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The Filling Station: The Best 50’s Style Diner in Makati, Philippines. A Quick Review

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

The Filling Station Makati, Philippines

When it comes to American 50’s style diners in the Philippines. The Filling Station in Makati Manila is simply the best. No other diner in the Philippines can even come close to the Filling Station. It is a must stop when visiting Manila.

If you will be visiting Manila in the Philippines for any reason, no matter if it is for a holiday, a business trip, your are being or you are already deployed in the Philippines or even if you have an up coming temporary assignment to the P.I. A trip to the Filling Station Restaurant and Bar is a must stop on your list of places to go.

Just as soon as you arrive outside of the restaurant you know you are in for a good time. There is a 6-foot statue of the Green Hulk to greet you when you arrive along with the colors, the sights and sounds of street life in Makati. You almost feel like you are on the set of a James Bond flick. Once you step inside your senses come alive from the aromas of the different foods, to the ears with the greeting of the downstairs cigar shop attendant and your eyes can’t help but to notice the memorabilia that covers the establishment, from the bottom to the top of the walls and the ceilings. The walls and ceilings are covered completely with almost any and everything that you can think of from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with antique signs, posters, photos, records, gas pumps, you name it and they have it there. After you ascend the stairs to the restaurant you feel like you have stepped back in time. There in front of you are the old-style diner booths, and bar stools at the bar, the vintage car sections that have been converted into booths, heck, there is even two large pool tables for you to enjoy a few games of billiards while you wait for your order. Every time I go to the Filling Station, I have to spend at least 15 to 20 minutes just walking around and looking at all the antique signages and photos that cover almost every inch of the place, many that just takes you back to your youth.

The menu is just what you would expect from any American diner you have ever visited. The burgers, the steaks, the shakes, the fires and other items are excellent. When your food is delivered by the staff in their 50’s style outfits, you can almost forget that you are in Southeast Asia and that you are in a diner in the States. If you are American, then it’s a taste of home for you. The bar is well stocked and the bartenders are super friendly and take it from me, the Jack-n-Coke is perfect. If you are a big breakfast person, then you need to try out their American breakfast with the pancakes the size of a large plate. Their breakfast is simply the best in all of Manila. If you are a calorie counter, you can even find something to fit you tastes. The prices are about what you would expect in any large city anywhere in the world and if you ask me, a little bit cheaper than many tourist areas I have been to. I had the steak and eggs with all the fixings on my last evening in Makati along with a few jack and cokes (4 or 5) and the bill was less than 60 US Dollars or about 3,000 Philippine pesos. Not bad for the total experience you'll get!

The filling Station is also a great place to take the family and for sure they will have a great time. I took my 7-year old daughter there for breakfast and she has never forgotten that time we had together at the Filling Station. So, if you will be in Manila, then I highly recommend you try out the Filling Station Restaurant and Bar. It is tops on my list every time I go to Manila. If you are a foodie and even if are not, then you need to give it a try, you won’t regret it at all and that is a promise.

Directions: The Filling Station is located on P Burgos Rd. just off Makati Ave. at about 600 yards. You can’t miss it with the big green hulk standing outside waiting to greet you. Always remember that if you are not staying in Makati that the traffic in Manila can be very bad and always allow for time to get there. In peak high traffic hours, depending on where you are staying in the city, I would suggest leaving out at least 1 to 1.5 hours before you want to be there. There are some great hotels in Makati along with many other attractions, so you may just want to make your stay in Manila as easy a one as you can and just stay in the Makati area as it has so, so much to offer.

Well I hope you get to enjoy a great dining experience at the Filling Station if you will be in Manila and to our Filipino friends out there, give it a try and you will have a totally great Filipino American experience, and as always -.

“Happy trails my friends.”

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