Comparable to the famous Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, Makati has its own haven for foodies. Poblacion, more popularly known for its red light district, is an up and coming hot spot for hole-in-the-wall restaurants meant to satisfy both travelers and locals. Here’s a quick run through of new restaurants in Makati, specifically in the Poblacion area, that you should check out this weekend:
Night owls will surely love this place. Serving a mix of Asian and Western cuisine, Wok By 4900’s top-selling items are the Korea, Manila and Classic Mongolian Bowl. The Korea bowl entails fried rice mixed with kimchi, squid, chicken, mushrooms, and fried egg on top. The Manila Bowl has pork and chicken adobo, garnished with crispy chicharon and garlic.
Meanwhile, the Classic Mongolian Bowl has noodles and rice with tofu, bean sprout, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, string beans, cabbage, young corn, spring onion, bell pepper, chicken, and beef! Everything topped with a distinct Mongolian sauce.
Located at 4900 Durban Street, Wok By is open every day. From Monday to Thursday, serving starts at 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the place opens at 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Meanwhile, Wok By operates from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. every Sunday.
Lobo Filipino Tavern boasts of classic Filipino architecture and flavors partnered with modern dishes like lamb adobo, sizzling bulalo, pork sisig nachos, and squid ink pasta. From Monday to Saturday, Lobo opens at 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. It sits at 4898 Durban Street. Do note that the place closes at 12 a.m. on Sundays.
House of Joe is a homegrown bar famous for its craft beer. Their must-try drinks are the Fish Rider Pale Ale, Sierra Madre Wheat Pale, and Soothsayer Pale Ave. The Fish Rider is a strong and flavorful beer, with a rich copper color and a discrete citrus aroma. The Sierra Madre, meanwhile, provides that lighter, less bitter but still flavorful beer, with a more floral and fruity touch for girls.
Last but not the least is the Soothsayer. This drink is perfect for those who want to indulge in the art of tasting craft beers. All beers cost P160 for 350ml and P260 for 550ml. House of Joe is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. It is found at 5834 Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati.
Meaning “hurry up!”, Yalla Yalla allegedly sells the best authentic Lebanese cuisine. With bestsellers like their beef shawarma, shishtaouk, and the Lebanese burger, customers are definitely in for a treat. It is located at 5652 Don Pedro Street, and opens 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For other days of the week, it operates from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Enjoy booze and beats in this hip hangout. A craft cocktail room, coffee shop, and a music lounge, Oto is definitely an all-in-one recreational spot. From Monday to Sunday, Oto serves at 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. It sits at 5880 Enriquez Street.
The brainchild of Troy Conine, an internationally-trained pitmaster, Smokeyard serves low and slow smoked meats. Menu includes pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork, beef ribs, grilled sausages, and chicken. This classic American BBQ joint is located at 5666 Don pedro Street. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday starting 12 noon to 12 midnight. By the way, pets are allowed inside.
Hogs & Cattle Steakhouse is all about assorted cuts of meat. At just P300, you can get enough food in your belly. But if you really want to go all out, then try out their Wagyu-All-You-Can promo for P899! Located at G/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Hogs & Cattle Steakhouse is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
A concept café, Playground 11 features ice cream and shakes from Comfort Creamery and red velvet latte from Kitchen Diaries. Also, pastries from Sweetlings. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday to Wednesday, Playground 11 is at 5074 P. Burgos Street. On Fridays and Saturdays, it opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
Specializing in Spanish Cuisine, P800 can already accommodate a pair. It serves tapas and camarones, among others. In fact, the Olive-oil Fried Shrimp Camarones sells at P480 only. In a single bite, an explosion of peppery flavors hugs the shrimp imported from Indonesia. The Camarones is perfectly paired with the Chilean Mussels a la Mariniere. It is a garlic and white wine that gives an addicting “smokiness”. Chilean Mussels a la Mariniere costs P360.
Situated at 2/F Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street corner Makati Avenue, Taperia Poblacion operates from Monday to Sunday. It has a broken schedule which starts at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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