When I was still working in Makati about 13 years ago, I never get the chance to try mid-class restaurants while I was working. I do not have that work-life balance kind of thing when I was starting to work. All I know is work, eat lunch with whatever I cooked at home and brought it in the office, eat take outs from a nearby 24/7 convenient store, or at this cheap Jolly Jeep.
It’s not because I do not have an extra money to spend but I first started working in a BPO company and no restaurants are open at 10 in the evening around Tordesillas, Makati and when my work finishes at 7-9 in the morning the only establishment open by that time are Jollibee, or Mcdonalds or any other fast-food chain that is offering breakfast meal.
It was only 5 years ago when I started trying Makati restaurants when I and friends are needed for a mini-reunion halfway from all of us from the south and north residents.
If you are in the look of a restaurant with a lesser crowd, nice ambiance, and serves good food at an affordable price, I recommend visiting The Plantation Valero in Makati. Just few minutes’ walks from RCBC Plaza or Makati Medical Center.
Opened in 2016 and the restaurant offers good Filipino dishes and they can accommodate 70-80 pax in their air-conditioned restaurant. They also have an alfresco that can accommodate 12 seating pax.
I also like their bar area, it reminds me of a Bali restaurant and the lighting is perfect for a photo shoot, lol.
Crispy Chicken Fingers
A good appetizer for any barkada who loves to drink, however, for some folks, they order this with rice which I don’t mind because rice goes any dishes especially if you are in the Philippines.
This bad boy is a must-try! Never skip ordering this tender and mouth-watering pork with a sweet and tangy sauce paired with mashed potato.
For someone like me who does not eat this famous Filipino dish (shame on me, I know!), my friends can attest that this peanut-based sauce with beef and veggies is good to the taste.
The spiciness of their version of chicken wings os quite tolerable however I just find it lacking of a dip like a ranch or something.
Liempo with Pinakbet and Laing
The liempo is perfectly cooked and crunchy which I love and the Pinakbet doesn’t taste any Bagoong which is GOOD since I do not like any dish with a fish sauce/Bagoong.
A PUTOK-BATOK dish that any Filipino household would order whenever they are in a Filipino restaurant. I love that their version is not salty to my palate and the skin is crunchy too.
My kid will surely love this pasta dish. For anybody who loves eating any pasta and likes the strong taste of fresh basil, then you should order this at Plantation Bar.
Budget for 2 pax with meals and drinks: 600 to 800 Pesos
Ps. Plantation Bar Valero sponsored our Christmas Party with my Blogger friends but my opinion and review are honest and not biased.
Review: The Plantation Valero
Lee Rosales is the woman behind the Lifestyle and Travel Blog http://ilovepaars.com and www.mommalee.com . Follow her adventures as a solo parent and a solo female traveler.