Discover Makati’s Hidden Dining Gems
Visiting Makati shouldn’t be only about doing business, as the city is also a great place to unwind. And choosing hotel accommodations in Makati is the best place to start that fun city break. Of course, knowing the key places of interest to see, as well as great places to eat in Makati makes preparing and planning the trip easier.
You may not know it, but there places in Makati City that are low-key but serves good food, too. These places are perfect for first dates, anniversaries, and other momentous occasions because they are charming, affordable, and most especially they are not over crowded.
Located at Estrella street in San Antonio Village, Makati City, this small house-turned-restaurant became famous among yuppies because of its special bagnet, which costs just around 200 pesos. ‘Bagnet’ is a famous Filipino dish made out of chopped pork belly bits deep fried to mouth-watering perfection. Here, they serve different variants of the dish such as Bagnet Curry, Bagnet Binagoongan, Sisig, Bagnet Spicy Gata, Dinuguan, and Bagnet Kare-kare. While for dessert, 8065 Bagnet also serves cinnamon rolls. This is a good place to go if you want to get a delicious full meal minus the hefty bill, such as those you’d get from the usual Makati accommodation and hotel.
Top Meals Food Haus
This establishment located at the back of Rockwell Mall specializes in native Bicolano favorites such as Pork Binagoongan and Bicol Express. Though very small and has only 5 tables inside and 3 outside, the place is well-furnished with native woodcraft and hand-made artworks from different provinces in the Philippines. Top Meals Food Haus also has other Filipino favorites on their menu like the Pinakbet, Lechon Paksiw, Sinigang, Calamares, Adobo, Sisig, Chop Suey, and Inihaw na Liempo. They also have their own version of the Halo-Halo for just 59 pesos. You won’t find these delicious meals and affordable price even in cheap hotels in Makati City, Philippines.
Cucina Rusticana serves premier Italian food that is still affordable than those served at the hotels and other fancy restaurants in the city. Located at the corner of Akle and Kamagong, this rustic old restaurant provides big servings of dishes such as Chicken Parmigiana and Osso Buco. They also have Parmesan Potato Mash for starters, and Chocolate Rhum Panna Cotta and Tiramisu for dessert.
My Family Kitchen
Also known as M.F.K this place along Kamagong Street offers delectable Filipino and Spanish dishes. Best-sellers are the Ox Tail Kare-Kare and Beef Salpicado. They have a wide variety of fish and pork specialties that are good for sharing for just under 400 pesos. M.F.K also has sandwiches and sweets such as the very tasty chocolate fondue cake and their own version of ensaymada with loads of butter and grated Edam cheese.
Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe
Located in the corner of Perea and De La Rosa streets, this cafe serves one mean Chicken Spinach Lasagna, served with Garlic Cheese rolls. For just 125 pesos try their famous Oreo Cheesecake. Other best-sellers are the Sirloin Burger plus fries. They are open until 11 PM even on weekends.
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