There’s a popular New Year’s Day saying that how you spend the first day of the year will echo for the rest of it. So if you’re planning to have a 2017 that’s all about food, here are 17 restaurants in Makati where you can celebrate January 1 in!
1. Mendokoro Ramenba
(Open from 11AM to 12MN)
Every ramen fan out there has probably heard of Ramen Yushoken and its rich, not-for-the-lighthearted broth that people head down south for.
But if you’re one of those who think that Alabang is too far away, head to its sister restaurant in Makati instead! With only a few side dishes on the menu, Mendokoro Ramenba is all about ramen, offering the time-tested favorites Shio, Shoyu, Tantanmen, and Miso. If you’re looking for something different, order the cold noodles, Hiyashi Chuka!
Mendokoro Ramenba is located at Shop 18, V Corporate Center, Soliman Street, Salcedo Village, Makati.
2. Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
(Open from 12NN to 10PM)
What differentiates Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza from other Italian restaurants here in the metro is the burrata, a cheese made up of mozzarella and cream.
It seems like a solid ball of cheese but once you slice into the burrata, the silky, sinful cream will ooze out. Gino’s serves burrata either with a house salad or with cherry tomatoes, basil, and pesto. You can also have it as a side you can pair with any of Gino’s pizzas.
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is located at Bautista Street corner Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati.
(Open from 4PM to 10PM)
The Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens will only be around until January 8 so if you haven’t seen this lights and sounds show yet, New Year’s Day is a good time as any to catch it!
Complete the experience with a dinner at Omakase and its wide array of sushi and maki options! Tuna lovers will surely enjoy the Mt. Fuji Roll, which is made up of deep fried tuna, unagi, and cream cheese!
Omakase is located at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati.
(Open from 9AM to 8PM)
January 1st happens to fall on a Sunday for 2017 and for many of us, this means that the day comes with a trip to church.
If you happen to be one of those who’ll catch mass in Santuario de San Antonio, why not have breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Maple! A sister restaurant of Pancake House, it’s no surprise that foodies love Maple for its pancakes and other breakfast food that you can have anytime of the day.
Maple is located at 2/F San Antonio Plaza, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati.
(Lunch Service: 11AM to 2:30PM | Dinner Service: 6PM to 1AM)
If you’re up for a different kind of cuisine to begin your new year, try Rambla at Rockwell! With a menu filled with Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, you’ll probably encounter dishes you’ve never heard of and tasted before!
The Paella De Cochinillo in particular is a favorite of looloo app users! In her looloo review, Clarissa P. says that this paella is “not the usual very wet type that Filipinos are used to. It was moderately wet, leaning to dry, with sides sticking to the pan giving it a relatively crispy rice edge.” What makes this paella extra special and oh so yummy? It’s topped with suckling pig tapas!
Rambla is located at G/F Joya South Tower, Joya Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.
(Open from 10AM to 9PM)
Looking for a cafe in Rockwell where you can just sit, rest, and have a good cup of joe with your family and friends? Try Refinery!
Refinery makes sure you have your coffee just the way you want it by letting you pick your beans and how you want your coffee extracted. Don’t forget to order the Feel-Good Fudge. Made up of freshly-baked brownies in a skillet, Madagascar vanilla ice cream, and candied walnuts, Unisse C. says it brought her to “brownie/chocolate heaven” in her looloo review!
Refinery is located at G/F Joya Rockwell Center, Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.
7. Izakaya Kikufuji
(Lunch Service: 11AM to 1:30PM | Dinner Service: 4:30PM to 9PM)
Whenever we have intense Japanese cravings, a trip to Little Tokyo is probably the most foolproof way of satisfying them.
Izakaya Kikufuji is one of the go-to restaurants in that Japanese cuisine heaven, earning a strong following among foodies for its sushi and sashimi! Make sure to ask if they have uni available, which looloo app users consistently rave about!
Izakaya Kikufuji is located at Little Tokyo, 2277 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati.
(Open from 12NN to 8:30PM)
Haven’t heard of aburi makis yet? Then you’re long overdue for a trip to OOMA. In Japanese, aburi means “to burn” and at OOMA, makis are torched at the top to add a slightly charred flavor.
OOMA offers a variety of aburi makis, which includes scallop and tuna, salmon tartare, anago cucumber, and even steak!
OOMA is located at Edades Tower and Garden Villas, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.
(Lunch Service: 12NN to 3PM | Dinner Service: 5:30PM to 10PM)
The holiday mall crowd is usually so overwhelming that it can drive us insane and with the four-day weekend that comes with New Year’s Day, malls will surely be packed to say the least.
So if you want to celebrate the first of the year without having to deal with a sea of people, why not head over to Jazz (it’s near Jupiter!) and enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner at Vikings!
Vikings is located at Jazz Mall, N. Garcia corner Metropolitan Avenue, Bel-Air, Makati.
(Open from 8AM to 11PM)
If you’ve been to the Ayala Museum, chances are you’ve seen the Museum Cafe. But have you noticed the restaurant on the other side of it cleverly named Kabila?
Kabila is actually from the same company as the Museum Cafe, serving delicious, comforting Filipino bistro food to its customers. Along with its entrees and appetizers, Kabila also has a wide selection of drinks (including frozen native iced teas and alcoholic drinks) for you to enjoy!
Kabila is located at the Ayala Museum Complex, Makati Avenue, Ayala Center, Makati.
11. La Cabrera Grillado & Bar
(Open from 5:30PM to 10PM)
New year, new year, new cuisine? For many of us, we only think of Mexican food when it comes to Latin American cuisine. So if you’re up for broadening your knowledge on Latin American food, head to La Cabrera Grillado & Bar at 6750 (if you don’t know where it is, it’s in the Glorietta area and right across Shangri-La Makati!).
La Cabrera introduces us to the flavors of Argentina by serving us the best of its cuisine, Argentinian steak! La Cabrera Grillado & Bar uses USDA prime beef so you’re sure to have excellent quality steaks.
La Cabrera Grillado & Bar is located at 6750 Ayala Avenue corner North Drive, Ayala Center, Makati.
12. Dean & Deluca
(Open from 12NN to 12MN)
Step inside Dean & Deluca and you’ll immediately be greeted by stylish interiors and a mouthwatering display of cakes and pastries that will make it difficult to stay away from sweets.
Dean & Deluca also has a selection of drinks that include coffee, fruit teas, and New York sodas. Chances are you’ve already seen the chic plastic cups of the iced drinks making its rounds in social media! Not in the mood for dessert? Dean & Deluca also has pizzas, pastas, and mains for those who want something heftier to eat!
Dean & Deluca is located at G/F Edades Tower and Garden Villas, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati.
13. Yamato Bakery Cafe
(Open from 11AM to 10:30PM)
Makati’s Jupiter Street has been a gold mine for foodie spots for many years now. If you’re searching for a dessert spot or a place where you can take out some pasalubong for those at home, Yamato Bakery Cafe is the place to go!
From picture-perfect Danish pastries, croissants, and bread, Yamato’s offerings will make it so hard for you to pick which ones to buy!
Yamato Bakery Cafe is located at 22 Jupiter Street, Makati.
(Open from 6PM to 10PM)
Japanese cuisine is one of the most versatile cuisines on this planet and we’ve seen restaurants that pair it up with American and Korean cuisines. However, Nikkei stands out by fusing this Asian favorite with a cuisine that many of us might not know anything about — Peruvian.
While the usual sashimi and maki are still on the menu, Nikkei introduces us to the tiraditos, Peru’s take on sashimi. Recommended by looloo users is the Coco, which is composed of your choice of white fish, salmon, octopus, or tuna served with salad sauce, coconut milk, chives, and togarashi.
Nikkei is located at Frabelle Building, 109 Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati.
15. Mitsuyado Sei-Men
(Open from 11AM to 10:30PM)
Judging by the numerous ramen joints all over the metro, local foodies have definitely fallen in love with ramen so if you’re up for a twist on this classic, try Mitsuyado Sei-Men!
Mitsuyado Sei-Men is mostly known for its tsukemen, which requires you to dip your noodles into the sauce instead of serving the them together in one bowl! The regular tsukemen is a good place to start for those unfamiliar with it while those ready to explore other flavors have options such as Sichuan Tan Tan, Curry, and Double Cheese!
Mitsuyado Sei-Men is located at 22 Jupiter Street, Makati.
16. Hai Shin Lou
(Lunch Service: 11AM to 3PM | Dinner Service: 6PM to 10PM)
From outside, Hai Shin Lou might look like a simple building that houses a Chinese restaurant. But did you know that ever since it was first opened in 2003, Hai Shin Lou has been awarded as one of the best restaurants of the country by Philippine Tatler on more than one occasion?
Calling itself a seafood king restaurant, Hai Shin Lou’s menu offers sea cucumber and abalone and even fresh live seafood like king crabs, sea clams, and tiger lobsters!
Hai Shin Lou is located at 810 Pasay Road, San Lorenzo Village, Makati.
17. Le Petit Souffle
(Open from 12NN to 10PM)
Another Japanese fusion restaurant that joined the local foodie scene is Le Petit Souffle, which serves French-Japanese dishes.
A favorite of looloo users in the Squid Ink Rice, which has fresh seafood, shimeji mushroom, soft-scrambled egg atop the black-colored rice. Looking for the perfect marriage of French and Japanese flavors in dessert form? Then make sure to order the Matcha Valrhona Ivoire classic souffle or the Matcha Souffle Pancake!
Le Petit Souffle is located at 3/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue corner Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati.