Neighborhoods: Makati According to Erwan Heussaff

Erwan takes us on a restaurant/pub crawl around Makati.


( There's something about the city of Makati that overwhelms us when we go there. It's always been a business district, busy, somewhat cold and grey, but lately, the city’s been showing its true colors. With the corporate buildings come the hungry and tired working guys and girls, and trust Makati to provide them with some of the best dining and unwinding spots in the Metro.


In fact, with so many choices, it's hard to decide where to plant your feet at the end of a long day. Luckily, we've got our favorite It Guy Erwan Heussaff (who would just like to clarify that he's a "cook, not a chef!") teaming up with the Make It Makati campaign to launch a set of videos called the Makati Food and Pub Crawl. In his words, "it's just a drop in the water of what's out there." The video guide shows you his personal picks for the best eats in Makati, which we translated into the neighborhood guide below.






Extraordinary Filipino food at XO 46

XO 46 is just one of those places where you find delicious, hearty Filipino food. Chef CK Kalaw shares that XO actually means "extraordinary." The restaurant has classic Filipino touches in its interiors, with waitresses dressed in traditional baro't saya and simple rattan placemats on each table. Erwan's favorite Filipino food stop serves up a delicious Adobo Batangas, which is beef braised for 4 to 6 hours with garlic, chilies and annatto oil. Erwan says that this place is perfect when you've got "a hankering for Filipino food done right and with a fresh new perspective."

Le Grand Condominium, 130 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel No. 553-6632
Open  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays

Photo taken from the XO46 Facebook page

Comforting continental dishes at Sala Bistro

While Sala Bistro is popular for their Sunday Brunch, this continental food stop makes Erwan's list as a place that "seeks to answer every craving you have for continental food." Their must-try item? The Beef Bourginon, which is beef stewed in burgundy. Sala's version of the dish has the beef on a throne of mashed potatoes.


Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati
Tel. No. 729-4888
Open  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays and from 11:00 a.m. to 12mn, Fridays and Saturdays

Seared sushi goodness at Kai
Tired of the usual Japanese fare? Erwan recommends Kai at Greenbelt 3 for a new Japanese food experience. Kai's food isn't about fusion-it's all about elevating traditional dishes to a new level with twists that satisfy the palate. Their Seared Sushi Platter brings out the flavors of the usually fishy sashimi while their bestseller, the 10-Hour Pork Belly, simmered with sake, soy sauce, and mirin has made Erwan a fan.

Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati 
Tel. No. 757-5209
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 12 mn



Spanish dishes with a twist at Cerveseria

The phrase "eat, drink, and be merry" seems appropriate for a place like Cerveseria, where Spanish fare with a twist is served up with a warm and cozy atmosphere. Books are piled up high in shelves with elaborate decoration. The must-try dish is the Huevos Rotos con Tocino, shoestring potatoes with egg and bacon.

Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati 
Tel. No. 757-4791
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 12mn

Strictly traditional Japanese food at Kikufuji

From the modern twist to more traditional fare, Erwan picks Kikufuji as one of the best Japanese stops in Makati. He describes it as a place to "relax, kick back and have some straightforward Japanese food." One of his favorite dishes is their Spicy Tuna, which has tempura bits in it to play with the spiciness of the tuna.


2277 Pasong Tamo, Legazpi Village, Makati
Tel. No. 893-7319 
Open from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m, Mondays to Fridays and   5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m, Saturdays and Sundays





Have some Japanese whiskey at Bar M

With an ambience that Erwan describes as "nice, intimate, and sophisticated," Bar M seems like a great place to have a drink to shake off the end of a bad day. The bar's great selection of Japanese whiskey makes Bar M stand out, but Erwan prefers 12-year-old single malt Lagavulin to cap off the day.

114 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati 
Tel. No. 8103365
Open from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.,  Mondays to Saturdays

Experience the perfect night at Museum Café

Museum Café, more commonly known as M Café, is pretty hard to miss. Right next to the Ayala Museum, M Café is often spoken in the same breath as Thursday nights, where people come for the drinks, the delicious food and good music. For cocktails, try the M, their signature drink, or the silver margarita. Food-wise, there's the fried lamb ribs, perfect with any drink.


Glass Wing, Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. Dela Rosa St., Makati
Tel. No. 757-3000
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12mn

Classic pub fun at Murphy's

If you and your friends were looking for a place to call your own where you can hang out every day like they do on TV, then Murphy's is for you. We love Murphy's for their quiz nights, Erwan loves the place for their Irish Car Bomb. Oh, and they also have draft beer, which isn't half bad.


Citiland Condo III Bldg, 105 VA Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati
Tel. No. 894-1884
Open from 10:00 a.m. to  12 m.n. from Mondays to Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays

Drink like a man at Blind Pig

One of the comments on our 10 Bars to Drink Alone story mentioned the Blind Pig as the place to drink when you’re by yourself. Erwan admits that the ambience makes you speak in a softer tone of voice. The only speakeasy in town, the Blind Pig serves up great drinks, with Erwan's choice being the Old Fashioned. For "strong quality drinks done in the right way," the Blind Pig is Erwan's choice for a quiet night.

227 Salcedo cor Gamboa St. Legazpi Village, Makati
Tel. No. (0917) 549-2264
Open daily from 6 p.m. onwards



Shanghai opulence at Salon de Ning

In the 1930s, Madame Ning was the belle of the ball in Shanghai. She served as the inspiration for Manila Peninsula's Salon de Ning. We love the place's attention to detail-each little room has its own theme dedicated to a part of Madame Ning's life. For the drinks, there's the Ning Sling and their signature drink, the Movie Star.

The Peninsula Manila, Makati Ave. Bel-Air, Makati
Tel. No. 887-2888
Open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Mondays to Saturdays

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