Like most Filipino dishes, adobo doesn't have one "right" recipe. Instead, every Filipino family has their own take on the classic dish, tweaking flavors and ingredients to suit their individual palates. The same goes for Filipino restaurants: No two of them serve the same version of adobo.
That said, some versions of adobo are admittedly "better" than others. If you want to sample the best adobo in Makati City, for example, the restos below should be your first stop.
Address: G/F Dela Rosa Carpark 1, Dela Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday)
With branches all over the Metro, Adobo Connection is the most accessible on this list. They offer a wide variety of adobo — like Adobo Flakes, Classic Liempo Adobo, and Spicy Beef Adobo — for a price range of Php99 to Php149. You can also customize your own adobo based on meat (pork, chicken or beef), flavor (classic, barbecue, spicy, and gata), and side dish (2 shanghai rolls or pansit).
Address: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M (Monday – Thursday, Sunday), 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Friday – Saturday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 828-4888
We mentioned Blackbird a couple of times before: as one of the most romantic restaurants in Makati, and as the former site of the Nielson Airport. Aside from those two tidbits, Blackbird also serves one of the best adobo dishes in the Metro, and plays all sorts of music — blues, electronica, jazz, and samba — to go along with your meals. To make the most of the resto's intimate setting, be sure to book your seat ahead of time!
Address: G/F One Rockwell Building, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 843-7275, (+63 2) 843-PARK
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 939-93G-RACE, (+63) 939-934-7223
Helmed by Chef Margarita Flores (2016's Best Female Chef in Asia), Grace Park uses an ingredient not commonly found in adobo: lamb. Even if you're not a lamb-lover, however, Flores' take on the quintessential Filipino dish will leave you coming back for more, with its tender meat, generous garlic toppings, and rich sauce. Bon Appétit!
Restaurante Pia y Damaso
Address: L/2 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 729-5511
This Spanish-Filipino restaurant serves three varieties of adobo: Crispy Adobo Chicken Skin and Tails, Catfish Adobo Rolled in Bacon, and Adobo Pork and Chicken. The restaurant's also named after two important characters in Jose Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere — Pia Alba and Padre Damaso — so have fun as you dig into the adobo variety of your choice.
Address: 148 Jupiter cor. Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
There's a reason we named Romulo Café as one of Makati's best Filipino restaurants. Its black-and-white interiors are elegantly simple, with pictures of Romulo family members lining the walls to enhance the homey feel. Like Restaurante Pia y Damaso, they offer three adobo dishes: Chicken-Pork Adobo Romulo Style, Adobong Manok sa Gata, and Laing with Adobo Flakes.
Address: 146 Jupiter cor. Saturn St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 24/7
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 895-0101, (+63 2) 895-0725
Since the 1930s, The Aristocrat has been the go-to restaurant for Filipino families looking for homecooked food outside the home. Aside from their signature grilled dishes, Aristocrat also serves no less than six adobo varieties: Chicken Adobo, Pork Adobo, Chicken and Pork Adobo, Lola Asiang's Chicken and Pork Adobo, Longanisa and Chicken Pork Adobo, and Aristocrat Flying Saucer Adobo.
Address: L/1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Friday), 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Saturday), 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 403-35-85
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 917-882-7594
At this Sandy Daza-run restaurant, the Tostadang Adobo is a bestseller. True to its name, its meat is slightly toasted and covered with a thick sauce. You can pair the Tostadang Adobo with pretty much everything else on the menu, or you can try Chef Daza's other adobo dishes like Adobo Flakes and Adobong Kangkong with Lechon Kawali Bites.
XO 46 Heritage Bistro
Address: G/F Le Grand Building, 130 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 553-6632
First, a caveat: If you don't speak or understand Filipino at all, this isn't the restaurant for you. But if you can keep up with the waiters conversing with you in pure Tagalog, you should try their Adobong Batangas sa Atsuete, Adobong Baka sa Bawang, Adobong Pusit, and Adobo sa Bawang. Sarap!
How would you rank these 8 restos? What's your favorite adobo resto, within and/or outside Makati City? Sound off your answers in the comments below!