Makati is the financial hub of Metro Manila, and it’s where all the major companies and malls of the country are located. Tens of thousands of people work here, and it gets really busy. Just like any downtown areas, you’ll be able to find many high-end restaurants and dining experiences here. However, if you’re the average corporate executive working in this area, you’ll want more affordable places to have lunch. Preferably a cheap and cheerful place which won’t dent your humble salary.


Here are some of our recommendations for cheap eats in Makati:

1. Ramen Kuroda

chasu shiro ramen
Image credit: Ramen Kuroda FB

Ramen Kuroda is a Japanese style eatery selling piping hot bowls of comforting ramen, complete with slices of juicy roast pork. Try their Aka Ramen (P180) for some spice, or the Shiro Ramen (P180) for an authentic taste. If you’re not in the mood for noodles, they also have Japanese curry rice (P180), Teriyaki Chicken Don (P180) and Teriyaki Pork Don ( P150). Simple and filling meals that will last you through the day until you go home.

  • Where: 3/F RCBC PLAZA 6819 Ayala Avenue Makati City 1200 Philippines
  • Opening hours: Daily, 10am-10pm
  • Website: https://www.kuroda.ph

2. Sisig Sa Rada

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Image credit: Sisig Sa Rada FB

One of the most affordable spots to grab lunch on the go in Makati are actually the Jolli Jeeps, street food stalls that are moveable. These are usually carts, stalls or trucks by the roadside. One of these Jolli Jeeps is Sisig Sa Rada, located on Rada Street Makati. It’s easily the best Sisig in the city, with moist and juicy minced pork served with steaming hot rice for only P58

  • Where: Metrochef Stall 002, Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
  • Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays, 7.30am-8.30pm
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sisigrada/

3. Gringo-Chicken Ribs Friends

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Image credit: Gringo Facebook Page

Not all of Gringo’s menu is below P200, but you can pick a lot of things for that price. Quarter chickens are about P148 to P158 without sides. Street tacos are between P95 -P105 per piece and quesadillas are about P145-P155. If you’re in the mood for Mexican food, you can always drop by for some good food and service in comfortable settings.

  • Where: G/F OPL Building, C. Palanca corner De la Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City
  • Opening hours: Daily, 11am-3am
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gringochickenribs/

4. Som’s Noodle House

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Image credit: Som’s Noodle House FB

Som’s Noodle House is a hole-in-the-wall establishment where you can enjoy authentic home-cooked Thai food.  Here, you can find noodle and rice dishes, like Chicken Noodles for P120 and Bagoong Fried Rice for P120. Apart from that, there are appetizers like Spring Rolls for P120 and Som Tam salad for P100. Of course, if you’re here in a group, you can always order main dishes of chicken, pork, vegetables and fish to have with rice.

  • Where: 5936 Gloria Street Barangay Poblacion, Makati
  • Opening hours: Daily, 11am-11pm
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somsnoodlehousemakati/

5. Pat-Pat’s Kansi

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Image credit: Pat-Pat’s Kansi FB

Where else can you get Kansi for less than P200, why at Pat-Pat’s of course? Everything on their menu is less than P200 and apart from Kansi, you’ll find Sisig, Prok Adobo, Dinuguan, Fried Pork Belly and more. All for between P80 to P155 and you can add a serving of rice for just P18.

  • Where: 8809 Sampaloc, Makati, 1203 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
  • Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-10pm. Closed on Sundays
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatPatsKansi/

6. 101 Hawker Food House

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Image credit: 101 Hawker Food House FB

This eatery serves hawker food inspired by Singapore, and there are many things on the menu for less than P200. You should definitely try the Prawn laksa ( P170), Char Kway Teow (P125) and Hainanese Chicken Rice ( P125) to name a few. Most meals are well balanced all in one dish, and you’ll get your carbohydrates, as well as proteins and vitamins.

  • Where: Unit 102, Campos Rueda Building, 101 Urban Ave., Makati City
  • Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 6am-10pm
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/101hawkerfoodhouse/

If you’re busy with work and can’t leave the office for a quick bite, you can always call for a delivery. Online apps like FoodPanda will make your life much easier, and you can use our FoodPanda discount vouchers for more affordable meals all around.

*Featured Image credit: Gringo-Chicken Ribs Friends, Philippines