Perched atop the 22nd floor of the Lepanto Building, The Penthouse 8747 offers remarkable Makati Central Business District view that stretch all the way to certain parts of Bonifacio Global City. The stylish penthouse bar, which also functions as an event space, offers a neat selection of specialty cocktails along with a delicious bar food menu. It’s an ideal place to relax with friends or co-workers after a hectic day in the city.
During my visit, my friend Bettina and I were treated to innovative handcrafted cocktails and delectable dishes prepared by no less than the bar’s Head Chef, Chef Michael Genaro. We had the Seafood Caponata Flat bread, Shrimp Pesto Pasta, Mahi Ceviche, and Golden Crab Cakes.
The Seafood Caponata Flat bread was my favourite of the bunch. I thought the open-faced flat bread was perfect for showing off colorful seafood pieces and vegetables. Also, less bread means less doughy bites–perfect for delicate ingredients like shrimps, zucchini, olives, and tomatoes.
I also enjoyed the Golden Crab Cakes. I appreciate that they don’t fall apart too easily, bound just enough to hold its shape but not so much that you’ll feel like you’re eating a heavy hockey puck. Chef Michael did a fantastic job by adding some alfafa sprouts on top which added an unexpected crunch and pop of colour to these sweet and savoury crab cakes.
These babies paired well with their ‘Night in The Plaza’ Cocktail which was a combination of Vodka and Watermelon Juice. This drink was light and refreshing enough to enjoy any time.
The Shrimp Pesto Pasta makes a super-satisfying dinner. It’s loaded with fresh, succulent shrimps and then tossed in a tasty blend of Basil and Malunggay Pesto and Cream. In my opinion, it was heavy-tasting and needed a squeeze of lemon to cut the richness of the dish.
Everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE Ceviche. It’s a dish that looks and tastes elegant, yet is quite literally thrown together in a matter of moments. I thought Penthouse 8747‘s version tasted way too sharp. I think of acidity as adding brightness to a dish but their Mahi Ceviche had way too much acid. In any case, I do give them props for choosing a fish that’s fresh, firm on the exterior, but with a tender center that gives as you bite into it. The Mahi Mahi was an excellent choice.
I paired the Mahi Ceviche with one of their signature cocktails called ‘The Jellous Lover’–Champagne with fruit Jelly on the bottom of the glass. Honestly, I thought this drink pairs well with almost anything on the menu. Seriously, who wouldn’t enjoy a glass of giggle water?
Manila is filled with its share of Bars and Lounges but there’s nothing more satisfying than finding a great Bar that happens to have great food as well. The Penthouse 8747 is the place to go for after-work drinks, delicious homemade fare, and glorious Makati skyline views.