Opening Hours: 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Monday – Sunday)
Telephone Number: (02) 697-7804
Mobile Number: 0923-224-72-87
Development-wise, Makati City isn't slowing down. Although Taguig is rapidly catching up with the likes of Bonifacio Global City, real estate developers still choose to locate their projects in Makati.
One of these developers is Alphaland Corporation. They built the Makati Place, which is marketed as a "uniquely intelligent" commercial and residential complex created with "environmental sustainability" in mind. Makati Place may have been around since 2012, but it was only in December 2015 when one of its restaurants, Whisk Asian Bistro Café, opened.
Located across the Makati Fire Station and The Columns (across RCBC Plaza), the restaurant purports to be yet another place where professionals can eat and have a good time. Of course, that begs the question: Does it deliver on both fronts? We're usually wary of places that claim to put a "new spin" on classic food. However, we're happy to say that Whisk Asian Bistro Café is one of the few that delivers on their promise.
Whisk Asian Bistro Café has two entrances: One from Malugay Street, the other from Makati Place. It's close to the CR (comfort rooms), so it's a convenient place to eat, in more ways than one.
Design-wise, the restaurant manages to strike a balance. It's casual enough for eat-out sessions with friends, but also sophisticated enough for private meetings with bosses. No matter where you sit, you can have a nice view of the lively city outside.
What really makes the interior stand out, however, is the creative use of whisks.
For this review, we ordered one Beef Teriyaki Rice (Php220), one Asian Citrus Banana Rolls (Php98) and one House Blend Iced Tea (Php130). As its name suggests, the teriyaki already comes with rice, so no need to make a separate order — unless you're the type who loves rice.
The same can be said of the Asian Citrus Banana Rolls.
But the biggest surprise has to be the House Blend Iced Tea.
And speaking of which, the tea was awesome! It didn't taste like your usual "house blend." Whisk Asian Bistro Café's version had a fruity flavor to it, like pomelo, but it was never overly sweet. Again, this was worth every peso.
Since we visited the restaurant around opening time, we were able to choose our seats. And the staff went out of their way to get us the most comfortable seats possible, so plus points to them for that.
Within minutes, they served us the iced tea and water. It took a little longer to serve the beef teriyaki (about 20 minutes), which made us wonder how quickly they serve meals when the place is a little more crowded. About halfway into eating the teriyaki, we were served the turon. (Note to self: Specify that the dessert be served after the meal is finished.) The staff also asked us what we thought of the dishes while we ate, and we replied positively.
Once we were done, we asked for the bill. By that time, there were already a few other people, but fortunately they didn't take too long to pick up our payment and hand out change. Throughout their work, the staff were always smiling, and that's always a good thing.
If there's one newly-opened restaurant that deserves more attention, it's this one. The ambience is suitable for most occasions (including Valentine's dates), the food is worth the price, and the staff provide good service. (They have openings for additional personnel, by the way.) Currently, this is their only branch in the Philippines, but they're doing pretty well as far as we're concerned. For that, we give them 9.5/10.