Denizens of Poblacion in Makati are probably already familiar with the previous site of the Johnny Walker House in Pobacion. Located at the corner of Dona Carmen Street and Kalayaan Avenue, it is a touchstone for those seeking the night life.
In fact, a few months back, a special viewing party for the premiere for Game of Thrones Season 8 was held right here.
Today, it is the place to be for music, food and drinks have a hot Latin flavor under the name El Chante.
Chante is a colloquial Spanish word for “home.” And those who prefer their nightlife eats and entertainment to have that saucy Latin quality would surely feel at home here.
Together with my fellow foodies from #WeLoveToEat, I ventured to Poblacion and its newest nightlife destination. The Latin-style bar chow and eats we sampled include:
Salchipapas (Php200 for single | Php250 for platter). A portmanteau of Spanish words salchicha (“sausage”) and papas (“potatoes”), this Peruvian street food consist thinly sliced pan-fried sausages drizzled with ketchup and other sauces.
Beef Empanadas (Php200). Baked pastry turnovers with savory ground beef filling. Be sure to ask for extra servings of El Chante’s special sauce. You’ll know why as soon as you dip the empanada (or any of the bar chow) in it.
Buffalo Chicken Wings (Php200 for single | Php380 for platter) and Buffalo Chicken Tenders (Php250 for single | Php420 for platter). Unbreaded and deep-fried chicken pieces coated in zesty and spicy buffalo sauce prior to serving.
Cheesy Cheese Sticks (Php200) and Chili Cheese Sticks (Php200). Sticks of cheese wrapped in egg roll wrappers; the spicier ones – also called dynamite rolls – have chili peppers in them along with the cheese.
Mozzarella Sticks (Php250). Breaded and deep-fried slices of mozzarella cheese.
Nachos (Php200 for single | Php380 for platter). Freshly made tortillas deep-fried to a crisp and topped with cheese sauce, pulled pork, special mayo and salsa.
Salivating yet? Well, these bar chow are just half the fun. Wait ’til you get a taste of El Chante’s house cocktails that are just full to the brim of pop culture references!
The Irish Trash Can (Php250). Made with vodka, gin, rum, peach schnapps, blue curacao, triple sec and one can of red bull. If this doesn’t get you in a partying mood, I don’t know what will.
Mermaid’s Drink (Php250). Here’s something to cheer Ariel up! Lemon juice mixed with simple syrup, vodka, midori and blue curacao make up this drink that brings you to the seaside with every sip.
White Walker (Php250). Named after the chillest (literally!) characters in Game of Thrones, this drink consists of orchata liquer, vanilla cream soda, cream, rum and blue curacao.
Butter Beer (Php250). This is definitely NOT the Hogsmeade drink as this has beer and Liquor 45. Drink your heart out, Harry Potter!
Planning a fun night out with the gang? Check out El Chante’s special take on tequila shots. Instead of salt and lemon, brown sugar and orange slices accompany the shots of Olmeca tequila. Toast among your friends with this for just Php500 for every five shots.
Plus, there’s an open bar for just Php600 from 9pm to 12 midnight everyday.
Well, it sure looks like Poblacion’s party people have a new rockin’ destination.
El Chante is located at the Third Floor, 8456 Dona Carmen Street corner Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City, open Sundays too Thursdays from 8pm to 5am and Fridays to Saturdays from 8pm to 7am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 995 8651999 or +63 917 6395487.
Disclosure: Together with my fellow foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this restaurant. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
Check out my reviews of other bars and watering holes in the Metro:
- Bevvy at Don Revy, Magallanes
- Varra Restobar, San Juan
- Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar, Marikina
- Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar, BGC
- Moonshine Pub, Ortigas Center
- HidN, Tomas Morato
- Tiyo Craft Kitchen & Bar, Tomas Morato
- Alchemy, Poblacion
- Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant, Tomas Morato
- The Nautilus Whiskey Bar, Tomas Morato
- Sabor Bar de Vinos, Cubao
- Don’t Tell, Tomas Morato
- INT.bar, Cubao
- Wyld Kitchen x Bar, Tomas Morato
- Pied Piper Gastrolounge, Ermita
- Tap Room, Ermita
- Versus Barcade, BGC
- Mimi & Bros, BGC
- i Darts Dash, BGC
- Brewery at the Palace, BGC
Photo Credit: Alex of BoyEatWorldPH for the barkada shot.