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Valentines 2020: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Valentines 2020: Where to EAT, Where to Go, and What to Do

Play your cards right this Valentines season as the Fat Girls Day Out shows you Where to EAT, Where to GO, and What to DO. A Curated Guide.

Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

Fondue Smorgasbord at the Old Swiss Inn

For Old Swiss Inn’s November offerings, they are serving up the Fondue Smorgasbord. Old Swiss Inn is known for its various specialty fondue dishes. Smörgåsbord is a type of Scandinavian meal, originating in Sweden, that serves buffet-style with multiple hot and cold dishes of various […]

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

The Ultimate Poblacion Neighborhood Guide

Poblacion was the hidden outskirt location in Makati for most of us when people started realizing that Ayala centers don’t give that much experience value rather than generic and overrated international franchises.


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It was known for years as a red-light district, Poblacion is trading its spunky reputation for seediness and skewing itself to be a place where cool is redefined. Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively.

Poblacion is the old downtown area of Makati and its second most important commercial center, after the Central Business District. It was the home to City Hall, it’s the first settlement in Makati, and has long served as the city’s center of local government

Over the years upscale developments started with the Rockwell Center where the posh and affluent do their malling and buy a few condominium units.  A-venue starting to pop out and Century City Properties starting building premium units and another mall of course. Ironically, the seediness is still there and it should be perhaps because it is part of its character.


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Heavily wheeled by white-collar Filipinos and expats, they infiltrate the mushrooming dining and drinking scene. Burgos is humid, has sketchy roads, one to none parking space yet its community kept on growing progressively.


Why stay in Poblacion 

the Poblacion area is probably the best place to stay in Manila because you are still centrally located in Makati, accommodation options from clean backpacker hostels up to upscale hotels. Most importantly the art and dining confluences in its neighborhood.


Here are some of the recommended accommodation options (various price points)

  • U Hotels who made their debut exactly a year ago, and today they are actually toted as the no.1 hotel in Metro Manila on TripAdvisor customer feedbacks. Average price 2,000php/40 USD
  • I’m Hotel a 5-star hotel accommodation offering impeccable service and room comforts. Average price 100USD
  • Z Hostel this Poblacion famous hip hostel offers private rooms for as low as 1,200php/ 20USD and bunk bed (hostel) accommodations. Do check out their rooftop bar.
  • Check out these rated and best-priced hotels in the area HERE.


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burgeoning art and food scene

The Poblacion dining scene is its backdoor hipster counterpart offering an unparalleled haven for those seeking to peek into another world. If you want to experience this neighborhood never miss out on these places.

El Chupacabra in Poblacion, Makati is a Mexican restaurant which earned its credo to be serving really good street tacos and cheap local beers. I remember stumbling at this joint back in 2012 while my former date and I wanted to still hang out and look for a place that sells good grubs and open til’ late.


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El Chupacabra remains dimly lit, cheap light bulbs peppered at its open dining area. Its vandalized wall and loud Latino reggaeton give much character to the place.


We recommend that you get these staples:

  • Carne Asada (grilled steak taco)
  • Baja California Fish Taco
  • Pollo Asado (chicken)

El Chupacabra’s tacos, in their most basic form. Dry griddled corn tortilla, a grilled protein of some kind, salsa, cilantro, onion, and lime. Unlike most Tex-Mex “fusion” places you see nowadays where they totally f*** up a taco because of too much playfulness. They focused so much on the aesthetics that forget to forget the truest taste of what a street taco should be.



Their proteins are well brinned as you can taste strong flavors with every bite. Generous toppings for tacos are onion, cilantro, and Pinoy lime. Like any good taqueria they finely minced onion and chopped non-wilted cilantro. Drizzle with their housemade salsa and sour cream for added texture and tartness to each bite. We want our street tacos oily, flavourful, and unapologetic. They still serve the best value for money Tex-Mex food in Metro Manila (so far).



  • Address: 5782 Felipe Street
    Operating Hours: 11AM-4AM, Mon-Sat / 11AM-12MN, Sun
    Local Beers: Approximately PHP 55 per bottle (1USD)
    Expect to Spend: Around PHP 350 per person (6-7USD)

Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli: Filipino Craft Beers and the KKK Banner

What you can expect to taste is an array of carefully combined native flavors that help you ease into the dark hours like no other place in Makati. Go for their large collection of locally produced craft beers from different makers.


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They have a veranda-style space with KKK banners and national flags hanged on its capiz ticketed walls. Their wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the different concoctions that they are selling so feel free to talk to them. We love going to Alamat on a random weekday night and sometimes they hold live performances from different OPM acts.


Alamat Deli & Pub 

  • Location: Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli is at 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street Barangay Población, Makati City.
  •  Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 6PM-2AM, Sundays, 6PM-12MN
  • Contact: alamatfilipinopub@gmail.com / +63917-5302580.



A relatively new kid on the block. A down to earth nook along the Tambai Alley in Felipe Street. The main premise of this establishment is its glorious fresh oysters being flown in daily from Aklan.


A 16-seater laid-back space. Modern, noir in color temperament, reclaimed wood, industrial steel, and low-dimmed bulbs. The whole room is very narrow, and yet oddly comfortable- comfort in such sense that it felt cozy and the ambiance of the whole place is warm. They even have their own Spotify Playlist!  Play some of the tunes to get the whole vibe of the place.


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Come for their oysters and scallops.  You’ll see the number of oysters available for the night written on the board by the wall as supplies of oysters are limited. Come early as Wantusawa is already packed by 7-8pm.


  • Location: Tambai Alley, 5779 Felipe Street, Poblacion, Makati City
  • Open: Tuesday-Sunday 7pm-1am

Yalla Yalla: Lebanese Food Done Right

In Lebanese, Yalla Yalla means “hurry up”. Everything is meant to be eaten quickly or on the go. Lebanese food uses the Seven Spice Blend that is a mixture of equal parts of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, and ginger. These ingredients together make their food tasty and full of flavor. Their menu is straight forward, order your beef or chicken in a wrap or on a bed of rice. It’s unassuming but packs a punch.


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Chicken Shawarma Wrap (125 PHP) Their chicken pieces were so rich in flavor that was complimented by the assortment of vegetables present in the wrap. The icing on the cake was the Toum, it is a creamy garlic lemon sauce or shawarma sauce. To add a bit of bite, you can also add Shata, their version of hot sauce.




Beef Shawarma on Rice (185 PHP) The sliver of beef pieces was perfectly seasoned and strong in flavor. All the elements of the platter worked perfectly together. The best thing about this is there is absolutely no trace is preservatives in their meat. Their Toum and Shata sauce was just a perfect combination to add to this shawarma platter.

Yalla Yalla

  • 5652 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
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  • 400 Ave. Cost for 2 pax


A Curated & Guided Food Tour

Together with Auro Chocolate, an international award-winning, proudly Filipino bean-to-bar chocolate company that sustainably sources cacao beans from local farmers- to reintroduce the best of local chocolate not as a dessert, but as an innovative focal ingredient infused in savory dishes and craft drinks!


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Happening every Friday and Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, the Auro Chocolate Bar Crawl starts at 5 pm SHARP to avoid traffic AND so you can park before Poblacion gets crazy! They only accept 30 people per day so book your ticket now while spots last on www.aurochocolate.com/barcrawl for this one-of-a-kind chocolate experience!


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Where to Experience Art?

Ugnayan sa Poblacion (5852 Alfonso street)


  • We’ve come across the Ugnayan Poblacion during our wanderings in the neighborhood. It has an open house set up where everyone is welcome and encourage to just pick up a brush and just paint. The place is not “art-snooty” nor pretentions in any sense.


Pineapple Lab (R. Palma Street)

  • A creative hub that provides space for self-expression and gender inclusion thru diverse performances and art exhibitions. They’ve been involved in producing Fringe Manila since 2015, which is an open-access festival to a more diverse audience. Pineapple Lab Creative Director, Andrei Pamintuan adds, “What I hope is, that the LGBTQ artists see Pineapple Lab as one of the many safe spaces where their voices and artistry are seen and heard. What makes a safe space? Openness, selflessness, and honesty within the community.”

For events and listings check out their Facebook Page

DULO: A Multi-Platform Hangout in Poblacion for the Creatives

  • Inspired by gallery café in Malate, Manila in the late 70’s called Penguin Bar and Café. It was a bar for artists from all walks of life during the tail end of Martial Law. People who do not really have the money and connections put up their simple exhibit there. The owners wanted to put up a space that would address both markets in terms of their demographics and interests.


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Get a Tattoo at Arte Tattoo

  • Tattoo as a form of not just self-expression, but also it represents your lifestyle and beliefs. Arte Tattoo specializes in fine lines, watercolors, and mandala art.

Check out their Instagram page for their sample works.

Overall Take

Between the night clubs and bars in Poblacion are homey Korean establishments, cool hostels, great food finds, and beautiful art – an eclectic mix that perfectly reflects our country’s melting pot of cultures. Want to explore more of Manila?


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Spectrum at Fairmont: Japanese Izakaya Done Right

Spectrum at Fairmont: Japanese Izakaya Done Right

Delight in your favourite Japanese dishes at the Spectrum at Fairmont where they serve various culinary favourites every Wednesday night.

Long Time Ago (Poblacion): Your Not So Ordinary Szechuan Restaurant

Long Time Ago (Poblacion): Your Not So Ordinary Szechuan Restaurant

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.


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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.


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The place opened last 2017  and is actually a franchise amongst the other 300 outlets from China.


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.


FGDO Recommendations

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.

Set/per order:

  • Taiwan Sausage
  • Chicken Wings (2pcs)/ 80php
  • Gizzard (2pcs)/ 70php
  • Beef (2pcs)/ 80php
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Charcoals being torched


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The ground floor consists of grilling tables that can sit around 6 people.


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.


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Scallops with vermicelli and Garlic


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Shredded Beef with Bell Pepper
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Spicy Shrimps (880php)


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Taiwan Pechay with Garlic (320php)


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Braised Pork Ribs w/ Eggplants (480php)

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Frog Casserole (880php)

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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.


Why Go?

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.



Long Time Ago Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  • 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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Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati: How About Some Mid-Afternoon Champagne?

Writer’s Bar at the Raffles Makati: How About Some Mid-Afternoon Champagne?

A charming tradition awaits afternoon tea aficionados as Writers Bar offers a Champagne Afternoon Tea with luxury brand Veuve Clicquot from April 23 to June 30, 2019 at Raffles Makati.

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Where to To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Most won’t have any clue just yet where to take their precious Dads, so the Fat Girls Day Out crew listed our top curated recommendations to help you out!

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats: Solid Food Grub as Always

The Brgy. Kapitolyo food scene was defined by these roster of concepts; Cafe Juanita, Charlie’s Grind & Grill, Poco Deli, and Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats. Established around 2012, Mad Mark’s was positioned to be a solid sandwich place where you’d be able to get “THE” Man Sandwich and good artisanal ice creams. Owned by Mark Isidro who got his inspiration from the US ic cream parlor shop called Mom and Pop Ice Cream Parlor. 


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I’ve been visiting the Kapitolyo branch far too many times just to get myself a scoop or two of their best sellers Half-Baked Madagascar and Java Chocolate and when I’m feeling famished I’d go for their hearty meal plates. Recently, Bianca and I craved for good solid meal plates while we were at Makati and thanks to all the food gods!  Mad Mark’s actually has another branch in the Glorietta 3 Complex. The place is quaint and can get really busy during peak hours.


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FGDO Top Picks 

We were famished so we ordered a number of bestseller plates! Let us share with you our food visual snippets.


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Fat Chips (99php)/Seasoned Potato Wedges



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Johny Double Black Ribs (265php)/ Full Slab/ 2 Sides

Their signature ribs in JDB sauce, slow cooked for 20hrs before they grill these babies. Tasty and tender ribs, just enough hint of sweetness, strong southern BBQ flavor and smokey.


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Daily Steak (265php)/ 150g USDA Flat Iron Steak/2 Side

The full-flavored, classic flat iron steak that is grilled according to your preference. Go for their in-house sauce to compliment everything.


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Creole Grilled Chicken (215php)/ Boneless fillet/ 2 Sides

This chicken has a great taste and is just spicy enough without being overpowering. Perfect with any sides.


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Deep Fried Cheesecake/ Madagascar Ice Cream/Chocolate Sauce

The perfect prologue after a good solid meal

Why Go?

I would still definitely vouch for their VALUE FOR MONEY offerings. You’d be able to enjoy a ‘good old’ USDA steak plate for less than 500php. Generous servings, attentive wait staff, and superb ice creams. It’s so good in fact that most of the time it’s way better than most international franchises that came along recently. Their restaurant is not intimidating and exudes this aura of coming inside a rustic southern family home where they will stuff you with their good food and hospitality

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Mad Mark's Creamery & Good Eats Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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