When rush hour and heavy traffic are approaching, having a convenient place to do everything in one stop – eat, hangout, art, music, and play is just so sweet! Tucked along Bagtikan St. of San Antonio Village, Makati City, ARKIPELAGO has just started business but can easily become one of the top destinations in the metro with its top-standard food and entertainment.
ARKIPELAGO is not just a food haven but is also a place for talented artists. From the art gallery that showcases great works of different artists, to the various acoustic singers that perform and set off the stage everyday.
ARKIPELAGO houses not just one or two but several distinct food stalls and restaurants arranged beautifully in a quaint but interactive set-up. This place stands true to its concept of being the most diverse and unique dining haven as well as the first of its kind being the first Art, Eat, Play and Go destination.
All food stalls were meticulously handpicked and well curated. ARKIPELAGO boasts of International cuisines ranging from German, Asian-Thai, Japanese, American, Mexican, Mediterranean and of course Filipino. They’ve also got street food and mouth-watering desserts.
So without further ado, let’s go dig in at what ARKIPELAGO has to offer.
As we enter Thai Queen, the picturesque ambiance of Thailand can definitely be felt inside the resto. With its elegant set of plates and utensils to its authentic Thai dishes, you’ll definitely get a very royal experience as the food served here is food from the Palace. The owner formulated the menu by the guidance of the chef for the King of Thailand.
Authentic Thai dishes such as the famous Phad Thai (Rice Noodles) and Khao Neaw Moon (Coconut Sticky Rice) are must-taste. They also serve crispy Por Peaa Tod (Thai Spring Rolls) and Toong Tong(Golden Yummy Bag) both paired with pineapple sweet chili sauce. If you’re on a diet and craves for delicious food, try Thai Queen as they serve the most balanced food in every serving.
From the owner’s passion for food combined with his entrepreneurial sense, Qrazy Quesadilla – a micro-restaurant which specializes in Mexican-American cuisine was born. Chris’ own experience in living in Los Angeles for thirty years made the true Mexican flavor of their menu. They offer all-time Mexican-American comfort food such as Quesadillas, Burritos, and Tacos topped with Carne Asada (Steak), Carnitas (slow roasted pork), and Al Pastor (Spit grilled pork).
We have tried their Chicken Quesadilla, LA Tacos, and Nachos Locosand boy we really can’t get enough of it. The more you eat, the more you crave for its cheesy, meaty, and crispy goodness. Because of the Filipino’s love for cheese, Qrazy Quesadilla is already a frequent sight at weekend markets around the metro.
The Hometown Grill: Manukan Country and Steak Shack
Missing the taste of Bacolod favorites? Or you just don’t have the budget for travel but want to experience authentic Bacolod dishes? Worry no more for The Hometown Grill: Manukan Country and Steak Shack has come to the Metro to satisfy your cravings. This food kiosk is the same restaurant which serves The Hometown Hotel so it’s worth every cent you spent in its very affordable price.
The authenticity of the famous Chicken Inasal was kept as their chef came from Bacolod. Their other bestseller, Kansi will warm your tummies with soup that is somehow a sour version of Bulalo from Visayas. Being a steak shack, they also serve another specialty, their T-bone Steak with a special blend of spices and marinated with a sauce that is an original recipe of the chef.
True to its namesake, Miss Umami serves a burst of flavors from Japan with a twist. Their dishes were made from the fresh and playful mind of the owner and young entrepreneur, Ms. Toni Go. The food kiosk attracts customers’ curiosity with its catchy tagline, “Eat my Poke”.
The menu started with Pokebowls and then ventured into Japanese food. One of the interesting twists is that they don’t serve raw ingredients to suit the Filipino palate. You’ll get to personalize your food with the choices of main protein (tuna, salmon, tuna salmon, shrimp, wagyu cubes, chicken karage), base (sushi rice, salad greens, nachos), sauce (garlic aioli (mayo based sauce), sriracha aioli, wasabi aioli, cheese and unagi sauce), and toppings (crab stick, mangoes, seaweed salad, etc.).
Some of their bestsellers include Tuna Salmon with Sushi Rice Pokebowl with corn, jellyfish salad, crab sticks, and wasabi aioli; Someone to Lava Sush with spicy tuna inside and crushed hot Cheetos topped torched with melted cheese; and Summit Rice Bowl – pork sukiyaki topped with melted cheese.
Another food stall owned by Ms. Toni is Smoked which highlights slow-cooked food such as their Beef Belly cooked for 24 hours and their Pulled Pork cooked for 16 hours that is usually served on bread. Another bestseller is the Mashed Potato Parfait, a combination of mashed potato, beef belly, gravy, baked mac, pulled pork, bbq sauce, mashed potato, and white sauce which gives it a tangy and creamy taste.
Lako Street Food
Nobody does street food better than the Lako Food Stall. From the balunan, balingit, betamax, isaw ng manok and chicharon. All your street food cravings will definitely be satisfied here.
Halal Kabab Express
Looking for authentic Mediterranean dishes? ARKIPELAGO has it for you with Halal Kabab Express. Their bestsellers include Chicken Biryani with Bismati Rice, Chelo Kebab Combination of beef and chicken served with homemade garlic and chili sauces, and Naan Beef Wrap.
The GoTo Kitchen
The GoTo Kitchen is your go-to place if you’re looking for Pinoy comfort food in these cold days. They serve warm and savory Beef Mami , Goto, and Pares. These can best be paired with their Tokwa’t Baboy and Lumpiang Togue. They also plan to add Silog meals in their menu – Cornsilog, Tapsilog and Longsilog (Vegan Longganiza). Their dishes will surely fill you as they are very generous with their ingredients.
The owner of PAKO created the stall inspired by his love of drinks and to find that something missing on the wings that he tastes. Perfect for drinks and rice, the savory and flavorful chicken wings of PAKO’s are a must-try: Pako’s Wings and Buffalo Wings. They also serve Wasabi Fries and Shawarmitas.
As the name implies “to taste”, this food stall offers only the best tasting and unique dishes in the metro. Starting with their Crispy Garlic Isaw which is definitely the dish you can’t stop munching. To their best seller Pinatisang Baka – a dish that is too simple for its name but is greatly delectable and appetizing. For your fish cravings, they also offer Paksiw na Mata ng Tuna which is equally inviting too.
Stuff It Burgers
Burger lover or not, Stuff It Burger will sure to satisfy your meaty appetite as they offer delicious and juicy burgers. If you’re feeling bored and tired with the regular burgers offered by fast food chains, stuff it burgers can take care of that and offer you something fulfilling instead. Their Hawaiian Escape, The Smoke Out and Couch Potato are a must-try.
Kambingan Ni Apong
Suddenly missing Ilocano dishes but you literally can’t make it home because of the distance. Well, you don’t have to travel far as you will most definitely feel like you’re back home with Kambingan ni Apong’s mouth-watering dishes. This quaint restaurant may not be fancy but it will definitely fulfill not only your tummy but your taste buds too. They offer “goat dishes” that you will find yourself enjoying even if it’s your first time to try it. Their best sellers are Crispy Pata, Sizzling Pork Sisig, Kambing Sisig, Adobong Kambing, Kalderetang Kambing, Kare Kare and of course the famous Papaitan.
This stall is one of the most unique and fascinating concepts at ARKIPELAGO. As this Dampa or Hawker style stall will most definitely intrigued you. Golden Estero is one of the hidden gems of ARKIPELAGO. You will most likely ask why? Because it offers mouth-watering Chinese and seafood dishes that are reasonably priced. It also makes you feel like you’re at Binondo and Dampa without travelling the miles and facing the traffic.
Looking for grilled dishes? Then the Marination stall has got you covered with their appetizing Grilled Liempo, Pork Barbecue and Panga ng Tuna. Its juicy and tender meat will surely make you crave for more.
Friday night as well as the weekend won’t be that boring anymore as you can head on to ARKIPELAGO and grab that beer or cocktail drink you rightfully deserve. This gorgeous bar is nothing you’ve seen before as you will literally feel that you’ve been transported to Hard Rock because of its groovy interiors. What’s more exciting is they offer one of the most affordable cocktails and beers in the metro. Imagine having your favorite Mojito in a big glass for only 80 pesos? And mind you, the cocktail drinks are really done right and with just the right alcoholic kick as it is being served by an experienced bartender.
The Mega Juice and Strawberry Shake below are just some of the rock stars of the Healthy Hairstylist stall. If you’re opting for a healthy drink then this stall can offer you that and more. They have quite a good selection of drinks to choose from that are really great tasting and refreshing.
Enough about the food. Now, let’s dive in to what makes ARKIPELAGO more than your typical food park and really the place to be.
Arkipelago houses a specialty game hub and connoisseur called Game Detective. Enjoy a relaxing and challenging gaming experience while being guided by game board experts. Game detective also offers rare and unique game board finds that you won’t see anywhere else. Wanna introduce a fun game board to your kids instead of playing gadgets all day? Then come to ARKIPELAGO and let the games begin.
The Black Sheep Project offers rare and hard to find sneakers with very impressive styles and designs. If you’re a sucker for shoes or someone that badly needs a change of shoes, then head on to the Black Sheep Project now in Arkipelago.
Mano and Makina
Mano and Makina owned by Willy Marvela showcases art made by hand and machine, “Clay uses hand, reproduction uses machine.” As a curator, Willy knows art through heart and soul. The gallery highlights clay, ceramic, and stoneware made by local artists to come up with images of old Philippines. The art pieces in the gallery also features the scenic view of the Philippines through various medium such as pottery, paintings, photographs, and interior design. The artistic side of you will absolutely be gratified upon stepping foot at this art gallery.
So there you have it. All the many reasons to go to ARKIPELAGO now. But do you know that on top of these, there is also a function room being offered by ARKIPELAGO. This room is good for 20 people and is very suitable for private meetings, private gatherings, exhibits, parties and workshops. There are also very few stalls are available for anyone interested to take entrepreneurship to the next level.
The Upper Ground, which houses great finds, apparels and “kikay” stuffs is now officially open. You can shop until you drop with the unique and irresistible items you can find there.
Furthermore, Pausenbrot – German Comfort Food stall is also now on its soft opening.
If all those reasons won’t make you excited and schedule a visit to ARKIPELAGO soon then we don’t know what will!
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