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New tasting menus at Helm and Gallery by Chele, Poblacion bars to add to your bar-hopping circuit, and many more exciting dining developments to check out this August

Looking for a sophisticated dining experience for your special occasions? Perhaps a neighbourhood café for a slow-paced afternoon is what you’re after, or an eclectic new bar for you to add to your rotation? Fret not—we’ve got a jam-packed list of new restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and tasting menus for you to tick off your list this August.

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1. Café Kitsuné

Location: The Podium, Mandaluyong City

Café Kitsuné has officially landed at The Podium, welcoming customers to its first-ever Philippine outlet. Hailing from France, the chic café is known for its premium Kitsuné coffee blend, thoughtfully curated menus and signature Paris-Meets-Tokyo flair.

See also: Café Kitsuné Manila is Officially Open


2. Kondwi

Location: Poblacion, Makati City

Dressed in moody violet lights and tropical accents, Kondwi has now reopened its doors, and invites guests to indulge in their creative Asian tapas and craft cocktails. 

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3. Water & Wine Provisions

Location: Poblacion, Makati City

Another concept by the Takao Studios group, Water & Wine Provisions is a funky new Israeli establishment, located on the top floor of Zula Hostel. Open seven days a week, from 5PM all the way till three in the morning, swing by the restaurant and bar for some Middle Eastern bites and creative cocktails.

See also: What’s New in Tagaytay? Takao Studios Coffee has Great Brews and Tsukiji Market-Inspired Food

4. Rumba

Location: The Shops at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City

Brought to you by the same minds behind Rambla, Las Flores, BCN by Las Flores, and Tomatito, Rumba is a delicious display of vibrant Mediterranean flavours, showcasing dishes like duck confit with truffle risotto and a smokey lamb gyro with a bright yoghurt sauce.

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5. Hey Papi

Location: Power Plant Mall, Makati City

Diversify your eats from The Grid Food Market and check out Hey Papi, the newest addition to the upscale food hall serving flavourful Cuban specialities. From empanadas to tostones and hearty Cuban rice plates, the comfort food fare will keep you coming back for more.

See also: Where to Buy the Best Empanadas and Meat Pies in Metro Manila

6. Because Coffee

Location: Power Plant Mall, Makati City

Because Coffee, the coffee arm of the stylish fashion house Harlan and Holden, recently opened up its second outlet in the Philippines. Swing by their sleek new stall at Power Plant Mall for your everyday pick-me-up.

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7. Krapow (BGC)

Location: BGC, Taguig City

With an unwavering commitment to serving authentic, robust Thai food, Poblacion’s Krapow has amassed a loyal and vocal following. Now, fellow fans of the casual eatery can enjoy the same flavoursome dishes at their recently-opened BGC outlet.

See also: Where To Order Thai Food In Metro Manila

8. Sanctuary

Location: Poblacion, Makati City

Looking for an exciting new destination to toss into your bar-hopping routine? Check out Sanctuary, a not-so-hidden locale in Poblacion great for a night on the town, be it for sunset drinks or an after-hours boogie.

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9. Hey BBK

Location: SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Innovative twists on familiar Filipino fare at what you’ll find at Hey BBK. Seving dishes like bibingka champorado and a chorizo smash burger, the youthful café and brunch spot is helmed by Rich and Maxine Sanz, the same husband-and-wife duo behind Ginza Gyu, Made in Bangkok, and a handful of other premium food brands.

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10. Marudori (Salcedo)

Location: Salcedo Village, Makati City

Marudori, the ramen shop specialising in chicken-based ramen, has recently taken over Mendokoro Ramenba’s Salcedo branch, giving Paitan fans more opportunities to enjoy their delicious bowls of cosy ramen.

See also: Where to Order Ramen in Metro Manila: 12 Of The Best Places

11. Helm — 2022.2

Location: BGC, Taguig City

Creativity is always full-speed ahead when it comes to chef Josh Boutwood, and his fine dining establishment Helm is a compelling testament to his flair for innovation. Book a visit now to enjoy their newly launched tasting menu, Helm 2022.2.

See also: Ember by Josh Boutwood Brings You Uncomplicated Excellence

12. Here After by Assembly Hall

Location: Makati City

After the successful opening of its stylish café, Assembly Hall, the brand has now opened the doors to its cocktail bar, Here After. With the last call at 2:15AM, you can easily lounge about the cosy and comfortable space while enjoying delicious tipples throughout the evening.

See also: What Cocktails Do We Love At Tatler?

13. Hungry Homies (Makati)

Location: Makati City

If you’ve ever had a Hungry Homies burger at one of their many popups, then you know that enjoying it fresh-off-the-grill is tough to beat. Fortunately, the smashburger specialists have just opened their Makati outlet on Chino Roces, open for dine-in, too.

See also: Tatler's Guide To The Best Burgers In Metro Manila 2022

14. Gallery by Chele — HerEATage

Location: BGC, Taguig City

Inspired by their many travels throughout the Philippines, chefs Chele González and Carlos Villaflor have developed an exciting new tasting menu at Gallery by Chele. Entitled HerEATage, the degustation is an emotional, eye-opening homage to the diversity of Philippine food cultures, championing ancestral techniques and endemic ingredients in a contemporary fashion with each and every dish.

See also: Samira By Chele González Epitomises What It Means To Be A Dining Destination

15. Balai Palma

Location: Poblacion, Makati City

Treat yourself to an exquisite gastronomic experience at Balai Palma, chef Aaron Isip’s new private dining concept in Poblacion. As a culinarian in love with the sea, the refined concept is a result of both his love of Filipino cuisine and the bountiful seafood at our disposal.

See also: Balai Palma Artisan House & Kitchen: A Private Dining Experience by Aaron Isip

16. Panco Cafe

Location: Legazpi Village, Makati City

The newest addition to the Legazpi Village café circuit, Panco Cafe offers familiar Filipino fare like tuna salpicao and chicken inasal, which you can enjoy either over rice or in sandwich format. Plus, coffee-connoisseurs will be pleased to know that the boutique café has also brought in beans from none other than Market Lane Coffee, one of Melbourne's most revered speciality coffee roasters.


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