The Chillout Project Kitchen & Bar

2223 F. Reyes St. cor. Lawin St., Malate, Manila, Metro Manila

The Chillout Project Kitchen & Bar
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Category:
Bar
Business Hours
Reopens: 4:00p - 1:00a
Phone
+6325025309

Hours

  • Sunday
    • Closed
  • Monday
    • 4:00p - 1:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 4:00p - 1:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00p - 1:00a
  • Thursday
    • 4:00p - 1:00a
  • Friday
    • 4:00p - 1:00a
  • Saturday
    • 4:00p - 1:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Manfred M.
4.0 Stars
7

Last year, a blogger invited me to try out one of the newest hangouts in Taft called the Chillout Project. This new joint features a lot of pulutan favorites and fine tasting alcohol drinks for the enjoyment of barkadas and students staying in the area. The place itself is reminiscent of a rooftop bar in other areas of NCR where the cool breeze and the night sky is the diner's constant companion. Apart from that, the place exudes a vibe that is so common among college-situated bar and restos. The place is highly conducive for chill drinking, barkada get-togethers, or dates with someone special. According to the owner, the place has a strict no drugs policy along with strict regulations against carousing and other inappropriate physical activities. Even so, this place is becoming a fast growing spot for the students of DLSU and other neighboring universities. Add to that a competitor is just in front of their venue.

The menu offerings that we tried out included meat dishes such as the signature ribs, the tacos, chicken wings, bacon chicharon, and pizza, The drinks, on the other hand, included an alcoholic selection of beverages definitely suited to get someone worked up or drunk. First, we tried the smoked ribs. According to owner, the ribs are prepared for about more than 4 hours then cooked through smoking. This unique preparation style gives the meat a very tender texture with strong barbecue taste to boot. Our serving size, called the wolf pack, served 5 hungry bloggers eager to give it a try. Priced at 619 pesos, this platter didn't disappoint us.

We then tried the Let's Taco About It. This appetizer/pulutan is a taco dish that served the taco shells in the form of tortilla chips topped with saucy ground beef and a generous helping of lettuce. I enjoyed this dish so much due to my newfound love for vegetables. The beef taste wasn't overpowering. Priced at 120 pesos, the size was pretty reasonable.

I then proceeded to take a bite out of the bacon chicharon. According to the owner, the bacon is actually dried liempo that was fried to perfection. Upon testing, I found it to contain all that pork goodness without too much salt. I would say that it's a bit steeply priced at 199.00. Maybe you really are paying mostly for the taste.

The meal wasn';t complete without the pizza. The entire pan, priced at 299 Pesos for the Truffled All Veggies, is enough to feed four people with aplomb. The pizza, even though thin crust, was filling enough for that number of people. As for the taste, I'd say that it met my standard of well-crafted pizza. The cheese was pretty tasty even at small servings, and the veggie complemented the cheese well. Lastly, I gorged myself on the chicken wings priced at 199 pesos. Nothing special, but the wings were enough to satisfy my craving for chicken. I'd say the sauce was pretty tasty.

As for the drinks, I'd say that the few I've tasted were top notch. First I start with the pink lemonade. At 55 pesos, this generous serving was enough to keep you hydrated while trying out all the dishes. It wasn't too sweet and wasn't too sour either. It was served the way I like it - balanced. The next drink I tried was the Voodoo. At 329 pesos, this deadly concoction of tequila, orange grenadine, rum, and vodka takes the term "hangover" to the next level. Initially served with variegated colors, this huge pitcher will turn black when mixed. The drink is pretty smooth on the throat. However, the enormous amount of alcohol can get one easily drunk without him knowing it.

In sum, I do love the Chillout Project's take on the word "chill": good food, good ambience, and the company of good friends in a cozy rooftop bar at the heart of Taft Avenue, Manila.

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Isha S.
3.0 Stars

Went here one Wednesday afternoon to check the place out. It's newly opened and is located a bit in the back of the Vito Cruz-Taft area. You have to go up a set of stairs to reach this place as it appears to be located on the rooftop of the building it's at. So no AC, open air. The place looks nice, although cramped. There are tall, wooden chairs and tables, a bar area, a wall with fake grass adorned with pictures and notes from guests, a few couches, etc. The place could accommodate a bunch of people, although it will get pretty tight.

When we went, night was already falling and the place transforms into this solid drinking place. Loud music was blaring into my ears from the speakers at the bar and groups at each table were talking and laughing loudly. Not my scene anymore haha #titasofmanila

I went through their menu - food and drinks were mostly in the 100-200 peso range or more. We settled on The Chillout Pizza (269 pesos) and their American Baby Back Ribs in the "partners in crime" serving which comes with two free sides for 369 pesos.

127829 The pizza was 14" and thin crust. It was made of pulled pork and this sweet tangy sauce. Basically it, I guess? And this is the one that has their name on it. I couldn't take it. It tasted too sweet and strong for me. However, the bf seemed to like it.

127830 For the ribs, I got the dirty rice and the rosemary potatoes as sides. Both sides were bland and were nothing special. Although I did like the ribs! It was flavorful and tender, although had to scrape off a bit of the sauce at times when it got to be too much. The servings were also big and could feed 3-4 people I think.

Service was kind of sucky, considering we were already near the bar area, where all the servers were hanging out. They were too busy rough housing to notice us several times throughout the night. They even forgot our requests during certain instances.

Last note, the place can be rented out and they offer event packages suited to your needs. You can just contact them to ask.

Overall, this place projects itself to be one of the newest, hippest resto bars in town, catered specifically for the students in the area. However, I do think they still have a bit of ironing out to do before they become truly established.

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Roy T.
3.0 Stars

One Friday, since I did not want to get stuck in traffic I decided to go to Taft to eat dinner with workmates. Chillout Project near La Salle made me curious because the place looked so good as pictured in their FB or IG accounts.

Apparently, it looks a bit different during the night. I think it's best to visit them during the afternoon to appreciate its setup. It may be hot though, because they're on a rooftop with no ACs, just fans.

Food was okay. We ordered their Roast Chicken (one of the bestsellers) because they ran out of ribs and we had to wait til 8pm if we're really into them. I found the chicken toooo sweet. 128514 well actually both orders we had were unusually sweet. 128547 we also got the Chillout pizza which had not much toppings and lacked cheese. It was basically dough, some sweet sauce, a few strips of pulled pork rib meat, and some bell peppers? Not too sure because it was dark. 128514

Last, the sound system was too loud and the rowdy servers were always singing random songs. The singing - why was there karaoke? I thought the place was a bar? It would've been better i think if they had mixed pop or party songs playing on loop than their staff singing 'does the moonlight shine on FAARIS' yup, faris (paris). 128557128557128514128514128529

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Grazie Y.
5.0 Stars

Try the designer cocktails on carafe for tipsy night dont forget to order the voodoo party size. For dinner the smoked baby back ribs is very delicious

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