Cristalle Belo Comes To Dine

Makati City, Pasig City

As a hotelier with a long history in the food and beverage industry, my husband Justin Pitt, is the perfect table-side companion. My favorite, in fact. We're constantly exploring what Metro Manila’s local culinary scene has to offer, collecting a few favorites under our belt. So take notes for your next date night and get ready to share some of the best dishes with your special someone, as I reveal to you my go-to restaurants in the city!

Updated 7 months ago

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Smith Butcher and Grill Room

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Two things, clear and simple, are what make Smith special and that’s exactly what I go for—steak and ambience. Smith Butcher and Grill Room features its own butchery room where all the magic happens. Their own steaks are prepped and dry-aged in-house, and even their starters are crafted to herald what’s to come. Smith’s prime cuts are air-flown from all over the world, like Japan, France, or Ireland. Each slice into the steak is perfectly marbled with fat and just oozing with flavor. When friends ask me for a good steak place in the city, top of my head, Smith is the first name that comes to mind.

+6328339623

Ground Floor ACI Building, 146 H.V. Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Bondi&Bourke (Makati)

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

I like to come to Bondi&Bourke for a nice lunch salad. Their Big Salads selection offers various kinds of proteins, from prawns to Asian chicken, so there’s plenty to love. In addition, Australian Chef Wade Watson has brought a few recipes from the Down Under for you to enjoy. Steal a few bites of big juicy steak from your beau’s plate (quick, while no one’s looking)!

+6328331812

Ground Floor, Cattleya Condominium Building, Salcedo Street Corner Aguirre Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Blackbird

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Blackbird is hidden away in plain sight. The mysterious building on the fringes of the Ayala Triangle Gardens is actually a luxurious restaurant escaping away from the busy streets. History runs deep in Blackbird, as it is hosted in the passenger’s terminal and control tower (called Nielson Tower) of the country’s first commercial airport. It’s the history of Nielson Tower that inspired Blackbird’s menu. Inspirations from the West meet the East as the chefs behind the kitchen’s station pluck influences from all over the map. Blackbird has a way of updating these historic references in its own way, from the sleek interiors to every dish. Classic pastas, pizzas, and grilled meats take equal importance as the Rendang, Nasi Goreng, or Poké.

+6328284888

Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines


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Kai

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Similarly, when it comes to Japanese cuisine, I automatically recall Kai. My favorite thing to order here is the Buta Kakuni, a pork belly braised for 10 hours and served with Turmeric Rice. The pork belly is juicy and sweet, with a little tang that compliments the subtle smokiness of the dish. It’s definitely not the fare you may be familiar with when you think Japanese, but that’s because Kai is in the business of Neo-Japanese Cuisine.

+6327575209

Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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210 Degrees Kitchen + Drinkery

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Forged in the fire, Chef William Mahi earned his skills in the world’s high-pressure Michelin-starred kitchens. Maybe that’s what inspired him to open 210 Degrees. He is the brain behind 210 Degrees and the reason why you should visit. Most of the food is cooked at the titular measurement because it’s the perfect roasting temperature according to Chef Mahi. Seems to be so as I thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant's Foie Gras, The Egg appetizer, and octopus dish that I tried here!

+639950152192

Ground Floor, Icon Plaza, 25th Street Corner 6th Avenue, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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The Smokeyard

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

When I want to dress down and enjoy a good backyard grill, Smokeyard is my go-to. The taste of low and slow cooked meats draw in patrons to fill their empty stomachs. All-American, all-classic barbecue is the only way they know: rack of ribs, pulled pork, and sausages. Add a bucket of San Miguel beer and you have a solid night ahead of you!

+6327711288

5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Hey Handsome

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Come to Hey Handsome to savor Singaporean flavors! The floor-to-ceiling windows and airy atmosphere are a great pick-me-up—not to mention a little fruity drink in the form their Donkey Punch. When asked to pinpoint a favorite order, I must admit that there’s just too many to narrow down! That leaves only one solution: drop by again and again to try all Hey Handsome has to offer and discover for yourself!

+639171020355

Ground Floor, Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Unit 27

Pasig City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Unit 27 is like a restaurant in an apartment. It’s all comfort food and all-day brunch over here. Dig into big Brunch Bowl and start off your day on the right foot, whatever time of day it is. There’s the classic Tocino (sweetened pork), or a devious Bagnet (twice-fried pork belly), to pair with fried rice and egg.

+639560411881

Citywalk 1, Eastwood, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Manam Comfort Filipino (Greenbelt)

Makati City, Philippines • Recommendation • 7 months ago

Sate your appetite at Manam on Filipino comfort food, where all the classics are in perfect attendance: adobo (pork stewed in soy sauce and vinegar), sinigang (pork in a sour soup), sisig (minced pork offal), and so many more. Their dishes are available in various sizes, so you can opt to share. Maybe go on a double date or triple date, even! It’s always merrier the more around the table at Manam. They’ve also been a bit playful with their menu. Manam’s Sinigang with Watermelon and Beef Short Ribs is a curious creation, but they make it work! Simply put, it’s just really good Filipino food.

+6326250515

Level 1, Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City, Philippines

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