Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017
Chef Romel Pineda









A Metro Manila layover for a lot of adventurous tourists is not complete without scoping Makati City. Whether it's the business district or the suburbs that you're after, the city has something to offer travelers who are en route for distant attractions in the provinces of the Philippines. At Junction Hostels Makati, for example, a stay is far from the typical. Guests of the hip designer hostel can find the poblacion where the hostel is to be tourist-friendly and exuding the metro's heart and soul, especially for backpackers who are always eager to plug into the local vibe. At daytime, the area's busy streets call for a stroll and a cuppa. At nighttime, it's best to try a little bit of everything homegrown.

At Junction Hostels, booked guests and walk-ins have been given that extra reason to linger at its communal space where the lobby is. It's also where its F&B facility, an artisanal cafe called The Truck can be spotted for savvy menu options that rival the contemporary choices outside. It's essentially an old shipping container that's been refurbished and transformed into the cafe-cum-bar that it is today.



Junction Hostels guests
Hostel lobby with guests





Cafe-Cum-Bar

Regular guests of the hostel are familiar with The Truck's savory sandwiches, Nespresso coffee and an all-day brunch menu, but the quality of new delicious creations are going to make them patronize the establishment even more this 2017 now that it transforms every night into a bar offering modern Filipino street food.


To celebrate its second anniversary, the hostel recently kicked off with a showcase of its new set menu via The Truck By Abuela's Nieto.


Second Anniversary and More

To celebrate its second anniversary, the hostel recently kicked off with a showcase of its new set menu via The Truck By Abuela's Nieto. It officially opened on February 17, 2017, and will continue to serve foodies every night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm with Filipino food prepared with a "twist" by its Resident Chef Marco. With Chef Romel Pineda also at the helm of the sizzling creations in the kitchen, diners can expect head-turning, flavorful, and inventive food that's as Instagram-worthy as the hostel's kooky wall design and fixtures. TuristaTrails.com's Contributing Photographer Aubrey Gacer graced one of the launch days last month and enjoyed the laid-back mood with fellow travel aficionados.

Hostel guest, Gerald Buela, at Junction Hostels Makati

Choose Your Grub

The various menu options of modern Filipino food made a great impression on Aubrey that he took his time to snap photos of the delicious grub. At least you know what to expect and indulge on when you're in Makati City soon by simply checking out the photos on this post.

The Truck is also a great venue for pop-up kitchens which are mostly done by different organizers on special weekends.

Book Your Party, People!

The Truck is also a great venue for pop-up kitchens which are mostly done by different organizers on special weekends. What's more, it's potentially a great venue for special events of the intimate kind.

Junction Hostels is owned and created by leading hospitality expert Cyndy Tan Jarabata of TAJARA Leisure and Hospitality Group. Makati Junction is the first branch to be rolled out and will expand its footprint in the country with Boracay, Baguio, Palawan, Manila and Quezon City in the pipeline.

Photography by Aubrey Gacer


The Truck

Official website of Junction Hostels

Address: Junction Hostel, Annex Matheus Building, Gen. Luna corner Don Pedro Streets, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, Philippines 1210
Phone: (632) 501-6575/ 6578
E-mail: manager@junctionhostels.com




Eager To Stay At Junction Hostels Makati?
Check out my review of Junction Hostels Makati here.

More Photos Below:

Junction Hostel owner Cyndy Tan Jarabata (second from left)

Photographer Aubrey Gacer (third from right) enjoying dinner at The Truck

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