Kabila

Ayala Museum, Makati Ave., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Kabila
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EJ B.
4.0 Stars
5

After church, we went to Kabila last Sunday for an afternoon merienda. 127844

Kabila Restaurant is owned by Raintree of Group of Restaurants. They are the team behind Museum Cafe, Chelsea, Rocket Room, Stella, etc. Kabila Restaurant is situated at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, Makati City (the best landmark is the Ayala Museum). Kabila is a Modern Filipino Restaurants, serving the Best of Pinoy Dishes. 🇵🇭

We got the following Pinoy merienda:

Shrimp Ukoy served with Rock Salt and Sukang Ilocos Php195.00 - 11088110881108811088️ 4/5

Kabila: Our Special Pancit Php350.00 (Crispy Bagnet, Beef, Bok Choy, Carrots, Sayote + Lucban Noodles served with Peppered Sinamak Vinegar) - 11088110881108811088️ 4/5

#ilovetoeat 12851510084

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Russel F.
4.0 Stars

Was so honored to be part of the Inquirer Lifestyle's Best Desserts 2 book launching event last 26th October at SMX Convention Center in SM Aura. And it's not just an event where you can meet the author of the book and the creators of the sweet creations featured on the said book, but THERE'S FREE DESSERT TASTING for everyone!!! Yaaay! 128525128525128525

I invited Justin J with me to try as many desserts as we can that day. One of the first one we tried is the Impossible cake made by Chef Alvin Delos Reyes of Kabila Bistro. I once saw this cake being featured at one of the TV shows and was really excited to finally try it! It's a two-layered cake where the bottom is the chocolate cake, and then topped with leche flan as its top layer! I just can't imagine leche flan on a chocolate cake, since it's too common to have leche flan on halo-halo as its toppings! The taste is incredibly good! I keep on going back to their stand just for this, to be honest! 128513

There's more sweet creations to try, so little time - our exact drama that night. There's more sweetness on my next reviews in coverage of the said event. 128513

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Eya L.
4.0 Stars

Beef fingers (tadyang) to die for! Complete with yummy sauce

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Elaiza E.
5.0 Stars

Second time to be in this restaurant and I am not disappointed.

What we ordered:

Seafood Guava Sinigang
- This is a dish is what I recommend that you try. I like the combination sourness of the sinigang and the sweet taste that the guava brings to the dish. It also has cherry tomatoes and radish. As for the seafoods, it includes some scallops, shrimp, and boneless bangus.

Pork Barbeque Skewers

Crackling Pork Sisig (not in the photo)

Alimang Rice (not in the photo)

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Elaiza E.
5.0 Stars

Seafood Kare-Kare.

Serving: 2 - 3 persons

It comes with

Two kinds of Bagoong:
1. Regular #bagoong
2. Shrimp and Tomato paste

and Native vegetables.

If you are up for something different, this #dish is a must try.

I would recommend the shrimp and tomato paste bagoong. The saltines from the shrimp and the distinct taste of the tomato paste compliments well with the #flavors of this #karekare.

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Elaiza E.
5.0 Stars

Grilled Salmon Head & Belly Sinigang ~ Mustasa Leaves, Cherry Tomatoes, Kamias + Calansi Sour Broth

Price: P350 - 450

Serving: Good for 2 - 3 persons.

Here's A different take from the usual #filipinocusine of Sinigang.

The milky taste of the #salmon is not overpowered by the broth's sourness. For me, I am happy of this dish not being too sour although it can still make your face cringe a little bit because well, THIS is still Sinigang. 128516

I also enjoyed eating the cherry tomatoes that were cooked perfectly. It won't be a problem if you don't eat the tomatoes skin because it is blanched just right for the skin to come right off.

A must try!!

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San S.
4.0 Stars

Now the reason we ate here was because their menu promised of a bulalo with an extra slab of bone marrow. But alas, the marrow was out of stock. We still ordered the bulalo and it was good. But they should have given us a discount for not having that star of the dish!

Anyway...i liked their 2 types of belly: beef and pork (bacon!!). And for dessert: try their leche flan turon served with chocolate sauce dip and chocnut on the side.

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Rael S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Ilai L.
3.0 Stars

I've been eyeing this resto for some time. Always imagined how it was to dine at a place beside a museum in a mall with a garden around you. This was it! Suffice to say, I loved the ambiance!

Okies, the food. Umm...since I only barged into a bonding of friends at the last minute, ordered the Kabila -- which is the resto's special version of Pancit. It has Crispy Bagnet, beef, bok choy, carrots, sayote and Lucban noodles served with Sinamak. Whoah! It had me at Bagnet! Hahaha! Delish! You could eat this alone or have it with rice since it had quite a bit of meat pieces.

With every resto, when selecting a drink I always go for either the iced tea or thai milk tea. I've been fascinated by thai milk tea the first time it touched my palate on a travel to Bangkok a few years ago. The verdict: well, it was a watered down version. It was just fine.

However, be sure to check your bill when you get it. They had mistakenly added some items and it was a good thing we checked why since we noticed the amount ballooned. Hmmm...

In all, I'm glad to have experienced how it was to dine there. Curiosity satisfied!

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Edwin I.
5.0 Stars

Kabila's Caldereta, Binagoongang Bagnet, Pinakbet, and Guava Cheesecake. Delicious Pinoy comfort food dishes, prepared with Kabila's unique twist, and uniquely yet elegantly plated.

It's been years since I've been back to M Cafe. This visit, I originally suggested M Cafe to a dinner meet up and drink up afterwards with friends who were in town visiting. Much to my disappointment, the menu of M Cafe was changed and shortened from my long-ago previous visits. I was looking forward to their Penne with Spicy Tuyo , Cilantro Pesto, and Kesong Puti Pasta. Unfortunately, this has been removed from their offerings along with some of the fave dishes I used to order.

Segue Kabila. The original M Cafe has been split into two with Kabila as the "other" restaurant. I guess, Raintree (the food management group who runs these establishments as well as Saboten, Chelsea, Terraz, Stella, etc) decided to offer the best of both worlds in one venue---Amer-Italian and Pinoy. Funny , because we were seated at the M Cafe section, but we ended up ordering dishes from the Kabila menu. This was my first time to try the Kabila offerings.

Free table munchies, was a plating of flavored-popped patani beans, kropek, and peanuts. We liked the patani beans. Reminiscent of tasty chicacorn, only creamier.

For starters, we got Kabila's Sinuglaw. Their take was a uniquely plated "deconstructed" sinuglaw. The grilled pork was served in a small stone grill with charcoal. And the guinataang kilawin was plated in a hollowed out ripe coconut shell. Genius! Tastewise, the pork was tender and flavorful, the kinilaw tasted fresh, nicely sour with radish bits, but overall, it wasn't outstanding.

The main dishes were all winners with our group. The Beef Caldereta was fork tender and very flavorful. Stewed in a thick creamy tomato base. The Binagoongang Bagnet was sinfully divine with crunchy, salty with chunks of Bagnet slices. Sautéed in a nicely salty pink alamang sauce. Mixed with fresh tarty-sweet yellow-green mango slices that were deliciously in the cusp of rawness and ripeness. These dishes, nicely served in a hot stone plating bowl.

Their Pinakbet, had grilled whole baby eggplants, sweet -nutty squash, bitter greens all sautéed in a lightly bagoong-gata seasoned sauce. Uniquely served in a huge dried gabi leaf.

For sweet endings, their Guava Cheesecake was a winner. A unique twist to the ubiquitous cheesecake. Their take? Creamy, dense, cheesecake with bits of guava jam on a buttery graham crust. Served with caramelized pili nuts. Loved the creamy , nicely sweet cheesecake with the sweet-tarty guava jam bits on the nicely crumbly-buttery crust. Eating this with the buttery, crunchy pili nuts was a palate delight of flavors and textures. Absurdly and uniquely perfect! My take? If Raintree's Chelsea Cafe can boast of their Cookie Dough Cheesecake, Raintree's Kabila has their Guava Cheesecake for the win. This pastry, highly recommended to foodies who love cheesecake.

Pricing was not bad. Each dish averaged between 300-600. Serving size was generous. Our meal, consisting of one order of each dish, satisfied 5 hungry bellies quite well.

After dinner, we simply stepped out to M Cafe's veranda to cap our evening. Each of us having a glass or two of their signature cocktails. My medicine, a glass each of their Lychee Mojito (sweet refreshing mix of pandan flavored rum with lychees and mint) and Choc-nut Martini (a shot of espresso, vodka, kahlua, and chocnut bits). Sweet -alcoholic nightcap indeed...yum!

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Kathleen L.
3.0 Stars

Authentic Filipino cuisine! All their servings are good for sharing so best to be tried in a large group. We had the Ukoy for starters and it was good! Really makalat to eat but an experience worth sharing. According to my colleagues, the Beef Adobo and Fried Lumpia tasted really good!!

The ambience of the place wins for me as well as the comfortable dining area. Servers were really nice and they offer nuts and chips to munch on while waiting :)

Oh, this restaurant is adjoined with M Café thus the name :)

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eiLeeN T.
4.0 Stars

Got the shrimp ukoy (shrimp fritters) made of baby shrimps mixed with flour, egg, salt and pepper and deep fried until crisp and golden brown. Kabila's version skipped the bean sprouts but served with sukang Iloko and sili rock salt. It was a crunchy delight and loved their not-too-overwhelming sukang Iloko. I was expecting more baby shrimps than flour batter though. Great snack for sharing!

P.S. Are there any rules for reviewing two places at one time especially if you order food specific to their menu but only stayed in one of either establishment? I hope not as they are quite a few we have in town...

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Cat d.
3.0 Stars

Not one of my favorite Filipino restaurants to eat. I'm not a fan. Could do better. Everything tastes just ordinary; no special twist. A little disappointed...

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Julia G.
5.0 Stars

I have a theory for the reason why this restaurant's name is Kabila. Upon entering M Cafe, people might ask where the restaurant that serves Filipino food is located then the staff will answer, "Sa Kabila po." HAHA witty! LOLOLOL

This restaurant is located inside the M Cafe. When you enter from the Greenbelt 4/5 side, you won't see it from that angle but just tell the staff that you'll be ordering from the Filipino section then they'll lead you to the area of Kabila. They still give you the menu of M Cafe so you have an option to order from either one.

Upon entering, one of the waiters was holding the fly zapper. In my head I told myself, "Oh no mosquitoes and flies again!" Good thing they didn't join us for our meal. 128514

We ordered the following:

Fried Kangkong Crisps
Deep fried kangkong veggies served with tinapa mayo. I liked this one. I'm not really a dip person but when I tried it, it tasted a lot better. I had no idea this was mayo so I just went for it. 128563

Ensaladang Kabila
Ripe mangoes, green mangoes, cherry tomatoes, red radish, native onions, salted red egg, pili nut croutons with calamansi vinaigrette and homemade bagoong. This was too sour for me! Didn't like it all even if I tried to mix everything together with the bagoong. My family wasn't impressed either.

Slow Grilled Gindara
Placed on top of a small charcoal grill with a sweet soy calamansi glaze served with pickled green mango. I loved this! You get to put the sauce on top of the fish with a small leaf which was so cool. It's kind of a soy sauce which wasn't too strong. I actually had no idea what Gindara meant until my dad ordered it. The fish wasn't too salty which was great and I think this goes to the top of my favorite kind of fish. Here's to trying something new! 9786

Lola Ata's US Beef Pepper Sinigang
US beef, sour pepper brother, sitaw, labanos, gabi and kangkong. I'm not a sinigang person but I really liked this one. The broth had the right amount of sour to it. The pepper added a hint of spice that makes the broth more flavorful. The US beef was to tender it can actually fall of your fork! Plus points for presentation as well cause it had a small candle at the bottom so the bowl's still being heated throughout your meal.

Lengua Estofada
Ox tongue topped with roasted mushrooms, giuseppe black and green olives. I heart restaurants that can make really good lengua and Kabila is one of them. Thick gravy-ish sauce, tender ox tongue which was generous in portion size and big roasted mushrooms. Definitely worth the 600 bucks!

Crispy Bone-in US beef short ribs AKA Tadyang
Served with garlic crisps and vinegar from Ilocos. Loved this as well. It had the right amount of crispiness to it. It wasn't overcooked to the point that it will taste bland. The garlic crisps surrounding it wasn't overwhelming so it didn't taste garlick-y. I should have tried it with the vinegar cause my family said it tasted better with it.

Wok Fried Garlic White Rice 127775127775127775127775127775

Had Guinumis as my drink. I liked it but I still prefer Via Mare's version. I couldn't taste the coconut milk and the pinipig that much so it sort of tasted like my brother's Sago't Gulaman.

For dessert, we tried the Tiramisu which we weren't impressed with. Cibo makes one of the best, in my opinion. 128076 The Frozen Brazo was divine! It wasn't the typical egg-beat brazo. It had a layer of coconut, ube, cheese, something white we had no idea what it was HAHA and a graham crust. Really really worth trying out! Best shared cause it was huge!

Really loved this meal! Staff was attentive and the presentation and quality of food is great. 128077

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Carlo J.
5.0 Stars

- Great Filipino food although a bit pricey.
- Kamias and calamansi drink is refreshing and delicious.
- My friends found the beef sinigang to be a bit too sour but I loved it.
- Liempo is good, the meat a bit pinkish.
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- Skip the Bagnet Binagoongan - the pork is dry and is not as flavorful.
- Beautiful food presentations.

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Mark C.
3.0 Stars

Didn't know the M Cafe is now this! Ambience is good! The food menu is a little bit confused with Asian, Filipino, western cuisine. We came in at 11am so they have us a breakfast menu only to take it out after because lunch is about to be served?!

Ordered from the lunch menu. The pinoy grilled stuff is good as well as their kabila salad.

Staff needs training though.

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Betsy B.
4.0 Stars

KABILA is more that just "the resto next to MCafe". This is the best option to Pinoy cuisine when MESA is too packed, VIA MARE is too hohum, LORENZO'S WAY is too noisy and FELY J is too far for a hungry tummy. The place is comfy and peaceful for the usual Sunday crowd. KABILA is beyond Pinoy dishes with a twist. They put Adobo in a different level using US angus, and Dinuguan in a different league with lemongrass. Not to be missed is the moist Tablea chocolate cake. Always ask for their variety of sawsawan, it really spells the difference. Will definitely come back, sa KABILA ng lahat! :-)

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Marbbie T.
5.0 Stars

Rain tree Restaurants' masterpiece. Come for the beef adobo. Stay for the cocktails--a cheeky take on Filipino food pop culture. Juicy fruit mojito, anyone?

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Shalum L.
4.0 Stars

Ambiance is good. Music is good. Location is good. Service is also good. Food is good. We enjoyed their Filipino fusion menu especially the tapa and the grilled Gindara. The single serving rice was actually good for two and was oh so sticky and good. Yum. Wasn't so happy with the Pancit Buko and the Empanada though. The Ube Tres Leches is sweet but good. Great place on a Friday night dinner :)

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Dara R.
3.0 Stars

It's where the old M Cafe used to be... Well actually it's the other half.

It's a nice place to have a long conversational meal as the transition between starters to dessert is quite long. Love this place for catching up with friends.

FAVES: Gindara, Kare-Kare, Brown Rice, Bagnet.

DESSERT: Turon Leche Flan, Tablea Chocolate cake & the winner... The Impossible Cake (chocolate cake with leche flan on top).

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