Chef/Restaurateur, Blackbird, People’s Palace, Sala Bistro, Sala
An F&B genius who is known for consistently top-notch service and quality, no matter the concept
The Scotsman moved to Manila in 1996 and settled in Malate, where he then opened his first restaurant concept, the iconic Sala. Known for its impeccably starched linens, seamless service, and well-curated modern European menu – Mackay quickly became the arbiter of elegance and excellence in the local F&B scene. His four concepts–Sala, Sala Bistro, People’s Palace, and Blackbird–are consistently full and continue to be the most coveted tables in the country. Rare is the evening that you don’t see Mackay making rounds in each of his establishments, ensuring smooth operations and delicious dishes. “What is satisfying to me is seeing guests return to the restaurants, with friends, family or business clients and enjoying what we have to offer. Their appreciation is most important.”
Did You Know?
His fine dining restaurant Sala first opened its doors in Malate in 1997, and People’s Palace in 2000 right next door. Mackay is a proud lover of drag and when People’s Palace celebrated its 10th anniversary in its current location in Greenbelt 3, he threw one of the most memorable disco drag parties Manila had ever seen.