Address: 4/F Unit R01, ARGO 11, 4740 Salamanca cor. Eduque St., Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 11:00 A.M. – 11:59 P.M. (Saturday – Sunday)
Mobile Number: (+632) 975-927-9398
As the name suggests, this restaurant's main specialty is coconut chicken. The food is so obscure, even the menu has to provide instructions on how to eat it, as follows: "(1) Drink the coconut milk soup first; (2) Add the sauce to eat chicken; and (3) Add chicken soup after adding the side dishes."
Other than coconut chicken, the restaurant provides baozai (clay pot) dishes mixed with a wide variety of ingredients such as sausage, seafood, sirloin, and mushrooms. They also have soup, snacks, and pasta for those looking for more familiar dishes, as well as cocktail drinks to cap off your post-work meal.
Address: G/F OPL Bldg., Palanca cor. De La Rosa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 A.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Apparently, "Gringo" is the Latin-American term for foreigners. (It's also the name of a prominent Filipino politician.) Despite the connotations of its name, Gringo is a surprisingly chill place to spend your lunch and dinner.
Take your pick from their burritos, tacos, taquitos, and quesadillas, or go healthy with side dishes such as roasted squash and eggplant. If you have kids, treat them to chicken tenders and Bolognese spaghetti, or have them munch down on queso sorbetes and mango cream sticky rice. Provecho!
Address: G/F The Beacon Tower, Chino Roces cor. Arnaiz Ave., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M – 11:45 P.M. (Monday – Saturday)
Happy Hours: 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (Monday – Friday), 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 M.N. (Saturday)
Mobile Number: (+632) 905-438-8881
Unfortunately, you won't find any ships docking Lighthouse's harbor. But you will find the latest incarnation of the recently-closed Speakeasy in Legaspi Village. Serving all sorts of chill-out fare from pasta to coffee and bar drinks, Lighthouse is best known for their refreshing cocktails guaranteed to wash your stress away. Plus, they feature live performances every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to enhance the laidback atmosphere of the place.
Made Nice Supper Club
Address: G/F Planters Products Bldg., 109 Esteban St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Thursday), 6:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M. (Friday – Saturday)
Mobile Number: (+632) 995-017-2482
Fancy some fusion food? Let Made Nice Supper Club along Esteban Street (also home to Your Local and Yardstick Coffee) satisfy your post-5 o' clock cravings.
Dig into cuisines like duck yolk pasta and foie gras brioche, or top off your meal with ice cream made in-house. Made Nice is also set to revamp their menu according to the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall) next year, so keep an eye out for more tasty surprises to come!
Address: Don Pedro cor. Jacobo St., Poblacion, Makati City
Opening Hours: 6:00 P.M. – 2:30 A.M. (Tuesday – Saturday), 4:20 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Mobile Number: (+632) 917-558-4934
As the "first Costa Rica reggae lounge" in the Philippines, Pura Vida is in a league of its own. If you like reggae music, this is a good place to wind down after work. Otherwise, you can still sink your teeth into tasty Costa Rican treats such as patacones and strawberries-ice cream-graham cookies dessert.
Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory
Address: 2/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.
The much-anticipated Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory has finally set foot on Philippine shores, simultaneously opening two branches at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong and Greenbelt 5 in Makati City. Try one of their signature cheese cookies, which come in quirky yet scrumptious flavors like basil tomato & mozzarella, honey & gorgonzola, and salt & camembert. Their goods are so tasty, the company had to re-stock 4 days after their two stores opened!
Make no mistake, though: Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory isn't a one-trick pony. Aside from cookies, they also offer fluffy, giftable cheesecakes that come in milk, chestnut, strawberry, and matcha flavors. Go wild choosing between any of these, or take a sneak peek at their Instagram account for more mouthwatering concoctions.
Considering the rate at which new Makati restaurants pop up, we're bound to have missed an establishment or two. If you want to add to this list, or if you have any comments about the restaurants mentioned here so far, let us know in the comments!