I go.. Thanks, Spot!!!
    Feb 23 2011 @ 09:40am     Reply  
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