Dragon Foodie Review: Blackbird at Nielson Tower

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Hello Sweeties,

On the rare moments I am actually in the Makati area, I always make it a point to go to the Filipinas Heritage Museum but I never dined at Blackbird.

At the mention of the word Blackbird, I hear music… mostly because I often try to relate  the song Sing a Song of Sixpece comes to mind… (excuse the Momminess) after wards I start remember the Beatles song Blackbird from their White Album…

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

He he he… Sorry feeling nostalgic of late.

BLACKBIRD is actually the Aviation-themed, Contemporary European and Asian Restaurant of Chef Colin Mackay of Sala and People’s Palace fame. It is located at the Neilson Tower of the old Manila International Airport and is named after the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft. The ambiance is inspired by an Airport Terminal and its Art Deco building in the heart of Makati City.

I was there for a special event. I can`t help but rave about the food though. It is just divine.

Blackbird Iced Tea

Blackbird House Iced Tea

Not sweet and slightly bitter but it really hits the spot. Perfect for hot days.

Porcini and Portobello Mushroom Cappuccino

Porcini and Portobello Mushroom Cappuccino

Creamy, tasty and surprisingly refreshing, if you can believe that. I loved that there is no aftertaste at least once you drink their refreshing house ice tea.

Dry Rubbed Wagyu Flat Iron Steak, Mustard Butter and Fries

Dry Rubbed Wagyu Flat Iron Steak, Mustard Butter and Fries

I usually asked for my meat to be well done or the very least charred. But I was told steak is best consumed medium rare. This is the best beef I have ever tasted. It almost melts in your mouth. The veggies still crunchy and the fries not oily. I savored each bite.

Blackbird Chocolate Brownie and Burst Butter Semifreddo with Salted Caramel Popcorn

Chocolate Brownie and Burst Butter Semifreddo with Salted Caramel Popcorn

My favorite part of this meal is the dessert. Chocolate brownie topped with creamy frozen Vanilla ice cream and topped with salted caramel popcorn and bitter sweet chocolate shavings. The combination is divine. The combination is so delicious I wanted more lol. But seriously I felt like a little kid as I have the bit of brownie, ice cream, and popcorn on my spoon pop it into my mouth and get the satisfaction of a slight crunch from the popcorn as I chew.

Other than the great food, Blackbird`s ambiance is one of their specialty. Wide and roomy, the venue even has an outdoor doing area. The staff attentive, polite and the guest turn over is fast but not disrupting to the other diners.

A great place to dine with your significant other or with good friends.


BLACKBIRD by Chef Colin Mackay
Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City, across the Peninsula Hotel.
Telephone: +632 828-4888
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00am to 12.00mn

Until next time!


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