Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati

Filling Station Bar Cafe

(Filling Station Bar Cafe: …cont’d from How To Find Your Tribe, Wellness and Empowerment)

It was dim. Bae and I decided to split the cab and go with Grab. We were both hungry so we walked back and forth looking for a good place to eat.

One of the nicest things that night was the guard telling us to go to this hidden food joint beside Royal Bellagio Hotel.

It was something called ‘Filling’. He whispered it like a hidden tip or something.

I actually thought he meant “feeling” or something (cause you get to eat to your heart’s content lol)

When we got there, it said “Filling Station” Bar & Diner. The lovely joint was tucked away at the bustling Burgos Street.

From an interior designer’s perspective, imagine my excitement just seeing the 70’s diner interior!

I LOVED everything about it!

Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati | Earth Love Skin

Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati | Earth Love Skin

Bae ordered a Mexican burger and I ordered an American pancake breakfast with sausage and bacon.

Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati | Earth Love Skin

Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati | Earth Love Skin

Not quite as healthy as I’d like but I decided it’s cheat day and I had no regrets. It reminded me of Seattle’s Coffee’s.

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The pancakes and sausages were cooked to perfection. The best part was the thick and endless flow of syrup on my plate.

Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati | Earth Love Skin

Filling Station Bar Cafe: A Hidden Food Joint In Makati | Earth Love Skin
Strawberry Slushie at Filling Station Bar Cafe

Days like this make me want to go urban exploring again. Or for the mere fact, let’s just say I miss backpacking a lot.

But motherhood also demands me, so I’m waiting till Avis is ready and we can both go on adventures.

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Item Price Description
American Breakfast  484  3 pc pancakes, 2 sausage links and 2 strips of bacon
Strawberry Smoothie  165  Strawberry slushie on ice

Total:   

Convenience
100%
Customer Service
100%
Price
95%
Quality
100%
Concept
100%
Presentation
100%
My Favorites
100%

Convenience

Ah, convenience.

Filling Station Bar Cafe is conveniently located at Burgos St. Makati. The best part is that if you’re into hidden urban jewels, the convenience of this diner will suit you.

Getting around Burgos St. Makati isn’t a problem, you can take a cab, Uber or Grab from anywhere in Metro Manila or Makati and tell them to alight you at Royal Bellagio at Burgos St. The restaurant is located right beside Bellagio.

If you’re tight on the budget, you may take the Metro Railway Transit (MRT) and take off at Buendia Station. From there you can take a cab to Filling Station Bar Cafe.

But for the walk extremists, from the MRT Buendia Station it’s an 18 minute walk to Filling Station Bar Cafe.

 

Customer Service

We waited for a while with our orders, but given the quality of food I understand why it took longer.

There were several factors that affected the customer service, such as: waiting time upon arrival, number of customers, rush hour and number of orders taken per table.

For us, I think that it was top notch.

I didn’t have to ask for the syrup at all! It was freely given and the drinks were simultaneously served. All in all, I have no complaints with Filling Station Bar Cafe.

Price

Considering Burgos Street Makati is a tourist flock capital, I understand the prices on the menu. The orders started at around PHP 300 to PHP 500. There were also group portions but I can’t remember the prices that well.

Quality

Oh yes, the quality! If I could give them more than 100% I would.

Filling Station Bar Cafe served me the best American breakfast since Seattle’s. The strawberry smoothie was also nice. I liked that they both have healthy options and (not so healthy) other variety.

Concept

I think I covered this above but yeah. The concept.

Man, I can’t reiterate how much I loved the concept of this hidden food joint! From Elvis replicas to James Dean on the walls, the vibe of this diner took my heart away. I’m not a fan of the black and white tiles generally but hey, it’s a diner so I’ll give it a break.

You won’t even know the diner exists unless you know.

That’s how hidden it is, especially at night which, I do recommend by the way for the hours of your visit. The lights at Burgos Street Makati will wow you and when you add this diner to your must-visit, damn.

Presentation

Presentation-wise Filling Station Bar Cafe served me well decent food. There weren’t any complaints at all. The butter on my pancake was cute, I even had a little American flag over it!

My Favorites

Hmm. This one’s so hard to pick! Aarrrgh. Okay okay. I guess it’s American Breakfast and the concept. You can feel right at home but at a totally different place here.

 

When you visit Makati City Philippines, put Filling Station Bar Cafe in your travel itinerary, okay?

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French Toast Recipe For When You’re Hungry At Midnight

Mmm. French toast recipe.

I really love making it.

And while, I enjoy them in the morning, I think midnight French toasts are the best.

If you’re living alone and forgot to buy sugar, boy, this will also make you drool. I didn’t think it was even better without the sugar or honey ? but it worked!

I used powdered chocolate because I went grocery shopping at Shopwise Alabang and forgot the damn sugar.

Good thing I did.

Just drop the pancakes and syrup for now and indulge in these marvelous triangles. They’re good post workout snacks and midnight fillers when you’re working all night on a project too. Especially when you’re still waiting for McDonald’s delivery to order your breakfast. ?

Enjoy making these and if you have your own French toast recipe, care to share them in the comments too!

I wanna know what toppings you love ?????? or how your French toast recipe is.

Midnight French Toast Recipe
Serves 2
Already love French toasts? Make them at midnight. They're the best.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices whole wheat bread
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/4 cup milk
  4. Sugar / honey / powdered chocolate
  5. Banana or any fruit (optional)
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make the egg + milk + cinnamon mixture
  2. Dip the bread and let it soak on both sides
  3. Heat the pan (no oil or butter) and grill the bread
  4. Flip over until golden brown or until edges are crisp
  5. Half the bread into triangles.
  6. Serve with fruit and top off with sugar, honey or powdered chocolate like Milo.
Notes
  1. You may use powdered sugar instead of table sugar
  2. Best to top the toasts while hot off the pan
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25 Important Things You Need To Know By 25

There comes a time when kids turn to young adults, and young adults turn to — well, adults.

Do you even know what capital gains is?
Or how about filing taxes as a freelancer?
What are the requirements & procedures of setting up your own business?
Maybe you’d like to know why you should enjoy that bookkeeping subject seriously?

In the face of an impending quarter life, these questions might pop up so it’s best to be prepared. Read on what it’s like to be 25 as these advices for young adults will surely come in handy.


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Lazy Graham Coffee Frappe Recipe

Ever woke up one morning when you don’t feel like eating breakfast but you need a jolt and a meal to sustain your thriving human body?

I have. That feeling sucks the most when you’ve stayed up all night.

One day my mama decided to purchase a buy 1 take 1 Reddi Whip deal from Robinson’s Supermarket at The District Dasmarinas. When I opened the fridge that morning, the bottles were on the front shelves. I don’t like whipped creams.

All these years I thought they were so bland! But boy, I’m wrong.

This brand is making my family buy loads. They’re starting to put whip cream on everything! Reddi Whip isn’t too sweet so that was their takeaway.

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What even prompted me more to concoct was this mug.

I got this ultra cool black mug from 8123 in 2013 after ordering Imaginary Numbers and a whole lot of other albums by The Maine (my favorite band since 2010). This mug has been my official work icon since.

Anyway, back to the topic. For mornings when you just need to be productive and full but you’re too tired to even get a real one, here’s my homemade coffee frappe recipe for you.

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Lazy Graham Coffee Frappe
Serves 1
For mornings when you just need to be productive and full but you're too tired to even get a real one, here's my homemade coffee frappe recipe for you.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Nescafe Creamy White Instant Coffee
  2. Reddi Whip whipped cream
  3. Graham crackers
  4. Nutmeg
  5. Cinnamon
  6. A dash of salt (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour instant coffee powder into a mug, make sure to melt the powder with hot water first.
  2. Top off with a swirl of Reddi Whip whipped cream and crushed graham crackers.
  3. Add a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon & salt.
Notes
  1. You can make a hot, cold or iced frappe.
  2. If you end up making it too sweet, add more salt to cut the sweetness.
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Spicy Shrimp Pasta Recipe

Looking for a quick hearty meal?

This spicy shrimp pasta recipe in garlic butter curry sauce is an easy choice that only takes 20 minutes to cook!

A lot of my relatives are asking for this recipe after I brought over some ingredients two Sundays ago at my dad’s childhood home in Quezon City. We were celebrating my two grandma’s birthdays.

I would have brought over a cooked pasta dish but I didn’t have enough time before leaving home. So I decided why not just cook there and make it imprompto?

I came up with this recipe after one late night I was working. I usually work on my startups from 12am to 7am (that’s when my baby girl Avis is asleep) thus when I get hungry I want something that’s fast so I can get back to my desk.

In my sleepy eyes, I dragged myself to the kitchen and opened up the fridge.

Nothing.

Frozen bacon, frozen chicken, frozen meat…

There was nothing that I could easily cook there and be done with.

So I pulled the chiller and then I remembered I went grocery shopping a few days back: I HAVE SHRIMP!

And then this pasta was born. It’s been my go-to midnight meal ever since because cooking and prepping takes less time.

You only need 5 major ingredients to make this.

spicy shrimp pasta recipe

 

Spicy Shrimp Pasta in Garlic Butter Curry Sauce
Serves 2
Looking for a quick hearty meal? This spicy shrimp pasta recipe in garlic butter curry sauce is an easy choice that only takes 20 minutes to cook!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. A handful of veggie pasta (1 full grip is to 2 servings)
  2. 1 cup peeled shrimp
  3. 1/4 head of garlic, minced
  4. 1/2 cup butter (equivalent to 1 stick of Dairy Creme), halved
  5. 2 tsp curry
  6. 1 small ripe tomato (optional)
  7. 1 fresh parsley
  8. A dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  9. Olive oil
  10. Salt
  11. Ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a boiling water moderately seasoned with salt for 10 minutes. Add some olive oil to the water to help prevent the pasta from sticking.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, thaw the shrimp if it's frozen.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium heat and drizzle with a bit of olive oil.
  4. Add half of the butter, minced garlic & curry. Add a dash of salt & black pepper. Wait for it to become a fragrant cloud on the pan.
  5. Saute the garlic until golden brown. Add the shrimp and saute until it's orange pink in color. Turn off the stove once it's done.
  6. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and let it cool. Add a few slices of butter to the hot pasta.
  7. Toss the pasta into the garlic butter curry sauce until well-coated. Sprinkle with a bit of cayenne pepper for extra heat. Toss again.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley and sliced tomatoes.
Notes
  1. You can use ordinary pasta, but I wanted it extra healthy & veggie pasta was cheaper so I used that.
  2. Tomatoes are optional, but it's a great palette cleanser if your pasta turns out too spicy.
  3. Adding butter will not only make your pasta yummy, but also gives it a nice gloss finish and keeps it from clumping together.
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