2/F Lokal Hostel, 5023 P. Burgos St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila
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- Business Hours
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How can this small neighbourhood be so highly rated? Numerous features on Media sites, high ratings from prominent bloggers, and a stream of praises from popular Instagrammers, is there really something to Tortuga?
It’s not super amazing, it’s just done so well you can't complain.
The well curated Caribbean ambiance is detailed to the selection of music, the art pieces, and even the rugged rustic feel of the furniture, it embraces your senses from the moment you step in the shack-like interior. Even the tree that shades the restaurant is no coincidences, the intuitive vision of the owners was what made this their setting.
Everything is Below 200 Pesos!
Their affordable pricing doesn't sacrifice the product quality and portioning, which makes Tortuga a great place to dine for your dime. Skewers are 110 PHP a pair, so stack them up for a good bbq time, but don't forget to pick one of their interesting cocktail drinks for only 95 PHP.
APPETIZERS / BAR CHOW
Jamon Croquetas (100 PHP) #REYcommended
Delicate pieces of breadcrumbed fried balls packed with creamy mashed potato and finely cut bits of ham.
Jamba Gambas (130 PHP)
Peeled shrimps are always a delight, an easy to handle bar chow that's perfect with their selection local selection of cold beer.
Beef Skewers (110 PHP)
Meaty skewers of beef that's tender and carrying a very familiar taste, a flavour of the home-style bbq.
Jerk! Chicken (200 PHP) #REYcommended
This simple dish of chicken fillet won our hearts with its spicy personality, its flavours burst in your throat and quickly fades for another round of excitement. If you have to order one dish, then this is it!
Jungle Pumba (200 PHP)
Pork belly slow-cooked for hours to give you that melt-in-your-mouth experience, its lemongrass infused sauce finishes to a mild spice. It's a dreamy plate of meat, which you won't regret meeting.
Tortuga’s Kare-Kare (190 PHP)
This dish punctuates my statement on Tortuga's attention to detail. The veggies are cooked well enough to retain freshness, the sauce is about on par with most places, maybe because there isn't enough of it to be enjoyable. The tripe is breaded, then fried and sliced into bite-sized pieces.
The Desserts here are designed to shared and as with the rest of the menu, too cheap and again surprisingly good not to have.
Basil Ice Cream (50 PHP)
Their version of Basil ice cream is no less than pure, almost to a pesto sauce like taste. It's not a flavour that most will enjoy, but after awhile you to standard its quirks.
Deep-Fried Ice Cream (85 PHP)
Strawberry ice cream wrapped in a crepe, and then deep-fried lightly to a crisp for that warm and cold dessert feel. Topping this dessert is chocolate rice crisps, chocolate drizzles, and a hallow wafer stick roll.
Cocomo (95 PHP)
This is the drink for the summer season, it's a refreshing pineapple, coconut and rum mix, that gets you hydrated for a relaxing evening.
Sneaky Tiki (95 PHP)
Don't let its Iced Tea appearance fool you, it's earl-grey base has a little something at the tip of the sip. Sneaky good!
Tortuga Katipunan offers a lot of value for the neighborhood and even for visitors from nearby cities. It's a place to showcase to your friends for drinks and a good meal.
Affordable - Everything is Below 200 pesos
Local Beer Selection
Curated Ambiance - Good music
Parking is only available along the street. You can park at the nearby 7-11 or the arcade at corner
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This sponsored invite by Joanna Kennedy, one of the owners of Tortuga was one of my most memorable ‘assignments’ to date. I loved everything they have from their unique blend of dishes, vibrant ambiance, unbelievable low price and upscale service.
The same young entrepreneurs who came up with Walrus is behind this next go to destination in Katipunan. The cuisine is island as explained to us (I was joined by Raina Cheng)). Tortuga boldly puts in one roof vibrant flavors of tropical jungles and beaches of the Philippines, Polynesia, and the Caribbean, with heavy emphasis on Tiki Culture.
After taking more than an hour in taking photos, which included moving them around and styling them, we finally got to sit down for a feast. Raina and I shared 5 entrees excluding dessert, appetizer, sides and three unique cocktails.
I was surprised and reacted with glee on every bite I had from one plate to another. I was flabbergasted on how it was too delicious and way affordable at the same time. On my mind I was going how in the world is this possible?
There was a common theme in all we had, striking flavors. They were borderline salty or sweet, challenging your palate every time. Even the textures were on point. The meats were all tender and juicy.
My favorite is the Jungle Pumba. This could be the best Php 200 you’ll ever spend. Tortuga’s twice cut pork belly screams in flavors and like they described it in their menu, you will dream about it for days. Hey, I kinda dreamt about it last night.
Must order starter would be Spanish inspired, Jamon Croquettes. On top of tasty ham, insides had a nice creamy consistency of milk and potatoes. It almost like it was cheese but it wasn’t. Too addictive and could be the reason for your next weight gain dilemma. If you are looking for another appetizer, their version of Jamba Gambas should also be in your list.
Jerk Chicken, a Jamaican meat staple was just too good, I had it by my side keeping a distance from Raina. Its accomplice side, sliced fried bananas was as wonderful. Take a bite and you’ll wonder if they added a nice sweet liquor to it. Owners said none, but I swear it does!
I also suggest Chicken Curry for its combination of peanut, coconut and other Thai flavors; Pork Skewers for its vibrant lemongrass presence and really soft texture; and their cocktails which are all just as mind blowing all at only Php 95. I don’t drink alcohol but theirs made me order two.
I hope my review made you salivate because the goal is just that. Bring your date here and gain extra points for sure.Giovan Tia Marianne | TFC Alvin Ong | TFC Bettina BacaniPhantasm Darkstar Tom Salamanca Mary Love Siy.
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