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“Good not Great”
Review of Sala Restaurant

Sala Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 1,365 Restaurants in Makati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$100
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Good not Great”
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

We opted for the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was good that we were greated with our pre-ordered drinks upon arrival as this can easily be forgotten. The dishes on the menu itself were fine but lacked any wow factor and were quite standard fayre for a restaurant with this reputation. The exception was the panna cotta which formed part of the dessert enemble. That was stunning. What disappointed was the service. Whilst the service was good on delivery there was a lack of attentiveness, warmth and sincerity which is the expectation from top restaurants and generally everywhere in the Philippines. It appeared the staff were all going through the motions, no explaination of dishes or wines, no personable interaction and no one barely raised a smile throughout the whole meal. It's a shame to have this as a lasting impression. Given the basic setting and service I would describe Sala as a good bistro rather than a fine dining or great restaurant.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“very good menu not for an expensive european price”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

i wasn t expected to find such a good restaurant in Makati,is not very pricey comparative with the same restaurants in Europe but for Philipines it is.the chef did a wonderful job and i hope to visit them soon.all the courses from tasting menu are very good and the wines are well chosen .the only problem i have is with the wagyu beef which wasn t so tender as i expected(this wasn t in the tasting menu)but it was good and also was quite a big size,And do not forget the desert with papaya.....which was delicious

  • Visited May 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Value for Money”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

Hands down the best restaurant in Manila (that I know of after having lived here for 15 months). The tasting menu is just delicious, the portions are perfectly sized and the wine pairing is excellent. Service also impeccable. It's more expensive than most other restaurants but I think great value for money.

Visited April 2014
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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129 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality and service”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Great food, high quality. And great service to match. Pricey by Manila standards. Good wine options. We're able to have a great bottle of NZ Sauvignon Blanc.

  • Visited September 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Spot on”
Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

My husband and I both work in food service and wanted to splurge one night in Manila. Sala was the right choice! Flawless service and incredible food.

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