(SPOT.ph) Makati City isn't just Metro Manila's financial district; it's also a bustling food destination, with restaurants popping up one after the other all the time. This means there's always something new to try in the city, from new hip bars in Poblacion to chill workday hangouts in Legazpi and Salcedo Villages. Planning those Christmas after-work get-togethers? We round up some of the new spots you should go for in the Makati neighborhood.
IKOMAI & TOCHI
What first started as a regular at Salcedo Market is now a cozy Japanese restaurant at Salcedo Village. Chef Hide Saeki serves up heirloom recipes that are inspired by Japanese street food, like an assorted
IKOMAI & TOCHI is at G/F ACI Group Building, 147 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.
Kiss The Tiramisu
Why choose between cake and ice cream when you can have both? This dessert café from Seoul turns your classic tiramisu cake into a decadent soft-serve. Kiss The Tiramisu takes the elements of a tiramisu, like mocha and chocolate cookie
Kiss The Tiramisu is at Three Central, Valero Street, Makati City.
Antidote could possibly be one of the coolest bars in the Metro. Not only is it a rooftop bar that offers a fantastic view of the Makati skyline, it’s also the first jellyfish bar in the country. That means you can watch fluorescent jellyfish as you enjoy cocktails by master mixologist Christian Dominguez, who also mixes drinks at bar Mace, one of the World’s 50 Best Bars. The bar
If you’ve ever fancied having edible gold in your cheeseburger, then GILT Burgers is where you can go to fulfill that fantasy. Their namesake, the GILT Burger, is as luxe as it can get, with a hefty 200-gram Angus beef patty with a melted Colby Jack cheese center, red onions caramelized in red wine, caviar-speckled truffle mayonnaise, a
GILT Burgers is at 7615 Guijo Street, Makati City.
Persephone – A Seasonal Kitchen
Aptly named after the goddess of the shifting of the seasons, Persephone is a “seasonal kitchen,” which means you can expect something new from their ever-changing menu with every visit. Their dishes are just as vibrant as their gorgeous murals
Persephone – A Seasonal Kitchen is at 120 Jupiter Street, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City.
The latest concept from the team behind Taco Vengo combines a taqueria and café in one space—an unlikely, but genius pairing. Taco Vengo has always pushed the boundaries of what Mexican food should be, and the same goes for their menu at Vengo. The Shiitake Mushroom Tostada, with a blend of earthy shiitake mushrooms, sweet fried shallots, and the zest of lime is so tasty, you won’t even notice it’s meatless. Vengo also offers coffee and cocktails, making this chill spot the perfect hangout, any time of the day.
Vengo is at C. Palanca Jr. Street corner Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Having some balikbayan friends over? Treat them at
Damiana’s is at 110 C. Palanca Jr. Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
Engkanto Brewery’s Ian Paradies has finally built a home for his craft beer in Poblacion. With neon signs and décor so eccentric it crosses over to cool, Polilya has all you Instagram addicts covered. But it isn’t all aesthetics at this bar. They offer a menu of beer-based cocktails that are so slick, you might end up having one too many. But the tasty bar chow by Chef Luis de Terry is the type to leave a strong impression on you and your palate—you won’t forget the Zen Chicken Nuggets, or your classic, mildly gingery Hainanese chicken formed into golden-fried nuggets, even on the morning after.
Tai Koo HK Roast
Craving no-frills classic roast duck and barbecue pork? You don’t have to head to Hong Kong or even Binondo to have your fix. Tai Koo HK Roast offers sumptuous rice and noodle bowls with different kinds of Chinese-style roasts, right smack at the center of Makati’s CBD. They’ve got you covered, from char siu (or roast pork belly) to roast duck and soy chicken, and the best part is their prices won’t blow a hole in your pocket.
Tai Koo HK Roast is at G/F V Corporate Centre, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City.