The only thing more troublesome than having no choices is having too many. With that in mind, we’ve dissected the busy dining district of Salcedo Village to bring you the establishments best suited to satisfy your cravings, be they for top-of-the-line Japanese or flavors a little closer to home.

Sultan Mediterranean Grill
Inspired by the leaders of the Ottoman empire, Sultan’s offerings are comprised of generous servings of Middle Eastern specialties, from baba ghanoush dip to kebabs and souvlaki. Though the restaurant has been around awhile, a recent facelift has transformed its look into one more inspired and worthy of its food.
UG9 Valero Plaza Condominium, 124 San Augustin St.
XO 46 Heritage Bistro
At a time when the Filipino dining scene is brimming with foreign cuisines, XO 46 Heritage Bistro remains a longstanding and award-winning tribute to our own regional dishes.
G/F Le Grand Condominium, 130 Valero St.
Tsumura Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Manned by Japanese chefs including Mr. Tsumura himself, Tsumura is arguably both one of the best loved and least familiar Japanese restaurants in Manila. Though its location makes it difficult to stumble upon, those who’ve managed to find it swear by its sashimi and extensive selection of sake.
2/F 88 Corporate Center Sedeno corner Valero Sts.
Songkran
The Makati follow-up to its BF Homes branch, Songkran is the place to go for good Thai food that’s easy on your wallet. When you’ve finished with their Pad Thai, take a breather from the trademark heat of Thai cuisine with a scoop of Carmen’s Best ice cream.
G/F Valero Car Park 2, 149 Valero St
Cartel Coffee + Deli
One of the most recent occupants of the neighborhood dining scene, Cartel is serious about serving only the best. Alongside its own offerings by chef Amado Fernandez are coffee from Yardstick, organic produce from Holy Carabao, and jamon from Txanton.
119 L.P. Leviste St.
Pablo
The partners of next-door neighbour Cartel Coffee + Deli, Pablo takes its cues from classic European bistro fare. Named for the artist—and not the drug lord, as its partnership might suggest—the restaurant offerings an indulgent selection that goes from ensaymada with foie gras pate to their house paellas.
G/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 LP Leviste St.
Mendokoro Ramenba
Mendokoro opened as a gift to Makati residents who were unwilling to make the trek to Ramen Yushoken, its original branch in Alabang. Inspired by the authentic ramen houses of Japan, the restaurant offers diners a selection that makes up for its sparseness with unparalleled quality.
G/F V Corporate Center, Soliman St.
– Arianna Lim
Illustration by Earvin Padua

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