CHOW DOWN

The best ca­sual spots for de­li­cious din­ing

Makati Leads - - Front Page -

For the fam­ished, San An­to­nio Vil­lage— plus a cou­ple of nearby hubs— of­fer plenty of good, com­fort­ing grub

BON BANHMI

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.

NAIMAS

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.

TRIGO

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.

RESTOCK

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.

TOYO EATERY

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.

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