Tambai

5779 Felipe St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila

Tambai
4.0
4.0 Stars

27 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 10
  • 3 stars 7
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 28 Reviews
  • 77 Recommend
  • 27 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

AlwaysHungryPh P.
4.0 Stars
5

You can spot all sorts of concepts at Poblacion and a number of them sticks with you. Tambai is your sophisticated hangout serving Yakitori mostly. It is a Japanese way of serving food, grilled on a stick.

It used to be a Sari Sari Store and it is now turned into a place for drinks and small meals. They serve a lot of alcohol variety and takes pride in serving lots of local and imported beers. It is owned by the brother of Maricel Laxa, Melvin Viceral and two others, Franco Ocampo, and Chef Jerome Valencia.

They recently opened the cozy second floor. It has a mini bar and comfortable seats. Expect to have more drinks with this air-conditioned hub.

Gotta try their Beef Rib Finger. It is part of their Laki-Tori Sticks. Not only is it tender, it was forgettable with its intense combination of flavors. I also enjoyed the Pork Belly. It was a lot of good tasty salty fat. Even the Roast Garlic Basil was a delight, well prepared. Oh and for just Php 60 bucks get your palate excited with Quail Egg wrapped in Bacon.

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Foodcrawl P.
4.0 Stars
2

This Yakitori joint opened as a street-side dining that is eventually renovated with a sleek 2nd level. Tambai proved its worth for being a hip “tambayan” (hangout place). This hole-in-the-wall place sprawls along Poblacion adding night crowd to the neighbourhood. They serve grilled skewers using the freshest meat.

Top options include: US pork (P45) Quail egg in bacon (P60), japanese sausage (P50) Roast garlic basil (P30) and zucchini (P45). Tried almost everything with the sampler, Yaki-todo priced at P455.

Get a bigger cut with Lakitori priced at 120 per stick, options include the US Pork, US Chicken Leg, US Chicken Isaw, US Beef Rib Finger. You can have your yakitori fried with a stick of Kushikatsu. Plain rice is at P50 and P70 for the Kimchi rice.

Yakitori are best paired with local beers (P50) and craft beers. Tambai is a good spot to chill after gruelling with all-day work or just to end the week with a bottle or two.

The menu is reasonably priced. Finding a parking around poblacion can be a little tough.

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Karissa M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars
3

Happy to be eating here again, just by the kalsada dito sa Tambai.

Tried the soshashallots, a new item which wasn't here on my last visit ages ago. Breaded tiny onions with spicy mayo.

Cheap food, I only spent 140 for the 4 sticks.

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
2

A random Friday night "two botts" session 127867

Walked all the way to Poblacion to have some drinks and good company. I remembered the place from the last time I was around this area from a food crawl and it was interesting. It looks like a shabby kanto-style tambayan which I think is what their objective is.128514

They have tables spread across the front of the store and people are just sitting out in the open. They also have an air-conditioned area behind the store "front" but it is quite cramped inside. The tables are small and the seats are also small. Tables are just wooden planks on top of beer cases. 128076🏼

Their menu is quite simple and they really keep close to the Japanese yakitori. They also have a play on words "LAKITORI" 128514

We got assorted sticks of meat and veggies. Since I'm not a fan of internal organs, I only had the pork, quail egg wrapped in bacon and the sausages. 128584 Plus a lot of chicken skin.

Their chicken skin is 100841008410084️ HAHAHAHA! They had this sweet sauce glazed on top of the tower of chicken skin. Yum! 10084

Beer's pretty affordable, PHP 50 for local beers. 128077🏼

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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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Lizanne 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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