Fact: Makati is an expensive city to live in. As the Philippines’ leading hub for business and finance, the cost of living in Makati remains the highest in the country. A 2018 Numbeo survey shows that Makati’s cost of living index i cost of living index was 53.24 points, or about half of the cost of living in New York City.
Logically, this would extend to restaurants and small eateries too, right?
Not if you know where to look.
Here’s a primer of three affordable and value-for-money eats in Makati that you should definitely check out at least once.
Sisig Sa Rada
If you talk to someone working in one of the offices in Legazpi Village, chances are, they probably have eaten at this Jolly Jeep. Sisig Sa Rada has, for years, been the go-to stall of office workers looking for cheap-but-delicious lunch meals. For as low P62, you’ll get a heap of rice and crunchy sisig with egg and mayo that’s deemed by patrons as among the best out there in its price range.
This Jolli Jeep has grown so popular that it has spawned a roster of other sisig offerings and lutong bahay items like laing, barbecue, and liempo and is now open for franchising. Customers can also have orders delivered via Grab too!
- Business name; Sisig Sa Rada
- Address: Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
- Contact: 0917 822 9630
- Operating hours: 10am-5pm Mondays to Fridays
- FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sisigrada/
Before COVID-19 happened, El Chupacabra was one of the most popular hangout spots in Makati for people who wish to indulge in mouthwatering Mexican food, along with a cheap and cold bottle of beer. “Home of the Street Taco”, this lively Poblacion hotspot offers both hard and soft shell tacos that are packed to the brim with authentic Mexican ingredients and are huge enough to be shared by two starting at only P80. There’s chorizo, Baja California (fish), longganisa, Carne asadas, and a whole lot more.
Another trademark of El Chupacabra is its gourmet BBQ, which is grilled on the spot – street food style.
- Business name: El Chupacabra
- Address: 5782 Felipe St. Poblacion, Makati, Philippines 1200
- Contact: (02) 729 3358/ 0995 0957202/0277293358
- Operating hours: Delivery via our online delivery partners: Foodpanda, Grabfood and Lalamove from 11 am to 8 pm
- FB page: https://www.facebook.com/Elchupacabraph/
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
If you love breakfast, keep Kanto Freestyle Breakfast on your radar. This household name began with a casual breakfast joint in Plainview, Mandaluyong in 2011 and evolved into a chain of 10 all-day breakfast restaurants across the Metro, including one in Poblacion, Makati.
Today, Kanto Freestyle stays true to its name by offering beautifullly plated yet affordable breakfast meals like spamsilog, tapsilog, and peanut butter pancakes 24/7.
The restaurant currently offers a “Lockdown Menu” consisting of well-loved silog favorites (with 2 Eggs Freestyle, garlic rice, and tomato pesto), bagnet, roast beef pares, honey garlic chicken, and pancakes.
- Business name: Kanto Freestyle Breakfast
- Address: 5079 P. Burgos St., Poblacion, Makati City
- Contact: (02) 7958-2236
- Operating hours: Order via GrabFood or LalaFood, or call branch hotlines to order for pick-up
- FB page: https://www.facebook.com/kantofreestylebreakfast