Petra & Pilar goes beyond Filipino with sliders, nachos, and more
The Makati eatery reinvents itself.
Petra & Pilar
JAKA Center, 2111 Exportbank Drive corner Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Contact: 887-5168, 0916-587-8010
Open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday to Friday) and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) Makati regulars may still know Petra & Pilar as an upscale canteen along Chino Roces Avenue that serves classic Filipino food. But in October 2016, the restaurant quietly reinvented itself, trading the homey white interiors for a darker, rustic look and the cafeteria-style counter for a full bar.
The menu also underwent changes, though Petra & Pilar continues to serve Filipino and Spanish fare inspired by owner Katrina Ponce Enrile’s grandmothers, and the restaurant’s namesakes, Petra and Pilar. "The concept is still Filipino," says Katrina, "We have kare-kare and binagoongan, the calitiran because that's our best-seller at the old Petra. But we also have bar chow— pizzas, sliders, wings."
"I guess we'd like to get more people— because it's right in the center of [the] office area in Makati—so while people [are] waiting for traffic to slow down a little bit, they can come here and have a couple of beers and dinner," adds F&B manager Alyona Vinogradova.
Corned Beef with Rice and Egg
Since the restaurant is open from 7 a.m., it also made sense to add breakfast dishes in the revamp. Not straying too far from their Filipino roots, Petra & Pilar’s roster is composed mostly of rice meals, like the Corned Beef with Rice and Egg (P120). Fans of Katrina's other venture, Delimondo, will recognize the beefy taste of the strands, which leave no question that you're getting the real deal.
Waffles with Bacon and Egg
If you’re in the mood for a sweeter kind of carb, have your fill of the Waffles with Bacon and Egg (P160). The waffles are crisp-on-the-outside and soft and buttery-on the-inside—perfect with lots of maple syrup and the side of lipsmacking thick-cut bacon. A sunny-side up egg plus coffee makes it a complete breakfast.
The menu has also been expanded—classic Filipino food is still there, but they are now joined by dishes from all over the globe.
Burger Sliders 3-Ways
The Burger Sliders 3-Ways (P450) is perfect if you like having a bit of everything. The plate comes in three variants: the Wagyu is a classic, with a juicy beef patty sandwiched with tomato, lettuce, and mayonnaise between two brioche buns. The Chorizo comes with a tangy coleslaw that complements the sweet-spicy patty, while the Breakfast Sausage is a mini breakfast burger with the peppery sausage patty, sunny-side up egg, and spicy mayonnaise.
The Ramen-lalo (P150) is Petra & Pilar’s foray into fusion cuisine. A cross between bulalo and ramen, this bowl gets its broth from beef shank bones, simmered for hours to get a full-bodied meaty flavor. It is then finished with classic ramen toppings: the noodles, char siu or sliced braised pork, menma or fermented bamboo shoots, and narutomaki or fish cakes. It's like the best of both worlds in one bowl.
Petra & Pilar's Steak (P450) is a no-frills classic. A strong salt-and-pepper flavor greets your palate from the first bite of sirloin, and the baby potatoes and crisp French beans benefit from being cooked in the beef's tasty juices.
The Nachos (P150) is mildly spicy, perfect for those who aren’t big fans of heat, and is topped with chopped fresh tomatoes, shredded lettuce, queso sauce, ground beef, and cilantro for the fresh zesty flavor you look for in this Mexican classic.
While Petra & Pilar offers a wide range of both local and imported beer and liquor, their signature cocktails are not to be missed. Aside from being Petra & Pilar's F&B manager, Alyona is also an award-winning mixologist who loves to plays around with fruit, spices, and even edible flowers to create one-of-a-kind drinks.
Adventurous drinkers should have the Samurai Sip (P250). Made with vodka, wasabi powder, and dried seaweed, a sip of this drink will strongly but pleasantly remind you of sushi.
The P&PVSG&T (P250) is Petra & Pilar’s take on the classic gin and tonic. Pretty pink and purple edible flowers swim around the gin and tonic water concoction with peppercorn, orange peel, and rosemary. The result is Instagram-worthy and the floral and citrus notes make it refreshingly novel to the palate.
While a far cry from its upscale carinderia roots, Petra & Pilar’s new incarnation as a chill yet sophisticated drinking spot is still a winner in our books.
Photos by Jericho San Miguel