Makati has been our home my home for almost 3 years now. During this time, we were able to collect food shops, restaurants and cafes that offer something different than what we would normally find in malls. They provide authentic regional and International dishes that would remind you of home plus a more relaxed ambiance due to its proximity to the residential neighborhood.
First on our list would be Suzu-kin. It's located at the corner of Kamagong St. and Sampaloc St. I pass by this establishment everyday, and its very recent that we were able to get a try of what they offer. They serve authentic Japanese meals at very affordable prizes. They have a sampler that costs less than 150 pesos, which include shrimp tempura, tuna, and chicken bits with rice, ice tea and miso soup. I tried their noodles, Nabiyaki Udon for 153 pesos. It was served on a small iron pot.
Another favorite place of ours, a few blocks away from Suzu-Kin is Pat Pat's Kansi, also along Sampaloc St. in San Antonio. They offer Bacolod food, namely Inasal and their house specialty, Kansi. Kansi is very much like Beef Nilaga, but with a hint of sweet and sour taste to it. If you visit the place, make sure you also try their sisig.
Another establishment along Sampaloc St. is Kitchen Knight. Kitchen Knight is actually an after hours food delivery service. It’s for people who have midnight cravings since they deliver up to 3 in the morning. Their meal costs less than a hundred, and a minimum of 3 meals guarantees free delivery. They have a few tables outside their main kitchen where clients within the area can have their meals. They also have angry bird cupcakes that taste so good and are really adorable.
A few blocks away from Kitchen Knight is 8065 Bag.net along Estrella St., which offers a variety of preparations of the Ilocano specialty. You can choose from Dinuguan, Kare-kare, Curry and Spicy Gata among many others. They also have the fish option for the health conscious.
Guijo St. is popular in the alternative rock scene with establishments like Sa Guijo, but another place is popular for their meals. Guzia Café opened its doors 2 years ago offering a different type of entertainment and rice meals that would make you come back for more. My favorite is their Beef Salpicao, Liempo sa Hurno, and Sisig Rice.
Along Kalayaan St., you will find the now famous Buddy’s. Their first branch is also located in Makati but this one is more convenient to motorists. Buddy’s is known for their Pansit Lucban and other Filipino Specialties.
Going towards Rockwell, is the Thai Restaurant called Soms. The street entrance is right across the gate of Bel-air. Soms is popular for their authentic Thai dishes and curries.
Also on the boundaries of Rockwell is Top Meal Food Haus near J.P. Rizal. This hole in wall restaurant offers Bicalano favorites such as Bicol Express and Laing.
If you like Halal food or want to try something Indian or Middle Eastern, visit Mr. Kebab along Zobel Roxas. They have curries, samosas, biryani rice, and shawarma among the many others in their menu.
Another foodie landmark in Makati is Aling Sosing at the corner of Dian St. and Zobel Roxas. The first time I've heard about this place was when I was still in college on one of the episodes of travel time. It's a quaint Turo-turo with a wide selection of Filipino favorites, but people come for their Nilaga. Be sure to drop by early since they only open until the food last which is usually an hour or two after lunch.
The Collective along Malugay St. is popular to art enthusiasts and now to foodies as well. Wingman is an American diner serving Chicken Wings in a variety of sauces and heat option.
For dessert, I have two in mind although they are more of a take out place than dining. They only have a few tables for guest. The first one would be Cheezcake Melizza along Kamagong right before Chino Roces and Purple Oven along Sacred Heart at the ground floor of the YMCA Building.