Located in the heart of Makati sits Antipodean, a hip and charming combination of a bistro, cafe and deli rolled into one. Found in Legaspi Village, Antipodean has served as a popular hangout to people around this bustling area since they opened 2 years ago. Taking their cues from Kiwi owner and founder Alun Evans, Antipodean serves dishes from New Zealand along with some Asian favorites to fit clientele with local tastes. The name itself which is defined as "relates to New Zealand and Australia" is evident in the inspiration for their well-thought-out, wide-ranging and delicious menu, which showcases their "Antipodean" roots. With branches in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hong Kong and now Metro Manila, as their latest location, Antipodean is taking their origins from down under and starting to make their mark throughout the rest of the world.
Fun Fact: Founder Alun Evans has worked with many F&B ventures since he was a kid. Alun studied coffee in Trieste, Italy for several months. He also studied Italian cuisine, which is part of the menu in Antipodean. He then went to Indonesia to source coffee and to work with small farmers for ethical and socially responsible, organic coffee plantations. They roast their own beans before distributing to all Antipodean restaurants worldwide.
The location of Antipodean was once a bank before it was redesigned to what it is today. Interior Designer Rodney DiRamos decided to incorporate the bank’s original safe in the design as a nod to its’ past life.
Cuisine: International Cuisine. All Antipodean branches serve New Zealand and Italian dishes. The Manila branch also serves other Asian dishes as requested by several regular patrons, so they have a couple of Filipino, Vietnamese, Thai, and Indonesian dishes as well as some special dishes created by Alun Evans. He also created most of the Special shakes. Their best sellers include: Nasi Goreng (with Vegetarian version available), all the pizzas- especially the vegetarian, Chorizo, and pizza Tel Aviv. For breakfast - Big Breakfast, All day Breakfast, Avocado Toast, Pan-fried tomato, mushrooms and pine nuts on toast, and Mabuhay Breaki (their version of Tapsilog). Fish and Chips, Whakatiki Street Chicken Sandwich, any of the Kebab dishes. They use imported fish to be consistent with all the branches like salmon and halibut, that is why all their fish and chips have big fillets of fish and their pasta have big mussels. If you enjoy salads, they have roasted vegetables salad, Smoked salmon accompanied with roast veggies, chickpeas salad and so much more. And for your sweet tooth they have many freshly baked desserts. Most recommended ones are the New Zealand Lamington (light cakes covered with chocolate and coconut), Salted Caramel, Carrot Cake and the Hummingbird. Oh and they have a lot of yummy waffles too!
Deli: A variety of cheeses, wines and deli items to choose from.