We visited Yes Please after almost a year-long hiatus and relished its new appetising menu within their cosy neon-lit spot along 38th Street

38th street is alive once again as Yes Please reopens its doors every Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5pm to 12am. At long last, one of the metro's popular dining and night-life attractions has returned not only to serve cocktails but to also give you a refreshed dining experience with their new menu prepared by The Palace Manila's head chef Mikko Reyes. 

After complying with all of their easy health and safety protocols, we ascended the famed graffitied stairs of Yes Please. The restaurant retained its vibrance even after a year-long hiatus with its neon lights, reverse graffiti, and infinity mirrors. This modern and edgy ambience extends to the restaurant's terrace, where you can dine al-fresco. Yes Please encourages diners to browse their offerings through their virtual menu by scanning a QR code provided at your table. Once you've logged on, you'll see a wide variety of choices from cocktails to savoury mains.

Yes Please, a pop-culture haven, has whimsical cocktails named after '90s movies—a brilliant way to describe cocktail flavours if you ask me. Clueless, a sweet fusion of Sauvignon Blanc, Aperol, lemongrass syrup and calamansi juice, has become a crowd favourite especially for those who don't particularly like the taste of alcohol. There's also an option for caffeine enthusiasts—Home Alone—which is a buzzing blend of Suntory whisky, espresso, coffee liqueur, salted caramel syrup and vanilla bitters. Stronger varieties are also available such as Pulp Fiction, Jurrasic Park, Men in Black, and Forrest Gump. 

Once you've chosen a drink for the evening, you can begin with a healthy starter like the mixed greens and blue cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Pair that with their Mala shrimp fries drizzled with an addicting concoction of mala spice, mint sour cream, and pickled cucumber. Their Oysters Motoyaki are freshly baked with miso kewpie, gochujang, bonito flakes and aonori - another must-try! 

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Although the starters are quite delectable, the main dishes remain a level above as each dish is garnished beautifully, and served generously. The oil poached salmon—a new addition to the menu that we predict will soon become a favourite—is served with chickpea and eggplant which complements the fish and bulgur wheat pilaf. I recommend that you squeeze a wedge of lemon to add some acidity, then dig-in and enjoy.

Another dish favoured by many is their garlic steak rice which is accompanied by a sunny side up egg and corn. New choices featured on the menu such as the Wagyu Smashburger and crispy duck confit or the chorizo-stuffed chicken, thick-cut Porkchop, and menchi katsu curry all sound just as tempting and delicious.

A single dessert can be found on the menu - don't worry, it will be the only sweet course you'll crave on every visit to Yes Please. The banana tres leches is a divine fusion of vanilla cream, dulce de leche, and banana milk atop a moist, fluffy, sponge cake. 

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Truthfully, Yes Please has made quite a comeback re-inventing themselves to become more food-forward. Their what once was bustling bar is now an atmospheric dining destination with a worth-it menu. Was it a memorable visit? Surely. Do we want to return for more enticing dishes? Yes, please.

The staff at Yes Please frequently sanitise before serving your chosen dishes at your table. Should you wish to learn more about Yes Please's health and safety measures, you may view their updated protocols on their Instagram page.

Visit Yes Please at 38th Street, Uptown, 11th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila. Yes Please is operating at a limited capacity in compliance with IATF and Taguig Safe City Guidelines, so make sure to reserve a table by contacting +639 171 407 777 and +639 175 509 999.