Let us re-introduce Poblacion Makati with this food, art, and culture-centric neighborhood guide. A Fat Girls Day Out Curated Guide.
Tag: where to eat makati
Delight in your favourite Japanese dishes at the Spectrum at Fairmont where they serve various culinary favourites every Wednesday night.
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)
- Official Facebook Page
- Official Instagram Page
- Official YouTube Page
- Official Spotify Page- Curated MixTapes/Playlist
- Zomato Reviewer Profile
- TripAdvisor Top 2% Contributor
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Café Havana is one of the 1st few restaurants in Greenbelt 3. I would remember back in the mid 2000’s that this Latino-Cuban restaurant, the bar would come across as something interesting. Why so?
You would see expats frequent this place and over the years as it developed this reputation where foreigners would come and meet the “dalagang Filipina” of their dreams so to speak. The famous al fresco area became their meeting. But see, there’s more to this Greenbelt 3 tenure restaurant.
The late Larry J. Cruz. Founder and president of the LJC Chain got inspired from his trips to Cuba. There’s something about Cuba’s collective vibe and more so its vibrant cuisine. This restaurant offers homecooking inspired Cuban comfort food that are married with spices and flavor that are pretty similar to Spanish and African cooking, with some Carribbean influence.
Stepping inside Café Havana transports you to a cuban cigar and bar joint. The restaurant’s pastel-colored walls, historical décor commemorating Larry J. Cruz’s noteworthy photographs over the years, celebrity photographs, menu and classic cocktails are a love letter to his passion and the he grew fond of re-visiting when he was in Cuba.
The venue resembles a ’50s-era Havana bar, complimented by wooden homespun tables and chairs in the main dining area. Antique memorabilias and neon signs gives the space more character. Antique Cuban cigar boxes and rum bottles, historic posters and family heirlooms. During week nights, there’s live Latino music.
Our Recommended Food Choices
Popular foods in Cuba are replicated in Café Havana which include everything from rice and black beans withto chicken and shredded beef, and sampling the island cuisine is a real treat for your taste buds. Below are a few staple dishes you shouldn’t missed out on.
Bianca and I love our appretifs so we suggest that you grab a glass or two of their refreshing mojito. Tangy with enough punch to prepeare your palate to an excellent meal.
Inspired from sugar canes that grows abundantly in Cuba, rum is a tradition deep seated in Cuban culture. From the inhouse mojito prepared with muddled mint leaves and sugar to rum with a mixture of tropical fruit juices and the daiquiris that Hemingway famously guzzled at the Floridita Bar in Havana.
Sopa de Frijoles Negros (Cuban-style black bean soup)
Black beans are basically part of Cuban staple elements when it comes to food. Filling and comforting with every spoonful.
Shrimp in Coconut Curry Sauce
Chuletas de Pollo con Arroz Mejicano
Pan fried chicken breast topped with sauteed onionss served with Mexican rice.
Carribean Style Salmon with Mango Mambo Salsa
Fillet of juicy salmon steak complimented with mango and grain mustard sauce, served with fluffy squid ink rice.
Succulent baked pork spareibs served with Cafe Havana’s unique thick guava sauce.
Pudin de Pan Habanero
The cuban version of a bread pudding. Rich, thick, and yet delicate to the taste. The perfect ending to a nice meal.
A warm guva pie with light whipped cream served on the side. You’d want to pair this with coffee.
Our overall take
Café Havana yields more than just a ‘meet up’ bar they have so much to offer with their well thought out concept, background history, and with fine food influenced by places like Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean, plus invigorating drinks, such as the cocktails and the Cuba Libre (rum and coke), Café Havana sure feels almost designed to delight the palate and the senses.
The LJC Group never fails to deliver quality and cosistency over the years. Heck, we literally grew up eating at their restaurants. Learn more about their other concepts;
- Classic & Staple Selections
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For us, Good Food is Good Food. Food quality and taste is KING. No matter how “IG-worthy” a pseudo-fusion restaurant is people will continue to come back and will turn into as a repeat customer if the food that is being served to them is something valuable, good and comforting.
Chef Florabel’s mission is to make fine dining as non-intimidating and within the greater public’s reach. She’s known for her ingenuity and brilliant infusion of the best local produced and making something world class. Felix is one of the 9 concept restaurants on Yatco’s roster and can probably be the best representation of her vision. The restaurant was named after Chef Florabel Co-Yatco’s dad, Felix. Opened last April 2008 serving Asian Continental food and is one of the pioneering restaurants in Greenbelt 5.
Felix, the restaurant.
The restaurant is architecturally elegant that offers no less than fine dining. Modern and upscale interiors. The ambiance is chic but not stiff, with very courteous and knowledgeable staff welcoming and serving guests.
Roomy and perfect for big groups or families. Chairs are comfortable enough for long meals best enjoyed with family and friends.
A full bar set up ready to prepare your cocktails of choice or have a go on their extensive list of wine selection to pair with your meal.
Their menu is very diverse and amusing to read. Having such an extensive menu that one visit wouldn’t be enough. They have tons of choices and have a little something for everyone.
Food selections are a synthesis of dishes from different Asian countries. Prepared in a non-traditional and elevated manner.
As we mentioned, Felix serves Asian-Continental cuisine as you will notice strong execution and practices that are commonly used in European food preparation. Evident use of olive oil, wine, garlic and various herbs and spices then marry all together with Asian flavors and its core ingredients.
To complement and heightened their dishes, Felix is slowly adapting the “farm-to-fork” ethos. You will see the herbs that they use mainly for their cooking came directly from their own garden displayed outside of their facilities.
Our notable dishes
Spicy Tuna with Garden Salad (425php)
Crispy Prawns/Tropical Fruits/Sesame Dressing (375php)
Buffalo Mozzarella/ Tomato/ Lemon Pepper Vingrette/ Strawberries (950php)
Barbecued Baby Back Ribs/ Creamed Corn/ Twice Baked Potatoes (875php)
Roasted Spring Chicken/ Vegetables (795php)
Maine Lobster/Garlic/Tomatoes/ Philippine Caviar (1,450php)
Roasted Sea Bass/Miso/ Barley Rice (425php)
Quorn Pieces Salpicao/Garlic Rice/Vegetables (795php)
Crispy Pork Belly (595php)
Grilled Prawns/ Halibut/ Barley Rice (850php)
There’s always room for some dessert
Their dessert selections are beyond ordinary as well. Perfect balanced of flavors and thoughtfully put together of textures to compliment every plate.
Crepe Cake/Cream (275php)
Our Overall Take
In many ways, you can see the years of experience in the industry reflected in the way they design the menu, curate ingredients, and down to the cooking execution.
Although Felix postulates a sense of a refined character in terms of dining category, their dishes are still relatable and comforting. They innovate and fusion various styles, but doesn’t go overboard and respect each element of flavor profile present in every meal.
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