Now that we're going into the second half of 2016, we feel it's only appropriate to make another list like the above — albeit one that covers areas other than the CBD. After combing through the city and researching every newly opened establishment (big and small), this is what we came up with.
Address: UPRC1 Building, 2230 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Opening Hours: 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. (Tuesday – Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 744-1569
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 927-783-7038
Originally located in Bonifacio Global City, Black Sheep has since moved to Makati under new management. It offers Filipino-Chinese food, but with a twist: You can create a degustation of anything from the menu as you please. Since the menu is relatively small, might as well try all of it!
Come Forth Kitchen
Address: 120 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday)
The punny name isn't the only thing this restaurant has to offer. With its small yet cozy interiors, its rich food and its proximity to a fitness club, Come Forth Kitchen is the perfect after-work dining place. There are also the well-trained servers, who are polite and skilled enough to suggest menu items without forcing them on you.
Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge
Address: 1-C Valdelcon Building, 20 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M. (Tuesday – Thursday), 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Friday – Saturday), 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 A.M. (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 546-5789
Even though it's located in the middle of busy Makati, Cuore Bistro and Social Lounge is a surprisingly relaxing place. The ambience is homey, the dishes are rich in both style and substance, and the service is top-notch. If you don't have kids with you, you can also pair your orders with quality wine to complete your dining experience.
Address: San Lucas cor. Padre Burgos St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 4:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M. (Tuesday – Thursday), 4:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. (Friday – Saturday), 12:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Mobile Number(s): (+63) 915-725-7378
If there's one Latin American restaurant in Barangay Poblacion you should check out, it's this one. Led by Chef Kel Zaguirre, Empingao serves authentic, flavorful Latino dishes within a small yet eclectic environment. Its Churrasco is a must-try, as is everything else on the menu. Buen Provecho!
Happy Garden Café
Address: Sunshine Place, 56 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City
Opening Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday), 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Telephone Number(s): (+632) 261-0115
True to its name, Happy Garden Café makes use of earth colors for its interior design. Its dishes are organic, which complements the whole Mother Nature vibe. Apparently, its owners are also the people behind Bizu Patisserie, so you can expect more or less the same quality from this café's baked goods.
Solstice Bistro and Boulangerie
Address: G/F 8 Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati City
Opening Hours: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 7:00 A.M. – 12:00 A.M. (Friday – Saturday), 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Mobile Number(s): (+632) 977-748-8861
If you loved One Way (along Salcedo St.,), you'll love this one. Between the Western dishes and cocktails, and getting serenaded by a 3-person band, Solstice Bistro and Boulangerie is a great place to take your significant other for a romantic date.
Address: G/F Solace Hotel, 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)
Tenant Café (also known as "Tenant Manila") is not your ordinary casual dining place. Downstairs, you can sip a cup of coffee and munch on a sandwich. Upstairs, you can shop for beach clothes, surfing equipment and other fashion staples. The owner is very hands-on with her customers, and it's a nice place to work and chat without being disturbed.
Address: The Alley, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 11:30 P.M. (Tuesday – Saturday)
Mobile Number(s): (+632) 917-720-8630
Don't let the casual dining setup fool you. Even though it doesn't have a dress code, Toyo Eatery serves some of the finest Filipino cuisine in the Metro, courtesy of Chef Jordy Navarra of Black Sheep. It's recommended that you reserve your spot via e-mail or mobile, though the eatery also accepts walk-ins. The only downside to this place is that it operates on a cash-only basis, so make sure your wallet is full before you eat here!
What do you think of this list? Are there other Makati restaurants that have opened within the past year, and haven't been featured in any of our posts so far? Share them in the comments!