Like in Makati City, for example. Although Bonifacio Global City (a.k.a. The Fort) is quickly catching up as Metro Manila's corporate and lifestyle center, Makati still attracts a good number of diehard foodies, as evidenced by the fact that up-and-coming restaurateurs chose to open the cool places below in the city. Whether you prefer sweet desserts or bitter coffee, make sure to add these restaurants to your "To-Visit" list.
Address: G/F The Picasso Boutique Service Residences, 119 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:30 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
First up is… Bacon! Cartel Deli gives this classic breakfast dish a 180-degree twist by allowing customers to lay on the bacon (wow, that rhymed) on their sandwich however they like.
Also, the deli has chocolate truffles in every color you can imagine, bread in every shape you can think of and good ol' coffee. They're open almost 24 hours, making them an ideal stop for a quick breakfast or a late night meal. What more can you ask of a café in the CBD?
Il Fiore Gelato Lab
Address: 4740 Salamanca cor. Eduque St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Vegetarian-friendly gelato, anyone? Find it in this hole-in-the-wall café tucked beside Trump Tower and Century City Mall. Get cheered by the pastel-colored interiors, as you wait for your orders prepared in the café's "earth-friendly" kitchen.
Take your pick between healthy pastas, sandwiches and salads, the ingredients of which are all locally sourced. Or try the owner's pick Fior di Latte, which is the base for all the other flavors Il Fiore has to offer. Whichever you choose, it's sure to be free of preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients. Buon appetito!
Address: G/F The Linear Makati (Tower 2), Yakal cor. Mayapis St., Brgy. San Antonio, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Want to try cooking your own takoyaki (octopus balls)? Try it at Kenshin, an authentic Japanese izakaya with a not-so-conventional location in Makati (it's neither in Little Tokyo nor the CBD). With the batter, filling and takoyaki tray provided, you can create your own version of this popular Osakan street food.
Of course, takoyaki isn't the only food this place has to offer. They also have sizzling yakisoba (fried noodles), sushi, sashimi, set meals, coffee jelly and other tasty treats unique to Japan. Plus, the restaurant is named after Himura Kenshin (the main character of the anime Rurouni Kenshin) who's famous for the cross-shaped scar on his cheek — hence the cross on Kenshin's logo!
Address: 2/F Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, A. P. Reyes St., Brgy. Carmona, Makati City
Opening Hours: 12:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 12:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Friday – Saturday), 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Sunday)
If you love Filipino-American comfort food, you'll love Mudpie Heaven. With a menu that ranges from burgers and ice cream, to local favorites like caldereta and sinigang, there's bound to be something here that floats your boat (or rather, your appetite). The interiors also give it a hip, industrial feel, making it easy to sit back, relax and enjoy your meals as long as you can.
Tilde Hand Craft Café
Address: G/F EWC Bldg., 5417 Matilde cor. Gen. Luna St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 12:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday)
As their name suggests, Tilde Café makes everything from scratch. For example, instead of sourcing their bread from the nearest bakery, they make their own version instead. Also, they have a wide selection of mugs, from which the barista chooses the one most suitable for a particular customer. Looks like personalization is the name of the game as far as this café is concerned!
The Rabbit Hole
Address: 20 Malugay St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday)
Like the rabbit hole in "Alice in Wonderland," it's hard to find this one unless you squint. Once you do, though, you'll be taken to a whimsical world right in the middle of a bustling metropolis. No matter where you aim your camera in the café , an Instagram-worthy shot is literally a click away.
Their dishes aren't to sneeze at either. You can have a complete meal for a little over Php200, and their multi-layered brazo de Mercedes is to die for. The Rabbit Hole may be small, but it can give other hole-in-the-walls a run for their money if they're not careful!
Know of any new restos within Makati City? Give us a nudge and wink in the comments section, and have a happy "first weekend of October," dear readers!