After a long and grueling day at the office, it’s the perfect time to #TreatYoSelf to a big, hearty plate of food. When it’s time to punch out, here’s where we go to munch:
1. Nihonbashi Tei
There’s nothing like a shot of warm sake and a big bowl of Spicy Toro Sashimi to make you forget all the day’s troubles. Nihonbashi Tei is the lovable Makati staple well-known for its bento lunch sets and famed for its fresh seafood. If you work around the CBD, it’s practically a sin not to pay monthly homage to the restaurant.
FN Meal: Spicy Toro Sashimi, PHP 250 and 8-piece gyoza, Php 170
1030 A Arnaiz Avenue Corner Ponce Street, San Lorenzo, Makati City
Open daily, 11AM - 2AM
2. Mendokoro Ramenba
Because thre's no such thing as too much Japanese food. Mendokoro’s straightforward ramen selection (which includes tonkotsu, tsukemen, maze and hiyashi) will hit all the right spots- especially when you don’t have the time or energy to debate over a 5-page menu. Add a side order of gyoza to your meal, and you’re all set. Let’s just hope you’ll be able to catch an empty seat in this full house!
FN Meal: Ebi Tonkotsu, PHP 490
G/F V. Corporate Center, Soliman Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open daily, 11AM - 12AM
Although the term lágrima quite literally translates to teardrop in Spanish, this little nook off Legaspi village is anything but sorrowful. In fact, it’s what Mexican food should be: casual, comforting, and authentic. Don’t forget to pair your quesadillas or flautas with an agua fresca or a cool glass of horchata. Plus points for the stellar soundtrack, too!
FN Meal: Al Pastor Super Burrito, PHP 310
G/F BSA Mansion, 108 Benavidez Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Open daily, 11AM-10PM
4. Holy Smokes!
It’s pretty accurate to say that Poblacion’s dining community grows by the week, and Holy Smokes is yet another gem awaiting the palettes of a hungry crowd. The holy trinity of warm, tender, and delicious oft describes their barbecue selection, because when you’ve got meat slow cooking for 14 hours over a wood fire, that’s perfection on a plate.
FN Meal: Beef Brisket with a side of mac & cheese PHP 260/ 100g
5834 Matilde corner Jacobo St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 5PM - 12AM
5. Sweet Ecstasy
Truly, the search for an excellent burger is quite like finding the perfect man: you go through so many of them before finding The One that keeps you coming back! My sentiments for the Sweet Ecstasy cheeseburger may be bordering on An Affair to Remember, because just thinking about their honey-sriracha fries is making me salivate. Ladies, this is a sandwich that needs no introduction, it just needs to be eaten.
FN Meal: Cheeseburger with caramelized onions, PHP 195 and kamote fries with sriracha honey dip, Php 115
Makati: 10 Jupiter St. cor. Asteroid St., Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati City
Open daily, 11AM - 12AM