Revisiting Makati (Part 2) – Dining Around

Makati is known to have a lot of good restaurants so we were very excited to try out some of them. Our first stop was Lulu for dinner. We almost didn’t find it. We used Google Maps to locate it but the address it gave us was wrong. It turned out to be on the next street instead. Anyway, we found ourselves in Lulu in time before the dinner crowd came in.

Ambience was great – lovely place for a date. They had an open kitchen design, so you can see your food being prepared and hear the chef calling out what dishes need to be done. Service was good, too. We ordered Caesar Salad, Lulu Burger, Lulu Pasta and the US Certified Angus Beef Bolognese. The bolognese was excellent, very tasty. The salad and the Lulu Pasta were mediocre, not bad but nothing great either. The burgers were disappointing. The center of the burgers were raw and the burgers had that raw taste. Not a very good way to end our day.

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For breakfast, we went to Pablo, which was located on the ground floor of the Picasso. We ordered the Bangus with Rice, Chicken Adobo Flakes with Rice and the Sardines in Oil with Rice. All these orders came with eggs the way you want them. From the buffet, you could get cereals, fruits, cheese, deli meat, salad, bread and fruit juices. Not too many choices in the buffet. We found the food to be of average taste. Serving size for the bangus and sardines were quite small. The adobo flakes had a burnt taste. Again, quite a disappointment.

Later on that morning, we went to the Salcedo Saturday Market. What an interesting place! There were so many stalls to choose from, with a wide range of cuisine available. There were homecooked meals, specialty food, fresh produce, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables. We would have wanted to buy some of those dishes but we didn’t have the proper storage to prevent spoiling. We did try out the ice cream. We were choosing between Carmen’s Best and Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream. Unfortunately, the flavors we wanted in Carmen’s Best had already been sold out. So we ended up with Adam.

Adam’s Seriously Good Ice Cream was just that – seriously good! We had a hard time choosing which flavor to get. Adam was there to make the sales pitch (not that we needed any convincing). He explained how they make their ice cream, what makes them different, and how they use only the best ingredients for their ice cream. We got the First Lady’s Fantasy (“the best sugar-free chocolates sweetened with organic coco sugar and  bit of honey”) and the Ambassador’s Butter Cream (“a rich buttery cream with pieces of home-made almond brittle candy”).

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Both flavors were absolutely delicious! They more than made up for the disappointing food choices we’ve made recently. I hope they find more distributors soon – so we can have a follow-up fix 🙂

Our last meal in Makati was at Bugsy’s Bar and Bistro. It was also walking distance from the Picasso. We had the Buffalo Wings, Buffalo Tenders, Bugsy Siegel and some mashed potatoes to go with them. The chicken was good – flavorful with just the right amount of spiciness. Not too oily, too, compared to other versions. The steak was okay, a little bland but still okay and reasonably priced too. It was large enough to split into two orders. The mashed potatoes were nothing great.

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Revisiting Makati (Part 1) – Staying At The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences

It is not very often that we go to Makati, the country’s financial district. But my daughter needed to be there on two consecutive days – one for their Technical Dress Rehearsal and another for their actual performance. The timing was also bad – my husband couldn’t drive, it was a payday weekend and there were numerous sales in almost all the malls in Metro Manila. So we decided to stay overnight at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. It was the only place within walking distance to and from RCBC Theater where my daughter’s rehearsal and performance were going to be. Fortunately for us, Deal Grocer offered a room there at a discount.

I like the overall feel of the Picasso. There is art everywhere. There are paintings by the corridor. There is even an art gallery. We got the Malaga Studio and asked for an extra bed for our son. The room had a queen sized bed, a small kitchen, a study area and a balcony. The Deal Grocer voucher we got included P300 purchase from the minibar and breakfast for two at the Pablo (their ground floor restaurant).

The room is spacious, even with the addition of an extra bed. Temperature of the airconditioner was just right, a welcome relief from the blistering heat outside. The art was evident even in the trash can and key card. Wi-Fi was pretty good, you just needed to get the username and password from the front desk. Water pressure in the bathroom was good too. One thing about the bathroom, though – there are no doors to provide privacy for the shower and toilet areas, just one door for the whole bathroom.

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Other great things about the Picasso were location and service. It is within walking distance from a lot of restaurants, convenience stores, and the Salcedo Park. They also provide a shuttle service to many of the Makati malls. Everyone in the staff provided excellent service.

We were very happy with our stay at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. We would gladly return if we need to be in the area again.

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