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#1 OFFLINE   marcoshighland

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Posted 26 September 2015 - 09:40 AM

The 24-hour Filling Station Bar and Cafe, located on P. Burgos street in Makati, offers a large menu of both American and Cuban food.

 

The entrance is adjacent to the Bottoms club:

 

Filling Station Makati Street Entrance

 

Climb the stairwell up to the dining room, which is decorated with a particularly appetizing photo for you to contemplate on your way up:

 

Filling Station Makati Stairwell

 

The room is decorated in the Americana style, with Elvis, Wonder Woman, and other bits of life in the USA:

 

Filling Station Makati Wonder Woman
 
At 4pm, the room only had a few other visitors:
 
Filling Station Makati Pool Table
 
Here's a pano to show a wider view of the room:
 
Filling Station Makati Pano

 

The most interesting dishes appeared on the inserted Cuban menu, from which I ordered the Classis Cubano:

 

Filling Station Makati Menu Cuban
 
The service was slow (as expected - other reviewers have shared the same experience on that count) - I saw my sandwich sitting on the chef's counter for at least 5 minutes, despite being the only customer in the main dining area - so I wasn't expecting much of the sandwich itself. But I was surprised to find the sandwich filled with lean, tender pulled pork, spiced just right, with a handful of paprika fries and some coleslaw on the side. No gristle, it wasn't dripping with oil, it was just right!
 
Filling Station Makati Classic Cubano

 

I ordered a bottle of beer with my meal, and it arrived cold and with the cap still on, so it could be opened in front of me, which I always appreciate.

 

For a beer and a sandwich, the bill was 637 pesos. Including a 100 peso tip, I was out the door for well under 1000, which I always consider a small victory. ;)
 
Filling Station Makati Receipt
 

Filling Station lives up to its reputation for slow service, but the quality of the food more than made up for that, so this place gets a thumbs up from me!


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Posted 26 September 2015 - 01:20 PM

I loved that place when Jade Cool was still operating on P Burgos   :Banana_Bigone:



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Posted 26 September 2015 - 04:14 PM

Excellent food everytime I've eaten at Filling Station but very expensive. Burgos Street is my favorite street in the world  :EvilLaugh1:



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Posted 26 September 2015 - 04:59 PM

gets busy late at night when girls getting off of shift,  try heading down to lower burgos, Woodmans and Pillars  has reasonable priced food, and if you go local especially if you like Bicol Express, at the bottom is Friends & Neighbors a local eatery with cold cheap beer



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 02:47 PM

gets busy late at night when girls getting off of shift,  try heading down to lower burgos, Woodmans and Pillars  has reasonable priced food, and if you go local especially if you like Bicol Express, at the bottom is Friends & Neighbors a local eatery with cold cheap beer

 

I found Woodmans (I love italian, so I plan a visit there for my next meal) next to Jools Cabaret, but where is The Pillar place?

 

On the Mongers Manila map, I only found a "yoo-hoo BAR-B-QUE" at the marker shown on the map for "The Pillar". Is it supposed to be directly across the street?


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:21 PM

As it turns out, both Google Maps and the custom Mongers Manila are way off on the location for The Pillars Bar and Restaurant.

 

They both claim The Pillars is located on the southwest corner of Gen Luna and P Burgos.

 

Google Maps even shows a sunny-looking yoo-hoo bbq joint at that location:

 

Corner Gen Luna and P Burgos according to Google Maps
 
But the reality on the ground is this!
 
Corner Gen Luna and P Burgos in Reality

 

I felt bad for The PIllars after seeing this, so I asked the doorman at Wow Wow Wow if he knew what had happened to The Pillar?

 

He pointed me further up the street, where lo' and behold, there was The Pillars Bar and Restaurant:

 

The Pillars Bar And Restaurant
 
Here's a pano showing the wider street view:
 
The Pillars Bar and Restaurant Street Pano

 

So this just goes to show that yet again, for too many locations in Phils, Google Maps are often only a very rough guide to find where you're going.


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:37 PM

 

The 24-hour Filling Station Bar and Cafe, located on P. Burgos street in Makati, offers a large menu of both American and Cuban food.

 

The entrance is adjacent to the Bottoms club:

 

 

 

Climb the stairwell up to the dining room, which is decorated with a particularly appetizing photo for you to contemplate on your way up:

 

 

 

The room is decorated in the Americana style, with Elvis, Wonder Woman, and other bits of life in the USA:

 

 
 
At 4pm, the room only had a few other visitors:
 
 
 
Here's a pano to show a wider view of the room:
 
 

 

The most interesting dishes appeared on the inserted Cuban menu, from which I ordered the Classis Cubano:

 

 
 
The service was slow (as expected - other reviewers have shared the same experience on that count) - I saw my sandwich sitting on the chef's counter for at least 5 minutes, despite being the only customer in the main dining area - so I wasn't expecting much of the sandwich itself. But I was surprised to find the sandwich filled with lean, tender pulled pork, spiced just right, with a handful of paprika fries and some coleslaw on the side. No gristle, it wasn't dripping with oil, it was just right!
 
 

 

I ordered a bottle of beer with my meal, and it arrived cold and with the cap still on, so it could be opened in front of me, which I always appreciate.

 

For a beer and a sandwich, the bill was 637 pesos. Including a 100 peso tip, I was out the door for well under 1000, which I always consider a small victory. ;)
 
 
 

Filling Station lives up to its reputation for slow service, but the quality of the food more than made up for that, so this place gets a thumbs up from me!

 

Is it just me?  Taking out the tip a beet and sandwich is 537 pesos.  Way too expensive.  I thouht AC prices were bad. :).



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:47 PM

Is it just me?  Taking out the tip a beet and sandwich is 537 pesos.  Way too expensive.  I thouht AC prices were bad. :).

 

To clarify, the bill was 637, and my tip was 100, so the grand total was 737. Sorry for my unclear writing there.

 

As for being way too expensive, it's all a matter of taste, isn't it? I'm okay with paying a little more for a well-prepared meal that's delicious. If price was the primary consideration, I'd eat at Jollibee. ;)

 

And the High Street / Serendra Shops area in BGC has plenty of restaurants that charge more, so Filling Station seems to be priced just about right in my book.



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:58 PM

glad you found Pillars, good group of local expats that hang out there as well as WM, couple blocks further down across from the church is FnN, 

 

another place for good food is Cathouse back up on Kalayaan  behind Stardust,  best pool table around



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 06:16 PM

Well, I was going to check out the Italian at that Woodman's joint, but when I walked in the door this evening, they had heavy metal music blaring loud with a fairly rowdy crowd, so it seemed like a time and place where I'd down a few shots instead of a meal. Also, it looked like there was only a bartender on duty, so I didn't bother to request a menu. I might stop by again in the afternoon.
 
I decided to visit Filling Station again, and try a different plate. Tonight my waitress was Rafa. Despite the later hour and the place being much busier than my previous afternoon visit, Rafa was quick, friendly, and smiled often:
 
Filling Station Makati Waitress Rafa

 

For this visit, I stuck with the Cuban insert menu again, and ordered the El Hefe with a bottle of beer:

 

Filling Station Makati El Hefe Wide Angle
 
Filling Station Makati El Hefe Close-Up
 
It's a third-pound of beef inside of what would otherwise be a grilled cheese sandwich, and cut in quarters.
 
It was masarap!
 
Took in a bit more of the room this time:
 
Filling Station Makati Elvis
 
Filling Station Makati 45
 
The El Hefe with a beer was 705 pesos, to which I added a 100 peso tip, for a grand total of 805 out the door. Still under a thousand for a delicious meal, so I consider this another small victory.
 
Filling Station Makati Receipt 2nd Visit

 

Thumbs up.



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 06:29 PM

usually 2 bartenders(cashier) and couple of waitresses on duty, high rollers stand by end of bar by coolers

 

enjoy  and Give Cathouse a look see,  the Tandori Chicken Pita is to die for 



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 08:11 PM

usually 2 bartenders(cashier) and couple of waitresses on duty, high rollers stand by end of bar by coolers

 

enjoy  and Give Cathouse a look see,  the Tandori Chicken Pita is to die for 

 

It was after 11 when I walked into Woodmans, so perhaps the dining service had faded out for the night. I'll try again earlier in the day.

 

About Cathouse, I'm not into Indian food, so Tandoori isn't on my list, but the reviews I've read say they have lots of other items on the menu, so I'll check it out.



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 03:35 AM

Breakfast at the Filling Station Bar and Cafe is a bit more interesting at 4am, as the room is much busier at that time.
 
My waitress this morning was Alex. She was friendly, and smiled while providing quick service:
 
Filling Station Makati Waitress Alex
 
She told me the fresh-squeezed orange juice was fresh and not from concentrate, so I gave it a try, and it did seem fresh squeezed:
 
Filling Station Makati Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
 
The stack of three blueberry pancakes was way too much food - I could barely make it halfway through the plate - but they were warm and fluffy, and done just right:
 
Filling Station Makati Blueberry Pancakes

 

The bill was 651php. Since Alex posed for a photo, I included a 100p tip, for a grand total of 751 out the door:
 
Filling Station Makati Receipt

 

Thumbs up!


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 10:41 AM

As it turns out, both Google Maps and the custom Mongers Manila are way off on the location for The Pillars Bar and Restaurant.

 

They both claim The Pillars is located on the southwest corner of Gen Luna and P Burgos.

 

The Pillars wasn't in the Monger's Map before, but I've now added it at it's correct location at the corner of P Burgos and Guerrero St.



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 01:21 PM

How do you consider paying under 1000 pesos for lunch in the Philippines a victory? Your life must be filled with victories!



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 01:38 PM

To clarify, the bill was 637, and my tip was 100, so the grand total was 737. Sorry for my unclear writing there.

 

As for being way too expensive, it's all a matter of taste, isn't it? I'm okay with paying a little more for a well-prepared meal that's delicious. If price was the primary consideration, I'd eat at Jollibee. ;)

 

And the High Street / Serendra Shops area in BGC has plenty of restaurants that charge more, so Filling Station seems to be priced just about right in my book.

Reminds me of New York City prices and the reason I don't like Manila and big cities.  I prefer Pattaya over Bangkok and AC over Manila.  Not a concrete jungle kind of guys with pollution and massive traffic.



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:09 PM

last time i was there , they tried and won....a double lady drink bullshit.

never been back since.

Place is / was a rip off.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 12:42 AM

Breakfast at the Filling Station Bar and Cafe is a bit more interesting at 4am, as the room is much busier at that time.

 
My waitress this morning was Alex. She was friendly, and smiled while providing quick service:
 
She told me the fresh-squeezed orange juice was fresh and not from concentrate, so I gave it a try, and it did seem fresh squeezed:
 
The stack of three blueberry pancakes was way too much food - I could barely make it halfway through the plate - but they were warm and fluffy, and done just right:
 
The bill was 651php. Since Alex posed for a photo, I included a 100p tip, for a grand total of 751 out the door:

 

I've been to Filling Station hundreds of times, going right back to when they first opened over 20 years ago. After seeing the pictures of your food I dropped in there again yesterday for a late night drink and snack.

 

I was also served by Alex, and I chose the El Hebe burger and a SML. The beer came immediately, but I waited over 30 minutes for the food to arrive. I could see the waitresses huddled around chatting by the cashier's desk and I suspected that my food was probably already done and waiting on a shelf somewhere. When it finally did arrive it was almost cold, especially the fries.

 

 

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I told Alex I knew it must have been sitting there for at least 15 minutes and she offered to have it reheated. It came back and it was warmer, but I'm sure they only microwaved it and by that time it had lost its crispness and freshness. I guess I should have asked for a manager but as I was already hungry I ate it anyway. What could have been a nice meal was completely spoiled by the staff not doing their jobs properly. Sorry, but no 100 Peso tip for Alex this time.

 

One more thing, I see they now want 112 Pesos for a San Miguel Light. The general market rate in similar (eg sports bar) places in the area after happy hour ends is less than 100 Pesos.

 

last time i was there , they tried and won....a double lady drink bullshit.

never been back since.

Place is / was a rip off.

 

Was this in Filling Station or one of the bars? I didn't know they even had ladies drinks in the restaurant. I've never seen the waitresses drinking or sitting with the customers.

 


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Posted 03 October 2015 - 02:32 AM

last time i was there , they tried and won....a double lady drink bullshit.

never been back since.

Place is / was a rip off.

 

I think you have Filling Station confused with Bottoms, which is the bar downstairs.

 

And my g.f. and I were just at Bottoms last night, and no one made the slightest effort to pressure us or cheat us in any way.

 

We ordered two T-ices, paid for them as they arrived, and then sat there ogling the girls and discussing which one we wanted to share for well over an hour, without being hassled even once.

 

There are plenty of classic clip joints on Burgos, but Bottoms isn't one of them.



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Posted 03 October 2015 - 02:44 AM

 

I've been to Filling Station hundreds of times, going right back to when they first opened over 20 years ago. After seeing the pictures of your food I dropped in there again yesterday for a late night drink and snack.

 

I was also served by Alex, and I chose the El Hebe burger and a SML. The beer came immediately, but I waited over 30 minutes for the food to arrive. I could see the waitresses huddled around chatting by the cashier's desk and I suspected that my food was probably already done and waiting on a shelf somewhere. When it finally did arrive it was almost cold, especially the fries.

 

 

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I told Alex I knew it must have been sitting there for at least 15 minutes and she offered to have it reheated. It came back and it was warmer, but I'm sure they only microwaved it and by that time it had lost its crispness and freshness. I guess I should have asked for a manager but as I was already hungry I ate it anyway. What could have been a nice meal was completely spoiled by the staff not doing their jobs properly. Sorry, but no 100 Peso tip for Alex this time.

 

One more thing, I see they now want 112 Pesos for a San Miguel Light. The general market rate in similar (eg sports bar) places in the area after happy hour ends is less than 100 Pesos.

 

 

Aw, Alex is a doll. You could have gently prodded her. I had slow service on my first visit to FS, so I am now making a habit of sitting at the table by the chef's window, so when I see my plate go up on the counter only to be ignored, I can make eye contact with the waitress and do a tilt-of-the-head in the general direction of the counter. Works like a charm for me.


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Posted 03 October 2015 - 06:04 AM

Aw, Alex is a doll. You could have gently prodded her. I had slow service on my first visit to FS, so I am now making a habit of sitting at the table by the chef's window, so when I see my plate go up on the counter only to be ignored, I can make eye contact with the waitress and do a tilt-of-the-head in the general direction of the counter. Works like a charm for me.

 

With hindsight I probably should have, but I'm reluctant to ask where food is when it takes longer than normal in the Philippines. I'm afraid they'll go to the chef and tell him to hurry up so he'll rush to finish it without making as good a job of it as he otherwise would. I watched Alex after that, and I swear she didn't move more than 10 feet away from that cashiers desk all the time I was in there.

 

A lot of waitresses in the Philippines are like that. They act all sweet and friendly towards customers, but when it comes to doing their job properly many haven't got a clue. For example, after you finish eating nobody comes over to ask if you want dessert or coffee, you always have to make the effort to get someone's attention if you want to order something else. Prompting customers to order something extra can make a lot of difference to a restaurant's business. Even McDonald's get that right.



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Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:20 AM

usually 2 bartenders(cashier) and couple of waitresses on duty, high rollers stand by end of bar by coolers

 

enjoy  and Give Cathouse a look see,  the Tandori Chicken Pita is to die for 

 

I still haven't found Cathouse. According to Google Maps, it's either adjacent to a storage area for trikes, or it's on the second floor of some building on Burgos?

 

I asked around and was pointed to a place called "Howzat", which is a few doors down from Ringside. The mistaken directions are at least a little understandable, since "house" and "howzat" kinda sound the same. :D

 

Howzat was not very memorable, so it's not worth a standalone review. I'll just share a few photos here of our visit there:

 

The Classic Bolognaise pasta (290p) was okay:

 

Howzat Classic Bolognaise
 
But the roast beef sandwich was kinda plain:
 
Howzat Roast Beef
 
The menu is a mixed lot:
 
Howzat Menu
 
I'll keep working my way down the list.


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Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:30 AM

 

I still haven't found Cathouse. According to Google Maps, it's either adjacent to a storage area for trikes, or it's on the second floor of some building on Burgos?

 

I asked around and was pointed to a place called "Howzat", which is a few doors down from Ringside. The mistaken directions are at least a little understandable, since "house" and "howzat" kinda sound the same. :D

 

 

Check my map!  :D

 

It's in Dona Carmen, which is the first turning on the left from the junction with P Burgos. It's the street in between Ringside and Stardust.



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Posted 11 October 2015 - 02:54 AM

Check my map!  :D

 

It's in Dona Carmen, which is the first turning on the left from the junction with P Burgos. It's the street in between Ringside and Stardust.

 

Thanks for the info!  It looks like we were headed in the correct general direction, but we walked right past it and ended up at Howzat.

 

Looking more closely, it looks like your marker is on the wrong side of the street?

 

Your marker is on the opposite side shown on Google's own map, but it wasn't until your post that I looked more closely using the street view, and found a very tiny black sign with the word Cathouse painted in white using a highly stylized script. Is that the back entrance, or is that really the front of the place? Doesn't seem very inviting.



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Posted 11 October 2015 - 03:33 AM

Thanks for the info! It looks like we were headed in the correct general direction, but we walked right past it and ended up at Howzat.

Looking more closely, it looks like your marker is on the wrong side of the street?

Your marker is on the opposite side shown on Google's own map, but it wasn't until your post that I looked more closely using the street view, and found a very tiny black sign with the word Cathouse painted in white using a highly stylized script. Is that the back entrance, or is that really the front of the place? Doesn't seem very inviting.


That sounds like the correct entrance. It isn't very inviting and you can easily miss it, especially when it's dark.

Google's placemark is on the wrong side of the street. As you walk down Dona Carmen Cathouse is on the right hand side, behind Stardust.

I have personally verified every placemark I added to my map, and I'm fairly confident every one is in the correct place.





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