An article by Marga Manlapig, Author Source @ PHILIPPINE TATLER
It’s a location that can be described as vivid, gritty, hardcore, creative, loud, and outrageous all at once. Anyone who visits Poblacion will find themselves enthralled by its pulsating energy and bohemian spirit
Originally the heart of Makati, given how its seats of government, commerce, and religion were once located within the area, Poblacion has been transformed from bustling town square to sleepy residential community to its current state as one of the most vibrant lifestyle zones in the capital, replacing Malate as the centre of the city’s nightlife.
Here, old meets new as family homes are converted into chic boutiques and clubs that teem with life. A house gutted by fire rises like the proverbial phoenix into a sought-after venue for events and festivals. The air is perfumed by the delectable aromas of global cuisines that have each staked their own spot in the zone, adding—appropriately enough—a distinctive flavour to a lively melting pot and a mecca for all things hip and au courant.
Let us take you on a virtual tour to some of the establishments that have made Poblacion the place to go to for everything from intimate dinners to fun nights out.
1/8Dr. Wine Manila
It’s a cosy little spot where one can enjoy a glass (or two) of exquisite wine in a place that is an appealing cross between a charming French bistro and a plush gentlemen’s club.
Since it first opened in 2017, Dr Wine has been serving up a highly extensive and expertly curated cellar-full of wines from France’s key regions, as well as some prime bottles from Italy, Spain, and California’s Napa Valley. But while wine is the primary drink of choice here, the establishment also offers a range of other spirits, as well as both classic and modern cocktails.
For those wanting to hold private celebrations, the Third Floor of the establishment is the perfect venue as it offers its own lounge, open kitchen (for those who want to bring in their own chefs), and a dining room that can comfortably accommodate a party of 20.
Order This: Fine French cookery is on the menu and there are a number of regional specialities that should not be missed. The bistro’s interpretation of award-winning chef Georges Blanc’s Mother’s Secret Chicken Recipe is a comforting concoction of free-range chicken cooked with cream and mushrooms, lightened with a squeeze of lemon juice. Heartier eaters are bound to enjoy the Traditional Strasbourg Choucroute from Alsace where preserved cabbage is cooked with white wine and peppery juniper berries, then served alongside sausages, pork neck, and smoked pork belly.
Drink That: One goes to Dr Wine to drink…wine! Here, one is spoilt for choice for everything from robust reds to bright whites, fruity roses to sparkling champagne and cava.