Malate is clearly the heart of the Manila backpacking area, but the Makati Ave. area is giving it a run for it’s money. A bit dodgier in a way than Malate (if that’s possible), this part of Makati has been flourishing because of Binay’s “liberal” policies regarding the ****ier parts of Makati.
The reason though why I’m writing this article though is not because of these wayward policies but because of a restaurant I find myself eating at again and again. Paris Delice is a French “fast food” joint at Makati Ave. corner Juno St. near Jollibee and Jupiter St. They supposedly sell baked goods flown directly from France, but whatever the case is, it’s good! I find myself repetitively ordering the chocolate croissant (pain au chocolat) and the croque monsieur (I think it’s a ham sandwich with really awesome cheese.). Next time I’ll order the chocolate donut (even though I’m not a fan of Nutella).
As I sit here right now there is a smattering of French people, Americans, and a Filipina in a beret (Scare Bleu!). I can’t backpack all of the time, but whenever I feel like I want to “get away”, Paris Delice does the trick!
You can’t miss Paris Delice. It has an Eiffel tower standing right outside it. 🙂
1 Juno St. corner Makati Ave., Makati City
7980740 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
It has free wi-fi!
And since we’re on the topic of food anyway, let me recommend other New American places to eat in the city.
The new champ is Ristras. There is one located in the Fairways Towers in Fort Bonifacio (or as it’s known now as Bonifacio Global City) in Taguig. Ginormous burritos, eating just one is a triumph in itself. Pair it up with Mexican beers and it gets more awesome.
Also in BGC, in Serendra is Chuck’s Deli. Massive “slab” sandwiches, it’s like the deli version of the Ristras burrito.
Charlie’s, at the end of Ortigas Ave. corner Santolan, has awesome spaghetti and meatballs. Just the right spice and just the right tang. They have another branch, but that’s even harder to find.
And finally, in the Malugay Collective in Makati we have the Offbeat Cafe, where they serve the Krispy Kreme burger. A donut, an egg, a burger topped off with Canadian bacon. My god, this burger is tasty.
Most of these places, if not all, will be hard to locate by the backpacker with just a day in the city, but for us who live here, it’s worth it 🙂
Other super restos:
Isshin on Pasay Road — 24 hour noodle house
Kimpura — top of Greenbelt 5 in Makati, Japanese food cooked right in front of you, pricey but tasty
Secret Hunan Chinese Restaurant on Camia St. in Makati — the name says it all
Soms — the best Thai food located near Rockwell on Algiers St.
Myron’s (full disclosure, my cousins owns it) — good steaks, in Rockwell and Greenbelt
Elbert’s — somewhere on H. dela Costa St., in Makati, if you can find it, their steaks are worth it but hard to find and damn expensive. Easier to find (and afford) their cheesesteak store in the basement of Power Plant in Rockwell
Handlebar on Polaris St., Makati — the best barbecued steaks in a grungy setting, a stone throw’s away from Beers Paradise, only place you can get Trappiste Rochefort in the city.