Known to be the business and high-end capital of Manila, Makati is a bustling city, day and night.
Food: Bento Box offers Japanese dishes inspired by American cooking style and presentation. Its bestsellers are shrimp tempura (210 pesos or US$4.60), chicken teriyaki (108 pesos or US$2.40), and sukiyaki (137 pesos or US$3).
Ambience: The interiors are a mix of American and Japanese designs. The bright-red walls and black pieces of furniture reflect the modern American style, while the minimalist look characterizes the Japanese style.
Crowd: Mostly professionals and office employees.
What to Expect: Fresh, tasty and affordable American-inspired Japanese dishes served in bento boxes.
Bento Box – 117 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City; tel. no. +632-8137272
Food: Since 1946, the Old Swiss Inn has been dishing up European favorites such as pork knuckles, corned beef, pepper steaks and sausages. It also serves artisan beers that complement their staples. Recently, the restaurant has become more popular with its fondues, particularly the Toblerone fondue (395 pesos or US$8.60).
Ambience: Casual and cozy with its pinewood and ski lodge-inspired interiors.
Crowd: Corporate people during lunch; mostly families during dinner. Foreigners are also frequent guests.
What to Expect: Large-portion meals.
Old Swiss Inn – Lower ground floor, Sommerset Olympia Makati, Makati Avenue, Makati City; tel. nos. +632-8176462 or +632-8941711
(Published in Mabuhay Magazine. October 2008)