With that out of the way, let's get started.
8 Cuts Burger Blends
Address: V Corporate Center, 125 L. P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. (Thursday), 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. (Saturday to Sunday)
This may seem like an odd addition to this list, but bear with us for a bit. Aside from their signature burgers, 8 Cuts Burger Blends also has offerings you'd want to add to your Lenten repertoire. By the way, the name comes from their use of 8 parts of beef for each patty. (The more you know!)
Must-Try for Lent: Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Shrimp & Tomato Alfredo Pasta, Fishy 'Wich, Holiday Salad
Crying Tiger Street Kitchen
Address: 4986, P. Guanzon St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 4:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. (Thursday to Sunday)
Of all the restaurants on this list, this is the only one open on Good Friday. If you're eating on any day except March 25, we suggest you try out their signature Thai Basil Chicken, Mee Goreng, Moo Ping and Pad Thai. The place isn't what you'd call "fancy," but it's still great for tasty and affordable Thai food.
Must-Try for Lent: Grilled Squid, Drunken Fish, Cocktail Drinks
Early Bird Breakfast Club
Address: G/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Saturday to Sunday)
Start your morning right by grabbing a bite from the Early Bird Breakfast Club. With its lively interiors and mouthwatering dishes, the restaurant provides the perfect break to your fast (heh). Whether you're craving for traditional Filipino dishes or American-sized servings, you'll find them here.
Must-Try for Lent: Lemon Butter Bangus, Red Velvet Lingerie, Spanish Sardines with Kesong Puti
Address: G/F Glorietta 2, Glorietta Complex, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. (Saturday to Sunday)
If you're craving for Chinese dishes, Lugang Cafe has you covered. The nature motif and glossy interiors of the restaurant will put your mind at ease. Also, if you're fine with eating meat dishes, try their famous xiao long bao (steamed bun)
Must-Try for Lent: Cucumber with Vinaigrette, Taiwanese Pickled Cabbage, all seafood dishes
Address: 2226 Chino Roces Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., 5:30 P.M. to 11:30 P.M. (Saturday to Sunday)
A European restaurant, Prime 101 is known for its customizable menu and steak dishes. It's also a cocktail joint with a comfy lounge area, so have fun hanging out with your fellow "staycationers" in this restaurant.
Must-Try for Lent: Seafood appetizers, Red Snapper Sambal, Scallop, Seafood Pasta, Seabass, Seafood Risotto
Address: G/F Joya Tower, Joya Drive, Rockwell, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. (Thursday), 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M. (Friday to Saturday), 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. (Sunday)
What if you'd rather have a dish from good ol' Spain? Then drop by the Joya Tower in Rockwell, and look for Rambla. Their specialties are paella and crispy suckling pig, though you might want to check out their bar as well.
Must-Try for Lent: Everything under the "Pescados & Mariscos" heading
Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie
Address: 3/F Power Plant Mall, Makati City
Opening Hours: 12:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. (Saturday), 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Newly opened in Power Plant Mall, Tuan Tuan rode on the siopao (pork bun) craze that hit Philippine shores. Aside from buns, they also have customizable noodle soups, rice dishes and even U.S. premium beef ribs. Of course, you should only try that last one once the Holy Week is over!
Must-Try for Lent: Halibut Soup dishes, Fish Fillet with Pumpkin and Crabstick in Creamy Sauce on Rice
Address: 4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. (Saturday to Sunday)
Last but not the least, we have YUMI, a Japanese restaurant with a modern twist. Considering the nationality of the place, it shouldn't be too difficult to find Lenten-friendly dishes here.
Must-Try for Lent: Temaki dishes, sushi/sashimi dishes, their makimono, moriawase, chiraishi, tempura
This is by no means a complete list. For other places where you can get your Lenten fix, check out these Holy Week-friendly dishes from Preen. You can also check out Corner Tree Cafe, the Cravings Group of Restaurants and Catch, of which you can find more information here. In the meantime, enjoy your vacation here in Makati (or wherever you are in the Philippines), and see you next week!