It might sound biased coming from us, but Filipino food is one of the best in the world. Aside from being incredibly delicious, it's also incredibly easy to put together. That's why, in lieu of the upcoming Independence Day celebration, we'd like to introduce you to some of the finest Filipino restaurants in Makati City.
Address: G/F Greenbelt Mansion, 106 Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Saturday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 815-1823
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 932-369-1784
Originally based in Tagaytay City, Bistro Pamana has since opened four more branches. One of these is along Perea Street in Legaspi Village, Makati City — a stone's throw away from corporate offices. With its modern-style furniture, and the pictures of the owners' family on the walls, this restaurant exudes a classy yet rustic ambience. Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, everything on Bistro Pamana's menu is a must-try for anyone looking for authentic Filipino home cooking.
Mesa Filipino Moderne
Address: G/F P2 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 728-0886
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 917-891-6372
Another dining place in the Greenbelt area is this one. A three-time Tatler awardee for Best Filipino Restaurant, Mesa Filipino Moderne serves a variety of dishes from regions all over the country. With prices ranging from Php100 to Php300, this restaurant provides good value for money. You can also visit its Power Plant Mall branch if that's closer to your place in Makati City.
Pino Resto Bar
Address: 38 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., 5:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M. (Monday – Saturday), 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 550-1781
If you look up "healthy eating restaurants in Makati," chances are you'll come across this one. It doesn't have the most attention-grabbing façade in the world, but it's still worth a visit for its unique take on Filipino classics like sisig, bagnet and kansi. Also, it's located beside Pipino Vegetarian, so your health-conscious friends can visit that instead.
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)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 478-6406, (+63 2) 822-0286
The moment you set foot in this place, you'll get the impression that this is no ordinary restaurant. Between the black-and-white color scheme, and the photos of the illustrious Romulo family on the walls, it looks more like a museum than a café. Still, the food is great, and it's a worthy addition to any list of "Filipino Restaurants to Eat With Loved Ones/Family."
Rural Kitchen of Liliw Laguna
Address: 104 Rada St., HRC Centre, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Saturday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 779 8073
As you might've guessed, the name doesn’t refer to the location. Rather, it refers to the origin of the dishes this restaurant serves. For example, there's the bonetes bread as complimentary appetizer, which goes well with butter and salsa sauce. There's also the adobong pusit, the taro stew, and mechado. The place is a bit small, but the colorful paintings and mirrors on the walls infuse it with personality nonetheless.
Address: 5819 Zobel Roxas cor Dian St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday)
Unlike most of the places on this list, this isn't located anywhere near the Central Business District. In fact, at first glance, you'd think this is your usual sidewalk carinderia — being located in a dilapidated area and all. As soon as you sink your teeth into their famous adobo, however, you'll know that there's more to this place than meets the eye. The chicken drumsticks have just the right amount of sweetness, and it's not drenched with soy sauce and vinegar like most versions of adobo are. Unless you mind the smell of burnt tires from a nearby shop, this is a hole-in-the-wall place you can't miss.
XO 46 Heritage Bistro
Address: G/F Le Grand Building, 130 Valero St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. (Monday – Saturday), 11:00 A.M. – 9:30 P.M (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+63 2) 553-6632
If you're looking for a truly "Filipino" dining experience, this should be on top of your list. The food is top-notch, the service is the same, and the waiters speak to you in pure Tagalog. (Side note: It's a great opportunity to practice your Filipino language skills!) It also has at least two branches in Makati, so knock yourself out exploring both of them.
So there you have it for the best Filipino restaurants in Makati City. We chose them based on a lot of factors, like ambience, quality of offerings, quality of service and authenticity. Any additions to this list are welcome in the comments!