The area of Makati called Poblacion, previously known as the city’s red light district, has evolved into a pretty happening place. It has given rise to concept restaurants, quick chows and bars that offer Makati workers and residents alternative choices for dining, hanging out and entertainment away from the usual malls.
One such place is The Pallet.
A food park located at the corner of Dona Carmen and Jacobo Streets in Poblacion, backroads to Kalayaan Avenue, The Pallet is an off-the-beaten track venue.
For my first-ever Looloo Rendezvoos, I was invited to check this place out and experience the various possibilities it affords to its patrons. I found a lot to like about it so I summarized them down to a list which will hopefully help fellow foodies discover a new favorite place to hang out and dine.
No. 1: Ample parking space and helpful security guard.
Having braved the rush hour all the way from QC, I was relieved I didn’t have to worry about where to park my car. Manong guard was quick to assist me in finding a spot and guiding me while I park.
No. 2: Chill surroundings.
Being located in backstreets away from all the hustle and bustle of Makati’s busy streets and surrounded by a residential area, The Pallet has a chill and relaxed atmosphere that distanced me from the usual stresses of work and traffic.
No. 3: Lots of food choices!
Given its relatively small area, I’m surprised at the number and variety of dining choices available. I’ll blog about them in more detail later but suffice to say that the foodie in me got quite excited with The Pallet’s tenants and their offerings. These include:
Mang Jose’s Ihaw Ihaw – for yummy and fuss-free grilled meats and pulutans
Antojitos – for a taste of Mexico from cheese-filled nachos and quesadillas to filling burritos and more
Asian Hawker – for a taste of Singaporean street food from the Char Kwai Teoh rice dish to the creamy Laksa
Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub – for a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine from the flavorful kababs to hefty shawarmas
Takohub – it was my first time to see takoyaki balls this huge!
Heath Burger – because healthy cam be tasty too, especially those mushrooms masquerading as chicken nuggets
Ramen Attack – that Tantanmen was a revelation! And the Steak & Rice got me craving for more!
Creamco Creamery – rolled ice cream that’s as pretty as it was sweet and yummy
Inum Bar – cocktails for that relaxed after-work buzz
No. 4: Live music!
On Wednesday nights this November, enjoy live music from up-and-coming artists such as DJ Aryan (90’s Night) on November 21 and DJ SP (Hiphop Throwback) on November 29.
These are just some of the reasons why The Pallet appeals to me. Check it out and see if it might grow to be your favorite place too!
The Pallet is located at 5804 Dona Carmen corner Jacobo Streets, Poblacion, Makati City. For inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosure: Together with other Looloo users, I was invited to join a Looloo Rendezvoos held at this venue. All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.