Blackbird.. Blackbird.. everywhere I looked, it’s Blackbird I read about. @_@ So of course I had to get in on the action too!
Last Saturday, my 2 girls were in for a treat when I surprised them with a brunch date at the innest place in Manila, The BLACKBIRD by Chef Colin Mackay of Sala and People’s Palace fame at the Nielson Tower, now more popularly known as Ayala Triangle. Of course they dropped everything on their agenda & came along. ;)
The Blackbird Nielson Tower
The Blackbird Nielson Tower, barely 2 months old, is already FULLY BOOKED at all times of the day & you need to call in advance to get a table! Lucky for us, there was a cancellation so we were ushered right in. Table for 3 please?
The Blackbird Nielson Tower is actually named after a very famous supersonic jet called the Blackbird Constellation. Aside from the fact that the well-preserved pre-war Nielson Tower building (which was originally the Manila International Air Terminal built in 1937 & remains the only pre-World War II structure in Makati) where the restaurant resides has once served as the control tower of the Nielson Airport, one of Asia’s first international commercial airports, Chef Collins has always been fascinated with the fastest plane in the world. Therefore the apt name.
The Blackbird Nielson Tower is decked in wrought iron, glass, and a predominantly black & white theme -except for a few pop of colors here & there, with a winding grand staircase as the focal point. The stairway leads to more seating section upstairs which can be reserved for private dining for a cool consumable amount of 50,000 php and can fit a party of approximately 20-25 people, and downstairs -the kitchen where the action is.
Save for the first 2 we ordered, I can honestly say that the hype for this new & popular resto is pretty accurate. Everything else was really exemplary, I just find the price a bit steep especially since the servings are quite small. Don’t let the photos fool you, the servings ARE small. We were able to finish everything on our table.. and we ordered quite a lot! :P
The rest were pretty good though & I didn’t hear a peep from my companions..
Overall, we were happy with the food, the presentation, the ambiance, and even the wait staff were courteous.Obviously, The Blackbird Nielson Tower is one must-try restaurant. Just make sure you order a bit more than you normally do. ;)
There are just so many great new finds that keep popping up that it’s really hard to keep up! ‘Til our next weekend food adventure! :-*