Tambai

5779 Felipe St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila

Tambai
4.0
4.0 Stars

23 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 8
  • 4 stars 7
  • 3 stars 7
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 23 Reviews
  • 71 Recommend
  • 23 Reviewers
Category:
Snack
Business Hours
Reopens: 5:00p - 12:00a
Phone
+6322155695

Hours

  • Sunday
    • Closed
  • Monday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Saturday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

EJ D.
5.0 Stars
5

Tambai has never let me down when I crave for yakitori! I super love their US Beef Isaw but apparently I craved for 두부 today! So we had a Kushikatsu set of Tofuyaki, Cherry Tomatoes and Chicken Skin! Glad that my brother and sissy were satisfied with the taste! Plus, they think the price is worth it too! Have to check the 2nd floor next time tho! More "Tambai" for us! Yeah?

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars
3

And this place was awesome! I really like the chill vibe that makes it the perfect setting for some good inuman sessions. Their dishes practicallt beg for some of those cold ones. Had their Tofuyaki and Japanese Sausage (+ others that I forgot) which were all grilled well. Price was cheap too for some tasty food. 128523

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Kai O.
5.0 Stars

This place has an original concept: The perfect balance between practical, fresh, and pure style. Living up to its name, TAMBAI captures the essence of a typical pinoy tambayan with attitude.

Must try: Soft shell crab, Beef rib finger, & soshallots. All with a bottle of their 1L Estrella Damm Inedit beer.

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Jek B.
5.0 Stars

Isaw will never be the same. Their 100% U.S. Beef Isaw is to die for. Literally. I don't mind wasting my 40 pesos on a small stick. Now I can't have any other isaw. Damn.

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars

Loved all the grilled stuff we ordered! Pork was soft and tender. Loved that they grilled tomatoes and garlic. Super yum! Perfect with a really cold bottle of beer. Price is very affordable. Just 40 pesos per stick for my pork bbq's.

I just find the seating very uncomfortable. Stool lang and mejo too close to each. Literally tambayan style seating. Later in the evening they placed tables on the street which gives you more room between you and your friends.

Owner and crew are very friendly. You can chat with them if you're in need of a conversation. Really does feel like a neighborhood tambai-yan... in Makati. You rarely hear non-English speakers. I feel so at home here128521

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Misty G.
4.0 Stars

Not much of a drinker, especially past 9PM, but decided to keep strolling around the area with work mates after catching a film. Literally just a hole-in-the-wall snack/drink stop in the middle of a narrow street. Loved the vibe, very casual and appropriate for millenials after work in Makati area.

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Raisa Z.
3.0 Stars

Hole in a wall yakitori snack house in the busy slash hidden street of Makati.

Food was okay. Too bad I wasn't able to try their kimchi fried rice, went here after dinner so I wasn't that hungry.

Service was A+. They gave us a free round of Brew Kettle even though they were about to close up!

Not a fan of beer. But I think Brew Kettle will be an exemption! 127867

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Wency Gail A.
3.0 Stars

This high-end "isawan" is located along the busy streets of Poblacion, which I think perfectly showcased their theme of 'everybody's "tambayan" in Makati'. I think the perfect time to visit the place is after work or school, you wouldn't want to go there on the afternoon because it's too hot! In addition to that, it's a place to go after a long tiring day, because what better way to release your stress than to devour into some pretty juicy skewered meat, partnered with a bottle of Brew Kettle! At first you would think that you wouldn't be able to fill your stomaches fully because of the small serving, but tbh it's actually not that light of a meal! (yes, looks can be deceiving!)

I personally enjoyed their US Beef Rib finger and Soft Shell Crab! It's a bit pricey, though, but still the rare concept is worth coming back to! (plus i haven't tried their kimchi rice yet, so i should definitely come back!)

More reviews on the blog -- http://www.wencygirl.tumblr.com

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Ian P.
3.0 Stars

Food tripping with the wifey... She's never been to tambai so I decided to take her here for our date night.. It wasn't so crowded and we were seated immediately.
We ordered bacon and quail egg skewer, US pork, chicken leg, beef riblet and their soft shell crab. Everything was good. Nothing spectacular but very good nonetheless.
Will definitely back

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Sous V.
3.0 Stars

Trying out tambai. Glorified street food. Mang Frederick's is way better. Too overpriced for meats on skewers. Nothing special.

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Kary Y.
4.0 Stars

Talk about posh yakitori / isaw along the hidden streets of Makati! A little pricey for a "street food" but taste wise it did not disappoint! I would go back and order their version of isaw and their kimchi rice! Not in photo but i must say one of the best kimchi rice ive tried so far. Pls be prepared to stand up or to spot the limited number of tables along the street. Tip: just order and dine in at El Chupacabra located across to eat comfortably. Yes they allow take out fr Tambai to be brought in.

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Elizabeth S.
4.0 Stars

Love the beef rib finger and chicken skin. Washed it all down with a bottle of Hef blonde. This place is truly a carnivore's paradise. Will be back on an empty stomach next time. I wanna taste all them goodies!

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Ted B.
5.0 Stars

Filipino culture of hanging out fused with Japanese way of cooking, Tambai really is a nouvelle food idea.

Ordered their soft shell crab and haven't forgotten it ever since.

Great dinin option when its neighbor, el chupacabra gets too crowded.

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Bibien T.
2.0 Stars

Sorry for the poor photo, it was dark outside!128517

It was already 9 pm and my boyfriend and I were very, very hungry. We assumed that Tambai wouldn't be full by that time, since it was a Tuesday night. We were so wrong! The servers weren't very helpful with getting us seats either.

We ordered the Yaki-todo, Tofuyaki, 2 cups of Kimchi Rice and 2 bottles of Brew Kettle. We had to wait a while (around 20 minutes or more) for our orders to be served. It was extra frustrating since we were so hungry already!

Yaki-Todo - It was just okay, nothing spectacular. The vinegar dip was good, not too acidic. The only sticks I liked were the Isaw, Liver and Garlic. My boyfriend liked the Bacon with Quail Egg. The grilled cherry tomatoes tasted a bit rotten, so we didn't finish it. Eww.

Tofuyaki - I really liked this one! The crunchy tofu was seasoned with the same seasonings the Japanese put in Takoyaki. Yum!

Kimchi Rice - The servings are so small for something so expensive. Although I liked the taste, I don't think it's worth it.128532

Brew Kettle - I love this! Thank goodness they sell this in supermarkets, so I wouldn't have to come back here again.128530

It's too bad, I was expecting a lot from this place.

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Tei A.
4.0 Stars

Ordered 2 sticks of each:
- Beef Isaw -- loved this! How come beef isaw isnt sold in any of the neighborhood bbq joints? Even ordered additional sticks!
- Beef Liver -- also loved this!!
- US Beef Rib Fingers - the staff recommended this to me. Being the most expensive item on the menu, was thinking it "must" be good. But was just so-so, it was not as tender as I thought it too be and was not that juicy. It was seasoned well, though.
- Bacon & Quail Eggs - was ok, nothing special.
I didnt like the sauce that went with the bbqs. I still prefer a good ol' vinegar-garlic mixture.

I forgot to order their Chicken Skin! Sayang. I had a Coke with them bbqs 128077.

Very limited seating and by the roadside.

What I didnt like is that there wasnt any security an/or staff to look after guests dining outside. We were approached by different individuals asking for some money or food. I think it's just bad news waiting to happen. I hope they do assign someone outside.

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praise l.
4.0 Stars

If you want some Yakitori sticks to go with that beer or a little twist to your Isaw -- Tambai is the new must-visit in town! I love the well-cooked yakitori sticks (P35-40) and the "kanto" vibes of the place. It's in the same street as El Chupacabra! 128077

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Rachelle T.
4.0 Stars

I love the cool bad-ass vibes 128526 of this street-side yakitori joint just a hop and a skip away from where El Chupacabra is. It's on a narrow street in the "red light district" of Makati. Some might find it worrisome to go there at night but I find that the location adds to the bad-ass "kanto eatery" charm of the restos that have been popping up on this street. Aside from drunken disorder, there's no real danger there.

PARKING TIP 128665: Go park along Kalayaan Ave. heading towards Rockwell. There's little to no chance of finding a slot anywhere nearer the place.

We were there at around 5pm on a payday Friday and half of the 4 (or 5) bar stools, 4 small foldable wooden tables that seats 8 people have already been occupied. At around 6:30pm, they set up 4 more foldable wooden tables to accommodate more people. But at around 7pm, there were already people standing around waiting to be seated while some have just satisfied themselves by just standing on the sides chugging down beers w/ a stick of yakitori 127842 on the other hand. The crowd are a mix of mostly corporates, young foreigners, college kids and there were a few middle-aged japanese businessmen.

We tried their Beef Fingers 128046 (P180) and Soft-shell Crab (P180). Beef was tender enough and flavorful. Soft-shell crab was done tempura style but served skewered. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside. Both skewers were good but I think they're overpriced. Though they do have cheaper varieties of yakitoris ranging from P15-70 per stick.

Best deal is their locally brewed craft beer called Brew Kettle 127866 w/c tastes like a light version of Hoegaarden which they sell for P55/bottle. Not bad for a blonde wheat beer. 128077

Looking forward to more Tambai sa kalye sessions! 127867

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Zia M.
3.0 Stars

Thanks for the mini-surprise birthday Team Clingy. 9786

Everyone gathered on a Monday night, yes we are badass like that, to try this newest snack place along Kalayaan.

we had Yakitodo (a platter of different street food), I had mostly all the chicken ones since Carla M can't eat chicken yet. Yehey! 128517 I had the US Chicken isaw and the likes. I found it okay. 128522

Food experience were okay, but the people you shared it with made it extra special. 978697869786

Thanks guys! Jennifer N Carla M JP G Kirby G Chichi T Gio C Regine E RK B #dastineonAndroid

It was nice meeting you Ralph C 128513

PS Be sure to go here before rush hour to get a seat.

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Carla M.
3.0 Stars

#TeamClingy finally got to try this new tambay place in Makati. The place is really small (can accommodate maximum of 20 people, I guess) and gets packed even on weekdays. The menu is limited to about 9-10 kinds of yakitori sticks, varying from pork to tofu and vegetables.

We decided to get two orders of Yakitodo or their yakitori platter which has pork, chicken, beef isaw, chicken gizzard, liver, cherry tomatoes, garlic and zucchini. I liked the grilled pork and liver. Shared it with Zia, Kirbs, Dastine and Chi. Zia M seemed to enjoy eating their beef isaw. Tried Kirby G's tofuyaki (grilled tofu with a special sauce) and it was pretty good. Sauce tasted like the one used in takoyaki. The sticks are really small so you'll probably need to order rice to get full. Stick to Japanese rice; their kimchi rice is too sticky and soggy. They have bigger yakitori sticks for P100++ each.

I'll probably go back to try their other sticks. Had to skip chicken and seafood because I'm not allowed to eat anything malansa. 128529

Not a good idea to go here during summer or the rainy season. I wish they'll put lights in the dining area. It's kinda hard to eat when you can't even see what's on the table. 128517

Nice seeing you again guys JP G Chichi T Gio C RK B Reg, Zia, Kirbs, Jenn, Dast!!! THANK YOUUUU for the birthday cupcake, and Jennifer N for the gift!! Luveeeet. 128536 Nice meeting you Ralph C!

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Jenn N.
4.0 Stars

First #TeamClingy eatup for 2015(well, for me128517), and what better way than to celebrate Carla M, Yina M, and Zia M's birthdays, right?

Too bad Yina couldn't make it tonight. 128557

I know Z has been mentioning Tambai lately, and we decided to have dinner here and surprise her for her birthday.

We were supposed to go to El Chupacabra, but they won't take reservations and the place was filling up so fast. I'm so sorry for making you wait so long, Z! It was all part of the plan! 128514

Since Chichi T, Carla M, and #DastOnAndroid were the first ones there, they ordered the platter (worth 280, so sulit!) that has chicken liver, chicken gizzard, US beef isaw, grilled cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and other stuff I cannot remember.

RK B and I shared an order of their bacon-wrapped quail egg, soft-shell crab, and US beef stick. I got a kimchi rice which was a big disappointment evause it was too watery.

But the beef was really good! Very tender! 128525 it was my absolute favorite among all the sticks ordered.

I would love to come back, but definitely not during summer as it would be too hot to dine al fresco.

Parking can be quite a problem too since the restaurant is situated in a small street and is just across El Chupa.

What made the night really good was the company, of course! Nice seeing you again Kirby G, JP G, Gio C + Reg, ++++, and nice meeting you Ralph C! 9786

'Til the next eatup! 9786

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