Sala Bistro

G/F Greenbelt 3, Makati Ave. cor. Esperanza St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Sala Bistro
4.3
4.5 Stars

27 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 13
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 28 Reviews
  • 140 Recommend
  • 27 Reviewers
Category:
International
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6327294888

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Vic M.
4.0 Stars

The office likes to book here for business dinners so I expect to be back.

This time around, I had a romaine, Parmesan and bacon salad; crispy salmon...and some homemade ice cream.

Maybe just me, but I think the salad could have been better with a little more dressing. The salmon was good...I think I had this the last time I was here. 128515

My Canadian boss was not too excited about his wagyu steak so I guess I will skip that the next time I'm here. 128515

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Marjorie G.
3.0 Stars

Sala Bistro is one of those restaurants I used to gawk at whenever I passed by that part of Greenbelt. Translation: it's not something I could afford to visit whenever I like. They serve wine, the place glowed under faint lighting, the patrons are of the wealthy side, and the price of the food is heart-attack inducing. The staff are dressed well, prompt, and spoke in English. Good thing I was dressed well to conceal my real identity, lol.

It takes some time for the food to be served, but they give you complementary bread so you won't die in your seat waiting for your order.

We also ordered a glass of white wine called, Pebble Lane Gisborne Chardonnay (Php 420, gulp!). It is sweet at first sip, a little citrusy but leaves a bitter aftertaste. It took me a while to appreciate the taste because I've developed an aversion for wine after a night of intoxication and a terrible hangover that lasted for days. But one of my resolutions is to learn how to drink wine again so I pushed through it. Further into the night, I've grown to like it.

The names on the menu made me feel like they were written in Sanksrit, so I asked the waiter for their bestseller. He said that one of their most popular dishes is the Casarecce Pasta (PHP560). I took his word for it.
It wasn't aesthetically pleasing but it tasted good. It's one of those pasta that is on the salty side.

Spaghettini (PHP590), a seafood pasta is sour and salty, a bit spicy, and the taste of herbs was intense. I liked it better than the Casarecce.

The Chocolate Tart (PHP290) is basically a brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The presentation was good, but there was nothing special about it.

I had cappuccino (PHP120), which was nice and frothy.
In conclusion, Sala Bistro is a nice place, perfect ambiance, patrons dress well to impress, it's quiet, and the staff look and speak well. Indeed, it is a perfect place for a quiet dinner with friends, family, or most especially, with a special someone. The place imbibes a romantic atmosphere and the food is okay, what's not to love?

I will tell you what's not to love, the price. Though it is beautiful I believe that the food is ridiculously overpriced. For one, a 400 ml bottle of Viva is already 90 bucks. So for drinks I suggest you take the flavored ones, because really, if you are going to pay that much, at least make it something worthy. If you want water and you're not picky, just ask for tap water.

The food is not at all bad, but I'm not going to jump up and down about it either. I've had great-tasting pasta before for half the price of what we had here. I think Sala Bistro is one of those places where what you are really paying for is the ambiance, rather than the food. I give them A for food presentation, but for the taste, it's a B.

Still I liked the experience, if only for the fact that I shared it with a good friend and we had an opportunity to be served like we were royals.

The damage? It's Php 2, 919.29, inclusive of the tax and service charge. Yes, I think I just had a little heart attack.

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Travis C.
4.0 Stars

Consistently good food.

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May L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Mark Joseph C.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Alfred C.
2.0 Stars

Had dinner for 4 on a hot humid night. We had a reservation. The lady, I assume the manager, said there was none. Not a big deal. Then my friend who frequents the place called the restaurant through his cell. He asked for the names under the 730pm reservation and sure enough, his name was there. After walking around for about 10 mins looking for a decent resto in the sweltering heat, we went back and were seated. No apologies. Nothing. Still no big deal. It's about the food after all.

Waiter recommended the special of the day, it was an appetizer, a salad, and beef for the main course. He had to say it more than twice because I really couldn't figure out what he was saying. I did recognize the words beet (pronounced "bit") and beef w/ something (that part I couldn't figure out). I said yes to the salad and the beef. I couldn't understand what appetizer he was describing so I skipped that.

The red "bit" salad was so so at best. The beef, which turned out to be sliced steak with potatoes and asparagus was too salty. The house wine was also so so. The air conditioner was not strong enough to overcome the heat. Not a great night. The only thing great was the bill.

Bad service.
So so food.
Fantastic price.

So different from the Sala I used to visit in Manila. It's hard to believe it's owned by the same person who owns People's Palace. Worlds apart.

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Clarisse E.
3.0 Stars

It's confeermed. The universe is telling me to stop eating out. There have been too many one or two star reviews (and more to come from my back log) that I truly feel I must take a break from eating out and return to being a raw food vegan. 128561128561128561 I do not enjoy giving one star and two star reviews and yet the recent eating experiences have given me just that. :-(

The siblings and I had decided to treat the parents out for brunch at Sala Bistro. We were really excited to try it. First, the dishes reminded us of Sydney and we are still on a Sydney hangover (hindi maka let go!). Second the prices were Php 690 for two courses and Php 1,280 for two courses plus unlimited bubbly. Imagine that! The price of one dish at Wildflour or Breakfast at Antonio's (our go to brunch places before). We didn't see the plus plus of taxes and service charge hahaha. Napakacheap namin! (In the words of my mataray friend na kaibigan din ni @kenny M.)

We arrived ahead of everyone else and so we advanced my son's order of scrambled eggs with salmon and ricotta hotcakes. The scrambled eggs were the best past of the meal. Bright yellow orange, creamy, cooked just right on half a small ciabatta, with a couple of slices of smoked salmon on top. The little boy finished the dish in a flash (small portions din naman but it was good).

The meal went downhill from there although it did improve when dessert came but not enough to reach our original expectations. Sort of like a skewed parabola (but not really a parabola which has symmetrical mirror sides... Or something like that. Na saan ba si Leithold when I need him).

Anyway, the rest of the family arrived. From the time we placed te order, the food took 45 minutes to be served. When it arrived, we were disappointed. Here is a rundown of the dishes:

Grilled Portobello mushroom with goat cheese on ciabatta - the portion was soooo small. They didn't even use one portobello mushroom per order. It was sliced thinly and place in a ciabatta smeared with goat cheese. I could have done this at home. Seriously! And I'm not even a good cook.

Angus Rib Eye Steak and Eggs - the brother ordered this. It was a chewy well-done thinly sliced tapa with less flavor. The brother had requested medium rare and upon complaining, was told by the waiter that the well-done steak was medium rare.

Sausage, Bacon and eggs - this is not what the dish is called hahaha. Husband ordered this. Really just a couple of deli bought sausages and bacon that were grilled/fried with two fried eggs on ciabatta. (The H had ordered scrambled eggs)

Steak sandwich - slices of beef in a ciabatta. This was the best tasting dish (not really a feat all things considering). If I could recommend a dish to anyone who would still like to try the brunch, this would be it.

Omelette - this dish came late. About at hour after we ordered. It was rubbery and looked and tasted like it was microwaved. Again, no one offered to replace the dish despite the complaints.

(Note: All the main courses came with fried potato cubes.)

We were still hungry after so we ordered the Mezze Platter. I come from a family of serial dieters so for them to order more food means that the food portions were really really small. The Mezze platter was just okay I guess. About a tablespoon each of hummus, baba ghanoush and taramasalata. About 1/4 cup of tabbouleh. A few lamb meatballs and falafel.

Thank goodness there was dessert. These were delicious, I have to say. We ordered:

Bread pudding - winner daw according to the husband. (okay he said it was good. I said it was winner because my husband will never say that word)

Ricotta hotcakes - the miniature version of the classic ricotta hotcakes from Bills in Sydney. Sala even had the bananas and honeycomb butter like bills. The only issue? The hotcakes were tiny - two pieces of 2 inch diameter hotcakes. That's what you get for Php 690 PLUS PLUS or Php 1280 PLUS
PLUS (with sparkling wine).

Rhubarb and strawberry crumble with vanilla ice cream - I loved this dessert!! It's a thick later of crumble - almost like a bar - over stewed strawberries and rhubarb. It was a good combination of tartness and sweetness.

We didn't have coffee (it doesn't come with the brunch price). Napakacheap talaga!

With the additional Mezze platter, service charge, taxes and plus plus, the persons who ordered the Php 690 paid almost Php 1000 and we were still hungry. The ones who had the bubbly paid more, of course. But at least they were happeeee. Yes I know the place is pricey. But for the price, the quality of the food did not measure up.

There were positives in addition to the dessert:

1) The place looks good. A bit 90s but well-maintained. Restaurants should learn from Sala Bistro on how to keep a restaurant from looking shabby after a few years. Even the bathroom was nice.

2) It is located in a very green part of Greenbelt where you can see lots of greenery. It really is a pretty place to hang out.

3) I was able to wear a dress - which usually spends all of its time in a closet with a few other nice dresses as I spend my days making "hatid-sundo".

So... Three stars. Because I'm really happy that I got to go out and wear the dress. (Do I sound so kawawa? Hahaha).

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Jennifer L.
4.0 Stars

Ate here twice this week. Good food and good service. I liked the fish of the day (lapu-lapu) cooked in paper. The fish wasn't overcooked and the raisin bread pudding was yummy. I'll definitely come back.

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Vivien O.
5.0 Stars

Right sized soup and sandwich set perfect for lunch.

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Mario M.
4.0 Stars

Had braisef lamb and bistro mezze. And the wine. Great fud and ambiance. The service was also quick. Highly Recommend.

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Tricia S.
5.0 Stars

Spent my birthday brunch here a few Sundays ago. Food was great (the desserts were just amazing!), service was fast.

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Miguel Sebastien S.
5.0 Stars

Perfect! 128076

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Rodney J.
5.0 Stars

The place is so posh and intimate. The servers are polite and really adept with the food they're offering. I love this Angus Rib Eye. I asked them to make it medium well and they cooked it perfectly. It melted in my mouth. Very satisfying. 128077 I will definitely visit this again.

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Rina Joy J.
4.0 Stars

Family dining out!

The ambience of the place is extremely posh and intimate. Like you can eavesdrop in conversations with how hushed and quiet the place was.

That is why in our table, my brother and sister couldn't resist being funny and making jokes acting like nouveau-riche. Our table was actually filled with snickers and giggles.128541128513128540128586

The following are our orders and my ratings:

1⃣Appetizer: The Bistro Mezze
This is very worth it. I especially love the lamb koftas that come with it and the baba ghanoush.
127775127775127775127775127775 I give it perfection yo. My sis is actually an appetizer addict. Pica-pica food is what she usually makes at home. That is why in a blink of an eye, because I didn't give a warning to take a picture first, the plating was destroyed and food devoured. 128553 There went my picture.

2⃣Light dish: Spaghettini, seafood, tomatoes, and saffron
Pasta is cooked well. The seafood is a variety of clams and shrimps, and they weren't shy with the amount.
127775127775127775127775Nothing that really stands out to give it five stars. But it is delish! 128077

3⃣Main course #1: Lapu-lapu fillet
As per waiter's suggestion, this was the fish of the day fillet cooked in paper.
This is for my mom since she doesn't eat much meat. It was ok.
I'm not a fan of lapu-lapu, it doesn't have much taste on its own.
But the good thing is it's really cooked well.
I've seen restos ruin lapu-lapu and make it dry. Thankfully the place lived up to its poshness.
127775127775127775127775 Mom loves it! 128077

4⃣Main course #2: 1kg Angus Rib Eye Steak.
This was to share for 2 to 4 people.
It was really cooked nicely! But extremely pricey. We had two choices, 500g of Wagyu or this to share. The server was really persuasive.
So we got this to share.
127775127775127775127775Is it worth it? No. But was it good? Yes. Medium done that still melts in your mouth and an extremely flavorful sauce. Yum. My kind of steak.
But for 5.2k with left overs, won't order this for a long time.

This was an extremely cheat-full day. I think we're gonna skip next weekends cheat day because of this.

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Kenny M.
5.0 Stars

We went to Sala Bistro for lunch to celebrate a closing of a transaction but was courteously informed that it was fully booked for lunch that day. We were almost content to dining al fresco in the midst of the noonday sun when we got the good news that a table cancelled. It was meant to be. And we were not disappointed. The ambiance was cool, clean, and comfy. The service was quick and courteous. And the food, simply delicious. We ordered the Bistro Mezze for starters. It's good enough for sharing even for six hungry souls. I got the Beef Borrignon as main dish. The beef was the most tender beef chunks I've eaten. It was highly recommended by the foodies i was with that lunch. We ordered several desserts for sharing: the lemon tart, which was a tad on the sour side, but which according to my foodie-colleague cleanses the palate; a sticky pudding ala mode; and Nutcracker, which is a an ice cream sundae-styled dessert. Overall, it was a great lunch experience and would definitely go back to Sala to celebrate other momentous events.

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Marie H.
5.0 Stars

Love this place. Tried the beef brisket today and it was so tender it was falling apart. Their homemade ice cream (The Nutcracker) was also delicious.

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Francis B.
5.0 Stars

Always consistent. Definitely one of my fav restos. Highly recommended.

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Anthony S.
5.0 Stars

They have the best chargrilled pork chop!

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Alexander R.
4.0 Stars

Nice roast beef sandwich, but for the price I would have expected it to be a little better. A bit too dry for my liking.

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Alex O.
5.0 Stars

I was looking for a place to entertain foreign VIPs. I wanted a place that had a fine dining feel, yet a bit casual, and, if possible, located in Greenbelt or Boni High Street, because I also wanted to show them the vibrancy of the dining scene in the city. And this place just fits the bill perfectly. The food was of high quality, service impeccable, and the dim lights with a view of the Greenbelt "forest" outside gave this place a cozy feel, like being in the center of the bustle, but also being away from it.

I tried its original Sala restaurant across Shangrila Makati, and the food there was top notch, but the price was stratospheric too! This is a good alternative, although price is still very high. Be prepared to still pay over P1,000 per head easily. If you go for steaks and a full course, be prepared to double or triple that! But your guests will love you for it 128515128077128077128077

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