MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO

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MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO

A selection that is straightforward, locally sourced and outright Filipino is what Kabila Filipino Bistro in Makati City boasts. It was a Saturday late lunch for me as I found my way to Makati City after work, in a hurry not to be caught by the heavy downpour about to commence any minute.

In a matter of minutes, I made it at Ayala Museum and the Museum Café just in time when the lightning made its presence known and the heavy downpour follows.  Right next door the Museum Café is the Kabila Filipino Bistro - literal to its name.


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My friends started the lunch feast as I enter the restaurant.  Beside our table is a cabinet of pickled jars displayed not only for aesthetics but can be tasted on as appetizers as well.

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
THE PICKLED JARS
The walls are covered by glass with a high ceiling constituting its interior.  The ornaments displayed are quite interesting that it gives a museum-feel.  The hanging pieces adds character to the restaurant.  Like its interior, food served is traditionally Filipino but with a twist.

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
THE LIGHTING FIXTURES
Fresh Lumpia sa Kabila, is a favorite for the majority.  I am not into fresh lumpia, thus, I opted not to try but looking at my friends’ faces as they consume the lumpia, it must have been good for them to be satisfied.  The fresh lumpia is made of fresh ubod, shrimp and pork mince, sweet garlic sauce, fresh garlic and ground peanuts. 

FRESH LUMPIA SA KABILA (PhP295.00)
Even if I have not tried lumpia, I found myself consuming most of the Ensaladang Kabila, in a mixture of ripe mango, green mango, guapple, pomelo, turnip, native tomato relish, salted egg, pili nut croutons, calamansi vinaigrette and home-made bagoong. 

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
ENSALADANG KABILA (PhP295.00)
On main course, everything is perfect and palatable.  Without budget constraints, I would recommend all dishes to be tried.  Kabila’s Pork Bagnet with choices of sukang Ilocos, sili, rock salt and “KBL- Kamatis, Bagoong Balayan and Lasunga Relish” as a complement was first placed on our table. 

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
KABILA'S PORK BAGNET (PhP395.00)
For cure of hangover and simply the love for sinigang (I assume), the Seafood Guava Sinigang was also a hit.  The dish has scallops, bangus belly, river prawns, clams, kangkong, labanos, sitaw and cherry tomatoes to add flavor.

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
SEAFOOD GUAVA SINIGANG (PhP525.00)
Fish and chicken is a typical Filipino favorite.  Kabila Restaurant provides its best-sellers for us to taste test, these are: Slow-Grilled Gindara on charcoal with a sweet soy calamansi glaze served with pickled green mango and my all-time favorite, BBQ Chicken Inasal with sinamak and chicken oil on a charcoal grill.

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
BBQ CHICKEN INASAL (PhP375.00)
MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
SLOW-GRILLED GINDARA (375.00)
I had cough that day and so as refreshments, I ordered hot lemonade and it somewhat lessen the frequency of coughing. 

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
THE REFRESHMENTS
For desserts, Leche Flan Turon served with chocnut sauce and Buko Pandan served with melon shreds, landed on our table.

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
LECHE FLAN TURON (PhP195.00)
MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
BUKO PANDAN (PhP195.00)
We only have tasted the best-sellers of the restaurant, but definitely there’s more to the list that gives us a glimpse of the varied cuisine the Philippines offers.

MAKATI CITY | KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
THE ALL-TIME FAVORITE
Like what a typical Filipino family is, dining at Kabila Restaurant is for sharing and pairing.  The local favorites were given a different version, which definitely are a must-try.

KABILA FILIPINO BISTRO
Ayala Museum Complex Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street,
Makati City
+632 757-3000
Operating Hours: 8AM to 11PM

Kabila is part of the innovative concepts of Raintree Restaurants.


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