The Central Business District (CBD) will always be top of mind for people when they hear about Makati. With the towering buildings on Ayala Avenue and the big local and multi-national companies that call it their home, it’s easy to understand why its CBD is almost synonymous with the city of Makati. However, located near this district is a small barangay with a big personality—San Antonio Village.
San Antonio Village might not be as big as other neighborhoods in Makati but it makes up for it with its different establishments packed with attitude. It houses unique restaurants that make it a viable option for foodies who work in and around Makati.
Pat Pat’s Kansi (8809 Sampaloc St. corner Kamagong St.; open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily except Sunday)
Ask anyone working in Makati and chances are they’ve eaten lunch with their coworkers at Pat Pat’s Kansi. The go-to place for diners looking for outstanding home-cooked food, Pat Pat’s Kansi is well-loved for its steaming bowls of kansi–the Ilonggo version of bulalo. Be ready to sweat, though, as this restaurant has no air-conditioning, being a converted garage. You’ll sweat even more as you crush red chilies and mix the lot with patis and kalamansi to elevate the flavor of your order of kansi (a bowl of just stew goes for P170; a bowl of stew with bone marrow costs P145). Try out their Grilled Pusit (P240), as well, and pair your meal with fresh buko juice to cool you down.
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Bon Banhmi (8390 Mayapis St.; open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
There’s no longer any need to walk the streets of Saigon to get your fill of the authentic Vietnamese favorite–crunchy banh mi. Bon Banhmi serves up the famous sandwich for cheap (P79 for regular and P99 for large), as well as other Vietnamese favorites, having just recently expanded to become a complete restaurant. Its specialty, though, remains to be the traditional Vietnamese sandwich. The classic pork banh mi always hits the spot as it is combined with liver pate, veggies, and cilantro stuffed inside a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside baguette. You can also get chicken, roast beef, roast pork, or any combination to suit your taste. Make sure to go early, just after the baguettes have been popped out of the oven.
Wingman (Suite B, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St.; open daily from 12 noon to 2 a.m.)
If you’re looking for a place where you can chill out with friends over drinks, Wingman is the spot. Since you can split a dozen wings into two flavors, it’s a good idea to order it with a friend if you don’t think you can chow it down yourself. Half a dozen wings will set you back P235 while a full dozen costs P395.
Be sure you get your wings in their Classic Buffalo sauce (choose between medium, hot, apocalyptic, and inferno). Lemon Pepper and Hickory Barbecue are the best among the non-spicy options. Don’t forget to get an extra serving of their bleu cheese dip for only P35. Wingman offers bottomless iced tea and blue lemonade to help you with the heat. But, as always, wings are perfect with beer (P200 for a liter of draft beer).
Equally cool is that since Wingman is located in The Collective, you can check out the different boutiques in the rest of the space while waiting for your wings to be served.
Saguijo Cafe + Bar (7612 Guijo St.; open from 6 p.m. onwards, daily except Sunday and Monday)
Sagujo is one of the more famous spots in San Antonio Village because it has hosted the gigs of some of the country’s biggest bands; The Eraserheads, for one. It’s a small space; if you get there around 10, all the tables would be occupied. But a night in Saguijo is worth it. While watching a gig, get a serving of their bar grub (Pork Sisig for P265, Saguijo Nachos at P295, or Kilawin Tanigue at P280). But don’t sleep on their entrees as their Beef Salpicao (P260) is outstanding. To wash these down, enjoy Saguijo’s beers, wines, liquors, and cocktails so you can raise your drink when your favorite band finally plays your song.
8065 Bagnet (8065 Estrella St.; open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Monday to Saturday; from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sunday)
What’s better than fried crispy pork? Double-fried crispy pork smothered in your favorite sauce. 8065 Bagnet offers a variety of options for the beloved Ilokano way of preparing pork. If having bagnet alone is enough for you, go for the ones with different sauces. From curry, binagoongan, and kare-kare to sisig and even dinuguan, 8065 Bagnet will surely satisfy your cravings (P200 for sharing, P125 for a budget meal with rice and soup). For an additional P10, they can upgrade your rice to bagoong rice, which works especially well with the pakbet and kare-kare bagnet varieties. Get a side order of ensaladang talong, okra with bagoong, or ensaladang mangga to lessen the guilt.
While living near these fine food places is an amazing perk, the true selling point of living in San Antonio Village is its proximity to the Makati CBD–it’s just a 10-minute drive. You can even opt to walk or bike over. Imagine being able to eliminate the hours you usually spend in traffic by living close to work while also having lots of creative options to complement your lifestyle.
Fortunately, the Avida Towers Asten is on Yakal and Malugay Streets; the perfect location for your kind of lifestyle. It’s suited for young professionals who are looking for their own place and expecting brand new adventures to be right at their doorstep.