It’s in my honest opinion that Powerplant Mall in Rockwell, Makati doesn’t have the greatest food options.
Sorry, not sorry.
However, in recent years, there are a few gems that have popped up just beyond the mall. Rambla happens to be one of them and I happen to have a weakness for small plates and tasting menus.
Open kitchen and bar! (Source: Zomato)
Eight Coffee Bar by UCC opened quietly last month at 8 Rockwell, the newest building in the Rockwell area. At least to me it was quietly because I only saw about it in a random newspaper article. With more choices for coffee, food, and even alcohol, Eight by UCC was ready to take on the ever increasingly competitive food scene in the surrounding area.
Eight by UCC (Source: miccadj)
Warning: This post contains photos of raw meat which could look yuckles to you.
Hot pot on a rainy day always hits the spot!
I am ashamed to say that I only discovered this place in 2014. Tien effing Tien is the bomb! The first time I was able to dine here, we ordered off the ala carte menu but I had noticed that every one else was enjoying a hot pot meal. Subsequent visits were made and it was hot pot all the way from there. No regrets were had.
Momma dJ taking charge (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)
(Skip the next paragraph if you already know how to get there/park cause tl;dr)
Everyone was raving about this place online! So I went and dragged Jess F who had visited me from the US to try the coveted umami fried chicken that cannot be ordered to go. My friend and I ordered 2 pieces of chicken with a spice level of chemical, sweet potato waffles with miso butter, and a couple of hush puppies. Honestly, it sounds like something only hipsters could come up with but it was worth a shot.
This was before all the lines (Source: Our Awesome Planet)
I always thought that good falafels were hard to find in the Philippines. That is until I heard about Beni’s Falafel. I wish it was walkable from where I live but alas, it’s quite far. Worth the drive though!
Momma dJ! (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)
My ninong (godfather) invited us to dinner a few days before we were heading to Taiwan. One of his favorite restaurants in town is Allium by Chef Mark Tan. I’ve never actually been there for an ala carte dinner so it’s different dishes every time I step inside. Exciting! This time we were invited to taste Chef Mark’s specially prepared wagyu burger.
Allium’s modern facade (Source: Zomato)
Aside from the flowers, the reverse offspring totally disregarded Valentine’s Day and we treated it like another normal Sunday where we just go about our own business. We (yes, yes, I am THE ever increasingly odd numbered wheel) were wary of eating out because of the crowds so lunch was a simple meal at home. Dinner wasn’t too different, my dad opting to stay home and have fruit while mom and I ventured to Crying Tiger Street Kitchen in Poblacion.
Finally got a photo of the wall art without girlthang over there giving me the evil eye. Don’t worry, I would actually let you know if I was taking a photo of you. (Source: @micca.dj Instagram)