Our Top 5 Default Food Stops in Makati

Living in Makati for a few years now, we had to build a roster of go-to places whenever we can’t decide where to eat (which is almost every time. hehe). Living independently, we seldom cook because it’s too much effort (aside from the fact that the only cooking I know is frying stuff. lol). So for dinner or during weekends, we eat out more often than not.
Here are the top 5 food stops we frequently visit for that comfort food fix:

XO Kitchen
Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City

XO Kitchen

As of July 1, 2014, XO Kitchen closed down (to our dismay). We are still including this in our list as it deserves one last mention before we can let go. We are very much hoping they open up another branch somewhere so we can try their food again in the future.

XO Kitchen served Chinese dishes as rice meals (with iced tea or lemonade) for less than P150 or short orders (for sharing) for less than P250. They offered dimsum dishes as well if you fancy those at around P100. Our go-to dishes included Fish with Corn Sauce, Sweet and Sour Pork, Hakaw. I think we ate here too often that kuya server already memorized our usual orders.

They were also famous for their special buchi which they offered with a variety of fillings such as Ferrero, White Toblerone, Kitkat, Reeses, Andes Mint and so much more at P95 for 3 pieces.

XO Kitchen - Ferrero Buchi

Robina Chicken House
2873 Finlandia St., Brgy. San Isidro, Makati City

Robina House

Robina House is famous for their roast chicken. We frequent this place also because of its proximity -- 5 minutes away from where I live. We even have our own little corner where we sit every single time. :)

Robina House

Although they have a variety of other Filipino dishes, we usually order their Double Happiness Meals: 1/4 Roasted Chicken with Rice or Grilled Porkchop with Rice at P109.

Robina House - Roast Chicken

Robina House - Grilled Porkchop

They also have a Robina Date meal which gave us more value for our money – during those times we both want to have some chicken. And yes, free extraaaaa rice for me!

Robina House

Big Better Burgers
Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City

Big Better Burgers

We first tried Big Better Burgers (BBB) when it was still located nearer to the MRT Buendia Station. We ate there often -- it was very near Yza’s office and was convenient to drop by after picking her up from work. One day, they closed down and we thought we’ll never be able to eat there again. But little did we know they just transferred to their current location now which is still along Jupiter but closer to Makati Ave. This is now more convenient for us as this is on our usual route.

We usually order the Ala Pobre Rice meal if we’re on a budget or get the 3-Cheese Explosion (yum!) if we’re craving for some burgers. We tried their other rice meals and burgers, too, but we keep on going back to our go-to meals. Just recently, they already have options for you to choose either 1/3 lb or 1/4 lb patties to go with your burgers. More options!

Big Better Burgers - Ala Pobre Rice Big Better Burgers - 3 Cheese Explosion

RUB Ribs & BBQ
1703 Baler St. cor Nicanor Garcia St., Brgy. Valenzuela, Makati City


This branch just opened recently (maybe a year). They are most famous for their BBQ ribs. We first tried their food from their branch in QC and we liked their ribs so much -- when the Reposo branch opened up, we got sooooo excited.

Rub - Menu

We usually order their Singles meal which already includes their famous BBQ ribs + 1 side of your choice + 1 rice at P220.

Rub Steak Rub Steak

We haven’t really tried their other menu items yet but why order anything else when you can just munch on their ribs every single time? :)

Jazz Residences, Jupiter St. cor Nicanor Garcia St., Makati City


We come here mostly to spend the weekends when we need to finish something with our laptops (either work stuff, school stuff, blog stuff, etc).

Cobo Cobo

They offer very affordable milk teas at P49/P59 and bubble bursteas (the one with flavored bubble thingies you love to pop inside your mouth) at P75-P99. With their free wifi and our 15% discount card at Cobo, why tambay anywhere else? :)


Stoops Bagnet Ilocos
The Zone, 7224 Malugay St., Bel-Air, Makati City


We were craving for some bagnet a few weeks ago and stumbled upon Stoops. They’re known for their Ilocos Bagnet meals and when we tried them, we were not disappointed! Definitely going back for more!

Stoops - Bagnet  Stoops

We will always be on a lookout for more food stops in Makati – the ones you can go back repeatedly without hurting your budget too much. If you have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments! =)


  1. Jessa Kamille DucaoAugust 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Cobo <3

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