The Curator Coffee and Cocktails

134 Legaspi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila



A popular speakeasy bar in the heart of Makati city! We didn’t book a spot before we arrived and to make sure we did get a seat, we came in early around 6-7pm. The bar is located inside a cafe, there are no signs, so make sure you use your GPS. You go into the cafe and through a sliding door at the back. The Curator is located at the corner of a t-section. Headed to the bar straight after dinning close by, which made getting to the bar a breeze.

The Curator is well-known of their craft cocktails, which are all described inside an insightful and detailed drinks menu. The menu had this little radar section, which would simply identify whether the drink is on the sweet and/or alcoholic side; see image below. I was just fascinated at the very detailed menu. There are only a handful of cocktails to choose from, but don’t be afraid to speak to the bartenders, as they welcome suggestions to create from guests. I believe The Curator had previously been listed in Asia’s 50 Best Bars and rightfully so, as the quality was obviously there in each drink we ordered. There was something unique but also familiar; some cocktails were ridiculously smooth, clean tasting and presentation was on point. Drinks are not surprisingly on the higher side, but it was definitely worth it. A great place for a relaxing catch-up or pre-drinks before a night out.

The bar is quite dim inside, with two long tables in the middle, a bar at the back and small tables near the entrance. It’s also quite cold inside, so if you do decide to stay long, make sure to wear something cosy. You don’t need to dress up, it is very relaxed, with comfortable seating and overall had a casual vibe to the place. Waitstaff was lovely, bartenders were welcoming and gave us an introduction to their menu. There’s no food here, but they do serve peanuts to keep your taste buds going. We also received some cute stickers!








Buddha-Bar Manila

Picar Place, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City



Buddha Bar had a special for New Years Eve, which was not only convenient but also awesome, because we lived so close by! With their buffet special and entertainment till countdown, this took out the hassle of finding a place to welcome the New Year. So I snapped a booking for two, I forgot the price and waited patiently for the night to come.

There is limited parking, but plenty to area to get dropped off. When you step inside, you are welcomed with lights of red and warm, dark tones of yellow, brown and black. It reminded me of them old Chinese movies, where heads of families would meet and talk about business. Overall, it looks grand and a bit upper-class. There’s about 3 floors, plenty of space to hold events. On the night we were brought up to the second floor, where our table was situated next to the railings. The buffet was varied, with plenty of options to last the night and suit various dietary requirements. The staff efficiently refilled the empty dishes, and from memory the dishes tasted fresh and was well made.

That night, there were both children and adults, which I thought was weird because I thought it’s a bar right so… why are there children? But I think for that particular event, they permitted children and made it a family-friendly event. What I found weird however, was the lack of drink menus. We had to keep giving back and asking back for the drinks menu to order. The staff that night were great though. When the countdown happened, the balloons that were supposed to fall, didn’t! I think a few guests below, ended up pulling the string, which finally gave way.

I can’t comment much on Buddha Bar Manila as a whole, as I only came during a specific event. However, Buddha Bar is a modern Asian restaurant and bar, which generally opens its doors at 4pm. The atmosphere felt casual with a hint of sophistication, mainly due to the ambience of the establishment. From that observation, I would perceive their price range to be around mid to high-end.







Agimat Foraging Bar and Kitchen

5972 Alfonso, cor Fermina, Makati, Metro Manila



Located in the nightlife but quieter scene of Poblacion, Agimat is a food and drink treasure box you sure don’t want to miss out! You’ll be led upstairs of a rustic Filipino home, and be greeted a staircase lined with red candles. There’s a narrow outdoor area for smokers and beside it, are the toilets. I had initially checked out the place, through their instagram and was surprised with their jungle concept. Located behind the bar, is a gorgeous tree with vines flowing down the trunk and its branches reach, almost crawls under the ceiling. There are low as well as high tables, we unfortunately got the unstable high table, but later moved to a low seating table when it was free.

As you can see by my pictures below, we ordered a lot of food! Agimat’s dishes were quirky, in a sense that they presented Filipino food in oddly-shaped plates and with a modern twist. The ingredients are truly special, using local ingredients and delicacies, such as ant eggs and day old chicken. I am a bit biased, but I love tapas food because you get to try a bit of everything, and Agimat wonderfully delivered. The highlight was the balut, there’s no chick inside, so you get to taste it without freaking out haha. It was creamy and with the right amount of salt.

Agimat’s craft cocktails were interestingly categorised by elements. I’m not sure if all ordered cocktails had performances, but when they did, it was super fun watching the mixologist do their thing whilst a drum was played. They had these cute sun masks on! Loved the vibe. The flavour in these drinks were amazing, I could taste little of the alcohol and more of the other ingredients used. If I had a higher tolerance, I would ordered a bit more, but alas after a few drinks these deadly cocktails got me. These cocktails not only had Tagalog names, but were also entertainingly presented.

I highly recommend pre-booking by calling Agimat, as the place is quite small. I did see some walk-ins and they were seated at the bar. They looked more like they were there to drink. But if you decide to check out the place for dinner, make sure to pre-book. Prices are mid-high, and by the time we left (about 9pm) the place was getting crowded.












The Smoothie Co.

The Smoothie Co. is a pop-up bar that you can find at events in Sydney. I came across this cute little bar, during my visit to The Finders Keepers markets a few days ago and we were currently on a hunt for a healthy smoothie/drink option. They were where the other foodie stalls were and had fresh vegetables and fruits on their tables.


E wanted to get a smoothie, but instead he got a bowl haha. He couldn’t even finish it because it was so much! I had a taste of it as well, and the consistency wasn’t too thick and not too creamy.


Lean Machine Acai Bowl $12 – Acai, banana, avocado, organic cacao coconut protein, organic almond milk and yummy toppings!


Clean Green Smoothie $9 – Kale, avocado, green super-foods powder, banana, organic agave, coconut water, ice

When I had a sip of mine, it was delicious! It looked healthy and when drinking it I felt proud of myself that I stayed away from the other sweet drinks. I absolutely love how the consistency came out to be, there blends are perfect! I actually wanted to try the Salted Caramel smoothie…. maybe next time.

RATE: 4/5

Brooklyn Social

17 Randle St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


Before heading to a social event yesterday night, I wanted to go out for lunch with the boyfriend but he arrived so late that it turned into dinner instead! I’ve previously seen pictures of this eatery and really wanted to check it out. 


The service is what you’d expect from a laid-back, chill location like this. When we first entered, we thought it was not open yet because I thought that the service staff were customers. They looked like people who were just waiting at the bar haha. But when I asked if they were open, they said yes and a guy showed us to our seats and asked us in a very “chill” way what we wanted. Water was brought out for us and poured *thumbs up*. It didn’t take too long for our food to come out, and I’m very impatient so another thumbs up for them.


I think they were trying to recreate an American-style pub, with not so comfortable seatings and small tables. Oh I found it very cute how on the table there was ketchup and mustard! Very dim inside, but it was also spacious. I think on some nights they have a DJ playing so people can have enough space to dance about. The bar is on one side, tables in-between  and the other end was an outdoor smoking area.


The funniest thing happened at the start, we were sooo lost because we couldn’t find the place. We were where the gps was showing us, but when we got there it was like it vanished! We looked about again and discovered that it’s entrance was covered by big, thick black fly screens (I think that’s what they are called?).


The menu was interesting, it featured American diner food like burgers, fries, waffles, mac and cheese foodies and other cheesy, fatty fills haha.


I was very surprised to find that the menu items, were not pricey for me. Like the average price, from what I can remember  was about $14 or less. Their ribs was close to $30! They had a unique range of gins, imported beer and wines.



His: Brooklyn Special $12 – meat, cheese, dill pickles, onions and the pub’s home sauce.

Hers: The Lucky Cow (I’m still a vegan, so I got myself a vegan burger) $12 – chickpea, sesame burger, tomato, capsicum, salsa and citrus onions. 

Entree: Mac and Cheese Balls $6 – 5 juicy balls *drool*


I really like the ambience the venue gave, it was relaxed from the start. I could eat without having to worry whether I talked to out or ate to messy haha. The music in the background played some awesome American tunes, that blended perfectly with the pub’s theme. Oh and I could hear what my boyfriend was saying, don’t you hate eating at places when music plays way too loud?


I guess the burgers was nothing remarkable, maybe cause it’s pub food, but honestly it was kinda a disappointment. I think it’s only good food if I was a bit tipsy and was hungry. The started off excited when the burgers came out, but towards the end I found it bland, that me and my boyfriend didn’t finish it off (left the buns out too). Though the Mac and Cheese Balls were a different story, when it entered my mouth, I felt like I was in cheese heaven.

Maybe, they can change their entrance too? I guess it’s different, but a pub shouldn’t be difficult to find.

RATE: 3/5

Venue 505

280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2016

This place is not a restaurant but a music venue that showcases many local talents everyday of the week. The first time I went there, I wasn’t welcomed with a big sign saying ‘Venue 505’ but instead the name of the place was written on the wall of the building, the place is quite easy to walk past. When you enter you will see that it is not a large room and it is filled with two booths, heavily painted wall, assortment of couches and chairs and a candle on every table. It is a very comfortable and ‘chill’ setting, with easy-listening music.


The pictures I took is really dark, I really need to get a camera!


Their menu was preety cute, brown burnt paper on a clipboard. But some of the menus had pages missing, which was frustrating. The food offered was not really extensive, just basic with share plates and small portions of food items. Though their beverage list was  a different story, offering a wide selection of beverages. When we ordered the food, we ordered it from a small bar at the back and they gave us a cute hulk toy as a means to identify us, I found that very different.


The table ‘number’


The bar at the back


Home made chicken liver parfait $15 – chicken parfait of mederia, cognac, port and orange served with homemade citrus chutney and crisp flat bread.


Aubergine Parmigiana $16.50 – I loved the oven roasted aubergines, combined with the homemade tomato sauce! The sauce was mixed with fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella and served with turkish bread.


505 Ice Cream Sundae $12 – Their sundae was delicious! If only they served it in a bigger cup, its cream vanilla ice cream is served with homemade honeycomb, honey roasted mixed nuts and butterscotch sauce


Sweet potato fries $8 – Sorry this photo does not give it any justice, but this was soooo yummy and fattening haha. The fries are served with a tasty garlic aioli.

The price in this venue was from a range of $6 – $26 for the food items, which is not at all expensive. The food in my opinion were much similar to small pub feeds but with a bit more sophistication. If you ever visit, I recommend trying their sundae!

RATE: 3/5 

The Russells Wine Bar

The Russell Hotel, 143A George St, The Rocks NSW 2000

For me and my partner’s 3rd year anniversary, we randomly chose this place to dine after a fantastic night tour! Located at a highly visited area, The Rocks, The Russells Wine Bar displays Australian wines, beers and local seasonal produce for their menu.


It was really windy last night, so the bar provided a warm, calm shelter from the cold weather outside. It was like stepping into a modern, classy bar which contained a medium amount of chairs and tables, low to high with very friendly and casual staff. The food service was prompt as  each dish was not heavily packed with ingredients on medium sized plates. I did not order any alcohol that night, so I can’t give you a review on that area but from what I saw on their wine/beverage list it heavily concentrates on Australian beverages.

We sat on the high tables near the bar, from what I can see and feel, I think it is a great place to wind down or have a intimate conversation as the music did not overpower peoples’ voices which also sets a serene feel to the place.


A simple layout of their menus


Kosciuszko Pale Ale (Jindabyne, NSW) $6.5 – A light feel, sweet which kind of reminds of ciders.



Hand Cut Chips $8 – This fresh item was very filling compared to the other food items ordered. It was nicely dressed with oil, good amount of salt on it and it still had the skin of potato on it. The garlic aioli was a great combination for the chips.


Grilled Lamb $ 18 – With tapenade, atichokes and roast lemon aioli… this photo does not give it any justice. The meat was finely cooked, I remember the knife easily cutting it with the juice of the meat oozing out of it. Dressed with roast lemon aioli, it not only gave it great flavour but also helped combine all the ingredients together. Beautifully presented.


Truffle Salami $14 – I found the candied walnuts too sweet for my liking and it just kept sticking on my tooth, but it was a great mix for the rest of the ingredients as it helped add dimension to the items. The salami was thinly sliced, which did not overpower the other ingredients but still added a different dimension. It was all fresh and the watercress and manchego cheese, was a great addition giving the dish varying types of flavouring.

RATE 3/5