Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas St., Makati, Metro Manila

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie
4.3
4.5 Stars

18 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 8
  • 4 stars 8
  • 3 stars 2
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 18 Reviews
  • 9 Recommend
  • 18 Reviewers
Category:
French
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6327505810

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street, Reserved
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Delivery:
No
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual

Most Recent Reviews

Lark C.
5.0 Stars

Supposed to get something from Subway, but my officemates wanted to try the food up there. And since it was 50% on all ala carte orders, there was no effort in convincing me to eat lunch there instead.

Ordered their Healthy Salad - it's grilled chicken strips, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, mesclun greens in lemon Dijon mustard vinaigrette dressing, and spaghetti carbonara. I loved the freshness of my salad, and the serving was generous that it may be good for sharing. I finished it though, and I felt full that I had to push one of my officemates to eat half of my carbonara.

Other orders were Mango Crepe, which on the first bite made my officemate exclaimed "oh my god!" and bread pudding, which was enjoyed as much.

Good conversations over good food with good people! It was a happy, happy lunch.

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars

Had their set dinner , arugula green salad with fig and walnut in raspberry vinaigrette sauce, cream of dubarry soup, strawberry sorbet, pan-fried local sea bass in passion fruit butter sauce, and grilled beef tenderloin in morel sauce. Served with home made mashed potato and steamed vegetables. Leche flan, coffee or tea. Enjoyed much.. Sorry no photo, we were seated outside in open air with dim light.

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Carl V.
4.0 Stars

Very fine date place

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Alex O.
4.0 Stars

Top of the Citi is probably one of the oldest fine dining restaurants. While its interiors need some refurbishing, the consistency of the food remains of high quality, a signature of Chef Jessie, in all the restaurants she manages.

I recommend:

128077 Pan fried goose liver salad

128077 Grilled Angus Beef Tenderloin Steak

128077 Chocolate Gateau

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Char M.
3.0 Stars

Roasted Herbed Lamb
goes with Salmon Nicoise Salad, Amaretto Soufflé and Carrot-Orange juice for P700+.

Taste was just fine.
Nothing special. Maybe they focus more on presentation that's why it took them almost an hour to serve the food on our table.

But the place is really comfy. It's actually on the top of citibank tower, 34th floor.

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Trixia C.
5.0 Stars

Found a new food buddy! 128541

Been telling my buddy that I've been craving for something sweets. Chocolates aren't enough. I want something ... I really don't know 128540

A while ago we went because buddy told me that I should try something new and worth remembering. Lol!

FRENCH CHOCOLATE GATEAU
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Damn! This is so good. Damn! Uhhh!
Every bite is heavenly good.
It only took me almost five minutes to finisht it.

The view is so great too!
Perfect for fine dining dates with your partner.

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Lea Michelle M.
4.0 Stars

The place to go for a romantic date with your special someone...

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Janice G.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Rachel R.
5.0 Stars

What more can I say?

1. Place was absolutely romantic.
2. Food was great.
3. Staff were very accommodating and courteous.
4. a bit pricey but is worth it.

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Kyla O.
4.0 Stars

The food was excellent. I think the place is big kasi and the waiters aren't seasoned yet so that's my only comment about it. I wish the service was better!

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Christian Angelo C.
5.0 Stars

Was supposed to order the set meal but didnt like most of the items included. So went for individual orders instead:

Got the rattatouille soup which was oh so delightful! Brings back some old school tomato based cooking by my grammy :)

Then got a fresh fruit, fish and prawn salad which tasted a little to berry-ish for my taste but still enjoyed every bite :)

Main course, wasnt sure about the angus steak when it arrived coz it was too damn thin. But the beef buorguignonne sauce was to die for! Plus it came with this mashed potato having some sort of melted/crusty parmesan cheese on top. Paired it off with Red wine (sauvignon blanc) <3

To finish it off, they have this own version of sans rival which had pistachio nuts instead of the usual peanuts on it. Great way to end a meal <3

Giving this place a 5-star for making my bday a memorable and scrumptious feast :)

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Kate L.
4.0 Stars

This is actually my 3rd time at the Top of the Citi.

The first one was in 2008 and the second was in 2010.

This 3rd time was supposed to be a business meeting but our guest's flight got delayed for more than an hour and had to cancel our meeting. But we still went through lunch.

Our meals have been pre-ordered, I had the Ceasar Salad with battered Scallops, this was really good. The serving was just right for an appetizer. The scallops were nice and fresh.

I has the Seafood Bouillabaisse as my main course, I was actually surprised that it has a tomato based broth. I was expecting the creamy version but it was really good!
The broth had a great consistency and was really comforting. The generous helpings of the Lapu-lapu, Salmon, Tiger Prawns and Scallops was very filling and very delicious. The serving justifies the price for this meal.

I was really happy!

The iced tea was refreshing but I wish there was more!

As for the dessert, we had the dessert platter and rating this with a star short because the dessert is quite too little for its price.

Will definitely come back!

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Theresa E.
5.0 Stars

That's grilled lapulapu with tomato tarragon salsa. Wow, what a mouthful of words. I just had to jot it down to remember the name of the dish as they were sequenced. The garnishings are made up mostly of shredded chicharo. So creative and so healthy at the same time.

I would consider Top of the Citi a very ideal place when you are searching for a space to conduct serious business discussions. I guess it was really intended for that. As i have learned from Alex O, it is also being run by Chef Jessie. The restaurant even bears her eponymous name. No wonder, the food tastes great.

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Eibee B.
3.0 Stars

Expensive and mediocre "gourmet" food. The only good thing is the caviar pie with smoked salmon. The view is good though.

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Juan Carlo D.
4.0 Stars

If Escolta and Circles are both too mainstream for you, this is the go to place in Ayala area. A perfect dating spot with a view of Makati skyline.

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Lesley Ardelle V.
4.0 Stars

I have always dreamed of spending Valentine’s Day in a restaurant on top of a skyscraper, or maybe on top of a mountain, with the city’s lights spread out before us. It’s such a romantic notion to dine under the stars, or to dine with a view.

I got my wish granted tonight, when my boyfriend and I spent our first Valentine’s Day at the “Top of the Citi” by Chef Jessie. It was a surprise destination. He just told me to wear something nice, and to trust him. When we were walking from the car to the Citibank building, I already had a strong feeling that he was taking me there (I saw a sign for the restaurant at the corner of the building). Then when we were on the elevator on our way up to the 34th floor, I felt so excited! I have never been to a date in a fine dining restaurant before. I mean, nothing as elegant as this! I really felt like a princess, and I was dining with the whole world at my feet.

The table he picked for us was perfect: We were at the al fresco dining area, near the railing, and we were facing towards Valero street. We had the Shang Grand Tower, the Ayala Triangle, and PBCom Tower in view. We were situated between two plant boxes, so we didn’t have other tables anywhere near us. It was like having our very own nook. PERFECT. I wish I could post more than one photo in this review, so I could also post a picture of the spectacular view.

As for the food, the Valentine’s set menu was an elegant 6-course meal. Let me go through the courses one-by-one:

Appetizer: Pan fried goose liver in raspberry-honey sauce, on a bed of linguine a la crème. I am not a fan of any kind of liver. I tried foie gras once, but I didn’t enjoy it that much. That is why I was a bit hesitant to try this one. I’m glad I did, though, because it was DELICIOUS. The liver-y taste was not there; it was so rich and savory, and the flavor paired well with the pasta.

Salad: Organic Aragula and oxalis in strawberry-lime vinaigrette dressing. Not a big fan of their salad. It was basically just leaves, little pieces of cut strawberries, and a sprinkling of vinaigrette. 128541

Soup: Clear essence of free-range chicken with assorted fresh mushrooms. Nothing special. Not very impressive. Just a simple broth.

Sorbet: Pink grape fruit sorbet with chilled rosé. To cleanse the palette from the less than stellar appetizers (sans the goose liver, since I loved THAT). It was nice. I never had sorbet before as a palette cleanser, I usually have it as a dessert. Haha!

Entrée: Beef Wellington with morel sauce, or Roast duck with olives, chestnuts & bacon, or Pan fried Jade Perch fillet with mustard-hollandaise sauce. All entrée’s served with beetroot risotto and sautéed French beans. I ordered the Jade Perch fillet, Ton ordered the Beef Wellington. I.LOVED.THEM. Both of the entrées tasted really good. The beetroot risotto was shaped as a little red heart. It was a really small serving, maybe equivalent to 1/8 cup of rice? But it’s ok, since we are both trying to cut back on rice anyway. I finished my heart, he only ate half. Haha! The fish / meat portions were more generous. I didn’t touch the beans, because I do not like beans (or most vegetables for that matter).

Dessert: Trio of chocolate marquise with fruit coulis, strawberry chilled cheesecake, & banana tart a la mode. The banana tart was delicious. Pieces of caramelized banana were placed on top of the heart-shaped tart. The inside of the tart was soft, while the outside was the perfect kind of flaky pastry. My next favorite from the trio was the chocolate marquise with fruit coulis: a thin sheet of chocolate surrounding a fruit pudding of sorts. It’s weird, because I know coulis is a sauce (I know this from watching MasterChef! Haha!), so I am not really sure what kind of pudding was inside the wall of chocolate. It was delicious, though, so the technicality of its name isn’t really an issue for me. Hehe. I didn’t like the strawberry chilled cheesecake. It was a bit on the sour side, and it melted quite easily.

The price was PhP 2,600 + 10% SC per person (Really expensive! Thanks, love!). Aside from the 6-course meal, it also included coffee or tea, Petit Fours were also served (one mint chocolate ball, one white chocolate ball, and a peanut ball, I think), and one glass of either Hardy’s Nottage Hill Shiraz or the Nottage Hill Chardonnay. We ordered the Shiraz. 128522 There were dinner rolls / bread, too, and they were served warm and toasty! I had them refill the bread basket 3 times. 128539

The ambience was great, if you just factor in the table set-up and the view. However, the music was a bit distracting. I don’t think they really thought of preparing a Valentine’s playlist, and no one was manning the sound system. The speakers kept playing weird, unromantic music (a mixture of folk music, pop and jazz), and the CD (I think they used a CD) kept skipping, playing the next song even when the previous one wasn’t finished. It was really strange. We asked the waiter to look into it, but it continued like that for the whole night. Boo.

Service-wise, it was very hard to call the waiter’s attention, maybe because we were situated in such a secluded area. I’m not used to having a 6-course meal, so I was getting impatient to eat my entrée! Ang daming intro! When they served the sorbet, I was like, “Finally! The last opening act before the star of the show!” Haha! The serving time between courses was also very long. We arrived at 7:30, and we were finished at around 10 already. The waiters should be more attentive in replacing our plates once we’re done with one course. 128532

Albeit all the setbacks with the service and the music, I am still giving it 4 stars, because the overall experience was awesome. I felt like a giddy kid the whole time. Some may say that a fancy, candle-lit dinner is cliché, and that it’s the sort of thing everybody else does on Valentine’s Day, just like when everybody gives flowers and chocolates to their loved ones. But what I realized while being surrounded by other couples in that restaurant is, that although we are all doing the same thing, we are all in the same place, eating the same kind of food, what’s different is how we experience it. It’s actually nice celebrating Heart’s Day seeing other couples doing the same thing, because you can assume that they are also there to celebrate love. Knowing that there are other people out there who are as cheesy and as in-love as you, is something to be happy about.

Love is in the air, and we are on top of the world (the citi) because of it. :D

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Belle D.
5.0 Stars

full course meal at reasonable price. view was da-da-divine. balmy breeze and bustle free view of makati. souffles savory and sweet successful, duck dish melted, salad a wee bit too oily but because of the seclusion, forgiveable.

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Joen C.
5.0 Stars

Good place and good food, price is not so high either :)

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