The good news is, there are also plenty of restaurants in Makati City where proprietors go out of their way to make their place stand out. If you poke around the Financial Capital of the Philippines, chances are you'll find cool eateries like:
Address: G/F The Linear Makati, Yakal cor. Mayapis St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:30 A.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Monday – Sunday)
At first glance, Kenshin seems like your typical hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant — until you order one of their takoyaki or octopus balls. Instead of having a chef cook the balls for you, you'll be given a special pan and ingredients so you can make your own takoyaki from scratch. No need to worry about whether you can cook takoyaki or not; the friendly servers are more than willing to give a demo.
Ludo Board Game Bar and Café
Address: 38 Jupiter cor. Planet St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 5:00 P.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Tuesday – Thursday), 5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Friday), 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Saturday), 12:00 P.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Sunday)
You may have been told not to play with what you eat. But what if you can play while you eat? At Ludo Board Game Bar and Café, you'll get exactly what you expect from its name: Hours of fun and excitement as you play almost any kind of game you can think of (with the exception of video games, of course). You can even ask the staff for tips and tricks on the games while they hand you your orders.
Noche: Dine in the Dark
Address: 4/F A. Venue Suites, Gen. Luna cor. Salamanca St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M., 8:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. (Saturday – Sunday)
If there's one restaurant that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "blind date," this would be it. Billing itself as the only restaurant in the Philippines where guests dine in total darkness, Noche grants an "eye-opening" dining experience you won't forget. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn't allow guests to bring anything that can emit light, since light sources would completely break the feel that Noche is going for.
Precious Moments Restaurant and Gift Shop
Address: 95 Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Whether you're a fan of Precious Moments merchandise, or you just like cute things in general, you're sure to enjoy your stay at this restaurant-slash-gift shop. Serving Chinese and Filipino food, Precious Moments Restaurant and Gift Shop is an ideal dining place for families who love a simple atmosphere with a touch of nostalgia. The restaurant is pretty easy to find, since it's a stone's throw away from the intersection of Gil Puyat (Buendia) Avenue and Osmeña (South Super) Highway.
Address: 9639 Kamagong St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 12:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Tuesday – Saturday), 12:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Like Precious Moments Restaurant, Tenant Café sells merchandise alongside food. It's also relatively easy to find, being tucked near the corner of Chino Roces (Pasong Tamo) Avenue and Kamagong Street. Aside from the usual café fare (coffee, sandwiches, pastries), Tenant Café also offers surf boards, stylish clothes for men and women, and other stuff you can use this summer.
Trufa Pasta Bar
Address: 109 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
It's not every day you spot a Catalan pasta bar in Makati — let alone one that allows you to customize your own pasta. If you're not a pasta lover already, Trufa Pasta Bar will surely convert you with their seemingly infinite pasta combinations. To build your pasta from scratch, choose La Salsa (your sauce), choose La Pasta (self-explanatory), and choose La Algeria (your toppings). ¡Bon profit!
Address: G/F Alphaland Makati Place, Ayala Ave. cor. Malugay St., Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Saturday), 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Everything about this place screams unique. Between the stuffed toys of animals like giraffes, tigers, and pandas, to the eclectic offerings on their menu (you can order an American sandwich alongside a Korean bing su), and the explorer outfits of the servers, you'll feel like going on your own jungle adventure.
We're sure these aren't the only Makati restaurants that offer a unique dining experience. If you know of other places in the city where you can do more than sit down and eat, give us a holler in the comments!