Saturday, February 1, 2014


In the Philippines, opening late last year is one of current favs for lounging and dining-Rambla. As the food culture begins to trace back its cultural roots in terms of cuisine, the latest tapas resto bar finds its home at the ground floor of the Joya building in Rockwell Center, Makati.  From the owners of the locally renowned Las Flores, comes a new dining experience that offers modern Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine under head chef Pepe Lopez.  The latest chow haven is buzzing town with its delectable menu of special mouthwatering offerings that are more than just a delight to the senses.  Reinventing Catalan fused with Mediterranean cuisine is the aesthetic behind Rambla through contemporary gastronomic influences that can be viewed through their open kitchen.  One can see how their food is actually prepared which is definitely a treat to the foodies out there.  Though the menu isn't extensive, one is assured that each dish is uniquely special made with the best ingredients, cooked and prepared well without being overwhelming.  You can definitely pig out without getting full since everything is pleasantly bite size.  Topping this author's list of must-try are any of the salads and the burger. They also have a good selection of wines and specialty drinks that compliment each course. Desserts are definitely a must try as it highlights your meal with the perfect sweet surrender. 
Rambla's well designed interiors displays a contemporary fusion of old and new world charm.  The awesome industrial incantation is highlighted by an interesting interplay of detailings and lighting.  Metal, leather and wood seemingly form a beautiful design tapestry that's definitely fixture perfect. The cozy and unintimidating atmosphere is a place where one can lounge and have a decent conversation.  To date, its one of the current scene to be scene so be prepared to bump into a celebrity or TV personality.  If you're one who's not into crowds, its best to come before peak hours.

Rambla is at G/F, Joya Bldg., 
Rockwell, Makati City; tel. 8236468.  
Open daily from 11:30am -3pm, 
6pm onwards.

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