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The name does what it says on the tin and then some! Tambai Alley refers to the Filipino activity 'tambay,' which essentially means hanging out, but this place goes beyond a hang-out spot. There are three restaurants in the roster: Tambai (yakitori-inspired food), Ebi10 (tempura and sushi galore), and Wantusawa (best oysters in Poblacion), and absolutely none of them disappoint. In Tambai, you can connect your phone to the speakers if no one's using them. That's how I got to play Beyoncé's discography all night there.
Those who grew up in the Philippines are all too familiar with the concept of Tambai. With a play on the word “tambay” (tam-bai, Tagalog for “to hang out”), this drinking spot embodies a part of Filipino culture where nights are spent in front of a small neighborhood store or a friend’s house, drinking with nothing more than flimsy tables and crude stools.
Tambai’s take on that local custom has twists in store for its patrons. Aside from the staples of San Miguel Beer, they also stock Barik Supremo Lambanog (Philippine coconut wine) and local craft beer Joe’s Brew to pair with their yakitori.