Step into the culinary backdoor playground of Makati City that is Poblacion. Where new restaurant and bar concepts keep on mushrooming offering unparalleled options.
Walk along P. Burgos and you’ll see a towering 4-floor building- Long Time Ago’s décor peeks aggressively calling out your attention to look. When we say décor, this restaurant makes sure that they’d get your attention.
A huge dinosaur bone as the centerpiece of it all plastered on pre-historic designed stone walls. Random flags and Tiki Gods among the quirks that give this restaurant such a strong interesting character. Some might find the decor tacky, but we find Long Time Ago‘s set up pretty fun.
Szechuan Dishes and Then Some
Sichuan region is known to have high humidity and lots of rainy days, which is why red pepper is used in most of their dishes. Red pepper helps reduce dampness, and so a lot was centered around it. The humid climate also drives many to carry out a variety of food preservation techniques including pickling, salting, drying, and smoking food.
If you’re into spicy food and intense food, this spot will not disappoint you. They stay true to Southwestern cooking lineage.
More than being spicy Szechuan cuisine is very distinct as it bombs sweet and sour flavors as well. The most commonly used spices are “The Five Fragrances” which consist of fennel, pepper, aniseed, cinnamon, and clove; chili and Sichuan pepper.
Never miss experiencing their Chinese BBQ experience. There’s something about the collective way of sharing food with our loved ones by which makes the overall dining experience more wonderful.
Skewer price ranges from 30php-100php/stick. They have marinated chicken, lamb, pork, beef, and other assortments. The meat itself is already flavorful but if you want to add more they have packets of chili powder and peanut sauces.
- Taiwan Sausage
- Chicken Wings (2pcs)/ 80php
- Gizzard (2pcs)/ 70php
- Beef (2pcs)/ 80php
One of a kind on the table grille set up. An automated small rotisserie is set up in front of you. No need to manually man your BBQ sticks by which makes the overall dining experience seamless. BBQ are evenly grilled.
Their exhaust system is pretty good as you won’t smell like grilled meat after.
Aside from their tabletop charcoal barbecue options, they have a wide array of meat, poultry, and even vegetarian-friendly items.
Fresh Juice/Shakes Available
These dishes are best paired with LTA Rice (Long Time Ago) and Yang Chao Fried Rice.
All the food are good for sharing and are expected to be spicy. We recommend that you don’t tamper the standard spiciness level so you can pretty much experience what Szechuan cuisine is all about.
If you want a unique dining experience and the restaurant’s character itself is a conversation topic. Their price for their hot dishes (to share) is a little steep, but the serving portions are huge which is perfect for large groups. Long Time Ago stays true to the Szechuan lineage of crafting each dish by using authentic core ingredients.
We also have to point out that, parking is available! Burgos is known to have one to none parking spaces and thank heavens for establishments with dedicated parking spots.
Stay for hours enjoying their good food while chugging an ice-cold beer.
- Address: P. Burgos Corner Gen. Luna Street, Poblacion, Makati City
- Contact #: 02 8246404 and 02 8096258
- Average Spend: 1,000php/2 pax
- Operating Hours: Lunch (11:30am-2:30pm)/ Dinner (5:00pm-2:30am)
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