In case you haven’t heard the news, Siargao island’s most trendy resto-bar, which serves authentic Italian made from scratch, has just opened a branch in the hipper side Makati called Poblacion.
Unlike it’s island counterpart, Kermit Manila is modern tropical-meets-industrial, with an easy, laid-back vibe. The ground floor has an open-air bar with hilarious quotes on bites and booze. Along with the quote “To drink or not to drink, that is no question” are bar stools you can slide into for a drink or two.
The air-conditioned second floor houses the open kitchen and the main dining area. Those who have been to Kermit Siargao will see the hall’s semblance and connection with its surf-inspired decor, chalk murals, and topping suggestions and specials written across the kitchen’s wall partition. The seatings are in itself cozy but if you want to be taken to Siargao, book a seat by the elevated platform furnished with low set tables and cushions.
But the real scene stealer is the brick oven at the heart of the dining space, which churns out whatever it is that your stomach desires—pizza, focaccia, calzone.
Other than the absence of sand and the waves, Kermit Manila pretty much captures the essence of its original establishment especially when it comes to the food department. There are the hands-down favorites, tagliatelle alla tartufata, homemade spinach tagliatelle (long, thick-cut Italian pasta) cooked in truffle sauce and topped with parma ham slices; pappardelle all’ Antonio, a homemade pappardelle (large and flat Italian noodles) with prawns, garlic, chili, and homemade tomato sauce; and the classic Margherita pizza. But to create a bit of distinction, there are also new items that are unique to Kermit Manila such as the cozze alla crema e gorgonzola, Manila Bay mussels with cream and blue cheese best paired with focaccia; and homemade ravioli with spinach and bits of parmesan filling.
Like in Kermit Siargao, the selections here are nothing short of spectacular. Try the Kermit Espresso Martini, a Kermit Manila-exclusive that’s a twist on classic espresso martini with vodka, fresh espresso, vanilla ice cream and some sugar. There’s also chocolate syrup around the ring and crushed peanuts for added flavor. The Gwapito Sour, Kermit’s version of classic Amaretto sour, which combines white rum, amaretto, fresh orange, fresh lemon, and some sugar should also be included in your drink list along with Don Gwapito, made of Don Papa Rum, Pinot Grigio wine, fresh pineapple, and Gwapito Rosso, a combination of spiced rum, fresh watermelon juice, some Aperol, fresh lemon.
About Php400 (USD7) per person
4636 Molina Street, Brgy. Población, Makati City
Kermit Manila, tel +632 2759 219, +63917 6256 773
Photos by Daniel Soriano