Lolo Dad's Brasserie
Off the back of its successful and beloved first incarnation in Malate, Lolo Dad’s Brasserie’s Makati City branch opened in the stylish 6750 complex in early 2011 to city-wide praise. But though the original space was renowned for its homely vibe (largely due to its locale – a converted house), the newer iteration is classic and subtle, with cream walls, white linen, dark wood and a soaring ceiling providing an appropriate backdrop to cuisine that has stepped up in the style (and price) stakes since arriving in downtown Makati.
The elegantly restrained interior allows chef Ariel Manuel’s colourful, European-inflected menu to do the talking with an extensive line-up of light appetisers, flavourful tapas, myriad charcuterie, signature pizzas and sandwiches, plus hearty meat, fish and pasta mains to suit every palate.
Start with Dungeness crab, scallop and corn chowder, before sampling the Spanish-influenced potato tortilla with chorizo and pancetta. Tuck into one of Manuel’s inventive pizzas, like the Lamb Shawarma with roast lamb, cucumber, tomato, onion and a yogurt and chili sauce, or opt for something more substantial, such as the baked lobster tail or whole roasted rainbow trout. Finally, finish on a sweet note with the signature chocolate almond segafredo, before slipping back to your hotel and into sweet slumber. Oh, Manuel!