The Curator

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

The Curator
4.3
4.5 Stars

65 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 31
  • 4 stars 25
  • 3 stars 8
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 85 Reviews
  • 212 Recommend
  • 65 Reviewers
Category:
Coffee
Business Hours
Open: 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

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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Paolo S.
5.0 Stars

Its because of the curator that I've started to develop a better appreciation for cocktails. Looking at the ingredients and watching & listening to how the bartender puts the drink together makes you realize the exfort and technical mastery involved in making a drink. 128512

What would i recommend? Everything? 128514 haha but seriously, it would really depend on what your tastebuds are looking for. Each drink on the menu has the ingredients listed as well as a chart showing which points on the taste spectrum the drink hits the hardest (bitter, sweet, sour, refreshing, etc). If you can't decide, you could even ask the bartender to come up with something for you based on your preferences 128077

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Jayson J.
4.0 Stars

I know i have read something about speakeasy bars by looloo insights but i did not know that the curator was one of them. I know curator well enough during the mornings, they are really good at making coffees by day, but then they are known for their high class cocktails at night.
It was really unplanned when suddenly nangati ulit ako papuntang the curator. It was just right that it's night time and i have a few #kaladkarin friends with me.

If the place is difficult to find in the morning, then it is more difficult at night, cause they do close the door at night to separate it from cyrano shop.

Their menu is amazing. Choose cocktails according to sweetness, sourness, bitterness, boozyness and adventure-ness. Lol. And the price is also amazing. 450 a drink. However if you will be ordering something not in the menu, then it's 500. Ikr. It was too late to leave. Hahaha! Mind me vat ex pa yan.

I ordered something sweet and adventurous and with eggwhites (latteart inspired) so.. They gave me this

Egg foam
Don papa rhum
Blueberry liquer
Lemon
Butterscotch

I think it was too sweet. Jecko (owner) visited our circle to say hi and checked how was our drinks!

Laughters and cheers till the end!
The music! So good.

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Butch G.
5.0 Stars

Excellent place for coffee and cocktails.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

I am making yet again another review for the curator.
This has become my lifestyle for 2 days. (can you even call it that?!) and because it's traffic free on a sunday, and i come from cavite, why not?!

I tried their shakowhat-to. It's a cold brew with espresso (single origin blend today). Barista ivan made it. No arts. It was supposed to be called "shake-o-whatto” cause it needs to ne vigorously shaken to have the foam. Cold brew is not my type.

For my breakfast i had bacon and cream cheese croissant. I liked it. Though i am not a baxon or ham person.. Slices were thick. Maybe i prefer something sweet for bfast.. Anyway. I liked it.

So i was not satisfied and ordered espresso at the end. Barista yassie made me an inverted ballerina latte art. Too bad i ws not able to take a picture of it, but i was able to take a video of it (check IG). Tasted lighter than the purple haze, but has some blueberry touch... The tastes differs in the calibration of how it was ground daw... Well.. Lots to learn! 128513

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Isha S.
4.0 Stars

Leading a double life, this place is a cafe by day and a bar by night. Decided to go back here again while the sun was still out and the place hasn't transformed into a darker version of itself yet. 128521

Their menu consists of coffee, cold-pressed juices, daytime cocktails and some croissants and sandwiches. Prices range from 100-300 pesos across the menu.

Their servers and baristas appear to be very knowledgeable about what they have to offer. It was nice listening to them give recommendations and assess what would work for us. They were really friendly and approachable, too.

We eventually decided on their Chakowhat-to (150 pesos), Brew of the Day (120 pesos) and the Smoked Gouda Cheese croissant (240 pesos). The bf had the Brew of the Day and I forgot what it was exactly but he seemed to enjoy it. The Chakowhat-to, aside from sounding cool, looked pretty awesome as well. It came in a glass, nice light color topped perfectly with foam. The taste is initially a bit bitter but hints of sweetness will shine through at the end. Quite nice. As for the smoked gouda cheese croissant, I really liked it. Crisp layers surrounding a soft interior, smoked gouda cheese, tomatoes and Japanese mayo. Tasted great!

Overall, this place is definitely a gem for coffee and/or cocktail enthusiasts.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

My second coffee of the year happens to be from the curator here at makati. I smiled when i saw makati streets were like ghsttown. I am loving the super chill place. Dimmer lights starts at 630 pm and ends around 2 am. However they do not become a bar on sundays.

Anyway. I came here for the coffee. There's no purple haze today (they ran out) so i had opportunity to try other coffee. Featuring is their dark matter theory latte. It has dark chocolate hint and i also love it; however, i like purple haze more. The latteart was made by barista wilbert.

Haha. Muntik nang maging dark mother ang dark matter. Lol.

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

This is the right time to explore the streets of makati. Just perfect smooth flow of traffic, i came from cavite and arrived here in what? 30 minutes?

And because of the recommendation it led me to this coffee-bar at the curator. This is actually my second time dropping by here, but this time. I am conquering it.

Don't be deceived upon entering. They're open. You just have to go further inside. You can see a small cozy place that can house 30-40pax with 6 people can stay at the bar. I saw barista ivan at the side and he immediately noticed me. There were a couple of customers then.
128204128525purple haze (featured)
I was not able to find it in the menu thanks for the recommendation i got it. Barista ivan immediately made one for me. He made a really beautiful swan latte art. Just look at how detailed it is!
A total darkness in my mouth while i took a sip of my purple haze. Why is it called purple? It's because there's a blueberry hint. I suggest if you like fruity, get this.
128204doughdealer cookie
There are two choices to decide on; i chose the dark chocolate dough. Sorry i forgot the other one. The cookie i chose plays dark at first. I can taste the butter in it. After a while it starts to get scratchy in the throat. This one needs pairing with coffee, really. It's nonetheless chewy.
128204apple pie french toast
I was really planning on a light breakfast, that's why i just decided for a cookie, but then i also saw the other breakfast options. Hey, i'm not gonna be here frequently, so why not? I guess i'll have this for brunch. I had 2 slices of bread. Further sliced into two each. French toast. With coursely chopped apples, oats, and almonds. Sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon as well. Heavy indeed. I dont think you could find another apple pie french toast around, so why not try it when you drop by here?

I said i loved the ambiance. Cool music. Not really warm rather with a cold touch here. A nice type of cold. Again just let the music vibrate into your soul. Add it with a great coffee. A different style for a total preparation before you startoff your day.

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Kristin A.
5.0 Stars

I started coming here upon reading Edwin I's reviews, and it was so near my weekday home! A pity I couldn't come here more often because I always had to rush to work.

Today I had a chance, since I'm waiting for my family to pick me up and I have some time to leisurely drop by.  i always prefer to sit at the bar because coming here alone means I have no one to talk to, so why not watch the baristas at work?  It's so fun to see how precise and deliberate their movements are, whether it's prepping the cone for pour-over coffee, or making the latte art, or cleaning up the various implements.  And if your barista is the chatty kind, you won't notice that you've been talking to them for an hour already. This place is a time suck if you let it 128521

Their coffee is YKW, and Dark Matter is a standby blend. But this time I went with Purple Haze, a blend with blueberry notes, for my espresso shot for the latte.  Coffee is excellent as always, and though I regret not putting in some sugar i still enjoyed it, but maybe I didn't savor it enough because I didn't detect the fruity notes. 

Coming here makes me realize the hard work in making a great cup of coffee. While I'd like to learn to do it myself, I don't have the patience or level of interest required to be good at home brewing the way the baristas do it. So I'm perfectly content letting the experts do it for me, and have some peaceful me time while at it. Curator is a great place to accomplish both.

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