One of the changes brought about by having a booming outsourcing industry in the country is that business districts like Makati never go to sleep. Go to any Ayala Avenue office or Rufino office during the wee hours of weekday mornings and you'll see employees up and working, servicing the needs of clients on the other side of the world.
If you are one of these employees, you know what it's like to get hungry during odd hours. Thankfully, there is no shortage of 24-hour restaurants in Makati. Here is a list of some round-the-clock food establishments in the central business district (CBD):
- Sinangag Express - With branches in Makati Cinema Square and Malugay Street in San Antonio Village, Sinangag Express is a favourite among many professionals in Makati. Featuring classic Filipino breakfast cuisine, some popular items on the menu include Tapang Tapat, Tapa Orig, Pork Sisig, Tocino Meal, and Pork Chop.
- Next Door Noodles by North Park - If you have a penchant for Chinese food, this is the perfect place to head after a gruelling work shift or after partying on Makati Avenue (as it is located on the same street). When you get a chance to swing by, order the Angsho Beef with Mushroom Wanton, Fried Wanton, Sliced Tender Beef Congee with Clams, and anything else that tickles your fancy! The choices are endless.
- Aristocrat Restaurant - Jupiter cor. Saturn Street is the place to be for those who are on a late prowl for home-cooked barbecue chicken and signature Filipino dishes like crispy pata, lechon kawali, sinigang na baboy, daing na bangus, and more. Aristocrat Restaurant has been around since 1936, and it has truly stood the test of time. If you are in the mood for big meals and reasonable prices, this is the place to be.
- Tapa King - With six branches all across the Makati central business district, one has to wonder what all the fuss is about. Tapa King is a favourite amongst partygoers, clubbers and young professionals in Makati for a good reason. The classic plates such as Tapa King, Tapa Queen, Tapa Prince, Tapa Joe, and Tapa Flakes all feature tapa (cured meat) cooked in a unique and mouth-watering fashion. These are also served with eggs and garlic rice. Try it for yourself the next time your tummy beckons.
- Whistlestop Restaurant and Bar - Located on Jupiter Street, Whistlestop serves Filipino and international dishes that are also known as 'comfort food'. Dishes like Hainanese chicken, tokwa't baboy, adobo flakes, kare-kare, beef salpicao, vintage tapa, and buffalo wings are all recommended by regulars.