Filling Station Bar And Cafe Review
Right smack in the middle of the tourist district of bustling Makati is a restaurant whose name you would first think as something connected to cars and gasoline stations. Called Filling Station, you would be hard-pressed to find another eating place in this side of the metro that is dedicated to the bone to stick to its theme. Filling Station is as American as any restaurant could ever be.
Filling Station is one big throwback to the post-war period in the United States with the entire establishment full of the pop art movement that swept the Western hemisphere in the 1950s. Started by a former American navy chief cook, this American-style diner lifted the names of its dishes after car and oil companies in keeping up with the theme of the diner’s moniker. Order Texaco and a Ford and you will get Caesar’s Salad and a plate of fish and chips.
Even the motif of the restaurant sticks to its ‘50s theme, with the walls plastered with plasters from the 1950s, an old telephone, kids’ toys, sports gears, television sets, radios and even Elvis Presley and James Dean memorabilia complete with black and white checkered tiles for the floor. You can also catch showings of 1950s era American films.
Filling Station also has Filipino food on its menu, including the usuals like Sinigang na Hipon, Sizzling Bulalo, Tinapa Rice, Sizzling Bangus with Aligue and Sweet and Sour Tilapia.
For those who love burgers and sandwiches, they have a diverse line of items including Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich, Midget Burgers, Chicken Mango Panini, Eggs Benedict Burger and Philly Cheese Steak. They also have a variety of pizza and pasta like Veggie Pizza, Godfather’s Bolognese, Seafood Holiday, Sinatra’s Chicken Pesto, Calzone, Chicken Barbecue Pizza, Dean’s Carbonara and Panizza.
Indulge in your sweet tooth with Victory Joe (three ice cream varieties topped with bananas, whipped cream, pastillas wafers and sprinkles), Tres Leches Cake or Choco Dome and their bestselling cheesecakes.
The Filling Station is open 24 hours and has thirty-eight tables for its patrons. Lovers of nine-ball would also love that the diner has four billiard tables, one of which is in a VIP room called Marilyn’s room (most likely named after 1950s fashion and film icon Marilyn Monroe).
Filling Station can be found at 5012 P. Burgos Street in Makati City a few meters from Royal Bellagio Hotel. Prices range from Php 300 through Php 500 for full meals.
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Filling Station Bar And Cafe
Address: 5012 P Burgos Street, Makati City
Phone: (02) 897 2053
*Photos courtesy of Filling Station Bar and Cafe Facebook Page.