Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Midnight snack, After clubbing meriendas?
Whistlestop, located in28 Jupiter St., Makati ride beside Starbucks and Fiamma has been satisfying palettes since 1977. Founded in the late 70’s it was a quaint little convenience store right beside the LRT, thus the name Whistlestop. It was closed for sometime and has now been remodeled by entrepreneurs Lex Ledesma and Dennis Gan.
Let’s talk about interiors, shall we?
I’m a big fan of vintage art. Once you enter Whistlestop, it’s like a time capsule. Well, I was born in the mid 90’s but I know 70’s art when I see one. The dimly-lit room with the cutest vintage furniture, analog cameras, old luggage, old unicycles and bicycles and even cute golf clubs! I tell you, taking photos of the interior was half the fun of the whole experience and we haven’t even started eating yet.
I came with my bestfriends: Sayuri and Cris. We sampled their best sellers.
Whistle-izzas ( P 175.00)
It’s the reproduction of the pizza and the tacos. With lean meat topped with tomatoes and cheese baked to a crisp. It was surprising how sweet the meat was. I figured instead of onions, they used shallots which brought out the sweetness in the meat.
Buffalo Chicken Wings (Boneless with bleu cheese) (P 220.00)
It was too good! I didn’t even recognize it as wings cause it was de-boned. They were very crunchy almost like a chicharon & you get to dip ‘em in awesome cheese! Okay, wipe them drool off your faces.
Haianese Chicken (P 250.00)
I heard this was one of their famous dishes. Inspired by Singaporean cuisine, the chicken is prepared by boiling it with garlic and ginger. It’s de-boned lean chicken marinated in light spices and served with rice and a variety of dips mainly: ginger, chili and oyster sauce.
Mixed Sate (P 220.00)
A combination of Sate or a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meats, served with a sauce: In this case, peanut sauce. Meats include shrimp, beef, chicken and pork. The peanut sauce was a bit bland for my taste but it really balanced it out with the mixture of meat. Plus the bagoong rice was a sure win!
Pasta Ala Pobre (P 200.00)
Angel hair pasta with Tuyo, salted egg and tomatoes. Not your typical pasta, that’s for sure. It was unexpected. You can really taste the tuyo and the over all taste was very Filipino.
Beef Salpicao with garlic rice (P 230.00)
My mom used to make chicken salpicao but never like this. Traditionally, salpicao is made with cubed beef sirloin or tenderloin, lots of minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and some liquid seasoning (the seasoning can either be oyster sauce or soy sauce) This Salpicao was definetely my favorite. As it approached the table garlic fumes were everywhere & I’m not being biased as I am a big fan of garlic. Everything about it was perfect: the tenderness of the beef, the stir fried aroma of the onions, mushrooms and garlic and the sauce’s subtle sweet, salty and sour taste. It was just too awesome!
Time for cocktails!
We had some strawberry margaritas (P 150.00) and this odd drink that I’ve only encountered at Whistlestop: Caipirinha.
Caipirinha (P 130.00)
I’m a big fan of the cocktails. Actually, its the only alcoholic beverage I enjoy. Weird concoction of, white rum, brown sugar, tonic water. It was absolutely refreshing! It felt like the only thing missing is my sun hat and tanning lotion along with the waves of the ocean.
This cocktail was actually featured in Inquirer.net as one of the top 12 cocktails around the metro.
Did I mention the fruit infused iced teas?
Only Php 80.00 for the biggest glass of iced tea you can ever hope for. They have the Lychee Iced tea and their signature Whistlestop Iced tea with Mango. No exaggerations but the most refreshing Iced tea I’ve ever had! Did I mention it’s only Php 80.00?
Desserts were yummy and simple:
Banoffee Pie (Php 150.00)
Layers of cream, caramel, bananas, thick moist crust. My favorite dessert! It was light, flavorful and not overwhelmingly sweet.
Photo from: http://ajay.net
Chocolate cake Php 120.00
When I saw it, first impression was: “Ugh, another one of those red ribbon chocolate cake that will rott my teeth and just taste like chocolate mixed with sugar” Dude, I ate my words—literally.
Layers of divine chocolate, plain and simple. It made me feel like a kid, actually. That was always my basis of how good a dessert is: when it reminds you of childhood. The chocolate was extravagant. Very chewy, moist, rich.
More photos of us having fun with the lovely ambiance of Whistlestop Makati!
When In Manila, be sure to have a whistle stop at Whistlestop after a late night of partying in Makati! They’re open 24/7 and will serve you some awesome food while relaxing you in their lovely ambiance. All the food we tried was pretty awesome, but I do recommend the Beef Salpicao if I had to pick just one! Oh and do try the Fruit Infused Iced Teas!
Whistlestop Location: 28 Jupiter St. Makati, Philippines
Whistlestop Phone: 8961989
Written by: Marita “McQueen” Galvez.