The Curator

Cyrano Wine Shop, 134 Legazpi St. cor. C. Palanca St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

The Curator
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  • 3 stars 8
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
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Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Reopens: 7:00a - 3:00a
Phone
+639163554129

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 7:00a - 6:00p
  • Monday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Thursday
    • 7:00a - 2:00a
  • Friday
    • 7:00a - 3:00a
  • Saturday
    • 7:00a - 3:00a

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Street

Most Recent Reviews

Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
3

After visiting The Curator the first time for drinks, I really wanted to come back to try their coffee too because the place seemed like it looked nice during the day too.

Dropped by after hitting the gym in the morning to have some breakfast so I asked the barista for her recommendation. She offered their honey grilled cheese sandwich which was awesome — and HUGE! The bread was brioche and there was honey drizzled on top of the sandwich. It was really good! The saltiness of the cheese and the sweetness of the honey was a good balance. Add a sip of coffee in between bites and you're set! Espresso with milk - flat white was spot on with this.

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars

After dinner at Mendokoro, we decided to have one drink before we called it a night. Since Mendokoro wasn't a sit-down-and-chill kind of place, we searched for a quiet bar. I first suggested Rue Bourbon since there was a branch nearby but thought otherwise since it would be packed on a Friday night.

My friend S suggested we go to The Curator along C. Palanca. It's a coffee shop by day, coffee bar by night. It's one of those "hidden" bars in Makati that you go in a store and through a door inside to get to a totally different place. J said it's a "speak-easy" kind of bar wherein the music is light so people can speak and have conversations easily.

I got a cocktail under the Collins section called Copy Cat. It had wheat beer and I liked it. I'm not good with describing alcohol so I'll leave it to the experts. 128541 This cocktail costs Php 400+SC.

S mentioned that the coffee here is pretty strong. Might have to come back to give it a shot. 128521

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Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars
10

The Curator is a one of those third-wave cafes defined under the cool or hip category. It serves hand-crafted coffee and you can find this at the end of Palanca street in Makati. If you don't look closely you might miss it because it has no sign outside. Clue, it's in the Prudential Building, right across BDO. Not only is it a cafe, it is also a bar. Inside, past the counter, there is another room where you can find the Cyrano wine bar.

I chatted up the baristas, Yassie and Fred, the latter was less responsive, which was not the case when I came back there with some friends (Yes, been there twice already as of this writing).

The design of the cafe is minimalist, no over-the-top decors, no bold colors, almost bare save for some three-legged stools and this cushioned chairs and and two tables in the corner of the room. The walls are also unpainted. But while most third-wave cafes use dark tones, The Curator keeps it light, they painted the ceiling with white, and they also did this to the body of the bar table, as well as the top of the stools.

The wine bar is like its alter ego where everything is dark; dimly lit with two long, dark-stained tables in the middle of the room. On the far side of the room is the wine bar. Cafe goers can take a seat inside the wine bar whether they go there to drink or not.

Do not expect so much from the menu; food choices is limited. In fact, there are some food missing on the menu when I went there a second time. According to Fred it gets busy in the morning (they are opened from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.) and so there are times that they ran out of ingredients. On how fast they replenish their supplies, I've no idea.

On my first visit I had the WeLoveLegaspi Breakfast (PHP 280 - USD 5.58). Yassie recommends it to first-timers who have no idea which one to pick from the menu. It's bread (in my case I had croissant) with jam and butter, and poached egg and it comes with your choice of beverage. Iced Chakowhat-To is my choice of drink, it's basically red eye with milk. .

My standard for the best croissant is the one from Wildflour. I think I just found it's biggest competitor. It tastes good sans the jam and butter but it's still best enjoyable with those two. The Chakowhat-To tasted like iced latte.

On my second visit I tried the Smoked Cheese Sandwich (PHP 240 - USD 4.78). Usually, the bread that they use for this sandwich is baguette, but they ran out so they used sourdough sandwich instead. I honestly don't know the difference between the two but the sourdough worked just fine with me. It was a little bit tough to it because the bread is crunchy and thick, nevertheless it was amazing. And I most certainly appreciated the potato chips that go along with it.

The foreign guest of my friend liked his chicken sandwich while my friend enjoyed her cup of black coffee, Brew of the day (PHP 120 - USD 2.39). Me, I had Espresso with Milk (PHP 140 - USD 2.79), on which type of preparation is up to you. You can have a latte, cappuccino, or in my case, flat white.

If you are looking for a quiet place to review, or just to have some alone time, this is the perfect place, provided you go at around 9 in the morning on weekdays. Haven't been here on weekends or somewhere late so I'm not sure how the crowd is in those time. Most of the patrons are yuppies and expats. As with the Internet, unfortunately, they don't have WiFi.

Nonetheless, I love The Curator, the food that I had is good, also the coffee. I'd love to go back and try the wine bar next time.

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Erick B.
5.0 Stars
2

I always look forward to Tuesdays. I usually go out with my colleagues to have tacos for lunch and then head straight here at The Curator to get our caffeine fix.

I'm glad that the Brew Of The Day is Honduras. It is soooo good over ice. This is probably my favorite blend out of all the ones I've had out there. Perfect blend of dark chocolate, sweet, and citrusy flavors. Not too acidic too!

Downside is I finish one cup so fast it's tempting to get another one.

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Anna d.
5.0 Stars
2

I loved it.

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Kristin A.
5.0 Stars
3

They're back and better than ever! The front of the shop has now been converted into a coffee counter, and is more conducive for people needing a little more light in their morning coffee break. Even better, they're now open until 10pm for us night owls!

I tried their Honduras beans this visit. It was a good cup, the sour notes are not jarringly sour. But I still went back to my old milk and sugar as I finished off a cup. Bakit ba, I like my coffee milky and sweet. 128556

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Mae A.
5.0 Stars
7

I have been meaning to drop by this cafe/bar ever since I heard news of it last last year. I was able to see it at night where it turned to a speakeasy bar. But I never got around trying their drinks as my buddies and I headed to a diff. place. This time around, I finally got to try their offers. And yes, it’s those offers available during the day.

This was one of those times where I was glad to have not taken my breakfast yet. Why? Well, just look at their breakfast offer! I had the choice of either having that butter, jam and poached egg with some croissant but I opted for their Cranberry Walnut one. That was recommended too by one of their baristas. The whole meal was a good combination for one hearty and yummy breakfast.

They had two options for their coffee that day, namely, Dark Matter Theory and Purple Haze. I had the latter which had blueberry notes in it. It was very smooth and gearing on being light. It was the perfect partner to my breakfast. 🙂

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Madz P.
5.0 Stars

I love their Dark Matter Theory! It has a pleasant bitter taste and very well complemented by its level of acidity. 128077🏼

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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars
4

Catch-up over @doughdealer cookies and booze? Only at The Curator! 128512

On a tip from the @doughdealer himself, snagged some chocolate on chocolate sablé cookies! These were the @doughdealer's take on a cookie recipe developed by Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé while working at Korova in the 1970's.

If you ask nicely, they'd let you buy the cookies at night, even after they've turned the coffee shop into a cocktail bar!

As always the curated cocktails were A+. We gave bartender Gian our preferences and mood for the evening, then he worked his magic and literally hit the bulls eye with his concoctions. We also got to learn more about the art of bartending and cocktails from him as he was more than willing to share what inspires him to do what he does. 9786

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars
5

For a while now, I've been trying to figure out where is this located. The good news is they're back at their place and to find this place is indeed a true gem. Situated at the heart of Legazpi Village just at the end of Palanca St. cor Legazpi St.

The place is small as of now but the good news is that they are expanding. During day time they serve coffee, and even has pastry and croissant for breakfast while they also serve lunch and cocktail beverages by evening. What we have in here is their espresso with milk drinks for Php 140. I had cappuccino and I like how smooth it taste like. I like how strong the beans are. They have been from Africa and Kenya. I request for additional sugar and they gave me liquid brown sugar which added a sweet texture to that little cup of coffee. Serving wise it's probably 7 to 8 oz. While the croissant is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Crispy and toasted perfectly, I love how it looks like. And well, it's great too. Tasted good with that strawberry and butter. Love it!! My friend had her latte and it taste good too.

I like how exclusive this place brings. It's like they have their own little community that spends time here every morning and everyone feels like family. definitely recommending this place and I cannot wait for their expansion.

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Sheena D.
3.0 Stars
2

We should really try to come back to appreciate this place more, I guess. Concept's good, a coffee shop turned bar at night. Well, they serve coffee until 630pm. We had to try this before my coffee buddy leave the company. We left the office at 5pm, and went here. Ambience is okay, the outside seating is a meh. But our coffee was good and strong. I was wide awake that night! :P

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Marti M.
5.0 Stars
2

Why do I love this place?

After a few visits, having coffee at The Curator has always been like reading a storybook, or perhaps a novel that magically transports you to a new dimension. The location is cool and clever. Brilliant, even, and never fails to amaze.

The Curator's coffee is nothing short of amazing. I'm really not an expert in coffee but the taste of a simple Americano immediately gives me the impression that much love has gone into preparing it. Placing the sweeteners in test tubes is a delight, zapping me back to my college chemistry lab class.

The apple pie French toast is one big square lump of pure goodness. You'd feel bad not to share this wonderful culinary creation.

Great coffee and great food aside, I do love their choice of music. Nothing relaxes me more than coffee and great music!

Great place + great coffee + great desserts + great music. All you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of work. You'll have to come here at The Curator and feel it yourself.

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Shaine M.
4.0 Stars

Ok. The picture didn't give justice to the place and the menu but here goes:

Ambiance: a little bit intimidating but if you're looking for something super exclusive and a little more away from the public, this wins. Plus the playlist is superb!

Food: Croque Monsieur is the bomb!

Coffee: I was given the Apex, caffeine hit - 100% pow! But lacking on the "cutesy" coffee art side. Maybe because I asked for a little bit more power for the workday ahead.

Price: hhhhhhmmm.. compared to Starbucks, this is a bit more pricey. Service wise? More personal and easy.

Overall: i really really like the place. Will be coming back here with the hubby for an early morning date.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

What's new with the curator?
Absolutely nothing. LOL.

But what will keep your eyes on the curator is their upcoming expansion! You heard it right. They are absolutely expanding and will be taking over cyrano wineshop since the wineshop will be moving to another place daw. Well, this news came from one of their barista (jeff) who was the morning shift barista last Sunday.

I then asked if the curator will be expanding, then will they not be called speakeasy bar anymore? He agreed, but then he backed it up that Jecko the owner in-charge of the bar is okay with that, and they have already made the decision na daw.

What's with the expansion is their expansion of their menu as well. They'll be adding more sandwiches and possible-- cakes daw. Well, i agree that nakakasawa narin kasi ang menu nila, in fact, I'm again ordering their smoked gouda cheese.

And because I'm so early here, i was the first customer again, so early that they still had not gotten their croissants from wildflour-- the reason why i have chatted with jeff the barista that "deep" and long. Of course i still ordered my favorite purple haze for Sunday morning coffee.

Then, the bread finally came-- swoosh-- breakfast was served to me in a flash. Wild flour's croissants are really good and i cant wait to have them for breakfast sometime April. I asked for the bill since i needed to go to quezon city immediately, the coffee was on them! Wow. For real. 9786

And oh, you ask when is this expansion happening, the barista told me it's gonna be on May.

Excited for you curator, hope your expansion is real.

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars

Back at The Curator Coffee and Cocktail. Serving one of the best and crafted coffee. Finding serenity in this side of Makati is AWESOME! 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

#ilovetoeat 12851510084️ #TheCuratorAndCocktail

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Emmanuelle C.
5.0 Stars

Damn, do they know coffee. My gibraltar (typically an off-menu item at coffee shops) was perfectly done, and was hence worth every centavo on its hefty price tag

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EJ B.
5.0 Stars

Finally! Nakita rin kita, kung hindi pa sa isang blog site hindi kita makikita. Pinahirapan mo ako! 128540 But still "it's worth it!" 128515

The coffee serves to me is well crafted, I've seen it. I'm sitting in the bar and saw how she did it. 9749

Brew of the Day (BOD) Ethiopia Blends with different kind of sugar (White, Brown, , Coconut, Honey, etc.) serves in a test tubes 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

Skinny Monkey Muffin (All Organic) - 1108811088110881108811088️ 5/5

This secret coffee haven really amused me, the place is good for business or personal meetings, tete-a-tete conversation and if you go alone and need to find peace around Makati. The staff are very accommodating and friendly too. 128515

The Curator Coffee and Cocktail is located inside the Cyrano Wine Bar, 134 Legaspi corner Don Carlos Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 128515

#ilovetoeat #TheCuratorCoffeeAndCocktail 12851510084

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

Call me addict it's ok. Addicted to the curator!
Now trying their croquet monsiour breakfast sandwhich. And i tell you it's really heavy and quite good. I find it a bit salty though. The bechamel sauce should be made thicker in my opinion. It's a three layer sandwhich which contains ham, mozzarella cheese (so eat it fresh lest it be hard like cement) topped with bechamel sauce and basil leaf.
The purple haze is still here! Still saying the best for me.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

Again, ask me when is the best time to visit the curator? Sunday early morning! No traffic like 30 minute drive from QC. Yes to free street parking. Not much customers so you could enjoy the chill ambiance and get to talk with the baristas. And really good coffee!
For this week, they have purple haze and dark matter theory. And of course shall i not order my favorite?!
128204Purple haze
So yeah i like blueberries. This one got hints of it. The coffee taste reallly makes a slur of darkness after its hazy milk taste. All right. Just catch it while they have it. Barista jeff made that inverted double tulip latte art!!
128204grilled cheese gouda sandwhich
Oh i love their croissants. And guess what. I just found out that their supplier of croissants is none other than Wildflour! Wohoo. I like the cubed gouda cheese. It is paired with this sour cream. So imagine the sour and salty taste in a bed of light and crispy croissant. And and and! The freshness of tomatoes!! Wohoo. Super worth it to travel here though i came across Reann G 's marathon group. Haha. Kristin A you are blessed you're near so take advantage at gumising ng maaga!!!! Haha!

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Abbey A.
5.0 Stars

I loved the dark, comforting atmosphere of the place. It's a perfect place to have a nightcap after a hard day's work.

Their menu is composed of specialty drinks, each one having its own story. The bartenders and servers were very attentive and knowledgeable. They said they can serve us the usual bar drinks but adjusting things here and there to cater to our exact needs and requests. But they highly recommended what they have to offer. I chose a drink off their menu, Ode To Emma, which had watermelon, lime, and sugar. No ragrets!! I loved it!

It's just kind of pricey. P500 for each cocktail, but I'm not complaining because I believes in paying for ambiance and it's not everyday you chance upon ~magical~ bartenders who know their alcohol.128076

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