Restaurants in Makati - Philippines
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of choices of restaurants in Makati that cater to every taste so the picky tourist doesnt have to worry about where to dine. Practically every specialty can be found, from Asian to Mediterranean to the more exotic. But to narrow it down, heres a guide to the top five restaurants that can be found around Makati City. It really hard to put them in order from top to bottom, theyre all equally good!
Caffé Caruso Italian Restaurant
Caffé Caruso is a posh Italian restaurant located at Nicanor Garcia (Reposo) St. in Bgy. Bel-Air, Makati. The restaurant has an extensive wine list as well as a great array of pizza and pasta as well as antipasti and cold cuts. The interior is impressive with its subdued elegance, this place is perfect for a night out with the family or a date with your partner. Prices are relatively steep at about $20-30 per complete meal.
Cyma Mediterranean Restaurant
Cyma, located in Greenbelt, serves great Greek food and is also not too heavy on the budget. The service takes a bit of time but trust me, the wait is worth it. Their specialties include appetizers called Mezedes, a heavenly stack of pita breads with your choice of dips that include hummus and cucumber, garlic and yogurt dip called Tzatziki. Their Gyros are to die for, as well as their kebabs (souvlakis). They also have a wide array of meat dishes (grilled lamp, yum), fish, vegetarian dishes and desserts.
Soms Noodle House
Soms is an unpretentious no-nonsense Thai restaurant located in the residential neighborhood of Poblacion Makati (Alger St.) parallel to Rockwell Drive, near Rockwell center. Soms specializes in Thai curry dishes, from chicken to beef, to shrimps to crabs. Their spring rolls and Pad Thai is also great, and best of all, it wont burn a hole in your wallet. A great serving of curry thats good for 2-3 people will only cost you about $3-4. Soms is owned by a Thai man and his Filipina wife.
Blink and youll miss it, Little Tokyo can be quite hard to find if you dont know where to look for it. Little Tokyo is a collection of smaller Japanese restaurants right inside an alley between Amorsolo and Pasong Tamo Sts. Stepping inside this alley is like being transported in Japan, literally, its like nothing youve seen around Manila. All of these restos are run by the Japanese (they have a healthy population around the area) so you can be sure of the authenticity. Best to try the fresh sushis and sashimis that are prepared right before you.
Min Sok Korean Restaurant
Korean food can be pretty addictive and if youre out in the hunt for some mean Korean food, Min Sok Restaurant is the best place. Its quite hard to find, but some taxi drivers should be able to know where Don Pedro St. in Makati is (in Poblacion). Try the kimchi based soups (kimchi jigae), as well as the grilled sliced meats that comes with dozens of condiments. Meal for 3-4 people will cost between $20-40.