The best casual spots for delicious dining
For the famished, San Antonio Village— plus a couple of nearby hubs— offer plenty of good, comforting grub
8390 Mayapis St., San Antonio Village., Makati 808-7979 www.bonbanhmi.net Operating hours: 7:30 am to 11 pm Available parking: None. Find parking at your own risk.
Delivery option: Yes. Bon Banhmi is all about its straightforward Vietnamese sandwiches, and what they serve are considered some of the best banh mi in town. This unassuming hole-in-the-wall sits discreetly in a residential street, barely calling attention to itself save for a sign outside. Inside is much the same: a simple space with enough tables to accommodate the few who decide to eat in. Aesthetics are a far second to the appeal of their fresh sandwiches—the bread is even made in-house—that never disappoint.
G/F CAP Building, Amorsolo cor. Rufino Sts., Legaspi Village, Makati 625-5943 or 0977- 4032290 www.facebook.com/naimasrestaurant Operating hours: 11:30 am to 11 pm
Available parking: Yes Delivery option: Yes Naimas’ interiors are reminiscent of a family home. An open veranda welcomes guests with a hospitable and friendly atmosphere, inviting you to find a seat and make yourself comfortable. More than the space, the restaurant’s name itself promises the delicious taste of home, pushing unconventional Filipino dishes whose roots come all the way from the north.
9629 Kamagong St., San Antonio Village, Makati 975-7446 www.trigo.com.ph Operating hours: 10 am to 10 pm Available parking: Yes but limited Delivery option: Only for fresh breads worth P300 and above. Trigo fits right in with San Antonio’s roster of artisanal coffee shops and restaurants. This quaint café and bakery along Kamagong St. starts emitting the scent of freshly baked bread in time for brunch, and their hearty grilled paninis hit the right spot for hunger pangs at any other time of the day.
7635 Guijo St., San Antonio Village, Makati 0917- 6631011 @restockph on Instagram. Operating hours: 12 noon to 10 pm
Available parking: Yes but limited. Delivery option: None yet. Come in for the art, stay for the cups of joe. Restock’s walls and shelves are full of pieces from Manila’s most promising young artists, and its menu is equally interesting with the café’s own “progressive” caffeine blends— try their Midnight, a citrus-infused short mocha— sharing space with more traditional concoctions. Savory and sweet pastries are also available, great for when the munchies hit you mid-afternoon.
G/F Building C, Karrivin Plaza 2316 Chino Roces Ave., Makati 0917-7208630 @toyoeatery on Instagram. Operating hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 6 pm to 11:30 pm
Available parking: Limited. Delivery option: None yet. Toyo Eatery’s reimagination of Filipino classics is getting more people to venture outside familiar configurations of local dishes. Using the best produce the country’s land and seas have to offer, the restaurant layers different flavors in innovative presentations and allows diners to discover how much richer Philippine cuisine is and can be.