Delish News: New Restaurants, Menus, and Pop-ups in Manila in April 2023
April 04, 2023
As we settle into April, the culinary scene in Metro Manila remains as thrilling as it’s always been. With a plethora of fresh dining options, there’s no better time to bond with your pals over scrumptious cuisines and thirst-quenching drinks. From a Siargao-famous brand to a modern izakaya and an Indochine-style tavern, keep reading to discover the latest coffee shops, bars, and restaurants that have recently made a splash on our shores!
Fat Cat Finds Home at Makati Cinema Square
Makati’s newest social spot is a chic jazz bar that offers indulgent cocktails and bespoke delights crafted for busy urbanites. Founded by entrepreneurs Ron Cruz and his wife Felicia, Fat Cat greets customers with captivating décor, dramatic lighting, and mellow ambient tunes featuring legendary names in jazz music. Providing a cozy venue to reconnect with friends post-work hours, the intimate bar serves decadent beverages such as Whiskey Highball (P400) and Gimlet (P400). Keeping with the Filipino drinking tradition, it offers “pulutan” in the form of peanuts, which can be replenished for P20.
Location: Fat Cat, Makati Square, 2nd floor G14, Legazpi Village, Makati, 1230
Siargao’s Spotted Pig Is Now in Makati
Having originated from the verdant island of Siargao, Spotted Pig has now made its way to the bustling metropolis of Makati. Its new location along the neighborhood of Esteban features the well-loved caffeinated concoctions that won over the bellies of tourists, including Long Black (P135), Cold White Brew (P180), and Caramel Macchiato (starts at P165). The menu also highlights crowd-pleasers, such as the moist Buttermilk Pancake (P245), the savory Vegetarian Eggs Benedict (P330), the nutty Pumpkin Toast (P245), and the creamy Avocado Toast (P310).
Location: Spotted Pig, 109 Esteban, Legazpi Village, Makati
Burger Beast’s First Physical Location
After the success of its pop-up store in Ortigas last March, CloudEats’ Burger Beast has finally launched its inaugural outlet at Uptown Mall Bonifacio. Spearheaded by esteemed chef Carlo Miguel, the burger joint aims to enhance the typical comfort food with fine-dining standards. For first timers, prepare to relish the delectable Umami Burger (P249) or Bacon and Cheese Burger (P299), and cap off your patty experience with the tangy Buffalo Chicken Poppers (P199).
Location: Burger Beast, Fourth Floor, Food Hall, Uptown Mall Bonifacio
Harlan Holden in QC
With well-frequented bistros in Bonifacio Global City and Makati, revered Philippine-born concept Harlan and Holden expands its footprint with a new coffee shop in Quezon City. Catering to the workforce in need of a caffeine fix, the recently opened branch features drool-worthy options, including the ever-popular Sea Salt Latte (P190) that has earned a loyal following among customers over the years. Java connoisseurs looking for an extra boost of sugar can indulge in toothsome snacks like Double Chocolate Chip Cookie and WTF Brownie, both of which are available for P110.
Location: Harlan and Holden, Trinoma Mall, Corner 173, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Bagong Pag-asa
Helm Opens at The Shop Ayala Triangle Gardens
Chef Josh Boutwood’s passion for epicure is evident on every plate served at Helm, a unique eating destination where the worlds of theater and dining converge. Set on the third floor of The Shops Ayala Triangle Gardens, the recently debuted 24-seater places a strong emphasis on the interaction between the kitchen team and the guests as dishes are prepared, elevating dining to a truly immersive and sensory experience. City dwellers can enjoy an exceptional array of fares, ranging from lapu-lapu, pork, salted cod, and more.
Location: Helm, 3F, The Shop Ayala Triangle Gardens, 1224 Makati Avenue
Joining the list of newly opened restaurants before the first quarter ended is Kosumosu, a contemporary Makati-based izakaya that presents a unique take on Japanese fares. As soon as you step into the food establishment, you’ll be welcomed by neon lights and oriental designs that will transport you to the streets of Tokyo in an instant. Treat yourself to various flavorful dishes, including Galzy Gyoza (P250), Chicken Liver Brulee (P300), and Teriyaki Chicken (P580). For full satisfaction, munch on the zesty Supernovayuzu Bar (P250) and the velvety Chocolate Mousse (P250).
Location: Kosumosu, 5421 General Luna, Poblacion, Makati
Bar55 Opens in Poblacion, Makati
Despite only being in operation for a month, Bar55 has amassed significant foot traffic and flattering reviews for its sophisticated interiors. Conceptualized by Milka Romero, the creative force behind Poblacion’s top-trending nightclub Sanctuary, the newly minted speakeasy is all about refreshing Indochine-inspired cocktails such as Pegu Club, Bandung 55, Kluay Double Rye, Golden Flower, Tom Yummy, and Sbaglia-Coco. A wealth of luscious Southeast Asian delights, including the TikTok favorite Curry Fries, are readily available to whet your appetite.
Location: Bar55, 5903 Matilde, Makati, 1209
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