Filipino-inspired spot is Agimat (literally “amulet” or “charm”), a restaurant and bar housed in an old-style building that serves Filipino food and drinks. As its name suggests, most of its menu items are presented in somewhat magical ways.
For the full experience, diners can order the Ritual ng Agimat (PHP330/US$6.38), a drink with calamansi (native lime) liquor, lambanog (coconuts wine), tomato puree, melon tomato mint shrub, tamarind, lime, and rose citrus aromatics. The cocktail is served to every customer with an elaborate ritual where the staff don masks and chant.
The bar’s interiors are also a must-see. It’s an imposing look made of wood furniture, murals of ancient symbols, plant installations, and a giant tree right inside the apothecary-looking bar. Best of all, the Agimat plays OMP (Original Pilipino Music) all night long.